Tomorrow is Monday, January 6, and people will be back to work. Hopefully, the company plan for 2014 has been nailed down and assignments to key result areas are known and responsibilities for achievement assigned.
Welcome to 2014.
"Our human compassion binds us, the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learned how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future." ~ Nelson Mandela
Each year, in the United States, more than 13 billion dollars worth of products are stolen from suppliers. According to Wikipedia, in 2008, there were 650,385 larceny (shoplifting) incidents that were reported in California.
They say angels come in all forms. I find this especially true after so many of them showed last week to show my children the true meaning of Christmas.
As we begin the New Year it may help us all to think clearly about the expectations we have for ourselves and for those around us. Two questions will help get us started.
Local entrepreneur Taylor Kellstrom and the SCV Book Exchange, in association with Valencia Lanes, hosted "Bowling for Kids," a charity event that benefited the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles on Dec. 15. The event included a Toys for Tots, silent auction, and bowling.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just a few minutes into his first game back from a serious groin strain, Jonathan Quick had to do the splits to make a save.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - After erasing nearly a half-century of road playoff frustration, a trip to Seattle shouldn't be intimidating for Drew Brees, Shayne Graham and the New Orleans Saints.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Chuck Pagano couldn't believe his eyes. Andrew Luck couldn't believe his ears. Colts fans couldn't believe the scoreboard, and the Kansas City Chiefs couldn't believe their incredibly bad luck.
SANTA CLARITA - Placerita Canyon Natural Area begins training this Tuesday for volunteer naturalists who provide tours at the Natural Area and teach children about the environment.
SANTA CLARITA - Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to approve a series of permits and plans to expand Disney's Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon.
ATLANTA (AP) - Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk. Athletes and even Fred Flintstone endorsed cigarettes in TV commercials. Smoke hung in the air in restaurants, offices and airplane cabins. More than 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked, and there was a good chance your doctor was among them.
BOSTON (AP) - A blanket of white provided the Northeast with little relief from teeth-chattering temperatures that forecasters said will rise over the weekend before plunging again.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - It has been decades since parts of the Midwest experienced a deep freeze like the one expected to arrive Sunday, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia - even in a region where bundling up is second nature.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson confirms that FBI agents investigating insider trading approached him after a round at the Memorial tournament. He says he is cooperating and has done nothing wrong.
Nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria. A pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by her family for marrying the man she loved. Widespread rape in many war zones. And in California, a murderous rampage by a disturbed young man who had depicted sorority members as a prime target.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.
Sport Chalet Valencia will host a free fishing seminar led by fishing professionals this upcoming Tuesday.
The California Department of Transportation will close lanes on Interstate 5 in the Santa Clarita Valley next week as part of a truck lanes improvement project that began in mid-2012.
WASHINGTON (AP) - As governors, businesses and environmentalists brace for new limits on power plant pollution, President Barack Obama is casting his unprecedented effort to curb greenhouse gases as essential to protect the health and wellbeing of children.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who accosted Brad Pitt on a red carpet pleaded no contest to battery Friday and was ordered to stay away from the actor and Hollywood red carpet events.
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state judge on Friday granted a daughter of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem regular visits after she raised concerns about his well-being.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Beset by growing evidence of patient delays and cover-ups, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned from President Barack Obama's Cabinet Friday, taking the blame for what he decried as a "lack of integrity" in the sprawling health care system for the nation's military veterans.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patrick Kane scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:45 to play, and the Chicago Blackhawks forced a decisive seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.
During the past week, the criminal incidents reported in Valencia included grand theft autos, vehicle burglaries, theft from an unlocked vehicle, and numerous shoplifting reports from local businesses.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The NBA has called off a hearing to oust embattled Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling in advance of a vote on a potentially record-breaking deal negotiated by his wife Shelly Sterling to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
It's nearly time to break out that outrageously tall Uncle Sam hat, find the garish red-white-and-blue sunglasses for the family dog and locate the zaniest vehicle possible to decorate - the Fourth of July Parade in the Santa Clarita Valley is right around the corner.