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1925- New York premiere of William S. Hart's final film, "Tumbleweeds" [story]
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Jan. 1: Polar Bear Swim at Santa Clarita Aquatic Center
The City of Santa Clarita invites community members to welcome the New Year at the Arctic Chill Polar Bear Swim on Thursday, Jan. 1, at 9 a.m.  FULL STORY...
 SCV School News
West Creek Kids Create Living Piano
Nearly 1,000 West Creek Academy students, parents, administrators and teachers created a “living painting” of a piano.  FULL STORY...
 SCV College News
Kiplinger Rates UCLA 5th Best Value
For the second consecutive year, UCLA ranked No. 5 in Kiplinger Personal Finance’s list of “Best Values in Public Colleges.”  FULL STORY...
 SCV Nonprofit News
Jan. 24: Foster Adoption Info Meeting at COC
The Children’s Bureau invites willing adults to become a resource family to children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or provide legal permanency by adoption if children are unable to be safely returned to their birth family.  FULL STORY...
 L.A. County News
Antonovich Pet of the Week (12-16-2014): Snowflake
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich presented Snowflake, a 5-month-old shih tzu mix, as his pet of the week.  FULL STORY...
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Friday, Dec 19, 2014
Trejo, De-facto Mayor of Newhall, Turns In His Badge

[KHTS] – Deputy Joe Trejo, known affectionately as “the Mayor of Newhall” and “Uncle Joe,” retired this week as community relations deputy for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. Trejo came to the Santa Clarita Valley shortly before the Northridge earthquake to address Sheriff’s Department concerns about a lack of Spanish-speaking deputies in the area….

Friday, Dec 19, 2014
NORAD Tunes Up Santa Tracking System

[Dept. of Defense] – The North American Aerospace Defense Command has informed the Defense Department that every indication is that Santa Claus will arrive on time this year to deliver presents to the world’s estimated 1.9 billion children, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Friday. NORAD is tuning up the Santa-tracking system,…

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014
State Board Approves of SCV’s Lower-cost Chloride Treatment Plan

The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District won the unanimous approval Tuesday of the State Water Resources Control Board of important technical changes to the chloride (salt) compliance requirements. The changes will reduce costs to valley property owners and will prevent steep and recurring state fines, state penalties and potential federal fines. State Water Board members…

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014
State Transportation Commission Names New Exec Director

Chairman Carl Guardino announced the appointment of Will Kempton as Executive Director of the California Transportation Commission, effective Jan. 19.  Kempton will attend his first meeting of the Commission as the Executive Director at its Jan. 22 meeting. The Commission also acknowledged the pending retirement of Executive Director Andre Boutros, commended him on his leadership…

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014
16 Graduate from SCV Sheriff’s Community Academy

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station hosted its 10th Sheriff’s Community Academy graduation ceremony Tuesday, which featured 16 community members who underwent an introductory 6 week community law enforcement course that began Nov. 11. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Division Chief Jacques La Berge, Captain Roosevelt Johnson, Rosalind Wayman, Senior Field Deputy to Supervisor Michael…

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014
Weekly Crime Blotter: Castaic, Val Verde

Castaic and Val Verde, Zone 2 Public Safety and Crime Prevention Information. Snapshot 12/08/2014-12/14/2014   The following crimes were reported in Zone 2, Castaic/Val Verde. A petty theft was reported from the 30000 block of San Martinez Road. Two juvenile males were detained by responding deputies for reportedly stealing items from the local liquor store. …

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014
Bullet Train Officials Digesting Public’s Concerns

After more than a half-dozen meetings and hundreds of comments, high-speed rail officials say they’re still figuring out how to include the public’s concerns in their multi-billion dollar plan. “We had a good crowd at all of the locations,” said Rachel Kesting, information officer for the Southern California Regional Office of the California High-Speed Rail…

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014
‘The Book of Life’ Director Visits Alma Mater

