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  • 17 Nov 2021 by Matt Stone

    SANTA CLARITA – In response to persistent, exceptional drought conditions throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and the state, SCV Water activated Stage 1 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan and Water Conservation and Water Supply Shortage Ordinance this week.

    Stage 1 establishes a framework to prohibit common, but easy to correct, water waste practices. These activities will convert wasted water to beneficial use for future years should drought conditions persist and will assist the Valley with the Governor's 15% of 2020 voluntary conservation call.

    “Our customer’s efforts are trending in the right direction, but we still need to work together to ramp up additional conservation across the Santa Clarita Valley, so we can achieve our voluntary target,” said SCV Water’s General Manager Matt Stone. “We’ve saved during past droughts, and we’re confident our customers will take this call to practice voluntary conservation to heart.”

    California has entered its third year of drought and reservoirs remain at critically low levels. These conditions prompted Governor Newsom to proclaim a statewide drought State of Emergency and call on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 15%. Additionally, as the statewide conservation response in July and August fell short of the goal, the governor’s emergency proclamation directs agencies to execute their urban Water Shortage Contingency Plans to supplement voluntary conservation. Stage 1 of the Agency’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan and Water Conservation Supply Shortage Ordinance not only support water conservation through strategies prioritizing education and engagement, but also includes prohibition of certain wasteful water practices.

    In light of both statewide and local hydrologic conditions, consecutive dry water years, record low precipitation, and in response to the governor’s emergency proclamations, SCV Water has proactively implemented strategies to mitigate potential supply shortages, educate the public on the status and impacts of the current drought, and to encourage water conservation.

    “SCV Water is drought-ready,” said SCV Water’s Sustainability Manager Matt Dickens. “Curbing water waste, especially outdoors, is simple and low cost, and SCV Water offers our customers many programs to increase water efficiency. We are here to help.”

    Stage 1 Explained

    The Stage 1 action encourages customers to voluntarily reduce their water use by a minimum of 10% and to participate in the many available programs to increase water-use efficiency, including:

    • Rebates for turf replacement, smart irrigation controllers, high-efficiency irrigation upgrades and more
    • Free Home Drought Ready Check-Ups
    • Irrigation tune-ups
    • Leak detection device incentives
    • Online WaterSMART Workshop, gardening classes and other resources In addition, watering restrictions take effect that prohibit the following actions:
    • Allowing runoff onto non-irrigated areas when irrigating with potable (drinking) water
    • Using hoses with no shutoff nozzles to wash cars
    • Using potable water to wash sidewalks, driveways and hardscapes
    • Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water
    • Irrigating outdoors during and within 48 hours following precipitation of a quarter inch or more
    • The irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians

    “We know that many of our customers already embrace these water-wise practices, and just hope to remind them that these simple actions can achieve significant savings,” said Dickens.

    Community Engagement

    To further support these efforts, SCV Water will increase public outreach and education for our customers and community. The Agency has also partnered with the City of Santa Clarita and L.A. County Waterworks District #36 to form a Sustainable Water Action Team (SWAT), to coordinate drought efforts and outreach. SCV Water will continue to monitor the situation to determine the best next course of action.

    For more information and resources, visit www.DroughtReadySCV.com.

     

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    About SCV Water:

    The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCV Water) is a full-service regional water agency located in the Santa Clarita Valley. SCV Water provides water service to approximately 75,000 business and residential customers. It was formed on January 1, 2018, when local water suppliers combined into one integrated, regional water provider. More information can be found at www.yourSCVwater.com

    For more information, please contact:

    Kathie Martin Communications Manager SCV Water kmartin@scvwa.org

  • 02 Nov 2021 by Vance Wealth

    At the end of each year, most business owners file their taxes with one simple goal: to save as much as possible on the next return. But at Vance Wealth, we take a different approach to tax planning.

    Of course, we use creative tax strategies to help our clients maximize their savings each year, but we also look at the bigger picture. We plan for the present with the future in mind.

    It’s a balance – and it’s where we excel.

    “Business owners of all sizes have the prudent goal of minimizing their tax burden, but the idea is not to avoid taxes, simply for the sake of avoiding taxes,” explained John Vance, President and Visionary of Vance Wealth. “Our goal is to maximize your savings over the course of your lifetime by making strategic and intentional choices today.”

    That’s how we help our clients forge an achievable path to something greater, and we want to help you do the same. Here are three tax strategies to help your business save on taxes in the long run.

    1. Tax Planning

    Refreshing your tax plan encourages you to rethink your approach to tax savings, by creating a long-term plan to lower the cost in the future. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of asking the right question: How do I create more tax savings over the life of my business, not just this year?

    1. Charitable Giving Deductions

    The tax code for charitable giving deductions changed significantly in recent years, and if you haven’t adjusted your strategy, you’re missing out on valuable savings. Similar to the change in mindset required for big-picture tax planning, charitable giving deductions require a little forward thinking. By planning for a lifetime of giving, you save more and give more. That’s what we call a win-win.

    1. Payroll Structure

    Many business owners don’t realize it, but how you decide to pay yourself and your family impacts your payroll tax and personal income taxes. The amount you pay yourself, as well as the pay structure you use, can make a big difference in your tax plan. For example, if your kids have part-time jobs at your company, simply adding them to payroll can help you save.

