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Friday, October 24th, 2014 - 8:30am
  • VHS Investigation Continues: The investigation into what happened at Valencia High School last Friday continues, with one student cited and seven disciplined. The VHS principal sent a letter to parents yesterday, assuring them action is being taken, though due to privacy laws they can't talk about details. The Signal
  • There Are Other Ways to Get Xanax: A 22-year-old man was arrested on robbery charges after he allegedly held up a Newhall Walgreens with a shotgun, demanding Xanax. The Signal
  • Guess Who's Back?: After being continued at the last City Council meeting, the Rye Canyon property where Albert Einstein Academy wants to put a school is back on the agenda, with the recommended action being for the council to OK the site for the school's use. The industrial park location was the spot slated for a charter school when AEA received its approval from the Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District, for a school that's now operating at Wiley Canyon and Orchard Village roads. AEA's attorney sent a letter to city staff explaining that they now plan to use the Rye Canyon location for a separate charter school approved by the Acton Agua Dulce district. Essentially, that seems to be a do-over of how AEA wound in a lawsuit with the Newhall School District, except the Rye Canyon property is within the Castaic Union School District boundaries. This makes my head hurt. Council Agenda
  • A Warm Send-Off: Fair Oaks Ranch Community School held a celebration for outgoing Superintendent Robert Nolet, who's retiring after 32 years with the Sulphur Springs School District. The Signal
  • Talkin' Bout Ebola: "Again, since we don't really make a habit of touching other people's blood and poop, the chances of spreading far are very small." How much of a threat to you is Ebola, really? Gizmodo
  • It's on Buck's Radar: In a statement put out yesterday, Congressman "Buck" McKeon said he is keeping an eye on the Ebola situation in his final days in Congress. SCVNews
  • The Waning Days of Oaktober: Fancy a free oak tree for your property? The city's "Oaktober" oak tree giveaway lasts until Nov. 7. SCVNews
  • Tips for the Commuter: "If you want to leave your work for the office, your commute can also be a surprisingly great time to complete time-wasting chores." Some of us thankfully get to work here in the SCV, which means practically no commute. For those of you who hit the freeway or the rails every day, here's a few productivity tips that may be helpful. Slate

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - 12:53pm
  • One Broken Pipe Leaves 9 Households Displaced: A Santa Clarita Water Division pipe that burst, causing flooding in a local neighborhood has caused residents of nine homes to wind up out of their homes. The Signal
  • Less of a Fight Than an Assault: Sheriff's deputies are investigating what happened after Friday's Valencia v. Saugus football game, after several boys were captured on video assualting another. While The Signal repeatedly refers to it as a "fight" I'm not sure how much of a fight it is when a group of people are sucker-punching one person. KHTS The Signal
  • Cue the Comments: The city has been installing holiday lights in downtown Newhall. The Signal
  • Speaking of Comments...: "Forget your faith in gunplay for salvation; we’d all live longer if we collectively banned sodas in schools, reduced tobacco use, lowered speed limits, and ran government-sponsored healthy exercise and eating campaigns proportional to all the pro-gun hype we’re force-fed on a steady diet today." Gary Horton touches on gun-related issues and naturally triggers (hehe) a hail of comments from people who live in one of California's safest cities. The Signal
  • Canyon Country Not Forgotten: The city has released its draft development plan for the Soledad Canyon Corridor. City Briefs
  • Partial Eclipse of the Sun: There's a viewing party in Central Park from 2-4 pm for today's partial; solar eclipse. KHTS
  • Oh, the Possibilities: "The vulnerabilities of digital billboards are surprisingly many. Logins and passwords like "admin" and "password" are often used." What happens if we get #vegasboards and they wind up hacked? I Heart SCV
  • Split Opinions: "The study did show that lane-splitters who ride at speeds 10 mph faster than the traffic they are passing do stand a greater risk of being in an accident." A UC Berkeley study concluding that motorcyclists' practice of lane-splitting isn't all that dangerous. LA Times SacBee
  • Take a Breath and Relax: Sometimes after you read a bunch of opinion-eliciting news you need to watch a porcupine eat a pumpkin. Youtube

