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Defense funds may flow to SCV

Aiming to address the readiness of and strain on America's military, both the House and Senate are considering the National Defense Authorization Act today, which may bring more than $7 million in defense spending to the Santa Clarita Valley for Fiscal Year 2009.

The House of Representatives' Armed Services Committee considered the bill last week, and it is on the legislative docket for a vote in the lower house today. Debate on the bill began Wednesday night.

July 23, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supervisors approve Sheriff academy probe

You can expect to hear plenty of grunting from inside the College of the Canyons gymnasium this summer as young recruits continue training for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, despite a call this week for a formal review of the training that goes on there and at other academies.

What you won't see at the academy, however, are recruits adjusting their hair in the mirror or practising their smiles for TV cameras.

July 23, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested for bat attack

Three boys were arrested after they allegedly conspired to assault a fellow Valencia High School student and assaulted him with an aluminum baseball bat after school on Tuesday, sheriff's Lt. Tom Bryski said.

The attack took place shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Newhall Ranch Road and Dickason Drive, when a 16-year-old suspect allegedly spouted a racial comment and a gang name and then hit the victim on his head with the bat.

July 23, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Lake Water Agency approves camera installation

If anyone should actually ever attend a water meeting they can expect to be videotaped.

The Finance and Administrative Committee of the Castaic Lake Water Agency is going to recommend the agency's board of directors hire a video company to install cameras at four agency locations at a total cost of $330,000.

July 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Applications available for July 4th parade

Applications are now available for the 77th annual Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade in downtown Newhall.

The parade attracts more than 3,000 participants and 25,000 spectators each year.

July 22, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mixed reactions to budget revisions

After educators, parents and teachers urged him to spare education from across-the-board budget cuts, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a revised budget plan last week, calling for borrowing against future lottery sales in order to maintain minimum funding levels for K-14 education. The announcement of the revised budget coincided with California's "Day of the Teacher."

"The good part about the revise is that the governor is looking to fully fund Proposition 98," said Assemblyman Cameron Smyth. "I am pleased to see that the governor decided to increase funding for public education, ensuring that our schools receive the minimum guarantee under ...

July 22, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rides to a transitional care unit offered

The city and county will soon be offering transportation for families with patients staying at a San Fernando Valley skilled nursing facility in response to fears that the closure of the local transitional care unit will mean frequent trips outside of Santa Clarita to visit their loved ones.

The transitional care unit at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is set to close within two weeks and, although plans are in the works for a health care company to develop a new transitional care unit in Santa Clarita, it could take up to three years for those plans to come to ...

July 22, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Winds fan fire in San Francisquito Canyon

Firefighters rushed to contain a 15-acre brush fire burning in the U.S. National Forest, north of the Santa Clarita Valley and south of Elizabeth Lake on San Francisquito Canyon Road near Powerhouse Lateral 14 this afternoon.

July 22, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Northbound on I-5? Leave early

An ongoing lane closure on northbound Interstate 5 at Templin Highway, approximately five miles north of Castaic, may make the holiday getaway take a bit longer for some drivers this Memorial Day weekend.

July 22, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


60-foot tree collapses on car

Commuters travelling on Arroyo Park Drive in Valencia had a difficult time trying to access McBean Parkway Wednesday afternoon, after high winds forced a 60-foot eucalyptus tree to be uprooted from the ground and blocked the road shortly after 2 p.m.

July 22, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mom graduates after 17 years of night classes

When Jillian Griffith discovered she was pregnant two months after starting college, she knew that getting her degree was going to be more of a challenge, but after more than 17 years of night classes Griffith will graduate Thursday on her oldest daughter's 17th birthday.

"The fact that her birthday is the same day as graduation day, I feel like my life has come full circle," said Griffith, 36, of Valencia. "My goal was to graduate before my daughter did, and I made it."

July 21, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Firefighters train at Disney Ranch

With hot temperatures and vast amounts of rugged terrain and dry brush, fires are a constant threat in the Santa Clarita Valley, especially in the summer months. Firefighters help combat that threat. Yet to ensure that they are able to keep the public safe while fighting a blaze, firefighters from the state, county and city fire departments constantly train together to streamline communications and operations.

