Thursday, March 6, 2014 | Student sexually assaulted, another almost kidnapped Wednesday.

College of the Canyons released an e-mail on Thursday detailing two separate incidents of attempted kidnapping and sexual assault towards two separate students late Wednesday afternoon.

According to the e-mail from the Vice President of Communications for the school, a female student was walking towards CalArts along Rockwell Canyon Road at around 4:15 pm when she was approached by a blue Nissan Altima with tinted windows. as soon as this happened,  a separate man held on to her to force her into the car. The female student then kneed the man twice in the groin, followed by the man entering the car and speeding away on Rockwell Canyon Rd.

The suspect is described as an African-American male between ages 25 through 28, and was wearing a red t-shirt, a black sweater, jeans, and a black backpack as he drove away.

About four hours later, a different student was walking towards the upper parking lot from Aliso Hall when confronted by a man asking about College of the Canyons. He later asked if she was interested in taking pornographic pictures and followed her to her car. The man refused to take no for an answer and grabbed her buttocks before fleeing.

This man has been described as an Asian/Caucasian-mixed individual in his early twenties. The suspect was identified as having short black hair, an athletic build, and wearing a tan hoodie with blue jeans.

Any information on either cases should be directed to the Campus Safety Office at (661) 362-3229.

Cougar News will continually update this story as more information is released.

Student sexually assaulted, another almost kidnapped Wednesday.

Friday, February 28, 2014 | Students, Parents Assemble To Support Terminated Coach

Video by Nick Culotta and Jesse Merrick

Saugus High School boys basketball head coach Derek Ballard has been fired by Saugus principal Bill Bolde. Students and parents assembled outside the school’s administration building to meet with Bolde in support of Ballard.

Students, Parents Assemble To Support Terminated Coach

Friday, January 3, 2014

Pentagon News: Guard Responds to East Coast Storm; All-American Bowl Preview; more

National Guardsmen respond to the winter storm, NATO tests rapid deployment abilities and the best high school marching band members in the U.S. get a pep talk ahead of the All-American Bowl.

Pentagon News: Guard Responds to East Coast Storm; All-American Bowl Preview; more

Pair Pleads Not Guilty to Stealing Walker-Rodas Car Part

Jameson Witty / Instagram Jameson Witty / Instagram

[KHTS] – Two men accused of stealing car parts from the fatal crash of “Fast and the Furious” star Paul Walker and Always Evolving CEO Roger Rodas pleaded not guilty Friday.

Prosecutors filed criminal charges against two men accused of stealing the roof from the wrecked Porsche Carrera GT in which Walker and Rodas died,

Anthony Edward Janow, 25, of Phoenix, and Jameson Brooks Witty, 18, of Tujunga, are charged with one felony count of grand theft of personal property.

The charges were filed by Deputy District Attorney Sera Boyadjian of the San Fernando branch office, and Deputy District Attorney Bradley Lieberman is assigned to the case.

Instagram photos purportedly showing the roof of the Porsche | Click image to enlarge Instagram photos purportedly showing the roof of the Porsche | Click image to enlarge

Witty and Janow also are charged with two misdemeanor counts each of destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing and delaying a peace officer.

The suspects are both free on bail and expected back in court on Feb. 25, according to a District Attorney’s Office representative.

Prosecutors allege that on the evening of Nov. 30 the men stole a roof panel from a tow truck carrying the demolished vehicle that was stopped at a red light in Valencia.

The alleged theft occurred after Witty and Janow were told by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy they could not take any part of the vehicle, prosecutors said.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

If convicted as charged, Witty and Janow face a maximum sentence of four years, six months in county jail.


Pair Pleads Not Guilty to Stealing Walker-Rodas Car Part

Roundup: West Ranch Boys Face Chaminade Friday

wrhs-logo[KHTS] – In a match-up of area basketball powerhouses, the West Ranch boys play Chaminade tonight at West Ranch High. West Ranch is 5-7 and coming off a 78-51 loss to Sacramento in the Holiday Hardwood Classic at Westlake High School.

Chaminade is 11-1 and won its own Christmas Classic Tournament over Eastside Catholic from Washington last week.

Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Four basketball teams are playing in the Showcase at College of the Canyons on Saturday.

The Santa Clarita Christian boys start off the action against Marshall from Pasadena at 11 in the morning. The Cardinals are 6-3.

The Valencia boys take on Roosevelt from Fresno at 5 p.m. The Vikings are 9-4 and went 2-2 in the Chaminade Christmas Classic last week.

The Canyon boys play Morse from San Diego at 6:30. The Cowboys are 13-1 and won the Ventura Tournament last week.

The Hart boys play University from Los Angeles at 8. The Indians are 12-1, have an 11-game winning streak and won the Hart Holiday Classic last week.

In the NHL, the Kings are officially in a free fall. They lost to the St. Louis Blues, 5-0, and have a five-game losing streak.

The Kings are home for a game against the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center on Saturday night.

Roundup: West Ranch Boys Face Chaminade Friday

Coroner: Walker-Rodas Car Doing 100mph When It Crashed

The 2005 Porsche Porsche Carrera GT prior to the crash. Photos posted by Always Evolving. The 2005 Porsche Porsche Carrera GT prior to the crash. Photo posted by Always Evolving.

[KHTS] – The Porsche in a fatal crash that killed Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker and Valencia CEO Roger Rodas was traveling about 100 mph, according to a Coroner’s Office report.

The report contained noted from crash investigators, who noted the car was traveling about 100 mph at the time of the crash, around 3:25 p.m. on Nov. 30.

“(Roger Rodas) was driving a red Porsche Carrera GT at an unsafe speed, approximately 100+ mph, in the No. 1 eastbound lane on Hercules Street, approaching Constitution,” according to the Coroner’s Office report.

“For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of his vehicle, and the vehicle partially spun around, and began traveling in a southeast direction. The vehicle then struck a curb, and the driver’s side of the vehicle struck a tree and then a lightpost,” the report continued.

Paul Walker - Roger Rodas Paul Walker – Roger Rodas

The force of the collision then spun the car around again,  and the passenger’s side struck a tree and the vehicle burst into flames, according to notes from Deputy Kelly of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, who was among the first deputies on the scene.

Investigators with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Traffic Unit are expected to meet with Porsche officials later this month to discuss evidence from the crash.

No foul play is suspected in the crash, according to the report.

The crash site has drawn thousands of people to the Valencia industrial park where the crash occurred, which is less than 100 yards from the corporate headquarters of a business owned by Roger Rodas, the Always Evolving performance car shop.

Walker and Rodas were friends and fellow car enthusiasts, and Rodas also raced Porsche cars, in addition to being a financial adviser.

Instagram photos purportedly showing the roof of the Porsche | Click image to enlarge Instagram photo purportedly showing the stolen roof panel from the Porsche | Click image to enlarge

Walker was in Santa Clarita for a toy drive to benefit a nonprofit he owned called Reach Out WorldWide.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials are still investigating a theft from the crash site, as two men pleaded not guilty in court Friday to stealing parts of the back of a Wolf’s Towing truck that carried evidence from the scene.

Prosecutors filed criminal charges against two men accused of stealing the roof from the wrecked Porsche Carrera GT in which Walker and Rodas died.

Anthony Edward Janow, 25, of Phoenix, and Jameson Brooks Witty, 18, of Tujunga, are charged with one felony count of grand theft of personal property.

