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Smyth To Introduce Legislation To Stabilize Pensions And Retirement Plans

CamSmythAssemblyman Cameron Smyth announced today that he will be introducing two pieces of legislation aimed at reducing California’s future pension obligations and providing a sustainable plan to provide fair public retirement benefits.   Smyth’s package, which will be introduced this week, mirrors the proposal that Governor Jerry Brown sent to the legislature in October.

Tall Tales Of George Washington

George_WashingtonWhen you think of George Washington, do images of a cherry tree, wooden teeth, and a heavily powdered wig come to mind?  Myths and legends have surrounded our former president for years and it can be difficult to wade through the stories to find the truth.

In honor of our first president’s birthday, here are some facts and debunked myths about President Washington:

Single Family Home Prices Increase, Condo Prices Sink

housing-marketBy Leon Worden/SCVNEWS.com

Single-family home prices inched up in January after two months at the bottom of a 9-year cycle, while condominium prices in the Santa Clarita Valley sank to depths not seen since July 2002.

The typical SCV home changed hands for $360,000 in January, up 5.9 percent from December and 4 percent higher than January 2011′s median price of $346,000.

Caltrans Announces Closures For I-5 HOV Improvement Project

khts_caltransThe California Department of Transportation(Caltrans) plans to close the lanes, ramps and connectors listed below as part of a $140 million improvement project to construct High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV or carpool) lanes and a direct HOV lane connector at the
I-5/SR-170 interchange.

Ramp closures will be staggered. Closures are subject to change. Detours will be signed.

Sales Tax Increase Could Cost California Thousands Of Jobs

georgerunnerGeorge Runner today criticized the Governor’s plan to impose higher taxes on working Californians. He released an analysis showing that a half cent sales tax increase would cost California thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in lost investment.

COC To Host Body, Mind, Wellness Walks And Seminars

COClogoThis spring, the College of the Canyons SNAC (Student Nutrition Advocates at COC) group is encouraging students and community members to experience the many benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle, with the launch of its new Body, Mind, Wellness (BMW) Fitness Walk and Seminar Series.

SCV Outdoor Report: Roundabouts

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By Wendy Langhans

This report is a "Best of SCV Outdoor Report" and has been previously published.

Would it surprise you to learn that the mountains circling our valley function like a roundabout - a circular intersection for wildlife?

Our Santa Clarita valley is the center hub of this roundabout.

Top Things To Do This Weekend, February 22, 2012

This weekend in Santa Clarita is brought to you by our friends at Valencia Auto Center

West Ranch Advances To Quarterfinals Of CIF Boys Basketball Playoffs

khts_sportsEverything seems to be in favor of the West Ranch boys basketball team. The Wildcats ousted Edison, the eighth-seeded team in the CIF Southern Section Division 1A playoffs, 101-65, to advance to the quarterfinals.

Ninth-seeded West Ranch plays top-seeded Mission Viejo at home on Friday night. It will be a tough game against Mission Viejo, but at least West Ranch has home-court advantage.