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Cemex bill will have another go in Congress

Santa Clarita city planners are optimistic that the latest version of the Cemex bill, which Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., introduced to Congress on Thursday, will stand on its merits, offering a way out of the impasse between the city and the Mexican mining firm.

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


Leaders decry water-fee hike

The local Economic Development Corp. wants the Santa Clarita Valley's water wholesaler to wait a year before it raises fees charged to land developers.

April 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTED: Neighbor irked over Castaic high site

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the complete date listed on Lombardi's letter. It is dated Feb. 16, 2010.

April 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drought’s over, but still time to save

Water officials vow to continue treating local water as a scarce and precious resource even though the statewide drought is, according to Gov. Jerry Brown, officially over.

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


A new perchlorate-level predicament

Corporations that make or use perchlorate are disputing the science behind a state study of the salt that says acceptable amounts in drinking water should be substantially reduced.

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


SCV comes together for Acosta

From morning prayers in a Canyon Country church to a sunny hillside on the other side of town where he was laid to rest, the last day of March in the Santa Clarita Valley was devoted to the memory of fallen U.S. Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta.

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


Low levels of pollutant won’t harm

Pregnant women in the Santa Clarita Valley need not worry about extremely low levels of perchlorate adversely affecting them or their unborn children, a Boston study examining four world cities concludes.

March 31, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


State to look at library bill

Voters would decide whether a city can pull out of a larger county library system and contract out the operation of its own system under legislation proposed by a Ventura County assemblyman.

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


Local man sets self on fire for world record attempt

A Santa Clarita Valley stuntman blazed his way into a world record book Sunday, having endured flames to his entire body for the longest time on record.

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


State to take look at chloride

Assemblyman Jared Huffman said it's time state legislators consider pulling the power plug on regional water boards that enforce different standards on things such as chloride water levels.

March 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Acosta: In honor of a friend, teammate, patriot

Against the backdrop of a house-sized American flag, among veterans arriving in the uniforms of previous battles, it was clear at his candlelight vigil that Specialist Rudy A. Acosta was a respected and admired soldier for his country.

March 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Acosta: ‘Our son was a hero’

The inspiration and courage that came to define local fallen soldier Rudy A. Acosta will be formally recognized next week, when he will be honored posthumously with both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals, his father said Wednesday.

March 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jim Holt: Civic lessons straight from the Capitol

SACRAMENTO - I've been here before.

March 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Local Columns


Santa Claritans bus it to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO - State politicians got a busload of Santa Clarita Valley on Monday when more then 70 city delegates arrived, each with an agenda.

March 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Salty talks tabled for time being

Talks of raising sewer rates to build two salt-ridding reverse-osmosis plants won't resume until all chloride reports are in, officials said Friday.

March 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Insult to injury: Bouquet Canyon gates closed for 5 days

Scores of Bouquet Canyon residents frustrated over the five-day closure of their only access road can expect similar inconveniences in the future as water officials work to further reduce a "trickle" causing road problems, county sources said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 13-year-old Canyon student in custody over online threats

A 13-year-old Canyon High School student was arrested Monday for making threats after he allegedly texted a message about school violence to a friend, who posted the message on Instagram, officials said.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Many SCV parents still concerned following online threats

Jittery parents voiced concerns about student safety Monday outside Valencia High School after a weekend punctuated by online death threats leveled at students in particular, culminating in Sunday's announced arrest of a 15-year-old.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teen’s threats stir Santa Clarita Valley

A 15-year-old Canyon Country boy was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of posting threats against students online through Instagram, following a swift and overwhelming response by sheriff's deputies to calls from "hundreds" of concerned parents, according to parents and local deputies.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Coroner identifies man found with throat slit

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroners Department have identified the man found with his throat slit inside a Valencia business's bathroom Thursday as a 41-year-old Hispanic man, a Department spokesman said Sunday.

August 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


BREAKING NEWS: Canyon Country Boy arrested in connection with Instagram threats

A 15-year-old Canyon Country boy was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of posting threats against students online through Instagram, officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

August 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall County Water District amends watering schedule

Anyone who gets their water from Newhall County District Water doesn't have to worry about the proposed watering schedule as long as they shut off their sprinklers and use a garden hose to water their yards, according a resolution adopted by the District's board Thursday.

August 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man found with throat slit inside Valencia business

A man was found with his throat slit inside a Valencia business's bathroom Thursday, Sheriff's Department homicide detectives said.

August 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic woman faces kidnapping charge Friday

A 43-year-old Castaic woman arrested Wednesday on suspicion of kidnapping a motorist at gunpoint is scheduled to appear in court Friday on a felony charge of kidnapping, according to court documents.

August 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Water Division approved watering schedule

Watering your lawn every other day and never on Saturday's became a locally-enforced ordinance Thursday night for Santa Clarita Valley residents who get their water from the Santa Clarita Water Division.

August 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Not guilty plea entered on Bouquet Canyon Road reckless driving charge

One of two people arrested in June on suspicion they were driving recklessly in a show of speed on Bouquet Canyon Road pleaded not guilty to the charge in court Wednesday, a spokesman for he Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

August 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials list some exemptions to drought rules

Santa Clarita Valley residents who have cut their water consumption by 20 percent over the past year will be exempt from watering schedule restrictions - and from the fines they carry, water officials said Tuesday.

August 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man held for trial in BB gun shooting incident

A Valencia man arrested in May on suspicion he wounded a woman in her eye during a road rage incident has been ordered to stand trial on the charges filed against him.

August 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tempers high during Acton-Agua Dulce bullet train meeting

Acton residents sent a message loud and clear to California High-Speed Rail Authority officials Monday night: we don't want your stinking train.

August 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County workers hunt for pit bulls

Worried the dogs might chase and attack again, county animal control officers scoured the Santa Clara River wash Monday searching for a pair of pit bulls, a spokeswoman said.

August 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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