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Incumbents have raised most cash in City Council race

The two incumbents in the Santa Clarita Valley City Council race have raised the most campaign funds, according to reports released this week, while two of the three challengers did not receive any new donations during the last six months of 2011.

February 03, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A 'green' glow

Santa Clarita residents may notice some changes to the lights throughout the city, including Valencia Heritage Park, as workers begin replacing traditional lights with energy-efficient illumination.

January 30, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The falcon patrol

As Shelly - a 5-year-old saker falcon - swooped through the air on a recent morning, the dozens of seagulls that had been lingering near newly disposed trash at the Chiquita Canyon Landfill hurriedly left the area.

January 30, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Appointments divide at City Council

A Santa Clarita City Council meeting turned heated this week when council members shuffled membership in committees and subcommittees, leaving nearly every council member with fewer appointments to committees that discuss important local

January 26, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City stresses safety after child’s accident

City officials are stressing safety rules at the Santa Clarita Skatepark after a 12-year-old boy was injured at the park last weekend.

January 26, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City takes on agency, and debt

The Santa Clarita City Council agreed Tuesday to take control of the remnants of its redevelopment agency and the agency's $93 million debt, which may take 30 years to pay off, according to officials during a meeting in Council Chambers.

January 24, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hit the brakes and let playtime begin

As several children took their turn at playing handball, a handful of others jumped rope, swung hula hoops and colored chalk drawings at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on a recent afternoon.

January 21, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal staff writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Victorville delays vote on Cemex bill

The Victorville City Council this week tabled support for a bill that would stop a large-scale gravel mine in Soledad Canyon, saying it needs more information on the bill.

January 18, 2012 | By Karen Jonas | Santa Clarita Valley News


Northridge earthquake: 18 years later

Eighteen years ago today, the earth shook, freeways crumbled, and thousands of people were injured during the Northridge earthquake - one of the most severe temblors to hit the Santa Clarita Valley area and one of 11 disasters that has befallen the city in the past 24 years.

January 17, 2012 | By Karen Jonas and Ray Bowden Signal Staff Writers | Santa Clarita Valley News


Commission approves 3-year PAC contract

The Santa Clarita Arts Commission has unanimously agreed to a three-year contract with the Santa Clarita Community College District for public use of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the college campus.

January 13, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City OKs support of redevelopment agencies

The Santa Clarita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to support potential legislation that would extend the sunset date on redevelopment agencies.

January 10, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Planners back Palmdale high-speed rail route

A proposed high-speed rail project that would connect Southern California to the Bay Area should avoid Santa Clarita and the Grapevine and instead run through Palmdale on its way north, the project's planners said in a report this week.

January 10, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local businesses speak with members of Congress

Local aerospace and defense contractors met with members of the House Armed Services Committee, including Chairman Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, on Monday in Santa Clarita to discuss future defense cuts and the difficulties of cutting through Department of Defense red tape.

January 09, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2 qualify for April City Council election

The required signatures have been verified for both Castaic Lake Water Agency board member Ed Colley and Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami, making them the first two official candidates to qualify for Santa Clarita City Council in April, City Clerk Sarah Gorman said Friday.

January 06, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Forecast calls for warmer winter

For some Santa Clarita Valley residents, the 80-plus-degree temperatures of the past week are just perfect.

January 06, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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