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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Star-Studded 71st Emmy Award Winners September 22, 2019 at the Microsoft in Los Angeles. ‘Game of Thrones’ takes Top Drama Series honors.

The 71st Emmy Awards were presented on Sunday, September 22, 2019, broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. And the winners are……….

Outstanding Drama Series

(Television Academy)

Game Of Thrones • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television/Startling Television
David Benioff, Executive Producer
D.B. Weiss, Executive Producer
Carolyn Strauss, Executive Producer
Bernadette Caulfield, Executive Producer
Frank Doelger, Executive Producer
David Nutter, Executive Producer
Miguel Sapochnik, Executive Producer
Vince Gerardis, Co-Executive Producer
Guymon Casady, Co-Executive Producer
George R.R. Martin, Co-Executive Producer
Bryan Cogman, Co-Executive Producer
Chris Newman, Producer
Greg Spence, Producer
Lisa McAtackney, Producer
Duncan Muggoch, Producer

(Television Academy)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Fleabag • Prime Video • All3Media International Limited and Amazon Studios
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Executive Producer
Harry Bradbeer, Executive Producer
Lydia Hampson, Executive Producer
Harry Williams, Executive Producer
Jack Williams, Executive Producer
Joe Lewis, Executive Producer
Sarah Hammond, Producer

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Killing Eve • BBC America • Sid Gentle Films Ltd.
Jodie Comer as Villanelle

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

Ozark • Reparations • Netflix • Media Rights Capital
Jason Bateman, Directed by

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Pose • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions
Billy Porter as Pray Tell

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Ozark • Netflix • Media Rights Capital
Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

Succession • Nobody Is Ever Missing • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus and Gary Sanchez Productions
Jesse Armstrong, Written by

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Game Of Thrones • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television/Startling Television
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Sixteen String Jack Productions and Avalon Television
John Oliver, Executive Producer/Host
Tim Carvell, Executive Producer
Liz Stanton, Executive Producer
Jeremy Tchaban, Supervising Producer

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series

Saturday Night Live • Host: Adam Sandler • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Don Roy King, Directed by

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

(Television Academy)

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Lorne Michaels, Executive Producer
Ken Aymong, Supervising Producer
Lindsay Shookus, Producer
Erin Doyle, Producer
Tom Broecker, Producer
Steve Higgins, Produced by
Erik Kenward, Produced by

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Sixteen String Jack Productions and Avalon Television
Dan Gurewitch, Senior Writer
Jeff Maurer, Senior Writer
Jill Twiss, Senior Writer
Juli Weiner, Senior Writer
Tim Carvell, Written by
Raquel D’Apice, Written by
Josh Gondelman, Written by
Daniel O’Brien, Written by
John Oliver, Written by
Owen Parsons, Written by
Charlie Redd, Written by
Joanna Rothkopf, Written by
Ben Silva, Written by
Seena Vali, Written by

Outstanding Limited Series

(Television Academy)

Chernobyl • HBO • HBO Miniseries and SKY in association with Word Games, The Mighty Mint and Sister Pictures
Craig Mazin, Executive Producer
Carolyn Strauss, Executive Producer
Jane Featherstone, Executive Producer
Johan Renck, Co-Executive Producer
Chris Fry, Co-Executive Producer
Sanne Wohlenberg, Producer

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie

(Television Academy)

Fosse/Verdon • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions
Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon

Outstanding Television Movie

Bandersnatch (Black Mirror) • Netflix • House of Tomorrow
Annabel Jones, Executive Producer
Charlie Brooker, Executive Producer
Russell McLean, Producer

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

(Television Academy)

When They See Us • Netflix • Participant Media, Tribeca Productions, Harpo Films, Array Filmworks
Jharrel Jerome as Korey Wise

Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special

Chernobyl • HBO • HBO Miniseries and SKY in association with Word Games, The Mighty Mint and Sister Pictures
Craig Mazin, Written by

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

A Very English Scandal • Prime Video • Blueprint and Amazon Studios
Ben Whishaw as Norman

Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special

Chernobyl • HBO • HBO Miniseries and SKY in association with Word Games, The Mighty Mint and Sister Pictures
Johan Renck, Directed by

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie

The Act • Hulu • UCP, Eat the Cat, Writ Large
Patricia Arquette as Dee Dee Blanchard

Outstanding Competition Program

(Television Academy)

RuPaul’s Drag Race • VH1 • World of Wonder Productions
Pamela Post, Executive Producer
Tim Palazzola, Executive Producer
Randy Barbato, Executive Producer
Fenton Bailey, Executive Producer
Tom Campbell, Executive Producer
RuPaul Charles, Executive Producer
Steven Corfe, Executive Producer
Mandy Salangsang, Executive Producer
Bruce McCoy, Co-Executive Producer
Michele Mills, Co-Executive Producer
Jacqueline Wilson, Co-Executive Producer
Thairin Smothers, Senior Producer
John Polly, Producer
Michelle Visage, Producer
Jen Passovoy, Producer

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

(Television Academy)

Fleabag • Prime Video • All3Media International Limited and Amazon Studios
Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Fleabag

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

(Television Academy)

Barry • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Alec Berg and Hanarply
Bill Hader as Barry

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

Fleabag • Episode 1 • Prime Video • All3Media International Limited and Amazon Studios
Harry Bradbeer, Directed by

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

Fleabag • Episode 1 • Prime Video • All3Media International Limited and Amazon Studios
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Written by

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel • Prime Video • Amazon Studios
Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel • Prime Video • Amazon Studios
Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman


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Living Artistically with Parkinson’s: An Art Exhibition & Silent Auction coming up this Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Rebecca Molayem Gallery in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, Calif. – The second annual Living Artistically with Parkinson’s fundraiser is coming up this Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 2 pm – 6 pm. Tickets are $45.00 and Includes buffet, hosted bar, and valet parking. The event is taking place at the Rebecca Molayem Gallery located at 481 South Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

The event will feature an exhibition, artist reception and silent auction produced by Parkinson’s Community Los Angeles. This event will raise funds for PCLA’s programs for the Parkinson’s community throughout Los Angeles, including a transportation assistance initiative, free educational conferences, support groups, an equipment gifting program, and more.  

The second annual Living Artistically with Parkinson’s fundraiser will feature an exhibition, artist reception and silent auction produced by Parkinson’s Community Los Angeles. This event will raise funds for PCLA’s programs for the Parkinson’s community throughout Los Angeles, including a transportation assistance initiative, free educational conferences, support groups, an equipment gifting program, and more this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

The mission of PCLA is to improve the quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s disease, their families and care partners. Our goal is to connect people to the information, support services, programs and activities they need to enhance wellness and live an active, engaged life moving forward.

Living Artistically with Parkinson’s: An Art Exhibition & Silent Auction coming up Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Rebecca Molayem Gallery in Los Angeles. For more info visit: ps://pcla.org/

Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the artist and fifty percent will go to PCLA. For more information visit: PCLA | https://pcla.org/

Fourth Annual Gran Fondo Cycling Event Returns to Santa Clarita, Sept. 28, 2019.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Calling all cyclists! The City of Santa Clarita is excited to host the fourth annual Gran Fondo community cycling race, presented by Santa Clarita Velo on Saturday, September 28, beginning at 7:00 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, located at 20850 Centre Point Parkway.

Fourth Annual Gran Fondo Cycling Event Returns to Santa Clarita, Sept. 28, 2019.

This one-day, chip-timed event will bring together cyclists from all over California who are looking to ride on Santa Clarita’s picturesque roads while passing through lush hills and mountain ranges. Three courses are available for riders including a 20-mile “Family,” 60-mile “Medio” and 100-mile “Gran,” which makes this event perfect for riders at any skill level.

Cyclists and spectators can look forward to a post-race celebration, including lunch. The event will also include a rider expo featuring vendors that offer a variety of products. Attendees can also enter for a chance to win professional cycling gear and products by entering the raffle drawing at the event.

