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Explaining death to children

They came with their parents Tuesday and stood by the makeshift memorial for actor Paul Walker: some babes in arms, some solemn-looking teenagers, few children of ages between.

December 04, 2013 | Lila Littlejohn | Santa Clarita Valley News


Thanksgiving steeped in history, memory for one of the Santa Clarita Valley's founding families

There was no turkey on the Walker dinner table on Thanksgiving 1946 - but there was pork roast, and a fresh-picked watercress salad and, of course, beans.

November 27, 2013 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


First lady honors nonprofit serving SCV

A program to help set girls at two Santa Clarita Valley probationary camps on the road to academic success through creative writing and mentoring has been honored at the White House by first lady Michelle Obama.

November 24, 2013 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Member of one of SCV's founding families dies

One of the Santa Clarita Valley's founding families lost a member this month with the death of Frank R. Walker at the age of 90.

October 24, 2013 | Lila Littlejohn | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: District chooses chloride-removal option

The chloride-removal option that could cost Santa Clarita Valley ratepayers the least amount of money - or the most - was named Thursday by the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District as the plan to go with to comply with state mandates.

October 10, 2013 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


When disaster strikes the SCV, will you be ready?

The problem with disaster preparation is it can be so darned overwhelming, Santa Clarita emergency management supervisor Donna Nuzzi admits.

September 04, 2013 | Lila Littlejohn | Santa Clarita Valley News


Disaster Central: SCV prone to natural disasters

Editor's note: September is National Preparedness Month, and The Signal begins a four-part series today examining natural disasters in the Santa Clarita Valley and ways to ready for them.

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


UPDATE: Santa Clarita to fight Voting Rights Act lawsuit

The Santa Clarita City Council has voted to fight back over a lawsuit alleging the city's system for electing council members prevents Latino voters from having full access to the political process.

July 10, 2013 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: Santa Clarita OKs deal for Las Lomas land

Santa Clarita City Council members voted 4-0 Tuesday night to acquire 302 acres of hilly land in the Newhall Pass that was once planned for a major development.

July 09, 2013 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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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


UPDATE: Hearing set Monday on chloride rate hike

The Santa Clarita Valley's latest bid to reduce salt in the Santa Clara River comes to a head Monday with a public hearing on a rate increase to fund a $130 million treatment system necessary, sanitation officials say, to meet state water quality standards.

June 28, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Olympic-sized pool for Castaic in planning stages

The Castaic Aquatic Center has been open only a year, but already county parks officials and Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich are talking about Phase 2: an Olympic-sized pool for the Santa Clarita Valley swimming center.

June 17, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Meetings set for proposed SCV sewage rate hikes

Santa Clarita Valley residents will receive mailed notices within the next few weeks about proposed rate hikes in their sewage fees following a vote by the local Sanitation District board Wednesday night.

May 08, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC sets star-gazing party

College of the Canyons' Canyon Country campus hosts its SpringStar Party from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday at the campus' Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater.

April 26, 2014 | Lila Littlejohn | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cost of salt reduction: $103 a year

After six months of crunching numbers, writing grant proposals and negotiating with state agencies, Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District officials have released a proposed rate increase for local residents to foot the bill for removing salt from wastewater dumped into the Santa Clara River.

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


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


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