Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 - 8:30am
- It Doesn't Look Good: The final audit report has been released for Albert Einstein Academy, and while it may not include red flags pointing to outright fraud, it does document a lot of disconcerting financial mismanagement. KHTS
- Bill Parked Until Next Year: With the Senate having adjourned for the year, Buck's Cemex bill is effectively dead until 2015. And so continues the SCV's saga of trying to resolve the Cemex issue once and for all. The Signal
- A Batty Kind of Year: Rabid bats continue to turn up in L.A. County, including the SCV, which is unusual for the cooler months, according to a public health official. The Signal
- McKeon Staff on the Move: Described as one of the "most experienced and sought after legislative directors in the House," Chris Perry will be leaving outgoing Congressman "Buck" McKeon's office to work for New York state Rep.-elect Elise Stefanik, who will also be serving on the House Armed Services Committee. The Citizen
- Cops on Camera: The LAPD is set to equip 7,000 officers with body cameras, a notable move and one that hopefully the Sheriff's Department will make. Of course, officers will actually have to turn the cameras on when they arrest or detain someone. And certainly there's no way some officers will "forget" or "have no time" to turn on a camera in the heat of the moment. Daily News
- You Can't Escape Mom: In what is perhaps one of the best moments in the history of C-SPAN, a mother calls in to scold her arguing, politician sons. Talking Points Memo
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 - 8:30am
- Worried About the Precedent: The New Mexico senator who's put a hold on McKeon's Cemex bill calls himself a champion of environmental causes, but is concerned about the precedent set by using national lands like "a piggy bank" to get out of jams. KHTS The Signal
- Rolling Out Good Will: Quality PR work from the folks at Chiquita Canyon landfill (you know, the massive one near Val Verde that gets most of its trash from outside the SCV and is planning to expand), in this story about them donating bicycles to children at the Child & Family Center. Because you see, Chiquita Canyon isn't just a landfill, it's "a local business home to a 9.2 megawatt clean energy facility." KHTS
- Checkpoints are Back: It must be the holiday season, because it's time for another DUI checkpoint, coming this Friday to an undisclosed road near you. SCVNews
- Remembering the Founders: During this anniversary week, The Signal continues with its profiles of Santa Clarita's founders, focusing on Glo Donnelly. The Signal
- Storm Trio on the Way: Three storms of slow, steady rain are on their way to the Southland, expected to bring colder temperatures. Daily News
- Opting Out: "So far I have made close to 50 phone calls, attempts to call, website encounters, and 16 pages of documentation regarding the various problems between Covered California, Medi-Cal, and Blue Shield. It’s a completely crazy-making process and a huge disappointment." As the deadline to renew Covered California coverage approaches, some Californians are choosing to opt out of a system they say if full of confusion a year in. Daily News
- A Pioneer Passes: Larry Cano, founder of El Torito, credited with popularizing sit-down Mexican cuisine, died at 90. Gustavo Arrellano has a brief obit, and links to a 2011 profile he wrote on Cano. OC Weekly
- Are You Ready for Disaster?: Starting next month, the city is hosting its seven-week Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course to better prepare citizens to respond when disaster strikes. It only costs $30. KHTS
- Turning Tides: Buried in the federal spending bill approved over the weekend was a bill co-authored by Costa Mesa Republican Dana Rohrabacher that effectively ends the federal ban on medical marijuana. LA Times
Monday, December 15th, 2014 - 8:30am
- Senator Holding up Cemex Vote: It might be too soon to pop a bottle of champagne for the Cemex bill's passage. New Mexico's Sen. Martin Heinrich (D) has put a legislative hold on the bill in the Senate. The deadline is reportedly today. KHTS The Signal
- Happy Birthday SClarita: The city of Santa Clarita turns 27 today, and The Signal is marking the occasion with seven days of profiles of our city founders, starting with Carl Boyer and Jo Anne Darcy.
