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October 2, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
State agricultural officials have declared war on the Oriental fruit fly in the Santa Clarita Valley after five flies were trapped there over two days last month. The action is the first for the Santa Clarita area but is one of several in Southern California since the invasive flies turned up in Pasadena in 2010. Slightly larger than a housefly and marked by a black "T" on its yellow abdomen, the fly is typically found in Hawaii and Micronesia. It poses a threat to scores of fruits and vegetables here, including dates, avocados, tomatoes and peppers.
April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Clint Eastwood's latest movie, "American Sniper," kicked off with a bang in Los Angeles County this week. The Warner Bros. film, which stars Bradley Cooper as a Navy SEAL who recounts his military exploits, began 10 days of filming Monday in an Afghan village set at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in the Santa Clarita area. The scenes involved "simulated warfare sequences with full load automatic gunfire, explosions, squibs, bullet hits, smoke, burning debris," according to a county film permit.
February 3, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons
A proposal to open the first Hebrew language charter school in the state will be considered Wednesday by school trustees in the Santa Clarita Valley, some of whom have raised concerns that the institution would violate separation of church and state. Backers of the proposed school, to be called the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences, say such worries are unfounded and that the campus would not have a religious base and would not have a relationship with a synagogue.
March 21, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A 4-year-old boy who wandered away from his family's Castaic home Friday afternoon died after being found in a nearby swimming pool, sheriff's officials said. Travis Stratton walked away from the home in the 32500 block of  Old Road, near Lake Hughes Road, about 1 p.m., according to tweets from the Los Angeles County sheriff's Santa Clarita Valley station. Deputies conducted a search that ended a few hours later when the boy was found in the pool. Travis was pronounced dead at a hospital, the station said.
September 10, 2000
Re "For the Most Vulnerable Poor, Lack of Dental Care Is a Barrier," Aug. 20. Thank you for publishing the essay from the UCLA School of Dentistry [professors] on lack of dental care for children. I feel compelled to share with your readers a program developed in Santa Clarita to deal with this issue. This program could easily be replicated in other communities. The Foundation for Children's Dental Health provides free dental care, dental education and emergency dental services for the area's poorest children and their families.
February 16, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
For the fourth straight year, the Santa Clarita Valley was the fastest-growing region in Los Angeles County, narrowly outpacing the rapidly growing Antelope Valley in 1988, according to a new report. Between 1980 and 1988, the Santa Clarita Valley's population jumped from 79,015 residents to 132,700--an increase of 68%, the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning said. The population of the Antelope Valley rose from 70,400 residents to 177,500. That translates to a 65.
August 23, 1986
I am a Saugus resident who enjoys the rural fun life of the un-Metro Santa Clarita Valley. When I read your article about George Hadnot's "shanty ranch" (Aug. 8), I was furious at Jo Ann Darcy, Supervisor Mike Antonovich's aide, for her comment about a fire hazard. Is Jo Ann Darcy employed by Newhall Land & Farming Co. or what? She states that the ranch can be dangerous to expensive homes in an adjacent canyon. She also refers to them as a tract of houses. There are no houses, or should I say, no tract of houses within 1 miles.
October 22, 1992 | JEFF PRUGH
Northlake, a proposed planned community of 3,623 houses on more than 1,300 acres near Castaic Lake in the Santa Clarita Valley, moved a step forward Wednesday when the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission recommended that the developer's Specific Plan and zoning changes be submitted to the Board of Supervisors.
July 21, 2000 | SUE FOX
A construction worker was killed Thursday after being run over by a grading machine at a Santa Clarita Valley housing development, authorities said. The 36-year-old Palmdale man suffered head, leg and abdominal injuries when he was hit at 7:45 a.m., said Inspector Ed Martinez of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. He was airlifted to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
February 25, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors proclaimed a state of local emergency Tuesday in Bouquet Canyon, an unincorporated area in Santa Clarita Valley, paving the way for officials to take flood control measures without going through the usual permitting process. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, whose district includes Bouquet Canyon, said a series of fires and storm events have led to a buildup of sediment in Bouquet Canyon Creek. That reduces its carrying capacity, which results in water flooding Bouquet Canyon Road after heavy rains, Antonovich said.
February 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Winds gusts of up to 60 mph are expected to hit Southern California throughout Wednesday, potentially knocking down power lines or creating other dangerous conditions, forecaster warned. The National Weather Service issued a high-wind warning for Santa Barbara County's south coast and for the Santa Barbara Mountains. A wind advisory has also been issued for the Santa Clarita Valley, several parts of Ventura County, and mountains in Los Angeles County. Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the weather serivce, said a high-pressure system from the north was pushing wind south from Santa Barbara down into Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
January 7, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Santa Clarita, the suburban northern Los Angeles County community that has played Afghanistan, Kentucky and Washington, D.C, had a record year for film and TV production. The city generated 1,264 location film days in 2013, up 38% from last year. Those projects generated an estimated $30.5 million in spending on wages, hotels, catering and other goods and services in the city, up from $21.7 million in 2012, according to preliminary figures from the Santa Clarita film office. It marks the third consecutive record year for filming activity in Santa Clarita, which saw steady gains in television production, commercial shoots and mostly lower budget movies, including “Love and Mercy” and “Kitchen Sink.”   ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Two high-profile features that also filmed in Santa Clarita last year were the Denzel Washington thriller “2 Guns” and Marvel Studios' “Iron Man 3," which was mostly filmed outside of California.
December 4, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Thousands of car enthusiasts and fans of “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker are expected to gather in remembrance of the actor and his friend Roger Rodas on Sunday at the site where the men died in a fiery crash. Thousands of people have RSVP'd for the meetup, which is scheduled to take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, at the crash site on Hercules Street in Valencia. The Facebook event , created by SoCal Car Meets, said the memorial is meant for fans and was not organized by them.
November 11, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
High pressure will cause temperatures in inland areas of Los Angeles County to reach the 80s and low 90s beginning Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The highs in Woodland Hills could hit 90 on Tuesday and 93 on Wednesday, the Weather Service said. The warmest weather is expected Wednesday, and temperatures could be as high as 14 degrees above normal. A warm and dry mass of air will help lead to northeast winds and low relative humidity in the Santa Clarita Valley and other inland areas.
October 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is warning customers to prepare for possible power outages due to Santa Ana winds that are expected to blow in Friday. “During high wind events, reports of power outages may increase due to downed lines from tree branches and other flying debris,” the utility said in a statement. The Santa Ana winds expected to begin gusting Friday will blow across a Southland experiencing one of its driest years in more than a century.  The  National Weather Service  has issued red flag warnings across Southern California, and firefighting agencies have already started positioning more resources in key areas.
August 28, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Los Angeles County health officials issued a heat alert for the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys beginning Wednesday, urging residents to take special care when outdoors. High temperatures in the region were forecast from Wednesday through Friday, and the alert could be extended if weather conditions don't improve, officials said. Temperatures were expected to hover around 100 degrees in the Santa Clarita Valley and the mid-90s to 100 in the San Fernando Valley, according to the National Weather Service.
August 27, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Abby Sewell and Richard Verrier
Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to allow the construction of a major high-tech television and film production facility on a sprawling ranch near Santa Clarita that Walt Disney chose as a backdrop for many of his studio's productions. The proposal by Walt Disney Co.'s Disney/ABC unit would develop 58 acres of the 890-acre Golden Oak Ranch in the northwestern portion of the county, adding more than a half-million square feet of studio space, multiple sound stages, writers' bungalows and other developments in Placerita Canyon.
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