Riders can register online by visiting GranFondoSantaClarita.com. For any questions or sponsorship requests, please contact event lead David Smith at scvsmith@gmail.com.

“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood Goes Retro with Throwback Thursdays to Celebrate Its Many ‘80s-Inspired Mazes.

“Halloween Horror Nights,” Like, Continues on Select Nights through Sunday, November 3, 2019. Click Here to Purchase Tickets.

Universal City, CA, September 18, 2019 – This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, like totally, time travels to the 1980s with Throwback Thursdays in celebration of the decade’s bad to the bone darker side featured in a host of all-new terrifying mazes.

“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood Goes Retro with Throwback Thursdays to Celebrate Its Many ‘80s-Inspired Mazes. “Halloween Horror Nights,” Like, Continues on Select Nights through Sunday, November 3, 2019. Click Here to Purchase Tickets. (Universal Studios Hollywood)

From classic 1980s movies such as GhostbustersCreepshow and Killer Klowns from Outer Space to contemporary shows and films inspired by the decade, including “Stranger Things” and Us, there is something totally gnarly about this era that comes to life during “Halloween Horror Nights.”

            Highlights of Throwback Thursdays include a not-so-friendly welcome from Chucky himself, live tribute band and DJ dance party hosted by Beetlejuice, classic ‘80s music videos and songs played throughout the event as well as themed food that will have guests spazzing and saying, Eat my Shorts!

To help guests capture the spirit of the ‘80s, they are invited to sport their finest decade-worthy attire trends, from leg warmers and high waisted jeans to scrunchie hair ties, fanny packs and shoulder pads.

Throwback Thursdays will take place every Thursday night during “Halloween Horror Nights” and is included as part of admission to the event.  All dates are: September 19-22, 26-29; October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31; and November 1-3, 2019.

Tickets are available at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com and advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.  Following are the various tickets options:

  • Universal Express             One-time priority access to all mazes, Jabbawockeez performance

and theme park rides.

  • Multi-Night Passes            Ultimate Fear Pass:  scare all event nights

Frequent Fear Pass:  scare 25 select nights

·         After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo     Experience the park’s popular daytime attractions, and

remain for the terror that awaits at “Halloween Horror Nights.”

  • R.I.P. Tour                        Groups of up to 12 can scare in style with the new R.I.P. Tour

featuring a VIP guide, unlimited Universal Express access to all mazes, attractions and Jabbawockeez show, private VIP trolley transportation to backlot mazes, interactive themed photo ops and special tour of the Universal backlot, gourmet buffet dinner at the VIP Dining Room & Lounge, access to lounges for drinks and desserts, and complimentary valet parking.

This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” maze and attraction lineup includes:

  • “Us,” an all-new maze based on the blockbuster film from Universal Pictures and visionary Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele
  • “Ghostbusters,” Sony Pictures’ classic 1984 film comes to life for the first time ever in this all-new maze
  • “Stranger Things,” based on seasons 2 and 3 of Netflix’s critically-acclaimed supernatural thriller
  • “Killer Klowns from Outer Space,” the popular 1980s horror sci-fi film lands at “Halloween Horror Nights” in this all-new chilling maze
  • “Creepshow,” maze inspired by the 1982 cult classic movie directed by George Romero and Shudder’s brand new anthology series, reimagined by acclaimed make-up artist, director and executive producerGreg Nicotero
  • “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,” inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters and the movie studio that invented the horror film genre
  • “House of 1000 Corpses,” inspired by Lionsgate’s 2003 cult classic film and directed by multi-platinum recording artist and filmmaker Rob Zombie
  • “Holidayz in Hell,” an all-original maze featuring demented versions of everyone’s favorite seasonal celebrations
  • “Curse of Pandora’s Box,” an all-new original maze based on the twisted Greek mythology tale
  • “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s popular television series
  • The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”

For updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on Instagram and Twitter; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.

