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July 5, 1995 | MAKI BECKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five mornings a week, beginning at midnight, Tom Haner patrols the streets of Canyon Country. He drives through the community, on the lookout for taggers and anything that looks like gang activity. He meticulously documents any newly painted graffiti and jots down descriptions of strangers. He's not a cop. He's not a security guard. Haner is 64, and retired.
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August 30, 2007 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
The effort to expand Santa Clarita's largest hospital has generated controversy for months, with residents packing public hearings and council meetings stretching past midnight. Now it has spurred calls for the city to establish a formal code of ethics, something already in place in the county's largest cities.
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May 9, 2004 | Stephanie Stassel, Times Staff Writer
Newly separated from her husband and searching for emotional support, Sandie Plush was relieved to learn about a Santa Clarita organization offering help for single mothers. She and her four children were still adjusting to their two-bedroom apartment after moving from a 5,800-square-foot home that had had enough space for a live-in nanny. Their tight budget meant few goodies for the youngsters.
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May 3, 2007 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
Perchlorate contaminating the Santa Clarita Valley's underground water supply is to be cleaned up under an estimated $100-million settlement of a federal lawsuit against former and present owners of a shuttered munitions and fireworks factory announced Wednesday. The suit was filed by four area water agencies in November 2000 against Whittaker Corp., Remediation Financial Inc.
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January 4, 1998 | DADE HAYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There are plenty of hard-luck stories at Santa Clarita's first homeless shelter. To find them, though, you have to dig a little harder than you normally would in a gathering of the down and out. The dozen or so nightly guests in the cavernous former cosmetics warehouse that has been turned into a shelter appear modestly clothed, but not disheveled. Their eyes may dart a bit or bear telltale red streaks, but they lack the hollow, beaten cast of the long-term destitute.
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February 22, 1992 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff's deputies in Santa Clarita are trying to enlist residents in the fight against a growing gang problem. Gang activity in the suburban region is still minuscule compared to other communities in Los Angeles County, but "it's like a cancer that'll kill you unless you catch it early," Sheriff's Sgt. Wes McBride said Friday.
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May 3, 2007 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
Perchlorate contaminating the Santa Clarita Valley's underground water supply is to be cleaned up under an estimated $100-million settlement of a federal lawsuit against former and present owners of a shuttered munitions and fireworks factory announced Wednesday. The suit was filed by four area water agencies in November 2000 against Whittaker Corp., Remediation Financial Inc.
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June 9, 1995 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The only Safe House program operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been so successful in its first year that other stations are looking to implement it, authorities said Thursday. About 500 residents have placed green triangles provided by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on their door, signifying the house is a safe place for children to go if they feel in danger or need other emergency help, said Karin Nelson, a station volunteer.
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August 2, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Firefighters battled a wildfire Monday that blackened at least 120 acres in Canyon Country and came dangerously close to a dog kennel. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Downed power lines sparked the fire, which began shortly after 1:30 p.m. off Sierra Highway, said county fire Inspector John Mancha. It was 70% contained by 6 p.m.
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November 5, 2005 | Daryl Kelley, Times Staff Writer
In the latest court ruling that forces developers to prove a reliable water supply, a state appeals panel in Los Angeles has blocked construction of a large industrial park in Santa Clarita after finding the project relied on imported "paper water" that may not be delivered. A three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled this week that Santa Clarita and the developer of a 4.
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September 14, 2006 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
The whir of passing cars at Interstate 5 and Templin Highway was drowned out Wednesday by the roar of choppers and air tankers overhead. But the foot soldiers in what is becoming known as the Battle of Interstate 5 were firefighters sitting patiently on their trucks waiting to be called up. They are members of "hotshot crews" -- elite teams of firefighters specially trained to quell fast-moving forest fires and ready to respond should the flames cross the freeway.
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May 3, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The body of a newborn was found in a trash bin Tuesday evening in the 23400 block of San Fernando Road, sheriff's officials said. A woman told KTTV-TV Channel 11 that she was searching for recyclables when she discovered the baby boy wrapped in a blanket and plastic bags. Homicide detectives were still investigating late Tuesday. The baby is at least the third this year to be found dead in Los Angeles County, authorities said.
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November 5, 2005 | Daryl Kelley, Times Staff Writer
In the latest court ruling that forces developers to prove a reliable water supply, a state appeals panel in Los Angeles has blocked construction of a large industrial park in Santa Clarita after finding the project relied on imported "paper water" that may not be delivered. A three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled this week that Santa Clarita and the developer of a 4.
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November 3, 2005 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles County maintenance yard in Santa Clarita will be the site of a winter shelter for a second year, after Castaic residents rejected plans to create one in a parking lot at a county jail in that community. An agreement to set up the shelter at the county-owned flood-control maintenance yard on Centre Pointe Parkway was announced Wednesday by Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who sought to resolve a dispute between supporters of homeless services and residents of Castaic.
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August 2, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Firefighters battled a wildfire Monday that blackened at least 120 acres in Canyon Country and came dangerously close to a dog kennel. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Downed power lines sparked the fire, which began shortly after 1:30 p.m. off Sierra Highway, said county fire Inspector John Mancha. It was 70% contained by 6 p.m.
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February 14, 2005 | From Associated Press
A captain with the Santa Clara County Fire Department died early Sunday after being electrocuted by a power line at a house fire. Capt. Mark McCormack's on-duty death was the first in the department's 58-year history, officials said. Firefighters were called to the scene about 2:20 a.m. Sunday. Six residents were at home and escaped uninjured, officials said. As McCormack helped fight the blaze, he touched a live electrical wire.
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December 21, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A group of supporters joined by actress Rene Russo gathered Friday at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration to protest Supervisor Mike Antonovich's proposal to move a 400-year-old oak tree for a road-widening project. The protesters delivered a petition to the supervisor's office signed by 4,000 people who favor keeping the tree on Pico Canyon Road in the Santa Clarita Valley. An Antonovich spokesman said the supervisor believes that the best solution is to move it.
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February 24, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the days when California was desperate for new residents and thousands of hopeful newcomers were crowding into this restless desert every year, there was a kind of mantra among those who took up the work of building cities: centralize. The idea--popular here from the turn of the century until well after World War II, according to local historians--was that local communities stood to benefit if they joined together to create a larger city.
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December 11, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
After weeks of disagreement, officials from the county and the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Clarita approved a plan Friday to put a winter homeless shelter in a county-owned flood-control maintenance yard in Santa Clarita. Officials vowed to open a 40-bed shelter at the site on Centerpointe Parkway by Christmas. Santa Clarita officials had considered busing its homeless into Los Angeles.
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December 9, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Council members on Wednesday officially condemned Santa Clarita's plan to bus some of its homeless residents to shelters in Los Angeles. The smaller city had decided on the plan after announcing that it would not open its own winter shelter. The resolution, written by Councilwoman Jan Perry, calls on cities around Los Angeles County to address homelessness in their own communities rather than bus people elsewhere.
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