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Program teaches art to local youth

The CalArts Community Arts Partnership program has been providing college-level arts training and practice to Los Angeles-area youth since 1990, giving young artists the opportunity to learn from California Institute of the Arts faculty.

"The great thing about CAP is that all the programs are free and they're taught by CalArts instructors," said Evelyn Serrano, assistant director of programs for CAP. "So our young students are getting the benefit of our instructors' vast experience."

June 25, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New group plans to fight Smiser Ranch development

Nearly 30 Newhall residents living near the old Smiser Ranch mule farm told Santa Clarita City Council members this week that the plans to build two 12-story buildings, retail shops and 800 residential units are too "New York City" for their quiet community.

"The proposal is downright scary," said Glenda Bona, a leader of the recently-formed Calgrove Corridor Coalition. "We're not going to let this slide by."

June 25, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Planners working on new women's jail

Los Angeles County planners designing a 1,000-unit women's jail for the Pitchess Detention Center are excited about its innovative circular design and its promise to address overcrowding in jails across the county.

On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors passed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that sets aside money specifically for new fire stations in Santa Clarita and new barracks at the detention center in Castaic.

June 25, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City closer to annexing Hasley Hills

The request to annex a portion of Castaic likely will be in the county's hands by this summer.

The Santa Clarita City Council voted this week to close the public hearing and send an application to annex the Hasley Hills, North Bluffs and Live Oak communities and the Valencia Commerce Center into the city of Santa Clarita.

June 25, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New doctor tested at 30,000 feet

A local doctor-in-training got his first brush with a real-world emergency earlier this month when another passenger on his cross-country flight unexpectedly fell ill.

June 25, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hung jury in Castro murder trial

SAN FERNANDO - After 20 hours of deliberation, a hung jury was announced Wednesday morning in the murder trial of Esperanza Castro. The final vote was nine to three in favor of acquittal on the murder charge.

Deputy District Attorney Paula Gonzales indicated this morning that her office will prepare for another trial against Castro, who will remain in custody until May

June 25, 2008 | Parimal Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


High school students ‘going green'

A class at California Institute of the Arts is teaching local high school students about the environment and then encouraging them to use what they've learned for inspiration to create hands-on projects.

"Going Green" is being taught at the Valencia arts institute as part of its Community Arts Partnership program, which provides college-level arts training and practice to Los Angeles area youth ages 10 to 18.

June 25, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ender, Kellar take City Council oath

A new member is on board on the Santa Clarita City Council and the council voted Tuesday night to move forward on the plans to "streetscape" 10 blocks of Main Street in downtown Newhall.

Laurie Ender and Mayor Bob Kellar were sworn into office to begin their four-year terms on the council after voters decided in the April 8 election. Kellar was re-elected to his seat on the council, while Ender was elected to fill TimBen Boydston's expiring seat.

June 24, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Offender says he is innocent

John Joseph Gambill's life is falling apart, he says. With a wavering voice, the 48-year-old registered sex offender began to tell The Signal his side of the story but stopped to remove his glasses and wipe his eyes.

"My life is in ruins," he said as he unloaded groceries from his car outside his Saugus mobile home Tuesday. "I'm going through a lot of s--t right now. My mother just died. I'm scarred for life because of this."

June 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Memorial softball game set for Thursday

Principal Bill Bolde describes her as extremely likable and a good student, but the one thing Lauren Blaire will always be remembered as is a fiery competitor on the Saugus High School softball team.

Blaire was 18 years old in 1998 when a drunk driver broadsided her car at the corner of Plum and Bouquet canyon roads, ending her life and her softball career just before her senior season was about to begin.

June 24, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City swearing in open space overseers

The five members of the citizen panel formed to oversee the Open Space Preservation District will be sworn in tonight at the panel's first meeting.

The Financial Accountability and Audit Panel will meet annually to review the city's management of funds collected for the open space district voters approved in 2007. The district will collect annual assessment fees from property owners to buy vacant land in and around the city to develop a greenbelt of open space.

June 24, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County approves sex offender alert system

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion Tuesday calling for the development of a countywide alert system that would notify local officials whenever a sex offender tries to register at the address of a state-licensed foster or child care facility.

The motion was introduced by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich at Tuesday's regular board meeting.

