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Santa Clarita Schools Still High Achievers


According to statistics just released by the California Department of Education, schools in the Santa Clarita Valley continue to meet high standards.

The state released scores today from the Academic Performance Index tests which all students took in the spring of 2008.

Two-thirds of the 54 schools in the area scored well above the 800 target score set by the state and the majority of the others are just a few points behind.

Valencia Hosts Agoura In CIF Softball Playoffs

The CIF-Southern Section Division I softball playoffs resume today with Valencia, Hart and Saugus all in action.

Valencia, the top-seeded team from the Foothill League, is at home against Agoura, the fourth-place team from the Marmonte League. Agoura shut out Camarillo, 5-0, in the wild-card round.

Saugus Baseball Team Moves On

The Saugus baseball team survived the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. The Hart baseball team did not.

Saugus beat Oxnard, 4-2. Stefan Cordes hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning and Kyle Hooper pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for Saugus.

Saugus plays national powerhouse Mater Dei, the second-place team from the Trinity League, on Friday.

Hart lost to Camarillo in a heartbreaker, 7-6. Hart tied the game in the top of the seventh, only to see Camarillo score a run in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.

Hurricane Harbor Opens Shores To Charity

Temperatures rising. Check.

People need a break from work. Check.

Charities deserve a financial boost. Check.

Being one of the first to plunge into 2009’s season at Hurricane Harbor : Priceless

Local nonprofits and schools are benefiting from heat this weekend as Six Flags Hurricane Harbor opens its 15th season on Saturday.

Detectives Cut Yellow Tape On New Home

When Sheriff Leroy Baca visited the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s station in 2007, he saw something that dismayed him.

“There were incredible detectives working in cramped quarters,” he told a group of people clustered in the afternoon sun under green and gold pop-ups on Wednesday.

The cramped quarters were 1,700 square feet in the circa 1972 sheriff’s station just over the block wall behind the top cop. But that afternoon, dozens of white-shirted detectives were settling into their new 9,300 square foot home.

Downed Power Lines On Newhall Avenue

UPDATE: 4:09 p.m.

The power lines have been removed and the road is clear for traffic.

Downed power lines on Newhall Avenue near Carl Court in Newhall caused  traffic problems Wednesday afternoon. Deputies responded to the location, directing traffic while the  Edison crews removed the dangerous power lines.

Ballot Measures Fail, What's Next For State Budget?

As widely expected, five ballot propositions looking to pump money into state coffers were trounced by voters last night.

The propositions offered up extended sales tax increases, reallocated funds and even proposed borrowing against future lottery proceeds. Those ideas were unanimously shot down with 65% of the vote opposing.

The only proposition that did pass was 1F, which limited pay increases for legislators in deficit years.  

As a result, the impending $21 billion state budget deficit will have to be dealt with using current monetary resources.

Caltrans Construction Closures Before Memorial Day Holiday

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the following lanes, ramps and connectors of the Golden State Freeway (I-5), the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14) and the Foothill Freeway (I-210) as part of a $161-million improvement project to construct High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV or carpool) lanes and a direct HOV lane connector at the I-5/SR-14 interchange.


Golden State Freeway (I-5) Closures


From 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. – Southbound I-5 truck route collector road

Local Concert Draws Big Names

A major summer concert has a special need for special needs students.

The Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness and Social Inclusion concert is a show here in Santa Clarita organized from top to bottom completely by local high school students in the “Yes I Can” program.


Ballot Propositions Take A Beating In Special Election

Preliminary statistics are in from Tuesday’s special election.

So far, propositions 1A-1E are being defeated by a large margin, while prop 1F has seen mostly support.

Here’s the results as of 11:35 p.m. Tuesday:

74% of precincts reporting.

Prop 1A - Rainy Day Fund. Budget Stabilization Fund
Yes: 1,171,125 (35%)
No: 2,158,414 (65%)

Prop 1B - Education Funding. Payment Plan
Yes: 1,283,189  (39%)
No: 2,038,078 (61%)