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1938 - Newhall Tunnel cut away, replaced by Sierra Highway [story]
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New Bus Route to Serve Plum-Whites
Beginning August 9, Santa Clarita Transit will launch Route 12, which will travel from the McBean Regional Transit Center to Plum and Whites Canyon. The new service will replace the eastern segment of existing Routes 1 and 2, which currently run from Castaic and Val Verde to Plum and Whites Canyon.  FULL STORY...
 SCV Nonprofit News
July 25-26: Balloon Fest Benefits Historic ‘Home of Ramona’
Rancho Camulos Museum and National Historic Landmark has been selected as one of the non-profits benefiting from the 2014 Citrus Classic Balloon Festival, Friday night and all day Saturday in Santa Paula.  FULL STORY...
 L.A. County News
Winners of Sheriff Youth Fdn. Essay Contest Announced
The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation encouraged the youth of Los Angeles County to learn more about the life and words of author and poet Maya Angelou through its Youth Essay Contest. Two of the county's three winners hail from the Santa Clarita Valley.  FULL STORY...
 SCV School News
July 25-31: Teachers Get 10% Off School Supplies
For the first time ever, Walmart is offering teachers across the country 10 percent savings on classroom supplies.   FULL STORY...
 SCV College News
CSU Has Budget to Handle 9,900 New Students
With an additional $142.2 million in General Fund allocation from the state, the CSU trustees' expenditure plan prioritizes enrollment growth, student success and completion, employee compensation and critical infrastructure needs.  FULL STORY...
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Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 4:59 pm
Balloon Festival Draws a Crowd in Santa Paula

The Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival in Santa Paula was a hit with thousands of people from all over Southern California who came to see the colorful hot air balloons. The festival spanned over the course of two days with opening night on Friday, July 25. The festival was open from 6:30 a.m. Saturday…

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 2:46 pm
LAPD Officer Succumbs to Injuries from Crash Near COC

[KHTS] – The victim of Thursday’s single-car crash in Valencia died from her injuries Saturday morning, Los Angeles Police Department officials confirmed. LAPD Rampart Police Officer III Kathleen Talbot was in critical condition after her vehicle reportedly crossed the center divider and crashed into a light pole on Valencia Boulevard around 6:30 a.m on Thursday….

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 9:44 pm
Woman Clinging to Life After Crash Near COC

[KHTS] – A Santa Clarita Valley woman is in critical condition after a single-car crash Thursday morning on Valencia Boulevard near a College of the Canyons parking lot. The woman was driving westbound on Valencia Boulevard around 6:30 a.m., when she crossed the center divider and crashed into a light pole, according to Marty Siebe,…

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 7:21 pm
Valencia Crime Solver Promoted; New Zone Leader Named

The Crime Prevention Unit at the SCV Sheriff’s Station is welcoming a new face, as the current Valencia zone leader is being promoted to detective. Deputy Regina Yost, who’s been the zone leader for Valencia for the last four years — since the station’s Crime Prevention Unit was formed — is being promoted to detective…

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 10:37 am
Castaic Man Takes 26-Year Deal for Beating Man in Wheelchair

A Castaic man has pleaded no contest to attempted murder, a spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday. Ronald Lee Holt, 47, of Castaic, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 4 at Los Angeles County Superior Court in San Fernando, where he faces 26 years in state prison, Santiago said. The plea was part…

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 6:17 am
Lane Closures in Newhall Pass, July 28-Aug. 1

Closures for I-5 Truck Lanes Project   Santa Clarita — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to implement the closures listed below during the week of July 28 to August 1, 2014, as part of a project that is constructing truck lanes on I-5 between Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley Freeway…

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 7:40 am
16 Arrests at Friday-night Checkpoints

Two DUI checkpoints conducted by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies on Friday resulted in 16 arrests, authorities said. The checkpoints were located on northbound Railroad Avenue north of Oak Ridge Drive and eastbound Newhall Ranch Road east of Grandview Drive, and were conducted between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. A total…

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 8:28 pm
Typical Single-family Home Sells for $481,000

The median single-family home price in the Santa Clarita Valley dipped slightly in June to $481,000 from $485,000 in May, but the figure was still well ahead of last June’s $430,000. Condominium prices, meanwhile, climbed to $290,000 in June from $281,000 in May and $263,000 in June 2013. “I expect prices to keep moving up,…

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 12:04 pm
SCV Still Tops in L.A. County

What rhymes with “cat” and hisses like a cat when you approach it, but isn’t a cat? You’ve got it. It’s a rabid bat. Granted, most rabid bats don’t hiss at you; most stumble around like they’re drunk. But this one hissed. Los Angeles County’s fourteenth rabid bat of the season turned up this month…

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 6:46 am
2 Palmdale Men Sentenced for SCV Crime Spree

[KHTS] – Two Palmdale men charged with a string of robberies in the Santa Clarita Valley in 2013 accepted a plea bargain this month. Abraham Bautista, 20, and Joshua Right, 21, pleaded no contest and were sentenced on July 18, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. “Right was sentenced…

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 4:06 am
July 28: DMV Hearing in L.A. on Illegal Alien Driver’s License Law

The California Department of Motor Vehicles will conduct a public hearing in Los Angeles to receive additional public comments on the proposed regulations related to the implementation of AB 60, the state law that directs DMV to issue driver licenses to undocumented California residents. The hearing will be held Monday, July 28, from 2 p.m….

