1999: My worst year yet for predictionsBy Leon Worden
Friday, January 7, 2000
I'm a week late in making my annual predictions for the New Year, which is unfortunate, because my first one— that Councilwoman Jan Heidt wouldn't seek
Here's a look at the screwy predictions I made for 1999. Each one is worth a maximum of 10 points, and bonus points would be worth 5, but I don't think I earned any.
1. The Senate will not remove Bill Clinton from office. 10 points.
2. The Dow Jones industrial average will top 10,000 by June. Contrarily,
3. By year's end, a Republican woman will be a real contender for president. Liz Dole let us down. 0 points.
4. A Nordstrom deal will be signed. Bonus points if it's for less than $20 million. The Newhall Land and Farming Co. has signed a deal with Nordstrom to bring a department store here that would include a $20 million
5. Auto Row will capture a higher percentage of SCV car buyers. Hopes were high at the end of last year, but they haven't materialized. I haven't seen any new numbers, but my gut tells me Creekside Road isn't doing as well overall as it was a few years ago. 0 points.
6. Whittaker Corp., the (former) proponent of the Porta Bella housing project, will be bought out. 10 points.
7. No new landfills or crosstown roads again this year.
8. Frank Ferry will be appointed to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. In what was a surprise move to some, the City Council voted
9. At least one of the two
10. The Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre will stage performances in downtown Newhall. The Canyon Theatre Guild will have a new home there, at least on paper. Bonus points if they're already performing in Newhall by then. Boy, talk about lucky wording. The Rep “staged” a College of the Canyons performance at the Rep's new home in Newhall, although the Rep hasn't yet put on a performance of its own there. The Canyon Theatre Guild has a new home in Newhall on paper. 10 points, no bonus.
Finally, this bonus question didn't count against me if it was wrong:
11. SCOPErs Mike Kotch and Lynne Plambeck will marry. They traded seats on the Newhall County Water Board, but so far they haven't traded marriage vows.
So... the tally is 45 points on a scale of 100, which would put me in the Hall of Fame if this were baseball. But it isn't. It's my worst set of predictions yet. I scored 70 points for 1998, and 68.5 for 1997.
Here, then, are my 10 for 2000:
1. Al Gore will not be the next president of the United States.
2. The Newhall Land and Farming Co. will announce plans for a major commercial project next to Magic Mountain, west of
3. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will be purchased and service will improve, thanks in part to the nurses' new
4. The nation's unemployment rate will inch back up to 4.5 percent.
5. Gold will pass the $340 mark sometime during the year.
6. Golden Valley High School won't happen as planned.
7. Cameron Smyth will be elected to the Santa Clarita City Council.
8. Perennial candidate Lynne Plambeck, who has run for everything from water board to county supervisor, will throw her hat in the City Council ring.
10. I will seriously consider running for City Council myself.
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