AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The rehabilitation center has been opposed by some residents of Leona Valley’s tightly knit agricultural community of about 1,000. Opponents fear the facility could jeopardize their small-town lifestyle and safety. Because of residents’ concerns, the Leona Valley Town Council asked the commission in a December letter to reject the rehabilitation center’s application. Wednesday’s nod from the commission had little effect on the council’s position about the center. “My personal position doesn’t matter, but my position … is against it only because the community is against it,” said Mike Waters, council president. Waters said that Catherine L. Savage, a representative from Narconon Southern California, attended a monthly meeting of the council last year and announced plans for the facility. He said there was little discussion then because the council had received no advance information. Doors to a Scientology-based drug rehabilitation center are expected to open near Leona Valley after county planners gave conditional approval Wednesday for the facility in rustic Bouquet Canyon. But first Narconon Southern California has to do more community outreach to the small community in the Leona Valley area about 10 miles from the proposed adult drug-and-alcohol center. Such outreach was among conditions imposed Wednesday by the county’s Regional Planning Commission during a public hearing for a permit to develop the center on a 30.4-acre site. Commissioners voted unanimously in support of the permit, but their conditions must be met before operations can begin. Sam Dea, supervising county regional planner, said Narconon Southern California was also asked to hold open houses and meet with the Leona Valley Town Council on a regular basis to provide information about the center to residents. Later, he said, residents were notified by letters in December that the county commission would hold a public hearing, and the letters gave details. The community then had about a week to send written responses to planners, Waters said, so the council quickly drafted survey forms and dropped them in mailboxes. Asked for responses within two days, residents called for the council to oppose a permit for the facility at 36491 Bouquet Canyon Road. No new buildings are planned for the facility on the canyon property that was once a children’s boarding school. Instead, the former school buildings will be converted into the treatment center housing up to 66 rehabilitation clients at a time, plus employees. Plans for the property include three dormitories, a kitchen and dining area, classrooms, staff facilities, a 29-vehicle parking lot and a swimming pool, according to a commission staff report. The parking parking lot must be repaired and the driveway improved under conditions imposed by the commission, Dea said. He said Narconon Southern California will have to fulfill all conditions before opening for business and then will need final approval from commissioners. Savage is expected to attend the Leona Valley Town Council’s next meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9. The council meets at the Leona Valley Improvement Association Community Building, 8367 Elizabeth Lake Road. Savage did not return phone calls for comment. Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FRIDAY Primatologist Jane Goodall will lead the ChimpanZoo Conference, 8 a.m. daily through Sunday, Los Angeles Zoo, Witherbee Auditorium, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. Halloween Harvest Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, Los Angeles Pierce College Farm, 6498 De Soto Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 999-6300. LA Canstruction Canned Food Sculpture Competition on display at Westfield Fashion Square, 14006 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks. Winners to be announced at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Call (310) 738-5252. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleValley Industrial Association BASH Event, 6 p.m., Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive. Call (661) 294-8088. 19th Century Ventura County frontier life event, 6:30-9 p.m., Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. Call (805) 498-9441. Artist Donna Weil’s “Weil Wild West” art exhibit, 7-9 p.m., Palmdale Playhouse Art Gallery, 38334 10th St. East. Call (661) 267-5684. Bayanihan Philippine National Dance performance, 8 p.m., College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 255-4317. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail [email protected]
Share This!In observance of Pride Month (which is the month of June), Disney PhotoPass will be celebrating with you courtesy of unique photo opportunities. But this is a limited time experience only being offered this weekend!The first is a Mickey Mouse rainbow prop. This can be found with the photographers that are at the Partners Statue.Do you want a photo with the rainbow umbrella? You may need to scour the area, as this will be a roving prop.©DisneyFinally, the coolest photo, in my humble opinion, is the rainbow light painting. This one is only available on Saturday evening. (Bummer!) You can find it at the Fantasyland castle wall, close to Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.©DisneyIf you are looking for Pride inspired treats, we have a guide that can help you find them.And trust me when I say that the Walt Disney World Resort has a ton of unique merchandise! (Personally, I love the rainbow Mickey and the Minnie ears!)
Actress Sonakshi Sinha, mostly seen as the traditional Indian girl on the screen, will be seen as a boxer in a sequence in A.R. Murugadoss’ forthcoming directorial Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty. She says “personality wise, the role is closest to me as possible”.There are not many leading actresses in the Hindi film industry who shed their “girly” look to play a strong sportsperson on the big screen. But Sonakshi, who has also studied fashion designing, has no qualms about essaying such roles.”I was interested in it immediately because I played sports in school and college. Personality wise, the role is closest to me as possible. It was like being myself on screen and doing what I love to do,” Sonakshi told IANS here. Sonakshi Sinha plays a boxer in Holiday”I would love to do a film in the future where I can explore this facet a little bit more where I can play sports probably longer,” added the actress, known for serenading the big screen in saris-backless blouse or bright coloured traditional attires with her curls left loose in movies.For the scene, in which she is seen as a boxer participating in an inter-college championship, she took some training from Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh and her co-star Akshay Kuma too gave her tips to prepare for the role.”Yes, I did (take training) but I’ve always been a sportsperson. The basic body language has always been there. I play a lot of sports like tennis, basketball and volleyball but boxing is something that I’ve never done before and I needed help on it,” said the 26-year-old.advertisementShe said that the Ghajini director wanted her to look as realistic as possible, so be it her co-star Akshay or Vijender, who will soon make his acting debut with Akshay’s production Fugly, all forces got together to help her get into the skin of the character.”He (Murugadoss) didn’t want me to look girly or stylised or fake. Akshay showed me a little bit about boxing and made me meet boxer Vijender Singh who told me about the body language of a boxer and that helped in making it more convincing on the screen,” said Sonakshi.While the men made sure that she got the boxing moves right, the women helped her to achieve the sporty look.”The sporty look was styled by Sakshi Mehra, who is my stylist. Rest of the film has been done by Ami Patel,” she said.While she is yet to get an offer that would let her step into shoes of a sportsperson, she is thrilled about being chosen for the role in Holiday.”Akshay has worked with me before and he knew I am into sports. We’ve played sports on many of our film sets. He knew that I would be capable of pulling off the character and would be able to do what the role requires me to do physically,” said the actress, who acted with the 46-year-old in movies like Rowdy Rathore and Joker.Produced by Vipul Shah and presented by Reliance Entertainment, Holiday will hit theatres June 6.