“Halloween Horror Nights” Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood, with More Mazes than Ever, Select Nights from September 13 – November 3, 2019.

Universal City, CA, September 13, 2019 – Universal Studios Hollywood rolled out the red carpet to usher in “Halloween Horror Nights” 2019 attended by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Jordan Peeleand cast members from Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Us, including Evan Alex, Madison Curry, Alan Frazier, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Cali and Noelle Sheldon; Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) and filmmaker Ivan Reitman (GhostbustersNational Lampoon’s Animal House).

Updates about Halloween Horror Nights (Hollywood) from Creative Director, John Murdy. #UniversalHHNUniversal Studios Hollywoodbit.ly/HHN_2019Joined June 20091,138 Photos and videos

Also acclaimed director and executive producer Greg Nicotero(“Creepshow,” “The Walking Dead,”) filmmaker Eli Roth(HauntThe House with a Clock in Its Walls), GRAMMY® Award-winning musician SLASH, multi-platinum recording artist and filmmaker Rob Zombie (House of a 1000 Corpses), executive producers Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (“Stranger Things”), and John Murdy, Executive Producer, “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Halloween Horror Nights” continues on September 13-15, 19-22, 26-29; October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31; and November 1-3, 2019.

Additional talent attending the premiere event included director Michael Dougherty (Godzilla); Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses); Tichina Arnold (“The Neighborhood”); Lauren Ash (“Superstore”); Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”); special effects artists/filmmakers Stephen, Charles and Edward Chiodo (Killer Klowns from Outer Space); Cody Christian (“All American”); Grant Cramer (Killer Klowns from Outer Space); Devin Druid (“13 Reasons Why”); Kelly Osbourne; Nolan Gould (“Modern Family”); Seth Green  (“Family Guy”); Andrey Ivchenko (“Stranger Things”); Nia Souix (“Dance Moms”); Dylan Sprayberry (“Teen Wolf”), recording artist Angela Aguilar and Angélica Vale, and hip hop dance crew Jabbawockeez.

Opening night also featured a special “Behind the Screams” panel highlighting filmmakers and musicians who have collaborated with Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights” over the years. John Murdy led the insightful discussion that included filmmaker Eli Roth, director and producer, Greg Nicotero and musician, Slash.

Alice Cooper Behind the Screams at Halloween Horror Nights 2012 at Universal Studios Hollywood Video/Halloween Horror Nights




This year’s terrifying “Halloween Horror Nights” lineup of mazes and attractions includes:

  • Us,” an all-new maze based on the blockbuster film from Universal Pictures and visionary Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele
  • “Ghostbusters,” Sony Pictures’ classic 1984 film comes to life for the first time ever in this all-new maze
  • “Stranger Things,” based on seasons 2 and 3 of Netflix’s critically-acclaimed supernatural thriller
  • “Killer Klowns from Outer Space,” the popular 1980s horror sci-fi film lands at “Halloween Horror Nights” in this all-new chilling maze
  • “Creepshow,” maze inspired by the 1982 cult classic movie directed by George Romero and Shudder’s brand new anthology series, reimagined by acclaimed make-up artist, director and executive producerGreg Nicotero
  • “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,” inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters and the movie studio that invented the horror film genre
  • “House of 1000 Corpses,” inspired by Lionsgate’s 2003 cult classic film and directed by multi-platinum recording artist and filmmaker Rob Zombie
  • “Holidayz in Hell,” an all-original maze featuring demented versions of everyone’s favorite seasonal celebrations
  • “Curse of Pandora’s Box,” an all-new original maze based on the twisted Greek mythology tale

·         “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s popular television series

·         The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”

Tickets are available at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com and advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.  Following are the various tickets options:

  • Universal Express™                  One-time priority access to all mazes,
  • Jabbawockeez performance and theme park rides.
  • Multi-Night Passes                    Ultimate Fear Pass:  scare all 32 nights
  • Frequent Fear Pass:  scare 25 select nights

September Pass:  11 select nights throughout the month of September

  • R.I.P. Tour                                          Groups of up to 12 can scare in style with the new

R.I.P. Tour featuring a VIP guide, unlimited Universal Express access to all mazes, attractions and Jabbawockeez show, private VIP trolley transportation to backlot mazes, interactive themed photo ops and special tour of the Universal backlot, gourmet buffet dinner at the VIP Dining Room & Lounge, access to lounges for drinks and desserts, and complimentary valet parking.

