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“We have utilized Always Best Care for about 10 months . We wanted the best care possible for my dad. We met Lisa when she was sent to my parents home, and we knew instantly she was a perfect fit. She is outstanding and always takes excellent care of my dad. It is truly a blessing to have her. Thank you Lisa and Always Beat Care for being there when we needed it the most”

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“I have worked for Always Best Care since 2022. It is an amazing company with high quality services for seniors.”

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“What a great and mind easing experience. Carrie was very informative and was able to answer all my questions and give us direction on our Dad. I highly recommend Always Best and of course Carrie! Thank you!”

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“Always Best care has provided me with a kind, musical and caring person. She does an exceptional job! I am very thankful for her being a part of my daily care. Thank you Irene Dinkins and thank you Always Best Care”

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“Fantastic staff and care provider, Tiffany Gardner goes above and beyond, works really hard and a great cook too!!thank you abc and Tiffany!!!”

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“A great company and dependable. All the workers are very pleasant and works well. Shelly is my regular person and is a great person to be around. She's very efficient and easy going which is good. I might mention I'm not the easiest person to get along with. Tell her to keep up the good work.”

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“I am a very happy client with Always best care for many years. Don't know what I would do without my caregiver, Kara, she has been with me for about 3years now and she is so wonderful in every way! Joann pope”

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“We have been using Always Best Care Senior Services for 4 years for my Mom's in home care. The staff are caring and helpful, and take great care in providing for her needs. Minda Geir has been instrumental in keeping the scheduling department working, despite the changes that are needed when doctors appointments and other changes are needed. It is not an easy job and we appreciate the efforts she takes to communicate with us. Minda has been a gem! I also want to recommend working with Kathee Grgich. She is in a different department at Always Best Care. She is helping us find a future assisted living facility for my Mom as she may want to move this year. Kathee has spent many hours looking for different places and even going with us on tours of these places. Her recommendations have been invaluable, saving us time and giving us incites we would never have known otherwise. This service is provided free of charge, and I cannot express how important Kathee's help has been. Always Best Care provides other valuable senior services, and I would highly recommend considering their services.”

Nina A.

“I work here currently. I LOVE Katie the scheduler. She is always on top of her job and gets things handled.”

Amber K.

“This post is from my brother Charles…I look forward to Alex Isley‘s weekly visits! We are relaxed around each other; he is very willing to help me with many things to make my life easier. He encourages me to go outside for fresh air and activities but reminds me to sit down and rest when I need to. It is a pleasure to have him in my home. Thank you Alex!”

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“I highly recommend always best care , I work with them for many years and I’m very pleased with their service , if you or your loved one needs help do not hesitate to reach out to Allways best care”

Miha J.

“Rinah has been very carrying and supportive.”

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“My wife love the way she cleaned but one that sold her on using her was her name Isabel.”

Gary C.

“Tori Burke has been great. She's doing a awesome job helping my mother with all her needs. Tori has a very special personality that makes my mom feel very comfortable. Thank you for sending Tori to us.”

Mary L.

“Nina Thao was my Fathers caregiver and she always went above and beyond. We were so blessed to have such a hard working, empathetic, and dependable person who helped my Father live as comfortably as possible past 100 years old! I would Highly recommend Nina Thao from Always Best Care to help your family when in need. Sincerely, Cynthia Coopee”

Cynthia C.

“I am writing to praise the caregiving and support that Shristi provides to my brother, Sgt Michael Iwanaga for the last year. Shristi is always friendly, has a great attitude, is extremely helpful and always willing to go the “extra mile”. My brother could not be happier with the care and companionship that Shristi has provided to him. He was initially reluctant to have a care giver but since having Shristi’s care and support he does not know how he would be able to do without her. He would be extremely bereft should Shristi no longer be able to provide him with the care. I would also like to commend your administrative staff for their responsiveness, support and positive attitude. We could not be happier with the care that your organization has been able to provide to my brother. In fact, I have referred your organization to my cousin, Lucille Irby for assistance due to the excellent care and responsiveness of your organization. Please feel free to use my name as a reference. With appreciation, Tami Pereira”

Tami P.

