This has been a pivotal year in the Santa Clarita Valley's bid to rid itself of a planned 56-million-ton open-pit sand and gravel mine in Canyon Country.
Every year at this time as we approach Thanksgiving, we pause to look at the world around us and give thanks for what we have, the people we know and the community that we live in.
The 2014 General Election is over, and at first glance there seemed to be a few surprises locally.
Tuesday is Election Day. Many people have already voted as mail-in ballots have become more popular over the years.
The Nov. 4 statewide ballot offers a range of propositions with such divergent topics as water management, health insurance and mandatory drug testing for doctors. The Signal Editorial Board recommends the following:
The Santa Clarita billboard debate that has resulted in Measure S on the Nov. 4 ballot is hardly the biggest issue that has come before voters locally.
There are many things our community can boast about, and right at the top of the list is our public schools.
Santa Clarita Valley voters who cast ballots in the November election will have a chance to choose a successor for the man who has represented the 25th Congressional District for more than 20 years.
Santa Clarita Valley voters will be asked to pick a state Assembly member on the November ballot and - depending on which district they live in - will have a choice of either Republican Scott Wilk or Democrat Jorge Salomon Fuentes; or of Republican Tom Lackey or Democrat Steve Fox.
Two county offices on the Nov. 4 ballot require extraordinary integrity, along with superb management skills, to effectively serve the 9 million residents of Los Angeles County.
We are troubled by Dante Acosta's decision to go to work for state Sen. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, while also serving on the Santa Clarita City Council.
What do the people running this state have against business?
The Santa Clarita Valley lost an irreplaceable resource last week.
A recent Associated Press poll shows that only 28 percent of Americans think the country is headed in the right direction. The last time confidence in the federal government was this low was in 2006 during the Bush administration - when the Democrats pounded the Republicans and took back the House of Representatives.
Our community has a big problem on its hands.
Unfortunately, Californians are accustomed to dealing with a state bureaucracy that doesn't work as well as it should. We put up with it and chalk it up to living in the most populous state in the country.
We've been graded on the curve for long enough, Gov. Jerry Brown said last week. Now it's time for strict standards - and a failing grade should be costly.
We have to pause this beautiful Sunday morning and remark upon the great news received last week: The Bureau of Land Management, which issued a contract 15 years ago to turn Soledad Canyon into a gigantic open-pit mine, more or less yanked the rug out from under the holder of that contract, telling mining giant Cemex that "canceling the contract is now legally viable."
It seems to be the issue that won't be resolved. Or maybe the nightmare that won't go away.
It's a disappointment that only one person filed to run in the special election to replace Congressman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, in the California Senate district that takes in most of the Santa Clarita Valley.
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