The Board of Supervisors recognized members of the Palmdale Aerospace Academy robotics Team 5012, for winning the 2015 World Robotics Championship in St. Louis, Missouri after beating more than 600 teams from around the world.
Team 5012, better known as the Gryffingear’s is composed of 35 students with varying interest including engineering, marketing, and design. The team is named after the Gryffindor House of Wizardry from the Harry Potter franchise.
Mayor Antonovich provided welcome remarks at the 27th Annual Celebration 2015 event at Walt Disney Concert Hall. This event is held each year in honor of foster youth and probation youth to recognize their academic achievements and their pursuit of higher education.
This year’s event hosted 174 youth, who were all provided scholarships by United Friends of the Children, Rotary Club of Los Angeles and the Department of Children and Family Services, along with several other individuals and organizations who support the accomplishments of these youth.
These young people have risen above life’s challenges to achieve educational success. This event is an opportunity to honor these youth and celebrate their accomplishments.
With Oscar Mejia, Kenny Johnson, James Srockdale, Daniel Lopez, Mario Morales, Abbie Chable, Jennifer Moran, and Cindy Fletcher
The Board of Supervisors recognized students from Knight High School’s Digital Design and Engineering Academy for helping bring electricity to rural communities in Central America.
In April, students flew to Nicaragua as part of a group sponsored by “GRID Alternative,” a nonprofit providing solar power for low-income families. Students installed an off-grid photovoltaic system at an elementary school in Agua Fria, Nicaragua.
Locally, students are using their experience and knowledge to install solar panels in low-income households in Littlerock.
To pay tribute to the victims of the shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Mayor Michael D. Antonovich ordered the county flag lowered to half-staff on county buildings.
The victims included Pastor and State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Cynthia Hurd, 54; Tywanza Sanders, 26; the Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; and DePayne Doctor, 49.
The Board of Supervisors honored the 2015 recipients of the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities scholarship awards.
For the past 13 years, the commission has awarded over $85,000 in educational scholarships to graduating high school students from each supervisorial district with disabilities desiring to pursue a higher education.
With Marcia Hobbs, Co- Founder and Board Member of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
The Board of Supervisors recognized Marcia Hobbs, co-founder and Board Member of the Los Angeles County High School for The Arts for her 30 years of service.
Rated one of the five best arts high schools in the nation, LACHSA has launched over 3,000 graduates into national and international arts careers including singer Josh Groban, portrait artist Kehinde Wiley, Broadway star Michael Longoria and worldwide opera sensation Angel Blue.
Over 20 years ago, Mayor Antonovich and Caroline Ahmanson participated in the founding of the arts high school which was structured to achieve the highest academic and creative goals. With a challenging curriculum and the creative opportunities that it provides our students, the program continues to be academically in the state’s top ten percentile. 90% of graduates enter advanced education and many dance with major companies or perform in well-known classical and jazz groups.
With Marcia Hobbs and Vivian Rescalvo, President of the Board of Directors, Mitzi Lizarraga Mitzi Lizarraga, LACHSA Principal, Karen Louis, Executive Director of Arts High Foundation
The Board of Supervisors has identified human trafficking as one of its highest priority issues — especially sex trafficking of minors in the foster care system.
The Board unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Mayor Antonovich to direct the CEO to draft a report on a proposed operational model to help combat human trafficking.
The task force will include multiple county departments, law enforcement agencies, and stakeholders working cooperatively to identify and implement initiatives to combat trafficking, prosecute the perpetrators and help the victims.
The proposed report from the CEO is due back to the Board in 45 days, and will include an analysis and assessment of all existing working groups and task forces, along with a recommendation for proposed staffing levels for each County department involved.
In D.I.S.A.R.M. sweeps during the month of May, 1198 searches resulted in 124 arrests, the seizure of 124 weapons, 245 handguns, 3 assault rifles, 10 shotguns, and over $3.5 million in illegal drugs and drug money. 13 percent of probationers searched were out of compliance with the terms of their probation.
The D.I.S.A.R.M. program (Developing Increased Safety Through Arms Recovery Management) consists of probation officers, in conjunction with local law enforcement, conducting searches of probationers who, as a condition of probation, are subject to unannounced searches targeting guns, drugs and other contraband.
