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Tim Myers: Myers’ long goodbye to the SCV

Posted: November 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

In the first week of June 1996, the Myers Clan, with our three youngest children, came over the Newhall Pass in a rental car, turned onto the Highway 14 freeway and exited at (then) San Fernando Road to set up housekeeping in a corporate apartment in Newhall near Dockweiler.

By Thanksgiving of that same year, we would find ourselves ensconced in the home in Northbridge where we resided ever since.

Not much of a milestone for some old-time SCV hands who resided here much longer with the approach of 2013 and witnessed changes so vast we could only guess at, looking at old photographs, but during my 52 years of life on this sphere I counted the SCV home a full eight years longer than any other venue in this highly mobile society.

The move initially came from the suggestion of a law school classmate who recommended the SCV due to its excellent rail connections to downtown L.A., where I initially worked for seven years.

For a glorious four years (and change) I actually worked in the SCV itself, enjoying a “micro-commute” of 10 to 15 minutes and really digging my nails into the community.

Since early 2008, however, I (daily) commuted to work in Newport Beach, gutting out the long trip until all of our children graduated from Valencia High School; it’s a decision I will always believe right despite the wear and tear on this middle-aged body and spirit — when compared with upending their young and stable lives.

Much family history occurred in the SCV. Two children made their way through the Saugus Union School District and the William S. Hart Union High School District, eventually graduating from Valencia High School and successfully matriculating to university.

An adult daughter moved to the area and became a nurse at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and presented us with our first grandchild.

Perhaps most importantly, my Nebraska bride embraced the sunshine and fitness culture of California to now appear younger than when we first moved to Santa Clarita — and actually getting younger-looking every year!

But now the denouement of our time in the SCV approaches. The final child of the Myers Clan will graduate in May and has received acceptances from four universities where he can matriculate come the fall and no longer need to reside under our roof.

This frees my Nebraska bride and myself to downsize and move closer to the coast, chasing the cool sea breezes and saying goodbye to the punishing summers of the SCV.

But before the celebration — or funeral — begins, depending upon the point of view of those delighted and/or enraged by these humble missives over the last 16-plus years, a long goodbye beckons.

We must sell a home to maximize our equity for rollover into our new home, hopefully the last place we will reside. We must explore neighborhoods and communities, perhaps even living temporarily before we can make a final decision.

With the nest suddenly empty of children, the pace of life seems to slow considerably, so no reason for haste — except for the 100-plus temperatures that will greet the SCV come next June or July.

So, with the wrap-up of the 2012 elections and a possible dearth of local issues to discuss for the foreseeable future, time exists in these pages to reflect on the last 16 years and the changes the Myers Clan saw wrought on the SCV.

Over the next several weeks and months, pending breaks to deal with important local issues, I will reflect on commerce, education and other important aspects of the SCV changed over the last decade and a half.

But at the outset, everyone should know that if a law school classmate contacted me today planning to relocate and work in either downtown Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley, I would quickly recommend Santa Clarita.

Despite changes over these last years, it still possesses all the attributes that made it desirable back on that Saturday when the Myers Clan made its way over the Newhall Pass to what would become our new home.

Tim Myers is a Valencia resident.

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