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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 - 8:30am
  • Anaheim Man Cuffed After SCV Sting: A Sheriff's Station sting operation culminated with the arrest yesterday of a 44-year-old Anaheim man, on charges he carried on a sexual relationship with an underage girl. KHTS
  • A Bill With Issues: Sen. Steve Knight said he voted no on a bill that would ban the display or sale by the state of the Confederate flag because there were "constitutional issues" with the entire bill. Jessica Boyer's piece doesn't touch on what any of those issues are, but Knight pointed out the ACLU had problems with the bill, too. KHTS
  • Murder Case Going Back to Trial: Almost two years after being arrested, a Saugus man is heading back to court to face charges that he murdered his live-in girlfriend. KHTS The Signal
  • Unsafe at That Speed: The Nissan 300z that was driven by a COC student who remains in critical condition was traveling at speeds faster than freeway traffic when it crashed on San Fernando Road Friday night, investigators said. One of the two passengers killed was sitting in the two-seater's luggage space, that's in place of a back seat. The Signal
  • Council Vote Sure to Spark Discussion: The City Council voted last night to approve nearly $130,000 for holiday lights in downtown Newhall, with a holiday lighting event on schedule for mid-November. The Signal
  • Run for a Reason: The SCV Food Pantry is hosting its 21st annual "Run Against Hunger" 5K this fall. The pantry helps about 5,400 local clients every year. SCV News
  • A Charged Story: County officials approved free electric vehicle charging stations throughout the county, including three here in Santa Clarita Valley. KHTS

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 - 8:30am
  • Looking for That Alamo Money: While Tony Alamo withers away in prison after being convicted of transporting young girls across state lines for sex, a Texarkana lawyer has his eye on Alamo's SCV "church" site as a way to collect compensation for the victims. KHTS
  • A Site for Senior Eyes: While it's likely several years from being a reality, a site is being eyed for a new senior center in the valley, likely where Golden Valley and Newhall Ranch roads meet. A new facility would be a huge improvement for the Committee on Aging, which operates out of an aging facility in Newhall, in the shadow of Hart Park's bison-dotted hills. KHTS
  • Santa Clarita Valley is #1!: For rabid bats found in L.A. County, that is. KHTS
  • More Getting on Board With Supe's Idea: After several years of suggesting it, county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is starting to see some more support for his idea to have the high-speed rail project avoid rattling SClarita, Acton and Agua Dulce residents by running through a whole bunch of tunnels in the Angeles National Forest. LA Times
  • Regulators Mount Up Against Vaping: The UN health agency is urging e-cigarettes to be regulated and banned indoors until it can be proven they're not harmful to bystanders. Daily News
  • Improvements are Central to Park: CIty officials cut the ribbon on improvements at Central Park, as well as discussed the next phase of park improvement, which will include tennis courts. KHTS
  • Get Quake-Ready: The weekend's Napa quake should be a reminder it's only a matter of time until we get shaken up again. City emergency preparedness guru Donna Nuzzi weighs in. The Signal

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Monday, August 25th, 2014 - 8:30am
  • Speed Was a Factor: Investigators pointed to speed as a factor in the Friday night crash that killed two COC football players and seriously injured one near the Newhall Pass. KHTS
  • Making the Grade for Castaic: Grading work is set to begin soon on the site of Castaic's future high school, planned to open in 2017. The Signal
  • Class is in Session: The Albert Einstein Academy, which you may have heard of, cut the ribbon at the former Pinecrest school site, pretty much right down the street from the Newhall School District Offices. KHTS
  • A Community Says Goodbye: Some 200 people reportedly turned out for the memorial service for Connie Worden-Roberts, who was buried at Eternal Valley on Saturday. The Signal KHTS
  • They Call Him the "Undercover Jew": “To be a guy that is not Jewish and to be a guy that’s not Caucasian, and I have been entrusted with the safety of the Jewish families, the Jewish kids and Jews around Los Angeles, that is a very special thing for me." Profile of Stevenson Ranch resident Louis Perry, founder of Kadima Security Services, which works to keep synagogues and Jewish organizations safe. Jewish Journal
  • Construction Firm is Cold as Ice: Local construction firm C.A. Rasmussen likely has topped everyone else in the SCV's ice bucket challenge videos, after a front-end loader dumped about 1,200 gallons of water on employees Friday. Employees raised $1,000, and my sources tell me the "sizable" donation KHTS refers to was just that. KHTS
  • Another Reason to Just Go Inside the Bank: Granted, this report comes out of Europe, but it's safe to assume someone is doing this here, too. An ATM card skimmer so slim, it's practically impossible to detect. Gizmodo 
  • Shooting for a New Trial: Facing several years in prison, the former sheriff's deputy and Santa Clarita resident who was convicted in a Los Angeles County jail corruption case is asking for a new trial. Daily News

