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English learners' test scores up in SCV

The results of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) were released Wednesday, with all five Santa Clarita Valley school districts showing improvement in the test scores of their English language learners.

The number of SCV students taking the CELDT also increased, and the number of English learners who took the test this school year increased by nearly 24,000 - 2 percent - over last year statewide.

June 26, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City releases income disclosure report

The Santa Clarita City Council this week voted to release to the public a city attorney report outlining the income disclosure requirements for City Council members on the state-required disclosure forms.

City Attorney Carl Newton compiled the report after a local activist pointed out that Mayor Bob Kellar had not disclosed some of his income information on his State of Economic Interests forms since he began on the council in 2000. The report had been kept confidential due to the attorney-client privilege.

June 26, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cemex mine deal brokered

An agreement that would put a halt to the long-proposed Cemex mine in Canyon Country was announced today by Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita.

The deal, which was introduced to Congress as HR Bill 5877 Thursday, would in effect swap the proposed Soledad Canyon mine site for land in Victorville.

June 26, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CLWA OKs more consulting funds

Money paid to engineering consultants trying to reduce the amount of chloride entering the water system has increased by more than two-thirds at the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

In June, the agency's Board of Directors authorized $150,000 to be paid to Kennedy/Jenks Consultants for general engineering services which includes the agency's handling of chloride that ends up in the Santa Clara River.

June 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hundreds remember former Hart student killed in crash

Hundreds of family and friends gathered Thursday afternoon at a memorial for James "Jimmy" Neill, the 23-year-old Castaic resident who died on April 16 when his vehicle flipped over and collided with a tree on Hasley Canyon Road near his home.

More than 400 people packed Grace Baptist Church in Saugus to pay their last respects to Neil, a former Hart High School football player who nurtured a post-grad passion for golf.

June 26, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Great Strides' fundraiser set for Saturday

For the eighth year in a row, the Southern California chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is hitting the pavement.

The Great Strides walk starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at Westfield Valencia Town Center, aiming to raise money for research.

June 26, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two pedestrians injured in traffic collision

The driver walked away, but two pedestrians were sent to the hospital Thursday after an out-of-control car jumped the curb and slammed into the pair.

Alfonso Garcia of Saugus, and Anna Martinez of Valencia, both 19, were walking on the sidewalk along Bouquet Canyon Road near Espuella Drive on Thursday morning, when they were hit by a 1989 Honda CRX driven by 19-year-old Preston Barton of Palmdale, according to Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 26, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita jobless rate rises slightly

Santa Clarita's unemployment rate rose slightly between February and March, according to figures from the city's Employment Development Department.

June 25, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


I-5 to close overnight

Interstate 5 through Castaic will be closed in both directions Thursday night for pavement rehabilitation.

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


D.U.I. and drivers license checkpoint this weekend

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station and the California Highway Patrol will conduct a joint D.U.I. / drivers license enforcement checkpoint starting approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday and concluding about 2:30a.m. Saturday.

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


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


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UPDATE: McKeon talks to Signal about his retirement

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, a mainstay on the Santa Clarita Valley political stage for more than three decades, including a stint as Santa Clarita's mayor, has decided to retire from the Congressional seat he was first elected to in 1992.

January 16, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Race on to replace McKeon

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, officially announced Thursday that he plans to retire from his seat in the 25th Congressional District and has endorsed Republican former state Sen. Tony Strickland to succeed him.

January 16, 2014 | Luke Money | Santa Clarita Valley News


Field stands at 13 for City Council race

A baker's dozen candidates are expected to vie for the three seats open on the Santa Clarita City Council during April's election, according Wednesday's filings at Santa Clarita City Hall.

January 15, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Castaic teen killed in Stevenson Ranch collision

An 18-year-old Castaic man hit by a car while skateboarding across The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch has died of his injuries, officials said Wednesday.

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


Blond Scammer gets suspended sentence for SCV crimes

A woman dubbed the "Blond Scammer" and suspected of identity thefts in two counties received a suspended sentence Wednesday for crimes committed in the Santa Clarita Valley last January.

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


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