“We have been with Always Best Care for 2 years. My dad is 91 and has enjoyed all of the caregivers. Victoria is his favorite. They get along beautifully. They work with the veterans and are somewhat flexible with scheduling. I would recommend Always Best Care for your caregiving needs.”

Mary L.

“Sandra Benton is terrific, kind, professional and takes such good care of us!”

Semmy M.

“Kirsten Hellar has been my care-giver for over 2 years She has always helped me in the shower and drying me off and helping me to get dressed. I feel very comfortable with her taking care of me on mon wed & Friday.”

Kirsten H.

“Jaquay has been a wonderful helper.”

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“I think that Jhanai B. Is great, she is a very pleasant person to be with, she does everything I ask and makes me smile and also helps me up and down, such an amazing company.”

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“Jennifer! Hope you are doing great! John and I are so thankful for all the help from the wonderful team at Always Best Care! We are fortunate to know such talented and compassionate people! Please share our appreciation with everyone!”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Antelope, CA work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Antelope, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Antelope, CA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Antelope,CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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L.A. County's Antelope Valley Primed for Professional Soccer

LANCASTER, Calif. and TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Lancaster, CA (Lancaster), the United Soccer League (USL), and Antelope Valley Soccer, Inc. (USL Antelope Valley) today announced plans to bring men's professional and women's pre-professional soccer to the Antelope Valley (AV). The teams will play in the Lancaster Municipal Stadium, which will be converted from its minor league baseball configuration to a 5,300 seat, soccer-specific stadium. This unique, public-private partnership will bring professional soccer to t...

LANCASTER, Calif. and TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Lancaster, CA (Lancaster), the United Soccer League (USL), and Antelope Valley Soccer, Inc. (USL Antelope Valley) today announced plans to bring men's professional and women's pre-professional soccer to the Antelope Valley (AV). The teams will play in the Lancaster Municipal Stadium, which will be converted from its minor league baseball configuration to a 5,300 seat, soccer-specific stadium. This unique, public-private partnership will bring professional soccer to the Antelope Valley to be played in only the fourth professional soccer-specific stadium in Southern California.

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USL Antelope Valley is led by its Founder and President, John Smelzer. Smelzer is a sports industry veteran, having held legal and commercial roles with World Cup USA 1994, the NFL, NBC Olympics, and FOX Sports. Through his passion for the Beautiful Game, Smelzer has brought together an impressive group of local stakeholders and supporters that share his love of soccer and community.

The Antelope Valley region is located in north Los Angeles County, anchored by the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale. Combined with the surrounding municipalities, the Antelope Valley has a diverse and growing population of more than 500,000. Already a leader in aerospace, the AV hosts a burgeoning green tech industry and is the future home of the Mojave Inland Port and high-speed rail lines connecting to Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Poised for growth, the AV is an untapped soccer hotbed of both players and fans alike.

Now in its 13th season, the United Soccer League (USL) has grown into a globally respected organization that is shaping the future of soccer in America as the first to build complete youth-to-pro pathways for men and women in one ecosystem.

Now with 12 teams, USL League One is in the final month of its fifth regular season as a USSF-sanctioned third-division professional league and expects to double in size over the next few years. The USL's emphasis on soccer-specific stadiums, youth academies and talent-development systems is raising the quality of League One on and off the field every year.

The USL W League is the nation's premier pre-professional league, developing the next generation of women's talent both on and off the field, and enhancing the women's soccer pipeline between college and professional soccer. With over 65 teams and a national footprint, the USL W League brings elite women's soccer to communities across the U.S., creating more opportunities to play, watch, and work in the women's game.

The club will offer affordable ticket plans as well as new club seats and existing suites. Lancaster Municipal Stadium will feature a traditional, standing-only "supporters' section" behind the north goal, the future home of the club's most fervent fans, "The 661." When completed in 2025, the renovated stadium will be one of the best in USL League One, and only the fourth professional soccer-specific stadium in Southern California.

In the coming months, USL Antelope Valley will be hosting listening sessions with its growing group of supporters, hearing firsthand what the community wants and expects from the club - from values to branding to community service - and everything in between. The club hopes to unveil its official name, colors, and crest in March 2024, and aims to kick off in 2025.