    We’ve helped dozens of clients review their business and tax plans to save thousands up front – and achieve even more in the long run. If you haven’t reviewed your plan in the last year, we would love to help you see the difference thoughtful planning can make, now and for years to come.

    To book a complimentary consultation with one of our Wealth Advisors, please visit our website vancewealth.com/book-an-appointment/ to set up an appointment.

     

    Vance Wealth, Inc. (“Vance Wealth”) is a registered investment advisor. Advisory services are only offered to clients or prospective clients where Vance Wealth and its representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure. The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice and it should not be relied on as such. It should not be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell a security. It does not take into account any investor’s particular investment objectives, strategies, tax status or investment horizon. You should consult your attorney or tax advisor. The views expressed in this commentary are subject to change based on market and other conditions. These documents may contain certain statements that may be deemed forward‐looking statements. Please note that any such statements are not guarantees of any future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. Any projections, market outlooks, or estimates are based upon certain assumptions and should not be construed as indicative of actual events that will occur.

  • 01 Oct 2021 by Flair Cleaners

    VALENCIA, CALIF., October 1, 2021 Flair Cleaners, Southern California’s leading eco-friendly dry cleaners, announced its 3rd Annual Cancer Fundraiser, which will take place throughout the month of October. Customers may donate to Flair Cleaners in Valencia, 27011 McBean Parkway (at Magic Mountain Parkway), and designate which of three nonprofits to support, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer, and CURE Childhood Cancer.

    “Every year these diseases impact thousands in our communities, including our family, friends, and customers,” said Gary Futterman, Flair Cleaners Owner. “That’s why we are dedicating October to building awareness, raising funds, and supporting efforts to find cures for breast, prostate, and childhood cancers.”  

    100% of customer donations go directly to one of these nonprofits. Flair Pickup and Delivery customers can email FlairCares@FlairCleaners.com or call Flair for information on ways to donate. Flair will match the total donations up to $5,000 for the campaign.

    •       National Breast Cancer Foundation - providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.

    •       ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer - working to end prostate cancer, advance research, and improve the lives of men and their families.

    •       CURE Childhood Cancer - raising funds to advance research, lobby important legislation, and provide support to thousands of childhood cancer patients and their families.

    About Flair Cleaners

    Since 1958, Flair Cleaners, a family-owned business, has delivered on its promise to provide exceptional quality and personal service that brings new "life" into our clients’ wardrobes and home accessories.  With four locations – Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Studio City, and Valencia – Flair Cleaners has earned a reputation as a trusted pillar of the community through its family’s commitment to eco-friendly cleaning, contributions to educational, veteran, and other nonprofit organizations, and outstanding quality that helps customers look their best.  For more information on Flair Cleaners, its community service or its green environmental practices and awards, visit FlairCleaners.com, follow us on Instagram, or like us on Facebook.

     

  • Santa Clarita, California:  The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley will present two events to celebrate women in film: First, a twilight celebration honoring ten incredible local women who are leaders in the Santa Clarita Valley taking place on Thursday, October 14th at 5:00 p.m., and culminating in the viewing of the 2021 LUNAFEST™ film festival at the Newhall Laemmle Theaters; and second, a conference taking place at the University Center, College of the Canyons on Saturday, October 16th from 9:00 a.m. until noon and featuring ten accomplished film industry professionals.

    Zonta SCV is proud to bring LUNAFEST™ to Santa Clarita for the 10th year. This milestone has given Zonta the opportunity to also showcase outstanding local women in film and associated businesses not only for their accomplishments but for their leadership in helping aspiring women to also enter the industry in one of its many businesses and roles. Zonta wants to increase training and employment opportunities and mentoring for SCV women who seek careers in the burgeoning local film industry.

    The exciting Celebration of SCV Women in Film event on October 14th will honor ten amazing business leaders who work in the film industry and associated businesses. These women have reached leadership roles in established companies, or they have created a business of their own through their visionary and entrepreneurial talents. Before being led to the Laemmle Theaters for the viewing of the LUNAFEST films, guests will be treated to a delightful array of appetizing and robust small plates, wine, and a mimosa bar. Sponsorships with concierge service and tickets are available at www.scvzonta.org/lunafest.

    Following this exciting celebration, a Conference focusing on Saturday, October 16th on “How to Get In and How to Get Ahead” will encourage and inspire an audience comprising women of all ages who want to get into the film industry and other businesses. The two panels will feature many of the leading women who will have been honored at the “SCV Women in Film” celebration. This event is free-of-charge.

    Nicole Miller, President of Zonta SCV, said “We are looking forward to honoring these great women and assisting others to break into the film industry.”

    Helping women improve their status has long been the goal of 47-year-old Zonta SCV. This is accomplished through a variety of initiatives including addressing women’s health problems, creating service projects dealing with domestic violence, scholarship programs for women advancing their status through education, a monthly on-line women’s workshop dealing with topics of interest and learning for women who are underserved, a robotics program for middle school girls, a community grants program for local nonprofit agencies that have special programs which advance Zonta’s mission, and more. Dollars raised through the event will support the many philanthropic, advocacy and service activities of Zonta.

    Sponsorships and tickets are available at www.scvzonta.org/lunafest. The Saturday Conference is free-of-charge; however seating is limited so reservations are required at www.scvzonta.org/lunafest.

