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  • 27 Jul 2017 10:27 AM | Bill Miranda (Administrator)

    Santa Clarita, CA - Child & Family Center and The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley have announced their intention to join forces and merge into a single organization to better serve the needs of the growing Santa Clarita community. Both agencies share an equal passion about helping children, adults and families build a healthier life through mental health, behavioral and education services. The boards of both agencies voted approval of the merger in March of this year. The union is expected to be completed by 2018. 

    The Domestic Violence Center will become a new department of Child & Family Center known as the Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Program. While the domestic violence program will be under Child & Family Center’s umbrella of services, it will continue to operate at the Savia Community Center in Newhall, located at 23780 Newhall Avenue.

     “Since the 1970s the Domestic Violence Center has provided life-saving services to individuals and families impacted by domestic violence. And in just the past five years, The Domestic Violence Center has grown three-fold, mirroring the growth of the Santa Clarita Valley.  We’ve been successful in adding more services, but we need to keep the future in mind and make the best decision that will ensure our agency will be sustainable and continue on its growth path,” said Linda Davies, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Center. Davies will head up the Domestic Violence Program at Child & Family Center.

    The program will be a valuable addition to Child & Family Center’s array of behavioral health services. The two parties complement one another in mission and operations.

    Many private grant-making foundations are encouraging non-profits with similar missions to consolidate, offering efficiency in granting funds while eliminating service overlap and allowing the opportunity to serve more people in need. A non-profit sustainability initiative offered by the California Community Foundation provided consultants that guided Child & Family Center and The Domestic Violence Center through the merger process, which involved a task force and many interviews with community members, board members, stakeholders and staff over the course of a year.  

    Child & Family Center provides behavioral health services to children, teens and adults. Many of the families are single parent homes. Often the children have suffered trauma, but by the time they are seen at Child & Family Center the trauma is further removed from the actual event.  Providing domestic violence services earlier on will help the victims as they go through the healing process, thereby impacting their treatment and improving outcomes.  Clients served at Child & Family Center will now have easier access to domestic violence prevention and education while those affected by domestic violence will have access to a full continuum of behavioral health services. 

    “Child & Family Center provides a strong infrastructure and a staff of professional clinicians while The  Domestic Violence Center has comprehensive domestic violence programs in place and the expertise in providing emergency shelter, advocacy , legal support and education,” said Dr. Joan Aschoff, CEO Child & Family Center. “This opportunity allows our combined organizations to offer a greater continuum of care and services.”

    Domestic Violence Center Board President Suzanne Duncombe said she is excited about the myriad of new opportunities this opens up to obtain funds, save costs and better serve our clients.

     “We are excited about this union and adding the additional resource of domestic violence services to the many comprehensive programs offered at Child & Family Center. It will certainly further strengthen services for those in need in our community,” said Mike Berger, Child & Family Center Board President.  “We are asking for the continued support of our stakeholders as we offer a stronger agency. Together we can do more and our donors’ support will go further than ever before.”

  • 24 Jul 2017 2:53 PM | Bill Miranda (Administrator)

    Empowering HeArts Nominations Open -- [Santa Clarita, CA] Artists To Use Photography, Collage, Painting Or Sculpture To Tell The Stories Of Six Women Whose Lives Personify Resilience; Grand Prize Winner Announced At Gala Event, February 10, 2017 --

    (Santa Clarita, CA), (July 13th, 2017)– Single Mothers Outreach (SMO) is proud to announce “Resilience” is the theme for the eighth annual Empowering HeArts fundraising gala set to take place on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at the Savia Community Center. What is Empowering HeArts: Empowering HeArts bridges the worlds of social action and artistic expression by pairing inspirational women and artists of Santa Clarita to create art forms that depict the moving stories of these honorees. Art is juried and two prizes are awarded as follows: ● Dottie Award - awarded to the artist who creates the most compelling visual story. ● People's Choice - awarded by gala attendees from votes taken at the event Honorees are nominated by the community and selected by the Single Mothers Outreach Board of Directors and Empowering HeArts planning committee. The community is invited to nominate inspiring women who have shaped the lives of others and the community, by following the guidelines posted on the SMO website. SMO also seeks six artists to be paired with one of six honorees to tell her story in the medium of photography, collage, painting or sculpture. A panel of industry experts will judge artists and the grandprize winner will be announced at the gala and will be featured in a tribute program describing each woman’s story. For applications and more information on the Empowering HeArts artist and nominee guidelines and to submit entry, visit www.singlemothersoutrach.org under the Empowering HeArts tab. The deadline for artist applications and sample portfolios must be submitted to SMO for approval by September 18th, 2017 (please submit 5) and honoree nominations deadline is August 28th, 2017.

