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From The Signal Archives: Jewel heists and debates

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Posted: May 7, 2009 7:25 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.
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Jewel heists and debates
Editor’s note: As The Signal celebrates 90 years of service to the Santa Clarita Valley, we offer this peek into the SCV of days past. Following is from the first week of May, 1980, The Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise.

The great jewel heist of ’80
““A pair of professional criminals escaped with an estimated $28,250 in loot following a robbery yesterday morning at Capiricorn’s Jewelry in Plaza Posada.

Two professional thieves entered the store and after brandishing a .45 caliber pistol, forced the owner to open the safe and then proceeded to clean out the display cases. The thieves then wiped away their fingerprints and made off with 40 gold chains, a dozen diamonds, 10 opals and other assorted jewelry.”
The beginning of the Antonovich era
“The Great Berate” was the headline for a picture from the debate for the hotly contested Fifth District seat for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which was held at the time by former television news anchor Baxter Ward.

Antonovich (pictured) won the seat and has served as supervisor ever since.

County blames state; state keeps spending
“County commission blames state for Proposition 13 problems” was a story about Los Angeles County’s Economy and Efficiency Commission, which “blames the state for failing to ‘seize the opportunities’ provided by the passage of Proposition 13.”

The report on the effects of the Jarvis Initiative conceded the legislation was effective to a certain extent because the “proportion of county resources allocated (to) health and welfare is higher,” meaning the government was working more efficiently at the local level.

However, the report concluded that the measure also handcuffed the Board of Supervisors: “Instead of seizing the opportunity to encourage policy changes and restructuring, the Legislature merely provided enough replacement revenue to finance the current inefficient system,’” according to the report.

Cure for the summertime blues?
“Not satisfied with the Hart district’s skeleton summer school offering this year, a teacher has decided to sponsor his own program,” reads a front-page story addressing the lack of educational enrichment available to students who yearn to learn even when it’s not in season.

“Rusty Swisher, a special education teacher at Sierra Vista Junior High School, has developed what he called California Adventures for Teen-agers.”

Swisher’s summer school program was described in the story as “one of the biggest casualties of Proposition 13, which was passed two years ago.” The proposition, which was unsuccessfully challenged all the way to the Supreme Court, set a 1-percent cap on property taxes.

County sued for $50 million  
“Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors may be in the market for an attorney” began a story regarding a lawsuit facing the county, claiming it may be held personally liable for $50 million in health care provided to illegal aliens.

A public interest law firm, the Citizens Legal defense Alliance, filed the suit seeking to stop the county from providing health care to undocumented workers. “The Supervisors voted 3-2 against cutting off nonemergency care for illegal aliens, despite a warning from County Counsel that it was not authorized to do so.”



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