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 - 12:41pm
  • Highway to the Funding Zone: Kenny Loggins cut loose and played to a packed house at Golden Valley High School, and raised a bunch of money for the school's marching band. KHTS The Signal
  • NASA in Our Backyard: KHTS interviews one of the 440 JPL employees who call the SCV home. KHTS
  • Lunch With a Side of Water: The keynote presentation at yesterday's VIA luncheon was by CLWA and the SCV Family of Water Suppliers, focusing on the water crisis and why we need Prop 1 and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The Signal
  • How Bad? This Bad: Castaic Lake is currently at 29 percent capacity. Twitter
  • A Touching Decision: The county Board of Supervisors inked a $15 million deal to design a new touch-screen voting system. LA Times
  • UCLA Was Nothing: Yes, the water main break near UCLA this summer was bad, but nearly as bad as the 228 billion gallons of water lost yearly by California's water infrastructure. Daily News
  • Cowboy Fest May Move: While it sounds like the Veluzats are doing what they can to make sure the 2015 Cowboy Festival stays at Melody Ranch, there's an apparent possible date conflict with a pilot set to film there. KHTS
  • Larry from Yelp Weighs In: "I am sorry, but our city is not hard up for revenue. Is there something I am missing? I would love to retire in our great city and hope that by then, we will still have some of our “small town” feel." Larry McClements has some opinions and questions when it comes to Measure S and #vegasboards in SClarita. The Signal
  • Las Lomas No Mas, for Sure: The city has closed escrow on several hundred acres of Newhall Pass property that was once where developer Dan palmer envisioned putting his mountain village of 5,000 homes. No word on how many digital billboards the property could someday call home. The Signal
  • Witness to History: On Monday night COC is hosting a book signing and talk by Holocaust survivor Leon Malmed. SCVNews

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 - 8:30am
  • DOA Identified: The body found in car that had crashed down an Acton ravine was identified as a Palmdale man who had gone missing. The Signal
  • Citizen on Patrol: Citizen's arrest can be a very risky thing, but one local lady went that route when she saw a man appear to be abusing his dog. The Signal
  • A Voting Change for Santa Clarita: A judge upheld the legality of a switch to cumulative voting for Santa Clarita elections, which could signal big changes in coming years' City Council elections. KHTS
  • Thanks for the Hash Browns: "Before he died, I asked my dad what his biggest regret was. He said: Not being able to see each morning all the many people he called friends, after he left the Way Station. I also think all those friends feel the same way." Stanley Bronstrup, founder of that icon of Santa Clarita, died last week just shy of his 81st birthday. SCVHistory
  • Something Doesn't Smell Right: While staying in a Highway 126 RV park, Daryl Manzer woke in the dead of night and investigated an odor that certainly seemed to be coming from Chiquita Canyon Landfill. SCVNews
  • Teens Heading Toward Trial: The two SCV teens accused of making violent threats via social media are on track to go to trial soon. The Signal
  • Amgen Will Roll Back into SCV: The Amgen Tour of California bicycle race will again make a stop in the SCV when it hits the road next year. KHTS

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Monday, October 20th, 2014 - 10:00am
  • Signal Sides With City on S: "Let’s move forward and deal with more important issues." With that, The Signal's editorial board urges voters to vote "yes" on Measure S and bring electronic billboards into the SCV. The Signal
  • City Has Scaled Back Water Use: Some gallon numbers would be helpful, but nonetheless, 70 percent of the city's water usage is for landscaping. City officials say they have met the 20 percent cutback requirement. The Signal
  • No One Noticed Until Now: No word from officials on what "long-term" means, but it appears that a dead body found in a car that went off the road in Acton was "long-term" DOA. The Signal
  • Is Prop 1 the Solution?: "Not all the money is designated for bolstering water supplies. The second largest funding category sets aside $1.5 billion for ecosystems and watershed projects, while $395 million is available for flood management." What will be the cost of Prop 1 lessening California's water woes? Daily News
  • Assistance for the League: The annual Sunset in the Vineyard fundraiser is coming up to support the local chapter of the Assistance League. Bonus: it's at one of the coolest historic homes in the SCV. The Signal
  • For a Good Cause: LARC Ranch is hosting a Halloween fundraiser to help offset the substantial water fees they've incurred as the drought presses on. KHTS
  • Losing the Salt: "Also, if you look at your current situation, if it doesn’t rain very soon you’ve got one whale of a problem. Do you really want to take the chance of having to evacuate Southern California if it doesn’t rain?” Is desalinated seawater the answer to our water woes? The Bee digs in. SacBee
  • Tony Brings in the Big Bucks: So far, Tony Strickland has raised about $1.5 million in his pursuit of a Congressional seat, compared to just about $300,000 raised by challenger Steve Knight. The Signal

