Newhall Ranch: SCV Boon or Boondoggle?

Part 1: The Housing Crunch

First in a Series by Stephen K. Peeples

Imagine, if you will, a city with the population of Northridge dropped into the backyard of Stevenson Ranch, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Val Verde, and just over a ridge from the Chiquita Canyon Landfill.

But it’s no scene from “The Twilight Zone.”

That’s what’s about to happen, as a massive 21,500-unit mixed-use development called Newhall Ranch is built in the Santa Clarita Valley, along a six-mile stretch of open space off Highway 126 west of Interstate 5 in the northwest corner of unincorporated Los Angeles County. Continue reading “Newhall Ranch: SCV Boon or Boondoggle?”

How To Increase Your Child’s Employability at Graduation: Classes Alone Are Not Enough

This is the time of year when college campuses around the country are welcoming their newly admitted students – all the happy high school seniors who got their acceptance letters and will soon be freshmen. They flock to campuses with their parents in tow, meet academic advisers, counselors, a few professors, and then tour the dorms and cafeteria with a more critical eye while thinking about roommates, fall class schedules, and extracurricular activities.

Back in the day, that would have been more than enough. But these days parents and their seniors have one more very important box to check – experiential learning. For most institutions, that means some form of an internship, co-op, or service learning. For nearly all, it’s becoming an increasingly important – and increasingly lengthy – part of the undergraduate student experience. Continue reading “How To Increase Your Child’s Employability at Graduation: Classes Alone Are Not Enough”

Progressive Insulation & Windows

“At the end of each day I go home pretty satisfied that we’re a company of integrity and that we will always do the right thing!”
– Steve Anderson, Owner Progressive Insulation & Windows

When the catastrophic Porter Ranch Gas leak occurred, The Southern California Gas Company called Steve Anderson, owner of Progressive Insulation & Windows, to weatherize 2,400 homes. They knew Progressive understood how to insulate homes creating the Thermal Envelope making an energy-efficient, healthy home. Continue reading “Progressive Insulation & Windows”

Gaming Your Teen’s College Applications:

Unconventional Advice from an Unconventional Mom

As college search season becomes ever-longer and the quest for the right fit for your student ramps up, you have
no doubt absorbed all the conventional wisdom. There’s nothing wrong with that, but not every teen fits a preconceived application form and sometimes following the pack is not the only route to a great school. Here’s a bit of unconventional wisdom from a college professor and mother of three. Continue reading “Gaming Your Teen’s College Applications:”

“Treating people the way you want to be treated.”

Mary Winners of About Senior Solutions

We plan in advance for weddings, but rarely for our death. In fact, we plan most everything in our daily lives from the time we get out of bed and sometimes the night before.

We have many tools to help us organize our lives but not one of them is about planning for the slow, inevitable decline of our physical health and our mental clarity. Continue reading ““Treating people the way you want to be treated.””