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1931 - Season's first major storm deposits 9 inches of snow in Newhall, 10 in Saugus [story]


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California Suit Seeks to Extend Water Contracts
Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018

By Nick Cahill SACRAMENTO – Capping years of debate over the financial future of the state’s critical water delivery system, California sued in state court Tuesday to validate contract extensions with its largest water suppliers for another 67 years. The move, which environmental groups could still...

LA County Agrees to More Mental Health Help for Inmates
Friday, Dec 7, 2018

By Nathan Solis LOS ANGELES – People with mental health issues and dementia who are released from Los Angeles County jails will be given medications and connections to organizations that can keep them from becoming homeless, according to an update of a settlement agreement reached Thursday. The amended...

New LA County Sheriff Ran on Reform, But Will He Deliver?
Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018

By Martin Macias Jr. LOS ANGELES – When Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva took office Monday, he didn’t address how he would fulfill promises to reform a scandal-ridden department and ensure his officers serve all residents, including immigrants, equitably. Villanueva, a Chicago-born retired...

California Lawmakers Eye Nixing Contracts With For-Profit Prisons

By Nick Cahill SACRAMENTO – Calling on California to sever ties with the private prison industry, a state lawmaker wants to nix contracts with for-profit prisons and ban the state’s public pension funds from ever investing in them again. Responding to the federal government’s “cruel immigration...

California Lawmakers Tackle Housing Crisis in First Day of New Session
Monday, Dec 3, 2018

By Nick Cahill SACRAMENTO – Looking to greenlight a housing boom through a cash infusion for downtrodden local planning agencies, California lawmakers are promising a flurry of bills to fix the state’s housing crisis. On the first official day of the new two-year legislative session Monday, two Northern...

George H.W. Bush, 41st U.S. President, Dies at Age 94
Saturday, Dec 1, 2018

By Cameron Langford HOUSTON – George Herbert Walker Bush, the patriarch of a political dynasty, died in Houston on Friday. He was 94. He is survived by his children George W., Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. His wife Barbara died earlier this year. “George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character...

California Democratic Party Chair Out Amid Claims of Misconduct
Friday, Nov 30, 2018

By Martin Macias LOS ANGELES – California Democratic Party chair Eric Bauman resigned Thursday in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations by former and current party staffers. Bauman, who was elected to lead Golden State Democrats in May 2017, said in a statement that it was “in everyone’s best...

Suit to Block California Assisted-Suicide Law Fails
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

By William Dotinga RIVERSIDE – A state appeals court in California on Tuesday vacated a trial court ruling that the Golden State’s physician-assisted suicide law is unconstitutional, finding the plaintiffs who challenged the 2016 law lacked standing to sue. The Fourth Appellate District did not,...

Vaccination Law Upheld by State Supreme Court
Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

By Helen Christophi (CN) – Dealing a blow to vaccine opponents, a California appellate court upheld a 2016 state law repealing the personal belief exemption to California’s immunization requirements for schoolchildren. Four California parents and a California anti-vaccine group called A Voice for...

Asylum Seekers Sue Trump Over New Border Policy
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018

By Brandi Buchman WASHINGTON – A group of Honduran and Mexican nationals is challenging a proclamation by President Donald Trump that anyone who crosses the southern border between official ports of entry into the United States from Mexico would be ineligible for asylum. In a federal lawsuit filed...

