A generation ago, California's government spent about half what it does today, after adjusting for both inflation and population growth.
Slogans, like martial music and fiery sermons, have an intoxicating effect. We adopt them because they sound so righteous.
Political campaigns bring out the best and the worst in a democracy. On the one hand, people of integrity and public purpose emerge from our ranks to help guide important governance necessary for a sustained quality of life in our communities.
Editor's note: This editorial originally appeared in the April 7, 2008, edition of The Signal. With Tuesday marking the 40th anniversary of the Newhall Incident, we thought these words were worth repeating.
They were just four men. Four men who went to work like they did every day, never expecting it would be their last.
Welcome to The-Signal.com's "2day in the SCV," a compendium of today's events and a quick journey through the past, present and future.
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Linda Cormack, a founding board member for the nonprofit Circle of Hope, was named the winner of the Carmen Sarro Community Service Award from Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. Cormack was selected from a slate of 24 women nominated by various SCV nonprofit organizations. The award was presented to Cormack, an enthusiastic supporter of a number of SCV charities, at Zonta's annual Women in Service brunch held at Robinson Ranch in Sand Canyon. The event attracted nearly 200 participants to the scenic golf course's clubhouse banquet room.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The West Virginia players came to the stadium with T-shirts that read "Do What We Do" - an unabashed acknowledgment that their style of basketball is often more effective than pretty.
The William S. Hart Union High School District on Friday launched a new Web page designed to give visitors the most up-to-date information available on selection of a site for a future high school in Castaic. The site can be found at www.hartdistrict.org/castaic or by clicking on the "Castaic Area High School" link in the Quick Links box on the district's home page.
Local residents can kick off their Easter celebrations today with a Splash and Dash Egg Hunt at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex Aquatics Center and Eggstravaganza at Central Park. Both events start at 10 a.m.
St. Stephen's Easter schedule
In today's mail I received two slick postcards endorsing the incumbents in our coming City Council election. They were mailed from a high-rise in West Los Angeles.
Speaking of these (campaign) signs, I am disgusted with how ugly they make my neighborhood look.
In today's edition of The Signal ("Library design called into question," March 25), I read that the City Council is now saying they don't feel the new library fits with "Old Town Newhall" and that they need a new rendering.
I am 16 years old, and I am very concerned about the overflow of kids in the high schools in Santa Clarita.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist while wearing a facemask over his lacerated jaw, Corey Perry scored his first playoff goal in three years, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Valencia Vikings baseball may end up looking back at this week as a jumping-off point toward a big finish in the Foothill League.
In its first two wins against the Canyon Cowboys this season, the Hart Indians scored a total of five runs.
Santa Clarita - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to implement the closures listed below as part of a project that is constructing truck lanes on I-5 between Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14).
Farmers and state water contractors who depend on the State Water Project - including the Santa Clarita Valley's water wholesaler - will receive slightly more than nothing from the project this year, state officials said Friday.
A Palmdale man convicted of robbing a Newhall bank last May was sentenced to at least seven decades in state prison this week, court officials said Friday.
A Chevrolet Tahoe rolled over in a collision Friday at Valencia Boulevard and Rockwell Canyon Road in Valencia.
A 38-year-old Valencia man and leader in the Armenian Power gang could face almost 1,000 years in federal prison after being convicted on 57 criminal counts, officials with the U.S. Attorney's office said this week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for a shooting that wounded four people outside a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus in 2012.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former diplomat on the FBI's Most Wanted list suspected of bludgeoning five family members to death with a hammer nearly 40 years ago in Maryland has Southern California roots and may be in the region, authorities said.
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook today for a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms in the Santa Clarita Valley and elsewhere around Southern California.
SACRAMENTO – Caltrans is asking cities and counties throughout California to submit applications for projects that promote biking and walking that will vie for a share of $360 million in federal and state funding from the state's new Active Transportation Program – the nation's largest.
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - A powerful, magnitude-7.5 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.