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Santa Clarita to Target Illegal Garage Conversions - 04/28/07 05:38 PM
In an effort to stem the tide of "overcrowded" homes in the Santa Clarita area, the city's Code Enforcement personnel will begin doing sweeps of Santa Clarita neighborhoods looking for illegal garage conversions. This is in response to an escalating number of complaints that as many as 10-20 people are living in some of the area's homes, which can create a neighborhood nuisance with the extra cars, piles of trash, noise and traffic that this overcrowding can generate. Click here for more information on these sweeps and what areas will be covered. This is just a reminder to make sure that you (0 comments)
Immigration Sweeps Target Santa Clarita Area - 04/28/07 10:11 AM
Federal immigration sweeps started in the Santa Clarita area this week and are expected to continue through the weekend. These sweeps are part of the Federal Homeland Security Act to increase border enforcement activities. While these sweeps are targeted towards finding known fugitives who have ignored previous deportation orders, there will likely be others picked up in these sweeps who are in the United States illegally as well. According to the Daily News, it's not known whether the known fugitives were wanted for crimes other than for ignoring deportation orders. The "Operation Return to Sender" program was started in May 2006 and has (1 comments)
Santa Clarita: Get Your Rebate Here! - 04/27/07 11:47 PM
The Santa Clarita Sanitation District is upping the ante for the removal of all residential rock salt and potassium chloride based water softeners, with increased rebates and free removals by qualified plumbers. These rebates can range from about $325 to as high as $2,000. Why the sudden offer of free money? The Sanitation District is facing the prospect of being forced to build a new water treatment facility to reduce the salt (chloride) content of its waste water if it doesn't find ways to reduce it at its source, and the water softeners are some of the most easily-identified (and easily corrected) (0 comments)
Fighting Eminent Domain: Grassroots Efforts - 04/27/07 11:37 PM
Eminent domain is rapidly becoming a hot issue in the Santa Clarita area, with downtown Newhall businesses feeling the pinch of the threat of eminent domain if they don't "voluntarily" accept the City's pending buy-out offers. Is there anything that businesses and area residents can do to fight the eminent domain process? Well, the stakes are high and the success rate is low, but sometimes the battle can be won through grassroots efforts to raise public awareness (and outcry) about the proposed redevelopment process. One of the key websites in assisting in this grassroots type campaign is the Castle Coalition, which provides free informational (0 comments)
Castaic High School: Stepford or Prefab? - 04/27/07 11:28 PM
The Castaic High School debate continues... It was previously reported that it would likely take until 2014 for the new Castaic High School to be built and ready for the new school year. This was based on the Hart School District's plans to build a super-cool site with all the bells and whistles - something that the Castaic residents would be proud of for years to come. This was to be a landmark school, with all possible amenities and state of the art buildings. However, the more building costs go up and timeframes go down, the Hart School District will have to consider (0 comments)
Castaic High School: Myth or Reality? - 04/26/07 08:30 PM
Well, the hammer came down on Castaic High School again this week... After many frustrating delays (the last we heard it was to open for the 2010 school year), the project has now been pushed out to a (gasp!) 2014 completion date.' Not that I buy this date either, since the school is joined at the hip to SunCal's proposed housing development in the north Castaic area. With SunCal still in the EIR process on this development, many were expecting Los Angeles County officials to slam this one through just to get the high school put in place. However, cooler heads prevailed and they decided (0 comments)
Eminent Domain threats awakening the sleepy town of Santa Clarita - 04/26/07 08:08 PM
They're heeeere! The City of Santa Clarita has finally decided to start moving forward with the Old Town Newhall Revitalization Project, which means that a lot of businesses need to "exit, stage left!" to make room for the revitalization projects. First on the list to receive these lovely letters are those in the area slated to be a new public library. These are mostly businesses near the corner of Lyons and San Fernando Road that have addresses on 11th Street and Spruce Street. These include CarQuest Auto Parts, Antique Flower Garden, White Light Chiropractic Center, and the landlords for the building occupied by (3 comments)
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