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

by | Oct 26, 2017 | Community

COC Launches a “Unique” Program

College of the Canyons announced that as of Spring 2018 they will offer job opportunities for people on in the Autism Spectrum with the new Uniquely Abled Academy (UAA). The program gives 420 hours, 12-week training to high functioning individuals who want to work as Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machinists. This particular job requires great attention to detail and tasks can be repetitive, which could highly benefit those with Autism. Mike Bastine, director of the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) at College of the Canyons shared, “This CNC machining program is only the beginning.” There are plans for more manufacturing programs.
The J-Team Helps the Youth of Santa Clarita

Business owners and residents relayed concerns to the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department about unsupervised youth, especially during afterschool hours. As a result of community feedback, the J-Team and school resource deputies began conducting juvenile suppression operations. When school lets out in the afternoon, many juveniles seek activities to keep busy- but unfortunately some of the activities may not be appropriate or they may be criminal in nature. During the operations, J- Team and school resource deputies conduct patrol checks throughout Santa Clarita Valley, in areas that are known for students congregating. The areas may include parks, the mall, shopping center parking lots, fast food establishments, or any location that has been brought to the attention of LASD.

SCV Mother of 6 Killed in a Crash

Early this month the Evans Family experienced a horrific tragedy. Katie Evans, wife and mother of 6 was involved in a fatal car collision heading home from visiting her newborn twin girls in the hospital. The suspect who hit her was confirmed with alcohol in her system. Katie is survived by her husband, Jacob Evans and 6 children. The community has reached and started a crowd funding account for the Evans family. At this time, the account has half-way reached their goal of $500,000. Additionally, the community has found creative ways to help the family. Things such as laundry, food, and more to help Jacob care for the kids.

New Heat Guidelines for the Hart School District

With student and staff safety being the number one priority, the William S. Hart Union High School District has announced new Heat Index guidelines for its junior high and high school outdoor activities. If the Heat Index (a number that represents the combined effects of temperature and humidity) reaches 105, the District directive states a school site should “stop all outside activity in practice and/or play and stop all inside activity if air conditioning is unavailable. ” Because of the unique nature of micro-climates in the Santa Clarita Valley, a principal or designated administrator will make that decision at each of the 16 school sites based on these new District guidelines and using the OSHA Heat Index App. This applies to all extracurricular activities, including the band and dance teams.

History Bear Unveiling

Residents were invited to the Santa Clarita History Bear unveiling ceremony this past October. The public art piece is part of the California Bear Project, a project developed in August 2004 by the City of Santa Clarita to install life size grizzly bear sculptures throughout the community. The Santa Clarita History Bear depicts scenes from Santa Clarita Valley’s history and is the fifth bear sculpture to be displayed in the community.  Other abear sculptures are on display at the Santa Clarita Transit Center, Valencia Heritage Park, The Patios at Valencia Town Center and at Golden Valley High School.

Community Discussion on Wildfire on Open Spaces

Residents were invited to a free discussion “The Effects of Wildfires on Open Spaces in Santa Clarita,” with Kristina Jacob from the City of Santa Clarita’s Recreation, Community Services, Arts and Open Space department. Wildwood Canyon Open Space is a hidden gem within the southern Santa Clarita Valley.  Although no longer sprinkled with as many oak trees, the steep ravines offer trails with moderate grades up to a ridge that provides a commanding view of the Santa Clarita Valley.  Wildwood Canyon Open Space has been part of the City’s ongoing effort since 2011 to create a greenbelt around Santa Clarita, preserve open space and oak woodlands, and connect to existing wildlife corridors. Kristina Jacob captures the natural phenomenon of fire and its impact on open space and native species that inhabit the area.

Art Reception for Fiber Art

Residents were invited to a free art reception on the new Fiber Arts by Ashley V. Blalock. Participants enjoyed light appetizers, entertainment, and a chance to meet the artist. Fiber Arts at the Newhall Community Center is on display now through the month of October in conjunction with the City’s ARTober month-long celebration of the arts. Fiber artist Blalock has created and installed a unique large and colorful crocheted installation transforming the lobby of the Newhall Community Center. This event is part of the City of Santa Clarita’s ARTober, a month-long celebration of the arts featuring free art events and displays throughout the Santa Clarita Valley to raise awareness about the important role arts and humanities play in our lives.

College of the Canyons, Canyon Country Campus Celebrates 10 Years

In honor of its 10-year anniversary, the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus hosted an open house celebration. The free event featured campus tours, food trucks, chalk art, children’s activities, student exhibits, a portable planetarium, a Makerspace exhibit and many other engaging activities. Guests enjoyed the amazing vocal stylings of local country music star Savannah Burrows, the 2016 winner of Santa Clarita’s 35th Local Nationwide Country Showdown Contest. A variety of self-paced and guided activities were part of the open house festivities, including a guided garden walk highlighting the trees, plants and wildlife that are native to the Canyon Country campus.

The City Puts on Entrepreneurship Workshop Series

The Santa Clarita Business Incubator, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center and College of the Canyons, hosted Entrepreneurship Series. The series, which consisted of three workshops, was free and took place at the Santa Clarita Business Incubator. The Entrepreneurship Series provided business-minded individuals with an opportunity to explore entrepreneurial opportunities and receive information about how to start a formal business and develop a business model to bring their vision to life. Participants also were introduced to resources that will help them take the next step in growing their company.

Water Agency Bill Signed into Law

Senator Scott Wilk’s water agency bill has been signed into law. The bill reorganizes the two water agencies into one, the Santa Clarita Valley Water District (SCVWD). The new agency will manage, sell and deliver at retail or wholesale. The new proposed bill was supported by both previous agencies. The merger hopes to provide more efficient and cost-effective ways in delivering water. With this reorganization the new SCV Water will bring together a fractured system with hopes to save $14 million within the first 10 years.

The City of Santa Clarita Joins in Earthquake Drill

The City of Santa Clarita Dropped, Covered and Held On as part of The Great California ShakeOut! The Great California ShakeOut is a statewide earthquake drill held annually to help prepare people to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes. The event is an opportunity for the community, schools and organizations to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies. “California is prone to earthquakes given that we have earthquake hazards throughout our state, from the southern San Andreas Fault to the northern Cascadia Subduction Zone,” said Mayor Cameron Smyth. “The ShakeOut drill is a perfect opportunity to prepare an emergency recovery plan with family members, coworkers and schoolmates.”

Henry Mayo Acquired a Tiny Life Saver

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has acquired an Impella® heart pump, the world’s smallest heart pump. Impella is a temporary device that assists the heart in pumping blood to the body’s vital organs, allowing the heart to rest and recover. Impella heart pumps are approved by the Food and Drug Administration to provide treatment during high-risk Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) procedures, and in the emergent treatment of cardiogenic shock, a condition that typically occurs during or after a heart attack. “The Impella heart pump allows us to expand the lifesaving treatments we offer here,” said Rosella Dolan, RN, Cardiovascular Services nurse navigator at Henry Mayo.  “We are very pleased to have this technology available for our patients.”





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