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Posted: October 17, 2008 9:20 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

Santa Clarita unemployment rises to 4.7%
Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate for September hit 4.7 percent, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday. The figures show a labor force of 91,200 and an employment of 86,900, the state department reports. A total of 4,300 people are reported to be unemployed in the city. September’s unemployment rate comes as a slight dip from August’s 4.9 percent.

Company inks deal with Vincent
Santa Clarita Valley’s O’Brien Marketing announced Thursday a partnership between Ali Vincent of NBC’s Biggest Loser and Infinity Insurance. Vincent was the first female Biggest Loser winner and also the first female spokesperson signed exclusively to Infinity Insurance. “Our Ad campaign will be focused around ‘Take control of your life ... Take control of your auto insurance,” said C. Patrick O’Brien, CEO of the company.“From the minute I met Ali, I knew we had the right spokesperson,” O’Brien said.

Deputies look for 3-year-old
Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a missing 3-year-old boy, a sheriff’s official said. The boy is described as a 3-year-old, white male who went missing from his home near the intersection of Mill Valley Road and Orchard Village Road, a sheriff’s official said.  Any one with information is asked to call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121.

Beach-themed concert planned
Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Stevenson Ranch Community Association Civic Committee invite residents to a free beach-themed concert in the park from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Richard Rioux Memorial Park. The featured band, the Surfing Safaris, will perform cover songs from Dick Dale, the Ventures, the Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffett. Residents are invited to dress for a beach party, bring a chair or a blanket and a family picnic.

Registration deadline nears
Voters must register to vote by vote by Oct. 20 to cast a ballot in the Nov. 4 election. The deadline for requesting an Absentee Ballot is Oct. 28. Visit www.lavote.net for more information about local elections. The Secretary of State’s voter registration Web site is www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_faq.htm.

City celebrates Aquatic Center
In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Aquatic Center’s opening, the slide pool will be open from noon to 2 p.m. today for free recreational swim. The center is located at the Sports Complex, located at 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway in Canyon Country.

SCV Democrats host Garamendi
SCV’s Democratic Headquarters will proudly host a special visit by Lt. Governor John Garamendi, also a 2010 gubernatorial candidate, at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at at 23119 Lyons Ave.

Early morning incident almost turns deadly
Deputies are searching for a man who attacked a woman with a knife Oct. 9, a sheriff’s official said. The woman was walking in the Santa Clara riverbed wash area at about 5 a.m. when an unidentified male grabbed her, placed his hand over her mouth and held a knife against her, said Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. The woman screamed and fought off her attacker, who retreated before deputies arrived. The victim was not injured and deputies didn’t find a suspect after a quick search of the area, Cambra said. “I have directed extra patrols and resources into the area to ensure the highest visibility, the greatest level of protection, and an increased opportunity to catch this bold individual,” Capt. Anthony La Berge said. Deputies are searching for a male, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 5, 210 pounds, wearing a white T-shirt, a black windbreaker, and black pants.

‘Ramona’ comes alive near Piru
RANCHO CAMULOS — Helen Hunt Jackson’s classic California novel, “Ramona,”  will come to life 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Rancho Camulos, a National Historic Landmark near Piru. Rancho Camulos is known as the “Home of Ramona.” The popular 1884 book spawned the first California tourist boom, inspired several movies, plays, pageants, books, advertising spinoffs and controversy. The family-friendly festival includes free admission, parking and activities for all ages including living history, drama and tales, historic displays and presentations, arts and crafts fair with demonstrations, music, dance, antique farm equipment, hayrides, animal encounters, food, museum and garden tours, unique shopping opportunities, free children’s activities and more. The Museum is on Highway 126, about 2 miles east of Piru.

SCV Democrats to meet Thursday
Santa Clarita’s Democratic Alliance for Action will host its last meeting prior to the Nov. 4 election at 7 p.m. Thursday at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. All Democrats are welcome. For information call (661) 877-2775.

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