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    Court Officials Decry Budget, Say Delays Will Continue

    A county court official criticized California’s 2014-15 budget in response to its recent approval by Gov. Jerry Brown. And while the effects of past cuts are likely to continue, additional cuts aren't expected, an official said Monday. The courts don’t anticipate any further reduction of service, a court official said Monday. However, the new spending plan won’t allow for the restoration of “painful” self-inflicted budget cuts the courts have undergone over the last few years, said Mary Hearn, spokeswoman for Los Angeles County Superior Court. “Those were all very painful, but now we’re on solid footing,” Hearn said. “The amount allocated to the trial courts in the budget that was just signed won’t allow us to restore those cuts.”

    Santa Clarita Valley Superintendent Reacts To Teacher Tenure Decision

    A Santa Clarita Valley superintendent praised a “historic” decision in the Vergara v. California trial regarding teacher tenure, which struck down portions of the state’s Education Code deemed unconstitutional.


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    Judge Orders Palmdale To Pay $3.5M For Voting Rights Act Violation

    A judge ordered the city of Palmdale to pay a little more than $3.5 million to settle the costs of a California Votings Rights Act lawsuit. The city still has the option to seek a review of the appellate decision by the state's Supreme Court

    Trial For COC's Governing Board In Voting Rights Act Lawsuit To Begin Wednesday

    A trial is set to begin Wednesday over a lawsuit alleging the Santa Clarita Community College District is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act with its at-large elections.


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    Santa Clarita Valley CHP Officers Arrest 2 In Car Club Sting

    California Highway Patrol Newhall area officers arrested two and impounded two cars Sunday as part of a 3-month undercover investigation into a Santa Clarita Valley car club. CHP officers worked with the Alcohol Beverage Control and the U.S. Forestry Service shutting down what officers identified on social media as an alleged illegal car club called Realrunners. Armen Laloyan, 37, of Hesperia, and a juvenile, were both cited and released Sunday. The juvenile was released to his parents.

    L.A. County Officials Decry Serial Rapist's Release To Antelope Valley

    Los Angeles County officials, as well as state legislators, decried a Santa Clara County judge's decision to release serial rapist Christopher Hubbart to an Antelope Valley address

    Santa Clarita Man Pleads Guilty In Gold Fraud, Gets 4 Years, 4 Months

    A Santa Clarita man charged in a $2.39 million consumer protection case involving the buying and selling of gold bullion and coins received a four-year, four-month sentence in state prison Thursday, officials said. Michael Berman, 54, of Canyon Country, pleaded guilty to 82 felony counts, including grand theft of personal property and false and fraudulent claim, according to Deputy District Attorney Greg Alker in a news release. He also admitted excessive-taking allegations. The defendant pleaded "open" to the court, meaning there was no negotiated settlement or plea deal with the District Attorney's Office, officials said.

    Tony Alamo Victims' Lawyer Discusses Damages For Victims

    A lawyer for victims of Tony Alamo, a former evangelist convicted of taking underage girls across state lines for the purpose of sex, discussed recently how Alamo’s abuse victims could soon receive a portion of the more-than half-billion-dollar judgment against Alamo. Alamo, who’s known in the federal prison system as Bernie Lazar Hoffman, is 79 years old, and approximately four years into a 175-year prison sentence. His prison term was the end result a 2008 arrest warrant federal agents executed on several properties reportedly controlled by Alamo’s ministries -- including a Santa Clarita Valley lot in Saugus -- which are at the heart of a recent court dispute.

    No ID For Victim Found In Late-Night Newhall Apartment Fire

    A dead body found in a Newhall apartment has Homicide Bureau detectives with the Sheriff’s Department investigating the scene of a burnt-out unit. Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel arrived on scene at the 26700 block of North Oak Crossing Road in the Friendly Valley area of Canyon Country at 11:35 p.m., officials said. “Fire was dispatched at 11:25 p.m.,” said Supervisor Keith Mora of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “The call came in from an apartment across the street.”

    Santa Clarita Valley Murder, Alleged Fatal DUI Cases Due Back

    Two Santa Clarita Valley court cases had hearings Tuesday at Los Angeles County Superior Court in San Fernando.


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