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Las Lomas is dead

Las Lomas is dead.

May 20, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Panel nixes effort to stop Las Lomas

LOS ANGELES - Las Lomas lives to fight another day.

May 20, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water agency considers West Beach for surveillance system

Five years after consultants recommended video surveillance be installed at key water resource sites in Santa Clarita, money-watchers at the Castaic Lake Water Agency are now recommending a company to install the cameras.

May 19, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Las Lomas project facing more hurdles

Las Lomas developer Dan S. Palmer faces two possible roadblocks this week as Los Angeles city officials meet to discuss his proposed mini-community in the Newhall Pass.

May 19, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Our Irish come out Monday

It's easier, it seems, to find Leprechauns in Santa Clarita than it is to find their human-sized Irish counterparts.

May 18, 2008 | Jim Holt | A Closer Look


Portland wants local lawyer to stop pedophile

The local lawyer who led the fight to keep a self-proclaimed pedophile out of Santa Clarita is now being called on by police and parents in Portland, Ore., to help them do the same thing there.

May 16, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


County lawyers ask if Palmer broke the law

County counsel lawyers are now trying to determine whether or not Las Lomas Land Co. owner Dan S. Palmer broke the law when he identified himself as the sole owner of 555 acres he intends to develop as a housing complex.

May 14, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


County opts to study new bus service for airport

Shuttle bus service in and out of Palmdale Airport will be studied over a nine-month period, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has decided.

May 13, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water board member to head L.A. public works

Castaic Lake Water Agency board member Dean F. Efstathiou has been appointed Acting Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

May 13, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials say SCV water safe to drink

Despite reports that trace amounts of pharmaceuticals have been found in water supplies across the country, Santa Clarita residents are drinking safe, clean water, local water officials said Monday.

May 12, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Set clocks ahead 1 hour tonight

It'll be a sunny Easter, a sunny St. Patrick's Day and even a brighter end to winter this year as Daylight Saving Time arrives early.

May 10, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


County planner: Our lax practices will end

County planners are expected to crack down on developers who misrepresent themselves on land applications following a review of documents submitted by the Las Lomas Land Co., LLC, a top planner says.

May 08, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kellar amends financial forms

In the wake of questions about why he did not disclose his income on financial disclosure forms, Mayor Bob Kellar announced Friday he is amending the forms.

May 08, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lennar VP Dismisses Mideast Buyer Story as Rumor

Contrary to reports in a Los Angeles business newspaper, no firm from the Middle East is buying development giant Lennar Corp., the company's vice president told The Signal on Wednesday.

May 07, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Reports of Mideast Purchase of Lennar 'Rumors,' VP Says

Contrary to recent reports published elsewhere, no firm from the Middle East is buying development giant Lennar Corporation, the company's vice president told The Signal Wednesday.

May 06, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Sex offender takes deal for 12 years

A Valencia registered sex offender, accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, has accepted a deal offered by prosecutors calling for a 12-year prison term, court officials said Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley faces landscape-watering limitations

Under a plan proposed to meet state water-use demands, Santa Clarita Valley lawns could soon be watered only every other day - and never on Saturday.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jury selection begins in SCV child annoyance case

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a local registered sex offender accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, a court bailiff said.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One injured in crash involving sheriff’s vehicle

One person was injured and taken to the hospital shortly after noon today following a two-car traffic collision involving a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's station vehicle, according emergency response crew officials.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV water officials puzzle over how to become water cops

When California water officials approved strict emergency water conservation regulations earlier this month, they put the responsibility of enforcing those rules on local water agencies.

July 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Body found near Gorman ID’d as Los Angeles man

Homicide detectives have identified the murder victim whose skeletal remains were found near Gorman, a detective heading up the investigation said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country school vandalized; loss more than $10,000

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives are looking for at least three youths who broke into and trashed a Canyon Country school last week, causing more than $10,000 in loss due to damage and stolen property.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strangers seek to help baby girl orphaned in crash

Women profoundly affected by reports of a baby girl orphaned in an Acton traffic collision last week have expressed a desire to somehow help the little girl who survived and contribute to a fund in her name, The Signal has learned.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detectives make ID of John Doe

Homicide detectives trying to unravel the story behind skeletal remains of murder victim found near Gorman five months ago now know who their victim is, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Family comes forward for orphaned baby

Baby Violeta Martinez was just learning to walk when Tuesday's fatal crash in Acton claimed the lives of her parents, relatives of the orphaned girl said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Castaic man pleads no contest to attempted murder in savage bar beating

Editor's note: Corrects that bar beating occurred last year/

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Brush fire doused near Interstate 5

Firefighters from both the county and the U.S. Forest Service jumped on a small brush fire north of Castaic Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said.

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 knife-point robbers given prison sentences

Two convicted bandits who robbed Santa Clarita Valley residents at knife-point for their cellphones and wallets last fall have been sentenced to prison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teens collared for allegedly smoking marijuana outside sheriff's offices

Detectives made their latest drug pinch easily Wednesday when the drug bust came to them for a change.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Baby survives Highway 14 crash that killed her parents

A baby girl pulled from the wreckage of a Highway 14 crash that killed her parents suffered major injuries - including some broken bones - but was recovering Wednesday, law enforcement officers said.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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