On Aug. 31, the commission on wartime contracting submitted a report (see www.wartimecontracting.gov) that shows that our federal government has blown $30 billion to $60 billion in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I read an article on the new "indie" cinema in Lancaster, and wondered why such a cinema could not be constructed here in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Monday, all across our country, Americans participated in Labor Day barbecues, picnics, pool parties and parades. For many, the holiday marks the symbolic end to summer and the start of the traditional school year.
With a 500-acre brush fire in Agua Dulce nearly contained, Los Angeles County firefighters were hunting through the deep brush of rural canyons Tuesday to prevent any flare-ups, fire officials said.
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I am sitting here with my mouth wide open after reading the story in The Signal regarding Sen. Barbara Boxer's visit to Santa Clarita ("Boxer takes jab at mine," Aug. 30).
Today, we remain a nation at war, as we have been for the past 10 years, which produces new sick and disabled veterans every day.
I support the creation of a new tax to help us crawl out of this financial abyss we are in. Let's call this "The Inflated Value Tax," a tax on those that have charming looks, smooth talk but are not required to produce any results.
Is this any surprise? I mean, really? Think about it.
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What a pleasant surprise to learn that the city's new libraries are all open Sundays, and the Canyon Country library now opens at 9 a.m. weekdays instead of 10 a.m. I also just learned that the city takeover of our three libraries in Santa Clarita came with Sunday hours, too.
I don't talk much about geopolitics in these columns, though I do read the Economist cover to cover each week and consider myself fairly well informed about events world-wide, but I like to bring them into play here when they match up with local events.
Around the SCV
This week's Helping Hand recipient: Robert and Cynthia Conner
Patrick and Diane Kenney of Valencia are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Cristina D. Kenney to Matthew I. Beebe of Santa Clarita.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station
Stevenson Ranch: Zone 3 Update - Public Safety and Crime Prevention Information
This past week in Zone 7, the following Part-1 Crimes occurred:
It is no secret that children love new toys. They love Christmas and birthdays because of the multitude of gifts they receive. However, the most important gift any child could receive is the continual presence of his parents in his life. As a parent, giving your time, energy and love to your child is one of the most important things you can do.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A search of the San Francisco apartment of a social media expert turned up ball bearings, screws and components needed to make a homemade bomb, the FBI said in an affidavit unsealed Tuesday.
Our first run together was a disaster.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Right up until the moment Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed, U.S. officials weren't sure the Taliban would really release the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan in exchange for high-level militants detained at Guantanamo Bay.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy has decided to give a letter of reprimand to a former Blue Angels commander accused of allowing sexual harassment in the workplace during his time as leader of the famed precision flying team.
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian troops on Tuesday launched an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk and advanced through the city's outskirts, the nation's interior minister said.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistan air force fighter jet crashed into the country's largest city after a technical fault Tuesday, killing two pilots and a civilian on the ground, authorities said.
DETROIT (AP) - Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks - and five sunny weekends - likely pushed U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.
The first gubernatorial primary under California's new top-two system has evolved into a typical campaign between Republicans hoping to come in second, pitting a state lawmaker who is a tea party favorite against a socially moderate investment banker making his first run for public office.