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

Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to The-Signal.com's Daybreak, your point of entry for the day, and a quick journey through the past, present and future. Let the adventure begin:

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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Twin sisters recount the Holocaust

Twin sisters Rita Kahane and Serena Rubin told a small congregation at Beth Shalom Sunday how lucky they were to have survived several life-threatening moments during the Holocaust, most notably perhaps being the day Nazi doctor Josef Mengele came looking for twins.

April 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


West Creek Academy lends a hand

The PTA at West Creek Academy recently donated clothing and school supplies to help underprivileged students in Nicaragua.

April 28, 2014 | By Nancy Angel Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The stories survive

Overtaken by memories, Erika Schwartz clutches a collection of yellowed, slightly crumpled photographs - all she has left of her entire family.

April 28, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nissan rewards students for good attendance

Nissan of Valencia executive manager Dan Sterkel presented William S. Hart Union High School District students who had attendance records of 97 percent or higher with gifts, scholarships and a car, totaling $21,800 on Saturday.

April 26, 2014 | Dan Watson | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC sets star-gazing party

College of the Canyons' Canyon Country campus hosts its SpringStar Party from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday at the campus' Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater.

April 26, 2014 | Lila Littlejohn | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boys and Girls Club chief throws first pitch at City of Santa Clarita Dodger Day

Retiring Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley Chief Professional Officer Jim Ventress threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game between The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies at the City of Santa Clarita Dodger Day event at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. Signal Executive Editor/Supervising Producer Jason Schaff acted as umpire and Arnie Durazo, Hart Pony League President caught the first pitch from Jim Ventress.

April 26, 2014 | Dan Watson | Santa Clarita Valley News


'Meltdown' for autism draws thousands

More than 4,000 people turned out on Saturday for the 11th annual "Yes I Can" Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness Music and Arts Festival at Santa Clarita Skate Park.

April 26, 2014 | Nancy Angel | Santa Clarita Valley News


Another arrest in billboard showdown

A continuing battle over the Santa Clarita City Council's decision to approve electronic billboards along local freeways resulted in another arrest this weekend and a face-to-face showdown between billboard supporters and opponents on the dusty Western streets at the 21st annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival on Saturday.

April 26, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Giddyup Santa Clarita

Amid the charcoal smell of barbecues, the twirl of parasols and the jingling of spurs, thousands attended the 21st annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival on Saturday and enjoyed a sunny day of Western culture.

April 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dealership still rolling toward completion

Carpenter Diego Bonilla installs protective plastic covering on the roof of a new Audi dealership on Thursday.

April 25, 2014 | By Charlie Kaijo Signal Staff Photographer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Petition battle continues

At 9:10 a.m. Friday, Jeff and David met at the Walmart on Newhall Ranch Road for the first time.

April 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawsuit: ‘Fiscal integrity’ of SCV water service threatened

One of Santa Clarita Valley's four water retailers is suing the agency from which it buys a portion of its water, claiming the Castaic Lake Water Agency illegally purchased the Valencia Water Company, another water retailer.

April 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boys in Blue prove scarce in SCV sports bars

Looking for a public place to watch the Santa Clarita Valley Dodgers Day game tomorrow night? Don't expect to find the Boys in Blue on the TV at your favorite local watering hole.

April 25, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Fun Run’ to benefit ailing 7-year-old

Richie's Fight for Life Foundation's Fun Run is about a search for the reason a seven-year old boy is dying.

April 25, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested so far in ongoing billboard dispute

The ongoing Santa Clarita Valley dispute over electronic billboards between those petitioning against them and the "petition blockers" rallying in their support has netted three arrests and spurred several confrontations at local stores, a sheriff's official confirmed Friday.

April 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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