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Water agency considers West Beach for surveillance system

Five years after consultants recommended video surveillance be installed at key water resource sites in Santa Clarita, money-watchers at the Castaic Lake Water Agency are now recommending a company to install the cameras.

May 19, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Las Lomas project facing more hurdles

Las Lomas developer Dan S. Palmer faces two possible roadblocks this week as Los Angeles city officials meet to discuss his proposed mini-community in the Newhall Pass.

May 19, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Our Irish come out Monday

It's easier, it seems, to find Leprechauns in Santa Clarita than it is to find their human-sized Irish counterparts.

May 18, 2008 | Jim Holt | A Closer Look


Portland wants local lawyer to stop pedophile

The local lawyer who led the fight to keep a self-proclaimed pedophile out of Santa Clarita is now being called on by police and parents in Portland, Ore., to help them do the same thing there.

May 16, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


County lawyers ask if Palmer broke the law

County counsel lawyers are now trying to determine whether or not Las Lomas Land Co. owner Dan S. Palmer broke the law when he identified himself as the sole owner of 555 acres he intends to develop as a housing complex.

May 14, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


County opts to study new bus service for airport

Shuttle bus service in and out of Palmdale Airport will be studied over a nine-month period, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has decided.

May 13, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water board member to head L.A. public works

Castaic Lake Water Agency board member Dean F. Efstathiou has been appointed Acting Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

May 13, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials say SCV water safe to drink

Despite reports that trace amounts of pharmaceuticals have been found in water supplies across the country, Santa Clarita residents are drinking safe, clean water, local water officials said Monday.

May 12, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Set clocks ahead 1 hour tonight

It'll be a sunny Easter, a sunny St. Patrick's Day and even a brighter end to winter this year as Daylight Saving Time arrives early.

May 10, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


County planner: Our lax practices will end

County planners are expected to crack down on developers who misrepresent themselves on land applications following a review of documents submitted by the Las Lomas Land Co., LLC, a top planner says.

May 08, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kellar amends financial forms

In the wake of questions about why he did not disclose his income on financial disclosure forms, Mayor Bob Kellar announced Friday he is amending the forms.

May 08, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lennar VP Dismisses Mideast Buyer Story as Rumor

Contrary to reports in a Los Angeles business newspaper, no firm from the Middle East is buying development giant Lennar Corp., the company's vice president told The Signal on Wednesday.

May 07, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Reports of Mideast Purchase of Lennar 'Rumors,' VP Says

Contrary to recent reports published elsewhere, no firm from the Middle East is buying development giant Lennar Corporation, the company's vice president told The Signal Wednesday.

May 06, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Missing Parcel 'Folded Into' Neighboring Land

County planners reviewing the ownership of the Las Lomas property, including a parcel of land left out of their initial assessment, are preparing to update their findings.

May 06, 2008 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Abused Animals Find Healing Homes

This is a warm and fuzzy story made up of several warm and fuzzy components, all of which come with four legs, a tail and big take-me-home eyes.

May 05, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Motorist survives plunge down ravine

A motorist survived a harrowing plunge of more than 100-foot down a ravine in Agua Dulce Sunday, according to law enforcement and fire officials.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV radio club holds disaster prep event

When it comes to disaster preparedness, the folks at the Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club are the ones law enforcement and fire officials look to for keeping the lines of communication open and Sunday was their day to prove it.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV deputies make sweep of homeless encampment

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies have broken up a homeless encampment in the Santa Clara River wash near Bouquet Creek and Valencia Boulevard, arresting some of the denizens, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Thursday.

June 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspect in hit and run was on probation

A Valencia man suspected of being the driver in hit-and-run crash that knocked a pedestrian 50 feet into the air was on probation for a theft conviction at the time of the collision, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Charges dismissed against Canyon Country woman in attempted murder

The lone charge against a Canyon Country woman for the attempted murder of a Newhall man was dismissed this week, a District Attorney's Office spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Movie prop 'suicide vest' sparked bomb scare

The suspicious-looking vest that sparked Monday's four-hour bomb scare in Valencia did exactly what it was supposed to do - mimic a "suicide vest" - because it was a movie prop stolen from a Santa Clarita Valley home, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic assault after he was pulled over by more than a dozen sheriff's deputies for erratic driving.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man sentenced in parental abduction case

A man arrested for parental abduction after he was found in Louisiana with his daughter, a 2-year-old Castaic girl missing for two months, is now serving a 92-day sentence in Los Angeles County jail, a D.A. spokesman said Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vest among contents of fake bomb that shut down Valencia shopping center

The contents of a suspicious-looking package that included a "suicide vest" fastened with protruding wires was being studied Tuesday after a bomb scare that shut down a Valencia shopping center.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two suspicious packages “rendered safe” in Valencia

Sheriff's Department bomb squad deputies shut down a shopping center between Delmonte Drive and Valencia Boulevard near McBean Parkway Monday after they discovered two suspicious packages - one in a car parked at the center and another in a bush in the same parking lot - according to officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Union School District tables election debate to July meeting

Members of the Castaic Union School District decided Monday night they need more information about by-district elections and California's Voting Rights Act before they discuss the possibility of changing the district's at-large election system.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No restitution sought from ‘hot tub’ burglars

Three burglars who tried to break into a Castaic home and then hid from sheriff's deputies in an empty Westridge hot tub and trash can were out of hot water with homeowners this week.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country robbery suspect was on parole

One of the three robbery suspects arrested in a series of Canyon Country bike path crimes had been previously sentenced to half a year in county jail and was out on parole, a spokesman said Monday.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall classic car show draws a crowd

They just don't make 'em like they used to.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver in San Francisquito Canyon collision dies of injuries

An 18-year-old man who just graduated from Valencia High School died Wednesday following a two-car collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road, authorities said Thursday.

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


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