USL Antelope Valley Founder and President John Smelzer"Over the past several months, we've spent hundreds of hours in the community meeting face-to-face with our supporters – fans, players, coaches, parents, teachers and community leaders of all types. This is a diverse community, both demographically and geographically. We are united by our love of the game and our shared commitment to create opportunity for our kids and civic pride for our community. We are One Valley. We will be One Club."

USL Deputy CEO & Chief Real Estate Office Justin Papadakis"The Antelope Valley is hiding in plain sight in north Los Angeles County. With a population that rivals more well-known metros, this deserving community has thousands of young people playing soccer and thousands more passionately supporting the game at all levels. What they lack is a professional club of their own. We look forward to seeing Antelope Valley in the USL family and resonating with the community."

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris"Lancaster Municipal Stadium, affectionately known as 'The Hangar,' has long been a beacon of pride for our community. Over the years, we've not only preserved its legacy but enhanced it. Now, as it gears up to host both professional and amateur soccer, along with diverse community events and concerts, it promises to be a hub of excitement and opportunity. It's not just a stadium – it's where the dreams of our young talents meet reality, especially with USL Antelope Valley championing their aspirations."

To stay updated with the team's progress, announcements, and season ticket information, sign up at www.USLAntelopeValley.com and follow @USL_AV on Twitter, and @USLAntelopeValley on Instagram, and Facebook.

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About the City of Lancaster:Lancaster is a diverse community of nearly 170,000, leading the future through science, technology, art, culture, and collaboration. Home to astronauts, rocket scientists, families, and innovative businesses large and small, we are leading the USA with innovation. Combined with spectacular landscapes and clean air, Lancaster has the confidence, expertise, spirit, and imagination to transform tomorrow. We are: Creating a better tomorrow. Visit us at www.cityoflancasterca.gov.

About USL Antelope Valley:USL Antelope Valley was founded by sports industry veteran John Smelzer to be a source of opportunity and civic pride for the entire Antelope Valley for generations to come. With the motto "One Valley, One Club", USL Antelope Valley will field a men's USL League One professional team and a women's USL W League pre-professional team, as well as academy and reserve teams, all playing under the Club's singular, unifying crest. Through its planned non-profit academy, the Club aspires to offer the highest level of developmental soccer at no cost to the most talented girls and boys in the Antelope Valley. For more information, visit www.uslantelopevalley.com.

About United Soccer League (USL):Impacting more than 200 communities, the United Soccer League (USL) is the largest professional soccer organization in North America. The USL is the first and only soccer organization in the United States to build a youth-to-professional pathway for both women and men within one ecosystem. That structure includes three professional leagues: USL Championship (men), USL League One (men) and USL Super League (women), which begins in August 2024. For more information about the USL, please visit www.uslsoccer.com.

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The best places to see the superbloom in California

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.With California’s historic wet winter firmly in the rearview mirror, many Californians are flocking to state parks to catch a glimpse of the spectacular superbloom.Many wildflowers have sprouted all at once, providing plenty of beautiful photo opportunities throughout the Golden State.The ...

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

With California’s historic wet winter firmly in the rearview mirror, many Californians are flocking to state parks to catch a glimpse of the spectacular superbloom.

Many wildflowers have sprouted all at once, providing plenty of beautiful photo opportunities throughout the Golden State.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation is recommending several places for people to see the colorful superbloom in person.

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Northern California

Lake Elsinore, a popular spot to view the superbloom, is closed to visitors this year to ensure “the safety of public land and wildlife,” the city said. Officials want to prevent the chaos that ensued as crowds swarmed the area four years ago.

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Those hoping to spot a glimpse of the superbloom at Lake Elsinore can still do so, but from a distance. Those arriving near the canyon trailhead will be greeted with “No Parking” signs and gates preventing access. Those who trespass on the area can receive a citation, officials warned.

For people visiting the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, there are a few rules. Officials want people to stay on the marked trails, not to pick or step on the poppies and to not bring their dogs since they aren’t allowed in the area.

California’s last superbloom was in 2019, with experts saying it was so large that it could be seen from space.

Experts have said that this year superbloom can be seen from space as well.

