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Political signs take a beating

Republican or Democrat, residents of the Santa Clarita Valley are waking up to destruction or elimination of their political lawn signs, and they're united in their anger.

December 25, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Project never teed off

A woman in a plush white bathrobe leisurely looks over her balcony at beautiful rolling green hills and a professionally designed golf course called Los Valles.

December 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One valley, one water supplier, official says

Tenth story in "The Big Picture," The Signal's series on plans for growth in the Santa Clarita Valley. Today we look at water, and why some officials think one agency should handle the SCV's water supplies. Click here for the rest of the stories.

December 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Exec: Las Lomas not dead yet

Officials for the Las Lomas project believe they can resurrect the moribund 5,500-home development despite a stop-work order, a failed lawsuit, a president's resignation and two cities' resistance.

December 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alleged BB gunmen collared

Two alleged BB-gun snipers facing felony charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, used a laser scope and a BB gun that looks like a fully automatic AR-15 assault rifle, according to deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

December 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jailhouse talk forbidden

VAN NUYS - A Superior Court judge Friday ordered former high school teacher Kevin Lamont Thomas, accused of performing lewd acts with teenage girls, to stop communicating with his alleged victims from jail.

December 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


As the clouds lift, attention turns to frosty plants

Many rain-soaked and shivering Santa Clarita Valley residents thawing out from Wednesday's snowstorm turned their attention to plants and trees exposed to freezing temperatures.

December 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus man killed in crash

Rubin Villalobos, 41, of Saugus was killed at 5:50 a.m. after his 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee hit a patch of black ice and rolled over the southbound San Fernando Road offramp onto Highway 14, said Officer John Lutz of the California Highway Patrol.

December 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED Traffic & Weather: I-5, 14 now open

UPDATED 4 p.m. Thursday:

December 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bankruptcy plan would liquidate properties

A plan filed in a bankruptcy court could lead to the sale of several high-profile SCV properties. Barclays Bank proposed a liquidation plan to turn all assets owned by LandSource Communities Development LLC into cash to pay its biggest creditors, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware heard this week.

December 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic High site picked

The long-awaited Castaic high school will be built near the Sterling Gateway industrial complex, Castaic Area Town Council members heard Wednesday night.

December 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man killed in truck rollover

A 27-year-old Agua Dulce man was killed after his truck went off the highway and struck a metal pole, a wooden fence, a storage container and a tree late Monday.

December 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon: Cemex, wilderness bills won't die

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, pursues two "personal" bills in Washington - the Cemex bill and the Wilderness bill - despite the rigors and dynamics of an unfolding election, he says.

December 16, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cops nab alleged sniper

Local sheriff's deputies arrested an alleged BB-gun sniper they believe shot about three dozen windows out of businesses and moving cars since September.

December 16, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Judge throws out Las Lomas suit

A judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by developers representing the stalled Las Lomas project which would have built 5,500 homes into the hillside on The Old Road.

December 16, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


2 face trial in series of robberies

Two Palmdale men arrested four months ago in connection with two robberies and an attempted robbery have been ordered to stand trial, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

March 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials to release Whittaker-Bermite cleanup plan

Santa Clarita Valley residents will get a chance to scrutinize for themselves the ongoing cleanup of Whittaker-Bermite next month when officials release a plan for the many agencies involved to work together and rid the site of toxins.

March 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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