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Universal Parks & Resorts Update: Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando closure extended until at least May 31, 2020.

Universal City, Calif. , Orlando FL. – Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood to remain closed at least through May 31, 2020.

We are extending the closure of Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood at least through May 31 as we continue to respond to current conditions and make the health and safety of team members and guests our top priority. 

This includes our theme parks and Universal CityWalk at both destinations.  The Universal Orlando Resort hotels have also temporarily suspended operations through this time period.  We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed, based on guidance from health agencies and government officials.  

In addition, we have communicated with our team members today and have this to share:

Taking care of our team members during this difficult and challenging time remains one of our most important priorities.  We are working hard to find solutions that also allow us to sustain our business. 

Our team members will be paid at 100 percent through April 19, but as we enter a more prolonged closure period, we need to take additional measures.  Beginning April 20, nearly all our team members will be paid at 80 percent of their pay – and we will ask them to adjust their work accordingly.  A small group of team members will be asked to continue working at 100 percent and will continue to be paid at that level.   We have also made the difficult decision that we will furlough our part-time hourly workers beginning May 3. 

During this time, we will fully cover the cost of benefit plans for those team members who have them.  All of these team members remain in our thoughts – and, while we don’t yet know when, we look forward to returning them to work one day.

Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood to remain closed at least through May 31, 2020.

We are extending the closure of Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood at least through May 31 as we continue to respond to current conditions and make the health and safety of team members and guests our top priority.  This includes our theme parks and Universal CityWalk at both destinations.  The Universal Orlando Resort hotels have also temporarily suspended operations through this time period.  We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed, based on guidance from health agencies and government officials.  

In addition, we have communicated with our team members today and have this to share:

Taking care of our team members during this difficult and challenging time remains one of our most important priorities.  We are working hard to find solutions that also allow us to sustain our business.  Our team members will be paid at 100 percent through April 19, but as we enter a more prolonged closure period, we need to take additional measures.  Beginning April 20, nearly all our team members will be paid at 80 percent of their pay – and we will ask them to adjust their work accordingly.  A small group of team members will be asked to continue working at 100 percent and will continue to be paid at that level.   We have also made the difficult decision that we will furlough our part-time hourly workers beginning May 3.  During this time, we will fully cover the cost of benefit plans for those team members who have them.  All of these team members remain in our thoughts – and, while we don’t yet know when, we look forward to returning them to work one day.

Ice Station Valencia Announces Permanent Closure, March 25, 2020.

Valencia, Calif. – Ice Station Valencia Announces Permanent Closure, March 25, 2020 amid world wide crisis and changing times.

To our Valued Ice Station Customers, Staff, Coaches, Associates, Vendors, Charities and Entire Community.

After 20 years of faithfully serving the skating community, Ice Station Valencia is sadly announcing that it will be closing its doors permanently, effective immediately.

On March 13, 2020, with the solemn responsibility to the health and safety of our staff, patrons and coaches, Ice Station made the difficult decision and announced its temporary suspension of operations.

The uncertainty of a reopening date combined with loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic has made a recovery unsurmountable and closing permanently unavoidable.

We would like to extend our sincere empathy for the extraordinary hardship so many of our customers, employees and communities are facing.

To our long-standing staff, we want to express our deepest gratitude and best wishes as they overcome this challenge and discover new careers.

To our customers, we thank you for your support over the past two decades.  There has been no bigger satisfaction than to have served the hockey and skating community over these wonderful years.

Finally, it has been a privilege and an honor to have been a positive part of so many peoples’ lives and we hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy during these very challenging times.

We understand that there will be many questions and comments regarding this sad announcement.  – By Rebecca Mendenhall Ice Scheduler


For more information visit our website www.icestation.net or email info@icestation.net. https://www.facebook.com/IceStationValencia/posts/3094374373917017

Profiles in History announces a great find in comic art history: Alex Raymond original Sunday comic strip artwork for Flash Gordon #1 – Registration for auction starts today March 25, 2020.

The Alex Raymond Flash GordonAuction
March 31, 2020
Featuring the original artwork for Flash Gordon #1 — the origin and first appearance of sci-fi’s greatest hero!
Profiles in History is proud to announce the greatest find in comic art history: Alex Raymond original Sunday comic strip artwork for Flash Gordon #1 – the origin and first appearance of arguably the greatest and most influential of all American adventure comic strips.