  • After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo           Experience the park’s popular daytime attractions,

and remain for the terror that awaits at “Halloween Horror Nights.”

For updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.

Universal Studios Hollywood Resource & Social Media Information:

Website:                https://hollywood.halloweenhorrornights.com/

Facebook:             facebook.com/HalloweenHorrorNights #UniversalHHN

Twitter:                   twitter.com/horrornights #UniversalHHN

Instagram:             instagram.com/horrornights  #UniversalHHN

YouTube:               youtube.com/user/USHHorrorNights

Snapchat:              https://www.snapchat.com/add/horrornights

City of Santa Clarita Receives Nationally Acclaimed Finance Award. This year marks the 30th consecutive year that the City has received this prestigious award.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2017-18. This year marks the 30th consecutive year that the City has received this prestigious award.

“The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management,” wrote Michele Mark Levine, Director, Technical Services Center from the Government Finance Officers Association, in a letter congratulating the City of Santa Clarita. 

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of 20,000 federal, local, state, and provincial-level government finance officials and other finance practitioners.

For more information about the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, please contact Brittany Houston of the City’s Finance Division at bhouston@santa-clarita.com  or by phone at (661) 255-4996.

Upcoming Parent Resource Symposium to Address Teen Vaping

“Head in the Clouds: Truth about Vaping” Scheduled for September 11

Santa Clarita, CA – According to a survey conducted by the William S. Hart Union High School District in 2019, more than 58% of students have seen someone on campus vaping within the last 30 days. Have you and your child discussed vaping and other pressures they face each day? To help educate the community on teen issues, particularly with the growing trend of vaping, the City of Santa Clarita will hold its next Parent Resource Symposium on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

“Head in the Clouds: Truth about Vaping” is a free event that is open to the public and will start at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard. The event is hosted by the City of Santa Clarita in partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The evening will consist of a free resource fair for parents and their teenagers in the Century Room (City Hall First Floor), followed by a welcome message from Mayor Marsha McLean and a presentation from Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Captain Robert Lewis and Bob Sharits from The Way Out Recovery SCV. Captain Lewis and Mr. Sharits will provide parents and students with information about the dangers of vaping, as well as tools to start an open conversation about the use of tobacco products and the consequences of using illegal substances.

For more information about the Parent Resource Symposium and efforts made to educate youth in Santa Clarita about living drug-free, please visit dfyinscv.com/PRS.

National Parks Conservation Association Centennial Gala honors Congressman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Judy Chu, The City Project’s Robert Garcia and Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Laurene Weste on Sept. 4, 2019 at the historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Santa Clarita, Calif. – , Congressman Adam Schiff, Robert Garcia of The City Project, Congresswoman Judy Chu and Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Laurene Weste were among the honorees of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) their vision and leadership in progressing the Rim of the Valley Campaign. The recognition took place at a centennial celebration for NPCA at the historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

Highlights of the event included inspiring speeches from the event’s honorees.

Representative Judy Chu
“Congratulations to the National Park Conservation Association on 100 years of conserving open spaces and protecting our environment! National parks, truly some of our national treasures, offer Americans some of the most unique opportunities to appreciate and enjoy the outdoors. This is especially important in Los Angeles, one of the most park poor areas in the country. That is why I have been fighting to expand protection of the San Gabriel Mountains and their gorgeous forests, rivers, and trails, as well as establish a National Recreation Area along the foothills and San Gabriel river corridor.”

