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Perry Smith

    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.

    Education Department Offers Site On School District Funding

    State officials released a website allowing California residents to find out how the state's dollars are making their way into their classroom

    Attempted Murder Charge Dismissed Against Canyon Country Woman

    A judge dismissed the case against a Canyon Country woman who was arrested for attempted murder in connection with a man who was stabbed outside the Canyon Crest apartment complex. Sara McConahay, 27, of Canyon Country, was released from custody Tuesday and the attempted murder charge against her was dismissed. “The charges (against McConahay) were completely dismissed,” said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. “I don’t see an amended complaint.”

    Santa Clarita To Put Metro Billboard Deal On November Ballot

    Santa Clarita city council members voted 3-1 to put their controversial billboard deal with Metro and Allvision on the November ballot Tuesday. The options in front of City Council were the result of a referendum drive by Santa Clarita residents, who, funded by a billboard-lobbying group, set out to fight the deal in May.

    Judge Finds For Saugus Union In Effort To Oust Stephen Winkler

    Stephen Winkler is no longer on the Saugus Union School District governing board, according to a default judgment issued Monday in Los Angeles. Saugus Union School District officials have sought to remove Winkler for more than a year, after his seat was vacated with a 4-1 vote last June. “(Winkler), having been regularly served with process and having failed to appear and answer the verified complaint in quo warranto filed herein... it is ordered, ajudged and decreed... the defendant has usurped, intruded into, and unlawfully held and exercised the office of trustee.”

    Santa Clarita Deputies Take Look At Homeless Encampments

    Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies swept through the wash of the Santa Clara River recently as part of an effort to police areas frequented by the Santa Clarita Valley’s homeless population. The effort was aimed at directing the homeless population toward available services in response to concerns about illegal activity in that area, where there tends to be a higher prevalence of the homeless, officials said. On Thursday, during daytime hours, a collaborative law enforcement team led by Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, Bureau deputies worked collectively to police the riverbed environment throughout the area northwest of the Valencia Boulevard and Bouquet Canyon Road Intersection.

    Feds Say Powerhouse Fire Caused By Downed Power Lines

    More than one year after dozens lost their homes in the Powerhouse Fire last June, federal officials say the cause was what many suspected all along -- downed power lines near a 96-year-old power plant Powerhouse No. 1. “The U.S. Forest Service determined the cause of the Powerhouse Fire to be electrical power lines creating a competent ignition source,” according to a U.S. Forest Service news release Monday. “All other causes were excluded.” All fire causes were considered, investigated and evaluated during the Powerhouse Fire investigation, officials said, which has lasted more than a year.