Since its implementation in October of 2000, D.I.S.A.R.M. has seized over 10,154 weapons and more than $705 million in illegal drugs and drug money and made 21,741 arrests.
Mayor Antonovich initiated the D.I.S.A.R.M. program following the tragic August 1999 shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center and the murder of a postal worker by Buford Furrow, an armed felon on probation from Washington State.
With County Parks employees Albert Gomez, Frank Gonzales, Melize Hernandez, Penny Daniels and Altadena Community Garden and Executive Director Silvera Grant
Mayor Antonovich joined Silvera Grant, Executive Director of the Altadena Community Garden at the 41st Annual Altadena Community Garden Picnic. Founded in 1973 by a group of Altadena residents, the 3.5 acres lot is located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Palm Street is home to 72 individual plots. For more information or to find out how you can develop a community garden in your neighborhood please visit the Altadena Community Garden website, www.AltadenaCommunityGarden.com
With Northrop Grumman Corporation and its industry partners including NATO leaders from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the United States.
Supervisor Antonovich joined world representatives to attend the unveiling of Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk in Palmdale — NATO’s first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft – which further expands NATO’s joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability.
The unmanned aircraft, a wide area surveillance Global Hawk, is part of a broader system of systems solution that will advance the Alliance’s evolving ISR needs during a full range of NATO’s missions such as protection of ground troops and civilian populations, border control and maritime safety, the fight against terrorism, crisis management and humanitarian assistance in natural disasters.
Thanks to Jenny Ketchepaw who has just completed her term as Chair of the Child & Family Center Foundation and Dale Donohoe was retiring after many years as a member of the Child & Family Center Foundation Board.
For more than three decades, the Santa Clarita Valley Center has helped build healthy communities by providing access to vital mental health, behavioral and education services to children, adults and families in a safe and nurturing environment.
The Center helps more than 3,300 children and 2,500 adults annually with a comprehensive range of prevention, early intervention, evaluation and therapeutic services including counseling, crisis intervention, parentingclasses, and substance abuse recovery programs.
Santa Clarita Postmaster Gabriel Magdaleno, the nation’s youngest postmaster, was recognized by the Board of Supervisors for helping provide more than 2,000 gifts each year for children in need during the holiday season.
Since 1996, the Santa Clarita Post Office has donated over 16,000 toys to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services for deserving foster kids. Under his leadership, the Santa Clarita Post Office has become the single largest donor of Christmas gifts to children of all ages.
With Corporal Jeff Peters, member of Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police And Consul General of Canada, the Hon. James Villeneuve
Consul General of Canada, the Hon. James Villeneuve and Corporal Jeff Peters, member of Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police paid a courtesy call to Mayor Antonovich to promote Canada Day July 1, 2015. Canadian Mountie Peters is visiting Los Angeles County and will be participating in several Canada Day celebrations across the region.
At the Board of Supervisors meeting, Mayor Antonovich presents pets that are available to be adopted into a suitable home. For more information about adopting a pet, please call the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control at (562) 728-4610.
Patsy Ayala with Assemblyman Wilk’s office, Vanessa Wilk with Sen. Sharon Runner’s office, Santa Clarita City Councilman Dante Acosta, Councilmember Laurene Weste, Mayor Marsha McLean, Councilman TimBen Boydston, Councilman Bob Kellar, Kathryn Barger, Mayor Antonovich’s Chief of Staff, Marlee Laufer, & Capt. Roosevelt Johnson
Along with some of our local sheriff’s deputies, community leaders, and members of the Santa Clarita City Council, Kathryn Barger, Supervisor Antonovich’s Chief of Staff, attended the ribbon cutting on Phase III of the Santa Clara River Trail – a multi-use trail project for bicycles, pedestrians and equestrians.
The new trail extension provides access via bicycle to major destinations, employment centers and local shops.
Future phases will expand the trail a mile and a half eastbound, from the Fallen Warriors Memorial Bridge on Golden Valley Road connecting to the existing trail at the city’s Discovery Park.