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Officials ask for input on districts

The commission that drew proposed new electoral lines for state and congressional districts is now inviting the public to comment on those lines before finalizing its maps.

June 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Body of missing Santa Clarita woman found

The body of a Canyon Country woman was found by public works employees on a rocky, isolated area in the Angeles National Forest earlier this week, sheriff's officials said Saturday.

June 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Moviemakers arrested on fraud charges

Two local men are among 18 people arrested this week for allegedly fleecing $25 million from would-be movie investors through a telemarketing scam.

June 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon to honor appointees

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is expected to honor more than a dozen U.S. Military Service Academy appointees at a special luncheon Saturday.

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


SCV encouraged to give input on district lines

The commission that drew proposed new electoral lines for state and congressional districts is now inviting the public to comment on those lines before finalizing its maps.

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


Oldest part of Valencia may be merged into SFV

The original Valencia Old Orchard housing tract joins Newhall in a proposed new congressional district linked with the San Fernando Valley under a tentative plan submitted for public discussion by the citizens' commission for redistricting.

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


Locals upset over coyotes

A string of recent dog-nappings - with coyotes thought to be the likely culprit - has homeowners in Fair Oaks concerned.

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


New plan may stop water fines

In a race to ward off hefty state water fines threatened over chloride levels, local sanitation officials are pinning their hopes on a consultant's plan that re-examines water delivered here from Northern California.

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


Kids step into ring to join social circle

The girl's nose was bloody.

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


Water deal looks to flush out debt issues

Local water officials, having firmed up a closer relationship with the Devil's Den Water District, are now working to transform the former cotton farm into a juggernaut of power, water, energy and savings.

June 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV mostly intact ... so far

As requested, the Santa Clarita Valley remained mostly intact during the first round of redrawing legislative districts, according to preliminary maps released Friday.

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


County talks library services

DeleteLos Angeles County officials planning a Stevenson Ranch library this week presented a menu of book-loaning services to residents hungry to read and ready to consume.

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


Officials: Patients’ privacy breached

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital could soon be fined for breaching patient privacy during a 2009 incident, hospital officials said Wednesday.

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


Clock ticking on chloride fines

Local sanitation officials have 18 days to come up with an acceptable plan for reducing chloride discharged into the Santa Clara River watershed or face fines of $10,000 a day for each of two water treatment plants, The Signal has learned.

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


A shell shock stop

The county's mussel-fighting efforts thus far hinge on a single question that boat ramp staff asked visitors at Castaic Lake's main boat launch Saturday.

June 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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One sentenced following arrest during Santa Clarita billboard signature-gathering process

Of the eight people arrested during 10 days of signature-gathering at local stores only one has been prosecuted, found guilty and sentenced to three days in jail, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

May 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Manner of death ‘undetermined’ in case of Castaic boy found in washing machine

Investigators with the county coroner's office have closed their case on 8-year-old Cole Hartman - the Santa Clarita Valley youngster found face-down and submerged in a water-filled washing machine last summer - without declaring the autistic boy's death an accident, suicide or homicide.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Suspect escapes deputies by bolting across I-5

A man arrested on Interstate 5 Wednesday on suspicion of transporting drugs kicked out the rear window of the cruiser he was placed in and ran across the entire freeway to escape sheriff's deputies, officials said.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man who struggled with arresting officers gets 38 months in prison

An Azusa man initially charged with seven offenses has been sentenced to 38 months in state prison after pleading no contest to just two of the charges - evading an officer and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia Water Company: Down to the gallon

For water company customers who respond "How much is that?" when told to reduce consumption by 20 percent, Valencia Water Company says it has the exact answer.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No gun found following report of possible weapon spotted near Sierra Vista

Reports of a student in possession of a gun near Sierra Vista Junior High School Tuesday prompted swift response by local sheriff's deputies, but no weapon was found, school and law enforcement sources said.

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


Crash in Valencia today snarls traffic

Lunchtime traffic was tied up on Creekside Road at Valencia Boulevard today following a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

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


Body in charred Newhall apartment remains unidentified

A week after finding the body of a man inside a burning Newhall apartment, investigators with the county Coroner's Department have still to identify the victim, a department spokesman said Monday.

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


UPDATE: Santa Clarita: Billboard petitions have sufficient signatures

After estimating the number of signatures on 15 of 28 boxes of billboard petitions turned in at City Hall today, Santa Clarita city officials declared a minimim number of signatures had been collected to send the issue up to the next level: verification of those signatures by Los Angeles County officials.

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


Taste of the Town returns to Valencia

Santa Clarita is 'sweet' according to thousands who attended the 26th annual Taste of the Town event in Valencia Sunday.

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


Wings for Life World Run draws hundreds to Santa Clarita

In the dead of the night, more than 1,100 runners gathered at Westfield Valencia Town Center to compete in an event embraced simultaneously by runners in 35 cities around the world, all to raise money for research into spinal cord injury.

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


Crash victim gets some helping hands

One man was injured and taken to the hospital Thursday after his truck left the southbound lanes of Highway 14 and crashed on an embankment, prompting about a dozen concerned witnesses to stop and hold his truck stationary, according to the emergency response officials.

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


Group of alleged petition 'blockers' arrested

Local sheriff's deputies have arrested three more alleged petition "blockers" as the deadline approaches for petitioners seeking to overturn a city ordinance allowing electronic billboards, sheriff's documents show.

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


Thirsty bullet thief sought

A thief who apparently became thirsty after he kicked down the door of a local gun club and stole more than 3,000 bullets may be undone by fingerprints lifted off a refrigerator door, according to documents at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

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


High winds topple trees in SCV

Severe winds knocked down at least a dozen trees and tree limbs across the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday, sending some crashing onto roads and created traffic hazards, city and fire officials said.

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


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