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SunCal properties bankrupt

NorthLake in Castaic, a proposed development where a Castaic high school was planned for many years, is among more than a dozen SunCal properties that the developer placed in bankruptcy Thursday, a spokesman confirmed.

November 13, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bermite sale nixed

Developers shocked local officials when they announced Wednesday they would not purchase the contaminated 996-acre chunk of land in the middle of Santa Clarita.

November 13, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Shake, rattle & fake a quake

The overall fallout of the Great Southern California ShakeOut can be summed up: shaken, not stirred.

November 13, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Study: Air quality worst near freeways

When it comes to breathing in the Santa Clarita Valley, the most significant factor diminishing air quality and increasing the risk of cancer is microscopic cancer-causing chemicals released in the diesel emissions from trucks traveling along freeways.

November 12, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cemex probe in Europe won't affect SCV issues

An anti-trust investigation into Cemex SAB and a handful of other cement companies in Europe does not affect U.S. operations including a federal bill that would prevent a mine operation in Soledad Canyon, a company spokeswoman said.

November 12, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drought shuts down east valley well

Sporadic rain this past weekend and the "significant downpour" last weekend came just as plunging drought-critical water levels forced water officials to shut down a sputtering major well in the east end of the valley.

November 11, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LandSource Chap. 11 no bonus block

The top 10 employees of The Newhall Land and Farming Company are expected to receive their benefits and bonus money despite the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection petition filed in June by parent company LandSource Communities Development LLC, according to a recent decision handed down by a bankruptcy court judge.

November 10, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Board entering Devil’s Den

If the recent election wasn't harrowing enough, local water officials will enter the Devil's Den today.

November 08, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cops raid local investment firm

The owner of a local investment company raided Friday by detectives refused to give details about the early morning incidents.

November 07, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mental health center opens

Toni Otis suffered a mental breakdown in 2003. Now she's helping others avoid the same fate, and she'll have new facilities to work with.

November 07, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sales tax to rise to 8.75% for transit

A half-cent sales tax to improve transportation in Los Angeles County was among the measures approved by voters on Election Day.

November 06, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Voters approve Prop. 8

When it came to predicting a split vote on Proposition 8, the street corners of Santa Clarita said it all.

November 06, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff’s Station expanding

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives will soon be moving into some new digs since the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a request for 9,500 square-feet in additional office space Tuesday.

November 05, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water agency looking ahead

Perchlorate cleanup and new developer water fees are two issues topping the local water agency's agenda for the remainder of the year, said the agency's top official prior to an agenda-setting meeting Tuesday night.

November 04, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Towers upset neighbors

A monster stands 200-feet tall in the north end of Valencia, towering over the gray-haired men and women who look up at it in wonder and anger.

October 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Former pro wrestler Ultimate Warrior dies at 54

James Hellwig, better known as former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, has died, the WWE said. He was 54.

April 09, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Some precincts report heavy voting in Santa Clarita City Council election

Voter turnout for Tuesday's 2014 Santa Clarita City Council election was heavier than normal for at least some precincts during the day, poll workers said Tuesday, though others reported an average or light turnout.

April 08, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawsuits dominate Santa Clarita Valley water board agenda

The directors of Santa Clarita Valley's water wholesaler, Castaic Lake Water Agency, are likely to spend as much time on lawsuits at Wednesday night's meeting as they are on water issues.

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


UPDATE: Firefighters extinguish spot fire near Acton

Firefighters wasted no time extinguishing a "spot fire" near Highway 14 just north of Escondido Canyon Road Tuesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

April 08, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured, 2 arrested in Jakes Way street fight

A man being beaten up during a street fight in Canyon Country attempted to flee the scene in his vehicle and ran into a crowd of people, injuring a woman, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Monday.

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


Newhall man arrested on attempted murder charge

A Newhall woman was injured and rushed to the hospital with lacerations to her head and neck, a local sheriff's deputy said Monday.

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


Deputies investigating home egging incident

School bullies are suspected in the "egging" of a house and a car in Valencia last week, according to a report filed by a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Deputy who responded to the incident.

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


Vandals strike Castaic Elementary again

In what has become a monthly occurrence this year, vandals illegally entered Castaic Union School District classrooms recently, damaged property and, in the most recent case, rifled through the desks of at least two teachers, according to a report on file at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on Sunday.

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


Short-term fix for Bouquet water impasse moving ahead

A temporary quick fix to the Bouquet Canyon water impasse is under way, but a more permanent solution that would allow the creek to flow freely appears stymied for now, officials from various agencies said.

April 05, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drought bill targets homeowner association rules

A bill approved nearly unanimously by the Assembly on Thursday would protect people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping.

April 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial set to begin May 1 in SCV murder-for-hire case

Jury selection is scheduled to begin next month for a Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Thursday.

April 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tree that red-tagged two Saugus homes is reduced to firewood

The four-story-tall pine tree that fell on one Saugus house this week, smashing through its roof, and threatened a second home became firewood on Wednesday.

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


Saugus house red-tagged after tree topples on it

A Saugus family's home was red-tagged Monday after a tree blew over onto it, Santa Clarita and fire officials said.

March 31, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sprinkler program gets extension

Directors of the Santa Clarita Valley's water wholesaler have agreed to extend for another year a free water sprinkler program credited with conserving about 10 percent of water used by the average single-family household - one "smart sprinkler" at a time.

March 31, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita man dies in off-roading rollover

A 44-year-old Santa Clarita Valley man died this weekend after his SUV rolled backward down a hillside in the Rowher Flats Off-Highway Vehicle area in Canyon Country, according to the California Highway Patrol.

March 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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