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One Man’s Journey for Healing

 It was late January when Lee Morrell first started to feel extreme fatigue and soreness in his muscles. Realizing these were strange symptoms for him, he went to see his doctor at Kaiser Permanente where, after a number of blood tests, he was tentatively diagnosed...

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On the Case with Cookie Schwartz Diaz

From locating missing people to breaking counterfeit rings, Private Investigator Cookie Schwartz Diaz has seen it all. Cookie runs the successful Tri-Valley Investigations out of Valencia taking on a multitude of cases from insurance fraud and asset searches to...

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31 days of Tricks & Treats with Miss Patootie

 Who is Miss Patootie? Miss Patootie is a little “scaredy-cat” witch who does not like Halloween so she came come up with her very own niche, “Under her hat, she will leave a trick or a treat for 31 days until her task is complete” wrote author Mary Janice...

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The DeSouza Home – An Equestrian Paradise

Located in the hills of Sand Canyon this expansive horse property has it all for a family to enjoy. With 2.5 acres of land and a total of 6000 sq. ft. of living space the current owners have created a peaceful place for equestrian lovers to enjoy their favorite...

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Together at Home and at Work

 Dr. Cecelia Hann and Dr. Don Nishiguchi have a true partnership in more ways than one. In addition to being married for 40 years, the two obstetricians/gynecologists have spent 30 years working together at their private practice in Valencia. Maintaining a separate...

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A Scare Leads to a Grateful Patient

 Patricia Spellman enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning broadcaster in radio & television marketing, spanning over twenty years. She has been honored for her contributions as a veteran community service volunteer and is especially proud of her recognized...

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8 Ways to Optimize Your Instagram Account

Sunny days mean more adventures, vacations, and photo opportunities which makes this the perfect time to optimize your Instagram profile!  With over 500 million active daily users and over 25 million active businesses using Instagram Business accounts, it’s a crucial...

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As we’ve explored in this column, filming in Santa Clarita has resulted in blockbuster features, Oscar-winning movies, Super Bowl commercials, top-rated television and independent projects. One category that is also prolific in regards to production, is music videos....

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Wine – Don’t Ever Be Afraid To Ask a Question

What bothers me the most about people in the wine industry: those that choose to do a disservice by intentionally talking above someone’s head and/or being in any way snobbish – perceived or real – by others. As a novice once myself I was stopped dead in my tracks –...

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Green Monster Smoothie

Back to school in SoCal is a fun time of year! The weather feels like summer still, but the morning time-crunch and busy afternoons are a reality check for the busy days we all have. With kiddos in school and adults keeping up with busy schedules, we all need to make...

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A Message from Associate Publisher Alexander Hafizi

Alexander Hafizi

Alexander Hafizi

Associate Publisher

Autumn is here…things are just a little more pretty outside. The air is crisp and fresh, and the weather is starting to cool down. Pumpkin spice is available everywhere making this my favorite time of the year. It’s also the beginning of the holiday season and the time Halloween and Thanksgiving are quickly approaching. A scary time but in a fun way and, of course, a time for being thankful. I am thankful that I get to put out another great élite Magazine for Santa Clarita to enjoy.
Our cover story is a phenomenal man, Richard Tarlow, who has done it all. He is a Vietnam veteran, prominent lawyer and recently an author. See page 8.
Back in August, Arnold and I co-chaired SCV Dancing With Our Stars where 20 non-profits competed to raise money and awareness. We are proud to announce they raised $256,434, bringing our 8 year total raised to over $1,750,000. We are highlighting it on page 12.
It’s Halloween time and we have some treats for you – to get things started, our Ultimate Awards in this issue is honoring Home & Garden businesses, check out the winners on page 14.
In this issue, we get a close up look at a man who worked hard to make his dreams come true at Princess Cruises. Speaking of close ups, we feature an amazing woman whose business is all about uncovering the truth. Continuing the trend of amazing people, the SCV Senior Center has an Executive Director that has become somewhat of a local celebrity.


As an Elite advertiser since the first issue, I continue to be satisfied with our advertising results.  It’s been a pleasure to work with the Elite team.  As a SCV resident, I look forward to every issue.

Kathy Allie

Cobblestone Cottage




I wholeheartedly recommend Elite Magazine for an advertising source. We have had the pleasure of advertising in the Elite Magazine for the past nine years and watched our business grow because of it.

Clay Friedman

N Style Salon

26111 Bouquet Canyon Rd Ste A3

Saugus, CA 91350




élite Magazine is a real professional. They makes there clients feel comfortable and the ease of working with them is incredible. Thanks to them for the ad change suggestions and for the social media exposure.  The extras like that make it well worth the money invested, to get there expertise and support.

Steve Rice

Lawn Kings Inc




When i pick up and read elite Magazine I feel connected to the community which is one of the many reasons I have decided to advertise in elite Magazine. I am able to touch many different demographics. I love the format, how the ads and articles are presented. The topics are well written and easy to read. The staff are more than accommodating, helping me with everything from layout to color choice and logo presentation. They understand branding and how important it is. I have received many positive responses from my ads in the magazine and this is why I will continue to be a part of elite Magazine.

SkinSmith / Cynthia Smith

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Good afternoon and thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
We had the pleasure of receiving our personal issues of the August/September 2016 Elite Magazine today in the mail and we are so excited. There has always been something special about Elite Magazine, and we can't believe that Cruise Planners is part of such an amazing issue. Kirsten's write-up, "Cruising Through Your Honeymoon," and your collaboration with her resulted in a perfect opportunity we are so glad we didn't miss. The supplement, the article, and the entire issue resonates and defines who we are as a company and what our business is built on, we call Cruisitude! We are so very pleased and look forward to future opportunities of advertising with your publication. Did we mention...we are also huge hockey fans!
Thank you, again!
Helene and Lisa of Cruise Planners



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