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1961 - CalArts grad (MFA '92) and marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Spongebob SquarePants, born in Oklahoma; developed prototype for Spongebob while studying at CalArts in 1989. Estimated net worth in 2012: $90 million. Died 2018. [story]
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New School Year Brings New Traffic Patterns to Santa Clarita Elementary
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019

To improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic congestion, the city of Santa Clarita will use a pedestrian scramble traffic cycle at Seco Canyon Road and Decoro Drive during the school year, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 13. Drivers and pedestrians using the intersection, which is adjacent to Santa Clarita...

Aug. 15: SCVi’s Prospective Family Night
Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019

SCVi, iLEAD’s founding school, a free public charter school serving learners in grades TK through 12, will welcome students, parents and interested members of the community to its Prospective Family Night at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Shakespeare Theatre on campus, located at 28060 Hasley...

Aug. 7 Meeting Agenda: Hart District Governing Board
Monday, Aug 5, 2019

The next regular meeting of the William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board is set for Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m., with a closed session beginning at 6 p.m. The meetings will take place at the Administrative Center, located at 21380 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita 91350. Items on...

Hart District Sets Morning Graduations at 3 Schools
Friday, Aug 2, 2019

Introducing morning graduations, the William S. Hart Union High School District has set senior graduation ceremonies at three high schools for 8:30 a.m. next year — saving the district as much as $500,000. Citing both academic and financial reasons, graduates for Golden Valley (pictured above), Canyon...

Twin Two-Story Hart High Buildings Expected to Open in January
Thursday, Aug 1, 2019

Although it is the first school to have been built within the William S. Hart Union High School District, one-story classroom buildings and portables have been the tentpole infrastructure of the Hart High School campus. That is until January 2020, when the newest addition at the school — twin two-story...

Hill Honors Students Entering US Military Academies
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019

In honor of back to school season for the United States military academies, Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-Agua Dulce) celebrated the 23 students from California’s 25th Congressional District set to succeed at the US Naval Academy, US Military Academy, US Air Force Academy, US Merchant Marine Academy,...

Salvation Army, Walmart Team to ‘Stuff the Bus’ for Students
Monday, Jul 29, 2019

Stevenson Ranch and Copperhill Walmarts and the Santa Clarita Valley Salvation Army are joining forces to provide new school supplies to local children in need during the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event Saturday, Aug. 3. As part of a nationwide effort, the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event in Santa...

Special Education Available for SCV Students at Local Schools
Friday, Jul 26, 2019

The Santa Clarita Valley Special Education Local Plan Area and its member districts seek to aid all individuals with exceptional needs, ages birth through 21, including infants and children enrolled by their parents in private schools. Programs are available to all eligible students with disabilities...

Athletic Programs Prep for First Year at Castaic High School

Castaic High School, the newest addition to the Hart School District, is set to open its doors for its first-ever student class on Aug. 13. The Castaic athletics department has 17 sports programs slated to begin in the first year that will participate in the Foothill League, with teams consisting only...

Parent Sues Hart District Over Response to Alleged Rape

A lawsuit over an alleged rape and subsequent Title IX violations has been filed against the William S. Hart Union High School District, naming multiple school officials who are or were at Valencia High School at the time of the allegations. The lawsuit alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress...

