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    Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District Discusses Sewer Rate Increase

    Santa Clarita Valley sewage officials formally introduced a rate hike Monday of $16 each year for the next six years in order to pay for a state-mandated chloride-compliance plan. “The goal has been to protect the Santa Clarita Valley ratepayer from substantial fines,” said Grace Chan, chief engineer for the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District. The move ended the state’s Proposition 218 hearing process necessary for a rate change, which is expected to be approved at a Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District meeting next Monday at Santa Clarita City Hall.

    SCV Sanitation District Officials To Host City Hall Meeting Tonight

    Facing a fast-approaching deadline for chloride compliance, Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District officials are hosting a public hearing Monday night at Santa Clarita City Hall. The 6 p.m meeting is a culmination of months of public outreach by officials seeking feedback on their plan to raise rates to pay for state-mandated chloride treatment. The SCV Sanitation District, which is responsible for the treatment of the local wastewater, proposed fee increases of approximately $17 per year over the next six years, said Dave Bruns, assistant head of financial management for the Sanitation Districts.

    Man Arrested For Indecent Exposure, Resisting Arrest Near Valencia Mall

    A Santa Clarita Valley man is still in custody Monday on charges he exposed himself at the Valencia mall, where he was arrested by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies. Antoine Williams, 24, was arrested Thursday on resisting arrest and indecent exposure charges. Mall-goers and nearby businesses reported to Sheriff’s Station officials Thursday that Williams was allegedly exposing himself near the video game arcade where children hang out at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

    Saugus Union To Make Appointment To Fill Stephen Winkler Seat

    Saugus Union School District officials announced they would be replacing Stephen Winkler with an appointment, not a special election, on July 18

    Assembly Education Committee Approves Santa Clarita Valley Charter School Bill

    Santa Clarita Valley officials addressing what Senate Bill 1263 supporters call a “loophole” in charter school law garnered a victory Wednesday with in the bill’s passage in the Assembly Education Committee. Opponents of the bill called it an unnecessary statewide reaction to “a neighborhood brawl” in the Santa Clarita Valley during a committee hearing in Sacramento this week. The bill authored by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, is a response to Santa Clarita Valley superintendents seeking to stop the alleged “shopping” of charter school petitions to the Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District’s governing board.

    Stevenson Ranch Woman Pleads No Contest In Fatal DUI Crash

    A Stevenson Ranch woman arrested in connection with a fatal DUI crash that killed a Lake View Terrace man could receive up to four years in state prison when she's sentenced next month. Suzette L. Crockett, 46, of Stevenson Ranch, was booked Aug. 11 on a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Under the terms of her plea deal, the sentence is up to a judge, and there’s a 48-month maximum on the amount of time she could be sentenced to in state prison, said Emily Cole, the deputy district attorney in charge of the case’s prosecution.

    Santa Clarita Officials, Deputies Work To Fix Problems On The Greens

    Santa Clarita officials are working to clean up a property known as The Greens in Valencia, which they consider a “public nuisance,” an official with the City Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

    State Announces New Tax Rule Meant To Help Food Truck Vendors

    California tax officials are looking to streamline the lunchtime rush for food-truck feasts with a new rule July 1. “As the food-truck industry continues to motor its way into the mainstream, the California State Board of Equalization is serving up an amended regulation that’ll make it that much easier for Californians to enjoy the culinary creations being borne out of this ever-growing industry,” according to BOE officials in a news release. The new rule really is meant to streamline things for vendors, but customers might find things easier, an official said.

    Santa Clarita Deputies Arrest Suspect In Burglary, BB Gun Shooting

    Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested a Santa Clarita man Wednesday night after responding to reports of a commercial burglary and a BB gun assault. Brandon Spencer, 22, of Canyon Country, was arrested on assault with a deadly weapon charges last night in Saugus. The investigation began after a report of a commercial burglary at a hobby store on the 25600 block of Bouquet Canyon Road, according to Sheriff’s Station arrest records. Several Airsoft-style guns were stolen from the store after it closed, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Crime Prevention Unit deputies.

    Valencia Fake Bomb Scare Part Of Santa Clarita Burglary Investigation

    Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies believe a movie-prop vest stolen from a Valencia garage, which prompted a bomb scare that shut down Kohl's for hours, is also evidence in a burglary investigation. Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies responded to a report of a stolen car Monday night around 5:30 p.m., near the 23700 block of Delmonte Drive in Santa Clarita. Deputies located the vehicle, now abandoned, in the parking lot near Kohl's in Valencia, near McBean Parkway.