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Summer class list hits 500

With classes ranging from sushi-making to claymation creation, the city's selection of Parks and Recreation summer courses may have something to satisfy everyone's appetite.

New to the 500-course list this year include samurai swordsmanship and a Movin' Mommies class that teaches moms how to get toned up while pushing a stroller.

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


Prices, politics and Otter Pops

I just paid 70 stinking dollars to feed that gas-sucking minivan of ours. That's a seven (7) and a zero (0). I remember paying 35 bucks to fill the tank back in 2000 when we bought it new. And, on top of that,

July 24, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Santa Clarita Valley News


Updated: School API rankings released

Santa Clarita Valley schools continued to fare well in statewide testing results released this week.

The 2007 Base Academic Performance Index (API) report was released Wednesday, including rankings that allow comparisons between local schools and other schools statewide.

July 23, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Winds fuel small canyon fire

Firefighters rushed to contain a 10-acre brush fire burning in the U.S. National Forest, north of the Santa Clarita Valley and south of Elizabeth Lake on San Francisquito Canyon Road near Powerhouse Lateral 14 Wednesday afternoon.

July 23, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


School district officials now more hopeful about budget

After attending a budget workshop detailing the May revise of the governor's proposed state budget, Sue Guthrie, chief financial officer for the William S. Hart Union High School District is a bit more hopeful about next year's budget.

July 23, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Defense funds may flow to SCV

Aiming to address the readiness of and strain on America's military, both the House and Senate are considering the National Defense Authorization Act today, which may bring more than $7 million in defense spending to the Santa Clarita Valley for Fiscal Year 2009.

The House of Representatives' Armed Services Committee considered the bill last week, and it is on the legislative docket for a vote in the lower house today. Debate on the bill began Wednesday night.

July 23, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supervisors approve Sheriff academy probe

You can expect to hear plenty of grunting from inside the College of the Canyons gymnasium this summer as young recruits continue training for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, despite a call this week for a formal review of the training that goes on there and at other academies.

What you won't see at the academy, however, are recruits adjusting their hair in the mirror or practising their smiles for TV cameras.

July 23, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested for bat attack

Three boys were arrested after they allegedly conspired to assault a fellow Valencia High School student and assaulted him with an aluminum baseball bat after school on Tuesday, sheriff's Lt. Tom Bryski said.

The attack took place shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Newhall Ranch Road and Dickason Drive, when a 16-year-old suspect allegedly spouted a racial comment and a gang name and then hit the victim on his head with the bat.

July 23, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Lake Water Agency approves camera installation

If anyone should actually ever attend a water meeting they can expect to be videotaped.

The Finance and Administrative Committee of the Castaic Lake Water Agency is going to recommend the agency's board of directors hire a video company to install cameras at four agency locations at a total cost of $330,000.

July 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Applications available for July 4th parade

Applications are now available for the 77th annual Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade in downtown Newhall.

The parade attracts more than 3,000 participants and 25,000 spectators each year.

July 22, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mixed reactions to budget revisions

After educators, parents and teachers urged him to spare education from across-the-board budget cuts, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a revised budget plan last week, calling for borrowing against future lottery sales in order to maintain minimum funding levels for K-14 education. The announcement of the revised budget coincided with California's "Day of the Teacher."

"The good part about the revise is that the governor is looking to fully fund Proposition 98," said Assemblyman Cameron Smyth. "I am pleased to see that the governor decided to increase funding for public education, ensuring that our schools receive the minimum guarantee under ...

July 22, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rides to a transitional care unit offered

The city and county will soon be offering transportation for families with patients staying at a San Fernando Valley skilled nursing facility in response to fears that the closure of the local transitional care unit will mean frequent trips outside of Santa Clarita to visit their loved ones.

The transitional care unit at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is set to close within two weeks and, although plans are in the works for a health care company to develop a new transitional care unit in Santa Clarita, it could take up to three years for those plans to come to ...

July 22, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Winds fan fire in San Francisquito Canyon

Firefighters rushed to contain a 15-acre brush fire burning in the U.S. National Forest, north of the Santa Clarita Valley and south of Elizabeth Lake on San Francisquito Canyon Road near Powerhouse Lateral 14 this afternoon.