The Key to Tapping Underused Land in the Heart of the Antelope Valley

In a time of economic turmoil and uncertainty, Palmdale, situated in northern Los Angeles County in the heart of the Antelope Valley region, is a city poised for growth with a key asset that is often scarce in population dense regions.A long-time aerospace and defense hub, the city is home to several manufacturing centers providing solid middle-class jobs and was recently named the most business-friendly city in ...

In a time of economic turmoil and uncertainty, Palmdale, situated in northern Los Angeles County in the heart of the Antelope Valley region, is a city poised for growth with a key asset that is often scarce in population dense regions.

A long-time aerospace and defense hub, the city is home to several manufacturing centers providing solid middle-class jobs and was recently named the most business-friendly city in the county. Housing is also more affordable relative to other cities in the region. In considering the future of the city and its economic development prospects, local officials had a large amount of underutilized land that could be tapped for new commercial and residential development.

The city had the land but would require a significant investment in infrastructure to support new development and attract private investment. To solve for those funding needs, Palmdale is one of the latest jurisdictions to utilize the enhanced infrastructure financing district economic (EIFD) development tool.

Luis Garibay, director of Palmdale’s Department of Economic and Community Development, in explaining the decision to develop an EIFD, emphasized the regional and economic benefits.

“With a focus on infrastructure, we can generate investment that will benefit not just one project but the entire area,” said Garibay. “There was also the ability to create a partnership with the County of Los Angeles to collaborate on a larger scale and do larger-scale projects.”

Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts, or EIFDs, are an economic development tool signed into state law in 2014, championed by the California Economic Summit network to fill the gap left in community investment by the dissolution of redevelopment agencies. EIFDs allow cities to allocate a portion of the incremental value in property tax expected from new development to pay for necessary infrastructure investments to support that development: expenses like highway construction and parking facilities, water treatment facilities, broadband access, and even projects that enhance community resilience to climate change.

The Palmdale EIFD was established in 2021 in partnership with Los Angeles County and has the distinction of being the largest of its kind in the state, consisting of more than 27,000 acres. Over its approximately 50-year lifetime, the EIFD is anticipated to allocate $176.2 million of infrastructure spending to support $3.5 billion in private sector investment. The goals of the district, laid out in its Infrastructure Financing Plan, include adding additional housing units and improving job opportunities, and in the process reduce the amount of time residents spend commuting.

Palmdale’s Department of Economic and Community Development credits a collaborative process between staff and elected representatives of the City of Palmdale and County of Los Angeles that made it easy to share information and align on goals and projects that would be of regional significance.

The boundaries of the EIFD are non-contiguous, consisting of land located in the City of Palmdale and unincorporated Los Angeles County, and centered around the city’s jobs and housing centers. The three sub-areas (depicted on map below) include an Aerospace Corridor, poised for future aerospace and industrial growth, Commercial Centers, including commercial developments, the Palmdale Regional Medical Center, and the new Palmdale Transportation Center, and Las Colinas, where 6,800 new units of housing are planned.

As Palmdale looks to the future, exciting developments on the horizon include connections to both the California High Speed Rail system and Brightline West with service to Las Vegas, and potentially the return of commercial air service to the region. The city is also looking to remake its downtown and promote tourism opportunities in its location adjacent to the high desert.

As Garibay put it: “We have the ability [in 2022] to create new jobs and investment opportunities and create a sense of pride and place in our communities…so instead of spending time on the freeway people can spend time here and enjoy these assets and opportunities with their families.”

California’s superbloom is starting to fade. Here’s where you can still find wildflowers

California’s magnificent superbloom is beginning to fade out, but you still have some time to catch the breathtaking spectacle before it’s all gone.Each week through May, the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants updates the Wild Flower Hotline to notify visitors of the best places throughout Southern California to check out spring flowers.In its latest report on Friday, the Foundation warned that many spots are startin...

California’s magnificent superbloom is beginning to fade out, but you still have some time to catch the breathtaking spectacle before it’s all gone.

Each week through May, the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants updates the Wild Flower Hotline to notify visitors of the best places throughout Southern California to check out spring flowers.

In its latest report on Friday, the Foundation warned that many spots are starting to see a downturn in the bloom as the season comes to an end.

