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1983 - U.S. release of "National Lampoon's Vacation;" Magic Mountain is Walley World [story]
Chevy Chase and Magic Mountain crew


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Jury Selection Begins in Sommers Cold Case Murder Trial
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019

Jury selection got underway Tuesday in the long-awaited trial of convicted killer Harold Anthony Parkinson charged with killing former Newhall resident Stephanie Sommers in 1980. “Jury selection began today and jury trial is in progress tomorrow,” Venusse Navid, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County...

Prosecutors: Deputies Acted in Self-Defense in Shooting
Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019

Prosecutors assigned to review deputy-involved shooting incidents announced Wednesday that the four Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who fired their weapons at Monolito Guerra almost two years ago did so lawfully and in self-defense. The Justice System Integrity Division of the Los Angeles County...

Transient Arrested – Again – on Suspicion of Lewd Behavior

A transient arrested for lewd behavior five times in the last three years was again arrested Monday on suspicion of lewd behavior. Harry Joshua Hirst, 47, of Newhall, was arrested by deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Monday morning after they received reports of a man with his...

Houk Sentenced to 88 Years in Kidnapping Case
Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019

Stephen Merle Houk has been sentenced to more than 80 years in state prison for kidnapping his two young children and fleeing from law enforcement in a motorhome last year. Houk, 48, was sentenced to 88 years and four months in prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Last...

Thibault Facing Multiple Charges in Deadly Wrong-Way Crash
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019

A preliminary hearing got underway Wednesday for Nicole Danielle Thibault, a Santa Clarita Valley woman facing multiple criminal charges, including murder, in connection with a fatal wrong-way traffic collision in January 2018. Thibault, 28, appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court for the beginning...

Houk Convicted of Kidnapping, Fleeing Cops in Motorhome
Monday, Aug 19, 2019

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. Jurors deliberated for two hours before finding Houk (pictured above) guilty of...

George Tyndall, Ex-USC Gynecologist, Charged With Sexual Assault
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019

George Tyndall, a doctor, has been charged with sexually assaulting 16 young women over seven years while he worked as a gynecologist at the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Tyndall (dob 1/6/47) was charged in case BA478951 with...

Newhall Man Charged with Rape Pleads Not Guilty
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019

A Newhall man charged with two counts each of forcible rape and injuring a girlfriend pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday. The 32-year-old man was arrested by deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Thursday. The suspect is also charged with one count each of rape of an unconscious...

Palmdale, Littlerock Store Operators Charged in $6 Million Food Stamps Scam
Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019

Three women who operated convenience stores in Palmdale and Littlerock are among 17 people charged in a food stamps-for-cash scam that allegedly defrauded the federal government out of an estimated $6 million, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. Maria Teresa Ramirez...

Man Pleads No Contest in Attempted Sexual Assault of Child in Valencia
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019

A 40-year-old man pleaded no contest for attempting to sexually assault a 5-year-old girl at a wedding reception in Valencia last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Deputy District Attorney Ani Bailey said Jeff Boulter of Long Beach entered the plea to one...

LATEST TWEETS
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The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) is proud to announce the launch of its new website.
L.A. County Development Authority’s New Website Goes Live
The Los Angeles County Health Officer has extended a Heat Alert as high temperatures have been forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley through Sunday, Aug. 1.
SCV Heat Alert Extended Until Sunday
Following a year of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Santa Clarita’s wildly popular SENSES block parties will make their triumphant return to Main Street in Old Town Newhall.
SENSES Block Parties Returning to Old Town Newhall
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is cautioning residents who are planning to visit several Los Angeles County beaches near Dockweiler and El Segundo to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers.
Water Use Warning Issued for L.A. County Beaches
1983 - U.S. release of "National Lampoon's Vacation;" Magic Mountain is Walley World [story]
Chevy Chase and Magic Mountain crew
Local business leaders are gathering to celebrate Santa Clarita Valley Day Aug. 14 with an inaugural job fair and boutique expo.
SCV Day Celebrates With Job Fair, Boutique Expo
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Wednesday 15 new deaths and 2,454 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 29,668 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Wednesday COVID-19 Roundup: SCV Cases Total 29,668 With One Additional Death; L.A. County Urges Workers To Get Vaccinated, Wear Masks
The city of Santa Clarita is looking for public feedback on a public safety grant proposal for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program.
City Seeks Public Input On Public Safety Grant Proposal
The California Department of Public Health has updated their guidance for face coverings statewide, aligning it with the mandates that L.A. County and the CDC calling for the public to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. 
California Public Health Updates Statewide Mask Guidelines
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a substitute motion authored by Kathryn Barger and Hilda L. Solis, in response to the proposed motion by Holly Mitchell and Shelia Kuehl that would move forward with the placement of youth realigned from the Department of Juvenile Justice and the L.A. County Probation system, specifically at Camps Scott and Scudder in Santa Clarita. 
Board of Supervisors Approves Alternative Approach For Juvenile Justice
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger and coauthored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis to create a Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelessness to assess existing structures and systems and provide recommendations on reforms that will help Los Angeles County and its 88 cities solve homelessness.
Barger’s Blue Ribbon Homelessness Commission Gets Board Approval
The inaugural Cars Under the Stars car show brought together families and car enthusiasts Saturday night to raise funds for the WiSH Education Foundation.
WiSH Cars Under The Stars Show Supports Hart Students
A hearing for Senate Bill 520, authored by Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, was cancelled by Wilk last month. 
Hearing For Anti-CEMEX Bill Pushed To January
1938 - Newhall Tunnel cut away, replaced by Sierra Highway [story]
Sierra Highway
The California State University announced Tuesday that it will require faculty, staff and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
California State University Implementing COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Fall 2021
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Tuesday 15 new deaths and 2,067 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 29,581 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Tuesday COVID-19 Roundup: SCV Cases Total 29,581; L.A. County’s Case Rates Increasing Across All Adult Age Groups
Lauren Park's work ethic in midfield will seamlessly fit in with the Mustangs' style of play.
Former Saugus High Midfielder Lauren Park Signs with TMU
The city of Santa Clarita is seeking public feedback on a new, permanent public art piece which will be displayed at the nearly-completed Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
City Seeking Community Input for New SCV Sheriff’s Station Art Piece
First responders were called to a report of a shooting involving an employee of the L.A. County Sheriff‘s Department in Valencia on Tuesday morning, sending at least one person to the hospital.
LASD Employee Reportedly Involved in Shooting that Sent One to Hospital
Gov. Gavin Newsom was recently in Los Angeles to sign bipartisan legislation that expands California’s film/TV tax credit program with an additional $330 million over two years, including $150 million targeted specifically at promoting new soundstage development and workforce diversity.
Newsom Signs Bipartisan Bill Expanding State’s Film/TV Tax Credit
Not sure what plants to use in your landscape? We have taken the guess work out by identifying the top 30 plants that look beautiful and grow well in the SCV.
SCV Water’s Upcoming Virtual Gardening Class to Highlight SCV’s Top 30 Plants for Landscaping
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, announced that Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties have been awarded more than $60 million to help provide services for the homeless.
Wilk Announces L.A. County Awarded Millions to Assist with Homelessness
1876 - 223-foot Soledad train tunnel completed; last tunnel on line linking L.A. & S.F. [story]
tunnel
Pandemic-related problems were among the top ten complaints made to state and local consumer agencies in 2020, according to an annual survey by the Consumer Federation of America.
Consumer Federation of America Announces Nation’s Top 10 Consumer Complaints Made in 2020