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Officials look for drop in water use

The buzz phrase among local water officials these days is "20 by 2020."

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


Leader looks at state of county

A library for Stevenson Ranch, a new boat ramp for Castaic, a half-dozen new fire stations for the Santa Clarita Valley and a new courthouse - possibly at Castaic Junction - were among the projects outlined Wednesday by Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich at a luncheon attended by many local community leaders.

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


Castaic complex looks to expand

The public is expected to weigh in today on plans to develop three dozen industrial lots on what was once the chosen site for a Castaic high school.

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


Senator wants board reform

State Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, wants to make state agencies such as the regional water board accountable to the people.

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


Detectives recover goods after daylong standoff

Burglary-squad detectives are still looking for the man suspected of stealing a truck and sparking an all-day standoff in Newhall on Wednesday.

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


Bus drivers, bosses do battle in a playful game of inches

The city bus pulled up in front of 10 black barrels set evenly apart along two straight lines.

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


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


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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


Sulphur Springs School District announces settlement in Voting Rights Act lawsuit

The Sulphur Springs School District board has reached a settlement agreement in the California Voting Rights Act lawsuit filed against it, the district's superintendent said today.

March 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist injured in collision with car

A motorcyclist in his early 20's was injured and rushed to the hospital late Thursday afternoon following a traffic collision near College of the Canyons, according to emergency response officials.

March 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials work on conservation plan

A month after local water officials called on Santa Clarita Valley residents to conserve water, they are coming up with a formal conservation plan with the aim of getting state funding for their efforts, he said.

March 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two men arrested for hobby store robbery

Two men from out of town were arrested in a Valencia parking lot Wednesday night just moments after they allegedly robbed a hobby store in Canyon Country, according to a sergeant at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

March 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Sheriff's deputy pleads no contest to rape, bribery

A Palmdale sheriff's deputy who was arrested at his home in Valencia last July pleaded no contest today to rape and bribery charges for a pair of incidents four years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

March 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus hiker tells tale of being lost in canyon overnight

Santa Clarita Valley hiker Brian Napoli fell down the rocky side of a mountain and knocked himself unconscious Monday, only to wake up alone, frightened, cold and thirsty, he said Wednesday in a phone interview from his hospital bed.

March 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: CHP: Drowsy driver injured in big rig crash

A 52-year-old truck driver who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his big rig crashed into a metal guard rail and into a concrete support directly under the Lower Cross overpass, according to the California Highway Patrol.

March 12, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County to beef up efforts to capture wasted storm water

Citing local implications of the worsening statewide drought, county supervisors this week OK'd a plan to capture storm water that is currently wasted by literally running down the drain.

March 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Missing hiker found in Towsley Canyon after overnight ordeal

A hiker missing since Monday afternoon was found safe and apparently sound Tuesday morning after searchers spotted him waving a piece of clothing in the hills of Towsley Canyon.

March 11, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man charged with threatening to kill deputy found guilty

A Valencia man charged with threatening to kill a local sheriff's deputy by blowing him up in a propane explosion was found guilty of that offense, trespassing and robbery, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

March 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Red flag warning forecast through Thursday

Low humidity and high winds forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley have prompted a red flag warning in effect until Thursday evening, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

March 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Sports Complex to get new shade structure

Five county parks, including the Castaic Sports Complex, are expected to get a little more shade by 2015 after county supervisors approved funding for shade structures on Tuesday.

March 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus grads gear up for bike trek across US

Two Santa Clarita Valley college men are cycling across America in support of people with disabilities - each inspired locally by those who demonstrated they can rise above their handicaps.

March 11, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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