Representative Judy Chu Photo/Erick Andino

Robert García, Founding Director and Counsel, The City Project 
“The Rim of the Valley park space will bring Los Angeles together and benefit the immigrant communities who have made LA one of the great cities of history. Thank you to Congressmen Adam Schiff and Raul Grijalva and the National Parks Conservation Association for working to make the park a reality.”

Robert García, Founding Director and Counsel, The City Project with CouncilwomanWeste and Congressman Schiff. Photo/Erick Andino

Representative Adam Schiff
“For 100 years, the National Parks Conservation Association has protected parks large and small, defended our environment, advocated for open space, and helped preserve American treasures for generations to come. I have been especially grateful for the NPCA’s advocacy on my Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act, which would protect the natural beauty right in our backyard. Preservation of open space in our communities is not only good for our environment and ecosystems but is beneficial for the health and wellbeing of residents of all ages. It is incumbent upon us to protect our natural spaces so that as many people as possible can enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors – today, and for hundreds of years to come.”

Representative Adam Schiff Photo/Erick Andino

“I have the utmost respect for the mission and goals of the National Parks Conservation Association,” said Councilmember Weste. “Their work so closely aligns with my passion for preserving the crucial natural resources of the Santa Clarita Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges. I am deeply honored to be selected for this recognition.”

City of Santa Clarita city councilwoman Laurene Weste. Photo/Erick Andino

The event invitation from NPCA praised Councilmember Weste stating that the award, “recognizes your role as a leading advocate for the Rim of the Valley. From the start, your vision and leadership have been integral to the success of the campaign, and thanks to you, we are on the verge of realizing our goals.”

The event was an opportunity to thank Los Angeles-area supporters, allies and partners on NPCA’s 100th anniversary. Also recognized were Robert Garcia of The City Project and Congressman Adam Schiff who worked closely with Councilmember Weste on the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act.

“Congressman Schiff has been a determined ally and steadfast partner in our goal of preserving the Rim of the Valley. The legislation he introduced is vital to preserving cultural, archeological and paleontological resources, as well as enabling wildlife to remain in their natural habitat and travel safely through the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Susana Mountains, and the San Gabriel Mountain ranges circling the Los Angeles basin,” said Councilmember Weste.

The legislation, House Resolution 1708, the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act, was introduced by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA-28) on March 13, 2019, and proposes to expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) to include a proposed Rim of the Valley Corridor Unit, which includes portions of Santa Clarita Valley.

Councilmember Weste went to Washington D.C. in April of 2019 to provide testimony in support of the resolution. She testified that the bill would enable the National Park Service to better protect natural resources and habitats and provide members of the community with improved access to nature for recreational and educational purposes.

In addition to her work on the Rim of the Valley Campaign, Councilmember Weste has been the driving force behind the City of Santa Clarita’s Open Space Preservation District. She helped found the district which was approved by voters in 2007, and is proud to have seen it grow to more than 12,000 acres in the last 12 years.

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2019 Legislation background: Schiff, Feinstein, Harris Introduce Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act

Legislation Would Add 191,000 Acres to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris (both D-CA) announced the introduction of the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act. This landmark legislation would add more than 191,000 acres of the Rim of the Valley Corridor to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). The Rim of the Valley stretches from the Simi Hills and Santa Susanas to the Verdugos and on to the San Gabriel Mountains.

“The Rim of the Valley is the critical bridge between our urban city centers, suburbs in the Los Angeles basin and the spectacular wilderness that surrounds us – our bill would help protect these lands for generations to come,” said Rep. Schiff. “As more of this area is developed and open space diminishes, the wildlife it supports is increasingly at risk. Congress must preserve the Rim of the Valley for the next generations, but we must act quickly on a bipartisan basis or this once in a century opportunity will be gone forever.”

“Protecting natural places like the Rim of the Valley Corridor from urban expansion is essential for improving the quality of life in the Los Angeles basin,” said Senator Feinstein. “Our legislation would connect more Southern California residents to the trails and vast open spaces in the foothills of the surrounding mountains. It would also protect sensitive habitat for California wildlife including mountain lions, bobcats and golden eagles. The foothills surrounding the Los Angeles basin are a truly special place worthy of stronger protections.”

