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  • 29 Apr 2022 by SCV Water

    Agency moves to Stage 2 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan to eliminate water waste

    SANTA CLARITA – SCV Water’s Board of Directors voted Tuesday to move the Agency into Stage 2 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan. The move comes as California and the Santa Clarita Valley continue to face a severe drought with no end in sight.

    "Despite planning for dry times, this drought has become so severe that we are having to dip into our banked water supplies," said SCV Water’s General Manager Matt Stone. “Moving to Stage 2 will place new water restrictions in place to eliminate water waste and ensure we have enough water to meet the needs of our community.”

    Stage 2 Explained

    Stage 2 includes the same restrictions as Stage 1 and adds additional water savings measures. Customers are requested to voluntarily reduce their water by up to 20%. This information is available at

    New watering requirements effective with Stage 2 include:

    • Limits watering to three days per week
      • Odd addresses (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
      • Even addresses. (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday)
      • No watering on Saturdays
    • Limits watering station run times
      • Maximum of two five-minute cycles per station per watering day (10 minutes max.)
    • Watering times of day (morning and evening watering)

    o May to October: 12 midnight to 9 a.m. and/or 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

    o November to April: 12 midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

    The following actions are also prohibited, as established in Phase 1, declared in November 2021.

    • 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
    • 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

    Rebates and resources available

    SCV Water offers many financial rebates and other incentives to help customers increase water- use efficiency, including:

    • Turf conversion rebates
    • Irrigation system efficiency upgrade rebates (smart irrigation controllers, high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles, pressure regulating devices, drip irrigation and more)
    • Free Home Drought-Ready Check-Ups
    • Online WaterSMART Workshop, gardening classes and other resources

    A quick 10-minute inspection of the sprinkler system can save considerable water. For homes businesses, and landscapes, set timers to meet the new watering days and duration and repair any leaks or overspray. Then inside, check for leaks in toilets and other fixtures.

    Learn more about rebates at

    Learn more

    SCV Water is hosting a Virtual Drought Forum on May 10 at 6 p.m., where attendees will hear from the experts about drought status, water supply, and conservation measures, as well as be able to ask us questions. Customers can register for the Virtual Drought Forum at

    Customers can also report suspected water waste at

    Neighboring agencies announce more stringent measures

    Also, this week, Metropolitan Water District announced a Water Shortage Emergency for 6 million customers, cutting watering to one day a week. This does not affect SCV Water customers. Those affected customers are served by a higher proportion of imported state water, which has been drastically impacted by three consecutive years of drought conditions.

    SCV Water also relies on this source for a portion of its supply, but in addition has local groundwater and banked water supply stored underground in Kern County in wet years. Still, as the drought enters its third year, we are also asking our customers to conserve so we will have flexibility to meet demand should the drought continue. Every drop saved this year is one we can use next year.


    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


    For more information, please contact: Kathie Martin

    Communications Manager SCV Water

  • 19 Apr 2022 by Vance Wealth

    Vance Wealth surpasses $500 million in assets under management

    Milestone positions Santa Clarita financial planning firm in California’s top tier of independent wealth advisers


    Santa Clarita, Calif. — Vance Wealth, a financial planning firm based in Santa Clarita, reached an industry milestone entering 2022 when the firm surpassed $500 million in assets under management.


    The local registered investment adviser (RIA) firm joined 132 others that have crossed that milestone in California, setting itself apart from the state’s more than 1,500 total firms, according to Investment News.


    “This milestone is a reflection of the hard work our team has put in over the years, as well as our ability to help our clients create the financial futures they imagine,” said John Vance, president and visionary of Vance Wealth. “But most importantly, this achievement is a reflection of our clients’ trust and loyalty. We wouldn’t be here without them – we achieved this together.”


    Vance Wealth got its start in 2003, as an independent firm and Raymond James affiliate. The firm started with $0 assets under management and was owner-operated.


    Since its founding, the firm has remained dedicated to one of its most crucial core values, a commitment to continuous growth, and it has grown according to plan ever since. In 2020, the firm became an RIA, and today Vance Wealth has expanded to 14 employees and is continuing to grow according to plan.



    “Our mission is to help our families and businesses succeed at every step of their financial journey, inspiring them to achieve more. I’m excited about this next step because, as we grow, it allows us to attract and retain talented and qualified team members,” Vance explained. “We’re able to provide better resources, create a more streamlined experience, and ultimately help our clients achieve even more. As we grow, we can continue to better serve our clients and our clients’ children for decades to come.”


