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Officials to discuss sewer-rate increase

Directors on the local Sanitation District board want to hear from ratepayers Thursday night on a proposed sewer-rate increase.

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


Captain zeroes in on trends

Law enforcement officers, eager to get the jump on crime trends that crop up in particular areas, are redrawing the small-town image of the Santa Clarita Valley, the SCV's top cop said Monday.

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


Portions of property won’t get cleaned of perchlorate

A small percentage of contaminated Whittaker-Bermite land may never be cleaned up enough to meet standards that allow for schools, homes or hospitals to be built there, city and state officials said this week.

April 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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Massage parlor crackdown conducted in Newhall

A crackdown on Newhall massage parlors Wednesday netted one arrest for prostitution and several citations for city code violations, according to a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

March 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Missing hiker gratefully returns home

Injured hiker Brian Napoli is back at home in Valencia after more than a week in the hospital for injuries suffered in a fall down the rocky side of a mountain, he said this week.

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


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


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