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R. Rex Parris City Hall to stress tom improve resident’s health

LANCASTER – Mayor R. Rex
Parris said Monday that A local schools need to improve and that a new charter school is needed to help make Lancaster more competitive.
The mayor added that bird songs will soon be run through public address systems on Lancaster Boulevard to improve the atmosphere, make the place friendlier, and make people happier.
“It will seem like a lot of birds are there   because the scientists tell us that if you use bird sounds, the cortisol level drops and your
feeling of security enhances,” the mayor said. “Just exposure to it for 15 minutes a day will lead to happier people.”
He added the city must sustain its drive to become an alternative energy capital because the people who usher in energy independence will be the ones who rule the world. If the city is going to win the
battle for jobs, it must pressure education officials to develop top-flight schools to attract top-flight
employers and employees, he said at a meeting of a service club, Lancaster Rotary West.
“We should simply face the fact that we don’t have those schools in Lancaster,” Parris said during the
meeting at the John P Eliopolus Hellenic Center To get those schools, he told the Rotarians, “You guys have got to get
more active, be a little more courageous and insist that our schools give us what we are insisting on.”
“If we do that, everyone in this room will become wildly successful, because this is where the money is going to be. This is where the people building the new manufacturing facilities will want to live. Because all the latest and greatest stuff that is going to happen is going to happen here in Lancaster:
“It is so frustrating to me to recognize the only thing stopping us from getting there is that we lack
the courage,” Parris said. Toward that end, the mayor asked the Rotary Club’s members to back plans for a new charter
school in Lancaster: , ‘ “In the next couple of months, when you start hearing about a charter school wanting to come into
the Lancaster School District, I’m going to need your help” getting it approved, Parris said.
“It’s not about the school, it’s about all of us. It’s about our community It’s about growing
Lancaster into something truly magnificent, and that’s going to be the 1st step,” he said.
Paris said he expected resistance and even auger from those hoping to maintain the status quo.
“It’s uncomfortable” for a public school district to approve a private charter school because it portends
loss of state revenue, he said. “But how many years are we going to wait? If we wait much longer; this will pass us by; and none of us are going to want to live here.” Parris reiterated many of the points he made while addressing the Antelope Valley Chamber of
Commerce two weeks ago, when he called upon them to support city efforts to improve schools, bolster
health, fight crime and attract solar-power projects. To meet those goals, those central to Lancaster’s
operations must be on board, the mayor said. ‘
Parris reiterated his goal of having Lancaster become a world-recognized source of solar electricity and “green” businesses and homes. “We are the premier location in the entire world for solar energy” he said. “What we were to aviation
30 years ago, we will be to alternative energy very soon.” To make that happen, the city is attempting to become a research- and-development location for alternative-energy projects, the mayor said.
“The people who  have the energy in the next decade are going to be the people who rule the world, and it really has to be us,” Parris
said. “ To have such an energy capital, available water will be needed, and that means xeriscaping, he said.
‘“We do have the waten It’s just that we waste 70% of it watering lawns,” Parris said.
“We’ve got to change the way we live. We’ve got to get rid of those lawns. We’ve got to stop wasting the resources we’re going to need if we’re going to grow this into a magnificent city “We really want every business in this city to succeed, and if it
makes sense and the risk is manageable, we are diving in,” he said.
“Yeah, people are going to complain and say it’s unfair and do all kinds of things, and that’s OK. I’m
used to it. And you folks have to get used to it to. Because it’s different now It’s a different model,” Parris
said. “We have ‘to start worrying about our community and what it’s going to take for our community to
be wildly successful.” “Normally what we do is we spend all of our time dealing with
the people at the fringe, the 1% or 2%. But if you start recognizing that it’s the people at the center
and how they’re connected that really make the difference, then you (have) a whole different systems approach to the Way a city is
run,” he said.
Recalling how the candle-making industry once was a primary source of indoor lighting for homes and businesses, that technology
has long since been supplanted, Parris said. “The good old days are not coming back,” he said. “We have to be more competitive, more innovative and more creative than any of us ever dreamed if we are going to see this city prosper, because there is
no longer enough to go around.” For that reason, ‘As a city we have a choice,” the mayor said. One choice is to continue doing
what was yesterday and the day before. The other choice is “We can get brutally honest with ourselves and find out what our strengths are and what weaknesses are and compete with the rest of the world in ways we never thought we’d have to,”
Parris said.
Parris encouraged his audience to become .more involved with the city and more involved with their
neighbors. . “We’re looking for ideas. We are looking for people who want to get involved. We are looking for people who want to change the place they live in,” he said. Such volunteers give the city
a way to reach residents who otherwise would never interact with local government or each other, Parris said. ‘ “How deeply you’re involved with your neighborhood has a lot to do with how happy you, your wife and your children are,” he said. “If you don’t know your neighbors kids names, you’ve deprived yourself of your well-being. And that’s what we’re trying to re-establish.”
During his presentation, Parris reviewed city efforts to establish “neighborhood impact” homes
and “wellness” homes to serve as resources and refuges for children and struggling families.
“We cannot have a sick city and that’s what we have,” Parris said, noting recent statistics on local mortality rates due to coronary
heart disease, emphysema, stroke, diabetes and other illnesses. For that reason, City Hall will be focusing on new efforts to improve
the health of Lancaster’s residents, he said.
The mayor also pointed to ongoing efforts to revitalize Lancaster’s historic downtown.
People are visiting downtown because “it’s where we see our friends. It’s where We gossip. It’s where we meet people,” Parris said.
Still to come are several new business and entertainment outlets and public-address speakers that will broadcast the birds singing.