    To schedule a complimentary consultation with a Vance Wealth adviser, please contact 661-775-0950 or visit



    About Vance Wealth 

    Since 2003, Vance Wealth has served as a premier financial planning practice passionately committed to helping families and businesses 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 or visit


    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 Garden of Artsakh will provide a peaceful place for community members to practice their beliefs and honor traditions.
    • Grand opening begins at 10 a.m.

    NEWHALL, Calif., April 20, 2022 -- Honoring its commitment to provide a welcoming environment for everyone in the communities it serves, Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary, a local Dignity Memorial® provider, announced the grand opening of its newest section, the Garden of Artsakh, designed specifically to honor traditions and beliefs in the Armenian culture.

    The event will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary, 23287 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall, CA 91321. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

    The garden is a tribute to the Mountain people of Karabakh.  A 9-foot high monument, the only replica of its kind, is a symbol of the grand parents of that reign.  Also known as the “Tatik-papik”, which translates to grandmother and grandfather.  His Eminence the Archbishop Hovnan Derderian will bless the monument. There are over 300 interment spaces for family members to be interred and re-membered throughout time.  We will provide memorial cards for people to complete and hang on the trees that will be present at the grand opening.

    “The Garden of Artsakh is an example of our dedication to understanding, working with, and serving the diverse cultures of our neighbors and the communities we serve.  Eternal Valley Memorial Park looks forward to celebrating with our community members.”

    About Eternal Valley Memorial Park

    Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary (COA 184, FD 1163) in Newhall, Calif., is a proud member of the Dignity Memorial network of more than 1,800 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is North America. Dignity Memorial, the country’s most trusted resource for funeral and memorialization services, offers an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence. For more information, call (626) 590-7528 or visit       

  • 11 Apr 2022 by SoCalGas

    Grants will support equipment upgrades, employee retention, and deferred maintenance, for local-owned restaurants


    LOS ANGELES – April 11, 2022 – SoCalGas today announced a second $525,000 donation to the California Restaurant Foundation's (CRF) Restaurants Care Resilience Fund. Last year, SoCalGas co- founded the Fund to help small businesses recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic and was also a leading donor, committing $525,000 in 2021. Qualifying restaurants throughout SoCalGas’ service area are encouraged to apply for a $3,000 grant starting April 15th. These grants aim to support equipment upgrades, employee retention, and deferred maintenance, allowing small restaurants to recover after nearly two years of incurring debt, losses, and shouldering rising costs.


    The application period closes on April 30.


    “Restaurants and the families and employees that run them showed incredible resilience and strength as they adapted their businesses to serve all of us during the pandemic,” said David Barrett, vice president and general counsel at SoCalGas and California Restaurant Foundation board member. “Last year’s grants provided essential support to local restaurants as they struggled to keep their doors open. This year, grant funds will provide support for kitchens or crews, while overall supporting restaurant resiliency.”


    “We are honored that SoCalGas has returned as a partner for this year’s Resilience Fund, and extremely grateful they identified the program as being worthy of one of their largest charitable donations planned for this year,” said Alycia Harshfield, Executive Director of California Restaurant Foundation. “SoCalGas’ generous contribution will help independent restaurant owners across central and southern California invest in their people, their equipment and ultimately, the long-term health and success of their business.”


    This year, the Restaurants Care Resilience Fund will award nearly $1.5 million in grants to small businesses in 2022. Last year, 318 restaurants statewide received grants including Rajas con Crema, in


    the City of Maywood, run by wife-and-husband team Alicia and Javier Solorzano, who opened their dream Mexican restaurant after more than 16 years in the catering business. The dishes are inspired by Alicia’s travels, recipes from friends, and family, while adding her own touch.


    “We are extremely thankful to the California Restaurant Fund and SoCalGas for the grant, and for creating this fund to help local restaurants,” said Javier Solorzano, owner of Rajas con Crema. “Our concern was to survive, and the grant helped us give back to our community in a time of need. We were able to donate warm meals to local families while paying for our employee’s time. I highly encourage other restaurants to apply for this grant, it can make all the difference.”


    “We are grateful to SoCalGas for their ongoing commitment to community and small businesses through this grant opportunity and many other efforts, including their food distributions in the City of Maywood and Southeast Los Angeles during the pandemic,” said Maywood Mayor Heber Marquez.


    Another grant recipient from 2021, Natalia Pereira of Woodspoon, a Brazilian restaurant in downtown Los Angeles said, "The Resilience Fund is such a special program on so many levels-the people and the program are wonderful, and this initiative has such an incredible impact on the restaurant community throughout the region!" Woodspoon recently received the MICHELIN Bib Gourmand award that recognizes restaurants with “value for money.”


