We've now spent almost two weeks taking in the sight of absolute devastation in Haiti, caused by a magnitude 7 earthquake that took seconds to radically disrupt life in that poor island nation.
Picture, if you will, the Santa Clarita Valley in 1974. The valley floor was carpeted with vast fields of onions, carrots and alfalfa. The population stood at less than 80,000. Sparse tract housing peppered pockets of the community. Traffic was at a minimum. College of the Canyons had a little more than 1,000 students. Now take a mental snapshot of the SCV as it is today, swelled to a population of some 250,000 people. Industrial ...
The economic crisis that started more than a year ago and continues to squeeze California is rife with stories of hardship and how people and organizations are responding to it.
"Trust, but verify." That bit of wisdom was made famous by Ronald Reagan in reference to the Soviet Union, but he's not credited with originating it. We won't claim credit for it, either, but it's our new mantra for the opinion page. Today we welcome local columnists back to The Signal with a pledge to both them and to our readers that we will verify their work to ensure its originality. Regular readers of this ...
You almost certainly know the tune. You might even know the opening line: "Should old acquaintance be forgot. ..." After that things may be hazy.
We are disappointed. Disappointed in those local columnists who saw fit to "borrow" other people's ideas. Disappointed in ourselves, as well. In both cases of plagiarism uncovered among our columnists so far, it was outside sources who discovered the breaches of trust, the violations of honesty. We should have been more vigilant ourselves. Once again, we find ourselves apologizing to our readers. The role of community newspapers in providing a public forum is one we ...
It's likely many residents of the Santa Clarita Valley can't relate to the charm of fresh-fallen holiday snow, but we beg your indulgence.
Cemex. The name used to strike fear into the hearts of politically conscious Santa Clarita Valley residents.
Van Thomas Barfoot's story reads like a lost scene from "Saving Private Ryan." Born one-quarter Choctaw, a 21-year-old Barfoot enlisted in the United States Army in 1940. The Mississippi native served in non-combat roles until 1943, when he shipped off to Europe. He landed with the invasion force at Sicily in July and Salerno in September. Early 1944 found him on the beachhead at Anzio - the battle that gave "Gunsmoke's" James Arness his signature ...
The city of Santa Clarita says it could mean the death of the local movie industry as we know it.
Since Santa Clarita's incorporation in December 1987, our city has seen much change, and that will continue.
Consider this a Thanksgiving postcript. If there's one thing that's a standout about Santa Clarita Valley residents, it's that they're a pretty giving bunch, in both good times and lean times. Early last week, this paper reported on the sparse shelves at the Church of Hope's food pantry. On Tuesday, it was down to one turkey to give away for Thanksgiving. It didn't take long for a group of members of Copperhill Community Church and ...
"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."
The good news is, the Hart district took a step Wednesday toward making a Castaic high school a reality.
It took more than 10 years of advocacy, but Santa Clarita is finally on track to get something it sorely needs: a new county courthouse.
Redemption. That's what 2013 was for the Santa Clarita Valley as a football community.
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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