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Update: No date for Castaic school

During a special meeting of the Castaic Area Town Council, Hart District Superintendent Jaime Castellanos informed a room full of frustrated Castaic residents that there is no timeline to build a high school in Castaic.

July 16, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cops catch up with biker -- 18 months later

In addition to a graphic memorializing a dead friend, Joseph Milhoan's motorcycle helmet was also emblazoned with a sticker reading: "Capable of evading high speed pursuit."

July 16, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Special Olympics seeks volunteers

Special Olympics Santa Clarita Valley, hosting its seventh annual Spirit Games on Saturday, is seeking 100 volunteers to assist with the event.

July 16, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


City Council approves Hasley Hills annexation

The Santa Clarita City Council Tuesday night approved an ordinance to send an application to annex 1,400 acres of Castaic into the city of Santa Clarita.

July 15, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drive Safe Golf Classic scheduled for Saturday

The Frontier Toyota and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's "Drive Safe" Golf Classic is set for Saturday at the Valencia Country Club.

July 15, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Protesters rally against TCU closing

Just minutes after nearly 30 senior citizens and senior advocates marched in front of City Hall on Tuesday evening to protest the closure of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial's transitional care unit, Councilwoman Laurene Weste announced that in the coming years, seniors will have another option.

While Newhall Memorial plans to close its TCU by June 5, G and Healthcare Services is now in escrow in purchasing what was formerly the Hillside Community Hospital building in Saugus.

July 15, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Homes proposed for contaminated site

New houses could pop up for sale on the 996-acre Whittaker-Bermite property in as little as five years.

SunCal Cos. submitted plans to the city Tuesday to eventually build nearly 3,500 homes, shops and office buildings on the site of the contaminated Whittaker-Bermite site in the center of the city.

July 15, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Six new fire stations slated for SCV

The Santa Clarita Valley is adding to its stable of fire stations.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a recommendation that would allow financing to build six new stations at a cost of $78.6 million.

July 15, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teachers, students, parents rally against state budget cuts

Parents and students joined teachers from six local school districts and College of the Canyons outside City Hall on Tuesday afternoon in response to a recent proposal by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to slash $4.8 billion in education funding statewide.

The approximately 500 people who attended the after-school rally were concerned about the impact of the proposed cuts on local schools.

July 15, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City OKs ethics code amid rancor

The Santa Clarita City Council adopted a code of ethics this week, but not without a nearly two-hour debate with members of the public about what a code of ethics is and whether the city really needs one.

July 15, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Seniors to protest TCU closure

A group of senior citizens plan to rally outside of Santa Clarita City Hall at 5 p.m. tonight to protest the decision to close Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's transitional care unit.

Hospital officials announced last week that the hospital plans to convert the 27-bed skilled nursing unit to general surgical beds by June 5.

July 14, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Council to consider adopting ethics code tonight

Santa Clarita city officials may soon have to abide by a city code of ethics, but the proposed code that will go before the council tonight is essentially the same as policies already in place.

Santa Clarita's five-page proposed ethics code draws on existing city, state and federal laws and principles that city staff and council members are already expected to adhere to. The proposed code is modeled after ethics codes from other cities, said Michael Murphy, the intergovernmental relations officer for the city.

July 14, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Revenues keep going up for Santa Clarita Water Company

The Santa Clarita Water Company opened up its wallet Monday night to reveal how much it collects from its more than 28,000 customers.

The bottom line? The wallet is much fatter than it was five years ago, by at least 50 percent.

July 14, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Another Hart employee put on administrative leave

For the second time in less than a month, an employee with the William S. Hart Union High School District has been put on administrative leave for alleged inappropriate contact with a student.

In a news release issued by district spokeswoman Pat Willett, the district says it is "currently investigating allegations of inappropriate contact between an employee and a student. The staff member has been placed on administrative leave pending results of the investigation."

July 14, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart district to lease portable buildings

Despite having around 56 extra portables of its own, most of which are stored on lots near the district office, the Hart district will shell out nearly $400,000 to lease 26 portable buildings for the modernization of Hart High School and Placerita and Sierra Vista junior highs.

The William S. Hart Union High School District governing board voted to approve the lease agreement Wednesday after being informed by district Chief Financial Officer Rob Gapper that it would actually be more costly to repair, move and install the existing buildings than to lease the new ones.

July 14, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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104 votes third smallest margin of victory in Santa Clarita City Council election history

All 13 candidates running for a seat on the Santa Clarita City Council this year saw their vote totals increase during Tuesday's ballot count, but the order in which they finished did not change from that of election night.

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


UPDATE: Dante Acosta wins Santa Clarita City Council seat

The ballots are cast, the numbers are crunched, the results are in and Dante Acosta is the new member of the Santa Clarita City Council.

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


Deal on table in fatal car-motorcycle crash

SAN FERNANDO - Prosecutors have a plea deal on the table for a Stevenson Ranch woman accused of fatally injuring a motorcyclist with her car last August, allegedly while she was intoxicated, court heard Tuesday.

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


Opponents of billboard deal launch referendum drive

Opponents of the City Council's vote to locate three electronic billboards on Santa Clarita Valley freeways in exchange for removing aging billboards on city thoroughfares have launched a drive to get the decision reversed.

April 14, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn and Charlie Kaijo Signal Staff Writers | Santa Clarita Valley News


Last-minute rush at local tax service firms

The day before tax day was crunch day for both taxpayers crunching their own sets of numbers and the tax businesses that re-crunch them.

April 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nearly 1,000 more ballots to be counted Tuesday

Nearly 1,000 more ballots for the Santa Clarita City Council election held last Tuesday will be counted this Tuesday - and they are expected to determine the council's newest member.

April 14, 2014 | By Lila Littlejohn Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘We stayed with her and prayed for her’

A Bay Area couple traveling southbound on Interstate 5 pulled two adults out of a shattered SUV that was involved in a high-speed crash, then told stories and prayed for the couple's 16-year-old daughter when they couldn't get her out of the crumpled vehicle, one of the rescuers said Monday.

April 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Assembly district candidates debate CEQA, business

The importance of promoting business and economic growth was a main topic discussed by four candidates running to represent the 36th Assembly District during a forum put on by Santa Clarita Valley media outlets last weekend.

April 14, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pace of presidential prep picks up

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just about everyone thinking about running for president is kicking it into gear now, slowpokes included.

April 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


A jump start on the egg hunt

More than 70 kids gathered Easter eggs at Summit Park on Sunday as part of the YMCA's Egg-stravaganza event.

April 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV voters turned out in lows for council election

The intrigue of an open seat and a guaranteed new council member apparently didn't translate to increased voter interest, as voter participation in Tuesday's Santa Clarita City Council election was lower than the last election in 2012, according to numbers released by the city this week.

April 13, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Thousands get muddy at Castaic Lake

Thousands of runners got down and dirty Sunday as they competed in the annual Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race at Castaic Lake.

April 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia brush fire burns half an acre in Santa Clara River wash

A half-acre of "heavy brush" in the Santa Clara River wash near the corner of Valencia Boulevard and Cinema Drive prompted swift action from county firefighters, who knocked the fire down in less than 20 minutes, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

April 13, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 kids, 3 adults injured in two-vehicle crash near Gorman

Six people including three children were "critically injured" and airlifted to the hospital Sunday following a two-vehicle crash near Gorman, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

April 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver Fatigue blamed in fatal crash near Agua Dulce

Driver fatigue is suspected to have played a part in a single-car crash near Agua Dulce Saturday night that claimed the life of a Palmdale man, according to the California Highway Patrol officer investigating the incident.

April 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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