June 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Financial problems strike Newhall Land's owner

LandSource Communities Development LLC, the parent company of The Newhall Land and Farming Co., is in negotiations to restructure its debt, according to a Newhall Land spokeswoman.

Newhall Land, developers of the Valencia and Newhall Ranch communities, is owned by LandSource, which is comprised of Lennar Corp., LNR Property Corp. and the California Public Employees' Retirement System.

June 24, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Assistants will be missed by teachers

When the Hart district reduced its resource instructional assistants by 30 as part of the cuts made to meet the state's proposed budget requirements, some people may not have realized that move would completely eliminate the position.

The resource instructional assistants help the resource teachers by reading tests to students who have difficulty reading, providing math support and assisting resource students in the mainstream classrooms. The Resource Specialist Program serves students who are in the special education program less than 50 percent of their school day, spending most of their time in a regular classroom.

June 24, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castro may go free

After 20 hours of deliberation, a hung jury was announced this morning in the murder trial of Esperanza Castro.

June 24, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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City to seek grant for Sierra Highway-Golden Valley Road improvements

The state Department of Transportation is inviting cities and counties throughout California to submit projects to get people out of their cars and onto their bikes or their own two feet - and Santa Clarita is ready to comply.

April 19, 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


A defining moment: West Ranch student describes scene of terror

West Ranch High School senior Steven Clavijo was trying to get some sleep.

April 19, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


'Eggstravaganza' draws crowd to Central Park

Hours of preparation came down to a 90-second mad dash during the annual "Eggstravaganza" Easter egg hunt Saturday at Central Park.

April 19, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ten years of West Ranch High staff births celebrated

Tori Hughes, 6, left, and her sister Lexy, 9 carry their brother Liam, 4, to line up for a "family photo" in Stevenson Ranch on Friday as they join a group of an estimated 60 of the 120 West Ranch High School babies that have been born to faculty, teachers and administration since the school was started 10 years ago in Stevenson Ranch.

April 18, 2014 | Dan Watson | Santa Clarita Valley News


Closures for I-5 Truck Lanes Project

Santa Clarita - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to implement the closures listed below as part of a project that is constructing truck lanes on I-5 between Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14).

April 18, 2014 | Source: Caltrans | Santa Clarita Valley News


State ups water allocations to 5 percent

Farmers and state water contractors who depend on the State Water Project - including the Santa Clarita Valley's water wholesaler - will receive slightly more than nothing from the project this year, state officials said Friday.

April 18, 2014 | By Signal Staff and Wire Service | Santa Clarita Valley News


Congressional race shaping up to be a big money affair

Money for candidates on both sides of the aisle has poured in during recent months for the race to represent the 25th District, including the Santa Clarita Valley, in Congress - setting the stage for a big-money showdown in the upcoming June primary.

April 18, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Palmdale man sentenced to prison for Newhall bank robbery

A Palmdale man convicted of robbing a Newhall bank last May was sentenced to at least seven decades in state prison this week, court officials said Friday.

April 18, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rollover in Valencia on Friday

A Chevrolet Tahoe rolled over in a collision Friday at Valencia Boulevard and Rockwell Canyon Road in Valencia.

April 18, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate remains low

Santa Clarita's jobless rate settled back down to 5.3 percent in March - mirroring the December rate when retailers hired extra help for the holidays.

April 18, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man, alleged Armenian Power gang leader, among those convicted in racketeering conspiracy

A 38-year-old Valencia man and leader in the Armenian Power gang could face almost 1,000 years in federal prison after being convicted on 57 criminal counts, officials with the U.S. Attorney's office said this week.

April 18, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chance of showers today in SCV

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook today for a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms in the Santa Clarita Valley and elsewhere around Southern California.

April 18, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Education Foundation honors SCV teachers

Dozens of teachers from schools across the Santa Clarita Valley were recognized for their dedication and service this week during the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation's annual Teacher Tribute.

April 18, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two names added to Newhall's Western Walk of Stars

Two more saddles on the Western Walk of Stars were unveiled Thursday night, with movie stars Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen being honored at a ceremony on Main Street in Newhall.

April 18, 2014 | By Dan Watson | Santa Clarita Valley News


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