"Little Big Man" was a classic film, back in the day, with Dustin Hoffman starring as Jack Crabb, who, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Indians, and fighting with Gen. George A. Custer. And it was a character-shaping movie for me, as well.
It seems that the social scene is winding back up in the Santa Clarita Valley. I hope to see you about town.
In 2011, the city of Santa Clarita experienced a record-breaking year for filming, with the Santa Clarita Valley Film Office issuing more permits and seeing more film days in the city than any other year since the office's inception in 2002.
Here in Southern California, we don't get much opportunity to drive in snow, and so our opportunities to get into skids are also reduced. Consequently, while we can certainly get into a skid as a result of rain-slicked roads, or, you know, just through our own dumb driving, in SoCal, skid advice might be better considered as a metaphor for life management.
Here's a handy list of some of the major upcoming events for the first part of 2012 in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The city of Santa Clarita has committed to a variety of online services intended to create transparency and improve the community's ability to seamlessly communicate with us. In today's world, there is an expectation for 24/7 support, and our city fulfills that expectation.
The other day, a friend of mine was doing a little ranting regarding possible changes in cellphone laws in California.
It's here. The new year. What are your New Year's resolutions? I've been thinking long and hard of what I wish to accomplish in the new year. I'm still trying to find time to take yoga lessons. I'd also like to plant a vegetable garden this year. I think those two are enough! I don't think I want to get too ambitious with my New Year's resolutions.
Over the last two dozen years, the City Council, our city staff and our residents have worked together to create a community we can all be proud of. As mayor for 2012, I want to continue this good work and high level of achievement.
People, let me save you some time and trouble.
I hope everyone found his or her heart's desire under the Christmas tree this morning. I know that Santa was good to me! Let's hope 2012 brings us all a healthy, happy and profitable year!
The city of Santa Clarita is partnering with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Department, local restaurants and bars to prevent drunken driving by encouraging residents to plan ahead for safe holiday celebrations.
Now, if your mother-in-law is getting out of prison this Dec. 23 and, of course, coming to live with you at this time, you'd have to consider this momentous event to be additional holiday stress. As if Christmas shopping, seasonal dining, too many commitments and general life-in-a-pressure-cooker weren't enough, now you have to deal with a freeloading misanthrope who, you know, deserved her sentence and who, you are sure, has not been rehabilitated.
Is it possible that Christmas is only a week away? It's nice to see the weather cooperate for once and give us a small taste of the "season."
The city of Santa Clarita is showcasing a new public art exhibit, "Hirewire Act: Insights into Substance Abuse, on Town Center Drive" at the Westfield Valencia Town Center through Jan. 7. The art exhibit explores the impacts of substance abuse through various forms, including photography, painting and mixed media.