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From The Signal Archives: Dealing with garbage, pranks

Posted: June 11, 2009 9:03 p.m.
Updated: June 12, 2009 4:30 a.m.
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 second week of June 1970 in The Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise.

A sewage problem
A Los Angeles firm was awarded the contract for the planned Castaic Sewage Pumping Plant, according to a front-page story that ran in The Signal.

The facility “will bring waste material from throughout (the SCV) to a sewage treatment center now located near the Santa Clara River and Highway 99.

“Already a half-million gallons of sewage are treated in the center daily and are in turn spewed into the river bed.

“George Posthumus, the County Sanitation District’s supervising engineer, said the sewage is rendered harmless through a series of bacteriological processes. However, discolored water occasionally percolates into the ground adjoining the river bed.” The cost was to be shared by Newhall Land and Farming Co. and County Sanitation District 32

Republicans blast the Registrar

“The Canyon Country Republican Club has leveled an angry blast at the County Registrar of Voters, charging his office with ‘purposeful discrimination against registered Republicans,’” in the recent election.

The group claimed, in a seven-paragraph letter, “upset about the lateness” the sample ballots were mailed out which “disenfranchised many voters.”

The letter also detailed charges of ballot confusion that may have led some voters to place votes for the wrong candidate.
Putting the system on trial
“A motion presented by (School) Board member Edward Duarte to adopt the ‘proposed decision’ of hearing officer John A. Willd was speedily passed,” calling for the firing of English teacher Eugene Borges.

Borges, who taught at Canyon High, was described as a “controversial” teacher in the story, who was fired questioning of the way teachers evaluate student performance, especially in the case of an evaluation form.

“Instead of filling the form out in the prescribed manner, Borges wrote at the top, “‘What do these words mean?’”

“To the question, ‘Follows directions promptly and cheerfully,’ he circled the word ‘cheerfully’ and wrote, ‘what does this mean?’”

Hart can’t find a superintendent
Almost three months ago, the Hart School District Board of Trustees voted to fire the district’s former superintendent, C.T. Haan, for “insubordination” and “breach of responsibility,” among other charges, stemming from his refusal to fire several teachers and a prinicpal from Canyon Country.

The board cited its lengthy six-week screening process as the reason for the delays, with the board’s top two candidates taking jobs elsewhere. Haan was in the first year of a four-year contract when he was dismissed, but later sued the district for breach of contract and won a substantial portion of his lost wages.

Senior prank gone awry at Canyon
“Eight seniors were notified Monday that they would be suspended and therefore prohibited from participating in graduation exercises held last night. The incident started with a water balloon and squirt gun fight during the lunch break. ... Sheriff’s units were called by an administrator who felt that the situation was out of hand.


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