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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


Officials: Patients’ privacy breached

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital could soon be fined for breaching patient privacy during a 2009 incident, hospital officials said Wednesday.

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


Clock ticking on chloride fines

Local sanitation officials have 18 days to come up with an acceptable plan for reducing chloride discharged into the Santa Clara River watershed or face fines of $10,000 a day for each of two water treatment plants, The Signal has learned.

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


A shell shock stop

The county's mussel-fighting efforts thus far hinge on a single question that boat ramp staff asked visitors at Castaic Lake's main boat launch Saturday.

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


County to mull Acton plans

County planners are looking to Acton today and Tuesday about the small town's development.

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


SCV district starts to shape up

As maps continue to be drawn, erased and redrawn at the ongoing hearings into redistricting, the Santa Clarita Valley has so far been kept intact.

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


Redistricting commissioners may keep SCV whole

Preliminary redistricting ideas discussed suggest that the Santa Clarita Valley will be kept whole, according to some early reports.

June 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Gorman Residents on tractors help firefirefighters put out brush fire

Using farm tractors, Gorman residents helped firefighters extinguish a quarter-acre grass fire Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

July 20, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tracking the ‘Bombshell Bandit’

She walks into a bank wearing sunglasses, sometimes a head scarf, and at least once in flip-flops. She leaves with cash - investigators and banks won't say how much - and promptly disappears.

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


Bouquet Canyon residents appeal to state

Months after their wells ran dry due to a bureaucratic impasse, Bouquet Canyon residents have banded together to appeal to the state - while agencies involved point fingers at each other, several sides say.

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


3 arrested for burglary in SCV

Two men and a woman, all from out of town, were arrested by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies on suspicion of burglary , according to documents released Thursday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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


UPDATE: Investigation under way in alleged SCV teen nude photos

Some Santa Clarita Valley teens were identified in nude photographs posted on a Twitter account this week, according to detectives assigned to the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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


Water restrictions: Who’s going to enforce them?

While California's top water agency determined Tuesday that water-wasters are going to face stiff fines, the enforcement of those new regulations falls to local agencies, officials said Wednesday.

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


Not guilty plea entered for former deputy charged with firing gun after prank

A not-guilty plea was entered Wednesday for a retired sheriff's deputy charged with firing his gun after neighborhood kids played a "ding dong ditch" prank on him.

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


Parts stolen from 2 vehicles left at SCV commuter parking lots

In two separate incidents at commuter parking lots on opposite ends of the Santa Clarita Valley, a car and a truck were stripped of parts after owners left them on the lots.

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


Man arrested in burglary, burglary attempt in Fair Oaks Ranch

A 22-year-old Canyon Country man out on bail after being charged with burglary and assault with a deadly weapon last month was arrested Tuesday for burglary and attempted burglary, a sheriff's official said.

July 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Captain to business: Beware cyber crime

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's Capt. Roosevelt Johnson told local business leaders Tuesday he wants to have one of his investigators give them a training session on cyber crime.

July 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No criminal charges in May 31 SCV traffic collision

No criminal charges are expected in a single-car crash last May that left five teenage girls injured, one seriously, according to a traffic collision investigator with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

July 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Big cleanup ahead in SCV

As the cleanup of nearly 1,000 acres of contaminated soil and the air above it continues in the heart of the Santa Clarita Valley, with much of the cleansing infrastructure in place, crews are now poised to implement its water decontamination plan.

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


CORRECTION: CLWA's water rate increase thrown out

Editor's note: This version corrects the previous, which incorrectly stated the agency to which he referred in his "cheap shot" quote.

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


Newhall eye doctor blindsided by break-in

A Newhall eye doctor never saw it coming.

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


UPDATE: 2 SCV retailers arrested in illegal drug sales sweep

Deputies carried out a sweep of four local tobacco stores this week, looking for sales of synthetic marijuana compounds commonly called "bath salts" or "spice," a Santa Claita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station | Santa Clarita Valley News


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