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SCV Arts & Entertainment
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 2:17 pm
July 25-26: SCV Entertainment Beat
Another sizzling weekend in the SCV, with lots of cool music ahead. Friday night, the Valencia Jazz and Blues Concert series wraps for the summer with world-traveled blues singer and keyboardist Doňa Oxford. FULL STORY...
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SCV Business
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 5:13 pm
UCLA Anderson Forecast: Calif. is Building Again
New commercial space is expected to increase through 2017 across most California real estate markets, thanks in part to job growth and goods moving through the state’s ports.  FULL STORY...

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Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 12:34 am
New Mustangs Coach Adds New Point Guard to Roster
Continuing to excel in his off-season signings, newly hired men’s basketball coach Ken Sugarman has added Evan Jenkins to his 2014-15 roster. FULL STORY...
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This is the season of the summer doldrums. It is too hot even for our City Council to heat things up. I hope folks have decided to enjoy the summer rather than the usual ranting about our local political climate
Orange Peels and Duct Tape | Commentary by Darryl Manzer
1938 - Newhall Tunnel cut away, replaced by Sierra Highway [story]
New commercial space is expected to increase through 2017 across most California real estate markets, thanks in part to job growth and goods moving through the state’s ports.
UCLA Anderson Forecast: Calif. is Building Again
The Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival in Santa Paula was a hit with thousands of people from all over Southern California who came to see the colorful hot air balloons.
Balloon Festival Draws a Crowd in Santa Paula
Val Verde residents say they were told in 1997 that the expansion then was going to be the last one. What is this proposed expansion now? What happens if isn’t approved and the dump reaches capacity soon?
Let’s Make It a Date
1876 - 223-foot Soledad train tunnel completed; last tunnel on line linking L.A. & S.F. [story]
For a little investment in time, you can grow healthier, disease- and pest-resistant plants that are bigger and more productive than plants raised with artificial fertilizers and herbicides.
Composting 101
The victim of Thursday’s single-car crash in Valencia died from her injuries Saturday morning, Los Angeles Police Department officials confirmed.
LAPD Officer Succumbs to Injuries from Crash Near COC
Two DUI checkpoints conducted by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies on Friday resulted in 16 arrests, authorities said.
16 Arrests at Friday-night Checkpoints
2002 - Hollywood premiere of Disney's "The Country Bears," filmed at Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon [story]
I discovered, of course, that despite what seemed to be huge differences in religion, culture, class, there were also so many similarities between myself and many of the Egyptians I met. I learned of the diversity of Islam and how it is practiced and lived in so many ways, just like Christianity is in the United States.
Things Remembered, Things Forgotten
I look at the stats for the Chiquita Canyon Landfill and see that seldom does it operate at daily or weekly capacity. Do we need an expansion? Is something else going on? Is Sunshine Canyon Landfill just south of the SCV almost full?
More Trash Talk
A Santa Clarita Valley woman is in critical condition after a single-car crash Thursday morning on Valencia Boulevard near a College of the Canyons parking lot.
Woman Clinging to Life After Crash Near COC
The median single-family home price in the Santa Clarita Valley dipped slightly in June to $481,000 from $485,000 in May, but the figure was still well ahead of last June’s $430,000.
Typical Single-family Home Sells for $481,000
College of the Canyons is nearing the end of construction on two new buildings at the Valencia Campus. That plus more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, July 25, 2014
The Crime Prevention Unit at the SCV Sheriff’s Station is welcoming a new face, as the current Valencia zone leader is being promoted to detective.
Valencia Crime Solver Promoted; New Zone Leader Named
Homeowners who love the idea of getting government rebates to replace their turf — but don’t love the idea of completely giving up their lawns — have a local option that qualifies for the rebates without losing the lush look and feel of real grass.
Lawn Dying? Here’s a Replacement Idea
Rancho Camulos Museum and National Historic Landmark has been selected as one of the non-profits benefiting from the 2014 Citrus Classic Balloon Festival, Friday night and all day Saturday in Santa Paula.
July 25-26: Balloon Fest Benefits Historic ‘Home of Ramona’
Zonta Club of SCV launches up its 2014-15 season of LifeForward free workshops for women on Saturday, Aug. 16, with a program on life balance and goal setting.
Aug. 16: Zonta Workshop on Life Balance, Goal Setting
The event will feature a hike to visit to an American Indian rock carving site on Piute Butte led by Museum Curator Peggy Ronning. This site is normally closed to park visitors, so the hike will provide a rare and unique opportunity to view it.
July 26: ‘Rock Art’ Hike at AV Indian Museum; more
Another sizzling weekend in the SCV, with lots of cool music ahead. Friday night, the Valencia Jazz and Blues Concert series wraps for the summer with world-traveled blues singer and keyboardist Doňa Oxford.
July 25-26: SCV Entertainment Beat
Los Angeles County’s fourteenth rabid bat of the season turned up this month in front of somebody’s garage in Newhall. According to county health officials, it hissed when it was approached.
SCV Still Tops in L.A. County
Ronald Lee Holt, 47, of Castaic, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 4 at Los Angeles County Superior Court in San Fernando, where he faces 26 years in state prison. He is charged with assaulting a wheelchair-bound Sunland man named Lance Love with a miniature baseball bat March 17, 2013.
Castaic Man Takes 26-Year Deal for Beating Man in Wheelchair
Two Palmdale men charged with a string of robberies in the Santa Clarita Valley in 2013 accepted a plea bargain this month.
2 Palmdale Men Sentenced for SCV Crime Spree