- Body Found in River ID'd: The body of 64-year-old man found in the wash near Soledad and Langside has been identified, but officials are having trouble locating the next of kin. KHTS The Signal
- Moving On: Hart district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker has announced she is leaving the district next month after four years, having accepted a position with another Southland school district. KHTS
- Working on a Plan: “It’s just a massive hit. It’s a perfect storm of disastrous financial situations that you would not expect.” The Castaic Union School District is working with the county on a financial plan to help navigate the troubled waters it's in. The Signal
- Rain on the Rebound: Southern California is due for more rain today, forecasters say. Daily News
- This is For the Birds: Anonymous blogger I. Heart is looking for some help this month, counting dinosaurs in the SCV. I Heart SCV
Friday, December 12th, 2014 - 1:02pm
- Dead Body in the Wash: Sheriff's deputies responded and found a dead man in the wash near Langside and Soledad Canyon this morning. KHTS The Signal
- Hart District Still Trying to Sell: The Hart district has enlisted the help of NAI Capital to try selling off two buildings it's had on the market for months. The Signal
- Emu On the Loose: It took about two hours yesterday to capture an emu that was on the loose in Canyon Country, even providing an impromptu biology lesson for elementary school students. The Signal
- Bring on the Comments: Everyone's favorite, the Newhall roundabout won an award as "Project of the Year." SCVNews
- More About that Bill: And here we though Buck left us out to dry. In a move that was the congressional equivalent of dropping the mic and walking offstage, Congressman "Buck" McKeon, surprising many, introduced and got passed a bill that may just solve the Cemex problem by selling off federal land near Victorville and compensating Cemex for its mining contracts in Soledad Canyon. And you know, I'm going to give Buck some kudos for NOT including this in the NDAA. When we talk about problems with Washington, accepted practices such as tacking on and burying bills in the NDAA that aren't remotely related is part of the problem. The Signal SCVNews SFV Biz Journal
- The Numbers are Up: For its sixth consecutive year, the CSU system has seen an increase in applicants, receiving nearly 800,000 applications for fall 2015. Daily News
- Helping Where it Counts: All this rain is helping one place it's sorely needed: the dwindling Sierra snowpack. LA Times
- For the Skunk Works Fans: Some very cool photos and history of Lockheed's SR-71 Blackbird. Sploid
- Well, What Do You Know?: With the Legislative Analysts Office opening up its data, Fox and Hounds has a little quiz to find out how much you know about California's economy. Fox and Hounds
Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - 8:30am
- All Hope is Not Lost?: The House just passed a bill authored by Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon that apparently has been in the works and would resolve the Cemex problem. KHTS
- Tough Times for Castaic: After seeing its student population decrease by 300-plus students in two years, the Castaic Union School District is facing a projected $1.3 million deficit and considering staff layoffs. The Signal
- New Principal for Canyon: Jason d'Autremont has been tapped as the new principal for Canyon High School, after serving as assistant principal since 2012. The Signal
- Paying Respects: "We come and we say they existed, and as a society, we say we honor you. As much as we have done, this is what we can do in this moment." The county yesterday held a graveside burial service for 1,489 people whose bodies were unidentified or unclaimed. Daily News
- McKeon Objects to Transfer: As he wraps up his time on the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman "Buck" McKeon has objected to the transfer of Guantanamo detainees back to Afghanistant. Newser
- Plan Accordingly: With a major storm expected to roll in soon, the county has announced Lake Hughes Road will be closed starting tomorrow at 12:30 a.m. KHTS
- Report Wrapping Up on Bell Crash: More than two years after a plane crash killed 2011 Man of the Year Harry Bell, an NTSB report of factual findings shed little light on the cause. A probable cause report is expected in the coming weeks. KHTS
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 - 12:54pm
- A New Mayor in Town: The City Council was rotated again last night, and the mayoral gavel was passed to Marsha McLean, with Bob Kellar appointed Mayor Pro Tem. Because we all know they'll never let TimBen Boydston be mayor. The Signal
