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The Signal.com's Daybreak: June 11, 2009

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June 11, 2009 | By Signal Staff and Wire Services | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three men rob local pharmacy

Three men robbed a Canyon Country pharmacy Wednesday morning, making off with a bag full of prescription painkillers and evading sheriff's deputies.

June 11, 2009 | By Brandon Lowrey Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies give lessons, bikes

Seven kids on the verge of their teens huddled around a list of bicycle safety rules Wednesday night, just minutes before they were set to graduate from a Sheriff's Department program on bicycle safety.

June 11, 2009 | By Brandon Lowrey Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Families could lose homes

If Sacramento cuts off federal stimulus money for CalWorks as proposed, 1,300 Santa Clarita Valley families will end up homeless, according to a county official.

June 11, 2009 | By Brian Charles Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Headed for Annapolis

Cameron Dann never dreamed of joining the Naval Academy during his days at Golden Valley High School.

June 11, 2009 | By Brian Charles Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LandSource could be broken up, sold off

The bankrupt owner of Newhall Land and Farming Co. may wind up with a trustee in charge of liquidating the corporation and selling off assets to the highest bidder.

June 11, 2009 | By Josh Premako Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sweet rewards for reading at Mint Canyon

Mint Elementary School students made chocolate sundaes out of five teachers as a reward for the students earning more accelerated-reader points than the teachers for the school year.

June 11, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Robbers hit pharmacy, escape with drugs

Three men robbed a Canyon Country pharmacy Wednesday morning, making off with a bag full of prescription painkillers and evading sheriff's deputies.

June 10, 2009 | By Brandon Lowrey Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City faces $68.6M budget reduction

With the adoption date drawing nigh, the City Council got a look Tuesday night at Santa Clarita's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.

June 10, 2009 | By Josh Premako Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Fire department maintains staffing amid cutbacks

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has enacted a hiring freeze for nonessential personnel and slowed hiring of firefighters amid a widespread budget crisis, but expects to be able to maintain its current staffing levels, a spokesman said.

June 10, 2009 | By Brandon Lowrey Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon blasts detainee transfer

The transfer of Guantanamo Bay prison detainee Ahmed Ghailani to a prison in New York was strongly criticized today by Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon. Ghailani is an accused co-conspirator of the Aug. 7, 1998, U.S. Embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that killed 234 people. In a statement issued Tuesday, McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, slammed the decision by President Barack Obama to begin transferring prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S.

June 10, 2009 | By Brian Charles Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Celebrate Flag Day with the Elks

Show your patriotic spirit this Flag Day by coming to the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Santa Clarita Lodge No. 2379 for dinner. Flag Day is Sunday the 14th. The Santa Clarita Elks Lodge No. 2379 opens its doors to the public with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, with the annual Flag Day Ceremony beginning at 8 p.m. Flag Retirement immediately follows. In addition, well known local singer Sharon Rose will provide entertainment in the lounge. Please call (661) 251-1500 for more information.

June 10, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


District holds off on vote for rate increase

A vote on whether to annex new homes from an area of Castaic into the district is on the agenda for a Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District meeting today.

June 10, 2009 | By Brian Charles Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Keeping art alive

Valencia Valley Elementary School was transformed into the Newhall School District's very own museum Monday as thousands of kid-created works of art draped the walls of the elementary school during the district's second art show.

June 10, 2009 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC clips summer classes

College of the Canyon administrators have cut 20 percent of the school's summer-session classes as the community college braces for a budget cut that could top $8 million, a college official said Tuesday.

June 10, 2009 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Body in charred Newhall apartment remains unidentified

A week after finding the body of a man inside a burning Newhall apartment, investigators with the county Coroner's Department have still to identify the victim, a department spokesman said Monday.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Job fair slated for Wednesday at COC Canyon Country campus

It's time for round two of College of the Canyons' Spring Job & Career Fairs.

May 05, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Election month starts today

June 3 primary mail-in ballots began wending their way to voters Monday as county and state officials gear up for what one California official calls "election month."

May 05, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita: Billboard petitions have sufficient signatures

After estimating the number of signatures on 15 of 28 boxes of billboard petitions turned in at City Hall today, Santa Clarita city officials declared a minimim number of signatures had been collected to send the issue up to the next level: verification of those signatures by Los Angeles County officials.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia Water Company Announces Personal Drought Report for Residential Customers

VALENCIA, Calif. (May 5, 2014) – Valencia Water Company customers will soon receive a "personal drought report" that specifies exactly how much water they need to save this year to meet Governor Brown's call to save 20 percent during the state's unprecedented drought.

May 05, 2014 | Source: Valencia Water Company | Santa Clarita Valley News


Joint session on tap to talk city budget

Santa Clarita City Council members and city commissioners will meet Tuesday for a joint study session to discuss the state of the city's budget.

May 05, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Taste of the Town returns to Valencia

Santa Clarita is 'sweet' according to thousands who attended the 26th annual Taste of the Town event in Valencia Sunday.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wings for Life World Run draws hundreds to Santa Clarita

In the dead of the night, more than 1,100 runners gathered at Westfield Valencia Town Center to compete in an event embraced simultaneously by runners in 35 cities around the world, all to raise money for research into spinal cord injury.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deadline for billboard referendum is Monday

After a month of signature-gathering, blocking and more than a few arrests, Monday marks the deadline that a billboard referendum petition must be turned in to the Santa Clarita City Clerk's office.

May 04, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pavley bill would provide overdose ‘antidote’ to first responders

A bill from a Santa Clarita Valley legislator that would ensure emergency responders have access to an "antidote" that can help reverse some of the effects of heroin and prescription pill overdoses is currently making its way through the state Senate.

May 04, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Problems could arise with concurrent elections, official says

In a bid to avoid a lawsuit and increase voter involvement, Santa Clarita has agreed to change its city elections to November starting in 2016. But the change could cause additional wrinkles in the voting process, according to a county elections official.

May 04, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Val Verde residents explore, add to treasures of the times

Val Verde residents and other community members can explore artifacts on display from a time capsule buried in 1939 as the cornerstone of the Val Verde swimming pool, which was unearthed in 1994.

May 03, 2014 | Photos by Dan Watson Signal Photo Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Culture, dance center stage at Cinco de Mayo event in Newhall

Dance, music, tradition and celebration brightened up the streets of Old Town Newhall at the annual Cinco de Mayo event, "A Celebration of Latino Culture," presented by the Latino Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

May 03, 2014 | Photos by Dan Watson Signal Photo Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Signal takes home collection of CNPA awards

Signal Multimedia took home four awards, including top honors for enterprise reporting and feature photography, in an annual competition, the California Newspaper Publishers Association announced Saturday.

May 03, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Author visits SCV shopping center

Author Gregory Orfalea will be discussing his book "Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra's Dream and the Founding of California" on Saturday, May 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

May 02, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


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