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District lines take shape

The redrawn electoral maps for state Assembly and Senate and for congressional districts have been certified, but a few challenges remain to the state's first citizens-drawn districts.

November 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A House (very recently) divided

One morning, Congressman Elton Gallegly woke up in his Simi Valley home in his 24th Congressional District.

November 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CHP receives state funds for DUI enforcement

The local fight to curb drunken driving got a boost from the federal government this week with the announcement of grants aimed at pumping up sobriety checkpoints.

November 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies investigate attempted kidnapping

Sheriff's deputies are looking for a Hispanic man in his late 30s in connection with an attempted kidnapping in Canyon Country this morning.

November 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man injured after crashing into Caltrans truck

A Lancaster man was taken to the hospital late Tuesday after a car reportedly ran into the back of a Caltrans truck assigned to "re-stripping" a portion of Highway 14 in the Newhall area, California Patrol Officers said.

November 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Brown's attorney says she won't get the 'Lindsay Lohan treatment'

The young woman sentenced in connection with the Independence Day traffic death of a Newhall mother of three won't be out of jail anytime soon, her lawyer says.

November 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Motorcyclist sought in dragnet in Valencia

A motorcyclist hit another motorist and then crashed his bike after fleeing the scene Monday, then took off on foot into the Santa Clara River bed and eluded deputies.

November 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County planners OK light pollution districts

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission has adopted a resolution that promises to cut down on light pollution in outlying areas of the county, including some in the Santa Clarita Valley.

November 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Reflection of quality

Working together and working hard are what earned McGrath Elementary School its Blue Ribbon status recently, and on Sunday the school's teachers, parents and students applied that same work ethic to raise money for a "well-deserved" party.

November 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Church hosts holiday boutique

Scores of visitors to the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church got an early feel for Christmas on Sunday when they attended a boutique at the church.

November 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Group hosts meal to raise funds for wounded vets

Sunday breakfast with the local Elks proved both tasty and rewarding.

November 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stories of their service

From poetry and sketches to story-telling, Spam-eating and cake-cutting, World War II vets are giving Santa Clarita Valley residents a chance to see, hear and taste the war from their perspective this Veterans Day.

November 11, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver gets 99 days in July 4 crash

SAN FERNANDO - After an emotional morning of tears and apology for having taken the life of Matilde Garnica with her car on Independence Day last year, Melissa Brown was handcuffed and led from Superior Court to begin serving 99 days in the county jail.

November 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Melissa Brown apologizes to Garnica family during sentencing hearing

SAN FERNANDO - Melissa Brown stood up in San Fernando Superior Court today and faced the family of the woman whose life she took with her car on Independence Day last year.

November 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drive on to repeal Dream Act

Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon is supporting a drive to repeal the "Dream Act," which is designed to help illegal immigrants attend California college.

November 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Plea deal deadline arrives in murder-for-hire case

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his model wife is expected to announce his decision today about a plea deal offered to him by prosecutors.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Dodger Steve Garvey speaks at Congregation Beth Shalom

When 10-time All-Star and former Los Angeles Dodger Steve Garvey was asked to play first base back in 1973, Dodgers manager Walter "Smokey" Alston asked him if he had experience at the position.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Soccer tournament draws hundreds to SCV

The big winner of this year's SCV Magic Cup soccer tournament was, according to the mothers of hungry competing kids, local restaurants in the Santa Clarita Valley.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Suspect sought in attempted bank robbery

Detectives are investigating a bank robbery attempt Friday at the Valencia Promenade Plaza at one of Santa Clarita Valley's busiest intersections, according to bank and law enforcement sources.

June 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire doused in gym at The Master’s College

Santa Clarita Valley firefighters worked "delicately" to contain a small fire that broke out Thursday in the ceiling of the newly renovated gymnasium at The Master's College, a fire spokesman said.

June 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Students injured in car crash continue to improve

Five teenage girls injured in a late-night crash last weekend, including a Canyon High School sophomore who remains in the hospital in intensive care, continue to improve, according to a spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

June 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Attorney: COC working toward settlement in voting rights case

LOS ANGELES - The Santa Clarita Community College District is working toward a settlement to a lawsuit brought against the district alleging its election system violates minorities' voting rights, an attorney told a judge Wednesday in court.

June 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Outlaw motorcycle club affiliate arrested in Newhall bar stabbing

After a month-long investigation into the stabbing of a father and son outside a Newhall bar, Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives have arrested an affiliate of the outlawed Vagos Motorcycle Club on suspicion of attempted murder, a sheriff's spokesman said Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured in Highway 14 collision in SCV

A woman was injured and taken to the hospital Tuesday following a two-car traffic collision on Highway 14 near Golden Valley Road, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

June 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Teens in SCV weekend collision recovering

Two Santa Clarita Valley teens injured in a late-night crash last weekend were resting at home Monday, a third was due to go home and a fourth was released, although it was unclear whether she went home or to another hospital, officials said.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV sheriff’s detectives looking to snare mouse trap bandit

Bank robbers used sticky mouse traps to try to catch themselves some loot recently through the slot of a Santa Clarita Valley bank night deposit box.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ performances canceled at The Rep

Persistent heckling from an audience member during a performance of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" led to the shut-down of the production's remaining Santa Clarita Valley run.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Red-tagged house has rich history

Behind the shutters and the boarded up windows of a house on Bernina Avenue in Canyon Country, now red-tagged with "No trespassing" stickers, lies the history of a man who devoted his life to helping the unfortunate.

June 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nonprofit gives old dogs a new home

Everyone wants a puppy, no one wants an old dog - unless you happen to be Nancy Koch.

June 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 4 teens injured in Saturday night crash on Newhall Ranch Road

Four teenage girls were hurt – one with serious head injuries – when the driver of a Honda Accord apparently lost control of the car late Saturday night and slammed it into a light post on Newhall Ranch Road.

June 01, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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