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Friday, May 22nd, 2015 - 1:11pm
  • Castaic Moves Closer to District Election Changes: The Castaic Union School District board voted this week to start the process of moving to a trustee area-based election system in 2017. The Signal
  • Crash That Killed SCV Student Still Under Investigation: Nine months after 17-year-old Jennifer Stift was struck and killed while jogging, the case is still under investigation, though investigators have continued to say that neither speed or drugs/alcohol appeared to be a factor. KHTS
  • Sanitation District Make a Salty Decision: The Sanitation District board approved a plan to truck brine from water treatment out of the SCV as a method of chloride compliance. The plan is expected to cost aboyt $130 million. KHTS
  • What the Day is About: "It’s not Veteran’s Day. It’s not military appreciation day. Don’t thank me for my service. Please don’t thank me for my service. It’s take the time to pay homage to the men and women who died while wearing the cloth of this nation you’re so freely enjoying today, day." WaPo
  • Memorial Day in the SCV: Eternal Valley will host its annual Memorial Day commemoration Monday. The Signal
  • Homeless Cleanup Continues: The city's "river wash cleanup" team continues to work with sheriff's deputies to break up homeless encampments in the SCV. The Signal
  • SoCal on the Rebound: "The population growth that we see here and the fact that it’s accompanying the job and other economic growth that we’re seeing here in Southern California is telling us Southern California and the Inland Empire are all very much back in terms of their economies." Updated census data for the Southland points to recovery, economists say. Daily News
  • Suspects Sought After Skate Park Thrashing: Deputies are searching for suspects after a lost 30-year-old man was the victim of a bad skateboard beating that left his jaw shattered this week. KTLA NBC
  • Where Not To Go: From Yosemite to the Cajon Pass, there a few areas of which you may want to steer clear this holiday weekend. LA Times
  • Checkpoint Tonight: Not only is this a maximum enforcement weekend for law enforcement (please do everyone a favor and have a designated driver if you choose to imbibe), there's also a CHP checkpoint tonight. SCVNews
  • The Trolley Returns: Fancy a bit of San Francisco flavor in Awesometown? Well grab a Speakeasy bread bowl full o' chowder, because the city's trolley service returns for the summer. City Briefs
  • Threats to the California Dream: "Californians appear to have accurately assessed the problem. But when it comes to the solution, they seem to put short-term gratification over long-term, sustainable results." Carson Bruno opines of affordable housing and the California dream. Fox & Hounds 


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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 - 12:47pm
  • Doing Good in the Neighborhood: "When you go into Val Verde, there’s no disconnect (with the Sheriff’s Department). And when the community knows you and trusts you, it makes you a resource.” Good article by Perry Smith on how the Sheriff's Youth Foundation's Youth Activities League invests in the kids of Val Verde. KHTS
  • Start the Weekend With a CHiPs Checkpoint: The CHP is conducting a DUI checkpoint this Friday. KHTS
  • Motorcycle Safety Crackdown: Sheriff's deputies will be on extra patrol duty tomorrow, looking for motorcycle safety violations. KHTS
  • 'Remembering the Fallen' in the SCV: The "Remembering the Fallen" photo exhibit of fallen members of the armed services — including some SCV natives — is on display at Eternal Valley. The Signal
  • Delta Farmers Willing to Cut Back: Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are proposing voluntary 25 percent cuts to their water usage, to avoid further state restrictions. Daily News
  • Docs Pull Opposition to Right-to-Die Bill: "No amendments can change the fact that ‘an act that directly causes the patient’s death’ is contrary to the role of the physician." A group of California physicians have withdrawn their opposition to a right-to-die bill. LA Times
  • Tes'ting the Waters: Tesla is seeing whether the SCV is a good location for a dealership, with a kiosk display at Westfield Valencia Town Center for a 90-day trial period. The Signal
  • Small Aggressions from the Real Side: "So again I ask, what is the magic formula? Is it how many people are offended? A percentage of the whole campus or event? Does it apply only to certain groups?" Joe Messina opines on the trend of "microaggressions". SCVNews
  • Englander Throws His Hat in the Ring: L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander has announced he's running for the County Supervisor seat held by Mike Antonovich. LA Business Journal