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R. Rex Parris Lancaster Crime Rate Lowest in more than 15 Years


Lancaster Crime Rate Lowest in more than 15 Years

Crime Rate Down 34% since 2007 and below 300 per 10,000 residents

LANCASTER, CA – The City of Lancaster‟s overall Part I crime rate has declined

to less than 300 crimes per 10,000 residents, the first time the City‟s serious crime rate

has been below 300 since at least 1996. Further, the 298.6 crime rate for 2010

represents a dramatic reduction of nearly 34% in just three years, from a crime rate of

449.4 in 2007. Vigilant and targeted enforcement efforts by the Los Angeles County

Sheriff‟s Department (LASD), a significant and sustained resource commitment by the

Lancaster City Council, focused public safety initiatives by the Lancaster Criminal

Justice Commission, substantial code enforcement and neighborhood improvement

efforts, and a community-wide aggressive stance towards gangs and crime have made

Lancaster a demonstrably safer City.

“In 2007, our City was overrun by gangs and crime and many hard-working

families and long-time residents were leaving Lancaster. Today, we are a much safer,

happier, and more engaged City. Together, we have built a better, safer Lancaster for

our children and grandchildren,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “There is no

mistaking the fact that we have gained the upper hand in reducing crime. Primary credit

and thanks go to the tireless efforts of our more than 400 Neighborhood Watch and

Business Watch groups, as well as our strong partnership with the Los Angeles County

Sheriff‟s Department and our great friend, Sheriff Lee Baca.”

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Cadillac (pronounced /ˈkædɨlæk/, is a luxury vehicle marque owned by General Motors. Cadillac vehicles are sold in over 50 countries and territories, but mainly in North America.

Cadillac is currently the second oldest American automobile manufacturer behind Buick and among the oldest automobile brands in the world. Depending on how one chooses to measure, Cadillac is arguably older than Buick. Since GM has discontinued offering Oldsmobile,Buick has the distinction as the oldest American make.

Cadillac was born in 1902, at the dawn of the twentieth century. Its founder, Henry Leland, a master mechanic and entrepreneur, named the company after his ancestor, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, born Antoine Laumet, the founder of Detroit. It was purchased in 1909 by General Motors and within six years, Cadillac laid the foundation for the modern mass production of automobiles by demonstrating the complete interchangeability of its precision parts, also establishing itself as America’s premier luxury car. This is also the inspiration for the company’s crest, which is based on a coat of arms “created” by Detroit’s founder, around the time of his marriage in Quebec, in 1687 (there is no ancient “Cadillac” family or coat of arms in France). Cadillac pioneered many accessories in automobiles, including full electrical systems, the clashless manual transmission and the steel roof. The brand developed three engines, one of which (the V8 engine) set the standard for the American automotive industry. Cadillac is the first American car to win the prestigious Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club of England – having successfully demonstrated the interchangeability of its component parts during a reliability test in 1908; this spawned the firm’s slogan “Standard of the World”. It won that trophy a second time, in 1912, for incorporating electric starting and lighting in a production automobile.



1903 Cadillac

Cadillac was formed from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company when Henry Ford departed along with several of his key partners and the company was dissolved. With the intent of liquidating the firm’s assets, Ford’s financial backers William Murphy and Lemuel Bowen called in engineer Henry M. Leland of Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing Company to appraise the plant and equipment before selling them.

