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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


Proposition battle heats up

Both sides are gearing up for the June primary during this year of seemingly endless elections, but in the Santa Clarita Valley the hotly contested issue isn't candidates - it's propositions.

In fact, two warring measures involving eminent domain are the only issues that will appear locally on the June 3 ballot. Already, accusations of misleading and dishonest advertising are being leveled in the battle over the statewide measures.

July 14, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


News briefs

Details of restraining order confirmed

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


Engine fire slows traffic on I-5

An 18-wheeler big rig truck travelling on southbound Interstate 5 near McBean Parkway caught fire just before noon on Tuesday.

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


Short-order tourist visits SCV

Two eggs over medium, toast, hash browns and coffee.

One hundred and one times.

July 13, 2008 | By Josh Premako Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


A school in her honor

When a drought dried up the well at pioneer Sulphur Springs School in Sand Canyon in 1931, Leona Cox came to the aid of students by hauling five-gallon cans of water to the school in her Overland touring car.

At the time, Sulphur Springs School consisted of one room and had one teacher, Florence Mitchell. Cox also helped out by keeping the fires going in the winter months, caring for the grounds, and helping to discipline the boys and girls.

July 13, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nudie's car returned to family

Most women would love to wake up to find a new car in the driveway on the morning of that special Sunday each May, that one day we designate to honor everything a mother does for us during the other 364 (or 365, this year) days of the year.

For Jamie Lee Nudie, she found a whale of a car in front of her house just after lunch on Mother's Day, delivered to her in a trailer all the way from Canada.

July 13, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County seeks help at polls

An additional 11,300 pollworkers are needed to staff polling places for the California Primary Election on June 3, acting county Registrar-Recorder and Clerk Dean Logan said over the weekend.

"Pollworkers are an essential part of a successful election day," he said. "We have recruited over 18,000 pollworkers, but with the election less than one month away we are still in need of over 11,000 pollworkers."

July 13, 2008 | Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Princess Cruises opens new rehearsal studios

With a smash of the bottle, a pop of brightly colored confetti and a cut of a red ribbon, Princess Cruises celebrated the opening of its new rehearsal studios in Valencia on Friday.

The 28,000-square-foot property in the Valencia Industrial Center includes five studios for the performers of the on-ship shows to practice in, along with 2,000-square-feet of space for the international cruise liner's IT department, according to Martin Hall, vice president of entertainment and passenger program for Princess Cruises.

July 12, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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CORRECTION: Nighttime closure planned for Interstate 5 middle lanes

The California Department of Transportation announced Friday it will be closing the two middle lanes of the freeway in both directions between Van Nuys Boulevard and State Route 118 to demolish the median.

January 19, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Another Cemex stall?

Two months after a congressional subcommittee determined it needs a cost estimate before considering a bill to block a mega-mine in Canyon Country, the request to conduct the estimate hasn't been made, The Signal has learned.

January 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt and Luke Money Signal Staff Writers | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local water retailer honored nationally

The Newhall County Water District has won its sixth consecutive award for fiscal responsibility.

January 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City facilities closed Monday for MLK day

Santa Clarita city facilities, including City Hall and all branches of the city public library system, will be closed Monday to mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

January 19, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime rate increases in 2013

The number of reported Part 1 crimes handled by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station in 2013 was higher than in 2012 but still significantly lower than five years ago, according to data released Friday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

January 19, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local Democratic group holds health care forum

About 35 people turned out Saturday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Valencia to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and Covered California - the state's health insurance exchange.

January 19, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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