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From The Signal Archives: Water woes, road shortages

Posted: July 23, 2009 10:17 p.m.
Updated: July 24, 2009 4:55 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 July 1965 in The Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise.

Life is long — water’s short

Ted Wagner, a Saugus school board member, has been without water an average of 7.5 hours daily since June 28.

“We can’t flush the toilets, and we have to give the children sponge baths in the evening,” he said. “It’s like living in a pest house.”

Low pressure and shortages plagued the SCV, but as the story notes, “The shortage was nothing new. Older residents reported that to one degree or another, it was an annual event.”

Parking citations flood the valley
“The Highway Patrol will get you if you don’t watch out,” was the lead on a front-page story about how “the county’s getting richer and citizens poorer as a result of fines payable for minor infractions of the vehicle code.

“‘Legalized extortion,’ is the way one resident described it.”

The CHP defended the method behind its madness by, pardon the pun, passing the buck.

“We don’t get the money,” Captain Sam McDaniel of the CHP’s Newhall Division protested.

“‘We are just trying to educate the people. I have told my men to write a ticket whenever they see a violation.’

“This year, by tripling time in the back streets ... (there was) a 10,000-percent increase in parking tickets.”

Deficit fault rests with Assembly
From The Signal’s Sacramento correspondent comes a report placing blame for not having “a sound revenue program beyond the needs of fiscal 1965,” according to Los Angeles County representative Thomas M. Rees.

The governor had taken the position that with a 5-cent boost in the cigarette tax and a few minor revenue-producing ‘reforms,’ the state could get by next year — an election year — without further tax increases. For decades now, it’s been axiomatic in legislative halls that you don’t raise taxes in election years.

Two men face rape charges
“A charge of statutory rape and child molestation against two local young men was filed last week by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.”
The charge came as the result of a 13-year-old girl’s allegations about an incident in Saxonia Park in Newhall.

The Duchess of Valencia
A contest which was promoted in The Signal was inspired by a quest to find a “Cinderella” for Count Marcos, who would be “the Duchess of Valencia.”

Entrants were required to submit a letter and photograph to The Signal explaining why they  want to become a truly beautiful woman.

The winner received a hair styling from L’Oreal of Paris and a $1,500 wardrobe.

Russell announces Highway 14 plans
Further plans for the improvement of Sierra Highway from Solemint Junction to a point two miles south, have been announced by Assemblyman Newton Russell.

The state’s division approved the plans recently. Highway 14, which is a main artery for serving all of North Los Angeles County, has an average daily traffic rate of 24,500 cars with only three lanes of traffic.”

The expansion increased the highway to four lanes at a cost of $360,000.


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