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January 10, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News

Michael Picarella: Showered with anguish

"We insist that you stay at our house," said a relative over the phone. "Don't pay for a hotel."

January 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists

Oscar Dominguez: Expense management can help save small businesses

Our small business bankers, like those at other banks, are hearing two main concerns from customers these days: They want to know what it takes to obtain loans, and they want help managing expenses and cash flow.

January 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns

Popular tax breaks renewed

Taxpayers and tax preparers will find significant changes when they fill out 2008 tax returns: AMT exemptions rise; several expiring deductions and credits get a new lease on life; a new standard property tax deduction and a special first-time homebuyer credit are available to some homeowners; and retirement savings incentives expand.

January 10, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Local Business News

Universalist Church collects 600 coats for fire victims

On Nov. 16, after local Unitarian Universalist's services, many church members were "called" to duty. They set a goal of collecting 600 new or gently used coats for the 600 homes and businesses lost to a devastating fire in Sylmar the day before.

January 10, 2009 | By Eve Bushman For The Signal | Faith / Religion

Thomas Callier: Cyber-bullying

I am absolutely appalled by the behavior of the hackers against Sean Spallas' YouTube account.

January 10, 2009 | By Thomas Callier Valencia | Letters to the Editor

Lennar takes a hit after claims

Shares of Lennar Corp. tumbled as much as 28 percent Friday after a consumer group accused the homebuilder of fraudulent business practices, but the stock began to recover after the company strongly denied all allegations.

January 09, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News

Smyth’s bill would establish state park

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) introduced Assembly Bill 102 Thursday to create the Santa Susana State Park. The bill directs the Department of Parks and Recreation to form the Santa Susana State Park Advisory Committee to help establish the park.

January 09, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News

Deputies stage DUI checkpoint tonight

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies will conduct a DUI checkpoint from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. tonight.

January 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News

More isn’t always merrier

Though the Hart School District is expecting an enrollment decline over the next three years, seven portable classrooms will be placed at West Ranch High School to house a projected 213 more students this fall and a 308-student increase for the 2010-11 school year.

January 09, 2009 | By Michelle Lovato Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News

Brian Koegle: Grassroots and chicken tortilla soup

Last week, I went to lunch with fellow "Right Here, Right Now" columnist Steve Lunetta at the Corner Bakery in Valencia, which incidentally has some of the best chicken tortilla soup in the Valley. During our lunch, the conversation - not-so-surprisingly - turned toward politics and how Steve and I might have an impact on the restoration of the Republican Party to its Reagan-era glory.

January 09, 2009 | By Brian Koegle Right Here, Right Now | Columnists

Health care fix

Thanks, Gary Horton, for saying what needs to be said: Our health care system needs to be fixed, and even Obama's plan can't do the job, since it expands coverage while relying on insurance companies to provide the benefits.

January 09, 2009 | By Lowell Kebschull Santa Clarita | Letters to the Editor

Where’s the outrage?

OPEC announces it's going to cut oil production a million barrels a day in order to raise prices.

January 09, 2009 | By Robert Kerman Valencia | Letters to the Editor

Would-be gumshoes

Educators Maureen Teague and Jane D'Anna wanted to introduce a new program, a school newspaper, that would engage the Canyon Springs Elementary School student body in many ways.

January 09, 2009 | By Ann Unger Santa Clarita | Letters to the Editor

Set a new kind of resolution for 2009

Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet? Do you have a list of goals that are either new or continuations from last year? What do they include? Losing weight, exercising more, studying harder, getting that new job, saving money, working on a relationship?

January 09, 2009 | By Karen Maleck-Whiteley Live Well Stress Less | Healthy Living

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Articles By Author - Signal Staff

New leader, new voice, breaking barriers, building the future

Moazzem Chowdhury has lived in the United States for over 25 years and the city of Santa Clarita has been his home for over 20 years. Moazzem, Jeenat, his wife of 30 years, and his son and daughter all consider themselves blessed to live here.

February 24, 2014 | By Moazzem Chowdhury 2014 City Council Candidate | Public Service

Good for Santa Clarita

Dear Santa Clarita friends and neighbors,

February 24, 2014 | By Dante Acosta 2014 City Council Candidate | Public Service

Together we will make a difference

My wife Pamela and I moved to Santa Clarita in 1965. We raised two children and have five gorgeous grandchildren. Four generations of our family live in Santa Clarita.

February 24, 2014 | By Alan Ferdman 2014 City Council Candidate | Public Service

SCV Chamber honors local heroes

This summer, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the third annual Patriot Luncheon on July 11 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

March 31, 2013 | By Terri Crain President, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce | Business & Real Estate

County supervisor to speak at SCV Chamber State of the County luncheon

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will address the Santa Clarita Valley business and community leaders on May 1 at the fifth annual State of the County Luncheon.

March 31, 2013 | By Terri Crain President, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce | Business & Real Estate

Busting misconceptions about investor perceptions

We all know that perception often influences our decisions, yet we catch ourselves and become reminded that what we perceive isn't always what's really going on. With the constant barrage of information available in today's 24/7 world, it's important to not get caught up in the day-to-day market volatility and news headlines. That daily hype doesn't always dovetail with what Wells Fargo Advisors top strategists are observing in the financial marketplace.

March 31, 2013 | By LuzAnna Malec Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Advisors | Banking & Finance

Bayless leads community in industry, growth

Bayless is…

March 31, 2013 | By Andrea McAfee Controller, Bayless Engineering | Industry

Hart School District aims to make every graduate’s post-secondary dream a reality

With everything from nationally ranked academic programs to effective career education opportunities and college placement services, Hart district students are afforded every opportunity to excel in an increasingly competitive academic environment.

March 31, 2013 | For The Signal | Education

Santa Clarita homebuyers find many advantages with Pardee Homes and Fair Oaks Ranch

Whether priorities are schools, recreation or convenience and friendly neighborhoods, home buyers are finding that Fair Oaks Ranch by Pardee Homes fills the bill.

March 31, 2013 | For The Signal | Business & Real Estate

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