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You'll have to get past this man

If a line is being drawn in the sand anywhere in Los Angeles County, Sandor Winger is the man who draws that line.

His official title is "Executive Director of the Local Agency Formation Commission for the County of Los Angeles."

May 31, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rio Norte drama teacher sings praises of musicals

"High School Musical" isn't just a hit kid's movie, it's a way of life for the drama students at Rio Norte Junior High School.

May 30, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Homeowners getting rebate

It's not just a federal stimulus check that's going to be in the mailbox this spring.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Santa Clarita homeowners are expected to receive refunds averaging around $660 per household following an ongoing reassessment of diminished local property values.

May 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water agency offers toilet rebates

The rush for a better flush has prompted local water officials to offer Santa Clarita Valley homeowners a second batch of toilet rebate vouchers.

May 28, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local agency looks to buy 3.7M bath tubs of water

There's a sale on water right now in Yuba County, and local water officials are expected to take full advantage of the deal.

May 27, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


State panel reviews anti-pervert bill

An anti-pervert bill drafted by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth has been reviewed by the Public Safety Committee in Sacramento.

May 27, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wilk working on water agency project wish list

Lobbyist Scott Wilk is assuming a key role at the Virginia-based consulting firm hired by the Castaic Lake Water Agency to secure funding for key projects such as perchlorate cleanup and wastewater treatment.

May 26, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


County Board looks at public safety

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected today to vote on two public safety motions that could benefit the Santa Clarita Valley.

May 26, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


$380K spent on advice

The Castaic Lake Water Agency paid more for consultants in January than any other single expenditure outside of water received through the State Water Contract.

May 23, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Attorney withdraws olive branch to self-described pedophile

Whatever olive branch was extended to self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan by the local attorney working to keep him away from Santa Clarita children has since been withdrawn.

May 21, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


L.A. city council kills Las Lomas

LOS ANGELES - Las Lomas is dead.

May 21, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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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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