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Starting the season

The local hospital's elegantly decorated tree might be the centerpiece of Santa Clarita Valley's holiday season, but Santa Claus apparently remains the star attraction.

December 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Overnight winds shake up SCV

Heavy winds are being blamed for toppling trees, downing wires and knocking out electrical power briefly in the Santa Clarita Valley Wednesday night and early Thursday, officials report.

December 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dream Act drives petition

Republican leaders were out in force Wednesday trying to convince people in a Stevenson Ranch parking lot to sign a petition against the Dream Act, designed to help the children of illegal immigrants attend state college.

December 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Additional county money authorized for two SCV road projects

County supervisors have authorized increases to construction contracts awarded for two roadwork projects in the Santa Clarita Valley.

November 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Father and son safe after harrowing lake rescue

A father and son whose small inflatable boat was blown off course Wednesday afternoon on Pyramid Lake are safe today following a harrowing rescue in high winds, a sheriff's official said.

November 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Antonovich rails against prison realignment

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said he wants the state to stop dumping violent offenders in Los Angeles County.

November 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


DUIs lead holiday weekend arrests

More than 60 percent of all arrests over the Thanksgiving weekend in the Santa Clarita Valley were for suspected drunken driving, according to the Inmate Information Center of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

November 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Patricia McKeon on the issues

On the economy: "Our big problem in the state is jobs, and it really isn't jobs - it's industry. We are pushing businesses out at a horrible rate. If you don't have industry in California, you don't have jobs. So bringing back industry to California has to do with less regulation, less taxation."

November 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon aims for state Assembly seat

Assembly candidate Patricia McKeon says she's busy, tough-skinned and eager to embrace comparisons drawn between her and her congressman husband.

November 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: CHP respond to car in ravine

No one was injured in a solo traffic collision in Castaic this morning that sent a car over the side of the road into a ravine, a California Highway Patrol officer reported.

November 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Funeral procession held to honor deputy

Some Newhall residents witnessing an elaborate funeral procession this morning were worried a law enforcement officer had just been killed.

November 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water rates may rise

Residents of Acton and Val Verde could end up paying more for their water after the county supervisors vote on a recommendation to raise rates in those areas.

November 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Merriment on the Metrolink

While kids for centuries have waited for Santa at Christmas, every year for the last 15 years kids in the Santa Clarita Valley have also waited for the jolly man to arrive ahead of schedule on a train bedecked with wreaths and lights.

November 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jackknifed pickup truck ties up traffic on Highway 14

A warm sunny afternoon Sunday turned into some tense moments for a family traveling with a trailer that jackknifed on Highway 14, authorities said.

November 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspected car burglars arrested

A foot chase through the backyards of Valencia homes before the sun came up Sunday netted three suspected car burglars.

November 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Body found in Newhall apartment fire

The discovery of a body inside a burning Newhall apartment is under investigation by homicide detectives and arson investigators, county fire and coroner officials said Tuesday.

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


UPDATE: SCV Sheriff's Station weekend saturation patrol nets 10 arrests

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies arrested 10 people during a weekend "saturation patrol" aimed at getting under-the-influence drivers off the road, a sheriff's spokesman said Monday.

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


Car found abandoned in ravine

California Highway Patrol officers are looking into the circumstances surrounding a black Corvette found abandoned at the bottom of a ravine along Bouquet Creek over the weekend, according to the CHP.

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


Twin sisters recount the Holocaust

Twin sisters Rita Kahane and Serena Rubin told a small congregation at Beth Shalom Sunday how lucky they were to have survived several life-threatening moments during the Holocaust, most notably perhaps being the day Nazi doctor Josef Mengele came looking for twins.

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


Another arrest in billboard showdown

A continuing battle over the Santa Clarita City Council's decision to approve electronic billboards along local freeways resulted in another arrest this weekend and a face-to-face showdown between billboard supporters and opponents on the dusty Western streets at the 21st annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival on Saturday.

April 26, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Giddyup Santa Clarita

Amid the charcoal smell of barbecues, the twirl of parasols and the jingling of spurs, thousands attended the 21st annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival on Saturday and enjoyed a sunny day of Western culture.

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


Lawsuit: ‘Fiscal integrity’ of SCV water service threatened

One of Santa Clarita Valley's four water retailers is suing the agency from which it buys a portion of its water, claiming the Castaic Lake Water Agency illegally purchased the Valencia Water Company, another water retailer.

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


3 arrested so far in ongoing billboard dispute

The ongoing Santa Clarita Valley dispute over electronic billboards between those petitioning against them and the "petition blockers" rallying in their support has netted three arrests and spurred several confrontations at local stores, a sheriff's official confirmed Friday.

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


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