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1986 - COC board votes to allow Argentine cliff swallows to nest forever on sides of buildings [story]
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With Growth, SCV Chinese School Has Bolstered Offerings
Starting as a small, family-oriented school to support a growing Mandarin-speaking community, the SCV Chinese School now teaches the language to hundreds of Santa Clarita Valley families.  FULL STORY...
 SCV College News
COC Invites Parents to Register Children for Summer Institute
The College of the Canyons Summer Institute is open to students entering the seventh, eighth and ninth grades. The goal of the Summer Institute is to provide hands-on career exploration and learning opportunities to students in a variety of areas and subjects including: robotics, video game design, sports medicine, healthcare, digital photography, architecture, and alternative energy fabrication.  FULL STORY...
 Santa Clarita City News
Preliminary Data Shows Crime on the Decline in Santa Clarita
At the close of March 2014, preliminary reported crime data for the City of Santa Clarita shows a 35.4 percent decrease in overall Part One crimes compared to the first three months of 2013. The report also shows a 27.1 decrease in Grand Theft Auto crimes for the first quarter of 2014 compared to 2013.  FULL STORY...
 L.A. County News
Are You Ready for West Nile Season?
Everything residents learned last year about West Nile virus and mosquitoes will be put to the test again this year, warned the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.  FULL STORY...
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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 3:45 pm
Rate Hike Could Pay for SCV Chloride Treatment

[KHTS] – Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District officials introduced a rate-hike proposal to pay for chloride treatment the Santa Clarita Valley, which they’re hoping to have approved by June, district officials said Wednesday. At the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District board meeting, district staffers pitched fee increases of approximately $17 per year over the next six years, said Dave Bruns, assistant…

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 3:44 pm
TV Show Looking for Backyards In Need of a Makeover

[KHTS] – Casting Director Jane Livshin is looking for families in the Santa Clarita Valley and Los Angeles County to cast in the pilot of a new reality television show, “Backyard Makeover,” for the A&E network FYI. During the show, a celebrity landscape designer will transform an overgrown or unusable backyard into a backyard that the family has…

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 5:29 pm
Charges Dismissed in Newhall Stabbing Incident

A courtroom official confirmed prosecutors dropped assault with a deadly weapon charges against Robert Arvizu, 47, of Newhall on Tuesday morning.

Arvizu was arrested shortly after a pair of stabbings that took place following an altercation in a parking lot near the bar

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 2:44 pm
Good Attendance Pays Off During Nissan of Valencia’s New Car Giveaway

Each William S Hart Union High School District junior or senior who maintained at least a 97 percent attendance record, a 2.0 GPA and had no expulsions or suspensions was eligible for the car giveaway

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 4:20 pm
Council Meeting Includes Swearing-In, Sheriff’s Contract and More

[KHTS] – Santa Clarita City Council is set to swear in its newly elected members Tuesday at the city’s meeting at City Hall. City officials will also be discussing Santa Clarita‘s $18.8 million contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, moving the city’s election date and the discussion of several pieces of legislation with potential impacts to Santa…

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 3:43 pm
City’s Billboard Agreement Drawing Disagreement

[KHTS] – A group of Santa Clarita residents joined up with the California State Outdoor Advertising Association, which is seeking a referendum to slow the city’s effort with Metro to build electronic billboards. The residents, some of whom are informally coalesced through a Facebook group called Citizens Against Billboard Blight, do not necessarily want to stop electronic billboards — but they’re…

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 3:43 pm
Interfaith Council Holding Inclusive Prayer Circle

[KHTS] – Santa Clarita residents of all faiths and perspectives can come together for a prayer circle May 1 on the National Day of Prayer. Members of the Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council, which has representatives from a variety of religions, are holding their annual National Day of Prayer Interfaith Prayer Circle, council officials announced…

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 3:56 pm
How Santa Clarita Funds Its Crime Fighters

[KHTS] – Santa Clarita City Council members are set to approve Tuesday a new five-year contract likely to include more than $21 million of service from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is the major funding mechanism for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. Determining what the contractual obligations for law enforcement in the Santa Clarita Valley is part of…

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 4:42 pm
Pavley Bills Aimed at Chronic Water Problems

[News Release] – Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, will present the first three bills in a package of legislation to modernize California’s water system on April 22. The legislative package includes measures to promote the capture and use of stormwater, integrate energy and climate change into…

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 3:56 pm
State Water Department Raises Allowance to 5 Percent

[KHTS] – After announcing in February that contractors would get zero percent of their allocation from the State Water Project, the California Department of Water Resources has raised the allocation again to five percent. The small increase is due to the storms that hit the state in February and March, after an abnormally dry winter. “There was enough…

Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 12:38 am
Petitioner Arrested Outside Walmart

[KHTS] - Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested a woman in Santa Clarita for assault outside of a Walmart in Canyon Country on Saturday. The signature-gatherer was arrested on an assault charge, said Lt. Rush of the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station. Kimberly Shanklin, 45, reportedly was arrested but is believed to have been “cited out,”…

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SCV Sports
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 3:28 pm
West Ranch Moves to First Place in Foothill Standings
The West Ranch softball team beat Saugus, 2-1, and is in sole possession of first place in the Foothill League standings. FULL STORY...
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SCV Arts & Entertainment
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 3:57 pm
Music and More: The 2014 Cowboy Festival Lineup
The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival 2014 will ride into the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio with four stages of all-star entertainment and a new look. FULL STORY...
SCV Business
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 3:37 pm
Free Marketing Workshop to Unlock Facebook Secrets
“Learn Facebook Secrets” is both the name and purpose of the next free “Internet How” workshop for Santa Clarita business owners who use Facebook for marketing. Los Angeles SEO expert and Internet marketer Chaz Key of Nine Eye Interactive Media (http://nineeye.com) is hosting the workshop in Valencia on Tuesday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. FULL STORY...

