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Trace of rain dampens Santa Clarita Valley

Cloudy skies overhead finally meant some rainfall for the Santa Clarita Valley on Wednesday, with some areas receiving more than a tenth of an inch of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service.

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


City Council to fix land fund mix-up

Members of the Santa Clarita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night for a fund transfer to address the fact that money from the city's Open Space Preservation District fund was improperly used in the purchase of land in the Soledad Canyon area.

October 09, 2013 | Luke Money | Santa Clarita Valley News


12 vying for Hart district board seat

An even dozen people are vying to fill a vacancy on the Hart district board and secure the four-year term that goes with it.

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


Jury trial set for man accused of robbing Newhall bank

A Palmdale man accused of robbing a Newhall bank and leading police on a short chase last May was scheduled to stand trial later this month during a short court appearance Tuesday.

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


Jury trial set for man accused of robbing Newhall bank

SANTA CLARITA - A Palmdale man accused of robbing a Newhall bank and leading police on a short chase last May was scheduled to stand trial later this month during a short court appearance Tuesday.

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


Music to her ears

SANTA CLARITA - Lisa Jordan readies herself as she takes a deep breath.

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


Hart board questions school project costs

Plans to build a bond-funded auditorium and complete other improvement projects at Canyon High School are progressing, but some Hart district board members bristled at last week's meeting over a price tag estimated at more than $10 million.

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


McBean Parkway bridge widening begins

Work has begun on a multimillion-dollar project to expand, resurface and add a median to a stretch of McBean Parkway in Valencia.

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


Joint effort beats fire near Newhall pass

Saturday's Santa Ana winds that whipped through the Santa Clarita Valley did not appear to cause as much damage as Friday, but officials were kept plenty busy after a brush fire broke out in the Newhall Pass.

October 05, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Fire crews contain blaze near freeway

SANTA CLARITA - Firefighters from multiple agencies were able to quickly jump on and contain a brush fire that broke out in the Newhall Pass Saturday afternoon, holding it to about 15 acres, according to a fire official.

October 05, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One I-5 lane closed north of Santa Clarita Valley due to big rig over the side

SANTA CLARITA - One northbound lane of Interstate 5 north of the Santa Clarita Valley is expected to be closed until late this morning while officials from the California Highway Patrol deal with a big rig that went off the side of the freeway.

October 05, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Wind downs power lines, topples trees in SCV

SANTA CLARITA - Damaging Santa Ana winds swept through the Santa Clarita Valley on Friday, toppling trees, knocking down power lines and ripping street signs off their mounts.

October 04, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Annual Chili Cook Off expected to be bigger than last year

SANTA CLARITA - It's time once again for the annual Fun in the Sun Chili Cook Off, but organizers are looking to kick it up a notch for this year.

October 04, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


State moves toward Common Core testing

SANTA CLARITA - Local school district officials are applauding a state effort to move away from traditional paper-and-pencil tests in favor of computer-based ones, saying the shift will help students become familiar with new national education standards that are expected to go into effect in the next few years.

October 04, 2013 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart district arranges to speed up construction for Castaic High School

In an effort to speed up construction on the Castaic High School project, members of the Hart district governing board approved an item Wednesday that will allow district officials and legal counsel to execute necessary documents and county forms and get board review and approval afterward.

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


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Money continues to pour into City Council race

Two candidates - a political novice and local pharmacy owner, along with a water district board member - pulled in more than $10,000 in campaign contributions over January and February, pacing the field of those vying for a seat in April's Santa Clarita City Council election, according to recent campaign disclosures.

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


Santa Clarita billboard deal may be derailed

A controversial plan to replace 118 billboards in Santa Clarita with three electronic boards on Santa Clarita Valley freeways may be sidelined by a disagreement between the city and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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


Travel expenses among reported SCV legislator gifts

A local state assemblyman's trip to Eurasia costing thousands of dollars was the biggest gift item reported by any of the four Santa Clarita Valley representatives in the state Legislature, according to reports released recently by the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

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


Einstein Academy denied needed permit

Plans for the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters Arts and Sciences to open an elementary school at a property on Rye Canyon Road hit a roadblock Tuesday when members of the Santa Clarita Planning Commission voted to deny an application for a necessary permit.

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


New look to ‘Thursdays at Newhall’

Santa Clarita is launching a retooled version of the "Thursdays at Newhall" event series next week, and one city official said he hopes changes to this year's version will draw heftier crowds to downtown Newhall.

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


Arts focus of candidate discussion

The importance of art to the Santa Clarita community, and what the city can do to ensure arts efforts are properly developed and funded were among the topics discussed Saturday by Santa Clarita City Council candidates at a "Focus on the Arts" forum.

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


More potential candidates emerge in congressional race

Three potential new candidates, two of them local to the Santa Clarita Valley, have emerged in the race to replace Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, who announced earlier this year he will not run for re-election to the seat he has held for more than two decades.

February 27, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: City Council votes to move forward with billboard proposal

In a move officials say will beautify Santa Clarita and some local businesses say will take away a valuable advertising resource, members of the Santa Clarita City Council voted 3-1 this week to move forward with a controversial proposal to remove many billboards in the city in exchange for construction of three digital billboards off Highway 14 and Interstate 5.

February 26, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Knight, two others introduce motion to expel state Senator convicted of fraud and perjury

Three Republican state senators, including one who represents portions of the Santa Clarita Valley, have introduced a resolution calling for the expulsion of another senator who was recently convicted of perjury and voter fraud.

February 26, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: BOE reduces gasoline excise tax

The California State Board of Equalization voted unanimously Tuesday to reduce the state's excise tax on gasoline by 3.5 cents per gallon, though that doesn't necessarily mean relief to the wallets of California drivers.

February 25, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


An educator’s journey

Sierra Vista Junior High School English teacher Robert Isquierdo, Jr., was not always the best student.

February 24, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City Council to take up billboard issue

A controversial proposal to remove many of the billboards in Santa Clarita will be discussed Tuesday during a public hearing in front of the Santa Clarita City Council.

February 23, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Annexation discussed at City Council candidate forum

Should the city of Santa Clarita examine expanding its boundaries across Interstate 5? The consensus among City Council candidates is that it's a possibility worth exploring.

February 23, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Residents take polar plunge for Special Olympics fundraiser

Though the temperature outside was downright balmy for February, the waters of Castaic Lake were still plenty chilly for those who plunged in Saturday as part of the Polar Plunge event to raise money for the Special Olympics.

February 22, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash closes lane on Highway 14

A collision involving at least two vehicles has blocked one northbound lane on Highway 14 near Newhall Avenue, according to an official with the California Highway Patrol.

February 22, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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