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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - 1:15pm
  • Suing for the Right to Die: "The most likely way that I’m going to die with the lung cancer is that my left lung will fill with fluid, I’ll start drowning in my own fluid,” A Santa Clarita Valley is one of three people suing the state for the right to die. KTLA
  • Detectives Reportedly Talk to Shooting Witnesses: Sheriff's detectives have reportedly interviewed two witnesses to the Canyon Country shooting that left one person dead, with the suspect on the loose. The Signal
  • Supes OK Big-Rig Limits: The county Board of Supervisors approved restrictions on trucks traveling on San Canyon Road between Sierra Highway and Santa Clarita city limits. KHTS
  • More Supes for You?: A California legislator is proposing that large counties — such as Los Angeles — have more elected supervisors. While we currently have five for L.A. County, his proposal would increase it to seven. The Signal
  • The Resident Rocket Pusher: "Though former House members are banned by law from lobbying their old colleagues and congressional staff for a year after leaving office, they’re not prohibited from playing the field." As a consultant, retired Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon's first defense client is former contributor Aerojet Rocketdyne. Foreign Policy
  • Looking for Ways to Save: The SCV Water Committee is looking for new ways to conserve water here in Awesometown. SCVNews
  • Cautiously Optimistic: “The federal government produces 75,000 new pages of regulations every year. It’s virtually impossible for a business to operate without violating something. And the government never takes these regulations away. They just keep expanding them.” Business owners in L.A. county are cautiously optimistic about the market, but particularly concerned about ever-increasing regulations. Daily News
  • 15 By 20: The L.A. City Council approved a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by the year 2020. LA Times
  • There's Money in Cancer: Four nonprofit organizations stand accused of ripping people off to the tune of $187 million. LA Times


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Monday, May 18th, 2015 - 12:57pm
  • Don't Smoke Hybrid Cars: "Comparing e-cigarettes to traditional ones, one speaker said, is 'tantamount to equating a hybrid car with a coal-powered locomotive, and restricting them as one in the same.'" Luke Money takes a look at the city's discussion of whether to extend city smoking restrictions to e-cigarettes and vape fans. The Signal
  • Relay for Life Raises More than $300K: The annual Relay for Life held at Central Park over the weekend raised more than $300,000 for cancer research. The Signal
  • Knight's Aerospace Bill Moves Ahead: A bill introduced by Congressman Steve Knight aimed at improving investment in aerospace research passed the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. KHTS
  • A Soccer Stadium is the Goal: Major League Soccer is setting its sight on building a 22,000-seat stadium in downtown Los Angeles, to the tune of $250 million. Daily News
  • City Makes the Top 50: Santa Clarita was named one of the 50 safest cities in California by SafeWise, at #38, ahead of Simi Valley. SafeWise City Briefs
  • Someone Greenlit This Movie: "Members of the rock group KISS use their superpowers to save Magic Mountain from destruction at the hands of an evil inventor in Hanna-Barbera's 'KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park,' an NBC Movie of the Week that debuted October 28, 1978." The band filmed a concert scene for the movie on this day in 1978. SCVHistory
  • Arts Commission Not Packing in a PAC Decision: “I think history can show that adding middlemen to anything really just makes the situation messy and uncomfortable." The city's Arts Commission recommended taking more time to discuss potential changes to how community groups can use the COC performing arts center. The Signal
  • Court Overturns 'Innocence of Muslims' Ruling: A federal appeals court overturned a ruling that prevented the online posting of the film "Innocence of Muslims." The, um, controversial film was shot here in the SCV (#claimstofame). LA Times


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Friday, May 15th, 2015 - 1:00pm
  • Former SClarita City Manager Heading to Palmdale: Ken Pulskamp, who retired as Awesometown's longtime city manager back in 2012, is stepping into the role of interim city manager for Palmdale next month. The Signal
  • The Rain Train Could Keep on Chugging: The on-again, off-again weather pattern we're seeing could continue throughout the year. I would not be opposed. Daily News
  • Fox Finds Something Fishy in the SCV: Fox 11 was looking for Dinner Out in the SCV, and they wound up at Valencia Shrimp Haus. Fox11
  • Baca Back in the Spotlight: "Nothing happened in that department that Tanaka didn’t know about." The indictment of former county Undersheriff Paul Tanaka has put retired Sheriff Lee Baca back in the spotlight. Daily News
  • Lane Closures on Orchard Village: Take note, there will be lane closures on Orchard Village Road next week due to construction. KHTS
  • More Bad News from Castaic: A Castaic elementary teacher has been arrested and booked on suspicion of inappropriate contact with minors. The Signal SCVNews
  • City Discussing Changes for Old Orchard Park: The city is holding a public meeting about the master plan Old Orchard Park. The Signal
Who knows, I may just be back with a weekend update in the morning...

