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Fundraiser Created For SCV Motor Deputy Hospitalized After Crash With Big Rig

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Deputy Chad Perrigo Santa Clarita Motor Deputy Crash
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A fundraiser has been created for a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station motorcycle deputy who was hospitalized after a crash with a big rig on Wednesday.

Deputy Chad Perrigo sustained severe injuries in the crash and is currently in the intensive care unit as he begins his long road to recovery, said Kristen Deschino in the GoFundMe.

Perrigo has been a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for nine years, with the past two years spent as a motor deputy at the SCV Station.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said a semi-truck failed to yield for the oncoming traffic while making a left turn, which resulted in a head-on collision with the motorcycle. 

The driver of the big rig remained on scene and was cooperative with traffic investigators, according to a station spokesperson. 

“It’s going to be a long road to recovery,” Villanueva said. “Our thoughts and prayers to him and his family. It’s again illustrative of the dangers of this job.”

SCV Sheriff’s Station Capt. Justin Diez said on the scene of the crash Perrigo is in serious condition, but is stable. 

“He is not only a beloved member of the station’s motor team but also a devoted husband and father to three young boys,” Deschino said. 

All donations raised here will directly benefit Perrigo’s wife and children, according to Deschino.

To donate to the GoFundMe, visit here

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Castaic Dam Modernization Efforts Move Forward

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Photo By: Chris Silva, DWR Division of Engineering

Two key projects are set to begin as part of ongoing modernization work at Castaic Dam in the Santa Clarita Valley to reduce risks from a major earthquake. 

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will oversee the installation of new equipment to monitor the dam’s stability and work to strengthen the dam’s intake tower access bridge.

“These projects are important to helping us ensure Castaic Dam continues to operate safely and provides reliable and affordable water supply,” said DWR Deputy Director Ted Craddock, who oversees the State Water Project. “In addition to providing water supply for Southern California, Castaic Lake offers many recreational opportunities for surrounding communities.”

Monitoring equipment known as piezometers will be installed in wells adjacent to the dam’s east side. The piezometers will measure groundwater trends over time to monitor the dam’s stability. DWR will install a total of nine new piezometers and decommission three aging piezometers to improve data collection capabilities for reliable and accurate data.

During the piezometer installation, construction equipment, such as drill rigs and heavy machinery, will be used to perform the work. Increased noise and activity at the site are expected during the project, which should be completed by the end of June 2021.

 As the piezometer work wraps up, Castaic Dam’s intake tower access bridge work will begin. It is expected to continue until spring 2022. Bridge work includes strengthening the tower bridge piers, which requires the temporary drawdown of Castaic Lake to access the piers.

 During the drawdown that will begin in May, all visitors are advised to stay safe during fluctuating water levels by being aware and staying away from hazards in the water. The reservoir will reach a low elevation of 1,380 feet above mean sea level by fall 2021. 

The water level will be lowered by over 100 feet during this period. By spring 2022, Castaic Lake will return to normal operations with water levels based on available conditions at that time.

 DWR kicked off the Castaic Modernization Program in 2018. The program includes reducing seismic risk to the intake tower and access bridge, evaluation of the spillway to identify and implement necessary modifications, and earthquake monitoring capabilities on various dam components.

 For more information about the Castaic Dam Modernization Program, visit the DWR website.

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Santa Clarita Motorcycle Deputy Released From Hospital After Crash With Big Rig

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Deputy Chad Perrigo Santa Clarita Motor Deputy Crash

A Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station motorcycle deputy was released from the hospital on Tuesday after a crash with a big rig last month.

Chad Perrigo was greeted with cheers and applause by his fellow deputies while being wheeled out of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.

“Today, personnel gathered around & applauded his determination & courage as he was released from the hospital,” said SCV Sheriff’s Station officials on social media. “Thank you for your prayers, messages & well wishes.”

Perrigo has been a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for nine years, with the past two years spent as a motor deputy at the SCV Station.

On April 28, Perrigo sustained major injuries after a crash with a big rig on Creekside Drive near McBean Parkway.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said a semi-truck failed to yield for oncoming traffic while making a left turn, which resulted in a head-on collision with the motorcycle. 

The driver of the big rig remained on scene and was cooperative with traffic investigators, according to a station spokesperson. 

“It’s going to be a long road to recovery,” Villanueva said. “Our thoughts and prayers to him and his family. It’s again illustrative of the dangers of this job.”

A GoFundMe was created to benefit Perrigo’s wife and children, according to Kristen Deschino, who organized the fundraiser.

“He is not only a beloved member of the station’s motor team but also a devoted husband and father to three young boys,” Deschino said. 

To donate to the GoFundMe, visit here.

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Over 3,200 Emergency Housing Vouchers Allocated To Los Angeles

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Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday that the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) will receive 3,295 Emergency Housing Vouchers through investments in the American Rescue Plan — the second-largest allotment of this aid in the country. 

A brand new set of assistance, these vouchers are designed to equip the City with resources specifically designed to assist individuals and families who are homeless or recently homeless; at risk of homelessness; and fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking.

“The American Rescue Plan is doing exactly what was promised — helping our hardest-hit families, workers, and communities recover from this pandemic, get back to work, find a roof over their heads, and begin the road to a stronger tomorrow,” said Garcetti in a statement. “As a city already making heroic investments in solving the twin crises of homelessness and housing insecurity, Los Angeles is ready to put these vouchers to work bringing our unhoused neighbors indoors and forging a fairer, more just and equitable future for every Angeleno.”

These tenant-based vouchers expire after nine years. Overall, HACLA will receive over $46 million for this program alone. This investment arrives over and above HACLA’s regular distribution and administration of 51,000 Section 8 awards.

“We are honored to receive the second-largest allocation in the county,” said Doug Guthrie, President and CEO of HACLA in a statement. “These vouchers will be a great help to Los Angeles residents who have been impacted by the pandemic and are now facing housing instability. HACLA is prepared to get these out to Angelenos in need.”

The American Rescue Plan provides nearly $50 billion in essential housing and homelessness assistance, including emergency rental provisions, utility bill assistance, financial aid for college students, and direct aid to state and local governments to finance supportive services, affordable housing, and acquire non-congregate shelter spaces.

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