The charges were filed by Deputy District Attorney Sera Boyadjian of the San Fernando branch office, and Deputy District Attorney Bradley Lieberman is assigned to the case.

Coroner: Walker-Rodas Car Doing 100mph When It Crashed

Thursday, January 2, 2014

January 2, 2014

  • The Santa Clarita theater community suffered a great loss over the New Year’s holiday.

  • Jury selection is set to begin next week for the trial of three suspected gang members from Los Angeles. They stand accused of robbing a Canyon Country Bank of America branch in September 2012.

  • New sound stages in Placerita Canyon move closer to construction.

  • While many were out celebrating, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies kept busy on New Year’s Eve, with more than 150 incident responses.

  • Warm weather is still lingering in the Santa Clarita Valley in the second day of 2014.

January 2, 2014

Alan Wolfe

Learn all about Glen Oaks Escrow on Real Estate Beat.

Episode 7a

Hosts: Jason Renno & Gene Bleecker

Guest: Alan Wolfe

Taped: December 13, 2013

Televised:  January 6, 2013

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Crime Blotter: Thefts in Castaic, Val Verde

crimezone2-rooneyCastaic and Val Verde, Zone 2

Public Safety and Crime Prevention Information

Snapshot 12/23/2013-12/29/2013


There were two Part-1 crimes in Zone 2 during the period indicated. One residential burglary was reported on San Martinez Road in Val Verde. The suspect entered the residence through a locked rear door. Two flat screen TV’s, and two PlayStation consoles were stolen.

A theft from a vehicle was reported in Castaic. Personal items were taken.

Please remember to close your garage doors, and never leave valuables in plain view in your vehicle. Minimize your risk and avoid being the victim of a crime of opportunity. If you see any suspicious activity, call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Zone 2 (Castaic or Val Verde), please feel free to email or call me directly.


Deputy Brian Rooney

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department


Twitter @SCVSheriff

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Crime Blotter: Thefts in Castaic, Val Verde

Blotter: West Side Gets New Zone Leader

crimezone3Stevenson Ranch / Westridge, Zone 3

Public Safety and Crime Prevention Info

Snapshot 12/23/2013 to 12/29/2013

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Crime Prevention Unit


My name is Deputy Jeremy Carr and I will be the new zone leader for Zone 3 Stevenson Ranch. For the past two and a half years I was assigned as the zone leader for Zone 7 Canyon Country West. I am looking forward to serving the citizens of Stevenson Ranch and if I can be of any assistance to you at all, please do not hesitate to call or email me.

This past week in Zone 3, the following Part-1 Crimes occurred:

(1) Aggravated Assault, (1) Commercial Burglary, (1) Vehicle Burglary, (1) Theft From An Unlocked Vehicle, (1) Gym Locker Burglary, (3) Shoplift, (1) Grand Theft and (1) Petty Theft.

An aggravated assault (Domestic violence incident) occurred near the intersection of Pine Valley and Sycamore Meadow Drive. A male suspect used his vehicle as a weapon and attempted to run the victim off of the road. After a thorough investigation by responding deputies, the suspect was located and subsequently arrested. The case is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Station Detectives.

A commercial burglary occurred near the 25200 block of The Old Road. An unknown suspect forced open an outdoor patio door and pried open two cash registers. At the time of the report, it was undetermined if anything was taken.

A vehicle burglary occurred near the 25300 block of Chiquella Lane. An unknown suspect shattered the rear driver’s side passenger window in order to gain entry into the vehicle. Two purses were taken from the vehicle, one which was located on top of the rear seat and the other on the floorboard of the front passenger seat.

A theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred near the 24900 block of Pico Canyon Road. The suspect took the victim’s wallet and then used the victim’s debit cards at undisclosed businesses.

A gym locker burglary occurred at the L.A. Fitness located at 24945 Pico Canyon Road. An unknown suspect entered the men’s locker and pried open the victim’s locker, taking his backpack containing the victim’s wallet and additional miscellaneous items.

There were three incidents of shoplifting near the 25400 block of The Old Road. During the incidents, two suspects were arrested by responding deputies after being detained by loss prevention personnel.

A grand theft occurred near the 25500 block of The Old Road. An unknown suspect took the catalytic converter from underneath the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the lot of a local hotel.

As always, please call me if you have any questions.


Deputy Jeremy Carr

661-255-1121 EXT. 5158

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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Blotter: West Side Gets New Zone Leader

Jan. 10: Secure Your Password - Find Out How

biz_scv-chamber-sealLunch & Learn
Friday, January 10, 2014, 11:45am


Hosted By:

Santa Clarita Web & IT

“Passwords Made Easy & Secure”

Have you ever forgotten a password so you resort to using an unsecure one?  This presentation will show you how to create secure and easy to remember passwords.


Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce

27451 Tourney Road, Suite 160, Santa Clarita, 91355

Lunch & Learn is FREE and lunch will be provided. To attend, please RSVP to Cheryl Ramirez at  or call 661 702-6977

Jan. 10: Secure Your Password - Find Out How

Jan. 21: CLWA, State Water Execs to Talk Bay-Delta Plan

Dan Masnada Dan Masnada

With California continuing to face water supply challenges, the Santa Clarita Valley business community will have a chance to hear the latest on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, at the next Valley Industry Association lunch, Jan. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Valencia Country Club.

The SCV community depends on Sierra Nevada snow pack that flows through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. However, a century of human activity has caused land to subside behind weak and unstable levees. A single major earthquake could cause the levees to fail, drawing in salt water from the San Francisco Bay. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is being developed as a 50-year habitat conservation plan aimed at restoring the delta’s ecosystem and securing California’s water supplies.

At the Jan. 21, luncheon, Terry Erlewine of the State Water Contractors and Dan Masnada of Castaic Lake Water Agency will discuss California’s existing water infrastructure and the plans to modernize it.

“Preserving our water supply continues to be a hot-button issue, and for good reason,” VIA President and CEO Kathy Norris said. “Without water, everything comes to a halt, and I believe the business community will benefit from hearing Terry and Dan’s analysis of current issues and the way forward.”

logo-via1Reservations are required for the luncheon. Members who reserve by Jan. 9 pay $40, or $45 between Jan. 10-16. After Jan. 16, the cost is $50. The cost for non-members is $65. Please RSVP no later than Jan. 16. “No shows” or cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance will be billed. There is a $10 surcharge for attendees without a reservation. The Valencia Country Club is located at 27330 N. Tourney Road. The luncheon is sponsored by the City of Santa Clarita, Poole and Shaffery, L/B/W Insurance and Financial Services, Inc., Mellady Direct Marketing, SCVTV, KHTS AM-1220 and The Signal. Reservations can be made by visiting or calling the VIA office at (661) 294-8088.

The Valley Industry Association of Santa Clarita represents business interests throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, providing members the opportunity to network and collaborate on a broad range of business issues. More information about VIA is available at

Jan. 21: CLWA, State Water Execs to Talk Bay-Delta Plan

Coming Events | Santa Clarita Tourism Bureau


Upcoming Events

Check out what’s happening soon in Santa Clarita!

Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center

Celtic Nights: A Journey of Hope – January 25

Peking Acrobats – February 1

Canyon Theatre Guild presents

  • The Dixie Swim Club – January 31-March 1

Rep East Playhouse presents

  • I Love You! You’re Perfect! Now Change! – January 18 – February 15

Santa Clarita Street Fair –January 25 & 26

Ongoing Events & Attraction Hours


Six Flags Magic Mountain

Open every day through January 5 (Also, open every weekend)

Mountasia Family Fun Center & Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour – Open every day!

William S. Hart Museum Free Guided Tours

  • Wednesdays – Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Saturdays – Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Visit Heritage Junction Historic Park – Tours every Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Placerita Nature Center Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday

  • Family Nature Walk every Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

  • Native Live Animal presentation at 1:00 p.m.

JR’s Comedy Club – Every Friday and Saturday night.

Fillmore Western Railway – Reservations required: call (805) 524-2546.

Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark Museum – Docent-led tours on Saturdays

Contact Us

Santa Clarita Tourism

23920 Valencia Blvd., Suite 100

Santa Clarita CA 91355

(661) 286-4084

Coming Events | Santa Clarita Tourism Bureau

Vector Control District Has New Leader

New General Manager Truc Dever with former GM Ken Bayless. New General Manager Truc Dever with former GM Ken Bayless.

After more than six years at the helm of the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, General Manager Ken Bayless has permanently traded in his briefcase for a set of golf clubs.

Ken retired from the District at the end of December after a successful tenure leading one of the largest vector control districts in California. His leadership brought positive change to the District, positioning it as one of the most well-respected vector control agencies in the State.  Highlights of his administration include overseeing a District re-organization, implementation of a performance-based budget, and serving as a member of the Executive Board and as President of the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC). The GLACVCD staff and Trustees wish Ken a very happy retirement.

Taking up the mantle is GLACVCD’s former Director of Community Affairs, Truc Dever. After a competitive selection process conducted by a committee of Trustees, Truc was selected as the District’s new General Manager.

Truc began her vector control career serving as GLACVCD’s Public Information Officer. She was quickly promoted to the Director position where she was involved in nearly every major administrative and operational project at the District.  Truc holds a master’s degree in public administration and has been an active member of the Public Relations Committee for both the MVCAC and the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA).

Truc looks forward to working with staff, Trustees, and community members in her new capacity as General Manager.

Vector Control District Has New Leader

Pentagon News: Gitmo Detainees Moved to Slovakia; Air Ops End in Central Africa; more

Detainees are transfered from Guanatamo, air operations end in the Central African Republic and overcoming hurdles to teach Afghan medics.

Pentagon News: Gitmo Detainees Moved to Slovakia; Air Ops End in Central Africa; more

Stalin Leads Mustangs to Victory in Phoenix

Zach Stalin Zach Stalin

Cutting down an oak tree in Placerita Canyon, home of The Master’s College, demands a permit.

Cutting down the Oaks of Menlo Tuesday evening in Phoenix wasn’t as demanding as the Mustangs employed a balanced attack and never trailed in a 72-46 whipping of Menlo on the second and final day of the Embassy Suites Classic at Arizona Christian University.

Beating the Oaks for the second time in a month (a 77-73 decision on November 30), the Mustangs extended their winning streak to eight games and moved to 11-2 on the season.

Their path to victory was paved by a trio of first-half runs, mirroring the Mustangs’ method of victory the night before in a 67-46 beating of Mt. Marty.

It started with a 6-0 burst in the game’s first six minutes, keyed by a pair of Zach Stalin (Bellingham, WA) free throws and finished off by a Jason Logan (Spartanburg, SC) jumper for an 8-2 lead with 14:38 left in the opening half.

A little over a minute later, the Mustangs were at it again, ripping off nine straight points in a 2:47 span to extend their advantage to 17-6.  Derrick Fain (Dallas, TX) ignited the skein with a three-point play and fellow Texan Chris Patureau (Houston, TX) capped it off with a layup, giving the Mustangs a 17-6 lead at the 10:42 mark.

The Mustangs had another 9-0 run left in their saddle and this one essentially put the game away, although there were still more than five minutes left in the first stanza when it was over.  Fain was the initiator once again, hitting a jumper with 10:12 showing on the clock, Patureau converted back-to-back layups, and Reid Shackelford (Murrieta, TX) drained a three-pointer, handing the Mustangs a 26-8 lead with 5:29 left in the half.

The margin reached 20 points for the first time less than four minutes later (1:39) when Bernard Ireland (Victorville, CA) scored on a layup before the Oaks reeled off four straight points, reducing the Mustang lead to 35-19 at the break.

Over the opening 20 minutes, the Mustangs, paced by Patureau’s eight points, shot a solid 48% (15-31) from the field while limiting the Oaks to 33% accuracy.

The Mustangs didn’t enjoy another 20-point lead until the game’s final five minutes but the Oaks couldn’t get any closer than 13 points (37-24 at the 18:10 mark of the second half) as the Mustangs had an answer for every Menlo surge, never really letting the Oaks get in sight of a comeback.

Another Ireland basket with 13:33 left to play extended the advantage to 47-28 and when the Oaks scored four straight points, the Mustangs responded in like manner with a Patureau jumper and a Korey Anderson (Clovis, CA) layup.

Closing out the contest in dominating fashion, the Mustangs outscored the Oaks 15-5 over the final 5:53, producing the largest lead and the final score in the process.  Part of that surge was a 10-0 skein sparked by an Ireland layup and capped off by a Stalin trifecta.  In the middle, Travis Divita (Canyon Country, CA) sank a three-pointer and Patureau added a layup.

Stalin wound up with a game-high 14 points, ten of those coming in the second half, while Patureau and Lanier scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.  Four more Mustangs registered at least six points as a balanced attack led to 53% (17-32) shooting in the second half and 51% for the game.

Riding their eight-game winning streak, the Mustangs return to Southern California where, in the middle of their 2013-14 schedule, they’ll play an exhibition at UC Santa Barbara this Saturday before returning to regular-season action at Cal State San Marcos on January 7.

Stalin Leads Mustangs to Victory in Phoenix

County Ready to Award Contract for Animal Shelter Expansion

Dogs and cats aren't the only rescues at the animal shelter. Dogs and cats aren’t the only rescues at the animal shelter.

The Castaic Animal Shelter is in line to get a new spay-neuter clinic and administration building, and the county supervisors will consider awarding the construction contract Tuesday.

The expansion of the shelter at 31044 Charlie Canyon Road has formally been in the works since February 2012 when the supervisors approved the project and budgeted $1.86 million for it.

Design work started, but then soils testing found that the ground would be too susceptible to liquefaction in an earthquake. That added about $1 million to the price tag.

The supervisors approved a revised $2.9 million total budget in July 2013 and the county put the approximately $1.8 million construction part of the project to bid.

There were 18 bidders. The low bidder didn’t file all of the necessary paperwork, so county Administrator William Fujioka is asking the supervisors Tuesday to approve a $1.848 million construction contract with the second-lowest bidder, Woodcliff Corp., a general contractor in West L.A., and a total project budget of $3.17 million.

If all goes according to plan, construction would start next month and the new buildings would open in June 2015.

County Ready to Award Contract for Animal Shelter Expansion

Disney Placerita Studios Up for More Approvals

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors certified the environmental impact report last August for The Walt Disney Co.’s planned development of either eight or 12 new sound stages east of the 14 Freeway at Placerita Canyon Road.

