Month in Review – Snapshots from last month’s most significant news and developments – June 2017

by | May 26, 2017 | Community

May is National Bicycle Safety Month

Los Angeles County Sheriff Department (LASD) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) announced that may was the month for bicycle safety and awareness. The national Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that several hundred cyclists were killed and well over 45,000 injured. With cycling being ever more popular LASD and OTS believe this is the best time more than ever to learn about bicycle safety. The LASD conducted specialized Bicycle Safety Enforcement Operations that helped in lowering probability of crashes and death. In areas where crashes were more frequent extra officers were placed to patrol.
For more information on Bicycle Safety Month, please visit

Acosta Cracks Down on the UC System

Santa Clarita Valleys’ own Assemblyman Dante Acosta purses a forensic audit of the UC slush fund. On Tuesday May 2nd, Acosta requested a subpoena for all financial records and correspondence related to the secret $175 million slush fund while students saw an increase in tuition and fees. It has been rumored that the Office of the President has misallocated the funds for payment to administrators, bonuses, remodel for the president’s home, and other non-academic purposes. The audit will answer many of questions and put to rest the anxiety and frustration of the families and students.

Becki Basham Named Hart Park Volunteer of the Month.

Becki Basham was named William S. Hart Regional Park’s volunteer of the Month for May 2017. Basham was called to action after reading a newspaper requesting for volunteers in 2006. Soon after joining, she underwent a six-week long training to work in the old log cabin gift store.  After sometime she moved into management. Then in 2007 Basham joined the board of Friends and has dedicated her service for the past decade. Currently Becki and husband Roger continually volunteers manage all phases of Hart Park gift shop operations.

Self Service Terminals Now in Santa Clarita

Tired of the long lines and crowded waiting areas at the DMV. Wait no more with the new Self-Service Terminals. The terminals make it faster to get your vehicle registration renewed and tags for licenses. The system requires the vehicle registration renewal notice or the most recent registration card. The machine is touch screen and provides both English and Spanish language options. The kiosk offers additional services to include applying for planned non-operation status. Look for these machines located in several retail locations throughout SCV.
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Water Main Breaks on Bouquet Canyon

The corner of Bouquet Canyon and Newhall Ranch Road is still closed from the huge whole caused by the water main break on May 11. Road crews worked tirelessly to repair the damages and the anticipated time of reopen was pushed back to 4pm May 12. To temporarily help traffic engineers adjusted signal timing to prevent any backups.
For updates on transit routes please follow Santa Clarita Transit on Twitter @SCTBus.

A Boy Scout Helps Foster Care Teens with Eagle Project

Julian Sotelo sought help to supply 100 duffel bags with personal items to help teenage boys and girls. Such items such as clothes, blankets and toiletries will go to help foster youth in the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas. Sotelo is from Boy Scout Troop 583 in Castaic and with his Eagle project, and help from the community, he seeks funds to help his efforts. He was inspired to help by his younger sister who was a foster youth.  Help Sotelo through his GoFundMe page.

CWLA Hosts Annual Open House

Hundreds flock to the annual Castaic Lake Water Agency open house. It was hosted at Central Park giving several hundred community members a peak into how they get their water. The 20-minute tours gave an inside look on how water was cleaned. The event also provided techniques for water conservation and tips for gardening that save both money and water.
HMNH Beam Signing Ceremony

It is a tradition in the construction industry to commemorate the final steel beam as it is set in place on the frame of a building. As the 6 story New Patient Tower arises on the Henry Mayo campus, we wanted to honor that tradition, with a twist.  We chose to set that final piece of steal out in a location where our physicians, employees and hospital volunteers can sign it so that they can be a permanent part of the new Patient Tower construction. The beam was placed in our construction parking lot and the Hospital family was invited to stop by and sign it! On May 23, it will be set in place as part of the steel frame.
The New Patient Tower will add up to 142 private rooms, including an expanded state of the art Women’s Unit, and a new cafeteria and relocated helipad. The building will be open to patients in mid-2019. Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation is undergoing a capital campaign to raise $25 million towards this new building.

Post Office is Delivering More than Just Mail

The 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive was a huge success. This national drive helps gather food for local organizations and needy families. The post office sent out a paper bag to millions of homes for them to fill with food. Saturday May 13th the Post office collected these bags and delivered them to local homeless shelters and needy families. The Santa Clarita valley Food Pantry were one of the establishments that benefited greatly from this drive. The president, Jason Schaff stated, “Without the Letter Carriers Food Drive, It would be very difficult for the food pantry to have enough food throughout the year.”

LIMS Host a Tribute to David Bowie

A committee of musicians and friends salute to the late David Bowie by hosting a benefits that supports the WiSH Education Foundation. This non-profit organization helps support the William S. Hart Union High School District’s student programs that otherwise would not be affordable. Through the efforts of Wolf Creek Brewery and Jersey Mike’s Subs this event raised close to $3500 to help fund the music program.

LASD Combats Cyber Threats

A Canyon High School Student was cited and detained after a threat was posted on social media. Law enforcement patrolled the school the supposed day of the threat to make students feel safe and secure.  Sheriff Deputies reported that the threat held no merit and the student in question was held accountable. Classes went on as normal and the Principal took a stance by asking parents to talk with their students about social media threats and their ramifications.

Reward Increased for Person of Interest in the Case of Valencia Missing Person

Valencia resident, William Cierzan was reported missing late January.
The City of Santa Clarita along with an anonymous source are offering a $20,000 reward for any information on the whereabouts of the person responsible for his disappearance. January 26, 2017 Linda Cierzan, victim’s wife, reported that she spoke with him that day but when she returned home to an empty house she noticed his wallet, keys, and phone were still there. Investigators were called to conduct a missing person report. After conducting the investigation, detectives found blood in the residence.
Those with any information are encouraged to call Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 and contact Detective Ralph Hernandez or Detective John Carlin. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to (274637), or using the website




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