Instead, Leland persuaded them to continue the automobile business using Leland’s proven single-cylinder engine. The company after Henry Ford left needed a new name, and on 22 August 1902 the company reformed as the Cadillac Automobile Company. Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing and the Cadillac Automobile Company merged in 1905.[2]

The Cadillac automobile was named after the 17th-century French explorer Antoine Laumet de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac, who founded Detroit in 1701.[3][4]

[edit]Contributions to the automotive industry

1921 Logo

From its earliest years Cadillac aimed for precision engineering and stylish luxury finish, causing its cars to be ranked amongst the finest in the US.[5] Utilization of interchangeable parts was an important innovation in 1908. Cadillac was the first volume manufacturer of a fully enclosed cab in 1910, and in 1912 was first to incorporate an electrical system enabling startingignition, and lighting.[5]

In 1915 it introduced a 90-degree flathead V8 engine with 70 horsepower (52 kW) at 2400 rpm and 180 foot-pounds force (240 N·m) of torque, allowing its cars to attain 65 miles per hour.[5] This was faster than most roads could accommodate at this time.[5] Cadillac pioneered the dual-plane V8 crankshaft in 1918.[5] In 1928 Cadillac introduced the first clashless Synchro-Mesh manual transmission, utilizing constant mesh gears.[5] In 1930 Cadillac implemented the first V-16 engine, with a 45-degree overhead valve, 452 cubic inches, and 165 horsepower (123 kW), one of the most powerful and quietest engines in the United States.[5] The development and introduction of the V8, V16 and V-12 helped to make Cadillac the “Standard of the World.”[5]

A later model of the V8 engine, known as the overhead valve, set the standard for the entire American automotive industry in 1949.[5]

[edit]Body design

Cadillac introduced designer-styled bodywork (as opposed to auto-engineered) in 1927. It installed shatter-resistant glass in 1926. Cadillac also introduced the ‘turret top’, the first all-steel roof on a passenger car.[5] Previously, car roofs were constructed of fabric-covered wood.

Tailfins were added to body shape in 1948.[5] The Eldorado Brougham of 1957 offered a ‘memory seat’ function, allowing seat positions to be saved and recalled for different drivers. The first fully automatic heater/air conditioning system was introduced in 1964, allowing the driver to set a desired temperature to be maintained by ‘climate control’. From the late 1960s, Cadillac offered a fiber-optic warning system to alert the driver to failed light bulbs. Driver airbags were offered on some Cadillac models from 1974 to 1976.

[edit]Early vehicles

Their first car was completed in October 1902, the 10 hp (7 kW) Cadillac. It was practically identical to the 1903 Ford Model A. Many sources say the first car rolled out of the factory on October 17; in the book Henry Leland — Master of Precision, the date is October 20; another reliable source shows car number 3 to have been built on October 16. In any case, the new Cadillac was shown at the New York Auto Show the following January, where it impressed the crowds enough to gather over 2,000 firm orders. The Cadillac’s biggest selling point was precision manufacturing, and therefore, reliability; it was simply a better-made vehicle than its competitors. Cadillac participated in an interchangeability test in the United Kingdom 1908, when it was awarded the Dewar Trophy for the most important advancement of the year in the automobile industry.

[edit]General Motors

Cadillac was purchased by the General Motors (GM) conglomerate in 1909. Cadillac became General Motors’ prestige division, devoted to the production of large luxury vehicles. The Cadillac line was also GM’s default marque for “commercial chassis” institutional vehicles, such as limousinesambulanceshearses and funeral home flower cars, the last three of which were custom-built by aftermarket manufacturers. Cadillac does not produce any such vehicles in their factory.

In July 1917, the United States Army needed a dependable staff car and chose the Cadillac Type 55 Touring Model after exhaustive tests on the Mexican border. 2,350 of the cars were supplied for use in France by officers of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I.[6]

Pre-World War II Cadillacs were well-built, powerful, mass-produced luxury cars aimed at an upper class market. In the 1930s, Cadillac added cars with V12 and V16 engines to their range, many of which were fitted with custom coach-built bodies; these engines were remarkable at the time for their ability to deliver a combination of high power, silky smoothness and quietness.

Automobile stylist Harley Earl, whom Cadillac had recruited in 1926 and who was to head the new Art and Color section starting in January 1928, designed for 1927 a new, smaller“companion marque” car to the Cadillac which he called the La Salle, after another French explorer, René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle. That marque remained in production until 1940.

