Saugus Union School District officials are meeting over the next two days to discuss team-building, back-to-school nights and, most importantly, a bond measure and facilities need. Saugus Union officials are hosting an all-day management seminar at the district office Monday in Valencia from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Tuesday, the board plans to swear in David Powell at 7:30 p.m., whom board members nominated July 18 to replace Stephen Winkler. There will also be a bond measure discussion.
A Santa Clarita Valley man received a 40-year sentence Friday for the second-degree murder of Christopher Demyen, as several family members provided tearful testimony Friday at his killer’s sentencing in Lancaster.Scott Shipley, 57, of Acton, was found guilty back in April, after a brief trial. “I think that the verdict reached by the jury was the correct and just verdict and the sentence that the defendant received was just,” said Tom Trainor, deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County. "While no sentence can ever bring Demyen back to his family, this can hopefully provide them with some finality in this chapter of their life."
Hart district Superintendent Rob Challinor sent a message to the Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday, saying while the district is changing to area-based elections, “It will not alter the way the district is governed.” Hart district officials decided to move to districts with a 4-1 vote July 16 because the change provided officials with a “safe harbor” from a potential lawsuit, said Hart district governing board President Steve Sturgeon. “The CVRA has promoted a great deal of legal action and policy discussion throughout the state,” Challinor said. “The Hart board took this proactive step to avoid a potential legal challenge and to honor the law’s intention, which is to ensure that minority groups are not denied the opportunity to elect candidates and/or pass measures of their choice.”
Chiquita Canyon landfill expansion plans will be discussed Thursday night at the Castaic Sports Complex, giving Santa Clarita Valley residents having a chance to express concern or support for the proposed expansion landfill’s project. The landfill's proposal, which would double the waste footprint of the facility, has come under criticism from Val Verde residents living near the dump. One Val Verde association claimed dozens have complained, and another group considered the landfill “a good neighbor.”
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are investigating a July 22 report of vandalism and burglary at Pinetree Community Elementary School, officials said Wednesday. Six iPads were taken, a set of master keys was stolen and several doors were vandalized, according to Lynn David, assistant superintendent of business services for the Sulphur Springs School District. “The break-in was in the early morning hours,” David said. “It was discovered when our custodian came on campus -- and then he reported it to district personnel and law enforcement.”