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 - 6:15pm
It's the flag of an army that killed hundreds of thousands of American soldiers, in the name of preserving slavery. It would later be the symbol of a century of terrorism in the name of racial segregation. Today it's the unmistakable rallying flag of any number of racist causes, and a mainstay of Klan rallies.
The flag of sedition, murder, and bigotry. It represents the worst part of our worst moments. It dishonors our country and the memory of the soldiers who fought to preserve the union. It is a persistent middle finger to the civil rights movement and to the hundreds of millions of Americans who have been victims of racial oppression, murder and terrorism since the Civil War.
The idea that the State of California shouldn't fly the Confederate Battle Flag or sell Confederate memorabilia would seem like the no-brainer of no-brainers. Such a no-brainer, you might be surprised that a bill to stop such things is needed at all. But one day, the mother of Assemblyman Isadore Hall noticed that the Capitol's gift shop was selling replica Confederate currency that depicted the Confederate Battle Flag. So Hall wrote this bill, AB 2444 (emphasis mine):

SECTION 1. Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 8195) is added to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER  2.9. Confederate Flag
8195. (a) The State of California may not sell or display the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, also referred to as the Stars and Bars, or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed with such an image unless the image appears in a book, digital medium, or state museum that serves an educational or historical purpose.
(b) For purposes of this section, “sell” means to transfer title or possession, exchange, or barter, conditional or otherwise, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, for consideration. “Transfer possession” includes only transactions that would be found by the State Board of Equalization, for purposes of the Sales and Use Tax Law, to be in lieu of a transfer of title, exchange, or barter.

So, as you'd expect, the bill passed with near-unanimous support, because it's 2014 and we aren't animals. 
Just three of 120 legislators voted "no," and one of those was none other than Senator Steve Knight – Senator to much of the SCV and a candidate for Congress in California's 25th Congressional District. 
Knight's opponent this November is another Republican, Tony Strickland (the whole Republican vs. Republican thing explained here). Strickland already got more votes in the primary, and now they face off for the big prize in a district that nearly voted for Obama in 2012 and is even less Republican two years later. In November, there are a lot of votes up for grabs from voters who sit to the left of both candidates. 
Apart from this being a bad vote, it's bad politics. Really bad politics. While there's no honor in Etch-A-Sketching, it seems that if anything, Knight has been moving to the right since the election. Tony Strickland can now just stand right where he is and look much more palatable to Democrats and independents. In November, Jerry Brown is probably going to get close to 50% of the vote in this district. A lot of voters are just looking for the less objectionable candidate. By voting against bills like this (or bills like this) or taking a zero-execptions stance on abortion, Knight is making Strickand's balancing act a lot easier.
(If you're keeping score, SCV's Assemblyman Scott Wilk voted yes on this bill.) 
When this bill passed the Assembly, Tim Donnelley was the lone "no" vote. At the time, Donnelly was the favorite for the GOP gubernatorial nomination and his vote made national news. Commentators left and right scratched their head at the decision, which Donnelly defended on the grounds of "free speech." But this has nothing to do with free speech, because it's the state itself deciding that the state itself will no longer "say" a certain thing. It does nothing to impinge on the free speech rights of anyone. It even allowed for an exemption for educational purposes. 
Steve Knight isn't endorsing the flag, much less the racism it represents. But with this vote, he shows a profound indifference towards the historical and contemporary significance of the flag. 
...and I'm afriad he just crashed his campaign in a ditch.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - 8:30am
  • A Bullet in the Air Gets You a Slap on the Wrist: Entering a no contest plea, the now retired sheriff's deputy who (while off duty) fired a shot in the air when he felt threatened by a group of ding-dong-ditchers, received three years probation. The Signal
  • Local Residents Can Fill a Need: There is a great need for foster families in Los Angeles County, and Santa Clarita residents. The county Children's Bureau is holding an information session tomorrow morning in Valencia. KHTS
  • But Are We Award-Winning Friendly?: SClarita is one of five finalists for the title of most business-friendly city, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. We're up against Bellflower, Glendale, Lakewood and Palmdale. KHTS
  • Who Leaked It?: Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon wants to know who leaked the info that a rescue had been attempted before photojournalist James Foley was slaughtered on camera by terrorists. Politico
  • Let There be Lights: The City Council is back after summer hiatus, and among the agenda items for Tuesday is a proposed $128,000 for holiday lights in Oulde Towne Newhall. Agenda
  • Letting Wildlife Roam: Also on Tuesday night's agenda is a resolution to approve the city's partnership with the Trust for Public Land in applying for a $1.6 million grant to purchase roughly 300 acres of land in the Newhall Pass and set it aside as a wildlife corridor. Agenda
  • It's Bad: "These aquifers typically cannot recharge, and once this 'fossil' water is gone, it is gone forever—potentially changing how and where we can live and grow food, among other things." We continue to learn how badly the drought is affecting us. LA Observed
  • A Good Weekend Read: Referenced in the LA Observed item above, this National Geographicpiece examines the impact of depleted aquifers on our water supply. NatGeo