[edit]The Great Depression

1940 Cadillac 90 Town Car

In 1932, after Cadillac suffered from record low sales and charges of discrimination against black customers, Alfred Sloan created a committee to consider the discontinuation of the Cadillac line.[citation needed] Cadillac managed to survive the Great Depression by being part of GM. By 1940 Cadillac sales had risen tenfold compared to 1934.[citation needed]

1934 brought about a revolution in assembly-line technology. Henry F. Phillips introduced the Phillips screw and driver to the market. He entered into talks with General Motors and convinced the Cadillac group that his new screws would speed assembly times and therefore increase profits. Cadillac was the first automaker to use the Phillips technology, which was widely adopted in 1940.[citation needed] For the first time in many years all cars built by the company shared the same basic engine and drivetrain in 1941.[7]


1948 Cadillac

Postwar Cadillacs, incorporating the ideas of General Motors styling chief Harley J. Earl, innovated many of the styling features that came to be synonymous with the classic (late-1940s and 1950s) American automobile, including tailfins, wraparound windshields, and extensive exterior and interior bright-work (chrome and polished stainless steel). Fledgling automotive magazine Motor Trend awarded its first “Car of the Year” to Cadillac in 1949; the company turned it down.[8] On 25 November 1949, Cadillac produced its one millionth car, a 1950 Coupe de Ville.[9] It also set a record for annual production of over 100,000 cars,[9] a record it repeated in 1950 and 1951.[10] Cadillac’s first tailfins, inspired by the twin rudders of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, appeared in 1948; the 1959 Cadillac was the epitome of the tailfin craze, with the most recognizable tailfins of any production automobile. From 1960 thru 1964, the fins decreased in size each year and disappeared with the 1965 model year (except for the 1965 series 75 chassis which was a carry over from 1964). The use of extensive bright-work on the exterior and interior also decreased each year after 1959 and accelerated with the 1966 model year when even the rear bumpers were no longer all chrome with large portions painted and the headlight bezels were painted.

Cadillac’s other distinctive styling attribute was its front-bumper designs which became known as Dagmar bumpers or simply Dagmars. What had started out after the war as an artillery shell shaped bumper guard became an increasingly important part of Cadillac’s complicated frontgrille and bumper assembly. As the 1950s wore on, the element was placed higher in the front-end design, negating their purpose as bumper guards. They also became more pronounced and were likened to the bosom of 1950s television personality Dagmar. In 1957 the bumpers gained black rubber tips which only heightened the relationship between the styling element and a stylized, exaggerated bumper design. For 1958 the element was toned down and then was completely absent from the 1959 models.

In 1966, Cadillac would mark up its best annual sales yet, over 192,000 units (142,190 of them de Villes),[11] an increase of more than 60%.[12] This was exceeded in 1968, when Cadillac topped 200,000 units for the first time.[13]

The launch of the front-wheel drive Eldorado in 1967 as a personal luxury coupe, with its simple, elegant design — a far cry from the tail-fin and chrome excesses of the 1950s — gave Cadillac a direct competitor for the Lincoln and Imperial, and in 1970, Cadillac sales topped Chrysler‘s for the first time.[14] The new 472 cu in (7.7 l) engine that debuted in the 1968 model year, designed for an ultimate capacity potential of 600 cu in (9.8 l),[citation needed] was increased to 500 cu in (8.2 l) for the 1970 Eldorado. It was adopted across the model range beginning in 1975.

1960 Cadillac

[edit]Low points, and recovery

The 1970s saw vehicles memorable for dimensions not seen since the 1960s, but not extremely so. The 1972 Fleetwood was some 1.7 in (43 mm) longer in wheelbase and 4 in (100 mm) overall, compared to the 1960 Series 75 Fleetwood, while the entry-level 1972 Calais was 2.4 in (61.0 mm) longer than the equivalent 1960 Series 62, on the same wheelbase.[15] Growth in weight and standard equipment demanded increases in engine displacement before the downsizing era set in later in the decade. Performance waned after peaking at 400 hp (298 kW) (gross) and 550 foot-pounds force (750 N·m) of torque in the first year and further declined in 1971 and later years due to reductions in compression ratios necessitated by the advent of low-octane unleaded fuel and increasingly stringent emission requirements. Despite record sales in 1973 and again in the late 1970s, Cadillac suffered from the malaise that set in to the American auto industry in the late 1970s to the late 1980s, partly driven by a failure to respond effectively to new government mandates on safety, emissions and fuel economy.

