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Archive By Author - Lila Littlejohn


Dateline SCV: Val Verde, once viewed as the 'Black Palm Springs'

Val Verde started out as a mining community in the 1800s, but it embarked on its more famous role as L.A.'s "Black Palm Springs" in the early 1900s when African-American Angelenos were banned from most Los Angeles-area beaches, parks and entertainment venues because of their race.

February 20, 2016 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal Managing Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dateline SCV: Castaic, range wars, ranching and railroads

Castaic started as a Southern Pacific Railroad siding dubbed Castaic Junction in 1887. In 1915 the main part of town relocated to where it is now. That was when the Ridge Route, the first road built over the Grapevine, was opened.

February 20, 2016 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal Managing Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Where are the boundary lines between the Santa Clarita Valley's communities?

"Everything west of Seco is Valencia."

February 13, 2016 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal Managing Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dateline SCV: Saugus, founded as railway stop and named for a town in Massachusetts

Saugus was established as a Southern Pacific Railway stop in 1887. The stop was intended to be in Newhall, but railway officials thought again when Newhall residents argued locomotive vibrations might damage an old adobe residence near where the station was initially planned on Ninth Street.

February 13, 2016 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal Managing Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dateline SCV: Newhall, named for the man who once owned much of the SCV

Newhall, the oldest non-Native American community in the Santa Clarita Valley, was established in 1876 when Southern Pacific Railroad built a route through the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 13, 2016 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal Managing Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers needed for Festival of Trees

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley is looking for volunteers to help out during its 13th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser in November.

October 31, 2015 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV’s Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital turns 40

It was the 1960s. Thanks largely to Newhall Land and Farming Company's master-planned community of Valencia, the Santa Clarita Valley was rapidly evolving from two sleepy, agriculture-and-industry-driven burgs, far removed in mindset from its burgeoning neighbor to the south, into a suburban community increasingly led by a group of visionaries.

August 22, 2015 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Independence Day celebrations scheduled in SCV Saturday

A traditional parade and traditional fireworks shows bookend Independence Day events in the Santa Clarita Valley - with a fitness flair and/or a high-carb meal thrown into the mix - as residents join the rest of America in celebrating the 239th birthday of the Declaration of Independence.

July 02, 2015 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cruisin’ California

There's no sewage system in Los Olivos; a line of olive trees planted in wine barrels provides a bit of privacy for the porta-potties parked on the side of a street. They're for use by patrons of the many wine-tasting rooms for which the Santa Ynez Valley community, population 1,132, is famous.

May 22, 2015 | Lila Littlejohn | Articles


Despite lack of challengers, special election still on for Senate seat

A special election with a price tag of more than $1 million is on for March, even though only one candidate filed to put her name on the ballot, state and county elections officials said Thursday.

January 29, 2015 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Founders series: A salute to Santa Clarita's founders

Each year at this time a community newspaper will look back through the calendar, calculating the top stories of the year, the gains and losses contained within a 12-month period.

December 15, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Life without plastic bags

When our story about Gov. Jerry Brown signing the plastic bag ban went up on The Signal's website, poster "stevehw" raised the question "Is living without plastic bags such a burden?"

October 10, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Open space jumps by 114 acres

The Santa Clarita City Council voted to add more than 100 acres to its open space this week, agreeing to purchase property near Towsley Canyon in Newhall.

September 25, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sanitation District ups rates for chloride-removal system

Saying they don't like the decision any more than the handful of people who complained about it, Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District directors voted Monday night to increase local sewage rates to pay for a chloride-removal system.

July 07, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chloride rate hike moves ahead

The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District introduced an ordinance Monday night to raise sewage rates so it can build a salt-removal treatment plant for the valley's wastewater.

July 01, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


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County budget proposed Tuesday

A proposed Los Angeles County spending plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year includes funds for a new Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station, fire station ...

April 12, 2016 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal Managing Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


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