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2018 - Big Oaks Lodge in Bouquet Canyon burns down [video]
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Habitat for Humanity San Fernando Valley Santa Clarita ValleyThe San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys Chapter of Habitat for Humanity hosts its inaugural Homes 4 Families Rainbow Build at Habitat for Humanity’s SF/SCV Veteran Enriched Neighborhood, located at 21550 Centre Pointe Parkway in Santa Clarita, on Saturday, June 3.

Members of the community are invited to join and help build homes for veterans.

John Musella is serving as chairman of the inaugural Rainbow Build. Musella is the first openly gay chairman of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and is the former chairman of Log Cabin Republicans California, the largest statewide Republican LGBT organization in the nation.

“I cannot think of a more meaningful way to kick-off Pride month than the inaugural Rainbow Build,” Musella said. “Our veterans have given of themselves to protect American freedom and liberty, including those for LGBTQ Americans. We need to do our part to honor them and their sacrifices.”

Habitat for Humanity firmly believes that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live. Members of the LGBTQA+ community still struggle daily from the pushback they receive, and the last thing needed is for veterans of the LGBTQA+ community to come back from serving this country to find no support.

“Our goal is to raise awareness of the need for affordable Veteran housing,” said Donna Deutchman, CEO of Habitat for Humanity. “We must honor the diversity in our community and we believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live.”

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was the official U.S. policy for military service, issued in December of 1993 and officially repealed September 20, 2011. Homosexuals and bisexuals have since then been able to serve openly in the military.

About Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley
Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to build affordable homes for low-income civilian and veteran families and provide services that empower them to build brighter futures as homeowners. The locally run, independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serves North Los Angeles city and county, building houses and futures for low-income families. This Habitat affiliate specializes in building Enriched Neighborhood® communities, which hold the promise to move low-income families up into the middle class and have built 320 homes to date. Learn more at www.HumanityCA.org.

About Homes 4 Families
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving low-income families through the development and replication of the Enriched Neighborhood® model, Homes 4 Families offers a powerful outcome-based program of wraparound services and education that empowers underserved families to build equity, self-sufficiency skills and advocacy capacity to move themselves up in socio-economic status. For more information, go to www.Homes4Families.org.

About the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1923, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is the leading business advocacy organization in the Santa Clarita Valley. Covering the third largest city in the county of Los Angeles, the SCV Chamber has more than 1,000 members, focusing on local, state and national issues that affect the business community. For more information, visit www.scvchamber.com.

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Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020
Circle of Hope has announced their 16th annual signature Tea fundraiser, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, will feature something new and different with an internationally themed dinner and program.
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020
Children’s Bureau is now offering an online foster-adoption orientation for individuals and/or couples who are interested helping children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or to provide legal permanency by adoption.
Monday, Aug 10, 2020
In a socially distanced, drive-thru event, a number of Santa Clarita Valley organizations came together Thursday to distribute “peace bags” to students, with the hopes of spreading joy, positivity and community engagement.
Saturday, Aug 8, 2020
The Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer is proud to present their 27th Annual Evening Under the Stars Gala Dinner and Charity Auction. However, this year’s event will have a different look.
Friday, Aug 7, 2020
The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center has an urgent need for volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers to keep pace with the rapid growth in recipients and ensure every senior gets a nutritious meal.

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In a back-to-school day unlike any other before it, the first group of Santa Clarita Valley K-12 students and teachers returned to the classroom via a distance learning format Tuesday.
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SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 CEO Group voted unanimously to postpone all sport competitions through the end of the 2020 calendar year.
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Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger has released a statement regarding a recent incident involving deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station - an incident, which was recorded by bystanders, and has since gone viral.
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(CN) — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate Tuesday, upholding a debate promise to pick a woman to round out his ticket.
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The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the award of $38 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Recovery Assistance grants to 14 Revolving Loan Funds (RLF) grantees, including the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA).
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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies rushed to a Canyon Country shopping center parking lot Tuesday after receiving a call from a man who said he had shot someone in a vehicle.
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Circle of Hope has announced their 16th annual signature Tea fundraiser, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, will feature something new and different with an internationally themed dinner and program.
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Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer Sachi A. Hamai, who agreed to temporarily postpone her retirement to help lead the County through the initial phase of the COVID-19 emergency, announced that she will retire at the end of August 2020.
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Children’s Bureau is now offering an online foster-adoption orientation for individuals and/or couples who are interested helping children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or to provide legal permanency by adoption.
Children’s Bureau Foster-Adoption Orientation Available Online
2018 - Big Oaks Lodge in Bouquet Canyon burns down [video]
Big Oaks Lodge
Los Angeles County Public Health on Monday confirmed 19 new deaths and 1,920 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, as officials see signs of stability in key indicators, including daily hospitalizations and deaths.
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Dr. Omar Torres has been named the new Chief Instructional Officer at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California.
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Along with added stress for struggling businesses and a failing unemployment agency, California Governor Gavin Newsom estimated Monday it would cost the state $700 million per week to implement the president’s proposed unemployment plan.
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Two young Black men were detained at gunpoint by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies Friday in an incident that was witnessed and videotaped by numerous residents.
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Sempra Energy reported second-quarter 2020 earnings of $2.239 billion, or $7.61 per diluted share, compared to second-quarter 2019 earnings of $354 million, or $1.26 per diluted share.
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The Petco Foundation put forward a match wherein they would grant $25,000 to DACC for COVID-19 relief if another $25,000 was raised to match the award.
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The city of Santa Clarita’s Film Office has reopened, is issuing new permits, and reports that two TV productions and a still photoshoot are filming in the Santa Clarita Valley this week
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Amid a surge of coronavirus infections and deaths in California, Dr. Sonia Angell, the state’s top health official, announced her resignation Sunday.
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In an effort to assist renters with limited means affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has provided $100 million in CARES Act funds to create a COVID-19 Rent Relief program, operated by the Los Angeles County Development Authority.
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In a socially distanced, drive-thru event, a number of Santa Clarita Valley organizations came together Thursday to distribute “peace bags” to students, with the hopes of spreading joy, positivity and community engagement.
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The William S. Hart Union High School District discussed the move of Sequoia School during its board meeting Wednesday.
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1769 - Fr. Juan Crespi, en route to San Francisco Bay with the Portolá expedition, names the Santa Clara River Valley (SCV) for St. Clare [story]
Fr. Crespi cenotaph
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