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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide investigators have connected a man arrested in Canyon Country Friday morning to a drive-by double murder last Wednesday in an unincorporated area of South Los Angeles.
Man Arrested in Canyon Country Linked to Double Murder
1961 - CalArts grad (MFA '92) and marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Spongebob SquarePants, born in Oklahoma; developed prototype for Spongebob while studying at CalArts in 1989. Estimated net worth in 2012: $90 million. Died 2018. [story]
Stephen Hillenburg
The next Canyon Country Advisory Committee (CCAC) meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at the Mint Canyon Moose Lodge.
Aug. 21: Canyon Country Advisory Committee Meeting
LANCASTER - Under the direction of first-year head coach Nicole Brouillard, the University of Antelope Valley women’s volleyball program will look to improve its record during the 2019 season after finishing its 2018 campaign with a 5-25 (.167) overall record and a 5-11 (.313) California Pacific Conference mark, finishing eighth out nine teams in the conference standings.
UAV Women’s Volleyball Looking to Improve Record with New Head Coach
The eighth annual Comics for the Cause benefiting the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project will take place Thursday, Aug. 22, from 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.
Aug. 22: Comics for the Cause Benefiting SCV Youth Project
Dearly beloved, we will gather at Central Park on Saturday, Aug. 24, for the final performance in this year’s Concerts in the Park series, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union.
‘Party Like It’s 1999’ at Final Concerts in the Park 2019 Series
Houssam Toutanji, who has served as dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University for the past four years, has been named dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Northridge.
CSUN’s College of Engineering & Computer Science Names New Dean
The next regular meeting of the William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board is set for Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 21 Meeting Agenda: Hart District Governing Board
The future of the Gibbon Conservation Center (GCC) remains uncertain as efforts to reach an agreement with its current landlord have reached an impasse, according to a message released by the Center's Director, Gabriella Skollar.
Future Uncertain for Gibbon Conservation Center
Come see linemen from each of Santa Clarita's six high school varsity teams race against time and each other to eat a four foot burrito on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., on Town Center Drive at Westfield Valencia Town Center.
Fox Sports West Staff, NFL Players from Hart to Take Part in Burrito Bowl
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested five robbery suspects at the Newhall Metrolink Station on Monday night.
Five Robbery Suspects Arrested at Newhall Metrolink Station
LOS ANGELES – According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) forecast, air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley, San Gabriel Mountains, West San Gabriel Valley, East San Fernando Valley and West San Fernando Valley tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Air Quality Advisory Issued for SCV
1967 - New Town of Valencia dedicated; homes sell for $25,000 [story]
Deed of Title
Stephen Merle Houk, 48, was found guilty Monday of kidnapping his two young children and fleeing from law enforcement authorities in a motorhome last year, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Houk Convicted of Kidnapping, Fleeing Cops in Motorhome
Not a single motorist was arrested for impaired driving during Friday’s DUI checkpoint carried out by the California Highway Patrol, despite 400 drivers stopped.
No DUI Arrests in SCV Sobriety Checkpoint
A man and a woman arrested in Canyon Country Friday morning, one of them on suspicion of murder, have been identified as being from the Antelope Valley.
Pair Detained in SCV Traffic Stop ID’d; 1 Suspected of Murder
The city of Santa Clarita has been awarded the prestigious 24th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement for 2019 from the National Procurement Institute Inc.
City Wins ‘Excellence in Procurement’ Award for Purchasing
Will Gaddis pitched well and his batterymate, Joel Diaz, delivered three RBIs to help lead the Lancaster JetHawks to a 6-4 win over the Modesto Nuts in the series' rubber game on Sunday night at John Thurman Field.
JetHawks Take Rubber Game, Series from Nuts
Ryan Vilade delivered a tie-breaking hit in the eighth inning to lead the JetHawks to a 4-3 win over the Modesto Nuts on Saturday night at John Thurman Field.
Ryan Vilade Hit Leads to Lancaster Win Over Nuts
Two equipment trailers used by the Canyon High School Gold Star Brigade were tagged with profane graffiti at some point over the weekend, Brigade officials reported Monday.
Canyon High Band Trailers Tagged, Fund Opened to Repaint
A California judge on Friday tentatively overturned Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s decision to reinstate Caren Mandoyan, an officer fired for domestic violence, but a final ruling is expected next week.
Judge May Overturn Villanueva’s Rehiring of Mandoyan
The LA County coroner has identified the man killed Wednesday after his pickup truck collided with a big rig on Interstate 5, near Castaic, as 35-year-old Sergio Martinez of Grand Junction, Colorado.
Grand Junction Man ID’d as Person Killed in I-5 Crash
More than 30% of Los Angeles County high school students have reported ever using e-cigarette products and 10% of high school students regularly use e-cigarette products, according to the latest data from the 2017-18 California Student Tobacco Survey and the California Healthy Kids Survey.
Surveys: Vaping Increases Among LA County Youth
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation on Thursday, August 22, between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Aug. 22: LASD Bicycle, Pedestrian Safety Push in SCV