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  • 22 Sep 2021 by Vance Wealth

    Join John Vance & Brian Koegle as they discuss strategies to help you protect your business and achieve more in 2022. 

    When: Thursday, October 7th from 9:00am - 10:30am

    Register here: 

    https://raymondjames.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PnaWzoLLQLW9Zl_vK_0hrA

    Topics covered include:

    • Business and Tax Planning Strategies
      • Payroll optimization 
      • Retirement Plan design
      • Year-end Tax Strategies
      • Employee Retention 

    • Legal Matters
      • California Employer Best Practices
      • Compensation
      • Meals & Rest Periods
      • Leaves of Absence

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    Disclosures: Vance Wealth, Inc. (“Vance Wealth”) is a registered investment advisor. Advisory services are only offered to clients or prospective clients where Vance Wealth and its representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

    The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice and it should not be relied on as such. It should not be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell a security. It does not take into account any investor's particular investment objectives, strategies, tax status or investment horizon. You should consult your attorney or tax advisor.

    The information is for general information purposes only. Nothing should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client.

  • 21 Sep 2021 by DeDona Restoration

    We welcome CORE by DeDona Restoration to an exceptional property restoration of contractors that have met CORE’s rigorous credentialing standards. DeDona Restoration has proven to be an organization that believes in operating with the highest standards of craftsmanship, quality, and integrity. As a Branded Member, they will have access to innovative technologies to increase operational efficiencies, unique vendor & supplier resources, world-class networking events, and exclusive educational opportunities to elevate every key role in their business, all without giving up their independence.

    “We are thrilled to welcome CORE by DeDona Restoration to our growing network of the finest independent contractors in the industry,” said Dan Cassara, CEO of CORE Group. “The combination of bringing together leaders from the most experienced service providers, while employing state-of-the-art technology and best practices, will truly be a game-changer. Our relationship with CORE by DeDona Restoration will help them sustain years of growth & success, and only strengthens our unwavering commitment to service excellence for our clients.”

    “It is an honor to have been accepted into the CORE family”, said Michael Fitzgibbons, owner of DeDona Restoration, “and to have the opportunity to work alongside companies that align with DeDona’s core values. In my opinion your company values need to be more than words on a piece of paper, they are action items. We at CORE by DeDona Restoration look forward to many years of continued success and great relationships.”

    About DeDona Restoration

    DeDona Restoration is about creating family, not just customers! Proudly serving LA County, they provide water and fire damage restoration, mold remediation, and sewage cleanup. Founded on a principle to serve the community, DeDona makes sure the customers’ needs are at the forefront of everything that they do. Holding the standard for quality service, DeDona Restoration is committed to genuine care, excellent services, and quality work that lasts a lifetime.

    About CORE
    CORE Group Inc., headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a network of disaster restoration contractors delivering private client centric claim services. CORE contractors must meet all industry standards needed to perform work, they are certified, insured, and fully vetted. Learn more at 
    gowithcore.com | joincore@gowithcore.com.

  • 04 Aug 2021 by Vance Wealth

    Santa Clarita 401k Advisor offers new benefit to help employers attract talent

    Financial education can provide competitive edge in hiring shortage

    Santa Clarita, Calif. — Santa Clarita wealth management firm and 401k Advisor Vance Wealth recently announced a new benefit that may help local businesses attract and retain top talent. The added perk could give employers an edge if they’re experiencing a hiring shortage.

    Vance Wealth now offers a 30-minute financial planning session to all participants enrolled in an Advanced 401k Solutions custom retirement plan. In this targeted one-on-one session, each employee receives specific, actionable financial guidance that will make an immediate difference in their lives.

    “A great way to stand out and remain competitive is to offer a superior benefits package, especially if increasing wages isn’t an option right now,” explained Jason Lane, director of retirement accounts for Vane Wealth. “This planning session will help employees make the most of their benefits, and it can help them set up a strong foundation for their financial future.”

    The perks of financial education and planning should not be underestimated. An attractive benefits package – complete with financial education and support – is an excellent way to win over your industry’s top talent, especially while many businesses are struggling to hire workers. 

    And it’s not just a benefit for employees. Programs that support employee financial wellness are a win-win for the employer and the employee.

    Improving employees’ financial stability can improve the ROI on labor costs by lessening financial stress so they can focus on their work, according to a report by the workplace technology firm Ceridian. The result is an increase in their productivity and reduced absenteeism.

    “Our passion is providing financial education that benefits both the employer and the employee – to help create a stronger, more effective team that achieves more together,” Lane said.

    To learn more about the new Advanced 401k Solutions offering, please call 661-775-0950 to schedule a complimentary consultation with a Vance Wealth adviser, or visit advanced401k.com or schedule a complimentary consultation https://vancewealth.com/book-an-appointment/Team meeting

     

     

    About Advanced 401k Solutions

    At Advanced 401k Solutions, we take pride in designing highly customized solutions that meet the distinct needs of each of our clients. We believe there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach to retirement planning and collaborate with our clients to develop plan review processes that work for them.

    Our team is focused on providing outstanding service to help plan sponsors meet their fiduciary duties and to assist plan participants in achieving their retirement goals. We aim to accomplish this by increasing the transparency of plan fees, providing an in-depth understanding of investments, and offering superior educational resources.