Now, on Tuesday, the supervisors will consider approving all of the various permits that the company would need before it can actually go forth and build.

The company apparently hasn’t yet settled on eight or 12 sound stages because it’s seeking approval of two alternative tract maps -  one with 510,000 square feet of indoor studio facilities including eight sound stages and an office building; and another with 555,950 square feet of indoor studio facilities including 12 sound stages.

The construction site along Placerita Canyon Road at SR-14. Part of the planned construction site along Placerita Canyon Road at SR-14.

The construction would occur on 44 acres (plus another 14 for parking) of the 890-acre Golden Oak Ranch, which Disney has been operating since the late 1950s.

Because the company filed its plans prior to the county’s adoption in 2012 of the One Valley, One Vision city-county general plan, the studio project falls under the county’s old 1990 SCV Area Plan, which will need to be amended. That’s part of Tuesday’s planned action, along with a zone change from heavy agricultural to commercial.

Also up for consideration is an oak tree permit, because the studio project calls for the removal of 158 oaks, including 16 heritage oaks, and encroachment into the protected zone of another 83 oak trees elsewhere on the property, as identified in the EIR.

There’s also a needed parking permit, to allow for tandem (stacked) parking, possibly within an LADWP easement.

Under a requested conditional use permit, building height would be limited to 60 feet within the development area, and the CUP would authorize and regulate certain things on the rest of the property including the “relocation of a caretaker mobile home, construction of a water tank, exemption from the county’s Outdoor Lighting District hours of operation, on-site filming activities, and the continued operation and maintenance of existing outdoor motion picture sets and the filming ranch on 195 acres. The remaining 637 acres of the Ranch will be used as a buffer area and filming backdrop.”

Studio construction would occur in phases.

“Although designed to be a unified project,” the documentation states, “it is intended that the phasing will be done in such a way to allow infrastructure, access, and priority sound stages to be developed first in the event that the later phases require delayed development.”

The project proponent is Golden Oak Ranch Properties, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co.


Filming will continue at the company's "Business District" set, which is outside of the new project area. Filming will continue at the company’s “Business District” set, which is outside of the new project area.

Disney Placerita Studios Up for More Approvals

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Nonprofit Org. to Build Tot Lots in Castaic, Littlerock

Cudahy River Park before and after North East Trees rehabilitated it. Cudahy River Park before and after North East Trees rehabilitated it.

If the county supervisors say OK Tuesday, an L.A.-area nonprofit organization that benefits underprivileged children will built tot lots (play areas for kids 5 and under) at the Castaic Sports Complex and Jackie Robinson Park in Littlerock, at a combined value in excess of half a million dollars – at no cost to the county.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich is asking his colleagues to accept the gift from North East Trees, aka NET, which received the project funding from First 5 L.A.

NET was founded in 1989 by Scott Wilson, a retired L.A. Unified schoolteacher who was also a licensed landscape architect. According to the organization’s website, Wilson’s “pledge to plant 5 trees a day for the rest of his life, and his parallel commitment to helping at-risk youth find meaningful employment in the green industry, have resulted in a nonprofit organization delivering effective training and environmental restoration programs to underserved communities in the greater Los Angeles area.”

With a staff of licensed professional arborists, landscape architects, landscape designers and environmental scientists, NET designs and builds parks that “provide passive recreation opportunities and serve as gateways to bike paths, pedestrian and equestrian trails.”

Antonovich’s motion would direct the county Parks Department to enter into a license agreement with NET to construct the tot lots “in a manner satisfactory to the (parks) director.”

Nonprofit Org. to Build Tot Lots in Castaic, Littlerock

Supes to Consider Restoring Cross to County Seal

2004 version 2004 version

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider restoring a Christian cross to the county seal at their meeting Tuesday.

The cross was removed from the old seal when it was totally redesigned in 2004. At that time the central allegorical figure of the goddess Pomona was replaced with something that’s supposed to represent a native American woman – although no native American woman in California at the time of Spanish conquest wore anything close to the Roman toga that the figure on the 2004 seal is wearing – and a cross-less version of the Mission San Gabriel was added to the seal.

At the time, the cross was missing from the actual San Gabriel Mission because it was undergoing renovation. Now the cross is back on the actual mission building, and Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Don Knabe want it added to the depiction of the mission in order to make the seal “historically correct.” (So far no word on fixing the central figure, though.)

Their motion reads as follows:

Pre-2004 county seal Pre-2004 county seal

“The San Gabriel Mission is arguably the birthplace of the Los Angeles County region. The Mission, also known as the “Pride of the California Missions”, is the historic center for culture and art for this entire area. For hundreds of years the Mission has been an influence on the expansion and development of Los Angeles County. It was the site of the area’s first hospital and the birthplace of the last Spanish governor of Alta California, Pio Pico. Moreover, the U.S. National Park Service recognizes the Mission as the core of the community that was forming in Southern California in the mid-1800s.

“In order to commemorate the significant role of the San Gabriel Mission in the historical and cultural development of Los Angeles County, its image is on the County seal along with a Native American woman holding a basket, engineering instruments, the Spanish galleon San Salvador, a tuna, a cow, the Hollywood Bowl, and two stars representing the County’s motion picture and television industries.

“The current rendering of the Mission on the seal is artistically and architecturally inaccurate. At the time that the seal was redesigned in 2004, the cross had been missing from the top of the Mission since 1989 when it was taken down to retrofit the structure after damage from the Whittier Narrows earthquake. The cross was returned to the top of the Mission in 2009 after being lost for decades.

“WE, THEREFORE, MOVE that the Board of Supervisors direct the Chief Executive Officer to make the County seal artistically, aesthetically and architecturally correct by placing the cross on top of the San Gabriel Mission in order to accurately reflect the cultural and historical role that the Mission played in the development of the Los Angeles County region.”

Supes to Consider Restoring Cross to County Seal

Several Pavley Bills Take Effect in 2014

Fran Pavley Fran Pavley

Several pieces of legislation authored by state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, who represents about half of the Santa Clarita Valley, take effect in 2014. Other Pavley bills are 2-year bills that await further action.


Bills Signed by the Governor

Senate Bill 4 – Fracking Regulations Chapter 313

Addresses the growing national concern about the impacts of hydraulic fracturing (otherwise known as “fracking”) on communities and the environment. Hydraulic fracturing is a controversial and potentially risky well stimulation treatment to enhance oil and gas production. SB 4 directs the California Division of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) to enact comprehensive hydraulic fracturing regulations, in consultation with additional regulators, which include advanced public notice of planned fracking activities and fracking fluid chemical disclosure.

Senate Bill 11/Assembly Bill 8 (Pavley/Perea) – Clean Transportation Incentives (AB 118/Moyer Programs) – Chapter 401

Improves public health and the economy by continuing critical funding programs that help clean the air. These programs are paid for by dedicated vehicle, tire, vessel, and smog abatement fees and do not require general fund revenues. California’s highly successful and proven clean air incentive programs were set to sunset, just as the investments are needed most to meet our clean air, public health, climate, and economic development goals. This legislation continues the funding, in lieu of regulatory action, to construct the minimum fueling infrastructure necessary to support the impending introduction of new clean vehicle technologies.