[edit]The Art and Science Era

Cadillac Converj

Cadillac has resisted the trend towards producing “retro” models such as the revived Ford Thunderbird or the VW New Beetle. It has instead pressed ahead with a new design philosophy for the 21st century called “art and science”[16] which it says “incorporates sharp, sheer forms and crisp edges — a form vocabulary that expresses bold, high-technology design and invokes the technology used to design it.” This new design language spread from the original CTS across the line all the way up to the XLR roadster. Cadillac’s model line-up mostly includes rear- and all-wheel-drive sedans, roadsters, crossovers and SUVs. The only exceptions are the front-wheel drive Cadillac BLS (which is not sold in North America)[17] and the Cadillac DTS. Many of these actively compete with respected high-end luxury cars produced by German and Japanese manufacturers. The flagship of these efforts is the second-generation CTS-V, which is a direct competitor to the vaunted BMW M5.( An automatic version of the CTS-V lapped the Nürburgring in 7:59.32, at the time a record for production sedans.[18]

Despite Cadillac’s re-invention, little work has been done with the Cadillac brand torwards the end of the decade due to GM’s bankruptcy. A range topper based off the Cadillac Sixteen had been cancelled along with the Northstar engine replacement. With the STS and DTS scheduled to end production, Cadillac would be left without a proper range topper. A small RWD sedan was in the works but reports suggested it would move to the Epsilon II platform and position below the CTS range. However, Cadillac did commence with the second generationSRX in 2009. The SRX is now based on the Theta Premium platform and is offered in either FWD or AWD.

Reports suggested the Escalade would move the Lambda platform in 2014 but it has since been revealed the Escalade will continue on its body-on-frame architecture with a redesign in 2013. A Lambda-based Cadillac will join the line to complement the next Escalade, which could possibly cost more than the current model. Cadillac showcased the XTS Platinumconcept in 2010 and announced intentions to build the FWD/AWD sedan on the Super Epsilon platform. Also, in late 2009, GM announced the upcoming 3-Series competitor, the ATS, will go into production on the RWD/AWD Alpha platform in 2013. Reports have surfaced that GM had green lighted not only a Zeta based 7-Series competitor, but another Zeta based full-size based on the Sixteen concept. The reports suggest the latter will carry a price tag of as much as $125,000 and will be positioned as Cadillac’s halo. It has also been revealed the next CTS, scheduled for 2013, will move to a long wheelbase version of the upcoming Alpha platform. It is expected to grow in size and price and lose its coupe and wagon options. With that said, this would leave Cadillac with a full range of vehicles by the mid 2010’s.[19][20]

[edit]Impact on American Culture

Cadillac through the years has become an icon of American success and the American dream.[citation needed] Today that is no different with Cadillac introducing new models such as the CTS-V, which is the world’s fastest production sedan and many other world class vehicles.[citation needed] From the 1950’s with the iconic Cadillac Eldorado, Cadillac has reflected the American’s brashness and absurdity in vehicle design.[citation needed] Many cars, like the CTS Coupe, feature designs usually only found in concept vehicles.[citation needed] Further reflecting American times and especially in the 1980’s & 1990’s Cadillac was regarded as a subpar compared to the likes of Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus.[citation needed] As American culture changed in the 21st century, Cadillac style and exterior design changed in what the company called art and science design.[citation needed] The Reflection of Cadillac’s art and science can be seen in such concepts as the Sixteen and the Converj.[citation needed] The style can even be seen in such production vehicles such as the Cadillac CTS and 2010 Cadillac SRX.[citation needed]

[edit]Cadillacs in art and sculpture

Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, TexasU.S. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm, and it consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the birth and death of the defining feature of early Cadillacs; the tail fin) from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of theGreat Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.[21] The piece is a statement about the paradoxical simultaneous American fascinations with both a “sense of place” — and roadside attractions, such as The Ranch itself — and the mobility and freedom of the automobile.[citation needed]
A tribute to the Cadillac Ranch was featured in the Walt Disney and Pixar film Cars. The fictional town of Radiator Springs sits at the edge of an area referenced on a map as the “Cadillac Range”, and throughout the movie, rock formations shaped like the upended cars can be seen as a horizon backdrop.