In 2008, Congressman Schiff passed the Rim of the Valley Corridor Study Act. This bill directed the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a special resource study of the Rim of the Valley Corridor. The study sought to determine the suitability and feasibility of designating all or a portion of the Rim of the Valley Corridor as a unit of the existing SMMNRA, and how these areas could be better managed and preserved. The National Park Service began the study in 2010 and transmitted its final report to Congress and the public in February 2016. Throughout the process, both NPS and Congressman Schiff solicited and considered thousands of comments from the public. 

The Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act would expand the SMMNRA to include many, but not all, of the land included in the study. The lands included within the expansion will be known as the Rim of the Valley Unit. The bill will enable NPS and the local community to better protect natural resources and habitats, and provide members of the community with improved access to nature for recreational and educational purposes. 

It will provide NPS with the authority to: 

  • Implement capital improvements (i.e. trails, roads, facilities for public enjoyment)
  • Monitor and study wildlife and ecosystems
  • Participate in cooperative conservation and recreation planning
  • Provide technical assistance for resource protection and recreation planning
  • Contribute financially to projects that protect important natural resources
  • Acquire land through donation, exchange, or purchase from will sellers; directly manage NPS lands

The expansion of the SMMNRA boundaries respects private property rights and existing local land use authorities. It will not require a land owner to participate in any conservation or recreation activities, and it will not put any additional restrictions on property owners. The bill does not allow for land acquisition through eminent domain.

To view a map of the proposed expansion under the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act, click here.  To view the fact sheet about the legislation, click here.

On June 14, 2016, Congressman Adam Schiff introduced legislation in the House today to expand Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act is a major step toward expanding the boundary of the national park, a proposal that has been under consideration for several years. The legislation was met with support by National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and a diverse group of individuals and organizations that focus on conservation, education, public health, historic preservation, environmental justice and outdoor recreation. Senator Barbara Boxer plans to introduce companion legislation in the Senate.

“It is time for areas such as Griffith Park, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the Los Angeles River and the Santa Susana Mountains to be included in the national park in LA’s backyard, to further enrich the lives of both local residents and visitors to the region,” said Dennis Arguelles, NPCA Los Angeles Program Manager and Chair of the Rim of the Valley Coalition. “The legislation introduced by Congressman Schiff would entrust America’s greatest storytellers, the National Park Service, to care for these sites as well as share stories of the region’s history and rich culture.”

The National Park Service conducted an extensive study on the issue, which was finalized and sent to congress in February of 2016. In this study, the National Park Service recommended adding 170,000 acres, known as the “Rim of the Valley” corridor, to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The legislation echoes the National Park Service’s study and recommends adding lands from the Santa Monica Mountains to Downtown Los Angeles and a range of stunning landscapes, critical wildlife corridors, iconic waterways and historic treasures.

“The National Park Service proposal to expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is a national best practice for what agencies should do to diversify access to and support for parks, monuments, and recreation areas,” said Robert Garcia, Founding Director and Counsel, The City Project. “We stand with Congressman Schiff who has been the hero behind this expansion plan for years. This plan merits bipartisan support. We don’t seek blue parks, or red parks, we seek green space for all.”

Similar to the existing Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the status of land ownership and control within the boundary expansion would not change as a result of inclusion in this national park.

“The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is a partnership park that works – it is a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven successfully with private lands and prosperous communities,” said Kim Lamorie, President of the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation. “As long time homeowners and property owners in the park, our communities have prospered and our quality of life has been enhanced. We are thrilled to see the possibility of these benefits extending to other communities.”

“Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area already serves as a model for unique management partnerships, which would certainly continue with an expanded national park site. Restoration of the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco watersheds would also be supported by the Park Service and its robust scientific research and planning capabilities,” said Arguelles.