“Short heat waves are alternating with short cooling periods (and) developing into a late spring weather pattern,” the Foundation wrote. “Wildflowers at lower elevations are losing their bloom, so you should get out to see them in the next week or so.”

Here’s a look at all the spots that still have pretty blooms for everyone to enjoy, according to the Foundation:

The massive, visible-from-space bloom at this San Luis Obispo County hotspot has probably already passed its peak, but according to the Foundation there is still time to take in the majesty.

The north areas of Carrizo Plain National Monument along 7 Mile Road “are flush with hillside daisies,” according to the group, while over on the alkali flats visitors will see beautiful stretches of Valley larkspur, dense carpets of goldfields and owl’s clover.

On Soda Lake Road to the south of the lake, there’s thistle sage, desert dandelion, yellow pincushion and locoweed. For visitors with trucks or four-wheel drive, the ridge areas of the Temblor and Caliente ranges are also “wonderfully rich and floriferous now,” the group said.

Other blooms you might see include desert candles, San Joaquin mentzelia, phacelias, gilias, onions and stinkbells.

If you want to head further into the valley, the hills along Highway 198 near Lake Kaweah “are awash with the early bloom of bright yellow elegant madia, with blue islands of silver leaf lupine and fiesta flower floating in the yellow sea,” according to the Foundation.

Hidden among those blooms are pink tomcat clovers, pale yellow mountain pretty face, thin-lobed owl’s clover and caterpillar phacelia.

The Three Rivers and Salt Creek areas also offer “awesome hikes to view a variety of lovely flowers,” the group said.

Further to the south, the Santa Monica Mountains offer a large expanse filled with interesting blooms.

According to the Foundation, the Mishe Mokwa and Backbone trails outside of Thousand Oaks have a lot to offer intrepid flower explorers, including red-skinned onions, blue dicks, seep monkeyblowers, succulent lupine, caterpillar phacelia, fiesta flower, Pacific pea, Catalina mariposa lily, woolly blue curls, wide-throated yellow monkey flower, tomcat clover, Kellog’s snapdragon and more.

The trails in the Santa Monica mountains did sustain some storm damage over the rainy winter, so make sure to be aware when hiking in the area.

According to the Foundation, the “reviews are mixed regarding the quality of the poppy bloom” at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve outside of Lancaster.

Warm weather might help encourage the poppies to open and cover the area in a stretch of bright orange, the group.

Besides poppies, visitors can expect to see lupines, goldfields, fiddlenecks and more while walking around the reserve’s eight miles of trails.

The Foundation noted the poppies have “escaped” the reserve and spread to other wildflower fields throughout Antelope Valley.

You can find poppies near Elizabeth Lake, along with hillside daisy, goldfields, sky lupine and phacelia, according to the group.

The nearby Portal Ridge Wildlife Preserve also has Bigelow’s coreopsis, chia, Coulter’s jewel flower, Davy’s gilia and, of course, poppies.

The Placerita Canyon Nature Center near Santa Clarita has a “wonderful variety” of unique wildflowers, according to the Foundation.

Those include Fremont white star lily, sun cups, popcorn lowers, whispering bells, spotted eucrypta, silver puffs, common phacelia and chaparral gilia.

Pacific pea, cobweb thistle, scarlet bugler, purple nightshade, spiny lupine, yellow pincushion and the ever-present goldfields can also be spotted along the trails.

Though blooms in lower elevations are starting to disappear, those at colder, high elevations are just beginning to kick into high gear.

That’s evident at Anza Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County, where wildflower displays at higher elevations — such as along the Wilson Trail — are “quite satisfying” as flowers replace snow, the Foundation said.

“The plants sense that heat is coming, so they need to bloom now before they run out of moisture,” the Wild Flower Hotline report read.

The blooms here include bajada lupine, goldfields, hairy lotus, Wallace’s woolly sunflower, common phacelia, white tidy tips, California coreopsis, yellow pincushions, chia, cupped leaf ceanothus and interior goldenbush.

The Wilson trailhead is a bit difficult to access — it requires some careful driving over a “very rutted” dirt road — so other visitors may prefer to visit via the easier Jasper Trail Road from which they can walk to the Wilson Trail.

The Foundation said there is a full bloom of blue ceanothus visible when driving east from Highway 15, along Highway 76 from Fallbrook to Lake Henshaw in the Palomar Mountain area.

