Friday, August 29th, 2014 - 8:30am
- Not-So-Happy Valley: Some residents of Newhall's Happy Valley neighborhood aren't exactly fans of a sober living home that's been operating there, and which is reportedly seeking licensing. KHTS
- Charter Bill Moving Along: A bill that would slap restrictions on charter schools operating outside the boundaries of the district that approved their charter is heading to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Proponents of the bill have pointed to Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District, which has chartered 21 schools in the past two years, nine of which are outside district boundaries. KHTS The Signal
- There's a Checkpoint, Charlie: The SCV Sheriff's Station is kicking off Labor Day weekend with a DUI checkpoint somewhere in the SCV tonight. The Signal
- This Should Upset You: If I, a civilian, was texting while driving, drifted into a bike lane and hit and killed a cyclist, I would be in for a world of legal pain. But according to the county DA, if a sheriff's deputy is typing on their onboard computer while driving, drifts into a bike lane, and hits and kills a cyclist, there's no need to press charges. This is a clear example of changes to the law we should be pushing for. LA Observed Daily News
- You Can Totally Trust TMZ, Right? So, a woman realizes her Simi Valley hotel neighbor is an MMA fighter wanted for allegedly severely beating his girlfriend. She reports him, and TMZ, that bastion of journalism, tells her there's a $20,000 reward, which she says "Give to the SCV Domestic Violence Center." No sign of the reward yet, however. The Signal
- Are You Prepared?: The city is hosting several different emergency preparedness classes and seminars, perhaps a good thing here in earthquake country. KHTS
- Are You Ready for Some Gridlock?: AAA is predicting some of the thickest Labor Day weekend traffic in several years, so you might want to just stay around town. Also, the CHP is bringing their friend Max Enforcement to town for the holiday weekend. The Signal
- Speaking of Labor Day...: Not from 2014, but a few facts you may or may not have known about Labor Day. Time
- In Case You Were Wondering: A quick list of what's closed on Labor Day. Daily News
Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - 8:40am
Colossus isn't dead after all. Instead it's transforming into a hybrid coaster – a steel rollercoaster on a wooden structure. They're calling it Twisted Colossus.
It keeps the essence of Magic Mountain's most iconic and beloved ride, but adds elements that were unthinkable 40 years ago, and impossible on a traditional wooden coaster. It also fufills the side-by-side "racing" element that was a promise that the old Colossus didn't quite deliver.
Here's the video:
And here's a nice segment from CBS This Morning on the past and future of Colossus.
Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - 8:30am
- Colossus is Dead...Or IS It?: "Magic Mountain and Rocky Mountain took what seemed like an insurmountable problem — what to do with an aging wooden coaster — and turned it into unbridled inspiration that resulted in a one-of-a-kind ride." Six Flags announced it's turning Colossus into a wood-and-steel hybrid, expected to debut as Twisted Colossus next year. LA Times
- On the Lookout: Detectives are searching for an identity theft suspect they believe obtained personal info from an SCV woman, got a replacement credit card in her name and then zipped up to Bakersfield to buy a $23,000 Rolex. KHTS
- Hoping There's Not a Third: Twice in the past month, a Canyon Country woman was assaulted while walking home, the last attack leaving her fractured ribs, a split lip and a fractured eye socket. Deputies don't believe this is an occurrence of the so-called "knockout game". The Signal
- Trying to Stop the Runaways: "Too many families are separated by runaway film production. With this bill, help is on the way.” State lawmakers reached a deal on a five-year plan to provide $330 million in tax credits to keep film productions in California. The Signal
- It Was an Inferno: "When the smoke cleared three days later, 17,200 acres had been scorched and 15 structures and numerous out-buildings were lost." Fifty years ago today a fire broke out that would sweep through Gene Autry's Melody Ranch studio in Placerita Canyon. SCV History
- Coach Cuffed for DUI: A "walk on" coach for the West Ranch boys soccer team (and formerly varsity boys head coach at Golden Valley and Hart) was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The Signal
- McKeon Wants a Strategy: Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon is challenging the President to provide Congress with an actual strategy for defeating ISIS, currently terrorizing Iraq. The Hill
- Looking for Details: In the wake f an investigation finding that 1 in 5 foster kids in California is prescribed psychiatric drugs, county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is calling for a full report from the county's Department of Mental Health. Daily News
- A Rock Mystery Solved: For decades, the "sailing stones" of Death Valley's Racetrack Playa have mystified people, forever moving but never caught in the act. Now, scientists have a handle on what's going on. Gizmodo
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 - 8:30am
- Anaheim Man Cuffed After SCV Sting: A Sheriff's Station sting operation culminated with the arrest yesterday of a 44-year-old Anaheim man, on charges he carried on a sexual relationship with an underage girl. KHTS