    About Vance Wealth

    Since 2003, Vance Wealth has served as a premier financial planning practice passionately committed to helping clients and families succeed at every step of their financial journey. Serving Southern California, the practice delivers innovative and comprehensive wealth management strategies precisely customized to each client’s goals and needs. To schedule a consultation and learn more, call 661-775-0950, email info@vancewealth.com or visit VanceWealth.com.

  • Logix Federal Credit Union announced Thursday that, for the fourth consecutive year, it has been awarded on the Forbes list of America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions 2021. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list was announced on June 24 and can be viewed at America’s Best Credit Unions In Each State 2021.

    Forbes and Statista identified America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions 2021 based on an independent survey of approximately 25,000 U.S. consumers who were asked to rate credit unions at which they have or previously have had checking accounts. Participants made recommendations regarding overall satisfaction. They also assessed banks in the following areas: trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services, customer service, and financial advice.

    Based on the results of the study, Logix staff is ecstatic to be recognized on the Forbes list of America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions 2021. Logix members continue to vote the credit union best, as Logix is one of two credit unions in the entire state honored with this award for four consecutive years.

    “We’re fortunate to have the best members,” said Kevin Rishko, SVP of Retail Banking and Loan Centers. “Year over year, they vote Logix as their preferred financial institution with surveys and by referring
    friends and family. We are grateful to have their support.”

    Forbes ranked Logix near the top in scores for most trusted credit unions, and for being a financial institution members would recommend to their friends. Logix CEO Ana Fonseca shared her gratitude for member support.

    “Attaining this recognition during normal times is commendable, but the fact that we’ve achieved it during the most challenging time in our history demonstrates our commitment to helping our members thrive even during the most difficult times.”

    About Logix
    Chartered in 1937, Logix Federal Credit Union offers a full menu of financial services, and surcharge-free access to 30,000 ATMs nationwide. Logix Federal Credit Union is rated “superior” for financial strength, and is the largest credit union headquartered in Los Angeles County, with more than 215,000 members and $8 billion in assets. Logix operates 18 branches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Federally insured by NCUA. Logix is an Equal Housing Lending. NMLS ID 503781. For more information, visit 
    www.lfcu.com.

  • 16 Jun 2021 by Vance Wealth

    At Vance Wealth, we believe financial planning should empower you to achieve what matters most. Our thoughtful process is designed to help you stay the course when things are working, and embrace change when it’s needed to forge a path to something greater.

    For business owners, this includes a financial plan for your company that’s as comprehensive as your personal plan – and it all starts with four best practices that set up every business for success.

    “One of the first things we do for our business owners is look at the foundation of their business planning,” explained John Vance. “Often, our initial goal is to help create some confidence and clarity, and there are four key areas that help us establish this.”

     

    1. Build cash reserves.

    First, we focus on building cash reserves for at least six months. Over time, we build this up to two years of cash reserves. To establish this vital safety net, we pull from various sources:

    • Bank reserves
    • A business line of credit
    • Personal investments that can be used as collateral, in an emergency

     

    1. Manage your accounts receivable.

    One of the areas businesses often look past is their accounts receivable, but having too much cash tied up in accounts receivable can really crush a company. Here are a few simple strategies to correct an imbalance:

    • Collection periods should be shortened to less than 30 days.
    • If needed, implement a retainer, especially in service- based businesses.
    • Have an attorney properly draft all your contracts and agreements.

     

    1. Establish an emergency plan.

    As the business owner, you carry the weight of your company’s operations on your shoulders every day. But what would happen if something happened to you? Creating an emergency plan gives you the confidence that things will be taken care of, according to your wishes, no matter what. Here are a few steps to implement a solid emergency plan:

    • Fund a buy/sell agreement: a legally binding document that permits your business to continue operating in the event of the death, disability or retirement of the business owner.
    • Make sure everything is properly documented with your attorney.
    • Gather all your legal documents in a protected yet accessible place, and have a plan for who will access them in the event of an emergency.

     

    1. Develop an exit strategy.

    Finally, it’s important to develop an exit plan for your business. This is where your personal financial plan really comes into focus. Ask yourself: How much is enough for me and my family? What are my goals, and how much do I need to get me there? Your exit plan should include:

    • Your minimum dollar amount for the sale of your business
    • How to continue the legacy of your business with employees and customers
    • Other wishes and goals you hope to achieve

     

    • Are ready to take the steps needed within your business? To book a complimentary consultation with one of our Wealth Advisers https://vancewealth.com/book-an-appointment/, We would love to help you achieve more.

  • On June 22nd at 1:00pm executives are invited to participate in an interactive online workshop presented by experts in the fields of cyber-security and cyber insurance. The session will focus on securing the remote workforce and home office and promote an understanding of how cyber insurance fits into an overall cyber security strategy. Participants can register at www.lbwinsurance.com.

    LBW Insurance and Financial Services and the Pepperdine Graziado School of Business are partnering to bring this executive education opportunity to the business community. Three cyber specialists will present the program. The first is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for the County of Los Angeles, Jeffrey Aquilar, MBA, CISM, CRISC, CDPSE. Second is Howard Miller, CRM, who is the director of the Tech Secure® division of LBW Insurance and Financial Services. The third industry expert is Charla Griffy-Brown, PhD, a professor of Information Systems and Technology Management at Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School.