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Friday, October 17th, 2014 - 12:43pm
  • The Tree Sitter Returns: On the 12th anniversary of his sit-in of Old Glory, the oak tree that now resides in Pico Canyon Park, John Quigley is returning to the park this afternoon. KHTS
  • A Deal is Struck: College of the Canyons and its faculty have come to an agreement on a new contract that includes a 5 percent raise for the 2013-15 years. The Signal
  • Everything's Great, Obviously: Both stories are farily light what officials actually said, but rest assured, Thursday's State of the City luncheon drove home that SClarita is "fit for the future." KHTS The Signal
  • What's in Your Kids' Lunches?: As part of National School Lunch Week, the SCV Food Services Agency that provides lunches for SCV students is hosting an open house. KHTS
  • We Have a Fracking Problem: "(N)early 3 billion gallons of wastewater were illegally injected into central California aquifers and ... half of the water samples collected at the 8 water supply wells tested near the injection sites have high levels of dangerous chemicals such as arsenic, a known carcinogen that can also weaken the human immune system, and thallium, a toxin used in rat poison." So, there might be some issues associated with fracking in California. DeSmogBlog
  • CalArts Keeping It In the Family: CalArts has named Walt Disney's great-nephew to lead its board of Trustees. LA Times
  • Last-Minute Hiring: With Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslovsky terming out on the Board of Supervisors in December, there's apparently a rush in hiring to fill several top positions. KPCC
  • Newhall Post Office Moving: The post office on Lyons Avenue will be moving after its current lease expires, and the USPS is seeking public input on where the new location should be. The Signal
  • Quake Warning System on the Way: The state is on track to have an $80 million earthquake early warning system by 2016. Daily News
  • More Than Token Changes Needed: "If you don't want us prosecuting [marijuana users] in your state, then get your regulatory act together." The outgoing No. 2 at the Justice Department says California needs to do more in terms of regulating the marijuana industry. LA Times
  • Register. Vote.: Monday is the last day to register to vote in the November elections. The Signal
  • Saving Every Drop: "Once we wean ourselves from imported water, water that isn’t harvested locally, we will see our potential for the future. Right now we are not living within our water means." Dry-weather runoff doesn't account for a huge amount, but even collecting water can make a difference. Daily News
  • The Movie Script that Writes Itself: All I'm telling you is that a Dutch biker gang has joined the fight against ISIS. FoxtrotAlpha

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014 - 8:30am
  • Obama Helps Bolster Cemex Opposition: President Obama's declaration of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument may lend support to the city's opposition to Cemex's planned Soledad Canyon mine, which would abut a corner of the monument area. KHTS
  • Another Ranch Gets in the Zone: The city's movie ranch overlay zone got a little bit bigger, with the addition of three more ranches, keeping film dollars in the city. The Signal
  • Saugus Board Looking for a New Face: Rather than a costly special election, the Saugus Union School District board is looking to appoint someone to fill the seat left vacant by member Doug Bryce, who stepped down last month. The Signal 
  • The Rundown: "Kellar, who has complained about residents voting based on incomplete information in the past, is a difficult man to please in terms of how much conversation about a topic is acceptable." If you don't make it out to the City Council meetings or watch them on TV, our local anonymous blogger usually has a good, entertaining overview of what you missed. I Heart SCV
  • Nothing Foul About This Skunk Work: "The situation here seems quite different. First, Lockheed Martin is not a crazy dude working in a garage." Lockheed is hoping to change the future of energy with a new fusion reactor design. Sploid
  • CalArts Student Alleges Mishandling of Rape Charges: "Although Regina, now a 19-year-old sophomore, said she knew she'd been raped the next day, she didn't go to the hospital and get a rape kit, or press charges or tell her family. She felt guilty, she said, that she'd been so drunk." A CalArts student says the school's administration failed to protect her from being harassed by her rapist. Al Jazeera
  • Seeing Green at COC: College of the Canyons is hosting a conservation and sustainability conference this Saturday. KHTS
  • Tumblin' Tumbleweeds: "I once knew a real-estate agent who was deathly afraid of tumbleweeds and really disliked coming out to the desert to show property." Informative piece on tumbleweed by one of the docents at Placerita Nature Center. SCVNews
  • In the Bag for Digi-Boards: Longtime Signal columnist Steve Lunetta says the whole billboard thing is just a tempest in a teapot. And besides, "Our local businesses also get a boost. Access to the e-boards on the freeways are at a discount. If I want to advertise my sushi business on Lyons, I can do so and save money at the same time." At least Uncle Earl hasn't weighed in yet. The Signal

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