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500k people in the SCV?

If you ever get frustrated driving across McBean Parkway at rush hour and wonder just how big Santa Clarita Valley will likely get, city planners have the answer.

Take all the people in Santa Clarita Valley and double that number - that's the biggest Santa Clarita Valley will ever get, they say.

July 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Groundwater bill examined

Groundwater is stirring up deep opposition and resentment among some Santa Clarita residents who fear the resource is being manipulated by local water officials in order to facilitate more urban development.

July 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Back to court for Castro

SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband will be tried a second time.

Superior Court Judge Burt Pines ordered a new trial for Esperanza Castro Friday morning, three full weeks after her first trial ended in a hung jury.

July 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Choir reaches high note at competition

If choir competitors could be judged the same as their peers in sports, then the Valencia High School Women's Choir just scored a touchdown, a home run and the last-second winning basket at a meet last weekend near San Francisco.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New war on water bubbling locally?

The hydra, according to Greek mythology, is an ancient serpent-like water beast with many heads that guarded the entrance to the Underworld.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castro to be retried for husband's murder

SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband will be tried a second time.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pedophile may still be stalking SCV kids

He likes little girls.

He likes to watch them at parks, in libraries, at bowling allies - anywhere little girls play.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Web site to warn about predators

The fight to oppose self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan has become a battle in cyberspace as concerned mothers take a stand on the Internet.

Since the beginning of the year, McClellan, 45, has repeatedly set up Web sites catering to pedophiles, creating new sites as his existing ones are shut down.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawyers seek injunction against pedophile

Parents concerned about self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan returning to Santa Clarita can join lawyers in court Friday when they ask a federal judge for an injunction against the man.

Area lawyers Anthony D. Zinnanti and Richard Patterson filed a restraining order against McClellan on Tuesday in a bid to bar him from places in Santa Clarita where children gather and stop him from taking photographs of them.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pedophile incites action

Two local lawyers are mad as hell about self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan promising to return to Santa Clarita and they're not going to take it anymore.

Anthony D. Zinnanti and Richard Patterson, who each have law offices in the Valencia Oaks Building on Valencia Boulevard, on Tuesday filed a restraining order against McClellan in Los Angeles Superior Court at the courthouse in Chatsworth.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pedophile plans to revisit SCV

Self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan plans to return to Santa Clarita but not anytime soon.

"I will be back there one day," he told The Signal in a phone interview Monday. "But, I want to assure everyone that I'm not going to do anything crazy."

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


40 years later: A return to Vietnam

Vietnam War veteran Bill Reynolds stood in a rice paddy on June 19, 2007, holding a piece of paper with the names of fallen American soldiers.

His hands shook and his voice flattened as he steadied himself, ready to read the names after 40 years.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | A Closer Look


Escape from tyranny

U Mya Win steps into the sunshine at his home in Canyon Country, 12,000 miles from Burma and from what the world officially calls Myanmar.

He stands by a row of healthy low-hanging plants, arms behind his back.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Choir reaches high note at competition

If choir competitors could be judged the same as their peers in sports, then the Valencia High School Women's Choir just scored a touchdown, a home run and the last-second winning basket at a meet last weekend near San Francisco.

July 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Money for local perchlorate not likely

Lobbyists hired by the Castaic Lake Water Agency foresee a tough time getting funds to clean up perchlorate in Santa Clarita groundwater as long as the Democratic nomination race dominates the political scene in Washington.

July 16, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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More for less?

As one of the worst droughts on record deepens, and water levels at Castaic Lake continue to drop, Santa Clarita Valley ratepayers could find themselves paying more for their water as a result, water officials said.

May 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man dies after crash at off-roading park

An off-roading enthusiast died Sunday following a crash at the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreational Area entrance near Gorman, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Coroner said.

May 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Detectives checking reports that missing Saugus High School grad has been found

Homicide detectives looking for a Saugus High School grad who went missing from her current home in Brentwood Saturday are now checking reports the woman has been found safe, according to an officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

May 25, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sylmar man killed in crash near Calgrove Saturday night

A Saturday night single-vehicle traffic collision on Interstate 5 near Calgrove Boulevard has claimed the life of a 33-year-old Dale James Starn of Sylmar.

May 25, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspect sought in Newhall cold case

A man nearly killed 16 years ago when he was viciously stabbed in his Newhall home called a local sheriff's lieutenant recently with a simple message for investigators, said Deputy Josh Dubin.

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


Jury selection begins in trial of Valencia man accused in jail corruptions probe

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a Valencia man named as a central figure in a corruptions probe involving the Los Angeles County jail system.

May 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Two sheriff's deputies injured in Castaic traffic collision

Two local sheriff's deputies were injured, and one was taken to the hospital, Wednesday morning when their cruiser and a glass company truck collided in Castaic.

May 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Valencia man charged with shooting woman, others with BB gun

A 28-year-old Valencia man was charged Wednesday for an alleged road rage incident in Stevenson Ranch Saturday in which a woman suffered a serious injury to her eye. The suspect, if convicted, could face multiple life terms in state prison, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

May 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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