    Single Mothers Outreach 23780 Newhall Ave., Ste 203 Newhall, CA 91321

    2018 Empowering HeArts Event Information ● Date: Saturday, February 10th, 2018 ● Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM ● Where: Savia Community Center ● Approximate number of guests: 225 Empowering HeArts is the signature fundraising event for Single Mothers Outreach, all proceeds from sponsorships, tickets and product sales support SMO’s mission. To learn more about SMO, visit singlemothersoutreach.org

  • 24 Jul 2017 1:45 PM | Bill Miranda (Administrator)

    It’s that time again! The school year is winding down, the mercury is rising and families are starting to plan out different activities for the summer. This is the perfect opportunity to explore all the City of Santa Clarita has to offer. Whether you want to take a relaxing swim in the Aquatic Center pool or play a game of pick-up basketball at one of the more than 30 parks in Santa Clarita, there is something for everyone. One place which has programming and activities for the whole family is the Newhall Community Center, located at 22421 Market Street.

    In addition to L.E.A.P. (Leisure, Enrichment, Activities Program), which is a structured after-school program for youth ages 5 to 12 during the school year, and the teenage equivalent iTEENS program, the Newhall Community Center offers a number of classes and enrichment opportunities for all ages. During the summer months this means a variety of fitness, karate and music classes, as well as youth sports leagues year round. Summer camp opportunities include Summer Kidz, Sunrise Kidz, Summer Blast and iTEENS and offer kids and teens the chance to hang out with friends, participate in daily activities during the week and take fieldtrips to the best educational and recreational destinations in Southern California. Free monthly special events are also put on for all ages as a way for the community to come together and enjoy time spent with family and friends.

    Now wait a minute. I’m sure you’re asking yourself why the kids get to have all the fun! Don’t worry, there are plenty of adult classes and things to do at the Newhall Community Center so you won’t feel left out. Pilates, yoga, Zumba and Bollywood dance are just some of the classes you can take to stay healthy and active this summer. I encourage you to take a class in something outside of your comfort zone and see how much fun it is!

    The Newhall Community Center is unique in that it is also home to the City’s Ballet Folklórico program, which has a rich tradition in “Increasing Pride through Dance.” Ballet Folklórico teaches teamwork, poise and confidence and tells stories through the art of dance. Instructor Maria Romero is a Regional and National Champion Female Soloist, has performed as part of the Grandeza Mexicana Folklórico Ballet Company and is the recipient of multiple scholastic and professional dance awards and recognitions. Residents can enroll themselves and/or their children in one of two beginning Ballet Folklórico classes. One is intended for children ages 5 to 7, while the other is for beginners ages 7 and up.

    One of the most striking features of the Newhall Community Center – no pun intended – is the boxing ring. The community center’s boxing program provides youth and adults with fitness and introductory technique classes to help develop boxing skills in a non-competitive arena. At the same time participants in the program have a positive outlet while receiving a boost in self-esteem and increasing their discipline and self-control. Learn basic footwork, combinations and how to improve strength in these eight-week sessions.

    Did you know that the Newhall Community Center is also available to rent for your event? The 17,000 square-foot facility is perfect for business meetings, conferences, birthday parties and more. You can reserve the boxing gym, dance room or meeting space for exclusive use and the professionally trained staff will help you select the accommodations that best suit your needs. When not reserved many areas of the community center are available on a first come, first served basis.

    You can learn more about the Newhall Community Center, including how to rent the facility, by visiting Santa-Clarita.com/NCC or by calling (661) 286-4006.

    Bill Miranda is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at bmiranda@santa-clarita.com.

  • 20 Mar 2017 11:59 AM | Bill Miranda (Administrator)

    City Council Appointment

    A funny thing happened on my way to retirement. I got a new job on the City Council. Whaaat? Yes, I’m afraid it’s true. I am officially a politician. Of course I prefer to continue to be known as a Community Leader fighting for the rights of ALL citizens and a voice for the downtrodden, under-represented little people.