Animator and CalArts alumnus Jorge Gutierrez (Film/Video MFA 2000) was on campus on Dec. 11 to screen his directorial debut, “The Book of Life,” an animated film that takes place during the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). The film features the voice acting of stars Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana…

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014
Fight Over in Senate, Cemex Intends to ‘Bring Mining Project Online’

[KHTS] – With the 113th Congress failing to stop large-scale mining the Santa Clarita Valley, Cemex appears ready to start mining aggregates in Soledad Canyon. The Senate closed up shop for the holidays Tuesday night after a flurry of last-minute legislative activity left the city without the Senate vote needed to avert a mine in…

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014
Newhall Crime Blotter: Car Burglaries, High School Drug Bust

Newhall, Zone 6 Public Safety and Crime Prevention Info Week of 12/08/2014 through 12/14/2014   A look back at the crimes reported in the Newhall area last week. Between Thursday the 11th at 5:30 p.m., and Friday the 12th at 5:10 a.m., a vehicle inside an attached garage was burglarized in the 23700 Valle Del…

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014
West Side Blotter: Burglaries; Vandals Hit School

Stevenson Ranch & Valencia-Westridge, Zone 3 Public Safety and Crime Prevention Information Snapshot for 12/08/2014 to 12/14/2014   Last week in Zone 3, the following Part-1 Crimes occurred: A Residential Burglary incident occurred in the 25300 block of Silver Aspen Way. Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s garage, via unknown means, while the residents were on…

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SCV Sports
Friday, Dec 19, 2014
Valencia’s Hall of Fame Boxer Fights His Son
Former light heavyweight champion and 1984 silver medalist boxer Virgil Hill, 50, is making a comeback. He took on his son, Valencia High School grad Virgil Hill, Jr., in a three-round exhibition. FULL STORY...
SCV Arts & Entertainment
Friday, Dec 19, 2014
Films by CalArts’ Benning, Lasseter Make National Registry
Filmmaker and CalArts faculty James Benning’s 16mm documentary "13 Lakes" (2004) and CalArts alumnus John Lasseter’s 3D animated short, "Luxo Jr." (1986), are among the 25 films selected this year by the Library of Congress for inclusion in the National Film Registry. FULL STORY...
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Friday, Dec 19, 2014
Tested in Santa Clarita, Satellite Structure is Good to Go
AQUILA M8, under development for a confidential customer, Millennium's AQUILA platform product line, supporting missions of up to 3000 kg total mass in low, medium and geostationary Earth orbits. FULL STORY...