    Participating executives will be updated on today's cyber threat environment and what they need to know to be better protected. The first portion of the workshop will include briefs from the three industry specialists and the remainder of the session will be a customized interactive learning experience. The program will offer a risk-based approach to cyber insurance and how to implement cyber insurance as part of an overall strategy. Participants will also learn steps to secure today's remote workforce, especially focusing on securing the home office.

    This 90-minute online workshop is for Board and Executive leadership and is designed to educate and reinforce the tools needed to sustain organizations in an emerging post pandemic cybercrime environment.

    About LBW Insurance and Financial Services

    Founded in 1922, LBW Insurance and Financial Services provides Property & Casualty, Life, Health, Long Term Care and Disability insurance as well as a complete range of financial services for both businesses and individuals. Headquartered in Valencia, the firm is licensed in all 50 states and is appointed with more than 100 insurance carriers.

    About Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School

    For more than 50 years, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School has challenged individuals to think boldly and drive meaningful change within their industries and communities. Dedicated to developing Best for the World Leaders, the Graziadio School offers a comprehensive range of MBA, MS, executive, and doctoral degree programs grounded in integrity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Graziadio School advances experiential learning through small classes with distinguished faculty that stimulate critical thinking and meaningful connection, inspiring students and working professionals to realize their greatest potential as values-centered leaders.

  • 21 Apr 2021 by Shanele Stoll

    Santa Clarita, Calif. — After a year of record growth, Santa Clarita-based financial planning firm Vance Wealth is excited to welcome back Chief Operating Officer Chris Pelch, who is returning to the team to help support a new phase of expansion.

     

    “Over the last three years, we’ve grown our team from 6 to 13 employees while also growing our family of clients,” explained John Vance, President and Visionary of the firm. “From an operational perspective, it’s really important to have someone who can oversee your systems and processes and ensure our client experience is second to none. That’s why we brought Chris back to the team.”

     

    Chris adds an expertise in teaching, operations management and financial planning to the firm, and as COO, he’ll help strengthen and support the team, while continuing to serve as advisor to a select group of clients. He’s most excited to work with people he respects and admires, and he’s eager to help Vance Wealth grow according to plan.

     

    “I’m extremely excited about this role because I get to work with a lot of different people. I get to focus on the overall offerings and growth of the firm, while also figuring out how I can break down barriers for a team that’s already doing great work,” Chris explained. “My goal is to allow our team members to focus on the areas where they excel and provide support in the areas where we can grow.”

     

    With two master’s degrees in education and business administration – and nearly a decade of experience in the financial planning industry – Chris is perfectly positioned to help teach business owners how to run a financially sound and operationally efficient company. While he began his career with Teach For America, he eventually turned his passion for education toward the financial world. He’s worked for a nationally recognized financial firm, a Beverly Hills-based Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and, previously, for Vance Wealth.

     

    In 2013, Chris first joined the team to streamline operations, implement a new trading platform, oversee the investment committee and help launch Advanced 401k Solutions – all while managing his own book of clients. He quickly learned that his passion lied in the business owner’s journey, and in 2017, he decided to deepen his knowledge by pursuing his MBA.

     

    “I realized I had a gap in my understanding of a business owner’s journey, specifically in terms of operations and how they affect a company’s financial success,” Chris explained. “To best serve my clients, I knew I needed to get a clearer understanding on what goes on internally. Only then could I be of true value when looking from the outside in.”

     

    Vance Wealth is founded by John Vance and headquartered in Santa Clarita, with an additional office in Pasadena. To schedule a complimentary consultation with Chris Pelch, please call 661-775-0950, email info@vanceweath.com or visit VanceWealth.com.

    About Vance Wealth

    Since 2003, Vance Wealth has served as a premier Santa Clarita-based financial planning firm passionately committed to helping clients and families succeed at every step of their financial journey. Serving Southern California, the practice delivers innovative and comprehensive wealth management strategies precisely customized to each client’s goals and needs.

    Vance Wealth, Inc. (“Vance Wealth”) is a registered investment advisor. Advisory services are only offered to clients or prospective clients where Vance Wealth and its representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

  • 24 Mar 2021 by Socal Gas

    Southern California Gas Company is excited to share with you an ambitious commitment we’re making -- to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our operations and delivery of energy by 2045.

    SoCalGas’ commitment makes us the largest North American gas distribution utility to set a net-zero target that includes scopes 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions. We plan to reduce our company’s direct emissions and those generated by customers. This means not only will the trucks we drive, the buildings we own, and the pipelines we operate make this transition, but also the fuel we deliver to our customers will be net zero emissions by 2045.

    America’s decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement reaffirms our national commitment to a global clean energy future. California lawmakers have set even more ambitious goals – carbon neutrality across all sectors of the economy by 2045. SoCalGas supports these goals. As we take this journey to a cleaner energy future, it is vital that energy remain reliable and affordable for all Californians. No energy company is more dedicated to achieving that than SoCalGas.

    SoCalGas’ commitment to net zero 2045 is a natural extension of our decades-long industry leadership. Since the passage of California’s landmark California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), our decarbonization, diversification, and digitalization efforts have supported the reduction of over 7 million metric tons of CO2e below our 1990 levels – the equivalent of removing 1.5 million cars from the road for a year.

    We invite you to read our Climate Commitment here and our press release announcing the news here.

