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Council Sees Flaws In New Stormwater Fee Calculation

Owners of large properties got a bit of relief Tuesday night when the Santa Clarita City Council sent a controversial new plan for assessing stormwater fees back to the drawing board.

Stormwater fees are charged to property owners in Santa Clarita to pay for draining water runoff, which occurs when homes, patios, driveways or other structures prohibit water from seeping into the ground.

Court Upholds Ban On Gay Marriage

The California voters have spoken and the state’s Supreme Court has upheld the voter approved ban that defines marriage as a union between a man and a women.


The decision made by the California Supreme Court was handed down Tuesday morning and confirmed the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages.


Editorial: More Vision Needed On Chlorides


By Maria Gutziet


Nearly three years ago, I wrote an opinion piece in The Signal about the lack of technical merit in the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) decision to set new lower chloride limits.  These limits foretold of the sewer rate increases now being proposed by the Sanitation Districts.

Freeway Closures: Tough Now But Better In The Long Run

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will be closing portions of three local freeways in the coming days to try and make your commute a little better.

The closures are due to the construction of a $161 million project where improvements are being made to the Golden State Freeway (I-5), the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14) and the Foothill Freeway (I-210).

Special Performance For Special People

Showcasing their motocross talents, comedy, and musical acts, performers from the Iron Circus prepare to raise money for LETMESAIL (Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living), a Santa Clarita based, non-profit organization which caters to people with special needs.

Two Out-Of-Towners Fail At Burglary

Two burglars were caught red-handed Saturday morning as they exited a Valencia home and were surprised by deputies.

According to Sgt. Ron Price of the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station, a resident on the 25000 block of Via Heraldo called when he saw two men in a white pickup truck stop in front of a home and put on gloves before they approached the house.

The suspects moved into a side yard and broke into the sliding glass door on the side, using a screwdriver, Price said.

Space Shuttle Lands At Edwards



It wasn’t an earthquake that shook Santa Clarita windows shortly after 8:30 a.m., but the Space Shuttle Atlantis’s sonic boom as it landed at Edwards Air Force Base after a successful 13-day mission repairing the Hubble Space Telescope.

Inclement weather prevented the shuttle from landing at NASA in Florida. The shuttle, with its crew of seven, were supposed to land Friday, but NASA made the astronauts orbit in a holding pattern, circling the globe in hopes that thunderstorms on the East coast would stop.

Valencia Volleyball Team Loses In Quarterfinals

By Ernie Stone

Royal’s heart beat strong as the players willed their way to a five-game victory over Valencia in the CIF-Southern Section Division II volleyball quarterfinals Friday night.

“These teams are even, it is apparent the team that makes the least mistakes will win,” said Royal head coach Dean Borth before the game.

While both teams played to a standstill through the first four sets, the desire and belief in Royal carried them over a young and inexperienced
Valencia team, 26-24, 25-18, 23-25, 22-25, 15-11.

Valencia Baseball Team Rallies, Falls Short In CIF Playoffs

The Valencia baseball team rallied in the eighth inning, but came up a run short in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs on Friday. Christian Lopes gave his team a glimmer of hope with a two-run home run, but Valencia lost to visiting Vista Murrieta, 10-9, and was eliminated from the playoffs.

Valencia entered the bottom of the eighth inning trailing 10-7. Dominick Solley started the rally in the eighth with a one-out triple to left field. Lopes followed with a towering home run to left field to trim the lead to one.

Improv Troupe Gives New Meaning To Off-The-Cuff



A local news broadcast about cricket fights; what really goes on at the other end of the customer support lines at Play-Doh;