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That Christmas Eve celebration was amazing - beautiful in so many ways, but especially for the people who were brought together that evening. We celebrated alongside Australians, Brits, Arabs and Jews, and it even snowed in the early morning hours, something extremely rare for that part of the world.
An Old Elevator | Commentary by Jennifer Fischer
1925- New York premiere of William S. Hart's final film, "Tumbleweeds" [story]
This high-speed rail issue transcends most other problems we’ve had recently. Billboards? Small problem. High-speed rail? HUGE problem.
This Bullet Kills | Commentary by Darryl Manzer
Filmmaker and CalArts faculty James Benning’s 16mm documentary "13 Lakes" (2004) and CalArts alumnus John Lasseter’s 3D animated short, "Luxo Jr." (1986), are among the 25 films selected this year by the Library of Congress for inclusion in the National Film Registry.
Films by CalArts’ Benning, Lasseter Make National Registry
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak: About 1,000 West Creek Academy students, parents, administrators and teachers created a “living painting” of a piano Friday. PLUS more local news.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, December 19, 2014
AQUILA M8, under development for a confidential customer, Millennium's AQUILA platform product line, supporting missions of up to 3000 kg total mass in low, medium and geostationary Earth orbits.
Tested in Santa Clarita, Satellite Structure is Good to Go
The settlement terms require that T-Mobile pay at least $90 million; of this sum, at least $67.5 million must be paid to consumers—a portion of which may be paid by forgiving debts consumers may owe T-Mobile.
T-Mobile to Pay $90 Mil. to Settle Cramming Charges
Nearly 1,000 West Creek Academy students, parents, administrators and teachers created a “living painting” of a piano.
West Creek Kids Create Living Piano
The City of Santa Clarita invites community members to welcome the New Year at the Arctic Chill Polar Bear Swim on Thursday, Jan. 1, at 9 a.m.
Jan. 1: Polar Bear Swim at Santa Clarita Aquatic Center
Holiday hiring helped hold Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate at 4.5 percent in November, even with October. The real story is in the comparison to last November’s 5.7 percent.
Santa Clarita Jobless Rate Falls 1.2% Over Year
For the second consecutive year, UCLA ranked No. 5 in Kiplinger Personal Finance’s list of “Best Values in Public Colleges.”
Kiplinger Rates UCLA 5th Best Value
Deputy Joe Trejo, known affectionately as “the Mayor of Newhall” and “Uncle Joe,” retired this week as community relations deputy for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Trejo, De-facto Mayor of Newhall, Turns In His Badge
Former light heavyweight champion and 1984 silver medalist boxer Virgil Hill, 50, is making a comeback. He took on his son, Valencia High School grad Virgil Hill, Jr., in a three-round exhibition.
Valencia’s Hall of Fame Boxer Fights His Son
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has informed the Defense Department that every indication is that Santa Claus will arrive on time this year to deliver presents to the world’s estimated 1.9 billion children, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Friday.
NORAD Tunes Up Santa Tracking System
1969 - SCV resident Kristy Swanson, original Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), born in Mission Viejo [story]
On Aug. 18, nine days after the killing, 78 people were arrested and, depending which news source you read, either 74 or 75 were from out of the area. California and New York were cited often as states sending their best and brightest.
Fools Rush to Ferguson
The folks from Chiquita have been handing out new bikes and toys all over the place. It is Christmas, after all. Never pass up a good chance to ruin somebody’s health by being a “good neighbor” and giving out gifts.
Fluffy Clouds and Kittens
SCV NewsBreak: State Water Board members unanimously approved changes to the chloride compliance requirements for the SCV Sanitation District Tuesday. What does it mean for property owners in Santa Clarita?
SCV NewsBreak for Thursday, December 18, 2014
After more than a half-dozen meetings and hundreds of comments, high-speed rail officials say they’re still figuring out how to include the public’s concerns in their multi-billion dollar plan.
Bullet Train Officials Digesting Public’s Concerns
The California State Board of Equalization has conducted a public hearing and moved forward with regulation amendments clarifying that hydroponic farmers qualify for the sales and use tax exemptions for fertilizer.
BOE: Hydroponic Farmers Qualify for Tax Exemptions
Friday night, The Vu in Newhall presents No Small Children; Saturday at Wolf Creek Brewery off Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia, it’s the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.
SCV Entertainment Beat: No Small Children, Ugly Sweaters
The winning story was submitted by Paula Abbott, whose husband Nathan served as a US Navy Radarman 2/C in the Pacific Theater (1943-45). One of only seven survivors of the USS Monaghan which went down with two other ships during a typhoon off of the Philippines in 1944.
WWII Vet from Whittier Wins Princess ‘Inspiring Stories’ Contest
Most people with Medicare don’t pay any premium for Part A, which helps covers hospital care. But for those who do, the 2015 premium is dropping, from a maximum of $426 per month to $407 per month. The annual deductible is going up a little, from $1,216 in 2014 to $1,260 in 2015.
Medicare 2015 | Commentary by David Sayen
The next seven-week course runs January 15, 2015 through February 26, 2015 and will teach basic survival skills that can be crucial during disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods, and other life-threatening situations.
Sign Up for CERT, Prepare to Save a Life