Senate Bill 114 – Sex Trafficking Pilot Project Sunset Extension – Chapter 42

Extends the sunset of the Los Angeles County Sex Trafficking Pilot Program. This program will implement a comprehensive, replicative, multidisciplinary model for addressing the needs and effective treatment of commercially sexually exploited minors.
Sponsor: Children’s Advocacy Institute

Senate Bill 145 – Child Pornography Sentencing – Chapter 777

Increases penalties for possession of child pornography, with the intent of targeting the worst offenders. Under current law, the strongest penalty for possession of child pornography is only three years in prison. This bill would raise the potential sentence to five years.
Sponsor: Ventura County District Attorney

Senate Bill 203 – Ventura County Transit – Funding Flexibility for Smaller Cities – Chapter 464

Permits cities under 100,000 in Ventura County to join other smaller cities in the state in providing flexibility to meet transit or local road needs. SB 203 deletes references in current law to the Ventura County Transit Plan and consequently, allows cities in Ventura County with smaller populations to use Transportation Development Act funds for either transit or local streets and roads, provided the use conforms with the findings of the unmet needs test. Ventura County had previously been exempted from this provision in law while they were developing their Regional County Transit Plan.

Senate Bill 236 – Moorpark Unified School District: “Middle College” – Chapter 716

Authorizes the Moorpark Unified School District (USD) to operate it’s “Middle College” program on a four-day school week. Middle College is an accelerated academic program in which students take both high school and college courses concurrently. The goal of this bill is to provide Moorpark USD with the flexibility needed for the Middle College curriculum. Typically, four-day school weeks are used to reduce school district costs; however, in this case the authorization is entirely for the academic benefit of Moorpark’s Middle College students.
Sponsor: Moorpark Unified School District

Senate Bill 352 (Pavley/Hernandez – Principal Coauthor) – Physician Assistants/Medical Assistant Supervision – Chapter 286

Allows physicians to delegate the task of Medical Assistant supervision to a Physician Assistant (PA) across all outpatient medical settings where Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners currently function, without requiring a physician’s presence. The law already allows this practice in community clinics. This change is necessary if California hopes to accommodate the dramatic increase in patients expected to result from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California which will require the health care delivery system to accommodate an additional 4 to 6 million people.
Sponsor: California Academy of Physician Assistants

Senate Bill 368 – Special Education Credentialing – Chapter 717

This bill is designed to help ensure qualified special education teachers are not required to take unnecessary and duplicative coursework. It codifies guidelines published by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing which provide a process in which coursework and experience from multiple CTC-approved programs are credited towards added authorizations for education specialist (special education) credential holders. This process would only apply to education specialist credential holders and to coursework associated with added authorizations. These guidelines were created in response to prior legislation, AB 2226 (Ruskin, 2008).
Sponsor: California Federation of Teachers

Senate Bill 459 – Affordable Clean Cars – Chapter 437

Requires the State Air Resources Board, in consultation with other state agencies, to submit a plan to the Legislature that identifies opportunities to save middle-income households money on gasoline by accelerating incentives for more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Senate Bill 460 – Harmful Reproductive Toxins Education – Chapter 667

Requires the California Department of Public Health to modify the prenatal testing program’s educational materials to include information concerning the importance of avoiding consumer products that are known to be harmful to reproductive health. Educating pregnant women about harmful chemicals present in everyday life will help them limit their exposure and give their babies a better, healthier start in life.

Senate Bill 463 – Judicial Sentencing Procedures – Chapter 508

Ensures a three year continuation of California’s judicial sentencing procedures which provide for a jury trial to determine if a defendant is guilty or not guilty of a crime, but rely upon the sound discretion of a judge to determine an appropriate prison term, without additional fact finding. This system not only provides for balanced judicial review, but it also saves money as a jury trial for sentencing would require additional state resources to hire more prosecutors, public defenders and judges at a time when courts are struggling to pay for basic services. California’s current sentencing law sunsets on January 1, 2014. If the law is not extended, California will revert to a law that was held to be unconstitutional.
Sponsor: Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office

Senate Bill 630 – Tahoe Compact Restoration – Chapter 762

Emphasizes the importance of the Tahoe Regional Compact by developing a contingency plan if Nevada follows through with its state law to withdraw from the bi-state Tahoe Compact. The contingency plan would restore the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency which would become the entity that undertakes the land-use planning, project approval, and other activities in the Tahoe Basin that are necessary to help improve water clarity and protect other important conservation values.

Senate Bill 651 (Pavley/Leno) – Sexual Assault in Developmental Centers – Chapter 724

Requires outside medical forensic exams for alleged rape victims to ensure proper evidence collection and protect against future assaults in California’s developmental centers and state hospitals. In addition, the bill stipulates that failure to report a sexual assault or other violent crime to law enforcement will result in either civil penalties or a Class B citation.
Sponsor: California Disability Rights


Bills Pending Action in 2014 (2-Year Bills)

Senate Bill 40 – Water Bond

Intends to reduce and refocus California’s $11.1 billion water bond.

Senate Bill 212 – APLE Grant Expansion

Expands and increase funding for the Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE). The goal of this bill is to provide a fiscal incentive for college students to pursue a career in education. The APLE grant is a competitive teacher incentive program designed to encourage outstanding students, etc. to become a California teacher in subject areas where there is a teacher shortage. APLE participants who provide designated teaching service in the area of math, science, etc., instruction are eligible to receive specified amounts in loan assumption benefits. Last year, the Legislature eliminated funding for any new applicants.

Senate Bill 264 – Safe Laboratory Testing for Medicare Patients

Ensures safe, appropriate and cost-effective laboratory testing for Medicare fee-for-service patients. Requires that all Affordable Care Organizations (ACOs) created for Medicare Shared Savings patients in California have clinical laboratory testing advisory boards in an effort to provide proper testing and guidelines for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. Currently, California has 24 ACOs in the state, including ones formed by Cedar Sinai, ULCA and others in Southern California.
Sponsor: California Society of Pathologists

Senate Bill 577 – Expanding Employment Opportunities for people with Developmental Disabilities

Creates a program to promote service providers to offer job exploration and preparation service for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Senate Bill 633 – CEQA

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) already has a process for the CEQA Guidelines amended by the Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and for those amendments to be certified by the Secretary for Natural Resources. This bill would use that process and authorize, but not require, OPR to propose revisions to the guidelines for temporary events of all sorts that it determines do not have a significant effect on the environment and are qualified to be exempt from CEQA.

Several Pavley Bills Take Effect in 2014

Levine, Popular SCV Community Theatre Actor, Dies at 67

Michael Levine Michael Levine

[KHTS] – The Santa Clarita theater community suffered a great loss when Mike Levine, 67, collapsed in his home and was rushed to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in the early afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 31.  Attempts by paramedics and hospital staff to revive him were unsuccessful, and he succumbed to what is believed to be a fatal heart attack.

Levine was an award-winning stage actor and director, spending over two decades sharing his craft with Santa Clarita actors and audiences alike. Many know him from his performance as Tevye in the Santa Clarita Repertory Theater production of “Fiddler On The Roof,” but his resume is overloaded with spectacular characters and performances including “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “All My Sons,” “Proof,” and “On Golden Pond,” to name a few. He was last seen portraying the character of Mr. Potter in the Canyon Theatre Guild’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” which closed just before Christmas.