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014 - 12:42pm
  • Two Sentenced in Street Racing Death Case: Two men in the case of a 2012 street racing crash that left a local teen dead were sentenced today. KHTS
  • Is He Bananas About Chiquita?: There's certainly a lot of opinionating going on about teh Chiquita Canyon landfill, notably from Mentryville son Darryl Manzer and westside resident Dave Bossert. On Friday (I know, a few days late), Leon Worden penned a very good editorial on the topic. SCVNews
  • Something Doesn't Add Up: On a Thursday morning, Jenna Coleman was arrested and booked at the SCV Sheriff's Station. On a Saturday afternoon, she was found dead. Of a heroin overdose. With no sign that she'd ingested a drug-filled balloon or something of the sort. So what exactly happened? So far, the answer seems to be "we don't know." KHTS
  • They Turned Their Selfies In: The couple pictured in photos taken with a phone reported stolen have been identified. However, the man in the photos says he got the phone from a relative who bought it at a swap meet. Daily News The Signal
  • McBean Work Continues: The work on widening the McBean Parkway bridge near the Valencia Post Office continues, with the construction of a landscaped median that will take about eight weeks. The Signal
  • Running Out of Options: Palmdale is running out of options in the Civil Rights Voting Act lawsuit it has been dealing with, as the state Supreme Court will not review the appellate court's decision. KHTS
  • Sure to Ruffle Some Feathers: "...if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you." A 17-year LAPD veteran weighs in on police/citizen relations. Washington Post
  • U2 Fans Will Be at Central Park With or Without You: Yeah, I did. Tomorrow is the second-to-last Concerts in the Park for the year, featuring Hollywood U2. Get there early. With all the crowds it will probably be a real zooropa. City Briefs
  • Just Write a Check: Yes, it's fantastic how much is being raised for ALS research. But you know what? In a world where every little bit counts, can we stop wasting gallons and gallons of water for viral videos? The Wire LA Times

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 - 8:30am
  • Another Sad News Day: A 17-year-old Saugus High student was killed while jogging Monday night on Golden Valley Road (no, the other one, off Plum Canyon Road). No word yet if speed was a factor. A vigil is reportedly set for tonight at Saugus High School. KHTS The Signal
  • This, Too: A state employee doing a daily inspection of the renovation work at Canyon High's football field collapsed and was pronounced dead yesterday afternoon. The Signal
  • Youth in Denial: The 15-year-old boy arrested after allegedly threatening a shooting a Valencia High School denied the charges yesterday. The Juvenile Court system asks those charged to either admit to a charge or deny it. The Signal
  • But At Least More Jobs Are Coming to SCV, Right?: Hobby Lobby, a well-known craft supply store, is opening its doors in the old OSH location early next year. That is all. KHTS
  • Farewell to a Voice We All Knew: Don Pardo, legendary TV announcer of SNL, Jeopardy, and others, who made a strong case for using shorter words, died at 96. NY Times
  • Disco Night Sans Boogie Knights: Tomorrow is the third Thursday, which means it's times for Senses in downtown Newhall, with a disco twist. City Briefs
  • Bar Listing Goes Public: Mulligans "Irish" "pub" built in the early 1970s is up for sale with an asking price of $150,000. The Signal
  • Desert Death Rays Cause Birds to Plummet from the Sky: Picture some 300,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, out in the desert, all aimed at the sky. While they're helping generate electricity for thousands of homes, they're also causing birds that fly overhead to ignite. Daily News
  • Wilderness and Memorials: Preservation and commemoration were the topics on hand yesterday, as dozens crowded City Hall's Century Room to discuss wilderness designation for areas near Castaic, while Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon held a news conference on his bill aimed at designating a national monument for the St. Francis Dam disaster. KHTS The Signal

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