- The Play-By-Play: If you prefer your council meeting wrapup with a side of snark, I Heart has got you covered. I Heart SCV
- Knight Named to Armed Services Committee: Incoming 25th district Congressman Steve Knight was named to replace "Buck" McKeon on the House Armed Services Committee. KHTS
- The Investigation Continues: Sad follow-up to Monday morning's fatal crash on Interstate 5. Detectives are investigating whether the Lancaster man driving the car, who was apparently in a custody dispute for his children, deliberately crashed the car into a parked big-rig. The Signal
- People Can Surprise You: Over the years, The Signal has had all sorts of characters in its employ, and while I've heard colorful stories about Dwight Jurgens, a columnist in the 1990s, I didn't expect to read about him being sentenced for human trafficking charges. Hutch Post
- Val Verde Chop Shop Exposed: Deputies responded to a news tip and uncovered a chop shop operation in Val Verde. KHTS
- Making Changes: "We can't afford to delay any longer. Across this country, public trust in the people who are charged with keeping us safe has fallen to a low." The county Board of Supervisors approved the formation of a citizen oversight committee for the Sheriff's Department. LA Times
- Coyote Watch: A Canyon Country man is concerned about a coyote he's been seeing in Canyon Country Park, particularly worried it could be a danger to nearby preschoolers. The Signal
- Prices Keep Dipping: Gas dropped below $3 in L.A. County for the first time since 2010. Let's keep that downward trend rolling, shall we? Daily News
- Get in the Giving Spirit: The City is hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Dec. 17, and donors get some goodies in return. City Briefs
- Jail Time for Walker Crash Theft: A local man was sentenced to six months in jail and three years in probation after stealing pieces of the Porsche in which Paul Walker and Roger Rodas were killed. The Signal
- Unincorporated Areas Get a Boost: The Board of Supervisors approved $7.3 million to increase law enforcement services in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, including the Santa Clarita Valley's unincorporated communities. SCVNews
- A Question for Local Charters: "If parents at some schools don’t meet volunteer quotas or donate money to the school, children may be disenrolled or excluded from school activities, the report said." A recent public advocacy report claims that charter schools throughout California are requiring parents to volunteer or donate. It'd be helpful to know if that's the case here in the SCV. Lodi News
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 - 8:30am
- A Successor Has Been Named: The Newhall School District has hired a replacement for Superintendent Marc Winger, who is retiring Jan. 31. Paul Cordeiro has spent the past decade with the Carpinteria Unified School District and was with the Newhall district from 2000-2005. The Signal
- Civil Rights Complaint Resolved: Federal investigators have closed their case on a civil rights complaint that alleged gender-based discrimination at Canyon High School's athletic facilities. The complaint alleged differences between boys baseball and girls softball facilities at the school, and investigators say they are satisfied sufficient improvements are underway. The Signal
- Great Timing: For the past 10 years, the Newhall School District has received flawless audit reports. This, of course, comes on the heels of a less-than-flawless audit for Albert Einstein Academy, with whom the NSD is in an ongoing legal dispute. SCVNews
- A Sad Morning: A Lancaster man and two children were killed early yesterday morning after the car in which they were driving crashed into a big-rig parked (legally) on the side of the freeway near Castaic. The Signal
- Good News for Artists: While the story is a bit tainted by a classic self-serving stab at the local media, it's nice to read that on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 2) the 7th annual TPC/West Ranch Art & Wine Gala presented more than $100,000 to local arts associations. SCVBeacon
- Solving the Problem: "A starting point must be acknowledgement of an immigration system that has been rendered inoperable by rules and regulations making it difficult to administer, unequal in its application, overly permissive concerning its most egregious offenders, and unfriendly to many it was intended to serve." Richard Rubin (No, the other Rick Rubin) weighs in on the battle over immigration reform. Fox & Hounds
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