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1876 - D.G. Scofield forms California Star Oil Works, hires Alex Mentry to drill in Pico Canyon [story]
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Palmdale Out $4.6 Mil. to Settle Voting Rights Lawsuit
Thursday, May 7, 2015

After more than two years of fighting a claim at-large elections denied minority voters a chance to elect their candidate of choice, Palmdale officials agreed to pay millions and withdraw their appeal. The city said it was urging state lawmakers to change the California Voting Rights Act legislation,...

Deadline Looms for City in Voting Rights Complaint
Thursday, Feb 5, 2015

Santa Clarita attorneys and two city residents who sued the city over an alleged California Voting Rights Act violation are set to meet next month to discuss lingering issues with a settlement agreement, city officials said Thursday. Attorneys from both sides met in court Wednesday, when a judge created...

Voting Rights Lawsuit Leads to Contempt Proceedings for Palmdale
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

[KHTS] – A lawsuit over alleged California Voting Rights Act violations prompted a Los Angeles County judge to initiate contempt proceedings against four Palmdale city officials, including a candidate for the 36th Assembly District, officials said Friday. Judge Mark V. Mooney’s ruling gives...

‘Voting’ Part of Voting-Rights Settlement Not Actually Workable
Monday, Jul 21, 2014

Despite various Santa Clarita Valley governing boards’ approval of election changes in response to California Voting Rights Act concerns, an outdated county system won’t be able to handle the changes for at least another four years, officials said. “Our current voting system both the devices we...

Hart Board Makes It Official: District Elections
Thursday, Jul 17, 2014

[KHTS] – A month after they signaled their intent to do so, Hart School Board members voted 4-1 Wednesday to switch to electoral districts. The move was made to quash the threat of a lawsuit by attorneys who’ve sued other local agencies this year, alleging their at-large voting systems disenfranchised...

City Questions Legality of Its Own Voting-Rights Settlement Agreement

[KHTS] – Santa Clarita officials questioned the legality of their own settlement in a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit in a briefing filed this week. The filing is a result of Santa Clarita officials’ uncertainty over whether their agreed-upon settlement is legal and feasible, said Joe Montes,...

Newhall School Board Latest to Order Election Change
Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014

Newhall School District governing board members directed Superintendent Marc Winger to “investigate the process of initiating a change to cumulative voting and even-year elections in order to address potential concerns under the California Voting Rights Act,” an official said Tuesday. The election...

Hart School Board to Switch to Voting Districts
Thursday, Jun 19, 2014

[KHTS] – Hart School District officials announced their intent Wednesday to scrap the current at-large voting system, where each voter gets to decide on all school board seats, and adopt districted elections, where each voter gets to decide only one seat. The move comes just days after the district...

CVRA: Lowering the Voting Bar
Monday, Jun 16, 2014

California legislators have once again decided they know best. Instead of fixing our infrastructure, getting our debt under control, and making sure we aren’t the most welfare-friendly state in the union, they’ve come up with another drug-induced law called CVRA, the California Voting Rights Act...

Voting-Rights Activist Puts More SCV School Districts On Notice

[KHTS] – Four Santa Clarita Valley school districts were sent letters claiming their at-large election systems disenfranchised Hispanic voters, alleging a violation of the California Voting Rights Act. The letter was sent by the law firm Shenkman & Hughes, which represented two plaintiffs in...