Directing credits include the award-winning “The Lion in Winter”, “Who’s Life Is It, Anyway?” and “Steel Magnolias” at the Canyon Theatre Guild. He also directed the critically acclaimed “A Few Good Men” at the Repertory East Playhouse. He was considered to be a mentor to many who worked with him, and would go out of his way to help even the youngest of participants.

Levine as Tevye in 1995 | Photo courtesy of George Cummings Levine as Tevye in the 1995 CTG production of “Fiddler on the Roof” | Photo courtesy of George Cummings

Actor Tom Lund, 26, recalls his first encounter with Levine. “In 1994, I auditioned for my first show at the Canyon Theatre Guild: Goldielocks and the Christmas Bears,” he recalled.  “I was an absolute nervous wreck, and believe it or not, 100% shy. They wanted to see if I could follow directions or do some easy movements by doing a somersault across the stage. I was so nervous I couldn’t move. He got up and crouched down next to me and told me it was okay. He wanted me to just get mad and grab the pencil from his hand. He then walked 10 feet away and had me get the pencil. I got in that show.”

Lori D’Itri also recalls his unique directorial style when he cast her in the 2002 production of “Steel Magnolias” at the Canyon Theatre Guild. “Mr Levine worked with us each one by one and my turn came up. He sat in one chair, and had me sit in a chair directly in front of him facing him. He told me he was an angel and wanted desperately to understand and empathize with me as to what happened when my [character's] daughter died to help him understand my feelings at that moment. He looked at me as an unknowing angel with a transformed angel’s face and persona, like so innocent trying to understand. It was amazing. We both cried our guts out.”

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Levine caught the acting bug very early on. His family moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960′s, where he continued his passion through live theater, summer stock, and the occasional movie role. He also worked as a radio disc jockey, and was the original Program Director and midday DJ when KBET first began broadcasting in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, son, Adam, and brother Ron.

In his recent interview on KHTS’ The Friday Matinee, he summed up his acting passion in two sentences. “Acting is believing. I can make you laugh, I can make you cry, I can make you think.” Then he added, “Never give up your dreams.”

Levine, Popular SCV Community Theatre Actor, Dies at 67

Search Still On for Missing Teen; PI Hired

[KHTS] – The family of Bryce Laspisa is asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact a private investigator, according to a person hired by the family to help find him.

“What has been a problem from the start with this is that there have been a lot of agencies involved, and a lot of good-hearted people,” said Shannon Tulloss, a private investigator. “It has been a blessing to the Laspisa family — unfortunately, it has resulted in a lot of misinformation,” she said.

After Laspisa’s 2003 Toyota Highlander was found overturned on the Castaic Lake Main Boat Launch access road at the end of August, a search lasting several weeks was undertaken by Sheriff’s Department officials.

Laspisa, 19, was apparently on his way home from college, when his car ran out of gas.

Bryce Laspisa Bryce Laspisa

What happened next is still subject to speculation, but a private investigator hired by his family believes he’s still out there, based on her ongoing investigation.

“He likely did not sustain a debilitating injury at the scene,” the investigator said, noting the absence of blood that would be associated with such an injury. “Given his physical conditioning, he absolutely had the ability to leave the scene.”

There were also two sets of dogs that tracked him walking away, she said.

“Logic is usually our best friend,” Tulloss said. “All the logical facts surrounding this case seem to indicate that likely he walked away from the scene.”

Community members led several search parties for the missing teen, and while there have been several reported sightings, there has no been no positive identification.

Officials are no longer searching, she said, having deemed Laspisa “a willfully missing adult.”

As a result, any information about his whereabouts submitted to law enforcement agencies would not be tracked, because he is not being actively investigated as a missing person, she said. Tulloss asked that anyone with information use a private phoneline the family has established.

While Tulloss acknowledges that he’s not a minor, she’s still seeking Laspisa because Mike and Karen Laspisa want to know their only child is OK, she said.

“Since he is an adult, he has every right to be missing,” she said. “He has a legal right to be unavailable, and if that’s his choice, then the family will respect that.”

However, she’s hoping to appeal to Bryce or friends of his on different grounds.

“The moral necessity is that his family be informed that he is alright, and he’s OK, ” she said. “They would love the opportunity to rebuild the relationship.”

Anyone with information on Bryce Laspisa’s whereabouts is being asked by family members to contact 949-292-4400.



Search Still On for Missing Teen; PI Hired

Lots in Store for 2014 | Message from the City Manager

Ken Striplin Ken Striplin

Greetings and Happy New Year!

As we begin our new calendar year, I would like to share with you some of the programs and projects your city is working on for 2014.

Sports tourism is an important component of our local economy, and in 2014 we have plans to bring excellent events to our city – which helps our local economy and also garners national and international exposure.

In May, the city will host two starts for the Amgen Tour of California bike race.  This marks the sixth year that Santa Clarita has been selected as a host city for this prestigious event. We will also host a world-wide event n 2014, the The Red Bull Wings for Life race.

This year, we are helping to improve our community through a multi-million-dollar capital improvement program.  Included in this work program for 2014 we will: complete the widening of the McBean Parkway bridge near the post office; complete the roundabout in Old Town Newhall; finish two sports fields at Central Park; start the widening of the Golden Valley bridge over SR 14; complete the Sand Canyon/SR 14 beautification project; complete the acquisition of Las Lomas (Gateway Ranch and Valley Vista Properties) open space; open a business incubator; complete several beautification projects on Sierra Highway and Newhall Avenue; and increase our city reserve funds.

This spring, the city will once again host the annual Earth Arbor Day and the 21st annual Cowboy Festival at Melody Ranch. Next it’s the free summer concerts in the park and the annual Marathon, to name a few fun things to look forward to.

If you are interested in any of these programs or events or would like to volunteer, log on to our city’s website for details at, or call us at 661-259-2489.

Here’s to a great new year!


Ken Striplin is city manager of the city of Santa Clarita.


Lots in Store for 2014 | Message from the City Manager

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Debbie Kelly

Newhall Escrow Co. is celebrating it’s 50 year anniversary.

Episode 6d

Hosts: Steve Corn & Gene Bleecker

Guest: Debbie Kelly

Taped: December 13, 2013

Televised:  December 30, 2013

Debbie Kelly

Baby 'Safely Surrendered' at SCV Hospital

safesurrenderbaby[KHTS] – A baby boy was surrendered at a Valencia hospital on Sunday, as part of Los Angeles County’s Safe Surrender Program, according to a press release from the office of County Supervisor Don Knabe.

It was the ninth time in 2013 that a baby has been surrendered in the county.

As is standard practice, the newborn is in protective custody and will be placed with a family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services.

“Just a few months ago, we launched a new Safe Surrender outreach campaign with a message to desperate mothers that ‘there is a better choice,’” Knabe said in the release. “This mother made the better choice by safely surrendering her baby at a hospital, and now her child has a chance to be part of a loving family. As word continues to spread about the Program, other moms in similar situations can make the right choice for their babies and themselves, because of Safe Surrender. What better way to begin a new year than with the gift of life for this baby boy.”

The Safe Surrender program was unanimously approved by the board of supervisors in 2001 and has since received 113 surrendered children, including the infant on Sunday.

The program allows parents to surrender an infant that is no more than three days old and shows no signs of abuse.

The person surrendering the infant may fill out a voluntary medical history form to assist in the baby’s care. They will also be given an I.D. bracelet matching one on the baby’s ankle in case they want to reclaim the baby within 14 days of surrender.