Galvanizing artists across genres and generations, Flash Gordon served as inspiration for Star Wars and has had an indelible impact on pop culture in the past eight decades. To be sold on the same day with Flash Gordon #1 are three other Alex Raymond artworks, including Jungle Jim #1 – the monumental origin and first appearance of Raymond’s answer to Tarzan and companion “topper” to his iconic Flash Gordon comic strip – both launched simultaneously on January 7, 1934. The other two artworks are Alex Raymond’s futuristic concepts – one depicting warplanes defeating the Axis Powers; the other showing his vision of peace following World War II, featuring nude figures of Flash Gordon and Dale Arden holding the torch of freedom, both published in the October 20, 1942 issue of LOOK Magazine.View the catalog/register to bid:www.profilesinhistory.comwww.icollector.comFeatured LotLot 2. Alex Raymond original Sunday comic strip artwork for Flash Gordon #1 – the origin and first appearance of arguably the greatest and most influential of all American adventure comic strips.
Profiles in History | 26662 Agoura Rd, Calabasas, CA, Calabasas, CA 91302

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort extends closures through April 19, 2020 – Updated Message from Universal Studios Hollywood:

Universal City, Calif. – Message from Universal Studios Hollywood:

We are extending the closure of Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood through April 19 as we continue to respond to current conditions and make the health and safety of team members and guests our top priority. 

This includes our theme parks and Universal CityWalk at both destinations.  The Universal Orlando Resort hotels have also temporarily suspended operations. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed, based on guidance from health agencies and government officials.  Updates are also posted at https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us and https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/web/en/us.

We know Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted many parts of your life – including your travel and leisure plans and we look forward to welcoming you back to Universal Studios Hollywood when the time comes. We continue to follow guidance from health agencies and government officials and are extending the closure of Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk through April 19. We are closely monitoring the situation and will make adjustments as needed.  You can continue to check here for updates.

The health and safety of our guests and team members is our top priority, so please stay safe and take care of yourself and your family.

What if I have a ticket for a date when the theme park is closed? Can I get a refund?
Tickets purchased for park visits during the anticipated closure period, from March 14 through April 19, will be automatically extended for use through December 18, 2020. Just bring your existing ticket to the front gate turnstile when you visit (if you have a VIP ticket please call us at 818-622-8477 to reschedule your tour). If you cannot visit during this time, you can apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward a new purchase.

What if I have a ticket for a date when the theme park has reopened?
Tickets purchased for a date once the theme park has reopened will be fully valid for use on the original date selected. If you cannot visit on that date, you can apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward a new purchase.

What if I have an Annual or Season Pass?
Annual or Season passes will be extended by the number of days our theme park is closed (for those who purchased Annual Passes using FlexPay, additional information will be forthcoming). Existing benefits and restrictions will continue to apply.

Paley Center@Home on Youtube: Enjoy Never-Before-Released Full Paley Discussions of Your Favorite Shows FREE Each Day.

Beverly Hills, Calif. – Hey TV fans, we’re here for you. Each morning at 10 am ET / 7 am PT, we will post a full discussion from PaleyFest LA or NY to enjoy from your home and leading into some of your favorite TV shows airing this week. The full video—never before released by the Paley Center for free on YouTube—will be available until 10 am ET / 7 am PT the next morning, following this schedule:


3/23 Supernatural PaleyFest LA 2018 (Same day as new Supernatural episode)3/24 

This Is Us PaleyFest LA 2017 (Same day as This Is Us season finale)3/25 

Parks and Recreation Reunion PaleyFest LA 20193/26 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah PaleyFest NY 20163/27 

Blue Bloods PaleyFest NY 2017 (Same day as new Blue Bloods episode)3/28 The Office PaleyFest LA 20073/29 

The Walking Dead PaleyFest LA 2017 (Same day as new The Walking Dead episode)

Watch and share with your friends!
And it’s more than that: The Paley YouTube channel has thousands of clips with hundreds of stars from other favorite TV shows that you can watch at any time, as well as curated playlists. Subscribe to our channel so that you will be notified whenever we add new events!
We hope you’ll join in the fun over on the Paley YouTube Channel.

City of Santa Clarita Announces Additional Restrictions and Closures at Parks Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita is announcing additional closures at City parks to ensure the necessary social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the following park amenities will be closed throughout the City:

  • Basketball Courts
  • Tennis/Pickleball Courts
  • Dog Parks
  • Park Restrooms

“It was disappointing to see the number of people who were not following the social distancing orders that are in place to protect our community,” said Mayor Cameron Smyth. “In order to stop the group recreation that many have witnessed at our City parks, it is necessary to add these additional restrictions. We continue to work to balance the needs of the community with the essential safety measures that must be taken at this time.”

            City amenities that are still open include: 

  • All sports fields at parks
  • All trails
  • All open space and trailheads

            Residents who are utilizing City parks and trails must practice six feet of social distancing. For more information on steps the City is taking to protect residents, please visit SantaClaritaEmergency.com.

City Council to Consider Resolution Declaring Intention to Transition from At-Large to District-Based Election for City Council.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita first and foremost desires to preserve the health and welfare of its residents.  In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, and the almost daily evolving directives and recommendations from Federal, State and County health officials, the City is endeavoring to take all appropriate steps to protect the City’s residents. Because of these circumstances, the City has canceled the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting in March. 

