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Officials hunt for chloride culprits

With a looming deadline to comply with water standards or pay up, local sanitation district and city officials are teaming up to track down scofflaws still using salt-discharging water softeners.

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


Natural predators an aspect of Santa Clarita Valley life

One morning last week Fair Oaks Ranch resident Jenifer Ranieri was exercising while her five kids headed outside to play.

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


Guns, drugs and fake cash found in raid

Drugs, firearms, stolen property and counterfeit bills were among the items seized during a recent raid on a Canyon Country house. Seven suspects were arrested.

June 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials ask for input on districts

The commission that drew proposed new electoral lines for state and congressional districts is now inviting the public to comment on those lines before finalizing its maps.

June 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Body of missing Santa Clarita woman found

The body of a Canyon Country woman was found by public works employees on a rocky, isolated area in the Angeles National Forest earlier this week, sheriff's officials said Saturday.

June 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Moviemakers arrested on fraud charges

Two local men are among 18 people arrested this week for allegedly fleecing $25 million from would-be movie investors through a telemarketing scam.

June 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon to honor appointees

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is expected to honor more than a dozen U.S. Military Service Academy appointees at a special luncheon Saturday.

June 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV encouraged to give input on district lines

The commission that drew proposed new electoral lines for state and congressional districts is now inviting the public to comment on those lines before finalizing its maps.

June 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Oldest part of Valencia may be merged into SFV

The original Valencia Old Orchard housing tract joins Newhall in a proposed new congressional district linked with the San Fernando Valley under a tentative plan submitted for public discussion by the citizens' commission for redistricting.

June 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Locals upset over coyotes

A string of recent dog-nappings - with coyotes thought to be the likely culprit - has homeowners in Fair Oaks concerned.

June 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New plan may stop water fines

In a race to ward off hefty state water fines threatened over chloride levels, local sanitation officials are pinning their hopes on a consultant's plan that re-examines water delivered here from Northern California.

June 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kids step into ring to join social circle

The girl's nose was bloody.

June 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water deal looks to flush out debt issues

Local water officials, having firmed up a closer relationship with the Devil's Den Water District, are now working to transform the former cotton farm into a juggernaut of power, water, energy and savings.

June 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV mostly intact ... so far

As requested, the Santa Clarita Valley remained mostly intact during the first round of redrawing legislative districts, according to preliminary maps released Friday.

June 11, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County talks library services

DeleteLos Angeles County officials planning a Stevenson Ranch library this week presented a menu of book-loaning services to residents hungry to read and ready to consume.

June 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Personal documents rival loot on burglars’ to-get lists

Burglars and thieves are finding a new treasure trove of loot in Santa Clarita Valley homes and cars, not hidden away in safes or shoeboxes, but rather in plain sight on desk tops or tucked away in desk drawers. That treasure is personal information.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV gets sprinkled

The spattering of rain that fell on the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend amounted to just one hundreth of an inch as the statewide drought deepens, a spokeswoman for the National Weather Service said.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Questions linger years after man’s murder

On Feb. 5, 2011, thousands across the country got together with friends to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday. Ricardo Lopez got together with friends too - and was never seen again.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Jewish community shows support for Israel

Santa Clarita Valley's Jewish community showed its support for Israel Sunday when rabbis from three congregations spearheaded a demonstration of unity.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man injured in solo vehicle crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road

One man was injured and taken to the hospital Sunday morning following a single-car crash on San Franciscquito Canyon Road, fire officials said.

August 03, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Sex offender takes deal for 12 years

A Valencia registered sex offender, accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, has accepted a deal offered by prosecutors calling for a 12-year prison term, court officials said Thursday.

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


Santa Clarita Valley faces landscape-watering limitations

Under a plan proposed to meet state water-use demands, Santa Clarita Valley lawns could soon be watered only every other day - and never on Saturday.

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


Jury selection begins in SCV child annoyance case

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a local registered sex offender accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, a court bailiff said.

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


One injured in crash involving sheriff’s vehicle

One person was injured and taken to the hospital shortly after noon today following a two-car traffic collision involving a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's station vehicle, according emergency response crew officials.

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


SCV water officials puzzle over how to become water cops

When California water officials approved strict emergency water conservation regulations earlier this month, they put the responsibility of enforcing those rules on local water agencies.

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


UPDATE: Body found near Gorman ID’d as Los Angeles man

Homicide detectives have identified the murder victim whose skeletal remains were found near Gorman, a detective heading up the investigation said Monday.

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


Canyon Country school vandalized; loss more than $10,000

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives are looking for at least three youths who broke into and trashed a Canyon Country school last week, causing more than $10,000 in loss due to damage and stolen property.

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


Strangers seek to help baby girl orphaned in crash

Women profoundly affected by reports of a baby girl orphaned in an Acton traffic collision last week have expressed a desire to somehow help the little girl who survived and contribute to a fund in her name, The Signal has learned.

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


Detectives make ID of John Doe

Homicide detectives trying to unravel the story behind skeletal remains of murder victim found near Gorman five months ago now know who their victim is, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department.

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


Family comes forward for orphaned baby

Baby Violeta Martinez was just learning to walk when Tuesday's fatal crash in Acton claimed the lives of her parents, relatives of the orphaned girl said Thursday.

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


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