A great deal of my material for this weekly column comes from my own personal experiences or from observation.
There are few things a boat full of Democrats, Republicans and independents can agree upon besides "Want another beer?" But when night comes and you're out in the dark in the deep blue sea, that's when conversation turns more serious.
In response to "An unholy alliance at city hall" (July 27): Thank you, Bruce McFarland. Your good citizenship is helping us all by giving a view of what you see. Thank you for taking the time to attend these meetings and keeping the rest of us informed of your observations. It will be in interesting to see the other side.
Has anybody read the hatred and other dubious ideas depicted in JournoList? It's pretty outrageous. The slavish behavior these journalists have shown is amazing.
I strongly oppose the proposal for the city to take over the three county libraries in Santa Clarita. What's the point? There is no way a new city library can provide the vast array of books, magazines, professional journals, CDs, DVDs, microfilm, etc. now available to Santa Clarita residents through the Los Angeles County library system, let alone do so at a cost savings.
You don't have to be a constitutional lawyer to realize there's a problem in America when the federal government defines to the last detail what a health-insurance policy must look like - and then forces every citizen to buy one.
In July 4's issue, Ron Smith wrote a letter castigating Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, for his support of efforts to require a balanced budget ("Dear Congressman").
Los Angeles County officials set aside $12.5 million Tuesday to build a new fire station on Golden Valley Road east of Highway 14 to accommodate a growing population on the east side of the Santa Clarita Valley.
SACRAMENTO - As the summer heat continues, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has a warning for the motoring public: Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
Los Angeles County - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the construction of the new Fire Station 150 at 19190 Golden Valley Road in Santa Clarita Tuesday, to provide vital fire protection, emergency medical and life safety services, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- A motion by Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Don Knabe ordering an independent audit of the recently implemented safety enhancements by the Department of Children and Family Services and all county departments involving abused and neglected children and their families was approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors.
Austin, Texas - Lance Armstrong's attorneys say the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is offering cyclists a "sweetheart deal" if they testify or provide evidence that the seven-time Tour de France winner cheated by doping.
The Tri-Valley Chapter of the California Assocation for Nurse Practitioners will hold their monthly dinner in Woodland Hills on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Nurse practitioners, students and health professionals are welcome to the event.
A dog was found Saturday, July 31 about 9:30 p.m. running around Old Ranch Road in Stevenson Ranch near the Macaroni Grill restaurant.
The inaugural SCV Improv Festival will be staged Sept. 20 through Sept. 26 at The SCV Space in Saugus.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento officials are canceling the city's annual Gold Rush Days festivities because of the ongoing drought.
SACRAMENTO – Beginning today, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are warning motorists statewide that the CHP is conducting maximum enforcement of traffic laws in active construction zones as part of a public safety campaign focused on work zone safety.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and cleared the way for the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years, the federal government reported Monday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Singer Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she's been asking for decades: "When Will I Be Loved?"
CONWAY, N.H. (AP) - A 34-year-old man was arrested and charged Monday with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenage girl who returned home recently after vanishing nine months ago.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that "wiser minds will prevail."
A 56-year-old man accused of stabbing his son in a Saugus home five months ago has been sentenced to two years in state prison, a District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said today.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is practically weepy at the thought of his daughter Malia going off to college, a milestone many months away that is already on his mind.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles-area transit officials are trying to reconcile figures that show 40 percent more people are estimated to ride the county's trains than are counted scanning tickets at stations.
REVERE, Mass. (AP) - A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens of large trees were uprooted.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Salt Lake City attorney is arguing in a lawsuit that the FBI has video of the Oklahoma City bombing that shows a second person was involved.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A Gaza park was attacked Monday, killing at least 10 Palestinians, including children, a Palestinian health official said. Israelis and the Palestinians traded blame for the strike.
NEW YORK (AP) - Don't worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I'll be ready.