Notwithstanding that cancellation, the City of Santa Clarita City Council will consider a resolution declaring its intention to transition from at-large to district-based elections at a special meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.  The City is faced with a looming March 23, 2020, deadline that could expose the City to litigation and potentially millions of dollars of exposure. As described more fully below, taking action tomorrow would protect the City from litigation for at least 90 days.

            The California Voting Rights Act allows for challenges to at-large election systems, which the City of Sant Clarita has maintained since incorporation in 1987. To challenge an at-large voting system, a potential plaintiff must send a demand letter to the City, after which the City has 45 days to declare intent to switch to the election of its legislative body by districts.  Unlike a federal voting rights act case, where a plaintiff must establish that switching to districts will actually remedy the vote dilution of the minority group challenging the existing election system through the creation of a majority-minority district, the California Voting Rights Act does not require such proof. 

The City of Santa Clarita received such a demand letter on February 7, 2020, from Scott Rafferty, a Northern California lawyer who has sent similar letters to several cities, and who has refused to identify his clients. By virtue of sending such a letter, Mr. Rafferty is automatically entitled to $30,000 of taxpayer money under the Elections Code.

            The vast majority of cities that received a demand letter have opted to switch to election by districts, although some have attempted to litigate. Out of the cities which attempted to defend the suit, none have been successful. These cities have been ordered to pay millions in legal fees and, in some cases, have ended up with court-ordered special elections, based upon district maps generated without public input.   

In light of these circumstances, the City is recommending using the legislation adopted in the last few years, which allows conversion to districts through an open and public process. However, the process must be completed by early June to avoid litigation threatened by the demand letter. If the City Council adopts the resolution, five or more public meetings must be conducted within a 90-day period.

This public process would allow for residents to share their input and submit maps showing their preference for district boundaries. The City would also retain the services of a demographer, an expert in the statistical study of populations, to draft district maps.

The City recognizes that this process is further complicated by the recent novel coronavirus pandemic or COVID-19 and the federal and state executive orders limiting public gatherings and requiring social distancing. However, the language of the California Voting Rights Act does not accommodate pandemics, and Mr. Rafferty has been consistent in his commitment to have Santa Clarita switch to districts in 2020. The proposed schedule of hearings has been pushed back as far as possible to limit public meetings for as long as possible, while still fitting in all of the required hearings to switch to districts within the 90-day time limit.  However, the City will first and foremost act to protect the health and safety of its residents, and the schedule may need to be modified notwithstanding the 90-day time limit, depending upon evolving Federal, State and County restrictions and guidelines. 

If the City Council adopts the attached Resolution of Intention, the scheduled public hearings will be live-streamed and recorded. Anyone who does not wish to attend the hearings in public should consider submitting comments in writing. Additionally, the demographer proposed to be hired by the City will provide both a website and a web tool so that members of the public can submit their proposed district map ideas to the City for consideration. While this is not an ideal public process, if the City completes the districting process for 2020, State and Federal law mandate a “re-districting” occur prior to the 2022 election, based upon Federal census data results in 2021. State law mandates additional public participation and hearing for that re-districting process, and hopefully, the current limitations on social interactions and gatherings will no longer be in place. 

For information on Thursday’s special meeting, please visit the City’s website at santa-clarita.com and click on agendas.

Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall Temporarily Closes shopping center operations as of March 18, 2020. A message from mall management.

Santa Clarita, Calif. –

To our valued Westfield customers,

During this unprecedented time, we have been carefully considering the health, safety, and overall wellbeing of our community, tenants, employees, and customers every step of the way as the coronavirus (COVID-19) news unfolds. These are extremely challenging days for many, but we do believe that we will prevail together, our collective strength seeing us through this crisis.

As a company that takes its role in the local—and global—community seriously, Westfield is committed to doing what is right. Therefore, as of tonight, we have decided to temporarily close the majority of our shopping center operations to further contribute to the fight against this pandemic.

I want to emphasize that we are still here for you… and not just in spirit. We are doing everything we can to ensure that essential retailers will remain open to support you. Please refer to our website for a list of those retailers and real-time changes in their hours. And don’t hesitate to reach out to us at valencia@us.westfield.com if you have any questions.

Now more than ever, it’s critical that we not only take necessary measures to help protect ourselves and those we love, but also remain optimistic. Envisioning brighter days ahead is sure to summon our most positive and proactive selves—I certainly see time and again in our community how challenges don’t beat us down, but instead bring out the best in us.

Our most hopeful thoughts are with you, and we will be in touch very soon with our plans to reopen our doors and welcome you back. Thank you for your continued loyalty, understanding, and support.

Best,

Raymond Martinez
Assistant Shopping Center Manager
Westfield Valencia Town Center