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Thieves put prominent businesswoman on alert

Cheri Fleming rummaged in her purse for ID to go with the grocery store check she was writing, but she didn't panic when she couldn't find her wallet.

January 21, 2013 | By Lila Littlejohn | Santa Clarita Valley News


Walmart store pulled off Planning Commission agenda

A Walmart Neighborhood Market proposed for Westfield Valencia Town Center has been pulled off city planners' agenda for Tuesday night at the request of the mall.

January 14, 2013 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Year in review: SCV Sheriff’s Station’s future still unclear

The year 2012 opened with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station housed in the same cramped structure that it has occupied since the early 1970s, detectives' offices in a nearby leased building because the station had long since outgrown law-enforcement needs of the valley's 1970s population.

January 01, 2013 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Year in review: Two local bank robberies in 2012 turn into chases

The year 2012 saw two dramatic bank robberies in the Santa Clarita Valley.

December 26, 2012 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kids donate to shelter

What started as a third-grade school assignment has blossomed into a youthful community service club at Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School, and on Thursday those youngsters made good on the "service."

December 14, 2012 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pelicans make stop at Valencia golf course

Man-made bodies of water regularly draw migrating Canada geese, coots and ducks to the Santa Clarita Valley, but on Tuesday it was a small flock of American white pelicans that stopped at the Vista Valencia Golf Course and drew the attention of some golfers.

November 28, 2012 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Now, voters get to speak

A record 18.2 million voters are eligible to cast ballots in today's presidential election, up by nearly a million people compared to four years ago, California's secretary of state said.

November 06, 2012 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Signal honors most influential

Some 240 Santa Clarita Valley residents enjoyed a dinner of steak and salmon and applauded local leaders at The Signal's eighth annual Top 51 Most Influential People celebration Thursday night.

October 26, 2012 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon, Rogers go head to head

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and his Democratic challenger in the November election, Dr. Lee Rogers, traded barbs Wednesday in their second appearance during the campaign, a pay-to-view forum hosted by local business interests.

October 11, 2012 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal Assistant City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stolen cash not returned to the SCV

Sheriff's officials want the Canyon Country bank's money back after Wednesday's flamboyant robbery and chase that ended with suspects tossing cash out the windows of an SUV as they fled through the streets of Los Angeles, attracting crowds of people.

September 14, 2012 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Smyth hints at possible Washington aspirations

Former Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, who was termed out of office this year following six years in the California Legislature, said Tuesday it's no secret he would be interested in a congressional seat but he supports Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon 100 percent.

September 12, 2012 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lila Littlejohn: Responsibility key to exercise of 1st Amendment

To say it's disgusting is an understatement.

March 05, 2011 | By Lila Littlejohn | Columnists


Question for readers: How is your economic recovery progressing?

Are you rebounding from the Great Recession?

February 22, 2011 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal Executive Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lila Littlejohn: Changes in weather we hope you’ll like

Back when we introduced our new design on March 5, I promised you'd see some more changes. Today brings another - another change in the weather.

October 08, 2010 | Lila Littlejohn | Local Columns


From The Signal Archives: Black smoke, loud engines and high temperatures

Editor's note: As The Signal celebrates 91 years of service to the Santa Clarita Valley, we offer this peek into the SCV of days past. Following is from the Sept. 10, 1971, Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise.

September 10, 2010 | Lila Littlejohn | Local Columns


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Call for term limits discussion falls short of council agenda

A discussion about term limits for Santa Clarita City Council members nearly made it to the agenda for the council's next meeting.

April 24, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita takes stand against districting

The Santa Clarita City Council took a strong stand Tuesday against a state Assembly bill that would force all cities in California with at least 100,000 residents to break themselves into districts, eliminating at-large elections except in smaller cities.

April 23, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sanitation District to tackle chloride issues Monday night

Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District officials will tackle the topic of chloride removal from local wastewater Monday night during a meeting at Santa Clarita City Hall.

April 19, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dozens rally in opposition to Santa Clarita's billboard plan

About 35 Santa Clarita Valley residents waved signs reading "Stop digital billboards" and "Say no to electronic billboards" Tuesday in front of City Hall as the City Council prepared to vote on the contentious billboard issue.

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


Billboard issue back on City Council agenda for March 25

Santa Clarita City Council members voted 3-1 Tuesday night to take up the issue of billboards at their March 25 meeting after county transit officials did an about-face on the question of legal responsibility.

March 12, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita announces settlement agreement in Voting Rights Act lawsuit

The Santa Clarita City Council announced tonight it has reached a settlement agreement in the California Voting Rights Act lawsuit aimed at addressing the suit's claims without creating districts in the city.

March 11, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Councilman Ferry announces departure from Bishop Alemany

Frank Ferry, the longtime educator whose 16 years of service on the Santa Clarita City Council are drawing to a close, announced Thursday he is leaving education and planning a career as an attorney and consultant.

February 13, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Calif. drought spurs caution on water use

It's unanimous: In light of the current drought, Santa Clarita Valley residents need to reduce their water consumption by 20 percent.

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


The Signal turns 95

It was Feb. 7, 1919, when the first issue of The Signal appeared.

February 07, 2014 | Lila Littlejohn | Santa Clarita Valley News


State says it won't pay for Santa Clara River chloride removal

The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District lost a bid Friday to have the costs of removing chloride from the Santa Clara River declared an unfunded mandate that would be subject to state reimbursement.

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


Newhall roundabout now open to drivers

The "aah-oooh-gah" of a 1931 Ford Model A horn sounded over the arrival bells of a Metrolink train Thursday as a small parade of vintage cars made the first circle around the controversial Newhall roundabout, opened following a brief ceremony in front of William S. Hart Park.

January 24, 2014 | Lila Littlejohn | Santa Clarita Valley News


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