The City of Santa Clarita led by Mayor Bob Kellar held its first of four scheduled town hall meetings this week.
We believe Santa Clarita Valley residents are fortunate to be well governed on the municipal levels, both by the city and by our county representative, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. But every once in a while, some inexplicable gaffe of judgment comes along that makes us shake our heads in wonder.
It's a step in the right direction but we're not out of the woods yet by any means.
It's a new year, and with any new year we look for new beginnings, personally, professionally and within our government.
We at The Signal wish to join other local and regional agencies in congratulating the city of Santa Clarita on its first 25 years of successful governance.
The elections are over in California and it's time to get real. Whether you like the outcome or not, there are some huge problems that need attention - now.
It's been a tough year of economic bad news and a tough election season. Even as we call for unity and compromise among our elected leaders, we seem even more polarized ourselves. How can we expect better from them?
Tuesday's presidential election has been described as one of the most important elections of our time, and well it might be. America, a country that is generally just to the right of center, has moved decidedly left, at least politically. National health care, redistribution of wealth through "taxing the rich" and the advancement of social legislation are the prevailing agendas of the victors.
The local political races this year have been really heated to say the least. It's interesting that a relatively small group of people have been very vocal. They want their opinions heard and they believe they are right in their views to the point of crucifying any and all who disagree, including The Signal. They have spread countless rumors, many times based on groundless assumptions. Here are five comments we've heard and my answer to each:
Edward Headington, candidate for the 38th Assembly District, has done something in the last few days of the 2012 campaign that is extremely misleading - and we feel he should be called out on it.
Is it just us or is this the longest campaign season in history? The raucous City Council election behavior that started in early spring and picked up steam in the divisive infighting of the primary elections continued into the most expensive and perhaps bitterly fought presidential race in recent memory.
Here's a riddle: What does a duck have to do with health care for Santa Clarita Valley residents who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it?
Assemblyman Cameron Smyth has been termed out of the state Assembly and two challengers are vying for his open seat. Better known locally, Scott Wilk is a College of the Canyons trustee and a long-time local Republican political operative. He lives in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Measure QS: Castaic School Improvement Measure: YES Residents of Castaic will find Measure QS on their ballots in the Nov. 6 election. If approved by 55 percent of the voters, the measure would authorize the Castaic Union School District to issue up to $51 million in bonds to improve schools in Castaic. Santa Clarita Valley residents, who rightly treasure their quality public school system, have long supported school bond measures, which provide districts the opportunity ...
More than ever, the leaders we elect this November must be held accountable every day by us and they must know that we won't put up with political shenanigans that don't help anyone. The party line just won't cut it anymore, our leaders must be told. Republicans and Democrats must represent all people, regardless of their party - and all our leaders must work constructively to solve problems.
Despite the recent news that jobless rates are falling, these are still difficult times. Nearly everyone agrees at some level that America is still struggling economically but why and what should we do?
Last week the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District released two big binders full of information about four different plans for removing chloride from the Santa Clara River.
We here in the Santa Clarita Valley tend to elect fiscally prudent local government leaders whom we expect to be responsible with our hard-earned tax money.
A recent announcement by the U.S. Forest Service about altering its approach to fighting fires has caught our attention albeit for reasons different than theirs.
Our Founding Fathers in their profound wisdom created a constitutional government whose central document intended not to grant people power but to protect them from it. The formation of a checks and balances system between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches stipulated separate powers that would protect each from the power of the other two.
Santa Clarita received some disappointing news last week: A brand-new conference center that could help put the city on the business and tourism map would cost up to $27.5 million to build - not including the cost of land to put it on.
We're all in this together when it comes to freeway traffic. It seems to get worse and worse. There's not enough money to build more efficient freeways and when there's money it takes years and years to complete improvements.
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