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The city of Santa Clarita’s tourism advisory board held its quarterly meeting Tuesday to hear updates on the city’s tourism advertising, special events and other economic development updates. 
City Tourism Board Hears Recent Economic Development Efforts
L.A. County Public Health confirmed today five new deaths and 226 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 28,068 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Wednesday COVID-19 Roundup: LA County Updates Travel Guidelines; 28,068 Total SCV Cases
In a combination of extreme heat, low humidity, and record draught conditions Angeles National Forest fire danger level is being raised to "Very High" effective July 16. 
Angeles Forest Fire Danger Raised To Very High
As summer temps are rising The Cube, Ice and Entertainment Center is opening public skating sessions. 
The Cube Opens Public Ice Skating Sessions
The first annual "Cars Under the Stars" is coming to The Westfield Town Center for the benefit of the WiSh foundation. 
“Cars Under The Stars” Debuts In July
College of the Canyons will be the only community college in the state to offer a Low Observable, stealth, coatings application program, this fall.
College Of The Canyons: First In State To Launch Low Observable Training Program
Santa Clarita city officials announced Railroad Avenue will be getting the rehab treatment starting next week.
City to Refurbish Railroad Avenue
Governor Gavin Newsom visited Six Flags Magic Mountain Wednesday to celebrate the state’s reopening.
Newsom Visits Magic Mountain As State Reopens
Firefighters returned to the scene of an earlier balcony fire at a Newhall apartment complex Tuesday night after the fire reignited. 
Firefighters Put Out Second Fire at Newhall Apartment Complex
A man who was arrested in connection with an alleged road rage incident that ended with deputies using their tasers has reportedly been arrested five times since March 2020.
Suspect Connected to Road-Rage Investigation Arrested Five Times Since Last March
Homicide Investigators are continuing their investigation of the circumstance surrounding an unknown cause of death in Canyon Country, officials said Wednesday. 
LASD Update Info Regarding Body Found Near Camp Plenty Tuesday
A handful of celebrities, social media influencers and now hundreds of local business owners and community members have joined in to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to save a Santa Clarita boy’s life.
To Save A Boy’s Life, Celebrities And Community Come Together
1876 - D.G. Scofield forms California Star Oil Works, hires Alex Mentry to drill in Pico Canyon [story]
Pico oil rigs
Los Angeles County Workforce Development Aging and Community Services is spreading awareness during World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) by sharing ways the community can help.
County Shares Ways to Help the Elderly During World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
A body was found under the Soledad Canyon overpass in Canyon Country on Tuesday, prompting a call to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau detectives.
Homicide Detectives Investigating Body Found in Canyon Country
As California’s COVID-19 case rates have fallen to among the lowest in the country and almost 19 million Californians are fully vaccinated, the state is moving 'Beyond the Blueprint' to fully reopen its economy and end many pandemic-era restrictions, announced California Department of Public Health officials. In addition, Los Angeles County Public Health noted the current guidelines vaccinated and unvaccinated County residents are to follow as restrictions relax and the economy reopens.
Tuesday COVID-19 Roundup: California Officially Moves ‘Beyond the Blueprint’; 28,061 Total SCV Cases
The necessity of passing federal legislation aimed at curbing illegal eviction was examined at length Monday during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing.
House Panel Takes Up Bill Blocking Evictions in National Emergencies
California lawmakers passed a record $267 billion budget bill Monday that boosts spending on programs designed to fight climate change, prevent wildfires, build affordable housing and stimulate the economy with direct payments to taxpayers.
California Lawmakers Send $267 Billion Budget to Newsom’s Desk
Family, friends and members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department gathered at Fire Station 131 in Palmdale Tuesday morning for a ceremony to honor firefighter Tory Carlon, who was killed earlier this month.
Flag Ceremony Honors Fallen Firefighter Tory Carlon
Medical examiners identified a body found across the street from the Castaic Lagoon as that of Marlon Francisco Menjivartorres, 35, of Castaic.
Coroner Identifies Body Found Near Castaic Lake
Los Angeles County Fire Department officials announced plans this week for a private flag ceremony and memorial service — both of which will be livestreamed for the community to watch — in honor of the firefighter killed in the Station 81 shooting on June 1.
Flag Ceremony, Memorial Service Planned for Firefighter Killed in Station 81 Shooting
In an announcement released on Monday, Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, reported that he had secured $20 million in federal funding for the district to be included in pending legislation, with some of the money heading toward the Santa Clarita Valley if the bill is approved.
Garcia Announces $20 Million Planned for Transportation Services in District
Demonstrating alongside the Hart District Teachers Association, members of the California School Employees Association Chapter 349 stood outside the district office last week in support of the ongoing negotiations concerning pay and benefits.
Hart District Classified Staff Negotiating Increase in Pay, Benefits
1957 - Lang Station dedicated as State Historic Landmark No. 590 [story]
Lang Station