    You can follow our journey to net zero 2045 by visiting socalgas.com/Mission

    Thank you for your continued partnership and support

  • 17 Mar 2021 by LYFE Networks

    IT support company continues to expand its client roster during COVID-19 pandemic by providing IT support and managed services to the media giant.

    Valencia, CA - October 12, 2020 -- LYFE Networks, Southern California’s most trusted IT support partner, has signed an agreement with CBS Television Studios to provide support and help manage the media giant’s IT infrastructure. 

    CBS Television Studios will outsource IT support to LYFE Networks, taking advantage of their vast array of services including: business computer support and setup, business technology security, data recovery, data cabling, remote helpdesk support, computer network design and hardware/software purchase and support. LYFE will be working closely with the network’s producers and studio heads to make their workflows more efficient, reduce downtime and enable secure telework for employees.

    A Project Manager for CBS Television Studios stated: “LYFE Network’s instant attentiveness to offer lightning fast solutions to our system’s problems is unbeatable. They jumped in head on and did a lot of the initial leg work to get our systems to a place where our teams could work, both remotely and on-site, without interruption. LYFE Network’s CEO personally answered every email, call and request, no matter when it came up - I have never been so impressed with a company prior to this.” 

    Founded in 2004 by Adam Ashby, LYFE Networks mission is to build people’s confidence in their computers and networks so they can be more productive and efficient. While they support an array of different industries, they specialize in IT support for small businesses as well as the medical, legal, and manufacturing industries.  

    “As an entrepreneur whose business comes mostly through word of mouth, we are incredibly grateful and honored to be working with an enterprise like CBS Television Studios,” said Adam Ashby, CEO and Founder of LYFE Networks. “In fact, during these hard times, we’ve seen more big companies looking to expand their IT security teams, as the new work-from-home environment can open up previously unforeseen vulnerabilities. We have seen a drastic increase in demand for our services and have helped many of our clients ensure that their systems are sound and protected.” 

    For more information about LYFE Networks, check out our website https://lyfenetworks.com/. 

    About LYFE Networks

    Located in Valencia, California, LYFE Networks was founded in 2004, and is the trusted IT support partner for businesses in Santa Clarita, Lancaster, Palmdale, and throughout North Los Angeles County. We design and support reliable and secure modern office technologies, while mitigating IT risks for our clients so that they can focus on running a productive and efficient business. 

  • 18 Feb 2021 by Vance Wealth

    Santa Clarita, CA – John Vance President, of Vance Wealth located at 26491 Summit Circle was among the Raymond James-affiliated advisors named to the Forbes list of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors. The list, which recognizes advisors from national, regional and independent firms, was released online February 11, 2021.

    Since 2003, Vance Wealth has served as a premier financial planning team passionately committed to helping clients and families succeed at every step of their financial journey. Serving Southern California, the practice delivers innovative and comprehensive wealth management strategies precisely customized to each client’s goals and needs.

    Our mission is to help our clients and families succeed at every step of their financial journey, inspiring them to achieve more. We are committed to stand by their sides to help make the difficult decisions, celebrate life’s joys and be a trusted partner for every moment in between.

    Passionately delivering personal care and expertise. While our clients represent a broad range of unique backgrounds with differing dreams and goals, our team offers specialized experience and deep expertise particularly in the following areas: retirement planning, business planning, loss of a loved one and divorce planning.

    To learn more about John Vance or the advisors at Vance Wealth, more information can be found at VanceWealth.com.

     

    About Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors

    Data provided by SHOOKTM Research, LLC.

    Source: Forbes.com (January, 2021). The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years’ experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Out of approximately 32,725 nominations received, based on thresholds, more than 5,000 advisors received the award. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receives a fee in exchange for rankings. This ranking is not indicative of advisor’s future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients’ experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. For more information: www.SHOOKresearch.com.

     

    About Vance Wealth

    Vance Wealth, Inc. (“Vance Wealth”) is a registered investment advisor. Advisory services are only offered to clients or prospective clients where Vance Wealth and its representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

     

  • 21 Oct 2020 by Vance Wealth

    Following six months of massive change and volatility, Vance Wealth, a Santa Clarita-based financial planning firm, is on track with its 10-year plan and entering a period of intentional growth. 

    After 17 years with Raymond James Financial Services, the locally owned company formed an independent registered investment advisor, or RIA, firm, purchased its second building in Santa Clarita and grew its staff by 50% in a three-year period.

    “This next phase in the evolution of our firm allows us to use the full extent of our expertise for the benefit of our clients and community,” firm founder and President John Vance said in a prepared statement, “and that’s the driving force behind all of our decisions here at Vance Wealth.”

    “We’re following the natural progression of a strong, vibrant firm and taking a major step toward independence,” Vance said. “Forming our own RIA will help us focus on becoming a firm of the future, while simultaneously offering our clients even more tailored solutions to achieve their goals and dreams.”

    Expanding its physical space, Vance Wealth purchased the building adjacent to the Santa Clarita-based firm and has been remodeling to accommodate recent and future growth. 

    “We’ve been hard at work building out our new space, which gives us the room to double in size over the next decade,” Vance added. “The new building houses offices for our growing team and a new media room, which will allow us to share even more information with our community through webinars, videos and virtual presentations. But all that space isn’t useful without the right team to fill it.” 

