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High-speed rail could be a boon for the SCV

High-speed trains zipping in and out of the Santa Clarita Valley would be a boon to the people who live and work here, chamber leaders say.

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


The push for a united SCV

Despite unified pleas from local residents to keep the Santa Clarita Valley within the same state elective district, early reports indicate the commission drawing new lines for Assembly and state Senate districts which may split up the valley.

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


Rail plans look at Grapevine commute

The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors in Sacramento approved a recommendation Thursday to prepare a conceptual study that would examine the possibility of a Grapevine-alignment alternative route which would follow Interstate 5 - and possibly have a station in the Santa Clarita Valley after all.

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


Second look at high speed rail through SCV

The California High Speed Rail Authority board will consider today studying a Grapevine-alignment alternate route, which would bring the multibillion-dollar train down the Grapevine and through the Santa Clarita Valley, with a possible station located in the vicinity, too.

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


Tug-of-war tax battle

Former state Sen. George Runner, R-Antelope Valley, says now that he's been elected to one of the state's tax boards, he enjoys fighting for taxpayers involved in disputes with the government.

May 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Locals hope SCV kept in one district

LANCASTER - State commissioners working to redraw California's electoral map asked local residents Sunday, the second day of their information-gathering tour, to describe the Santa Clarita Valley's growth.

May 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Locals discuss district desires

SAN FERNANDO - Santa Clarita Valley residents described their community as the "orphan" no one is talking about - or even thinking about - to the California Redistricting Commission on Saturday during the first of two meetings set to gather local input from the region.

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


Brothers guilty of murder

Brothers Christopher and Ralph Rosas, both of Canyon Country, were found guilty of murder this week for stabbing and bludgeoning to death Chris Rosas' business partner inside the Canyon Country bar they owned together.

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


L.A. remains tops in pollution

Santa Clarita Valley residents live next to the nation's dirtiest air polluter, according to the American Lung Association in its annual report on air quality.

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


Castaic housing greenlit by county

At a time when it seems no one is building much of anything anywhere, Castaic is getting a new neighborhood - or at least the green light to build one.

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


Chloride bill gets stalled

A recently introduced bill calling for a statewide chloride standard is already opposed by agriculture interests eager to sit down and talk before it becomes law, a local lawmaker said this week.

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


Turbo on the move at Placerita

If a groundhog wakes up after sleeping all winter and alerts the world to more winter when it sees its shadow, what does it mean when a tortoise sleeps all winter, opens its eyes and goes back to sleep?

April 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hospital to ditch ‘team nursing’

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital administrators are abandoning their "team nursing" program and introducing a more intimate model that allows nurses more time with fewer patients, hospital officials announced Thursday.

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


Official: State water plentiful

Water, water everywhere.

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


Cemex bill heads to committee

Santa Clarita city staff members are hoping for a chance to appear before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee so it can weigh in on the importance of the Cemex bill, officials said Wednesday.

April 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Appellate court rejects reversal in Newhall Ranch case

A California appellate court has ruled in favor of developers planning to build 21,000 homes on the banks of the Santa Clara River and has tossed out a 2012 court decision opposed to the project.

March 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vandals target cars parked in Castaic driveways

Less than a month after detectives stood amid the rubble of a Castaic classroom trashed by vandals, investigators are now probing three separate cases of car vandalism, with windows of at least two vehicles smashed in at Castaic homes, according to local sheriff's documents.

March 20, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bouquet cleanup measures approved

U.S. Forest Service officials have approved the first of two emergency measures proclaimed by county supervisors last month in an effort to clean up the sediment-filled Bouquet Creek bed and release much-needed water from Bouquet Reservoir, a Los Angeles County spokesman said Wednesday.

March 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Motorcyclist found safe in Canyon Country after night stranded in ravine

An off-road motorcyclist crashed near Rowher Flats in Canyon Country and spent the night at the bottom of a darkened ravine, hiking out of the ravine Wednesday morning, a sheriff's official said.

March 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Work truck suspected as cause of brush fire near Gorman

A brush fire that burned more than 100 acres near Gorman on the weekend was apparently caused by the overheated undercarriage of a work truck, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

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


UPDATE: 25-year-old found dead in apparent heroin overdose

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff officials logged what appears to be the first heroin overdose death of the year Tuesday with the sudden death of a 25-year-old man in Newhall, law enforcement sources said.

March 18, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Quake near Encino felt by many in SCV

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake Wednesday shook residents awake in parts of Los Angeles and was felt by many in the Santa Clarita Valley.

March 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man faces preliminary hearing in peace officer battery case

A preliminary hearing has been set for as Azusa man charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and battery of a peace officer following a struggle with law enforcement officers of the California Highway Patrol in August, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

March 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Body found at burn site may be shooting victim

A man whose decomposed body was found near Gorman last weekend by firefighters battling a 100-acre brush fire was the victim of foul play and may have been shot, a homicide detective said Monday.

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


Young chess players hit the boards for massive state tournament in Valencia

Scores of dueling chess players walked away from the Hyatt Regency Valencia Sunday hauling trophies almost as big as some of the competitors.

March 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Remains discovered after fire

Human skeletal remains found in a rugged area burned by a brush fire east of Gorman are believed to be "years old," according to one of several investigators who scoured a blackened hillside Sunday.

March 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One dead, one injured after car plunges off Lake Hughes Road

One man is dead and another "glad to be alive" after they both plunged 400 feet down a ravine in a pickup truck Friday night and were found 36 hours later, an investigator with the California Highway Patrol said.

March 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


VALENCIA: Motorcyclist injured in Sunday morning crash

A 28-year-old motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries Sunday following a traffic collision involving a car and a "Ninja" motorcycle, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

March 16, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC student charged with misdemeanor battery

A 20-year-old College of the Canyons student is facing a misdemeanor battery charge following a skirmish on campus that left college football player Joey Cicoria with a bloody nose, according to college, law enforcement and district attorney sources.

March 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


An ease for the water squeeze

Six years ago when Santa Clarita Valley water officials told residents to cut back on their water use, a Valencia couple we shall call Jack and Jill complied by turning off their sprinklers.

March 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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