July 22, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Northbound on I-5? Leave early

An ongoing lane closure on northbound Interstate 5 at Templin Highway, approximately five miles north of Castaic, may make the holiday getaway take a bit longer for some drivers this Memorial Day weekend.

July 22, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


60-foot tree collapses on car

Commuters travelling on Arroyo Park Drive in Valencia had a difficult time trying to access McBean Parkway Wednesday afternoon, after high winds forced a 60-foot eucalyptus tree to be uprooted from the ground and blocked the road shortly after 2 p.m.

July 22, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Remaining ballots could sway final election results

With more than 900 ballots still uncounted following Tuesday's Santa Clarita City Council election, the new face on the council was undetermined Wednesday and could remain so until next Tuesday, city officials said Wednesday.

April 09, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One Santa Clarita City Council seat remains undecided

Up to five candidates were still jockeying for a third seat on the Santa Clarita City Council on Wednesday - and they're not likely to learn the results of the election until next Tuesday.

April 09, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Punch with lighter results in assault-with-deadly-weapon charge

A man was arrested on an assault-with-a-deadly-weapon charge after allegedly punching a co-worker in the face while holding a lighter in his hand, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Wednesday.

April 09, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alleged tagger arrested in Canyon Country for felony vandalism

A 20-year-old Canyon Country man arrested Wednesday after a brief chase through Canyon Country faces a count of felony vandalism, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

April 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Body found in San Francisquito Canyon 1 year ago remains unidentified

In early 2013, a Honduras woman in her mid-20s wearing a pink T-shirt and gray sweatpants crossed the border into the United States illegally with the help of human smugglers called "coyotes."

April 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff's Department issues phone scam alert

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been advised that citizens are receiving phone calls from individuals who are representing themselves as Department employees. The caller usually tells the citizen that there has been a warrant issued for their arrest for failure to appear for Jury Duty. The caller will tell the victim that they have to pay a sum of money or deputies will come and arrest them. The caller will instruct the victim to either get a Money Order, conduct a wire transfer, or buy a Gift Card (usually Green Dot) and send it to "pay the ...

April 09, 2014 | Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Incumbents retain seats on Santa Clarita City Council

Santa Clarita voters returned two incumbents to office Tuesday following a long-fought City Council race, but the third seat's new occupant remained uncertain late into the night of ballot-counting, according to unofficial results from the city.

April 09, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Some precincts report heavy voting in Santa Clarita City Council election

Voter turnout for Tuesday's 2014 Santa Clarita City Council election was heavier than normal for at least some precincts during the day, poll workers said Tuesday, though others reported an average or light turnout.

April 08, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawsuits dominate Santa Clarita Valley water board agenda

The directors of Santa Clarita Valley's water wholesaler, Castaic Lake Water Agency, are likely to spend as much time on lawsuits at Wednesday night's meeting as they are on water issues.

April 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Shredding service offered Thursday in Castaic

While generally known for delivering the written word, the U.S. Postal Service is offering to help you destroy it for free Thursday in Castaic.

April 08, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Household Hazardous Waste Roundup scheduled Saturday

They're things you could never unload at a garage sale and you don't dare dump in the trash: old paint, pesticides and broken television sets.

April 08, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Firefighters extinguish spot fire near Acton

Firefighters wasted no time extinguishing a "spot fire" near Highway 14 just north of Escondido Canyon Road Tuesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

April 08, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Election Day in Santa Clarita

Today is Election Day in the City of Santa Clarita. Thirteen candidates are vying for three seats on the city council. If you haven't already sent in a mail-in ballot, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

April 08, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cowboy Festival preps for 21st year

For history buff Maria Christopher, the quiet walk down Main Street before the crowds arrive at Melody Ranch is her favorite part of the Cowboy Festival.

April 08, 2014 | By Charlie Kaijo Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stuffed with kindness

Valencia resident Miles Benson is 13 years old now, but he was just 8 when he had a terrifying experience that landed him in the hospital.

April 08, 2014 | By Charlie Kaijo Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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