- A Bill With Issues: Sen. Steve Knight said he voted no on a bill that would ban the display or sale by the state of the Confederate flag because there were "constitutional issues" with the entire bill. Jessica Boyer's piece doesn't touch on what any of those issues are, but Knight pointed out the ACLU had problems with the bill, too. KHTS
- Murder Case Going Back to Trial: Almost two years after being arrested, a Saugus man is heading back to court to face charges that he murdered his live-in girlfriend. KHTS The Signal
- Unsafe at That Speed: The Nissan 300z that was driven by a COC student who remains in critical condition was traveling at speeds faster than freeway traffic when it crashed on San Fernando Road Friday night, investigators said. One of the two passengers killed was sitting in the two-seater's luggage space, that's in place of a back seat. The Signal
- Council Vote Sure to Spark Discussion: The City Council voted last night to approve nearly $130,000 for holiday lights in downtown Newhall, with a holiday lighting event on schedule for mid-November. The Signal
- Run for a Reason: The SCV Food Pantry is hosting its 21st annual "Run Against Hunger" 5K this fall. The pantry helps about 5,400 local clients every year. SCV News
- A Charged Story: County officials approved free electric vehicle charging stations throughout the county, including three here in Santa Clarita Valley. KHTS
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 - 8:30am
- Looking for That Alamo Money: While Tony Alamo withers away in prison after being convicted of transporting young girls across state lines for sex, a Texarkana lawyer has his eye on Alamo's SCV "church" site as a way to collect compensation for the victims. KHTS
- A Site for Senior Eyes: While it's likely several years from being a reality, a site is being eyed for a new senior center in the valley, likely where Golden Valley and Newhall Ranch roads meet. A new facility would be a huge improvement for the Committee on Aging, which operates out of an aging facility in Newhall, in the shadow of Hart Park's bison-dotted hills. KHTS
- Santa Clarita Valley is #1!: For rabid bats found in L.A. County, that is. KHTS
- More Getting on Board With Supe's Idea: After several years of suggesting it, county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is starting to see some more support for his idea to have the high-speed rail project avoid rattling SClarita, Acton and Agua Dulce residents by running through a whole bunch of tunnels in the Angeles National Forest. LA Times
- Regulators Mount Up Against Vaping: The UN health agency is urging e-cigarettes to be regulated and banned indoors until it can be proven they're not harmful to bystanders. Daily News
- Improvements are Central to Park: CIty officials cut the ribbon on improvements at Central Park, as well as discussed the next phase of park improvement, which will include tennis courts. KHTS
- Get Quake-Ready: The weekend's Napa quake should be a reminder it's only a matter of time until we get shaken up again. City emergency preparedness guru Donna Nuzzi weighs in. The Signal
Monday, August 25th, 2014 - 8:30am
- Speed Was a Factor: Investigators pointed to speed as a factor in the Friday night crash that killed two COC football players and seriously injured one near the Newhall Pass. KHTS
- Making the Grade for Castaic: Grading work is set to begin soon on the site of Castaic's future high school, planned to open in 2017. The Signal
- Class is in Session: The Albert Einstein Academy, which you may have heard of, cut the ribbon at the former Pinecrest school site, pretty much right down the street from the Newhall School District Offices. KHTS
- A Community Says Goodbye: Some 200 people reportedly turned out for the memorial service for Connie Worden-Roberts, who was buried at Eternal Valley on Saturday. The Signal KHTS
- They Call Him the "Undercover Jew": “To be a guy that is not Jewish and to be a guy that’s not Caucasian, and I have been entrusted with the safety of the Jewish families, the Jewish kids and Jews around Los Angeles, that is a very special thing for me." Profile of Stevenson Ranch resident Louis Perry, founder of Kadima Security Services, which works to keep synagogues and Jewish organizations safe. Jewish Journal
- Construction Firm is Cold as Ice: Local construction firm C.A. Rasmussen likely has topped everyone else in the SCV's ice bucket challenge videos, after a front-end loader dumped about 1,200 gallons of water on employees Friday. Employees raised $1,000, and my sources tell me the "sizable" donation KHTS refers to was just that. KHTS
- Another Reason to Just Go Inside the Bank: Granted, this report comes out of Europe, but it's safe to assume someone is doing this here, too. An ATM card skimmer so slim, it's practically impossible to detect. Gizmodo
- Shooting for a New Trial: Facing several years in prison, the former sheriff's deputy and Santa Clarita resident who was convicted in a Los Angeles County jail corruption case is asking for a new trial. Daily News
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 - 6:15pm
It's the flag of an army that killed hundreds of thousands of American soldiers, in the name of preserving slavery
. It would later be the symbol of a century of terrorism in the name of racial segregation. Today it's the unmistakable rallying flag of any number of racist causes, and a mainstay of Klan rallies.