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1931 - Season's first major storm deposits 9 inches of snow in Newhall, 10 in Saugus [story]
Have you ever found yourself wanting to take a bike ride along the countless miles of paved trails in Santa Clarita, but don’t have a bike? Well, now you can.
City Launches ‘Pace’ Bike Share Program
The Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees, which oversees College of the Canyons, swore in recently elected board members, named its new officers, and set its 2019 meeting schedule at the board’s business and organizational meeting held on Wednesday.
New COC Board Members Sworn In, 2019 Officers Named
iLEAD Agua Dulce, a free public charter school serving grades TK through 6, has been selected to receive a $475,000 grant to bolster its acclaimed project-based and social-emotional learning programs, the school announced Thursday.
Agua Dulce Charter School Selected for $475K Grant
The Saugus Union School District said goodbye to two long serving Governing Board members at the District’s final meeting of 2018. Judy Egan Umeck, who served for 22 years, and Paul De La Cerda, who served for 13 years, left the Board following ceremonies at the Dec. 11, 2018 special meeting.
Longtime SUSD Governing Board Members Bid Farewell
The Saugus Union School District Governing Board conducted swearing-in ceremonies on Tuesday for trustees elected this past November.
SUSD Appoints New President, Clerk; New Members Sworn In
A suspect was taken into custody after reportedly stealing his father's vehicle Thursday morning, according to officials at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.
Suspect in Custody After Reportedly Stealing Father’s Car
Three members of the William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board re-elected last month were sworn in for their next four-year terms Wednesday night at the board’s annual re-organizational meeting
Hart District Elected Members Sworn In
With a focus on transparency and a desire to reassure customers that water rates will continue to reflect the accurate cost of providing services, the SCV Water Board of Directors recently adopted a rate-setting process that includes an independent ratepayer advocate.
SCV Water’s Rate-Setting Process to Include Ratepayer Advocate
Santa Clarita Valley residents and visitors will be able to enjoy 67.5 miles of an expanded network of multi-use trails and trail-related facilities, such as equestrian and outdoor leisure and sports, following approval Tuesday of the Santa Susana Mountains Trails Plan – Phase II, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Santa Susana Mountains Trails Expand into SCV
This holiday season, Princess Cruises Community Foundation (PCCF) sponsored its eighth annual employee holiday giving program benefitting Single Mothers Outreach, a local nonprofit organization that empowers single parents and their children by providing hope, support and resources so that families can become self-sustaining.
Princess Cruises Annual Giving Program Benefits Single Mothers Outreach
The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are ways to spend time with family and friends ringing in another year, but also a time when people can make poor choices that put themselves and others at risk on the road.
LASD: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign Begins Friday
A special meeting of the Castaic Union School District's Governing Board will take place Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Dec. 13: CUSD Governing Board Special Meeting
1900 - Automobile Club of Southern California founded; first car in SCV appeared 1902 [story]
The Cougars posted a pair of victories vs. two familiar foes as College of the Canyons played to a third-place result at the 45th Annual Santa Barbara City College Tournament held Dec. 6-8.
Cougars Take Third at SBCC Tourney
"Milk and Cookies with Santa," a free "sensory-friendly" storytelling and cookie-eating event hosted by the city of Santa Clarita, is set for the Canyon Country Community Center on Monday, Dec. 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 17: ‘Sensory-Friendly’ Santa Event at Canyon Country Community Center
Faith Community Church in Newhall will host its 13th Annual “Festividad for Christ” community Christmas celebration on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dec. 15: Faith Community Church to Host 13th Annual ‘Festividad for Christ’
College of the Canyons was recognized as a 2018 Champion of Higher Education for Excellence at the 3rd Annual Champions of Higher Education celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Los Angeles.
COC Lauded as 2018 Champ of Higher Ed for Excellence in Transfer
After a contentious discussion lasting nearly 20 minutes Tuesday night, the five-member Santa Clarita City Council voted 3-2 to appoint Mayor Pro-Tem Marsha McLean the city's new mayor, with outgoing Mayor Laurene Weste casting the deciding vote.
McLean Named Santa Clarita Mayor in Contentious 3-2 Vote
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station are out to snag holiday porch pirates in the act of stealing fake shipping boxes planted on residents' doorsteps.
SCV Deputies Are Out to Snag Holiday Porch Pirates
Ten cities and conservation groups recently passed resolutions urging Congress to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expired due to congressional inaction in September.
California Cities, Nonprofits Urge Feds to Save Land, Water Conservation Fund
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies nabbed a napping convicted felon from Wasco in Castaic Monday night and arrested him on felony and misdemeanor weapons and drug charges, according to officials.
Deputies Nab Napping Convicted Felon on New Charges in Castaic
California State University, Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison has updated the final exams plan for Thursday, Dec. 13 through Tuesday, Dec. 18.
CSUN Updates Final Exams Plan for Dec. 13-18
A bipartisan multistate coalition of 43 attorneys general including California's have sent a letter urging the prioritization of updates to the Social Security Administration’s electronic databases and verification methods, so financial institutions can instantly check for and flag synthetic identity theft.
State AG’s Push Feds to Update Social Security Databases
Beginning April 1, 2019, out-of-state retailers selling above certain thresholds into California will be required to collect state use taxes on their sales, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration announced Tuesday.
California Sets New Use Tax Rules for In-State, Out-of-State Retailers
Capping years of debate over the financial future of the state’s critical water delivery system, California sued in state court Tuesday to validate contract extensions with its largest water suppliers for another 67 years.
California Suit Seeks to Extend Water Contracts
1891 - Actor Buck Jones, a Placerita and Vasquez "regular," born in Indiana [story]
After a new threat was discovered on the California State University, Northridge, campus, CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D., released a statement regarding final exams scheduled for Dec. 12.
CSUN Instructs Faculty to Provide Alternate Exam Format After New Threat
LANCASTER – The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (2-8) earned their second victory in as many contests, defeating the Flames of Bethesda University of California (1-8), 110-65, Monday, in intercollegiate men’s basketball action at the Pioneer Event Center.
Pioneers Roll Past Bethesda
Join the Valley Industry Association (VIA) as they review and close the 2018 year and formally install the 2019 Valley Industry Association Board of Directors.
Dec. 18: VIA 2019 Board of Directors Installation
1922 - Piru bank robbed, banker and daughter kidnapped [story]
The county of Los Angeles officially filed a comment on Monday in opposition to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Citizenship and Immigration Services’ proposed “public charge” rule change.
LA County Opposes Feds’ Proposed ‘Public Charge’ Rule Change
The next regular-organizational meeting of the Governing Board of the William S. Hart Union High School District is set for Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Administrative Center, 21380 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita 91350.
Dec. 12: Hart District Governing Board Regular Meeting
The rhetoric of playing a full 40 minutes can easily overshadow the reality of a college team's effort.
Lady Mustangs Defend Their Way to Win Over Hawks
All things considered, the Mustangs could have found themselves in a worse position in the closing moments of Saturday's game in El Cajon.
No. 2 Mustangs Fall to San Diego Christian on Atencia’s Big Night