Some 20 years after the Santa Clarita Valley was eyed as home to the world's largest garbage dump, the city last week announced its intent to buy 842 acres of Elsmere Canyon - ensuring it will remain open space.
Throughout the Golden State, I would dare you to find two candidates more opposite in the race for election as attorney general this Nov. 2. The Democratic candidate is San Francisco County District Attorney Kamala Harris, and the Republican nominee is Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley.
I write all the time about local elections, and to the 17 percent of folks who actually vote in local elections, and the smaller group of 13 percent who actively engage in local issues with a deep understanding of the history and players, sometimes I must take those, and myself, to task.
It's no surprise the economic situation here in California looks bleak. The budget deficit remains at more than $19 billion, and the budget stalemate has been going on two months and counting.
The United States of America is the only place I've seen where driving a bus is seen as an activity of the privileged. We really need at least another $1 per gallon in gas taxes (with a rebate for legitimate business purposes).
As of the article in Friday's paper, you can see that finally the proposed issue of One Valley, One Vision is on the agenda for council approval ("Development plan unveiled," Sept. 24).
"I turn on my tap, and the water flows. Seems pretty simple. Why is my vote to re-elect Ed Colley to the Castaic Lake Water Agency board important?"
Too often it is wrongly presumed that when someone disagrees with President Barack Obama, that person must worship former President George W. Bush.
Send us a photo of you and your family or friends holding up a copy of The Signal, with your exotic locale in the background.
MONTEREY PARK - College of the Canyons football leaned on its defense Saturday night at East Los Angeles College.
Citizens rejoice. We are safe. I just received my first citation for failure to wear a seatbelt and was delighted to learn that the fine was $146.
For Santa Clarita Christian's football team, Saturday's first ever varsity meeting with new crosstown rival Trinity Classical Academy started and ended with running back Daniel Green.
Because I've been away on business, today was the first time in a while I've had to pump gas into my vehicle.
Forgiveness has fallen on hard times, and like all of virtue's children, forgiveness is something we are much more apt to expect than to extend.
Sunday, Sept. 26
PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire spreading in Northern California has forced hundreds of people to flee and destroyed five homes and several other structures near vineyards in the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said Saturday.
A pair of checkpoints set up Friday night to check for drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs resulted in 16 arrests in Santa Clarita, according to officials.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Frank Thomas was always driven to excel, and that sure served him well.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FedEx Corp., the latest company accused in a federal probe involving illegal online pharmacies, says it will fight the charges that it knowingly shipped drugs to people who lack valid prescriptions.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for one.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - State transportation officials are reserving the right to install toll lanes on a notoriously congested section of Interstate 405 in Orange County, but local officials aren't happy.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement.
BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.
A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. A Portuguese bank's finances look shaky.
Next Sunday, more than 2,000 children and their parents will flock to Iglesia Vida Real to receive backpacks and school supplies in preparation for the start of the school year.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yasiel Puig tied a franchise record with three triples and added a double and two RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved within a half-game of NL West-leading San Francisco by beating the Giants 8-1 on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Relatives of an 8-year-old boy who was beaten to death are suing Los Angeles County for failing to remove him from his Palmdale home.