The flag of sedition, murder, and bigotry. It represents the worst part of our worst moments. It dishonors our country and the memory of the soldiers who fought to preserve the union. It is a persistent middle finger to the civil rights movement and to the hundreds of millions of Americans who have been victims of racial oppression, murder and terrorism since the Civil War.
The idea that the State of California shouldn't fly the Confederate Battle Flag or sell Confederate memorabilia would seem like the no-brainer of no-brainers. Such a no-brainer, you might be surprised that a bill to stop such things is needed at all. But one day, the mother of Assemblyman Isadore Hall noticed that the Capitol's gift shop was selling replica Confederate currency that depicted the Confederate Battle Flag. So Hall wrote this bill, AB 2444
SECTION 1. Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 8195) is added to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER 2.9. Confederate Flag
8195. (a) The State of California may not sell or display the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, also referred to as the Stars and Bars, or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed with such an image unless the image appears in a book, digital medium, or state museum that serves an educational or historical purpose.
(b) For purposes of this section, “sell” means to transfer title or possession, exchange, or barter, conditional or otherwise, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, for consideration. “Transfer possession” includes only transactions that would be found by the State Board of Equalization, for purposes of the Sales and Use Tax Law, to be in lieu of a transfer of title, exchange, or barter.
So, as you'd expect, the bill passed with near-unanimous support, because it's 2014 and we aren't animals.
Just three of 120 legislators voted "no," and one of those was none other than Senator Steve Knight – Senator to much of the SCV and a candidate for Congress in California's 25th Congressional District.
Knight's opponent this November is another Republican, Tony Strickland (the whole Republican vs. Republican thing explained here
). Strickland already got more votes in the primary, and now they face off for the big prize in a district that nearly voted for Obama in 2012
and is even less Republican two years later
. In November, there are a lot of votes up for grabs from voters who sit to the left of both candidates.
Apart from this being a bad vote, it's bad politics. Really
bad politics. While there's no honor in Etch-A-Sketching
, it seems that if anything, Knight has been moving to the right
since the election. Tony Strickland can now just stand right where he is and look much more palatable to Democrats and independents. In November, Jerry Brown is probably going to get close to 50% of the vote in this district. A lot of voters are just looking for the less objectionable candidate. By voting against bills like this (or bills like this
) or taking a zero-execptions stance on abortion, Knight is making Strickand's balancing act a lot easier.
(If you're keeping score, SCV's Assemblyman Scott Wilk voted yes on this bill.)
When this bill passed the Assembly, Tim Donnelley was the lone "no" vote. At the time, Donnelly was the favorite for the GOP gubernatorial nomination and his vote made national news. Commentators left and right scratched their head at the decision, which Donnelly defended on the grounds of "free speech." But this has nothing to do with free speech, because it's the state itself deciding that the state itself will no longer "say" a certain thing. It does nothing to impinge on the free speech rights of anyone. It even allowed for an exemption for educational purposes.
Steve Knight isn't endorsing the flag, much less the racism it represents. But with this vote, he shows a profound indifference towards the historical and contemporary significance of the flag.
...and I'm afriad he just crashed his campaign in a ditch.
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Coastal Sage writes:
So Happy Valley residents, the Court of Appeal has told you what you have to prove factually, and... full comment »
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Coastal Sage writes:
The residents of Happy Valley find themselves the victims of California's as-usual out of control... full comment »
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Phil, the ACLU's oppoisiton appears to be based on a comment to the OC Register based a... full comment »
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Don Ricketts writes:
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Phil Ellis writes:
I am crazy because I questioned why it was OK for the ACLU to be opposed to the bill but Steve you... full comment »
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Don Ricketts writes:
Oh, Phil, you are so crazy (though I suspect that a lot of the time that the nutty things you say... full comment »
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Phil Ellis writes:
I guess for Don it is Ok for the ACLU to have constitutional issues with the bill but not for... full comment »
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Don Ricketts writes:
I understand what the confederate flag (and Knight) stands for and find it repugnant, but there... full comment »
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Bill Reynolds writes:
Of 120 Sacramento Legislators, three voted against banning the Confederate Flag and one of those... full comment »
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