“The Rim of the Valley will provide protection for historical resources, Native American sites, endangered species and wildlife corridors and connect greater Los Angeles and parts of Ventura County through multi-use trails, said Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel, Executive Director and President, Community Hiking Club. “Kudos to the National Park Service for their long, in depth study, and to Congressman Adam Schiff for gifting us with this brilliant piece of legislation.”

NPCA, along with local residents, community organizations, and elected leaders from downtown Los Angeles to the Santa Clarita Valley and Ventura County, have long called for enhanced and lasting conservation and environmental justice in the greater Los Angeles area.

“At its core, the Rim of the Valley is about connecting. When we connect open space and parks we improve outcomes for flora and fauna, and when we connect our youth and families to the natural world and important cultural sites, we improve outcome for them too,” said Brad Rumble, Principle of Esperanza Elementary School.

The legislation, coupled with this year’s Centennial celebration of our National Park Service, provides a timely call to action for Congress to act and leave a tremendous conservation legacy for future generations of Angelenos.

About National Parks Conservation Association: Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its more than one million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s natural, historic, and cultural heritage for future generations. For more information, visit www.npca.org.

Story by Margie Anne Clark / Los Angeles Life and Style / SCV Style

Photos Erick Andino / National Parks Conservation Association

Katrina Stuart Releases New Single “Blue Roses” Available Worldwide September 14th.

Los Angeles, CA – Katrina Stuart has known from a very young age that she had talents to share with the world. Since the age of 4, she’s been honing her craft, performing in front of audiences and sharing her hope and optimism with the world. This September, Katrina releases her first single “Blue Roses,” giving her a brand new platform from which to spread her message. 

Katrina Stuart Releases New Single “Blue Roses” Available Worldwide September 14th.


“Blue Roses” is about being in a bad relationship where the dishonest person is trying to make up for it with meaningless gifts. The other person realizes “I just want to see in color, I want love and we know it ain’t love.”  

Katrina Stuart flew to Sweden to work with an amazing team to bring “Blue Roses” to life. Grammy-nominated producer Trevor Muzzy is known for his work with Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo, Pitbull, and Nicki Minaj. Swedish songwriter Aleena Gibson has worked with Jason Derulo, Mr. Big, Nick Carter, S Club 7, Chenoa, Tata Young, Rouge Jill Johnson, Girls’ Generation, and Austin Mahone. Katrina is signed with Musicash Records.

You can listen to “Blue Roses” on all major music platforms on September 14th. 


In the coming months, Katrina Stuart has multiple new releases to look forward to. Fans and listeners can look forward to two new singles, three new music videos, and an album, release dates will be announced soon. In the meantime, Katrina will be performing live at a release party in Los Angeles for “Blue Roses” on September 28th along with the premiere of the “Blue Roses” music video. 

Follow Katrina on Instagram for updates, or you can watch her show sponsored by Musicash on THEmctv.com.  

About Katrina Stuart:

Katrina Stuart is a musician and performer originally from Toronto, Canada currently living in Los Angeles, CA. She discovered her talent at the age of 4 and spent the next few years developing her skills through creating her own music and performing at a variety of events and venues such as schools, talent contests, and her local church. Her talents don’t stop at music, Katrina is also an actor, dancer, and model who has appeared in television commercials, magazine advertisements and short films. With over 450K Instagram followers, Katrina uses her platform to inspire her listeners and fans to pursue their own dreams. Follow Katrina on Instagram for updates on new releases. 

Slater’s 50/50 to open in Valencia in former Sisley’s location at Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Slater’s 50/50 announced on their facebook page that they will be opening in Valencia in December of 2019. The company’s website notes that Slater’s 50/50 was founded in 2009 in Anaheim Hills, California by Scott Slater, a SoCal native with a passion for burgers, bacon and craft beer.

Inspired by the belief that bacon is meat candy, Scott created the original 50/50 patty– made of 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef – which now has evolved to include an array of inconceivably “slaterized” items packed with award-winning burgers, loaded flatbreads, over-the-top salads, amped-up milkshakes, tons of beers on tap, and some healthy options, too.

Stay tuned for updates!