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Perry Smith

    How The City Of Santa Clarita Funds Its Fight Against Crime

    Santa Clarita City Council members are set to approve Tuesday a new five-year contract likely to include more than $21 million of service from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is how services for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station is funded. And the process that funds the Santa Clarita Valley’s law enforcement is part of about a yearlong negotiation, said Capt. Rick Mouwen of the Sheriff’s Department’s Contract Law Enforcement Bureau. The Sheriff’s Department finishes its previous five-year contract with the city of Santa Clarita in June, which is what prompted the negotiation process.

    Mormon Helping Hands Day Of Service To Support Santa Clarita Schools

    More than 80,000 volunteers are expected to extend a helping hand to support West Coast communities on Saturday.


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    Nissan Of Valencia Rewards Valencia High Student With New Versa

    Valencia Nissan gave a free car to Valencia High junior Taylor Morrison as part of a partnership with the Hart district to reward students for their efforts

    Santa Clarita To Swear In New Council, Talk Sheriff's Contract, Bills

    Santa Clarita City Council members are set to discuss the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station contract and several pieces of legislation

    Santa Clarita-Metro Billboard Deal Draws Referendum, Arguments

    A Metro proposed deal to bring three electronic billboards to Santa Clarita has spurred a referendum and a few weekend disputes across the city

    Saugus Tax Adviser Joins Race For McKeon's 25th Congressional Seat

    A Santa Clarita tax adviser is throwing his hat in the ring for the 25th Congressional District, seeking the seat held by Congressman Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, for more than 20 years. Troy Castagna, 37, of Saugus, who runs his business TC Financial, out of a Santa Clarita Valley office. Castagna acknowledged he was a relatively late-comer to the race, but also said he was spurred to run after finding out about who the presumptive front-runners were for the Republican Party.

    Metro Billboard Vote Gets Delayed By MTA Due To Referendum

    Metro officials will delay the approval of a billboard proposal for 30 days, pending the outcome of a referendum petition being circulated, which is in the signature-gathering phase

    Free Santa Clarita Parents Group For IEP, 504 Plan Students

    A Santa Clarita Valley mother and education advocate is looking to unite parents seeking help with their children’s educational plan with an online community, she said in an interview with KHTS AM-1220.Hadassah Lynn Foster, of Newhall, started a group on meetup.com called “The SCV IEP & 504 Plan Improvement Project: Making It Work!” The first meeting is April 29. “I think there is a national groundswell, I think it’s just starting, to really push to help parents to develop communities around these topics,” said Foster. Foster, a Newhall resident, has experience as a parent with IEPs, or Individualized Educational Program, through Santa Clarita Valley school districts, and through her business, H and H Associates, which helps parents address concerns about their student’s education.

    Arson Suspect In Castaic House Fire Due Back In Court

    A Castaic woman accused of setting her own home ablaze on New Year’s Day was in court to have a preliminary hearing scheduled, according to an official with the District Attorney’s Office.


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    UPDATE: Molestation Charge Dropped Against Legacy Teacher Carl Astrera

    Officials with the District Attorney’s Office dropped a child molestation-annoyance charge against a Legacy Christian Academy teacher Wednesday. Carl Astrera, 35, of Panorama City, was in court for a preliminary arraignment, where he was expected to file his plea to the charge, when Laura Knight Jackson, deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County moved to dismiss the charge. Astrera was arrested around noon Feb. 28 at the private Christian school on the 27600 Block of Dickason Drive in Valencia.