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1916 - A score of Wobblies bust up Newhall Jail after commandeering SP freight train [story]


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Message from City Manager Ken Striplin
Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020

Veterans Day 2020 – An Online Celebration of Heroes In his monthly message, Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin highlights this year’s Veterans Day celebration, which will take on a virtual format. As restrictions remain in place for gatherings and events in Los Angeles County, one of Santa...

Santa Clarita Mayor’s Monthly Message – November 2020

Shop Local this Holiday Season The holiday shopping rush is upon us! As with everything this year, checking loved ones off your shopping list will look a little different in 2020. There will be no braving the crowds and tussling for the first crack at the doorbuster deals on Black Friday. Due to the...

City Manager Ken Striplin: Survey Rates Quality of Life in Santa Clarita
Friday, Oct 2, 2020

In his monthly message for October 2020, Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin spotlights results of the city’s 2020 public opinion survey about the quality of life in our community. Every two years, the city of Santa Clarita hires an independent consultant to conduct a public opinion poll....

Santa Clarita Mayor’s Monthly Message – October 2020
Thursday, Oct 1, 2020

State of the City 2020: Staying Connected…Staying Resilient As with everything in 2020, this year’s State of the City event will be different than years past. We are looking on the bright side, embracing the necessary changes for safety’s sake and rejoicing in the fact that this year’s event...

AB 1457 Will Boost Recovery | Commentary by Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook
Saturday, Sep 19, 2020

While California’s COVID-19 data continue to trend positive with the number of new cases dropping to lower levels not seen since the spring, there is also good news from Sacramento on efforts to alleviate the economic impact of the quarantine on business viability and volume. Assembly Bill 1457, authored...

City Manager Ken Striplin: Santa Clarita Library Set for Back to School
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2020

In his monthly message for September 2020, Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin spotlights how the Santa Clarita Public Library branches are helping students and families get back to school. The City of Santa Clarita continues to focus on the “CAN DO’s” during the COVID-19 pandemic when...

Santa Clarita Mayor’s Monthly Message – September 2020
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020

You can be a Recycle Hero! As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drag on, many of us are spending more time at home. This means more eating at home, more projects at home, more cleaning at home and all of that equals more trash at home. According to CNBC, garbage and other waste in residential areas...

COC Excels in Online Teaching | Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook
Thursday, Aug 6, 2020

Nearly 2,000 courses will be available to our students during the upcoming fall semester at College of the Canyons.  As always, our offerings run the gamut from general education courses students need for transfer to four-year campuses, to skill-building career classes that lead students to new jobs...

Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin Celebrates the ‘CAN DO’s’
Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020

In his monthly message for August 2020, Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin spotlights some of the things we CAN do under Safer at Home restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been nearly half a year since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) forced our community into being Safer at Home....

Mayor Smyth’s August Message: Help Prevent Dangerous Brushfires
Monday, Aug 3, 2020

In his August message, Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth urges residents to prepare for and help prevent dangerous brushfires. If you’ve lived in Santa Clarita for more than five years the chances are pretty good that at one point or another – you know someone, or you yourself have been forced to...

