This week in photos in the Santa Clarita Valley.
This week's Helping Hand recipient: The Foundation for Children's Dental Health
Chili lovers and classic car owners found a little slice of elk heaven Saturday when the Elk Lodge on Sierra Highway became the pit stop for all that's hot and spicy, and cool to drive.
Gentle Barn open house
It seems like it was just Jan. 1, but half of the year is nearly over. This is the time of year when businesses assess progress to date.
Hooray to TimBen Boydston and Julie Mason for their cogent critiques of the city's proposed historic-preservation ordinance.
In response to "New DNC chief's message is decidedly old," May 31:
In the late 1990s, when Democrats in the SCV truly constituted a rump party, two active Democratic clubs existed that constantly argued over ideology in a way analogous to the high school chess club and mathletes throwing down on the quad to determine the toughest group while the jocks all laugh uproariously.
Jan. 9, 2011
Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series of profiles on "the most powerful women in the SCV." The series will alternate with the companion series of profiles on "the most interesting man in the world - SCV edition."
In our society, the words "knowledge" and "wisdom" are often treated as synonyms. But it wasn't always so.
In Letters to the Editor, I read about problems in government, finance, industry and elsewhere; how corporations are bad and government is lax, or corporations are good and government is blocking them from solving our financial and employment problems.
Monopoly: that great childhood game in which we get to become Donald Trumps for an evening and crush the financial dickens out of our friends and family. Maybe it was too much Fox News or debates about conservative worldview economics with associates when it occurred to me there was something very sinister about the game.
For the life of me, I can't fathom how Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, and his fellow Democrats can find "justified and fair" the giving of state-funded financial aid to illegal immigrants for college education.
In response to "GOP's flubs lead to Dems gaining votes," June 4:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yasiel Puig tied a franchise record with three triples and added a double and two RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved within a half-game of NL West-leading San Francisco by beating the Giants 8-1 on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Relatives of an 8-year-old boy who was beaten to death are suing Los Angeles County for failing to remove him from his Palmdale home.
As part of a project that is constructing truck lanes on Interstate 5 between Pico Canyon Road and Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, Caltrans will implement several freeway closures next week. Closures will begin Monday and continue through Friday, Aug. 1.
Department of Motor Vehicles officials will hold two public hearings, in Los Angeles and in Northern California, to receive the public's comments on proposed regulations related to a new law allowing driver's licenses to be issued to undocumented California residents.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Stan Lee is missing in action at Comic-Con.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest has been removed from his post in Guam over allegations that he molested two boys four decades ago while serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, church officials said Friday.
PHOENIX (AP) - A former WWE champion known as Daniel Bryan chased two burglary suspects he saw exiting his Phoenix home this week and subdued one until officers arrived, investigators said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A California appeals court has ordered a new trial for an Orange County woman who was convicted of killing her baby after giving birth in a restaurant bathroom.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel's defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its Gaza ground operation "significantly."
Life is full of events that can knock you down. Sometimes it's an actual tumble or accident that lands you in the hospital. Sometimes it's a death of someone you love dearly and can't quite imagine life without. Maybe it's the tragedy of being abused as a child.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Thousands of women whose genitals might have been photographed during gynecological exams can share a $190 million settlement from Johns Hopkins Health System. But they'll have to describe their trauma before seeing any money.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Bell city councilwoman has been given two years in state prison and ordered to pay $242,000 in restitution for misappropriating public funds.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is reminding pet owners that it's against the law to leave their animals in their vehicles during the dog days of summer.
Canyon Country residents were spared a 40-mile drive to the beach in busy freeway traffic Friday when city officials brought the community the next best thing, trucking in tons of sand for Santa Clarita's Beach Bash event.