    How did it happen? First of all, blame Dante Acosta who had the gall to run for the state assembly (vacating his council seat) and the talent to whip his opponent, despite her many thousands of dollars spent fruitlessly in campaign ads. Then you can blame the City Council for having the tenacity to want to save our citizens hundreds of thousands of dollars by making an appointment instead of having a needless election. And finally, you can blame my wife Virginia, who when I asked her if I should apply said, “Yes!!!” And as she walked away from me whispered to herself, “Anything to get you out of the house!”

    It was thus that on January 18th, facing off against 40 other candidates (some very distinguished, some fairly new to community activism and some old retreads from past lost campaigns), that the City Council honored me with the appointment to the City Council seat vacated by Dante Acosta. His are big shoes to fill, rumor has it he’s a size 14, but I will do my best to do my duty for God, Country and Santa Clarita.

    What Just Happened at the SCV Chamber of Commerce?

    The Chamber held its 2017 Installation Gala on January 27th at the Hya … oh, wait, what? … the Tournament Players Club. The outgoing chair, a white dude … oh, wait … he’s black, passed his baton onto the incoming chair, a straight dude … oh, wait … he’s openly gay! Could it be the Chamber has finally joined the 21st century and totally embraced diversity? I’m thrilled and the Chamber gets my SALUTE for a job well done.


    February must be non-profits month. The Child and Family Center held their big event at their facility and hopefully raised lots of money. I’m sending kudos to Joan Aschoff, CEO who runs a great organization and for getting our newly elected County Supervisor, Kathryn Barger to attend. The Canyon Theatre Guild knocked it out of the park at their annual Gala. It was really a … wait for it … show stopper!  Single Mothers Outreach, not to be outdone, held their event at Savia in Newhall and showcased six honorees and six artists. Those are twelve of the most beautiful women you will ever know. And then there was the biggest event of all. The Senior Center held its annual Celebrity Waiter event and raised a bizzilion bucks while providing a forum for our most elite citizenry to go bonkers … in a good way of course. Seniors Rock!

  • 15 Nov 2016 11:29 AM | Bill Miranda (Administrator)

    The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber has announced John Musella as the 2017 Chairman for the Board. Musella has been an active community leader in the Santa Clarita Valley for more than a dozen years having been recognized as one of the 51 most influential people in the community.

     "I am honored and looking forward to serving as Chairman next year as we work to build a better, stronger more vibrant Chamber of Commerce with our core focus of serving as the leading business advocacy group in the Santa Clarita Valley," said Musella.  "We represent businesses of all sizes in the third largest city in LA County and one of the largest bio-tech centers in California."

     Musella owns his own public relations firm, representing several high-profile businesses in the SCV and Los Angeles.  His company, The Musella Group, is a full-service public affairs and corporate communications firm, serving a broad array of industries, with a core practice area of real estate land use development and entitlement support.  The Musella Group's offerings encompass media relations, community relations, government affairs, crisis communications, strategic planning, executive and brand positioning, event coordination and management and message development.  

    "Over the years the City of Santa Clarita has established itself as one of the most business friendly cities in the County of Los Angeles and I'm confident that John Musella will work hard to continue that legacy," said Santa Clarita City Mayor, Bob Kellar.  "John is a local business owner who has been active in Santa Clarita for more than a dozen years and we're fortunate to have someone of his caliber to take the helm of the Chamber next year." 

    The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce has a growing presence in the SCV and is continuously reaching out to support businesses of all sizes through development, advocacy and networking.  The Chamber is also helping lead the way in the development of future business leaders via its annual leadership academy and professional networking groups.   

    "Since I began as President and CEO of the Chamber, I've had the privilege to see John work tirelessly for our business community this year.  He will be a great asset to the Chamber, the City and the entire Valley as its 2017 Chairman," said Lois Bauccio, President and CEO of the SCV Chamber. 

    "John is a tremendous leader for our local business community and we look forward to continuing to work with the SCV Chamber under his leadership next year as we grow our economic base and create more new jobs in Santa Clarita," said Holly Schroeder, President and CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation. 

    Musella takes the reigns of the Chamber on January 1, 2017, but will be ceremonially installed on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the organization's annual Awards and Installation Gala being held at the TPC at Valencia, which honors local businesses and business leaders.

