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A Dozen Teen Girls Victims Of Alleged Pedophile

michael_downs_closer19-year-old Michael Downs of Valencia faces 29 felony counts of sex crimes with a dozen minors according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office which filed a complaint yesterday.

Army: Lack Of Vetting Process Resulted In Acosta's Death; McKeon Demands Answers

mug_rudyacostaarmyBy Leon Worden/

Dante Acosta got many of the answers he was looking for Monday, and most of them aren’t pretty.

Acosta’s son Rudy, 19, and another soldier were killed March 19 in Afghanistan when an Afghan national who’d been hired as a private security guard opened fire on them while they were cleaning their weapons. More soldiers were wounded before one of them managed to kill the infiltrator.

House And Senate At Standoff Over Payroll Tax Cut Extension


Congress showed little sign of resolving its partisan standoff Tuesday over the payroll tax cut extension as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a measure calling for more negotiations, and leaders in the Democratic-controlled Senate insisted they won't go along with it.

Former City Inspector To Pay $32K Restitution

mug_craigingrahamA former Santa Clarita building inspector pleaded guilty today to accepting more than $30,000 in bribes while issuing and signing off on building permits, the District Attorney’s office announced.

Senator Boxer Responds To House Refusal To Accept Senate's Vote On Tax Cuts

BoxerheadshotU.S. Senator Barbara Boxer issued the following statement today in response to the House Republicans’ vote to block an extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits:

“Because House Republicans today said ‘my way or the highway,’ on New Year’s Day 160 million Americans will wake up to a tax increase averaging $1,000 and 1.8 million Americans, including 300,000 Californians, will begin losing their unemployment benefits.


Egg Plantation Named One Of State's Greenest Eateries

eggplantationAn honor bestowed on a popular Newhall eatery gives a new meaning to the phrase “Green eggs and ham.”

The California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery named the Egg Plantation as one of the 2011 winners recognized through the Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) for their environmentally-friendly business strategy.

Home Prices The Lowest They've Been In Nine Years

homepricesfallingBy Leon Worden/

One-hundred eight months.

Nine years.

Not since December 2002 were single-family home prices in the Santa Clarita Valley as low as they were in November 2011.

Earn More Green By Being Green In New Waste Management Program

ReuseThere is an easy way Santa Clarita residents can start recycling more and save money at the same time. The City has partnered with Waste Management to offer residents the new "Super Saver" rate. Upon customer request, Waste Management will provide customers with a 35-gallon Super Saver cart. The new rate is 20 percent less than standard trash service.

Supervisors Approve Extension Of Reward For Cold Case Murder

leslielongVICA motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich extending a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Leslie Long (at left in photo) was approved by the Board of Supervisors.