On Monday, three firefighting agencies trained at Placerita Canyon's Disney Ranch. All three agencies came together to practice wildland hose-laying tactics and strategies.

July 21, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Free child ID kits offered

The Newhall Community Center is offering free child identification kits through May 31 to give local parents the tools they would need if their children were to ever go missing.

As part of National Missing Children's Day, the Santa Clarita-based Mothers Against Sexual Predators of California is now providing the community center with identification kits containing fingerprinting materials, a place to keep a current photograph of their child and a place to record distinctive characteristics like birthmarks so that parents have what they need to provide to law enforcement officials.

July 21, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


500k people in the SCV?

If you ever get frustrated driving across McBean Parkway at rush hour and wonder just how big Santa Clarita Valley will likely get, city planners have the answer.

Take all the people in Santa Clarita Valley and double that number - that's the biggest Santa Clarita Valley will ever get, they say.

July 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Planners to discuss pending projects

Santa Clarita city officials are scheduled to give a presentation on all of the development projects currently proposed in and around the city at a Canyon Country Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday.

July 21, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Interstate 5 lanes reopen near Calgrove Boulevard

Commuters returning to Santa Clarita Valley on the first work day this week were delayed for more than two hours Tuesday afternoon when reports of rebar poking through lanes of Interstate 5 prompted the immediate shutdown of two northbound lanes, officials said.

September 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jury selection to begin in Brada murder trial

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Wednesday in the trial of 42-year-old Eric Allen Earle, charged with murdering his live-in girlfriend, Karla Brada, three years ago.

September 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supervisors ask for more information for San Gabriel Mountains designation

Los Angeles County supervisors want more information regarding a plan to change the San Gabriel Mountains' federal designation.

September 02, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bills on Brown’s desk could require sick pay, restrict charter schools

With the deadline to pass legislation this year now come and gone, plenty of new laws are awaiting the governor's approval or the voters'.

September 02, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Art Slam to serve up chocolate

Ken Cornett stood a couple of hundred feet away from the performance stage at the August Thursday night Art Slam.

September 02, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Seventh arrest made in Canyon Country bike path robberies

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies investigating summertime robberies on Canyon Country bike paths have arrested an additional juvenile, bringing to seven the number apprehended in the crackdown, officials said Tuesday.

September 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV second-grader takes silver screen

Seven-year-old Noah Visconti was the first person to bring Iron Man to his knees. That's what his uncles tell people, anyway.

September 02, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Group of women pulls mall heist

For the second time in two months, thieving bands have stolen thousands of dollars worth of sunglasses from a eye wear specialty store in the mall, according to local sheriff's deputies.

September 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A push for education, not fines in SCV drought regualtions

Striving for a uniform water conservation strategy for all of the Santa Clarita Valley, local water providers are mailing materials directly to customers to get everyone on the same page about lawn-water schedules and other now-mandatory restrictions - and the penalties for not following them.

September 02, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV hospital thanked with Labor Day lunch

While many were relaxing around a barbecue Labor Day, nurses and doctors working up an appetite at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital were treated to lunch by one local restaurant as a show of appreciation.

September 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman killed in Sunday crash identified

The woman killed in a three-vehicle crash in Castaic Sunday afternoon has been identified as 36-year-old Cynthia Ray of Bakersfield.

September 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The SCV’s piano man

Palmdale resident Bill Swain walks into a Santa Clarita Valley consignment store on a Tuesday around noon, sits down at an old piano, and begins to play for customers.

September 02, 2014 | By Katharine Lotze Signal Staff Photographer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart district projects big boost in enrollment

Golden Valley and West Ranch high schools will see significant increases in enrollment by 2020 under a demographic projection report to the William S. Hart High School presented recently.

September 01, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stevenson Ranch teen returns a karate champ

Roughly 50 people crammed into Rising Sun Karate in Stevenson Ranch on Sunday to welcome home their karate kid.

September 01, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita City Hall retrofitting complete

Work wrapped up last week on a project to better prepare Santa Clarita City Hall to withstand an earthquake.

September 01, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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