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Oscar Dominguez: Cut expenses to build profit

As a small-business owner in the Santa Clarita Valley, a tougher economy may provide an opportunity for you to increase your bottom line by carefully examining each expense and cutting out the extras.

April 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


No Hart district teacher layoffs for 2009-2010

A lot of hard work by Human Resources and Financial staff at the Wm. S. Hart Union High School District has resulted in good news this morning: All layoff notices have been rescinded and no Hart District teachers will be laid off for the 2009-10 school year.

April 24, 2009 | Source: William S. Hart Union High School District | SCV Raw


Kaiser poll reveals shocking health care issues

As economic conditions remain poor, a majority of the public continues to say that they or a member of their household have delayed or skipped health care in the past year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's April health tracking poll.

Perhaps because Americans continue to struggle with the cost of medical care in their own lives, the country's overall economic problems have not dampened their interest in pursuing health care reform: a solid majority of the public (59%) believes health care reform is more important than ever, compared with the thirty-seven percent who say we can't ...

April 24, 2009 | Source: Henry J. Kaiser Foundation | SCV Raw


Hit the road with the free 'California Road Trips 2009' guide

The 'California Road Trips 2009' guide, produced by the California Travel and Tourism Commission (CTTC) and Sunset Custom Media Solutions, continues to provide detailed driving maps that take readers to some of the best insider spots in California.

April 24, 2009 | Source: California Travel and Tourism Commission | SCV Raw


Cyclist worries over storm grate danger

As Castaic drivers adjust to the new traffic circle in their community along The Old Road at the Hasley Canyon Road overpass, one road warrior worries bicyclists might have a tough time.

April 24, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Discovering Careers program at COC Saturday

The Hart School District, SCV School and Business Alliance, and College of the Canyons are among the sponsors of SCV's second Annual Discovering Careers program.

April 24, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Review: 'Earth'

It's fundamental, cycle-of-life stuff that happens all day, every day, year-round, worldwide.

April 24, 2009 | By Christy Lemire Associated Press Movie Critic | Movies


Two Women on Wine: Explore Spanish wines

Of all the wines that are available, Spanish wines are some of our favorites. Every sip is a new discovery. Spanish wines offer the wine lover the best of both Old and New World style - plush and silky but not too jammy.

April 24, 2009 | Lil Lepore and Shari Frazier Two Women on Wine | Food and Fun


Review: 'Fighting'

I like the way the personalities are allowed to upstage the plot in "Fighting," a routine, three-act fight story that creates uncommonly interesting characters.

April 24, 2009 | Roger Ebert The Critic's Critic | Movies


Review: 'Soloist'

"The Soloist" has all the elements of an uplifting drama, except for the uplift. The story is compelling, the actors are in place, but I was never sure what the filmmakers wanted me to feel about it. Based on a true story, it stars Jamie Foxx as Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless man who was once a musical prodigy, and Robert Downey Jr. as Steve Lopez, the Los Angeles Times columnist who writes a column about him, bonds with him, makes him famous, becomes discouraged by the man's mental illness and - what? Hears him play great music?

April 24, 2009 | Roger Ebert The Critic's Critic | Movies


Week of the Young Child

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Valencia campus of College of the Canyons, which will be free and feature age-appropriate activities. Free. Info: Wendy Ruiz (661) 362-3510 or e-mail wendy.ruiz@canyons.edu.

April 24, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teenagers who cut hurt everyone

Whitney first felt the pain of isolation when her family moved to the Santa Clarita Valley. Everyone else in the family was enthusiastic about the move, but not Whitney. Always the introvert, she wasn't as outgoing as her older brother, who easily consumed all of the attention. Neither did she feel as smart as her younger sister, who she describes as a weekly academic-award winner.

April 24, 2009 | By Tracy Taris For The Signal | Rosemond on Parenting


Cap the carbon

I want our leaders to know that here in the San Fernando Valley, we support bold action on climate and energy, including a cap on carbon pollution.

