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The Signal.com's Daybreak: March 25, 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:

"Yes, I am upset that I might not have a classroom in which to teach come August, but I'm even more upset by what it's doing to the future of our state and country." - Melissa Valencia, teacher (Click here for story)

March 25, 2009 | By Signal Staff and Wire Services | Santa Clarita Valley News


City Council extends eminent domain

With little discussion Tuesday night, the City Council extended Santa Clarita's power to use eminent domain for another 12 years.

March 25, 2009 | By Josh Premako Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Students dress up as social leaders

March 25, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hasley roundabouts: steel in progress

A construction project to add traffic roundabouts on both sides of Interstate 5 at the Hasley Canyon exit is a joint project of the California Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

March 24, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Board OKs development

LOS ANGELES - A proposed development that would uproot 162 oak trees for family and senior housing, which has drawn the ire of nearby residents, is one giant step closer to becoming a reality.

March 24, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Burglars strike again, thwarted by homeowner

A suspect broke down the door of a Canyon Country home Tuesday, putting local residents on high alert, according to a homeowner.

March 24, 2009 | By Brian Charles Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chamber sets 2009 Expo dates

The 2009 Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Expo is slated for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10, at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, 20880 Centre Pointe Pkwy., Canyon Country 91351.

March 24, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teacher doubles as author

Canyon High School teacher Andy Smith is putting a new face on fiction geared to teenage boys.

March 24, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rollover water won't go stale

Santa Clarita Valley residents will avoid mandatory water rationing at least through 2009, a water official said Monday.

March 24, 2009 | By Brian Charles Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lennar may buy back some of Newhall Land

Reports that Lennar Corp. may buy back at least some of The Newhall Land and Farming Company is good news for the 125-year-old development firm that built Valencia, a spokeswoman said Monday.

March 24, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita unemployment rises

Santa Clarita's unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percent to 6.8 percent from January to February, while Los Angeles County's rate during the same time period neared 11 percent, according to the California's Employment Development Department.

March 24, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart district moves forward with auditorium

The auditoriums at Golden Valley and West Ranch high schools should be ready for student use by fall 2009, according to the William S. Hart Union High School District.

March 24, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teacher scores grant from Target

Rosedell Elementary teacher Kevin McGroary has received a $500 grant from the Target Field Trip Grants Program toward a field trip for his sixth-grade class. The grant covers transportation, supplies and equipment, resource materials and entry fees. Target's program aims to provide teachers with field trip funds to replace funds lost due to budget cuts.

March 24, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV sinks business stormdrain fee

The city of Santa Clarita's Development Process Advisory Committee voted to remove its Stormdrain Transfer Deposit Fee to reduce the expenses of local businesses. The omitted fees will make city-based projects affordable for businesses. The decision to remove the fee stems from the city's acknowledgement of the economic hardships of local businesses.

March 24, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crowd remembers lost Canyon High student

More than 200 students, many toting backpacks and holding candles, trudged nearly two miles from Canyon High School to First Christian Church, where they shared memories of Nicholas Wayne Pruett.

March 24, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Metrolink to operate special holiday service on Labor Day

LOS ANGELES - In observance of Labor Day, Metrolink will not operate service on Monday, Sept. 1, with the exception of two round-trip trains on the Antelope Valley Line. The special Metrolink service will run from Lancaster to Los Angeles Union Station and back.

August 26, 2014 | Source: Metrolink | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC ‘Upward Bound’ Program graduates to start college in fall

This fall, 16 graduates from the College of the Canyons and William S. Hart Union High School District's Upward Bound program will begin their first semester of college after completing the college preparatory program that helps empower students to graduate from high school and pursue their education at a college or university.

August 26, 2014 | Source: College of the Canyons | Santa Clarita Valley News


Napa quake a reminder for SCV, city emergency official says

Santa Clarita's emergency preparedness czar says Sunday's Napa earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale is a reminder to residents that the Santa Clarita Valley could be hit any time with a devastating earthquake or fire.

August 26, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Big night for 'Breaking Bad' at Emmys

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable series retain the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series like "Orange Is the New Black."

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC starts fall semester with more classes than ever

The College of the Canyons fall semester began Monday with a promise of the largest schedule of classes in school history - 51,000 seats open for students.

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


Ventress receives letter of commendation from president

Jim Ventress, retired Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley leader for 37 years, received a commendation letter from President Barack Obama on Monday during a surprise ceremony at Santa Clarita City Hall.

August 25, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley home sales soften in July

Median prices and home sales softened in July as the number of Santa Clarita Valley homes listed for sale shot up nearly 50 percent over the prior year, the Southland Regional Association of Realtors reported Monday.

August 25, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita opens two new fields at Central Park

Santa Clarita Central Park is bigger and better than ever after the completion of Phase III of the Park's Master Plan. Today, the Santa Clarita City Council and Castaic Lake Water Agency's Board of Directors hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the project.

August 25, 2014 | Source: City of Santa Clarita | Santa Clarita Valley News


Reckless driver leads CHP in pursuit to Tarzana

Shortly after 8:30 a.m. today, an officer assigned to the West Valley Area office spotted a black Ford Explorer with paper plates traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour eastbound on U.S. 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills. The officer attempted to stop the driver but he failed to yield and began to elude the officer. Due to the dangerous speed of the suspect driver CHP immediately requested the assistance of an LAPD airship as other CHP units joined the pursuit. At one point during the pursuit the suspect driver appeared to aim the vehicle at a ...

August 25, 2014 | Source: California Highway Patrol Southern Division | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC football player in critical condition

A College of the Canyons football player involved in a two-vehicle crash in Sylmar that killed two of his teammates remained in critical condition Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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


New 'Donate Life' license plates available

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Aug. 25, 2014 – Donate Life California announces the Pink Dot Plate featuring the pink "DONOR" dot is now called the Donate Life Plate and features the blue and green Donate Life logo, the national symbol for organ, eye and tissue donation. Reservations for this license plate are immediately available at www.DonateLifePlate.org.

August 25, 2014 | Source: California Highway Patrol | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic school grading to begin

Graders are expected to be on site and moving earth at Castaic High School within the next few weeks, according to officials with the William S. Hart Union High School District.

August 25, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A reason to ride

Heart of the West is the biggest annual fundraiser for Carousel Ranch, a nonprofit dedicated to providing therapy for disabled children through horseback riding.

August 25, 2014 | By Dan Watson Signal Photo Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall mechanic turns crank cases into art

The floor of the German Autohaus body shop garage in Newhall is littered with what you would expect - a crankshaft here, an engine block there.

August 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3-year-old boy airlifted after near-drowning in Valencia

A 3-year-old boy was airlifted to Children's Hospital Los Angeles Sunday evening after falling into a pool in Valencia, according to a sergeant at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

August 24, 2014 | By Ryan Fonseca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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