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1916 - A score of Wobblies bust up Newhall Jail after commandeering SP freight train [story]
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported 49 new deaths and 4,311 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 countywide since Tuesday, including 96 new cases in the Santa Clarita Valley, as Henry Mayo on Wednesday afternoon reported its second death this week.
Wednesday COVID-19 Roundup: 2nd Death at Henry Mayo This Week; SCV Cases Total 9,230
Santa Clarita officials announced plans to file an amicus brief in support of an ongoing lawsuit to block Los Angeles County’s outdoor dining ban, which went into effect the day before Thanksgiving.
‘Draconian Behavior:’ City Council to Support Suit to Block Outdoor Dining Ban
Santa Clarita’s new Volunteer Hub at SantaClaritaVolunteers.com is a one-stop-shop that connects area nonprofit organizations and volunteers.
Need Volunteers? Want to Be One? Check City’s Volunteer Hub
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau Critical Missing Person Unit detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Vlad Kravets.
Found: Vlad Kravets, Last Seen in Valencia; Detectives Sought Public’s Help
In response to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' 3-2 vote Tuesday allowing further COVID-19-related closures to take effect Wednesday, Supervisor Kathryn Barger is calling for $10 million in federal CARES Act funding to be repurposed to aid impacted local businesses.
Barger Calls for $10M in CARES Act Funds for Businesses Hurt by COVID Restrictions
After declaring himself the winner of the 25th Congressional District or CA-25 race last week, Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, continued his less-than-1% lead over opponent Assemblywoman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, after a Tuesday vote count update.
Election Update: Garcia Leads by 405 Votes in CA-25 Race
More than 130 California death row inmates received more than $400,000 in unemployment checks meant to help people during the pandemic — and they were not alone, according to prosecutors who announced the massive fraud scheme Tuesday.
Death Row Inmates Collect $400K-Plus in COVID Jobless Benefits Scam
During their regular meeting Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved the proposed Castaic housing development of nearly 140 homes next to Castaic High School.
Supes OK Castaic Housing Project, Sheriff’s Station Funds
A federal judge found California’s ban on “offensive” personalized license plates unconstitutional Tuesday, ruling it constitutes viewpoint discrimination under the First Amendment.
Judge: ‘Offensive to Good Taste’ Rule for California License Plates Infringes Free Speech
A chilly Thanksgiving is in store for the Santa Clarita Valley as a cold-weather alert will be in effect Thursday and Friday due to National Weather Service forecasts of wind chill temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mother Nature to Serve Up Chilly Thanksgiving in SCV
Westfield Valencia Town Center will still get a Costco with a gas station, but not the initially proposed luxury cinema and gym.
Cinema, Gym Cut from Costco Project at Westfield Valencia Town Center
1875 - Vasquez lieutenant Clodoveo Chavez reportedly killed by bounty hunters in Arizona Territory [story]
Following surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Tuesday 51 new deaths - including an additional death at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital - and 3,692 new cases of COVID-19.
Tuesday COVID-19 Roundup: Highest Number of Deaths Countywide Since September; 36th Death at Henry Mayo
With more than 60 years of combined experience, Alisha Fonder, Shawn Fonder and Amin Salari are very experienced in their field. Together, they founded Fonder-Salari, Inc. to share their knowledge, experience, innovative thought processes and quality outcomes with their clients.
New Construction Management, Consulting Firm Opens in SCV
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to uphold the Department of Public Health’s decision to halt dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars during Tuesday’s regular board meeting.
Supes Vote 3-2 to Temporarily Halt Outdoor Dining
In a pandemic information ecosystem where uplifting news can be scarce, the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture announced Monday $12 million in CARES Act funds have been awarded to 337 arts nonprofits - including a handful of organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley - suffering from COVID-19 business interruption and closures through its L.A. County COVID-19 Arts Relief Fund.
ESCAPE, Canyon Theatre Guild Among L.A. County Arts Nonprofits Awarded CARES Act Funding
The city of Santa Clarita is pleased to announce that informational meetings have been scheduled for the 2021-2022 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Non-profit organizations that serve lower-income residents of the City are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn more.
City Releases Schedule for Community Development Block Grant Meetings
The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley produced its 2020 LUNAFEST film festival as a drive-in movie night on Sept. 26 at Castaic Lake.
Zonta Club Lauds LUNAFEST’s Drive-In Format
Santa Clarita City Council members are expected Tuesday to declare vacancies on several commissions and panels for those interested in applying to join the groups behind multiple construction projects, public art and other aspects that shape the City.
City Expected to Declare Several Commission Vacancies
The Santa Clarita Film Office has released the list of television productions currently taking place around the Santa Clarita Valley for the week of Monday, Nov. 23 - Sunday, Nov. 29.
11 Productions Currently Filming in Santa Clarita Valley
The city of Santa Clarita has recently completed the installation of dark fiber at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) campus.
City Completes Dark Fiber Installation at CalArts
A detective seeking the man responsible for a 2017 stabbing murder near Pyramid Lake confirmed a suspect is in the custody of federal marshals Monday.
Murder Suspect in 2017 Pyramid Lake Stabbing Arrested
2003 - Ruth Newhall, longtime co-owner/editor of The Signal, dies in Berkeley [story]
Ruth Newhall