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New school year brings cautious financial optimism

When Santa Clarita Valley schools open their doors this week for another term, they will do so with a new sense of cautious financial optimism after years of spending cuts.

August 10, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two arrested after reported carjacking in Canyon Country

Two men have been arrested for allegedly assaulting a man and stealing his car in Canyon Country early Saturday morning, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

August 10, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Fire shuts down San Francisquito Canyon Road

A brush fire burning north of the Santa Clarita Valley shut down San Francisquito Canyon Road late Friday afternoon and scorched 80 acres after erupting near where the Powerhouse Fire started in late May.

August 09, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two local schools could be ineligible for academic awards after students post test pictures

Hart and Saugus high school were among 242 schools statewide that could face discipline this year after students were found to have posted pictures of standardized test materials online, according to officials from the California Department of Education.

August 09, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Hart district continues to outpace state, county in STAR test scores

Students in the Hart district continued to outperform their peers in Los Angeles County and statewide in standardized tests measuring proficiency in math, science, history and language arts, according to state Department of Education figures released Thursday.

August 08, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita Valley elementary schools shine in STAR testing

Most of the students at Santa Clarita Valley's four elementary school districts scored proficient in state-mandated subjects on standardized tests given late last school year, according to numbers released Thursday from the state Department of Education.

August 08, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Candidate joins race for Newhall district as election deadline looms

With one day left to apply to run for elected office in the Santa Clarita Valley in November, a longtime educator has decided to join the race for a board seat in the Newhall School District.

August 08, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart district discusses changes to inter-district transfer policy

Members of the Hart district board reviewed proposed changes that would lessen some of the restrictions the district's transfer policy during their meeting Wednesday night.

August 08, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Playing through hell

The midday sun Wednesday shone on a collection of brass instruments stacked carefully on the sidelines of the football field at West Ranch High School.

August 08, 2013 | Luke Money | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawyer in Voting Rights Act cases seeks to stop Palmdale elections

A lawyer who won a Superior Court decision against Palmdale for holding at-large elections, which he says violates the California Voting Rights Act, is trying to block the city's scheduled November City Council election.

August 07, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley: Hart district board to discuss transfer policy

Members of the Hart district governing board will discuss changes to the district's student transfer policy during their meeting tonight.

August 07, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lancaster weighs voting options at town hall

LANCASTER - The possibility of a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit was the center of a town hall discussion in Lancaster Tuesday night, where residents and members of a city committee discussed ways to avoid the kind of litigation that has been filed against both the city of Palmdale and the city of Santa Clarita.

August 07, 2013 | Luke Money | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: County board fails to pass latest Einstein bid for school in Saugus

After four separate petitions, three appeals to the county and months of sometimes-contentious rhetoric, the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences was dealt another blow Tuesday to its plan to open an elementary school within the boundaries of the Saugus Union School District.

August 06, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City ranks middle of the pack in county fiscal health ratings

Santa Clarita was ranked in the middle of the pack in a fiscal health review of cities in Los Angeles County, but a city official said the methodology for the report does not provide a complete picture of Santa Clarita's financial state.

August 05, 2013 | Luke Money | Santa Clarita Valley News


Engines rev for YMCA

Hundreds of people from inside and outside the Santa Clarita Valley turned out Saturday afternoon to check out a collection of more than 100 import cars and raise money for the local YMCA.

August 03, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Arts Commissioners, City Council members give nod to master plan for public art

Following discussion on the role and form of art locally, Santa Clarita City Council members and Arts Commissioners gave the nod this week to moving forward with a master plan to take an overarching look at art in the community.

May 09, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Proposed Santa Clarita budget includes new hiring

In addition to funding for capital improvements and services, the proposed Santa Clarita city budget includes funding for a number of new positions, city officials said this week.

May 08, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita projecting a balanced budget

City officials painted a rosy picture of Santa Clarita's projected budget for the next fiscal year during a meeting Tuesday night, calling it balanced and conservative while also containing funding for a variety of needed projects around the city.

May 07, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Wilk, Knight ask McKeon to use another tactic to halt the Cemex mine

While legislative options to resolve the longstanding Cemex mine issue remain ongoing, two Santa Clarita Valley representatives are urging local Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, to try a different tactic to halt the mine.

May 06, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Joint session on tap to talk city budget

Santa Clarita City Council members and city commissioners will meet Tuesday for a joint study session to discuss the state of the city's budget.

May 05, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deadline for billboard referendum is Monday

After a month of signature-gathering, blocking and more than a few arrests, Monday marks the deadline that a billboard referendum petition must be turned in to the Santa Clarita City Clerk's office.

May 04, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pavley bill would provide overdose ‘antidote’ to first responders

A bill from a Santa Clarita Valley legislator that would ensure emergency responders have access to an "antidote" that can help reverse some of the effects of heroin and prescription pill overdoses is currently making its way through the state Senate.

May 04, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Problems could arise with concurrent elections, official says

In a bid to avoid a lawsuit and increase voter involvement, Santa Clarita has agreed to change its city elections to November starting in 2016. But the change could cause additional wrinkles in the voting process, according to a county elections official.

May 04, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart district sites make top schools list

Several high schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District received national rankings this year, according to U.S. News and World Report.

May 02, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita grows by 4,000 residents

The city of Santa Clarita added more than 4,000 residents from January 2013 to January of this year and remains the third-largest city in Los Angeles County, according to state figures unveiled this week.

May 01, 2014 | By Luke Money | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mayors Prayer Breakfast draws a crowd

Approximately 300 people gathered early Thursday morning for the annual Santa Clarita Valley Mayors Prayer Breakfast - an event that included time for both reflection and prayer and laughter from a keynote address by a man dubbed by some as "God's Comic."

May 01, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local schools named California Distinguished Schools

Four local schools in three Santa Clarita Valley school districts are among those that have been named as California Distinguished Schools, state officials announced Wednesday.

April 30, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested in Canyon Country home probation check

Three people were arrested during a home probation check at a Canyon Country residence, including one on suspicion of elder abuse, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station official said Wednesday.

April 30, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Principals sought for SCV junior high schools

Now that two upcoming vacancies have been filled in the high school leadership of the William S. Hart Union High School District, new principals must be hired in the junior high school ranks.

April 28, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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