[edit]See also


  1. ^ “Cadillac Centennial Anniversary (brochure)”.
  2. ^ [1]”Cadillac: A Century of Excellence” by Rob Leicester Wagner (ISBN 978-1-58663-168-0)
  3. ^ Timeline Biography at website
  4. ^ Granzo T History of Detroit
  5. a b c d e f g h i j k Laam, Michael (January 2002). “100 Years of Cadillac History”.Popular Mechanics.
  6. ^ Bentley, John The Old Car Book, Fawcett Books (1952) p 12
  7. ^ Bonsall, p. 17
  8. ^ Flory, J. “Kelly”, Jr. American Cars 1946-1959 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Coy, 2008), p.190.
  9. a b Flory, p.255.
  10. ^ Flory, p.323.
  11. ^ Flory, J. “Kelly”, Jr. American Cars 1960-1972 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Coy, 2004), pp.423 & 425-8.
  12. ^ Flory, p.423.
  13. ^ Flory, p.570. Karl Ludvigsen’s “Cadillac: The Great American Dream Come True”, in Northey, Tom, ed. World of Automobiles (London: Orbis, 1974), Vol. 3, p.297, mistakenly dates this to 1967.
  14. ^ Flory, p.721.
  15. ^ Flory, pp.20, 23, 878, & 880.
  16. ^ Robyn Meredith (November 12, 1999). “THE MEDIA BUSINESS: ADVERTISING; Cadillac is redesigning its image before its retooled cars appear.” (The New York Times). Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  17. ^ “2006 Cadillac BLS – Car News”. Car and Driver. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
  18. ^ “Cadillac CTS-V Blisters the Ring in Under 8 Minutes” Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  19. ^ “Next-Gen Camaro, CTS to Join Small Cadillac ATS on New Rear-Drive Platform – Wide Open Throttle – Motor Trend Magazine”. 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
  20. ^ “GM Flexes Alpha Platform Options – Motor Trend Auto News”. 2007-02-26. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
  21. ^ “American Monument to the Dream”Amarillo Globe-News.


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January 27, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Car Dealer, av cadillac, best price cadillac, lancaster cadillac, palmdale cadillac | , , , , | Leave a comment

Desert Dog Dangers: Rattlesnakes……



Dogs and Rattlesnakes


One of our dangers of living in the desert is we share it with rattlesnakes.  Dogs are occasionally  bitten and our brought to our offices.  Fortunately snake bites are seldom fatal to dogs but can make them very ill and cause serious wounds.   We see an increase in dogs bitten by snakes in the spring when it begins to warm up.  The snakes come out of hibernation, they  are hungry and often aggressive.   We  are lucky to some degree that the t poisonous  snakes of our desert are not as aggressive as other types of rattlers.


In the Antelope Valley we see the very poisonous Mojave Green Rattler, Crotalus scutulatus , Western Diamondback, Southern Pacific Rattlesnake and other species of rattlers.  The Mojave Green seems to be the one we fear most, the venom of this snake is very poisonous and unique in that it is comprised of two type of toxins.  One type, a neurotoxin does as the name suggests, it poisons the nervous system.  The other is a hemotoxin which attacks the tissue; muscle skin and blood.   It has been speculated that individual snakes have different concentrations or even have the ability to utilize one or both types of venom.  I do not have a source to confirm this but have heard it mentioned more than once by herpetologists.


In my 23 yrs as a Veterinarian in the Antelope Valley I have seen countless dogs and even a few cats after they have been bitten by a rattler.  It is interesting that few cases have proven fatal.   More commonly a snake gives a defensive bite, or  a “dry bite”.  In these cases the snake deposits little or no venom.  It is believed the snake knows it is not hunting for food and chooses not to deposit venom into an animal that it will not eat.  There is often some venom in the snakes mouth or perhaps just the snake saliva that produces severe swelling and pain to the dog at the site of the bite.  As already mentioned these are seldom fatal bites.  My experience with most of the fatal bites the dogs attacked and killed the snakes.  In these situations the snake deposits all its venom after several bites while fighting for its own life.  Two particular cases I remember one dog died almost immediately and the other within a couple of hours.  Most commonly dogs come to the office with a swollen face or leg.


Treatment of a dog after it has been bitten is often just supportive care.  Intraveneous fluids, antihistamines and antibiotics are all very important in the treatment after a snake bite.  Anti-venom is also part of the treatment for a dog after a bite.  There is some debate as to how important it really is and how much does it really help.  In my experience it is useful and beneficial.  I would stop short of saying it would make the difference between life or death but I have seen the benefits of using anti-venom for treating a dog after it has been bitten.


