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Ventura County

    Citrus Classic Balloon Festival To Kick Off Friday

    Ventura County’s seventh annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival, located off Highway 126 in Santa Paula, is scheduled to take place from 6-11 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

    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.

    Santa Clarita Deputies, Volunteers Help Fillmore Search For Arcadia Firefighter

    Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies and volunteers are assisting in the search for Arcadia firefighter Mike Herdman, who disappeared Friday while camping in Los Padres National Forest. Mike Herdman, 36, an experienced hiker, was in the Fillmore area of the Los Padres National Forest and separated from his friend, another off-duty firefighter with whom he was camping. “They were intending on going on a four-day backpacking trip (Friday),” said Sgt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. “By Friday night, Mike Herdman’s dog took off running down a creek.”

    Chloride Meeting At City Hall Will Look At Costly Water Options

    Santa Clarita leaders will talk about chloride treatment in the Santa Clarita Valley, which could cost ratepayers hundreds of dollars, at City Hall tonight at 6:30 p.m.

    Citrus Classic Balloon Festival Has Discounted Tickets Through KHTS

    The 6th Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival will take place on July 26 through July 28 in Santa Paula.

    The three day festival will include tethered balloon rides, stunt planes, sky divers, food vendors, real train rides and a kids zone. Live music will also be playing throughout the weekend. Performing bands include The House Arrest Band, Johnny and the Love Handles, The Retreads, Juano and Friends and The Bomb with Victor Vega.

    Santa Clarita-Based Landscaping Company Receives Awards

    Stay Green Inc, an environmental company based in Santa Clairta, was honored June 29 for its work in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

    Williams Homes To Open Valle Di Oro Phase Two As Economy Looks Up

    Santa Clarita based Williams Homes plans to make the second phase of their Valle Di Oro community in Canyon Country available this June. The opening comes at a time when the economy and real estate market are looking up locally.

    Heal The Bay Beach Report Card Valuable Resource For Vacationing Families

    For local families looking to visit the beach this summer, Heal the Bay's annual Beach Report Card provides a valuable assessment of cleanliness and water pollution, recognizing both "Honor Roll" and "Beach Bummer" beaches.

    Canyon Country Woman Critically Injured In Ojai Crash Monday


    A Santa Clarita Valley woman sustained life-threatening head injuries in a three-car crash that claimed the life of a Ventura woman Monday afternoon near Ojai.

    According to the California Highway Patrol, Lucinda Diaz, 26, of Canyon Country, was the passenger in a 2012 Kia Optima driven by Sean Staub, 23, of North Carolina.