A Letter from the 1The beauty of summer is abundant in the Santa Clarita Valley, and there’s much to do now that the warm weather has finally arrived.  From relaxing by the pool to enjoying some of the many entertaining events that take place around town, sit back and enjoy this issue of élite Magazine, as we continue to bring you stories of inspiration and success.
Gracing our cover is Captain Roosevelt Johnson, Santa Clarita’s newest Police Chief.  While Captain Johnson may be new to the position, he certainly isn’t new to our City.  In fact, his career with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department began with a graveyard shift at Pitchess Detention North Facility in Castaic.  Bringing a wealth of experience to his post, take a moment to get to know Captain Johnson in our cover story.
In this issue, we have featured Racquel Turner, otherwise known as Rocky.  A mother of six, read about Rocky and how one of her trips to Kenya became life changing, and learn more about her organization, Mothers Fighting For Others.
As we say goodbye to Jim Ventress, our Looking Back Feature, we want to wish him all the best as he heads into retirement.  Jim has done so much for the boys and girls of our community.  Read about his life and how he has impacted the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita.
Summertime in the SCV is nothing short of perfection, which makes spending outdoors ideal at this time of year.  Whether it’s a new deck to accompany a swimming pool or a fire pit to enjoy in the evening, let our Outdoor Living Profiles help you find the right professional to help you create the outdoor oasis you’ve always dreamed of.
To go with the theme of outdoor living, we took our La Maison outdoors and featured all of the homes in last month’s Memorial Garden Tour.  From beautiful flowers to lush landscape, peruse through the nine gardens we have showcased.
Now that summer has finally arrived, so too has fire season.  Read about Jim Mosely, who has created the SunSeeker Fire Blanket to help keep our firefighters, homes and businesses safe.
While you’re lounging by the pool, don’t forget to try one of author Jenny Broderick’s poolside drinks. Indulge in one of Queen B’s Concoctions, the perfect way to cool off your summer.
As we dive further into summer, the kids may start to get a little restless now that they are out of school.  No need to worry, as we have provided you with Everything About the Kids profiles featuring businesses who provide endless possibilities to entertain and enrich your child’s summer.
We have highlighted many of the wonderful events that have taken place in our Valley over the last few months in our Crème de la Crème features.  From the Child & Family Center’s Taste of the Town, the Cowboy Festival and the Soroptimist of Greater Santa Clarita Valley’s Fashion Show, the generosity of the members in our community and their involvement with non-profit organizations never ceases to amaze us.
Our love stories highlight two Santa Clarita couples who have said “I do”. Take a moment to read about the Wilks and the Bushmans, and their journey to love.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated readers and advertisers for supporting élite Magazine.  You are a big part of our success and we look forward to continuing to show our support by providing you with engaging stories and business profiles for you to enjoy.
As Father’s Day and Independence Day approach, we want to wish you all the best, and have a happy and safe summer.
-Linda and Moe Hafizi

 

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