There are Safe Surrender locations available throughout the county, at any fire station or hospital.

Specifically in the Santa Clarita Valley, this includes the following locations.

* Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway

* Fire Station 73, 24875 Railroad Avenue

* Fire Station 76, 27223 Henry Mayo Drive

* Fire Station 104, 26201 Golden Valley Road

* Fire Station 107, 18239 Soledad Canyon Road

* Fire Station 111, 26829 Seco Canyon Road

* Fire Station 123, 26321 Sand Canyon Road

* Fire Station 124, 25870 Hemingway Avenue

* Fire Station 126, 26320 Citrus Street

* Fire Station 128, 28450 Whites Canyon Rd

* Fire Station 132, 29310 Sand Canyon Road

* Fire Station 149, 31770 Ridge Route Road

* Fire Station 156, 24525 Copperhill Drive


In 2002, a year after the Safe Surrender Program went into effect, 13 infants were abandoned, eight of whom died.

In 2013, only one baby died from abandonment, according to the most recent data from

More information about the Safe Surrender Program is available here or by calling (626) 258-2059.

Baby 'Safely Surrendered' at SCV Hospital

Law Enforcement Encourages Safe Celebrations

lasdmotors[KHTS] – Officials with the California Highway Patrol and the Sheriff’s Department are reminding residents of the importance of celebrating safely on New Year’s Eve.

“If the celebration plans include alcohol, designate a driver before the festivities begin,” according to a CHP statement. “The CHP will be ringing in the New Year on the roadway with motorists as part of a Maximum Enforcement Period, which begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday and continues through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.”

Local police departments are also hosting a campaign to discourage anyone from firing weapons into the air on New Year’s Eve.

“The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have joined forces to launch its Countywide and Citywide Gunfire Reduction Campaign,” according to officials.

“This campaign is designed to help reduce incidents of indiscriminate gunfire that have become a deadly new year’s tradition in the city and county,” officials said.

The Gunfire Reduction Campaign aims to advise the community that ringing in the New Year with gunfire will not be tolerated in the city and county of Los Angeles, officials said.

Discharging a firearm into the air is punishable by one year in state prison. Anyone arrested for discharging a firearm will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

And while safe, defensive driving is being stressed, it’s also an especially important time to remember to put on seat belts, the statement continued.

“In an effort to promote safety on California’s roadways we will have every available officer on patrol throughout the holiday travel period,” said Commissioner Joe Farrow. “With all the excitement and celebration, the holidays can be a particularly deadly time due to an increased number of impaired drivers on the roads.”

This holiday season, the CHP joins with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for their aggressive “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign.

In addition, the public is encouraged to call 9-1-1 if they suspect another driver of being under the influence.

Be prepared to provide the dispatcher with the location, make, model and license plate no. of the vehicle, and any other pertinent information.

“Our hope is that drivers will make responsible decisions ahead of time,” Farrow said. “There are plenty of transportation alternatives to getting behind the wheel.

Among the suggestions he offers are: Designate a sober driver, take a taxi or use public transportation.

“We want everyone to start the new year,” he said. “The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of safety, service and security to the people of California.”

Law Enforcement Encourages Safe Celebrations

Blotter: 16 Part-1 Crimes in Canyon Country-West

crimezone7canyoncountryCanyon Country West, Zone 7

Public Safety and Crime Prevention Information

Snapshot for 12-23-2013 to 12-29-2013

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Crime Prevention Unit


This past week in Zone 7, the following Part-1 Crimes occurred:

(1) Aggravated Assault, (2) Residential Burglaries, (2) Commercial Burglaries, (1) Vehicle Burglary, (3) Thefts From Unlocked Vehicles, (3) Shoplift, (1) Grand Theft, (2) Petty Thefts and (1) GTA.

An aggravated assault occurred near the 26800 block of Claudette Street. Deputies, responding to the location regarding a domestic violence incident, arrested a male and female after an altercation became physical. The case is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Station Detectives.

A residential burglary occurred near the 20400 block of Soledad Canyon Road. Unknown suspects entered the residence and took several electronic items. There were no signs of forced entry.

A commercial burglary occurred near the 18500 block of Soledad Canyon Road. Upon arriving to work, the owner noticed the front door to the business was unlocked. The unknown suspect(s) pried open a cash register and took an undetermined amount of U.S. Currency.

A vehicle burglary occurred near the 18000 block of Beneda Lane. The victim’s front and rear passenger windows were both shattered with an unknown object. The vehicle was ransacked and it was unknown at the time of the report, if anything was taken.

A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred near the 19600 block of Pleasantdale Street. The victim’s purse was taken from the center console of the vehicle.

A petty theft/shoplift occurred near the 26400 block of Carl Boyer Drive. A male suspect was detained by loss prevention personnel when he walked out of the location, failing to pay for a television. The suspect was subsequently arrested by responding Santa Clarita Station Deputies.

A grand theft occurred near the 16400 block of Sierra Highway. Unknown suspects scaled the walls of the location and attempted to take several battery chargers. The suspects were able to steal a winch, which was taken from a trailer located inside the yard of the location.

A petty theft occurred near the 27500 block of Camp Plenty Road. An item delivered in a UPS package was taken from the victim’s front porch.

A GTA occurred near the 17900 block of Sierra Highway. A 2011 Chevrolet HHR was taken from the parking lot of the location. The vehicle was recovered the following day by the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.


Deputy Jeremy Carr

661-255-1121 EXT. 5158

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Twitter @SCVSheriff

Twitter @jdLASD

SCV Station Homepage –

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Blotter: 16 Part-1 Crimes in Canyon Country-West

December 31, 2013

  • An act of vandalism caused at least $1,000 in damage to Castaic Elementary School over Christmas week.

  • A baby boy was surrendered at a Valencia hospital on Sunday, as part of Los Angeles County’s Safe Surrender Program.

  • The family of Bryce Laspisa is still searching and asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact a private investigator.

  • Warm weather is here for the first week of 2014.

  • The OutWest Concert Series is back to ring in the new year.

December 31, 2013

Weekly Crime Blotter: Newhall

crimezone6Newhall Zone 6

Public Safety and Crime Prevention

Info for the week of 12/23/13 through 12/29/2013


A look back at the crimes reported in the Newhall area last week:

A male victim had his wallet stolen while he walking on Walnut Street at 11:30 a.m., near 24800 block. The victim and two witnesses described the suspects as 2 Male Hispanics in their mid-20’s. The suspect’s vehicle was described as a newer model, gray 4 door sedan, possibly a Toyota.

If you witnessed the theft, detectives could use information to help solve the crime. Call the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s station at (661)255-1121. If you want to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at (800)222-8477, or text the letters, TIPLA plus your tip to 274637.

Two commercial burglaries were reported. On December 28th, a shoplift burglary was reported in the, 24300 block of Main Street, then on December 29th, a window smash burglary occurred in the 25200 block of Wiley Canyon.

One vehicle burglary was reported at an apartment complex in the 23600 block of Meadowridge Drive. A window was smashed, and the victim’s wallet was stolen.

In the early morning hours of December 29th, a fight occurred in the 22500 block of 8th Street, resulting in an assault being reported.