April 24, 2009 | By Susie Soriano San Fernando | Letters to the Editor


Taxes make the country work

Having a couple of days to clear my mind regarding tax time and the "tea parties," I thought about the unbelievable good fortune and bounty many of us have.

April 24, 2009 | By Dennis C. Bartash Canyon Country | Columnists


Vakay insightful

Regarding Lynn Vakay's opinion column "Tea parties and prayer are American tradition" (The Signal, April 17): I was impressed by the simplicity and simple facts that make me feel I am part of the problem.

April 24, 2009 | By Jack Beaver Valencia | Letters to the Editor


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Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


First women move into Army platoon artillery jobs

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead. At the edge of the circle, the platoon leader watches as the field artillerymen go through their training exercise.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


What about the car drivers in motorcycle accidents?

Robert Burton wants to ban motorcycles from public streets because of the many accidents and even fatalities involving motorcycles, and because he saw a rider riding on the back wheel only, and because motorcycle riders cost our state many dollars in hospital bills.

April 16, 2014 | Don Gately Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Where’s the money going?

On a recent bus trip to a remote area of Mexico, we were asked to buy basic school supplies for a remote village school.

April 16, 2014 | Dick Ramirez Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Carl Kanowsky:Cracking down on breaches

The blue/red strobe lights flashed against the sides of the seemingly quiet single family home in upscale Valencia.

April 16, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


Working to make business permits easier

While codes aren't going to change for Santa Clarita business owners making tenant improvements at their place of business, the process doesn't have to be fraught with headaches, according to officials with the city's Building & Safety division.

April 16, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Clippers beat Nuggets 117-105 for record 57th win

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 24 points while picking up his 16th technical, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Denver Nuggets 117-105 on Tuesday night for their franchise-record 57th victory of the season.

April 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports News


TMC gets two pieces of good news

As far as Tuesdays go, The Masters's College baseball team had a pretty good one.

April 15, 2014 | By Matt Lechuga Signal Staff Writer | SCV College Sports


SCV's stellar softball alumni

No one knows exactly which eight teams will make their way to Oklahoma City for the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series.

April 15, 2014 | By Jon Stein Signal Staff Writer | SCV College Sports


Stevenson Ranch / Westridge, Zone 3, Public Safety and Crime Prevention Info. Snap Shot

Last week, the following Part 1 crimes occurred in Zone 3 Stevenson Ranch:

April 15, 2014 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station | Crime Reports


Saugus, Zone 4 Update, Public Safety & Crime Prevention Information Snapshot

The following crimes were reported in the Saugus area over the past week:

April 15, 2014 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station | Crime Reports


5 selfish things that can ruin your marriage

There is a trend I have noticed among people who seek help in marriage and couples' counseling. Both partners usually have the best of intentions. Both usually want to save the relationship and make it better. But often people end up in marriage counseling because they are engaging in five selfish behaviors which prevent good communication and understanding for each other to take place.

April 15, 2014 | By Anastasia Pollock FamilyShare | Hot Topics


U.S. 'tax freedom day' is 3 days later than in 2013

Since 1937, the Tax Foundation has provided analysis and policy about federal, state and local taxes. A not-for-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C., the Tax Foundation promotes increased awareness of tax policies and the tax burdens on U.S. taxpayers.

April 15, 2014 | By Kirby Brown Deseret News | Hot Topics


Live in the moment

As I unpacked my kids from the car for a fun afternoon at the park, I bathed them in sunblock and let them go. They ran, giggled and played in the afternoon sun as I chased them. My experience was the same as millions of mothers across the world. My kids called to me, showed me their tricks, and became very dirty very fast. I found myself looking around at the other mothers, their beautifully dressed and clean children then back to my messy, giggling brood. I became distracted from the great fun we were having. I had lost focus ...

April 15, 2014 | By Shannon Symonds & Erin Oscarson FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Deputies hunt for man suspected in identity theft

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives are hoping the public will help them identify an ATM thief with the release Tuesday of ATM photos taken of the suspect, a sheriff's spokesman said.

April 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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