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McLean rails against state demands made without funds

Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Marsha McLean called on California cities Wednesday at a San Diego conference to stand up to projects forced by the state without funding by proposing a resolution to demand funding for any state-imposed duty or obligation.

September 16, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Natural-gas lines under scrutiny

Could the Santa Clarita Valley fall victim to a massive natural gas explosion like the one that killed four people in San Bruno last week?

September 16, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A blast from the past

If something goes "boom" in the hills east of Railroad Avenue, do not be alarmed. It's simply cleanup crews dismantling and removing unexploded munitions found on the Whittaker-Bermite site.

September 13, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


9/11 events honor victims, the first responders and others who have given their lives

Three thousand miles away and nine years later, the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks were remembered throughout Santa Clarita Valley.

September 12, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


In remembrance of their sacrifice

From the tragic minutes that unfolded nine years ago on Sept. 11 to the tragic minutes that recently claimed the life of a local, young United States Marine Corps hero, first responders to the terrorist attacks and our latest responders were remembered Saturday.

September 12, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No fine lines for water board

Water-law enforcers have hit the Santa Clarita Valley with some of the largest fines in Southern California during the past few years, including a half-million-dollar fine against the city and close to a million dollars in penalties against Six Flags, The Signal has recently learned.

September 12, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water board levies four more fines

A nonprofit marine institute devoted to understanding and minimizing human impact on oceans is among the latest agencies to be fined by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board for polluting water.

September 09, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Smyth to float bill

Santa Clarita Valley Assemblyman Cameron Smyth wants the regional water boards that issue "devastating fines" against small towns to be more accountable to the public and is calling on an oversight body to see that it happens.

August 30, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The faces behind the fines

Santa Clarita Valley has a chance to control its own water destiny this fall when most of the seats on the ruling water board come up for grabs.

August 29, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crashed and burned

An explosive, fiery crash shut down Highway 14 for hours and sent a truck driver to the hospital Wednesday after his big rig, which was hauling several cars, reportedly collided with a parked Caltrans truck north of Sand Canyon Road, authorities said.

August 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No silver bullet for salt

After talking to farmers, water officials, engineers, scientists and city officials from the San Joaquin Delta to the Pacific Ocean, a monthlong investigation by The Signal into chloride in the Santa Clara River and those who enforce a clean water balance comes down to one simple observation: We're adding too much salt to our state.

August 22, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Salt-of-the-earth solution

DIXON - If you take Interstate 80 from Oakland to Sacramento, you'll pass near the tiny farming town of Dixon.

August 20, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


High cost of compliance

FILLMORE – Never has the Santa Clara River been filtered so vigorously, so urgently and at such great cost to tiny towns as it has in the last two years.

August 18, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV challenges water cops

At a raucous public hearing in July, Santa Clarita Valley residents made it clear they have no intention of shelling out $210 million from their own pockets so farmers downstream can raise salt-sensitive crops in the Santa Clara River Valley.

August 16, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Patented rides

A Santa Clarita man has reinvented the wheel - and put a bicycle seat on it.

August 16, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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State officials still inspecting amusement park following coaster crash

State inspectors returned to Six Flags Magic Mountain Wednesday as they continued their assessment of the Ninja roller coaster ride derailed Monday by a falling tree.

July 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV Sheriff's Deputies arrest bank employee

A Santa Clarita Valley bank employee has been arrested on suspicion of using bank information to steal thousands of dollars from customers, a sheriff's deputy said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Resident delivers explosives to SCV Sheriff’s Station

A woman found a box marked "explosives" in a storage unit and took it to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Wednesday, prompting a swift response by sheriff's bomb squad detectives.

July 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Grease police on the case of the purloined cooking oil

The "grease police" are helping Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies catch cooking oil thieves who made off with 100 gallons of the stuff from a fast-food restaurant in Canyon Country, a spokesman for the specialized investigative unit said Tuesday.

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


UPDATE: Ninja coaster remains closed as officials investigate fallen tree that left riders stranded

A state public safety agency wants to know what made a tree fall on the Ninja roller coaster ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain, derailing the first car and injuring two occupants.

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


UPDATE: SCV Boys & Girls Club CEO resigns

Sandra E. Silva, who was selected in March to replace Jim Ventress and head up the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, has resigned the position, club officials announced Tuesday.

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


UPDATE: 2 injured, riders stranded on Magic Mountain ride

Two young men sitting in the first car of the Ninja roller coaster were hurt in an accident at Six Flags Magic Mountain late Monday afternoon, which stranded 22 people on the thrill ride for more than two and a half hours, according to park and fire officials.

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


2 more arrests in bike path robberies

Local sheriff's deputies investigating recent robberies reported on bike paths in Canyon Country have arrested another man and another juvenile bringing the number of people arrested in the crackdown to six, said the detective heading the investigation.

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


Man arrested in Airsoft gun assault, burglary

A 22-year-old man arrested in connection with a burglary at a store that sells Airsoft guns was also arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting a man with such a gun earlier the same night, according to sheriff and court records.

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


UPDATE: Santa Clarita Valley water agency launches buy-your-lawn program

Attention, drought-conscious ratepayers: local water wholesalers want to buy your lawn.

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


Law enforcement: Man arrested with heroin, hand gun on Valencia street

A man was arrested on suspicion of possessing both heroin and a loaded handgun inside a vehicle parked on a residential street in Valencia, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Monday.

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


CLWA's mammoth water tank covers need replacing

Local water officials are having a tough time finding ways to replace two 15-million-gallon water tank covers crucial to ensuring drinking water quality in the Santa Clarita Valley as the drought deepens and revenue slows.

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


CLWA's mammoth water tank covers need replacing

Local water officials are having a tough time finding ways to replace two 15-million-gallon water tank covers crucial to ensuring drinking water quality in the Santa Clarita Valley as the drought deepens and revenue slows.

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


1 injured in solo motorcycle crash near Agua Dulce

A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital Sunday after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed through a chain-link fence near Agua Dulce.

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


No mandatory water cutbacks expected in SCV unless winter 2014-15 is dry

Even though the water in Castaic Lake continues to recede and the protracted statewide drought deepens, local water officials say Santa Clarita Valley residents are still a year away from the possibility of mandatory water conservation.

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


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