Goldfields, San Diego pea and stinging lupine can also be seen in this area.

Check out the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants’ Wild Flower Hotline by calling 818-768-1802, extension 7, or visiting theodorepayne.org/learn/wildflower-hotline.

This story was originally published April 29, 2023, 5:30 AM.

California’s breathtaking superbloom is here. Mapping where to go, see amazing photos

The arrival of spring after an unusually wet winter brings with it a superbloom.Some meccas for flower tourism, including Lake Elsinore with its golden poppies, were harmed enough by crowds in 2019 that visitors have been warned to stay away this year.On the other hand, some naturalists think that closing parks to visitors defeats their purpose: to foster ...

The arrival of spring after an unusually wet winter brings with it a superbloom.

Some meccas for flower tourism, including Lake Elsinore with its golden poppies, were harmed enough by crowds in 2019 that visitors have been warned to stay away this year.

On the other hand, some naturalists think that closing parks to visitors defeats their purpose: to foster connection between residents and wildlife and encourage conservation.


After an unprecedented series of winter storms, outdoor enthusiasts are expecting an unprecedented abundance of flowers.

There’s no scientific definition for what constitutes a superbloom, Daniel Winkler, a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center, told The Times.

“The superbloom is really a cultural phenomenon, where people decide that there are enough flowers here, right now, that we’ll call it a superbloom,” Winkler said.

Joan Dudney, an assistant professor at the department of environmental studies at UC Santa Barbara, has ventured all over California to witness the superbloom.


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“It’s really hard as a naturalist to enjoy the places that are overrun with tourists and Instagram models and people that are not used to being out in these places,” Dudney said, adding that visitors are too often “out there for the spectacle” and “haven’t yet developed a connection with these natural spaces.”

As a first step for those seeking a deeper connection with the flora they see, she suggests downloading the Seek app by iNaturalist, which can identify plant species.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation recommends seven sites in Southern California where visitors can see the blooms, which have already arrived and, in many cases, are projected to continue for about a month. They are sorted by distance from downtown Los Angeles.

Chino Hills State Park: Guests are advised to look for flowers along Bane Road and the nearby Bane Ridge Trail at this park, the closest to Los Angeles on our list. “This year, the flowers that are blooming include canterbury and school bells, arroyo lupine, and California poppy,” the parks department said. 35 miles from downtown L.A.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve: West of Lancaster, this hillside is home to the Poppy Cam.” The hillsides at the Poppy Reserve are starting to show vivid pinks from filaree and vibrant yellows from large swaths of goldfields,” the parks department said, and more poppies are expected to bloom in the coming weeks. The best spots: Antelope Trail North Loop and Kitanemuk Vista Point. 70 miles from downtown L.A.

Eastern Kern County Onyx Ranch State Vehicular Recreation Area: East of Bakersfield. Over the next month, Jawbone Canyon will continue to bloom, featuring “lavender Lacy Phacelia and brilliant yellow desert dandelions,” per the parks department. 120 miles from downtown L.A.

Red Rock Canyon State Park: Also east of Bakersfield, the park’s Hagen Canyon, Iron Canyon — where four-wheel drive is recommended — and the area around the visitor center are in bloom for another month.Flowers include “desert dandelions, blue dicks, desert or wild parsley, and red maids,” according to the parks department, as well as blooming Joshua trees and bladderpod. 120 miles from downtown L.A.

Tule Elk State Natural Reserve: Southwest of Bakersfield, the natural reserve currently features “large patches of goldfields and filaree blooming,” the parks department said. The tule elk there are also growing their antlers. 125 miles from downtown L.A.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Located between San Diego and the Salton Sea, Anza-Borrego is the largest state park in California. “Visitors can see remaining sand verbena and desert sunflowers along the east side of Henderson Canyon Road in the northern end of the park and sand verbena at June Wash along S2 in the southern end of the park,” according to the Department of Parks and Recreation. 150 miles from downtown L.A.

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park: Yellow goldfields at this park are in bloom and may last another month, according to the parks department. The park is northwest of Bakersfield. 160 miles from downtown L.A.

Times staff writer Nathan Solis contributed to this report.


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