    As the firm continues to grow, Vance Wealth is expected to look for Santa Clarita-based candidates who are involved with the community, a quality that has become an important part of company culture. 

    The firm also plans to double-down on its duty to support the Santa Clarita Valley community. For example, Vance currently serves as chair of the board of directors for Single Mothers Outreach of Santa Clarita, and in 2021, Vance is set to chair the board of directors for the SCV Chamber of Commerce. 

    Vance Wealth (VanceWealth.com) is headquartered in Santa Clarita, with an additional office in Pasadena.

  • Santa Clarita, Calif. — Erika Kauzlarich-Bird, former Southland Regional Association of Realtors president and lifelong Santa Clarita resident, joined Compass, an innovative real estate brokerage, this summer to help SCV families find their next dream home.

    Bringing more than 25 years of experience in managing all aspects of the sale as an agent, manager and entrepreneur, Kauzlarich-Bird decided now was the right time to bring something new to the Santa Clarita Valley real estate community.

    “I just knew this was the right move for me because I love this community and what I do so much,” Kauzlarich-Bird said. “Having worked with different agencies over the years, I know from experience that Compass will help me build my ‘dream team’ of agents.”

    While she’s worked on all aspects of a home sale, most previously working in a management role, Kauzlarich-Bird realized how much she missed working in sales, directly with families looking for their perfect place.

    Real estate is truly a family business, with Erika at the helm and her mother behind her. Diane Kauzlarich, who still lives in the Placerita Canyon home where Erika grew up, was an early mentor for her. During their years as a mother-daughter team, Erika worked in all aspects of real estate.

    At Compass, she enjoys running her office with the creative energy and innovative technology of a startup firm – plus the experience and sophistication of a luxury brand, she said.

    While every industry is looking to cutting-edge technology to create social distancing for employees and customers alike, Compass has been a leader in this area for years. Compass agents are trained in the latest tools and tech available, along with traditional care and amenities. Erika’s experience combined with bonuses like Compass’ concierge service make the entire process convenient, intelligent and seamless.

    “When I heard about what we have access to with this brokerage, I knew we’d have what we needed to keep our clients’ best interests at the heart of every sale and purchase,” Kauzlarich-Bird said. “Compass isn’t about the agent; it really is all about the client – a philosophy that aligns with my personal approach to real estate.”

    That’s a perfect fit for Kauzlarich-Bird, who also enjoyed the leadership portion of her past industry roles, and looks forward to mentoring agents on her team.

    “It just felt right to come back to my home base in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Kauzlarich-Bird. “This is my hometown, and I can’t think of a better place on Earth to buy a home, work and raise a family.”

    Erika Kauzlarich-Bird is a community-driven real estate agent in the Santa Clarita Valley and a broker associate for Compass, who can be reached at connectwitherika.com, erikabird@outlook.com or 661-510-3136.


    About Erika Kauzlarich-Bird
    Erika Kauzlarich-Bird is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident who’s active in a number of professional and nonprofit organizations. In addition to her 25 years of experience, including SRAR leadership, she’s also worked as an advocate on behalf of SCV homeowners for the California Association of Realtors and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce. Her community involvement includes volunteer work with school site councils, parent-teacher organizations, the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center at Bella Vida and the equine therapy nonprofit Heads Up Therapy and Blue Star Ranch.

    About Compass – a national network of local experts
    Our agents are trusted advisors, helping everyone from the first-time buyer to the seasoned seller make better, more informed decisions. With more than 12,000 agents serving vibrant communities across the U.S., Compass is now the country's largest independent real estate brokerage.

    CONTACT
    Erika Kauzlarich-Bird
    Broker Associate, Compass
    661-510-3136

    erikabird@outlook.com

  • 18 Sep 2020 by Lief Labs

    Valencia, CA – September 18, 2020 – Lief Labs, a premier formulation and product development innovator and manufacturer of dietary supplements, is pleased to announce that the firm and Lief’s CEO & Founder, Adel Villalobos, were recognized as the Latino Business Alliance Business of the Year Award recipient at the Hispanic Heritage Virtual Celebration on September 16th, hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) Chamber of Commerce to honor the achievements of Hispanic businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley.


    The Hispanic Heritage Virtual Celebration was emceed by the City of Santa Clarita Mayor Pro Tem, Bill Miranda and was virtually attended by other elected officials, as well as Lief’s Villalobos and fellow members of the Santa Clarita Valley business community who had the opportunity to virtually connect and network at the interactive event. Members of Lief’s Leadership Team and staff also attended the virtual celebration.


    "The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce was pleased to award the Latino Business Alliance Business of the Year award to Lief Labs at this year's annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, which was held virtually,” said Ivan Volschenk, President of SCV Chamber. “Lief Labs can be proud of their achievements and we look forward to their continued growth and success."


    “I take great pride in my Hispanic Heritage and in the successful business and diverse culture we have built with our talented and dedicated team at Lief Labs, all of whom contributed to our company’s growth and client service excellence in an extremely challenging year,” said Villalobos. “As the son of Mexican immigrants who taught me a strong work ethic, it’s truly an honor to have received the Latino Business Alliance Business of the Year Award from the SCV Chamber, who organized a wonderful, interactive virtual event,” said Villalobos.