There is little a dog owner can do in the field if their dog has been bitten.  Taking the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible is the best thing.  A positive identification of the snake is helpful but I would discourage anyone from trying to kill the snake and taking a chance of getting bit themselves.


Although avoiding snakes is the best preventative sometimes  it just can’t be helped when we live in their neighborhood. Snake avoidance training is extremely effective in teaching dogs to just stay away.   There are several trainers who offer this type of training.  I highlighted two I found with short google search.


There is also a rattlesnake vaccination available that will help your dog if it has been bitten.  It is an initial series of two vaccines then an annual booster.  It helps the dogs immune system fight the effects of the venom if they are bitten.  We offer this vaccine at our offices.


Quartz Hill Veterinary 661.943-7896


Southern Kern Veterinary 661.256-8121



January 27, 2011 Posted by | Lancaster Veterinary, Palmdale Veterinary, Quartz Hill Veterinary, rattlesnake bites, Rosamond Veterinary | , , , , | Leave a comment

Couple cares for animals and people (Article in the AV Press)

By: Amber Hoffman

Rosamond- It’s not all about the animals at veterinarians Debbie Spencer and Chris Biggerstaff’s joint practice – the couple have a passion for people, too.

“Sometimes you’re helping the people more than the animals,” Spencer said. “Helping people through their animals can be extremely rewarding. Both of us have really grown to appreciate helping people.”

Married 21 years, the couple have owned Southern Kern Veterinary Services in Rosamond for more than 20 years and Quartz Hill Veterinary Clinic since 2006. Together they have more than 46 years of experience in veterinary medicine.

“If you ever read the veterinary oath it says our commitment is to society,” Biggerstaff said. “Our practice philosophy is to help people through their animals; that’s the real goal.”

Every student who graduates from veterinary school takes a pledge to use his or her knowledge and skills “for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health…”

Biggerstaff said they sometimes help owners come to terms with the death of a pet or ease the worry of an elderly person with a sick companion animal.

“We have learned a lot of counseling,” Spencer said. “Helping people no matter the outcome is very rewarding.”

Raised on a farm in Missouri, Spencer said even at an early age she wanted to be a veterinarian.

“Since I was born I knew that was what I wanted to do,” she said. “I grew up in a rural setting, and my parents encourage me to stick with it. I’ve been around beef cattle, horses, dogs and cats. My grandmother had a farm with goats and pigs. I was always around all different kinds of animals and enjoyed interacting with them.”

For Biggerstaff it was more than just a love of living creatures that led him to become a veterinarian – it was enthusiasm for repairing things.

“I had a passion for the animals and I liked fixing things,” he said. “It’s really rewarding when you can fix something and make it better for somebody.”

Biggerstaff said his desire to fix things led him to a special interest in orthopedic surgery.

The couple met while at the University of Missouri’s Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. Spencer and Biggerstaff graduated together in 1988 and moved to Rosamond to start their careers.

“I followed him here,” Spencer said. “It was a shock – desert compared to rolling green hills in Missouri. I had never seen mountain valleys like that before.”

Biggerstaff, who grew up in Alturas in far northeastern California, said they picked Rosamond because the Antelope Valley was experiencing a population boom and his beloved grandmother, Dolly Buck, lived in Rosamond.

“I spent all my holidays and vacations with my grandma in Rosamond,” Biggerstaff said. “It was Christmas 1984 and I mailed my application to the University of Missouri from the Rosamond post office. It was meant to be.”

The couple opened Southern Kern Veterinary Services in April 1990 as a part-time business while each worked at different veterinary clinics. Within a year, Biggerstaff was working at the Rosamond clinic full time.

“We were able to do it slowly; we both had other jobs, too,” Spencer said.

Although veterinary school didn’t prepare the couple for the business side of being veterinarians, the couple credit their parents for instilling an old-fashioned work ethic, common sense, compassion for people, financial understanding and good communication skills. The couple said they also turned to Buck, who passed away in 1995, for advice when they opened their first business.

“I asked her what she thought-if I should venture out on my own. She said absolutely,” Biggerstaff said.

Spencer and Biggerstaff took over the Quartz Hill clinic in 2004 when another veterinary husband-and-wife team, Dave Fly and Bonnie Snyder, wanted to move out of state and were looking to sell their practice. Fly and Snyder invited Spencer and Biggerstaff to lunch and asked them if they were interested in purchasing the business.

“We signed the contract on a napkin,”Spencer said, adding they still have the napkin.

