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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


Hung jury in Castro murder trial

SAN FERNANDO - After 20 hours of deliberation, a hung jury was announced Wednesday morning in the murder trial of Esperanza Castro. The final vote was nine to three in favor of acquittal on the murder charge.

Deputy District Attorney Paula Gonzales indicated this morning that her office will prepare for another trial against Castro, who will remain in custody until May

June 25, 2008 | Parimal Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


High school students ‘going green'

A class at California Institute of the Arts is teaching local high school students about the environment and then encouraging them to use what they've learned for inspiration to create hands-on projects.

"Going Green" is being taught at the Valencia arts institute as part of its Community Arts Partnership program, which provides college-level arts training and practice to Los Angeles area youth ages 10 to 18.

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


Ender, Kellar take City Council oath

A new member is on board on the Santa Clarita City Council and the council voted Tuesday night to move forward on the plans to "streetscape" 10 blocks of Main Street in downtown Newhall.

Laurie Ender and Mayor Bob Kellar were sworn into office to begin their four-year terms on the council after voters decided in the April 8 election. Kellar was re-elected to his seat on the council, while Ender was elected to fill TimBen Boydston's expiring seat.

June 24, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Offender says he is innocent

John Joseph Gambill's life is falling apart, he says. With a wavering voice, the 48-year-old registered sex offender began to tell The Signal his side of the story but stopped to remove his glasses and wipe his eyes.

"My life is in ruins," he said as he unloaded groceries from his car outside his Saugus mobile home Tuesday. "I'm going through a lot of s--t right now. My mother just died. I'm scarred for life because of this."

June 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Memorial softball game set for Thursday

Principal Bill Bolde describes her as extremely likable and a good student, but the one thing Lauren Blaire will always be remembered as is a fiery competitor on the Saugus High School softball team.

Blaire was 18 years old in 1998 when a drunk driver broadsided her car at the corner of Plum and Bouquet canyon roads, ending her life and her softball career just before her senior season was about to begin.

June 24, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City swearing in open space overseers

The five members of the citizen panel formed to oversee the Open Space Preservation District will be sworn in tonight at the panel's first meeting.

The Financial Accountability and Audit Panel will meet annually to review the city's management of funds collected for the open space district voters approved in 2007. The district will collect annual assessment fees from property owners to buy vacant land in and around the city to develop a greenbelt of open space.

June 24, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County approves sex offender alert system

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion Tuesday calling for the development of a countywide alert system that would notify local officials whenever a sex offender tries to register at the address of a state-licensed foster or child care facility.

The motion was introduced by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich at Tuesday's regular board meeting.

June 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Financial problems strike Newhall Land's owner

LandSource Communities Development LLC, the parent company of The Newhall Land and Farming Co., is in negotiations to restructure its debt, according to a Newhall Land spokeswoman.

Newhall Land, developers of the Valencia and Newhall Ranch communities, is owned by LandSource, which is comprised of Lennar Corp., LNR Property Corp. and the California Public Employees' Retirement System.

June 24, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Assistants will be missed by teachers

When the Hart district reduced its resource instructional assistants by 30 as part of the cuts made to meet the state's proposed budget requirements, some people may not have realized that move would completely eliminate the position.

The resource instructional assistants help the resource teachers by reading tests to students who have difficulty reading, providing math support and assisting resource students in the mainstream classrooms. The Resource Specialist Program serves students who are in the special education program less than 50 percent of their school day, spending most of their time in a regular classroom.

June 24, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Man who struggled with arresting officers gets 38 months in prison

An Azusa man initially charged with seven offenses has been sentenced to 38 months in state prison after pleading no contest to just two of the charges - evading an officer and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia Water Company: Down to the gallon

For water company customers who respond "How much is that?" when told to reduce consumption by 20 percent, Valencia Water Company says it has the exact answer.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LADWP lagging behind on replacing old power poles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An analysis finds the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has slipped far behind its schedule to replace aging power poles.

May 07, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff's deputies kick off national bike tour

Police Unity Tour: L.A. Deputies Bicycle to Washington DC in National Law Enforcement Event
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Los Angeles County Deputies Participate In a Journey of Honor:

May 07, 2014 | source: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita projecting a balanced budget

City officials painted a rosy picture of Santa Clarita's projected budget for the next fiscal year during a meeting Tuesday night, calling it balanced and conservative while also containing funding for a variety of needed projects around the city.

May 07, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Miss Mexico U.S. returns to SCV with a new role

Standing inside a bathroom stall, 7-year-old Setareh Khatibi bathes herself in a bucket of tap water. She's used to the cold water on her skin and doesn't even grimace.

May 07, 2014 | By Nancy Angel Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Wilk, Knight ask McKeon to use another tactic to halt the Cemex mine

While legislative options to resolve the longstanding Cemex mine issue remain ongoing, two Santa Clarita Valley representatives are urging local Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, to try a different tactic to halt the mine.

May 06, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No gun found following report of possible weapon spotted near Sierra Vista

Reports of a student in possession of a gun near Sierra Vista Junior High School Tuesday prompted swift response by local sheriff's deputies, but no weapon was found, school and law enforcement sources said.

May 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supreme Court declines to hear storm water pollution case

The U.S. Supreme Court declined this week to hear an appeal by Los Angeles County contesting a ruling that held it liable for storm water pollution.

May 06, 2014 | By Signal Staff and Wire Service | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: SCV Sanitation District to discuss rate hikes

The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District meets at City Hall this Wednesday to take up the issue of rate increases to underwrite chloride removal from local wastewater.

May 06, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lively, Gray named 2014 Man and Woman of the Year

The selection process for Santa Clarita Valley Man and Woman of the Year has a lot to do with faithfulness to community service.

May 06, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash in Valencia today snarls traffic

Lunchtime traffic was tied up on Creekside Road at Valencia Boulevard today following a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

May 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CHP kicks off Bicycle Safety Awareness Month

With more people choosing a bicycle for transportation, the California Highway Patrol and Office of Traffic Safety are embarking on a month-long

May 06, 2014 | source: CHP | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kim Goldman releases memoir, launches book tour

Kim Goldman, executive director of the nonprofit SCV Youth Project, releases her e-book today on the murder of her brother, Ronald, and her decades-long legal pursuit of O.J. Simpson.

May 06, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


USFS air tanker numbers drop as fire hazard increases

With a vast swath of the West primed for wildfires, federal foresters are preparing for the worst with a budget that might run dry and a fleet of air tankers that in some cases aren't ready for takeoff.

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


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