    The Zagat-rated Shiro Restaurant in South Pasadena has been serving French food over 34 years and received a grant award last year. According to Shiro owner Irene Yokoi, "There are no words to express our gratitude for receiving your funds during our turmoil to cope with Covid-19 closures. It has helped us great deal especially for covering the cost of payroll."


    In addition to providing financial support to restaurants, SoCalGas offers programs and services for selecting energy-efficient equipment for any commercial customer. Restaurant owners can schedule a “try before you buy” equipment demo to test-drive gas cooking equipment before making a purchase, sign up for an energy survey by a utility expert, and receive information on rebates and incentives on qualified gas cooking equipment, water heating, heat recovery products and installation of eligible energy-efficient upgrades.


    Restaurants Care Resilience Fund applications will be open from April 15-30, 2022 and can be found at Grants will be available to all California-based restaurant owners with less than three units and less than $3 million in revenue. Priority will be given to restaurants owned by women and people of color. Last year, the Resilience Fund awarded 318 grants to independent restaurant owners, 65 percent of which were women-owned and 83 percent person of color-owned.


    SoCalGas’ partnership with the California Restaurant Fund is part of the company’s ASPIRE 2045 sustainability goals, which includes a commitment to invest $50 million to drive positive change in diverse and underserved communities over the next five years. In addition to supporting the Restaurant Care Resilience Fund, in 2021, SoCalGas contributed $9.6 million in total community investment, $4.8 million to support health & human services, and $2.3 million to education causes. In 2021, SoCalGas’ Fueling Our Communities program provided over 9,800 free meals, over 2,600 grocery bags, and 2,520 restaurant gift cards totaling $60,400 in support of 25 local restaurants.




    About SoCalGas

    Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million consumers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California. Gas delivered through the company's pipelines will continue to play a key role in California's clean energy transition—providing electric grid reliability and supporting wind and solar energy deployment.

    SoCalGas' mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company in America. In support of that mission, SoCalGas is committed to the goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045 and to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply to core customers with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for customers.

    SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego.


    For more information visit or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.


    About the California Restaurant Foundation (CRF):

    California is home to more than 90,000 eating and drinking places that ring up more than $72 billion in sales and employ more than 1.6 million workers, making restaurants an indisputable driving force in the state’s economy. The California Restaurant Foundation is a non-profit that empowers and invests in California's restaurant workforce. Founded in 1981, CRF supports the restaurant community through relief grants for restaurant workers facing a hardship, job and life skills training for 13,500 high school students each year, and scholarships. For more information visit

  • 04 Apr 2022 by Metro

    Asphalt Paving, SB Lyons Av/Pico Canyon Rd & NB Truck Route  


    As part of the I-5 North County Enhancements Project, Metro’s contractor OHLA-USA, will be performing asphalt paving along southbound I-5 at Lyons Av/Pico Canyon Rd, and on the northbound I-5 truck route between I-210 and Weldon Canyon Rd Bridge. This activity will include use of paving equipment and trucks to import construction material. The work is scheduled for two nights on Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8, 2022. 

    What to Expect/ Traffic Control 

    Two-night closure of the northbound I-5 truck route between I-210 and Weldon Canyon Rd Bridge and Lyons Av/Pico Canyon Rd on- and off-ramps. Signage will be posted along the detour routes. Trucks will be detoured to the I-5 general-purpose lanes and vehicles will be detoured to the next available ramp.  

    Southbound I-5 Lyons Av/Pico Canyon Rd on-ramp:

    • Detour: Left at The Old Road, left at Calgrove Bl, enter southbound I-5 Calgrove Bl on-ramp.  
    • Closure hours:  
      • April 7 at 7pm – April 8 at 6am  
      • April 8 at 7pm – April 9 at 9am  

    Southbound I-5 Lyons Av/Pico Canyon Rd off-ramp:

    • Drivers will be rerouted to Calgrove Bl off-ramp 
    • Closure hours:  
      • April 7 at 7pm – April 8 at 6am  
      • April 8 at 7pm – April 9 at 9am 

    Essential Details 

    • Work schedule: Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8 between 7pm and 9am. 
    • The northbound I-5 truck route closure hours are:  
    • April 7 at 11pm-April 8 at 5am 
    • April 8 at 11pm-April 9 at 6am.  
    • Consecutive ramps in the same direction will not be closed at the same time. Detours to the next on-ramp will be posted for each closure.  
    • Traffic will be maintained in each direction.   
    • No lane closures will be implemented during morning or evening peak traffic hours.  
    • The speed limit within construction work zones is changed to 55-miles per hours. 


    Access to emergency responders will be maintained. Construction is a dynamic process, it is subject to weather conditions, and information is subject to change, visit the project website for the most up to date information and a weekly listing of ramp closures scheduled. 


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