  • 10 Nov 2016 11:07 AM | Bill Miranda (Administrator)

    Following an extensive public review process which began more than five years ago, the County of Los Angeles today released a Partially Recirculated Draft EIR for the proposed expansion of the landfill and Master Plan Revision. 
    As part of the continued environmental review process, Chiquita Canyon is providing updated analysis and reports on our future operations.  Our basic operations remain the same as they have for more than four decades with oversight and reporting by more than two dozen environmental and regulatory agencies.

    The Executive Summary for the Partially Recirculated Draft EIR will be available in Spanish, exceeding requirements for public notification in an effort to fully communicate with all local residents.

    The revised sections of the Partially Recirculated Draft EIR are ready for public review from the Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning beginning today, for a 60-day period. In addition to updates to the Introduction and Project Description, the following four sections of the Draft EIR are being recirculated:
    Biological Resources (Chapter 8)
    The Biological Resources chapter has been revised to clarify potential impacts to plant and animal species and to revise mitigation measures for those potential impacts.
    Air Quality (Chapter 11)
    The Air Quality chapter has been revised to incorporate new guidance from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.  

    Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change (Chapter 12)
    The chapter evaluating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has been updated to reflect recent developments and updated analysis methodologies.

    Project Alternatives (Chapter 18)
    The Project Alternatives chapter included in the Original Draft EIR considered five alternatives. Three alternatives were analyzed, while two alternatives were considered but eliminated. The recirculated Alternatives chapter considers six alternatives: the three alternatives analyzed in the Original Draft EIR, the two alternatives previously considered but eliminated, plus one new reduced-size project alternative.
    Also, included with the Partially Recirculated Draft EIR are two supplemental analyses regarding visual resources and traffic. 

    The Hearing Examiner will be held on Thursday, December 15 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at West Ranch High School. 

    We appreciate and look forward to your continued support.


    Mike Dean
    Division Vice President

  • 02 Nov 2016 1:14 PM | Bill Miranda (Administrator)


    In June Our Valley endorsed several candidates. We based our endorsement on how we felt the candidates represented Santa Clarita. With the election close at hand we have taken another look and stand firmly by our original endorsements.

    For the Congress of the United States we strongly endorse Steve Knight. Steve has been a strong proponent of Santa Clarita for many years as a State Assemblyman, State Senator and Congressman. He is a man of action working hard for his constituents, small business owners, veterans, law enforcement, healthcare and technology. His opponent is not from our district, has no record of supporting Santa Clarita and has spent about a half a million dollars filling our mailboxes with junk mail attacking a great man. Shame on you Bryan Caforio!

    For the State Senate we strongly endorse Scott Wilk. Like Steve Knight, Scott has been a strong proponent of Santa Clarita for years. He has served as a deputy to Congressman Buck McKean, a Trustee of the College of the Canyons and State Assemblyman. In every one of those positions Scott has distinguished himself as a leader and strong advocate for education, jobs and diversity. His opponent Johnathon Ervin is a good man, but severely lacks the experience and community outreach that Scott Wilk has in bunches.

    For the State Assembly we strongly endorse Santa Clarita City Councilman, Dante Acosta. While others may talk a good game, Dante Acosta is busy meeting with members of our diverse community to get their input and then fight to represent them. Dante tirelessly works for religious freedoms, educational rights and small business. And as a Gold Star parent, he is a strong advocate of veterans’ rights. Christy Smith is an educator who frankly is out of her element. Our district doesn’t need yet another Democrat toeing their liberal party line in what now is arguably the most liberal state in the union.

    For County Supervisor we strongly endorse Kathryn Barger. This is the easiest “no brainer” in our list of “no brainers.” Kathryn started fighting for our community since she was in her early 20’s and hasn’t stopped. She is a proven leader that has support from both sides of the political spectrum. We love her energy, outreach to all parts of our community and her ability to get things done. She truly is a community based problem solver. Her opponent Darrell Park is on our “missing person’s” list here in Santa Clarita. Enough said. 

