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Their all-American stories: Gadi Galater

Gadi Galater didn't have what most people would call a normal childhood. He was raised in northern Israel, close to the border of Syria and Lebanon, during the 1960s and '70s.

July 04, 2012 | BY Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Survey: Rail not wanted

In a recent community survey about a proposed high-speed train that would pass through the eastern Santa Clarita Valley, hundreds of Acton and Agua Dulce residents said they disapproved of the project.

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


Gas prices remaining steady in Santa Clarita Valley, dropping in California

Gas prices throughout the Santa Clarita Valley appear to be leveling off before the Fourth of July, while gas prices throughout the state are continuing their rapid decline, according to figures from gasoline price-tracking websites.

July 02, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic high environmental document to be released

Hart district officials are expected to release their draft environmental impact report early this month for the much-anticipated and -debated Castaic area high school.

July 01, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Good Samaritans help put out fire

A small fire in a Canyon Country center median prompted a quick response from two good Samaritans Friday afternoon, according to a witness and fire officials.

June 29, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teens cut path to outdoors

Under the hot morning sun, teenagers hacked brush with weed whackers and axes. Others down the hill scraped the dirt and remaining weeds with shovels and rake-like tools, smoothing the trail to allow hikers, bicyclists and horses to pass.

June 29, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dropouts decline, grad rate improves

Graduation rates rose and dropout rates dropped for students at William S. Hart Union High School District, according to new data released by the California Department of Education on Wednesday.

June 28, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County budget includes Santa Clarita Valley projects

The $24.53 billion Los Angeles County budget approved by supervisors this week includes funding for several projects around the Santa Clarita Valley - including a new Stevenson Ranch library and grants for a new women's jail at Pitchess, as well as new exhibits at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center.

June 27, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Inclusion program receives grant

Children with disabilities will have more opportunities to participate in Santa Clarita parks and recreation programs through the city's "inclusion program" after the City Council accepted a grant Tuesday night.

June 27, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Council OKs library costs

The new Newhall Library will receive $250,000 for new books, CDs and DVDs after the Santa Clarita City Council approved funding the new materials at its Tuesday night meeting.

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


Supervisors approve $24.51 billion county budget

Los Angeles County supervisors approved a $24.53 billion budget for the county Tuesday - along with a 65-cent-an-hour raise for in-home support services employees which held up budget negotiations Monday.

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


New Newhall Library may receive new materials

The new Newhall Library may receive $250,000 for new books, CDs and DVDs if the Santa Clarita City Council approves funding the new materials at its meeting Tuesday night.

June 25, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Inclusion program may receive grant

Children with disabilities may be able to have more opportunities to participate in Santa Clarita parks and recreation programs through the city's "inclusion program."

June 25, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supervisors to discuss budget

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set to begin deliberations today on its $24.53 billion proposed budget, which includes funding for 640 new positions because of state prisoner transfers to counties.

June 25, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


West Nile confirmed in two Newhall mosquitoes

Two mosquitoes collected in Newhall tested positive for West Nile virus this week, and officials are warning residents to take precautions against mosquito bites this summer.

June 22, 2012 | By Karen Jonas Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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