At the July meeting of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, member Fran Diamond called Santa Clarita Valley residents' stand on the sanitation district's economically staggering plan to reduce chloride in the Santa Clara River "inflammatory."
The results of a recent San Joaquin Valley special election for a state senate seat have larger positive ramifications for the California Legislature and state governance as a whole.
The Affordable Healthcare Act – so-called Obamacare – seems to be having some troubles these days. The Obama Administration decided to delay the implementation of the employer mandate portion of the law until after the elections in 2014. The House last week voted to delay the individual mandate, although the Senate is not expected to take up the measure. On Thursday, President Obama acknowledged some "glitches" in the law's rollout.
It's good to see that the City of Santa Clarita and College of the Canyons are fighting lawsuits alleging their systems for electing city council and college board members violate the state Voting Rights Act.
The entitlement mentality has become so pervasive in America that it is slowly killing the long-standing tradition of public service.
The Obama administration has finally touched a nerve of the mainstream American media. Recent revelations about secretly obtained phone records of at least 20 Associated Press reporter and editor phone lines, including cell phones, has created an across-the-board media backlash. The Justice Department attempted to justify its actions by saying it was trying to determine who leaked sensitive details about a failed terrorist bomb plot. This was not the Justice Department targeting a clear-cut suspect ...
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.
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.
One of the great things about the holiday season is that most people, no matter their circumstances, tend to step back a little bit and realize they should be thankful for many things in their lives.
The initial failure of the Affordable Care Act's enrollment website has let the genie of Obamacare out of the bottle.
We have long acknowledged San Francisco's ability to give us a break from the norms of sanity and force us to react to some new oddity that defies or defiles conventional wisdoms.
An important moment in Santa Clarita Valley's history is at hand. With the retirement of Sheriff's Department Capt. Paul Becker after serving our Sheriff's Station since 2010, a new law enforcement leader will be selected.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District - representing the sewer-using residents of this valley - has decided which option it will pursue to clean up chloride from the Santa Clara River so that water will be cleaner going downstream to our neighboring farmers in Ventura County.
No matter how you look at it, it's bad public policy.
Enough is enough.
The "thank yous" are pouring in.
One of the things that sets the Santa Clarita Valley apart from other demographically similar communities is our desire to serve others. The concrete evidence of that desire is the plethora of nonprofits in this community.
NASA announced recently that the Voyager 1 space probe has become the first spacecraft to leave our solar system and enter interstellar space. Launched September 5, 1977, Voyager was originally designed to photograph Jupiter, Saturn and the Jovian moons. It accomplished that task in 1980 but the "Little Engine That Could" has kept on chugging to now over 11 billion miles of space travel.
The contract dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS which resulted in a month-long blackout of CBS in Los Angeles and other major markets may be over, but there is much to be addressed concerning the dysfunctional way Americans get their television.
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