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Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - 12:57pm
  • Interim Supe Named for Castaic District: The Castaic Union School District board has named an interim replacement for James Gibson, recently put on leave as head of the troubled district. The Signa
  • Meanwhile, Layoff Notices OK'd: The CUSD board also voted this week to approve nearly 50 layoff notices for district employees. This comes as the district is trying to bridge a $4.5 million budget gap. KHTS
  • Baca's 2nd-in-Command Indicted: Former Undersheriff to now-retired Sheriff Lee Baca and failed 2014 Sheriff candidate, Paul Tanaka has been indicted on federal obstruction of justice charges. Daily News
  • Amgen Sticking Around an Extra Day: With low temperatures and snow in the forecast for Big Bear, the Amgen Tour of California will be staying in the SCV an extra day. Expect people who appreciate cycling and major statewide events to be happy, and people who have to deal with a few relatively minor traffic delays to complain about how their day was RUINED. KHTS
  • SCV Business Owner Focusing on Fam-Owned Businesses: Ok, full disclosure, I do happen to work for Mellady Direct Marketing. That said, it's still pretty great news that Jill Mellady's been named chair of the COC Chancellor's Circle, and plans to increase its focus on family-owned businesses and helping with succession planning. KHTS
  • Vaccine Bill Gets a Thumbs-Up: The state Senate today voted to approve a bill aimed at increasing immunization rates in California schools, and giving the boot to personal belief or religious exemptions from having their kids vaccinated. Daily News
  • Walk and Rock This Weekend: A total of 10 bands are lined up to play at Central Park this weekend for the annual Relay for Life. Among them, local cover band stalwarts Skinny Little Twits. A profile piece on SLT kind of got me my start in local journalism back in 2003. SCVNews
  • Chronic Taco Expanding: Bro-Mex eatery Chronic Taco is expanding, with a planned five additional locations. Fun Fact: The Signal reports new locations in L.A. County won't offer beer, as one of the owners is a Sheriff's deputy and by law can't possess a liquor license. The Signal
  • Draft House Dries Up: Less than a half-year after converting the Tilted Kilt to a family-friendly eatery, the owners of Varsity Draft House have shut their doors. And another one bites the dust at what may be the most cursed restaurant location in Valencia. EatSCV The Signal
  • 80 Years an Icon: Griffith Observatory is turning 80 this month, with several public events planned. LA Times
  • Where Spaceships Go to Die: In the South Pacific, far from any land, is the final resting place of spacecraft that have come hurtling back to earth. Gizmodo


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Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 - 8:30am
  • Former SClarita Mayor Dies: "There is no question, people could not believe how well this city came through that tragedy and through so much crisis and difficulty, and it was because George did such an incredible job." The mayor who led Santa Clarita through the wake of the Northridge earthquake died Saturday at age 90. The Signal
  • Ragers Gonna Rage: Two people were arrested in the third reported local road rage incident in the past week. The Signal
  • Eastside Shooting Victim ID'd: While the suspect is still on the loose, the victim of last week's Canyon Country shooting has been officially identified. KHTS
  • Supes Expected to End Deportation Action: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote today on ending the practice of allowing ICE officials into jails to determine if inmates can be deported. Daily News
  • Retirees Fleeing California: “We couldn’t have afforded to move into any place like this in Southern California, but we bought this house for $126,000, new.” About 15 percent of CalPERS' 561,000 pensioners choose to live their golden years outside the Golden State. SacBee
  • Government Gets a Raise: The Governor and state lawmakers and legislators will be getting a 3 percent pay raise at the end of this year, an effort to start restoring Recession-era pay cuts. Daily News
  • Rekindling a Passion: "My messages are to tell people that although something may seem devastating, there’s still a whole adventure out there that could help you restore." After battling cancer, an SCV woman has found a renewed passion for art. The Signal 
  • Another La Cocina on the Way: Plans are moving forward on building a third La Cocina eatery in the SCV, at the corner of Sierra Highway and Golden Valley Road. The Signal
  • Elon Musk Might be a Little Kooky: “I believe the second sentence out of his mouth was, ‘I think a lot about electric cars.’ And then he turned to me and said, ‘Do you think about electric cars?’" A couple of off-the-wall quotes about billionaire genius Elon Musk. Gizmodo


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