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The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival 2014 will ride into the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio with four stages of all-star entertainment and a new look.
Music and More: The 2014 Cowboy Festival Lineup
Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District officials introduced a rate-hike proposal to pay for chloridetreatment the Santa Clarita Valley, which they’re hoping to have approved by June, district officials said Wednesday.
Rate Hike Could Pay for SCV Chloride Treatment
Casting Director Jane Livshin is looking for families in the Santa Clarita Valley and Los Angeles County to cast in the pilot of a new reality television show, “Backyard Makeover,” for the A&E network FYI.
TV Show Looking for Backyards In Need of a Makeover
Santa Clarita residents of all faiths and perspectives can come together for a prayer circle May 1 on the National Day of Prayer. Members of the Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council, which has representatives from a variety of religions, are holding their annual National Day of Prayer Interfaith Prayer Circle, council officials announced Wednesday.
Interfaith Council Holding Inclusive Prayer Circle
“Learn Facebook Secrets” is both the name and purpose of the next free “Internet How” workshop for Santa Clarita business owners who use Facebook for marketing. Los Angeles SEO expert and Internet marketer Chaz Key of Nine Eye Interactive Media (http://nineeye.com) is hosting the workshop in Valencia on Tuesday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Free Marketing Workshop to Unlock Facebook Secrets
The West Ranch softball team beat Saugus, 2-1, and is in sole possession of first place in the Foothill League standings.
West Ranch Moves to First Place in Foothill Standings
Starting as a small, family-oriented school to support a growing Mandarin-speaking community, the SCV Chinese School now teaches the language to hundreds of Santa Clarita Valley families.
With Growth, SCV Chinese School Has Bolstered Offerings
When we go to a store to purchase something, we exchange money for the object that we want. The store owner does not simply give the entire stock away. If we were to take something without paying for it, it is called theft and this may have serious consequences. Something similar happens in nature.
Grand Theft Nectar | Commentary by Paul A. Levine
Former TMC women's basketball head coach Ken Sugarman has been named head coach for The Master's College men's team.
Ken Sugarman Named Men’s Basketball Coach
1986 - COC board votes to allow Argentine cliff swallows to nest forever on sides of buildings [story]
Good grades and regular attendance has paid off for one lucky Hart District student who will be driving around town in a brand new car, courtesy of Nissan of Valencia. That story plus more local news, tonight on NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Tuesday, April 22, 2014
A courtroom official confirmed prosecutors dropped assault with a deadly weapon charges against Robert Arvizu, 47, of Newhall on Tuesday morning. Arvizu was arrested shortly after a pair of stabbings that took place following an altercation in a parking lot near the bar.
Charges Dismissed in Newhall Stabbing Incident
In an effort to help local business owners see their enterprises thrive and expand, Rick Hernandez, President, Syntesis Global, LLC will deliver the presentation “Growing Your Business in the 21st Century, A New Era” during the spring 2014 College of the Canyons Chancellor’s Circle Breakfast Briefing.
COC Breakfast Briefing Aimed at Business Success
Soroptimist International of the Americas Camino Real Region will install Santa Clarita Valley resident Dora Zavala as its new governor on Saturday during ceremonies at its 2014 Spring Conference to be held in Valencia.
Dora Zavala Being Installed as Soroptomist Area Governor
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a new crosswalk and new crossing guard for Pico Canyon Elementary School on Tuesday.
County OKs Crosswalk for Pico Canyon School
Santa Clarita City Council members are set to approve Tuesday a new five-year contract likely to include more than $21 million of service from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is the major funding mechanism for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
How Santa Clarita Funds Its Crime Fighters
The first Santa Clarita Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, almost rolled into the Wm. S. Hart High School Auditorium instead of Melody Ranch back in March 1994. The deadly and destructive Northridge earthquake on Jan. 17 bumped the first festival from Hart High to Melody Ranch, just weeks before the first cowboy poets and Western musicians were scheduled to take the stage.
Santa Clarita Saddles up for 21st Annual Cowboy Festival
The shade structure for Carousel Ranch in Agua Dulce is nearing completion, after nine years in the works. Construction workers were putting up the steel supports for the roof of the structure on Tuesday and the arena will be open again for lessons in about three weeks, said Denise Tomey-Redmond, executive director of Carousel Ranch.
Carousel Ranch Arena Shade Structure Nears Completion
The West Ranch and Saugus softball teams meet today in a battle for first place in the Foothill League standings.
West Ranch and Saugus Battle for First Place in Girls Softball
Each William S Hart Union High School District junior or senior who maintained at least a 97 percent attendance record, a 2.0 GPA and had no expulsions or suspensions was eligible for the car giveaway.
Good Attendance Pays Off During Nissan of Valencia’s New Car Giveaway
At the close of March 2014, preliminary reported crime data for the City of Santa Clarita shows a 35.4 percent decrease in overall Part One crimes compared to the first three months of 2013. The report also shows a 27.1 decrease in Grand Theft Auto crimes for the first quarter of 2014 compared to 2013.
Preliminary Data Shows Crime on the Decline in Santa Clarita
Do we really have to press that hard to get what should have been made public from the beginning? That’s like saying I’m not a smoker; I’m down from 40 cigarettes a day to 39.
Transparency | Commentary by Joe Messina
1982 - Gene Autry's Mogul 1629 steam locomotive relocated to Heritage Junction [story]