    Villalobos added, “Managing an essential business during the Coronavirus pandemic, I have Iearned the importance of consistent and strong leadership required to be able to drive an organization forward during trying times, as well as the responsibility to continue to give back to the community. At Lief, we were proud to support our local restaurants to help them continue to thrive and we also launched our Lief Cares nutritional supplement donation program.”

     

    Through the Lief Cares donation program efforts, the company has donated over 1,000 bottles of immune support nutritional supplements, formulated in-house by Lief, for distribution to first responders local to Lief’s Valencia, CA headquarters and in other regions throughout the state.


    The Lief Cares donation program has also provided 2,500 bottles of immune support supplements to be distributed to Southern California-based field workers in highly impoverished areas as a show of commitment and support for this vital and essential work force. Lief plans to continue this charitable initiative by identifying other areas of need where Lief Cares can help to inspire, elevate and enrich the lives of the firm’s community.


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    About Lief Labs
    Lief Labs is a premier formulation and product development innovator and manufacturer of dietary supplements with 170 employees. Our in-house Product Development and R&D team creates the best tasting and most cutting-edge formulations of supplements. Lief also houses a state of the art, full-service cGMP* manufacturing facility, which offers custom solutions for a multitude of supplement categories. Lief collaborates with entrepreneurial firms to help them build premier brands. Our turnkey solutions allow us to engage in seamless partnerships that help brands with scalability and sustainable growth. Lief hosts the Beyond the Supps podcast which covers a wide range of topics such as entrepreneurship, social media, quality control, health & wellness, and the impact the dietary supplement industry has worldwide. The company is based in Valencia, CA. To learn more, please visit www.lieflabs.com.


    *Current Good Manufacturing Practice


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    For Media Inquiries, please contact: Cathy Loos Loos & Co. Communications +1-347-334-4135 cloos@looscomm.com

  • 04 Jun 2020 by SCV Water

    2020 WATER QUALITY REPORT

    https://yourscvwater.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020-SCV-Water-Quality-Report.pdf

     

    THIS NOTICE CONTAINS INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOU TO OBTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER. TRANSLATE IT, OR SPEAK WITH SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS IT.

    The Consumer Confidence Report, or CCR, is an annual water quality report that the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires SCV Water-Valencia Water Division to provide all of its customers. The purpose of the CCR is to raise customers’ awareness of the quality of their drinking water, where their drinking water comes from, what it takes to deliver water to their homes, and the importance of protecting drinking water sources.

    To view your 2020 Consumer Confidence Report and to learn more about your drinking water, please visit the following URL:

    https://yourscvwater.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020-SCV-Water-Quality-Report.pdf after June 30, 2020.

  • 03 Jun 2020 by SCV Water

    After serving the Santa Clarita Valley for 23 years as a Board member for the Newhall County Water District (NCWD), Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) and SCV Water, Tom Campbell resigned his position, effective May 27, 2020. Campbell represented Division 2 on the SCV Water Board of Directors, serving portions of Valencia, Saugus and Canyon Country. Moving forward, Campbell will focus his time and efforts on his family.

    “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Tom for his years of exemplary service to our board and to the SCV community. During Tom’s tenure on CLWA’s Board, his efforts helped to secure our long-term water supply reliability here in the SCV,” said Gary Martin, SCV Water board president.

    Campbell’s background in the water industry has been an asset to providing the Agency’s Board of Directors with valuable insights into infrastructure construction and maintenance as well as its overall capital improvement plan.

    Campbell was elected in 1997 to the NCWD Board of Directors. There he served as Vice President in 1998, President in 1999, and Vice President again in 2000. He was appointed to the CLWA Board of Directors in 2001 to fill an at-large seat. He served on the CLWA Board for 16 years, six of those years as Board President. Most recently he served as the Chair of the SCV Water Engineering and Operations Committee and was a member of the Finance and Administration Committee and Water Resources and Watershed Committee.

    “I am thankful to have been a part of some defining moments in the Agency’s history, like the purchase of the Valencia Water Company and the formation of SCV Water,” said SCV Water Director Tom Campbell. “It’s been rewarding to see our customers and community benefit from our regional approach to water management.”

    “I think his most enduring contribution will turn out be the creation of our new valley-wide water agency, SCV Water,” added Board President Martin. “It is fitting that as Tom moves on to the next chapter of his life, SCV Water is already making strides to accomplish his vision of becoming a best-in-class water agency. We wish Tom and his family the very best."

    Campbell’s current term will expire January 2021. At the June 2, 2020 regular SCV Water Board meeting, the board voted to eliminate the now vacant seat. Initially at 15 seats when formed in January 2018, the Board is set to reduce in size from the current 12 members to 9 members over the next two elections. The elections scheduled for November 2020 and November 2022 will result in three elected officials representing each of the three new electoral districts.

    “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our valley for over two decades, and I want to thank the board and staff for all of their hard work and dedication over the years,” said Director Campbell.

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    About SCV Water:
    The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCV Water) is a full-service regional water agency located in the Santa Clarita Valley. SCV Water provides water service to approximately 74,000 business and residential customers. It was formed on January 1, 2018 when local water suppliers combined into one integrated, regional water provider. More information can be found at www.YourSCVwater.com

    For more information, please contact:

    Kathie Martin

    Public Information Officer SCV Water kmartin@scvwa.org

    661-513-1265