  • 17 Oct 2016 11:11 PM | Bill Miranda (Administrator)

    Four award-winning local artists will be showing their latest works at the “Fine Art Quartet”

    Art exhibit at the Art Tree Gallery, located at 22508  6th street Newhall with a

    Kick-off & Wine reception on Thursday, October 20 from 4 -10 P.M. Patrons will enjoy music,

    wine , appetizers and desserts. The art show continues on Friday from 4-8 P.M. and on Saturday, October 22 from 1-8 PM. All the artists are members of the Santa Clarita Artists Association,

    and will be present to meet the public.

    The 3-day event is open to the public and will feature an exciting collage of fine art pieces

    from artists Zony Gordon (Watercolor) , Dody Rogers(Oil & Photography),Lynda Frautnick

    (Alcohol Ink ) and Hector Fernandez(scratchboard). Since the holidays are getting very close,

    a few art pieces will be available at special sale price to the community!

    Old Town Newhall, quickly evolving to be the “art hub” in Santa Clarita will be filled with locals celebrating the monthly “Senses” Block Party at Main Street & 6th, with gourmet food trucks and live performers infront of Canyon Theatre Guild. Over at 6th, where the “Fine Art quartet” show will be open to the public, it’s a whole night of celebration with the monthly SCAA art gallery Opening, Art Tree Openhouse, as well as the Ceramics Artist Studio Openhouse.

    Come and see what the local art community is all about! Save the date on your calendar now and tell your friends! It will be a great fun weekend for all. For inquiries, call 661.312.3422 or 661.492.9054.

  • 05 Oct 2016 2:33 PM | Bill Miranda (Administrator)

    (Santa Clarita Valley, Calif.) – Businessman and Santa Clarita Mayor Pro Tem Dante Acosta has received the endorsement of the Santa Clarita Valley Signal Editorial Board in the lead up to the November 8th election for State Assembly.

    Acosta, who serves on the Santa Clarita Valley City Council, has run a positive campaign focused on his efforts to bring people together to advance community interests, which is what he’s committed to doing in Sacramento.
    “To have received the endorsement from my local hometown paper is truly an honor," said Acosta.
    The Signal admonished Acosta’s opponent for a “cheap shot” attack, which was easily disproved and demonstrated the misleading efforts his opponent will resort to in order to win.
    The Signal said that Acosta’s opponent’s attack was “one unworthy of a person of character.”
    On the Democrat’s efforts to tie Acosta to Donald Trump, the Signal said, “We can see no way that any Santa Clarita Valley candidate for public office can be held accountable for the choices of Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton as presidential nominees.  Using Trump in a political ad with one’s opponent is the low hanging fruit of Democratic negative campaigning.”
    Continuing, “Apparently it’s not too low for Smith to stoop and grasp it.”
    Dante Acosta was elected to the Santa Clarita City Council in 2014 and currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem.  He is a successful businessman and Gold Star Father.  He is running for State Assembly to create jobs, improve our public education system, and put a stop to the early release of criminals, which is placing an unfair burden on local governments and causing an increase in crime.
    For more information, visit www.DanteAcosta.com.


  • 14 Sep 2016 2:37 PM | Bill Miranda (Administrator)


    (Santa Clarita, Calif.) – Simi Valley elected leaders have thrown their support behind Santa Clarita Councilmember and businessman Dante Acosta for State Assembly.
    Simi Valley Councilmembers Glen Becerra, Mike Judge, and Keith Mashburn were joined by Simi Valley Unified School District Trustee Scott Blough in endorsing Acosta.
    “Dante Acosta knows how difficult it is for local governments to meet their obligations with the state increasingly off-loading their responsibilities onto city and county governments,” said Councilmember Keith Mashburn. “These new local obligations usually come without the funding necessary and force local government to make very difficult decisions.”
    “It is crucial that we have an Assemblymember who understands the very difficult job local elected officials have,” said Councilmember Glen Becerra. “Dante is an effective leader and his business experience has been very helpful guiding important decisions. He’s the right person for the job.”
    “I’m grateful to my colleagues in Simi Valley for their support,” said Acosta. “I know we will work very well together addressing regional challenges and I see myself as an extension of them in Sacramento. I will be a partner to local leaders to get the best support we can from the State.”
    Dante Acosta was elected to the Santa Clarita City Council in 2014 and currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem.  He is a successful businessman and Gold Star Father. He is running for State Assembly to create jobs, fix our public education system, and put a stop to the early release of criminals, which is placing an unfair burden on local governments and causing an increase in crime.
    For more information, visit www.DanteAcosta.com.


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