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Water board honors outgoing president

R.J. Kelly and Peter Kavounas hold the two top posts at the Castaic Lake Water Agency after its board of directors named them president and vice-president respectively Monday night.

January 06, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Few surprises for CLWA election

Santa Clarita Valley residents overwhelmingly returned sitting board members to the Castaic Lake Water Agency during Tuesday's election, early returns indicated.

January 05, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County specific measures

A local measure on water softeners and a county measure on a utility tax appeared headed for victory in Tuesday's election, but another county measure that would increase sales tax for mass transit was too close to call.

January 05, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Salty softener owners may get shaken

Local homeowners could be fined $1,000 and hauled in front of the District Attorney if they keep their salt-rendering water softeners. But enforcing the law might be tough, said the man who has to enforce it.

January 03, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Prop. 8 and the school debate

No student in Santa Clarita Valley will be taught comprehensive sexual health education, which includes teaching about alternative marriage, regardless of the vote on Proposition 8, local educators said.

January 02, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Violence ushers in the new year

One man was shot in the chest and another stabbed multiple times in separate Canyon Country incidents on the first day of the new year, officials said.

January 02, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Taking the (polar) plunge

Two dozen brave swimmers made a splash at the third-annual Glacier Slide Polar Bear Swim Thursday.

January 02, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alleged I.D. thief wants trial

A man charged with four theft-related felonies for allegedly using his girlfriend's credit card to run up thousands of dollars in purchases is going straight to trial without a preliminary hearing.

January 01, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Pirate ship’ docks in yard

Families looking for an exciting non-scary Halloween event can find one in Canyon Country where a couple just finished building an elaborate pirate ship.

December 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New homes sought in Acton

One plucky developer is trying to push through red tape to build 16 homes in Acton near 38 homes that are in foreclosure.

December 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Agency not waiting for a drought

New home construction is slow, but local water officials are pressing forward with six work projects that require changes to pipelines, treatment plants and pumping stations in anticipation of a massive increase in demand for water over the next 20 years.

December 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


On Election Day, all this man wants is your vote

Yeah, it's funny - until someone loses an election.

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


Trade group questions source of river salt

A trade group is challenging Measure S on November's ballot, saying water softener manufacturers are made a scapegoat for other agencies that dump salt into the Santa Clara River.

December 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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Saugus woman pleads not guilty to hit and run

A Saugus woman who turned herself in for a hit-and-run collision that allegedly happened a year a half ago has pleaded not guilty to the charge filed against her, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


Valencia family struggles with death of son

The mother, father and younger sister of a young Valencia man who died from injuries suffered in a traffic collision Friday are living moment to moment, struggling with their loss, his mother said Monday.

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


Two small brush fires consume 10 acres near Gorman

Two tiny brush fires consumed close to 10 acres Sunday morning near Templin Highway, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

February 16, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local water company dispute could go to court

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

February 16, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Enforcement actions could be taken if drought severity grows

"Water cops" patrolling the streets looking for illegal water use. Fines on residents overusing water. Temporary water shutoff; flow regulators installed on homes.

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


Preliminary hearing begins in murder case against alleged Highway 14 wrong-way driver

SAN FERNANDO - A 47-year-old Lancaster man took the witness stand Thursday and described the head-to-toe injuries he suffered in a wrong-way-driver collision last summer that killed the other two occupants of his vehicle.

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


Water waning in Bouquet Canyon

Many Bouquet Canyon residents' wells are literally running dry, a crisis water officials attribute more to the condition of Bouquet Canyon Creek than to the current drought.

February 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Valencia man arrested on sex charges in Missouri

A 26-year-old Valencia man arrested on sex charges for crimes allegedly committed in St. Louis, Missouri, worked part-time at a Santa Clarita Valley church, officials confirmed Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Man escapes after hit-and-run crash, catalytic converter theft attempt

A thief trying to steal a catalytic converter in Canyon Country on Tuesday was surprised by the car's owner and failed to grab the device, then got into a hit-and-run collision trying to flee the scene, sheriff's officials said.

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


UPDATE: Online car purchase goes south

A woman was detained at gunpoint in Valencia for driving a stolen car she bought off Craigslist - the first of two incidents Tuesday in which Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies drew their guns on suspects.

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


CORRECTION: Memorial set for man killed by deputies

Coroner's investigators were awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine if drugs, alcohol or any other chemicals played a role in the death of Steven Burke Pettersen, who was shot dead by sheriff's deputies Jan. 30 after allegedly advancing on them with a knife.

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


UPDATE: Motorcycle crash victim described as ‘outdoorsy,’ ‘respectful’

A 16-year-old Ojai boy who died in a motorcycle crash at a Canyon Country off-road vehicle park Sunday was being remembered Monday as a caring and fun-loving young man who pursued a number outdoor activities.

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


SCV school vandalism, thefts mount to thousands of dollars in recent losses

Several Santa Clarita Valley schools have been burglarized and vandalized over the past month in a series of attacks that investigators believe are unrelated, officials said Monday.

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


UPDATE: 2012 murder trial postponed due to defense lawyer change

More than a year after a suspect was arrested in 2012's only Santa Clarita Valley murder, jury selection was set to begin Monday but was abruptly postponed due to a change in defense lawyers, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


SCV residents make blankets for kids in need

More than 200 volunteers contributed to this warm and fuzzy story Sunday when they turned out in force to make "warm and fuzzy" blankets for children requiring surgery around the world.

February 10, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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