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Jim Walker: Let’s ride ‘Little Big Year’ down

"Little Big Man" was a classic film, back in the day, with Dustin Hoffman starring as Jack Crabb, who, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Indians, and fighting with Gen. George A. Custer. And it was a character-shaping movie for me, as well.

January 20, 2012 | By Jim Walker Signal Escape Editor | Local Columns

Michele E. Buttelman: Chamber installation, Elks Roast on horizon

It seems that the social scene is winding back up in the Santa Clarita Valley. I hope to see you about town.

January 15, 2012 | Michele E. Buttelman | Local Columns

Bob Kellar: Santa Clarita is a bustling Hollywood backlot

In 2011, the city of Santa Clarita experienced a record-breaking year for filming, with the Santa Clarita Valley Film Office issuing more permits and seeing more film days in the city than any other year since the office's inception in 2002.

January 14, 2012 | Bob Kellar Live From City Hall | Local Columns

Jim Walker: Just turn INTO the skid of life

Here in Southern California, we don't get much opportunity to drive in snow, and so our opportunities to get into skids are also reduced. Consequently, while we can certainly get into a skid as a result of rain-slicked roads, or, you know, just through our own dumb driving, in SoCal, skid advice might be better considered as a metaphor for life management.

January 13, 2012 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns

Michele E. Buttelman: Save the date for these 2012 SCV events

Here's a handy list of some of the major upcoming events for the first part of 2012 in the Santa Clarita Valley.

January 08, 2012 | Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Local Columns

Marsha McLean: How do you like to communicate with the city?

The city of Santa Clarita has committed to a variety of online services intended to create transparency and improve the community's ability to seamlessly communicate with us. In today's world, there is an expectation for 24/7 support, and our city fulfills that expectation.

January 07, 2012 | Marsha McLean | Local Columns

Jim Walker: Driving away the joys of the road

The other day, a friend of mine was doing a little ranting regarding possible changes in cellphone laws in California.

January 06, 2012 | Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns

Michele E. Buttelman: Happy New Year’s Day to the SCV

It's here. The new year. What are your New Year's resolutions? I've been thinking long and hard of what I wish to accomplish in the new year. I'm still trying to find time to take yoga lessons. I'd also like to plant a vegetable garden this year. I think those two are enough! I don't think I want to get too ambitious with my New Year's resolutions.

January 01, 2012 | Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Local Columns

Laurie Ender: Continuing Santa Clarita’s legacy of success

Over the last two dozen years, the City Council, our city staff and our residents have worked together to create a community we can all be proud of. As mayor for 2012, I want to continue this good work and high level of achievement.

December 31, 2011 | Laurie Ender | Local Columns

Jim Walker: Resolutions? Save yourself the grief

People, let me save you some time and trouble.

December 30, 2011 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns

Michele E. Buttelman: Merry Christmas and happy New Year’s

I hope everyone found his or her heart's desire under the Christmas tree this morning. I know that Santa was good to me! Let's hope 2012 brings us all a healthy, happy and profitable year!

December 25, 2011 | By Michele E. Buttelman | Local Columns

Laurene Weste: Drive safely during the holiday season

The city of Santa Clarita is partnering with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Department, local restaurants and bars to prevent drunken driving by encouraging residents to plan ahead for safe holiday celebrations.

December 24, 2011 | By Laurene Weste | Local Columns

Jim Walker: More stress in stockings

Now, if your mother-in-law is getting out of prison this Dec. 23 and, of course, coming to live with you at this time, you'd have to consider this momentous event to be additional holiday stress. As if Christmas shopping, seasonal dining, too many commitments and general life-in-a-pressure-cooker weren't enough, now you have to deal with a freeloading misanthrope who, you know, deserved her sentence and who, you are sure, has not been rehabilitated.

December 23, 2011 | By Jim Walker | Local Columns

Michele E. Buttelman: Vote for Summer Meltdown grant

Is it possible that Christmas is only a week away? It's nice to see the weather cooperate for once and give us a small taste of the "season."

December 18, 2011 | Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Local Columns

Frank Ferry: ‘Highwire Act’ art exhibit open

The city of Santa Clarita is showcasing a new public art exhibit, "Hirewire Act: Insights into Substance Abuse, on Town Center Drive" at the Westfield Valencia Town Center through Jan. 7. The art exhibit explores the impacts of substance abuse through various forms, including photography, painting and mixed media.

December 17, 2011 | Frank Ferry | Local Columns

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