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SunCal properties bankrupt

NorthLake in Castaic, a proposed development where a Castaic high school was planned for many years, is among more than a dozen SunCal properties that the developer placed in bankruptcy Thursday, a spokesman confirmed.

November 13, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bermite sale nixed

Developers shocked local officials when they announced Wednesday they would not purchase the contaminated 996-acre chunk of land in the middle of Santa Clarita.

November 13, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Shake, rattle & fake a quake

The overall fallout of the Great Southern California ShakeOut can be summed up: shaken, not stirred.

November 13, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Study: Air quality worst near freeways

When it comes to breathing in the Santa Clarita Valley, the most significant factor diminishing air quality and increasing the risk of cancer is microscopic cancer-causing chemicals released in the diesel emissions from trucks traveling along freeways.

November 12, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cemex probe in Europe won't affect SCV issues

An anti-trust investigation into Cemex SAB and a handful of other cement companies in Europe does not affect U.S. operations including a federal bill that would prevent a mine operation in Soledad Canyon, a company spokeswoman said.

November 12, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drought shuts down east valley well

Sporadic rain this past weekend and the "significant downpour" last weekend came just as plunging drought-critical water levels forced water officials to shut down a sputtering major well in the east end of the valley.

November 11, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LandSource Chap. 11 no bonus block

The top 10 employees of The Newhall Land and Farming Company are expected to receive their benefits and bonus money despite the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection petition filed in June by parent company LandSource Communities Development LLC, according to a recent decision handed down by a bankruptcy court judge.

November 10, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Board entering Devil’s Den

If the recent election wasn't harrowing enough, local water officials will enter the Devil's Den today.

November 08, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cops raid local investment firm

The owner of a local investment company raided Friday by detectives refused to give details about the early morning incidents.

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


Mental health center opens

Toni Otis suffered a mental breakdown in 2003. Now she's helping others avoid the same fate, and she'll have new facilities to work with.

November 07, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sales tax to rise to 8.75% for transit

A half-cent sales tax to improve transportation in Los Angeles County was among the measures approved by voters on Election Day.

November 06, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Voters approve Prop. 8

When it came to predicting a split vote on Proposition 8, the street corners of Santa Clarita said it all.

November 06, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff’s Station expanding

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives will soon be moving into some new digs since the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a request for 9,500 square-feet in additional office space Tuesday.

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


Water agency looking ahead

Perchlorate cleanup and new developer water fees are two issues topping the local water agency's agenda for the remainder of the year, said the agency's top official prior to an agenda-setting meeting Tuesday night.

November 04, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Towers upset neighbors

A monster stands 200-feet tall in the north end of Valencia, towering over the gray-haired men and women who look up at it in wonder and anger.

October 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Vigil scheduled Friday for missing teen

Vigils for missing teen Bryce Laspisa are scheduled to unfold simultaneously at three points across the country Friday denoting where he grew up, where he went to school and where he disappeared, which was in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


UPDATE: Man hit by car in Valencia

A cyclist was hit by an SUV Thursday on McBean Parkway and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

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


PUC officially washes hands of Valencia Water

The California Public Utilities Commission sidelined itself Thursday in the dispute over Castaic Lake Water Agency's takeover of Valencia Water Company, making civil court the venue for further action.

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


3 crashes but no injuries as Santa Clarita Valley weathers first real winter storm of season

Emergency crews responded to at least three traffic collisions in the Santa Clarita Valley this morning. But despite rain and slick roads, they reported no injuries.

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


UPDATE: SCV residents of flood-prone areas warned of potential danger

Bouquet Canyon residents should have a small suitcase packed and be ready to go in the event of flooding caused by back-to-back storms moving into theSanta Clarita Valley starting tonight, said a spokesman for the National Weather Service.

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


UPDATE: County OK’s emergency status for Bouquet Canyon residents

County supervisors declared a state of local emergency Tuesday for the residents of Bouquet Canyon, paving the way for a speedy cleanup of the sediment-filled Bouquet Creek bed and the release of much-needed water from Bouquet Reservoir.

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


UPDATE: Sheriff’s Department traffic investigators map scene of fatal collision

Local traffic investigators gathered evidence Tuesday at the scene of a traffic collision at Copper Hill Drive and Copperstone Drive that claimed the life of a Valencia man.

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


All smell but no smoke in report of Valencia fire

The smell of smoke inside an office on Cinema Drive in Valencia prompted a swift response this morning from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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


Santa Clarita Valley drug drop boxes yield unusual find

A San Diego man was reunited with the gold chain he lost during high school after it was found inside a discarded 1988 prescription drug vial dropped off anonymously at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station,

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


Suspected student prank results in SCV bus evacuation

A Santa Clarita Transit bus was evacuated in Canyon Country on Monday after a "stink bomb" was set off inside it, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

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


Metal thieves hit Valencia business

Metal thieves have targeted a Valencia businessman five times in two weeks, making off with at least $8,000 in copper wiring during their last break-in, according to the owner and local sheriff's deputies.

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


Philharmonic performs its first concert

It's been about three years in the making, but on Sunday the sweet sounds of music signaled the beginning of public performances for the Santa Clarita Philharmonic.

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


Vote could boost Bouquet water

Many Bouquet Canyon residents hoping to fill their dry wells through an emergency county measure to release much-needed water from the Bouquet reservoir should not expect immediate results, said the official with his hand on the tap.

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


Driver gets probation, community service in hit-and-run collision

A Newhall man who turned himself in four hours after he hit a bicyclist with his car, seriously injuring the victim, was sentenced Tuesday to probation and community service.

February 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Father waives extradition in Castaic parental abduction case

A man charged with parental abduction after he was found in Louisiana with his daughter, a 2-year-old Castaic girl missing November to January, will be picked up in Louisiana Friday and brought back to California, a Louisiana police officer said Tuesday.

February 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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