October 22, 2012
Following weeks of closed-door meetings, the Burbank City Council on Tuesday unanimously appointed Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp as Burbank's interim city manager. He's slated to start on Dec. 3. The announcement follows City Manager Mike Flad's surprising decision last month to step down from his post. Though discussions to hire Pulskamp were secret, personnel decisions are legally shielded until being finalized. In an email he sent to city employees, Flad describes Pulskamp as a “seasoned and respected leader” and having the “knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully lead the transition of our city.” Pulskamp announced his intent to retire from Santa Clarita in August - he's been its city manager since 2002.
October 4, 2012
Cyclists are praising the county's decision to grant them access to a popular Santa Clarita Valley nature trail, despite the objections of hikers' groups. Bikes were prohibited from Canyon Trail in Newhall's Placerita Canyon Natural Area until 2007, when the county mistakenly posted a "multi-use" sign at the trail head. The nearly two-mile route quickly became a cyclists' favorite. But hikers complained and last year the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation corrected the signs.
October 2, 2012
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.
September 28, 2012
Re: “ Crime motivates Walmart opposition ,” Mailbag, Sept. 26. The letter writer says, “The type of people the store (Walmart) attracts and the crime would be bad for the rest of the businesses in that area,” meaning the Empire Center. She goes on to say we have a Costco, Target and a Kmart nearby. Well, I was in line in the Kmart store on Wednesday with three women together in line ahead of me. They bought $96 worth of merchandise, argued with the cashier over the total, and they tried to pay for it with a bogus credit card.
August 8, 2012
Two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a Santa Clarita Valley woman who was a passenger in a car that crashed during what authorities say was a street race. According to a statement from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, Colt Sean Doherty was driving the car that Dakota Demott was riding in when the car crashed in January about 10:50 p.m. on Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Demott, 19, of Canyon Country was killed. A felony complaint filed Monday with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office charged Doherty, also 19 and from Canyon Country, with one count of second-degree murder, one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one count of driving under the influence causing injury, said D.A.'s spokeswoman Jane Robison.
July 16, 2012
The city of Santa Clarita continues to rake in millions of dollars each year through TV and movie filming, according to data that shows a recent increase in the economic impact of such projects. Officials recorded 909 film days and issued 372 permits in fiscal year 2011 to 2012, which represents a 4% increase in film days and an 8% increase in film permits compared with the previous fiscal year, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Film Office. The overall economic impact of local filming has increased from around $18,777,500 in 2011 to $21,141,500 - a rise of 13%, officials said.
May 15, 2012
For the second day in a row, public health officials are warning people with respiratory problems in the Santa Clarita Valley to minimize their outdoor activity due to poor air quality. In an advisory issued today, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials said unhealthy air warning applied to those with heart disease, asthma or others who suffer from respiratory issues. Students with similar conditions should also not participate in physical activity and stay indoors as much as possible, according to the advisory.
January 1, 2011
Tracee Border and Justin Miller have announced their engagement after a romantic beach-side proposal. Tracee is the daughter of Bob and Cheree (Clark) Border of Santa Clarita. She is employed by RE/MAX Select Properties, Inc. in Loudoun County, Va. Justin is the son of Brian and Joanne (Lento) Miller of Burbank. He is employed as a firefighter in Prince William County, Va. The couple will wed in May in Santa Clarita followed by a honeymoon in Jamaica.
March 20, 2010
SANTA CLARITA — With nine returning players, members of the Providence High softball team remember how they began Liberty League play a year ago. In their opener in 2009, the Pioneers suffered a 10-run mercy-rule defeat against Santa Clarita Christian. Providence was determined to start off on a better note this time around, as it began league play Thursday against the host Cardinals. It was definitely payback time for the Pioneers, as they played well and notched a 17-2 victory at the Hart Baseball and Softball Complex in a game that was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
November 11, 2009
Julio Jimenez’s fingers were covered in brightly colored chalk Saturday as he carefully sketched the image of a chrome motorcycle on asphalt at the Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival. Jimenez, a Winnetka resident, said he prefers chalk over paint because he gets to use his hands. “You were born with your hands,” he said. “You can fix mistakes with your hands. It’s not a brush.” While most artists paint on canvas, Jimenez favors a rough and rocky street surface like San Fernando Boulevard to showcase his art. Event organizers invited Jimenez to create a piece of art at the festival Saturday and Sunday, and Jimenez said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to demonstrate his talent to art aficionados.