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Emergency Expo set for Saturday

The 16th annual Santa Clarita Emergency Expo will be hosted at the College of the Canyons on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 18, 2008 | By Joe Cardwell Special to The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jury in Castro trial still deliberating

The jury in the Esperanza Castro murder trial continued its deliberations on Thursday but did not reach a verdict.

June 18, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castro defense: 'I am defending her honor'

SAN FERNANDO - The fate of Esperanza Castro was sent to the jury on Wednesday afternoon, as attorneys on both sides presented closing arguments and rested their respective cases.

Defense attorney Peter Korn told the jury that the prosecution rushed to judgment in charging his client with murder.

June 18, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boys & Girls Club celebrates its alumni

"When I felt like I wanted to quit, I kept persevering."

June 17, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Updated: Educators discuss school budgets at VIA luncheon

Due to the proposed cuts to education, the Hart district recently had to cut and adjust its budget by 10 percent - or $10.3 million - even though the exact percentage of cuts has not yet been determined at the state level.

"Will that 10 percent really be a 10 percent cut, or a 7 percent cut, or 5 percent? We don't know at this point, but we are ready for the worst case scenario," Jaime Castellanos, superintendent of the William S. Hart Union High School District, said Tuesday. "The hardest thing right now is the uncertainty of the budget."

June 17, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Business owner turns in his own workers to cops

Concerned that items were disappearing from his shop, a Valencia business owner secretly staked out the premises early Tuesday morning, and ended up catching several employees that he alleges were stealing aluminum.

Jose Montano, 42, and Jose Escobar, 24, both of Palmdale, were arrested Tuesday and booked on fel-ony charges of burglary, embezzlement and grand theft, after they stole more than 900 pounds of aluminum from Contractor's Wardrobe, a sheriff's official said.

June 17, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Surprises delay murder trial

SAN FERNANDO - A prosecutor on the verge of tears and a juror nearly fainting delayed closing arguments at the Esperanza Castro murder trial Tuesday as both sides continue to revisit the evidence.

Deputy District At-torney Paula Gonzales was granted extra time to prepare the last segment of her final argument when Superior Court Judge Burt Pines questioned her well-being.

June 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Burrtec trashes MRF plan

It appears the plans to build a giant recycling facility along Sierra Highway in Newhall are getting tossed out.

June 17, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hit-and-run under investigation

A Santa Clarita motorcyclist remained in critical condition Wednesday after being hit by a motor home Sunday night.

June 17, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Quakes, wildfires, floods & landslides

In a valley that sits atop numerous earthquake faults and is surrounded by dry hillsides, city and county planners outlined the biggest threats to public safety in the Santa Clarita Valley for the city's Planning Commission on Tuesday.

Planners released the draft version of the safety element of the One Valley One Vision General Plan, a long-term planning document that will act as a sort of constitution for the Santa Clarita Valley. The city and county are developing the final stages of the plan, which likely will be adopted in the spring of 2009.

June 17, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


News Briefs

Hart Park hike set for Friday

There will be a free, ranger-led tour of William S. Hart's Horseshoe Ranch, at 7 p.m. Friday. The two-mile hike will offer a bit of history about the 265-acre park named for the late silent film star. Hiking boots and water are recommended. Hart Park is located at 24151 Newhall Ave.. For more information call (661) 259-1750.

June 17, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Honoring those killed while in their youth

Wednesday night, city officials will honor 71 Santa Clarita Valley youth who lost their lives to traffic-related incidents in recent years.

June 16, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita staging quake drill

There probably won't be a whole lotta shakin' goin' on Wednesday morning, but city officials are hoping residents at least play the part.

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


CalArts CAPs showcases young musical talent

The Community Arts Partnership program, dubbed "CAP," links California Institute of the Arts with communities throughout Los Angeles County, offers free after-school and school-based arts programs for youth, such as Sunday's CAP concert at CalArts.

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


Hart district, rights group clash on gay, lesbian issues

According to Diversity Coordinator Greg Lee, teachers and administrators in the Hart district are trained to be sensitive to the needs of gay and lesbian students. However, the president of the Santa Clarita PFLAG chapter says that while the district has made progress, he still feels more could be done.

Dave McEachern, president of the local Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays chapter and a former teacher in the William S. Hart Union High School District, said that despite the district's efforts, there are still incidents of harassment toward gays and lesbians on district campuses.

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


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Assuming the role at Saugus High

Student Sarah Farnell enjoyed Saugus High School's Women in History re-enactment a year ago, so this year she decided to get involved and become Florence Nightingale.

April 16, 2014 | By Charlie Kaijo Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Charge against Valencia private school teacher dismissed

More than 100 people, many sporting white shirts that read "Truth will prevail," rallied behind a Santa Clarita Valley teacher after a judge dismissed a child molestation charge against him Wednesday.

April 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV toll lane project could be publicly financed

With the economy continuing to improve, transportation officials are examining a change in the way they plan to finance a project that will build two new toll carpool lanes on Interstate 5 through the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


UPDATE: Driver killed in I-5 collision

Investigators Tuesday were trying to unravel the circumstances behind the death of an Oakland man killed when the car he was driving slammed into the back of a truck on Interstate 5 north of Castaic.

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


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


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


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