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They'll buy Valencia Water if ...

Local water officials would consider buying Valencia Water Co. should the water retailer be put up for sale, according to Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

August 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2,420 homes planned for SCV

Despite a near-record number of foreclosures in Santa Clarita Valley, residents of Canyon Country are now bracing themselves for more than 2,420 new homes expected to arrive with a handful of newly-approved housing developments.

And, if you count the developments that are pending - and many Canyon Country residents are - the population of Canyon Country will mushroom to include more than 3,800 new residents in the next few years.

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


Water agency to mull over budget

Fewer homes built in Santa Clarita mean fewer taps being turned on, which now means less money for the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

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


Film industry lauds city for its friendliness

Santa Clarita Valley was a hot movie location back when Tom Mix was shooting at bad guys and a its still hot movie location with CSI, 24 and NCIS agents shooting at bad guys.

August 15, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No worries: We've got 2 years of stored water

If the Big One happens today and an earthquake destroys our water supply from the San Joacquin Delta, Santa Clarita Valley residents can get by on stored water for two years, the valley's top water official told a group of local business people Thursday.

August 14, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall Land sighs in relief

Newhall Land officials are breathing a sigh of relief today now that an East Coast bankruptcy court has given its parent company permission to keep the lights on - at least until the end of the month.

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


Wells help SCV avoid drought

When local water officials crunched water consumption numbers this week, those numbers might have tasted a bit diffierent - perhaps a bit sweeter - in light of last week's dire drought proclamation made by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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


Judge grants Newhall Land its wishes

After a full day in bankruptcy court Tuesday, Delaware lawyers representing the firm that owns The Newhall Land and Farming Company succeeded in getting almost everything they asked for, including permitted access to use $35 million to carry on day-to-day business.

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


Newhall Land ‘will continue'

Newhall Land is not going out of business, despite a petition by its parent company last weekend to file for bankruptcy protection.

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


Memorial gardens raise money for the troops

Two boys from Santa Clarita died in Iraq.

On Sunday, their service and the service paid by scores of other local military heroes to our country was honored, not with a gun salute or a parade down Main Street, but with a simple invitation to stroll through gardens of flowers and a simple message - remember those who serve.

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


Water rationing not likely in SCV

Mandatory water rationing is not "in the cards" for Santa Clarita Valley residents, local water officials said in response to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proclamation Wednesday of a statewide drought.

"We're in a good position and we don't have to draw on any backup water supplies," said Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

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


Nearly 500 homes approved

A 492-unit Canyon Country housing development was approved by county supervisors Wednesday, clearing the way for grading of more than 500 acres of land.

Dubbed "Park Place," the development would be located in Tick Canyon at the very eastern edge of Canyon Country at the end of Shadow Pines Boulevard.

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


A sea of green grads

The green and gold graduating class of 2008 marked the 40th anniversary of Canyon High School's opening last night as close to 600 students graduated Tuesday night.

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


Tainted water still counts for land developers

Local water activists are saddened today now that a proposed law promising to slow development through tougher conditions set on groundwater assessment has been struck down in Sacramento.

Assembly Bill AB2046 requires water suppliers such as the Castaic Lake Water Agency to submit to the state the quantity and quality of groundwater being assessed in relation to supplying that water ultimately to an identified group, such as a 500-unit housing development.

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


Despite bill hike, contract renewed

Local water officials have renewed their contract with a San Francisco consulting firm despite an 11th hour increase of 67 percent in the company's last bill and concerns voiced by one board member about "routine work" continually being farmed out to experts.

August 01, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Teen dies after motorcycle incident at Rowher Flats

A 16-year-old Ojai boy is dead following an off-road motorcycling incident Sunday at Rowher Flats, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

February 09, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Judge tosses lawsuit aimed at blocking Newhall Ranch Phase 1

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by local environmentalists against Los Angeles County for approving the first phase of Newhall Ranch, a development proposed for the northwestern Santa Clarita Valley.

February 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Appeals court hears Newhall Ranch arguments

Environmentalists opposed to Newhall Ranch, along with the developer expected to start building it, presented arguments Wednesday for and against the 21,000-home development west of Interstate 5 along Highway 126.

February 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Motorcyclist seriously injured in Newhall Pass freeway collision

A motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries following a traffic collision on Interstate 5 this morning was reported in stable condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said before noon.

February 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Former Saugus High student to stand trial in mother’s killing

VAN NUYS - A former Saugus High School student was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on a charge of murder in the shooting death of her mother a year ago.

February 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man ordered to pay restitution in wrong-way driving case

A Canyon Country man found guilty of driving the wrong way on the Highway 14 freeway last summer, injuring 13 people, has been ordered to pay his victims more than $165,000 in restitution, a District Attorney's spokesman said Tuesday.

February 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Water Committee imposes non-voluntary water conservation plan

Facing a worsening drought statewide, Santa Clarita Valley water officials called on local residents Tuesday to conserve water, unveiling the first phase of a drought action plan.

February 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus High grad killed at motocross race

SANTA CLARITA - Friends and fans of local motorcycle racer Tommy Aquino are mourning him on Facebook today after the young competitor was killed in a crash in Piru Sunday.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV water officials eye conservation measures in light of drought

State water officials have turned off the tap that supplies half of Santa Clarita Valley's water as California's dry fall and early winter slides into a dry late winter with no sign of relief.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Homeless woman gets 15 days in jail over scuffle at shelter

A 33-year-old woman who assaulted a worker at the Santa Clarita Valley homeless shelter the day after Christmas has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years probation, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Monday.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic man sentenced to 3 years in attempted child kidnapping

SANTA CLARITA - A Castaic man who pleaded no contest to charges of attempted kidnapping and stalking in connection with a plot four months ago to kidnap his child has been sentenced to more than three years in state prison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV residents still simmering over Super Bowl TV outage

SANTA CLARITA - Time Warner Cable officials offered an apology Monday for the blackout that cut off Sunday's Super Bowl telecast for customers in Southern California, including the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Who needs the Super Bowl?

For one local couple, Super Bowl Sunday meant having a whole movie theatre to themselves.

February 03, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man shot on Canyon Country street identified

A man killed during a deputy-involved shooting in Canyon Country Thursday night has been identified as 47-year-old Steven Burke Pettersen of Canyon Country, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department.

February 02, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Into the wells

For more than 100 years, people have been drilling holes in the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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