Aside from the decorations lining the wall and a tree standing in the corner of the dining hall, Christmas was a fairly typical day at Santa Clarita's homeless shelter in Saugus.
Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series examining issues that face the Santa Clarita Valley in the year ahead.
SANTA CLARITA - The Saugus Union School District has launched a survey to collect community feedback for a possible future bond measure, according to officials.
Many of the people who walked into the Albertsons grocery store in Saugus Saturday morning were there to buy all the food necessary for a holiday meal.
A checkpoint set up Friday night in Saugus to catch those who may be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol netted two DUI arrests, according to a news release from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.
Dominique De Fazio is no stranger to the stage.
The harmonious sounds of Christmas carollers, decked out in Western wear, filled the air as children and their parents lined up eagerly to see Old Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus on Saturday in Agua Dulce.
Carlyn, a local high school senior, began drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana with her friends.
The filing period for April's Santa Clarita City Council election opened Monday, and already eight people have pulled papers to run, according to officials.
Pete Fries knew it was time.
SANTA CLARITA - Two men, decked out in black gear and carrying fake guns, burst into The Learning Center on the Valencia campus of College of the Canyons Wednesday, their entrance accompanied by the rattling sounds of gunfire piped in over the room's sound system.
The Newhall School District is seeking donations from parents and community members to move closer to its goal of providing a musical instrument for each of its students.
Changes have been made to the way the Castaic Animal Shelter handles some cases following a look into the death of a cat who some claimed was wrongly euthanized earlier this year, according to officials.
LAKE HUGHES - Santa Claus traded in his reindeer for wolves Saturday during a fundraising event held at Ranch Freedom in Lake Hughes.
A Canyon Country man who was charged with murder Friday in the shooting deaths of his wife and sister could face the death penalty if convicted, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced.
A trial is scheduled to begin in June in the case of a lawsuit against the Santa Clarita Community College District alleging violations of the California Voting Rights Act.
A shuffling of Santa Clarita City Council committee assignments as a result of a newly elected councilman resulted in some hurt feelings at Tuesday night's meeting.
Candidates running to replace the Santa Clarita Valley's longtime congressman come from a variety of different professional and personal backgrounds, but each said Wednesday it's his experience that makes him qualified for office.
With a number of terms set to expire this summer, a collection of seats on Santa Clarita commissions are set to become open for application, according to city officials.
New sports fields are currently under construction at Central Park in Saugus. But Santa Clarita city officials are eyeing more improvements at the location under their proposed spending plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Dozens of community members turned out Saturday for a community bike ride to not only promote the upcoming Amgen Tour of California, but give attendees a look at Santa Clarita's trail system, as well.
Monday's ceremony for Vasquez High School is not your typical groundbreaking.
Decked in pink hard hats and purple shirts, approximately 300 people turned out Saturday to help build homes for veterans and their families in the Santa Clarita Valley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.