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 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'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.
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:
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.