The Quartz Hill and Rosamond clinic provide vaccinations, dental exams, microchipping, orthopedic exams, surgery, spaying and neutering, pet insurance, emergency services, pest prevention and more. The Rosamond clinic also boards animals.

When the couple purchased the Quartz Hill business, Spencer joined her husband. Previously she had worked 16 years at another clinic.

The couple said working together has been a blessing.

“We each have our own niche,” Spencer said. “He does the surgeries, and I would rather be in the exam room and managing. It’s awesome to have an immediate second opinion.”

The couple’s two children, 16-year-old Ray and 13-year-old Katie, help their parents at the clinics. Ray helps with supply shopping and Katie helps with maintaining the website and cleaning.

Biggerstaff said his goal is to expand the orthopedic surgical unit.

“I would like to grow the surgical part of the business,” Biggerstaff said. “A lot of people get referred to Los Angeles, from their regular veterinarians, we can take care of the more challenging cases. We can take care of them in-house, no need for a pet owner to have to drive to Los Angeles.”

Despite the troubled economy, Biggerstaff said one thing people don’t skimp on is their pets.

“Pets are a priority for a lot of people,” he said. “People sacrifice a vacation or other things for the love of their pets.”

Southern Kern Veterinary Services is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and is closed on Sunday. For details, call (661) 256-8121.

Quartz Hill Veterinary Clinic is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sunday. For details, call (661) 943-7896.


January 27, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Veterinary, Lancaster Veterinary, Palmdale Veterinary, Quartz Hill Veterinary, Rosamond Veterinary | , , , , | Leave a comment


Language can be a powerful weapon or a healing wand. In the extreme, our words can make people embrace us or kill us. On a daily basis,  how we speak and how we are spoken to influences our health and our motivation, which directly impacts how well we age.

Have you ever spent time around someone who is a naysayer, swears incessantly, has poor grammar and/or talks negatively about others all day? How do you physically feel afterwards? For me, I find myself drained, irritable, and sometimes, I even start treating others the same way. Just like a virus, language can be contagious.

In contrast, if you’ve ever spent time around someone who is upbeat, supportive of others and self-empowered, you notice how differently they use language and how much better you feel about yourself and them by the time you leave. Naturally, it goes without saying that spending time around people who speak positively can foster better health for both the speaker and the people they touch.

There are a number of articles on the internet that address how vocabulary can foster positive energy and good health.  One life change site offers examples to help reprogram anyone’s normal catch phrases with Positive Language. Two other sites discuss how Using Positive Language can Help Customers Think Positively, a definite advantage in business. Another site goes so far as to identify THE Top 25 Positive Words and Phrases.

Not only will speaking at a higher level help you in business, it will also make you FEEL more positive. It’s kind of like an actor who uses dialogue, physical expressions and actions to internalize the mental state of the character she’s trying to channel. Sometimes it’s easier to make the change from the outside in.

Try this as an experiment. When you’re feeling negative for whatever reason (come on, we all have those moments), force yourself to say something nice to someone—compliment the cashier or simply smile and say good afternoon to the next passerby who makes eye contact. I know, I know, it’s hard to do when you’d rather just spit at them, but as untruthful as it feels, you may be surprised how the positive response you receive back actually helps you feel better so that you begin to feel and speak positively naturally.

Language is easier to change than our beliefs and yet good language habits can help honestly modify our beliefs. Why? When externally we use positive, proactive, empowering words, people perceive us in a more positive light, and we attract more positive people and opportunities for success into our lives. Guess what? That makes us ACTUALLY feel better about ourselves and others.

The positively old live longer and happier because they tend to use positive language. People gravitate toward them, so they’re still surrounded by friends, family and wonderful opportunities long after their complaining peers have resorted to staring at the television screen between long, lonely intervals without visitors.

The one thing that I have noticed with older people I admire the most is how gentle they’ve become about criticizing others and forgiving them. They’ve lived long enough to see that everyone makes mistakes, and they’ve learned that in the greater scheme of things, most of these missteps are too small to matter.

On that note, I’ll leave you with one parable about the results of speaking badly about others (this is particularly true in the age of the Internet). I hope it drives home the truth of how powerful and hurtful our words can be, and how important it is to choose them wisely as we strive to grow and improve.

Share with us a time when the way something was said saved the day for you or someone close to you.


January 27, 2011 Posted by | baby boomer information, Healthy Aging, over 50, positive language, Successful Aging | , , , , | Leave a comment