Overall crime in the Newhall “Zone 6” area this year is down significantly. The drop in crime can partially be attributed to public awareness and crime prevention. Keep locking your doors, securing and concealing your personal property, look out for each other, and let’s have a great 2014.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station polices the City of Santa Clarita and the unincorporated communities of a portion of the Angeles National Forest, as well as Bouquet Canyon, Canyon County, Castaic, Gorman, Hasley Canyon, Newhall, Neenach, Sand Canyon, Santa Clarita, Saugus, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Sleepy Valley, Southern Oaks, Stevenson Ranch, Sunset Point, Tesoro del Valle, Valencia, Val Verde, West Hills and West Ranch:


Deputy Danial Dantice

661-255-1121 EXT. 4411

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Twitter @SCVSheriff

SCV Station Homepage –

Facebook –

Weekly Crime Blotter: Newhall

Newhall Family Foundation Will Match Your Donation to Single Mothers Outreach

smo-logoTwo years ago, Melanie Lightbourn-Rowe was newly divorced, new to the Santa Clarita Valley, and facing an uncertain future. Melanie needed a lifeline. She found one in Single Mothers Outreach (SMO), and thanks to donors like you, she got the help she needed. SMO shared her journey as she worked toward self-sufficiency.

“I got so much more than I had bargained for,” she says. “I had a ton of financial issues that I didn’t know how to resolve, but through SMO and the programs they offer, like Financial Peace University, I was able to pay off my debt and focus on saving for emergencies.”

Our contributors and more than 130 volunteers make a major difference in the lives of single parents and their children. Thanks to contributions from our donors, SMO provides programs and services that strengthen families and help as many as 450 single parents each year on their journey to independence.

Only through the generosity of our supporters can we help single parents like Melanie, whose outlook today is much brighter than it was just two years ago.

“As single parents we are not hopeless, nor are we crippled by our circumstances. We are uniquely strengthened because there is something that resides in us that pushes us to greatness,” she says. “We seldom seek help for ourselves because we are proud to be self-sufficient. I had to place my pride in my back pocket. I realized that if a little help goes a long way, then a lot of help could change a life! And that is what SMO provides.”

If you have already contributed to SMO’s 2013 giving campaign, we sincerely thank you for your continued support, and for helping us continue to change lives. If you have not yet done so, we hope the successes of the parents we serve will inspire you to continue supporting our programs for single parents. All donors will be honored on a special page at and on a banner at our Newhall office.

You can make your contribution online at We also encourage you to follow us on Twitter, @SMOSantaClarita, as we strive to guide single mothers on their journey toward self-reliance.


DaAnne Smith, Executive Director

Jeffrey Shapiro, Board President


P.S. We are proud to announce that your contribution will be generously matched by the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation.


Newhall Family Foundation Will Match Your Donation to Single Mothers Outreach

Pentagon News: Military Needs Blood; Army Releases Suicide Data; more

The military encourages blood donors, the Army releases new suicide data and a new agency aims to improve delivery of military health care while cutting costs.

Pentagon News: Military Needs Blood; Army Releases Suicide Data; more

Bound by the Years | Commentary by Darryl Manzer

Darryl Manzer Darryl Manzer

By the time I get back to California, I’m sure something will have changed in the SCV. I do know that one change was completed. How is the new roundabout in Newhall working out? Has the first accident happened yet?

This has been a good trip to Kentucky for Christmas. The grandkids were fantastic. The food was too much, and the laughter and joy were beyond compare. It is just what we all needed, considering what we might be facing in the coming year.

This could very well be the last Christmas we get to celebrate with Grandma Kathie. The cancer isn’t stopping, and the doctors are fresh out of what they can do. We are all praying for a miracle.

We are divorced, but one cannot erase the feelings and memories of 40 years. It is now that we are remembering the good times and not the hurt of events leading to the marriage ending.

We’ve managed to recount almost every Christmas together – and apart – since 1968. Sometimes, because I was at sea on a submarine, Christmas came in January instead of December. There were times, when money was tight, that we gave each other gifts of a car wash, or raking the leaves or any other “chores” we could give.

Later on when the boys were grown and had families, we spent far too much on the grandkids, and loved doing it. Still do. We went on a cruise or two. It was the time we spent together that was so important.

We gave each other the gift of love. We still do. It has changed but hasn’t gone away. We know we can’t live together or even in the same town or state, but all of those years still bind us. Is this bad? I know it isn’t bad. We are better friends today.

But it hurts. It hurts knowing she is having her last Christmas, her last time watching the New Year come anew. We are planning to watch the Rose Parade, with all of us gathered around the TV. It was and still is a tradition we can have one last time.

This year we are all celebrating her life. She has given so much to us over the years. The joys and laughter far exceed the pain of the divorce. In fact, we no longer talk about our being apart but just enjoy the family so much more when we are all together.

At this point in her life, as the cancer invades more of her brain, she falls asleep during conversations, and she has a real problem with time. You can call her at 5 in the afternoon and she’ll ask you why you are calling so early in the morning. Her short-term memory is very short-term. She can walk out of a room to get something, and I’ll find her sitting in another room reading and not realizing she went to get something. And then she asks me when I got to her place. I just say “a little while ago” and turn away with tears in my eyes.

I hate cancer. I hate the disease and the word, too. It took my mother in 1967. Now it is taking the mother of my sons. Her sons. Our sons. And it hurts. I can’t describe the pain of watching her slowly fade. The doctors say there won’t be much pain, but she will just sleep more and more until she is in eternal sleep. That thought is so painful.

Celebrating her life, indeed all life, is a lot better than sitting around in tears. I’ve a picture of her taken in 1969 or so. We were both at San Fernando Valley State at the time. That place has a new name today. Anyway, the picture was taken at William S. Hart Park. She is leaning on one of the big trees.

She sure was beautiful then. And is now, too. That picture traveled all over the world with me. Usually underwater. In fact, it made some extra time underwater because I left it on the submarine and had to wait to get it back when it arrived at port in Connecticut.

One time I took her up Pico Canyon and we walked to the top of PCO Hill, all the way from Pico Cottage. Sure enough, there are pictures of us on that little hike, too.

I won’t share those pictures just yet. They are memories we aren’t ready to share in pictures. Just know we had smiles on our faces and looked so young.

I’ll let you all know how she is doing, the next few months. How I pray it will be years, but I don’t know. It isn’t in the hands of the doctors or any medical treatment. The family has no say, either. Only God can work the miracle we are praying for every day.

But I like to think we’ve already had the miracle. We’ve had Kathie as a part of our lives since 1968. However how much longer she remains in this life is up to God.

Each passing part of time is a miracle. Our prayers are being answered in God’s way. Not mine.

This last day of 2013, I wish you all the happiest of New Years and pray that you’ll not have to face what we are facing with Kathie.

And when that day comes, I will have to go to Hart Park and the top of PCO Hill. She and I saw some golden eagles there once. A pair. They seemed to be playing in the air. She will soar with them that day. And I will celebrate her and her memory until we all meet again.

Happy New Year.


Darryl Manzer grew up in the Pico Canyon oil town of Mentryville in the 1960s and attended Hart High School. After a career in the U.S. Navy he returned to live in the Santa Clarita Valley. He can be reached at and his commentaries, published on Tuesdays and Sundays, are archived at Watch his walking tour of Mentryville [here].



Bound by the Years | Commentary by Darryl Manzer