Going to bed without dessert. You probably associate the concept with your childhood. Do something rotten and you'll be punished. No cherry-topped ice cream sundae for you. Do you subject your own kids to the same treatment? Nutritionists at our local schools would tell you it's a bad idea. "When we continue to reward with food, the message we give subtly or overtly is one of, 'Do good, get food,'" said Joan Lucid, assistant superintendent ...
Despite record high enrollment numbers overall, College of the Canyons has decided to throw in the towel on its journalism program.
On the subject of universal health care, the Obama administration and its friends in Congress are talking out of both sides of their mouths.
Hey, boys and girls. How would you like to clear a quarter-million dollars a year, more than half of it tax free?
So you say you want a Castaic High School? Prove it. Run for a seat on the Hart school board. Seriously. The filing period opened Monday and you've got until Aug. 7 to file for one of three open seats in the November election. Actually you've got until Aug. 14 because two of the three incumbents - Dennis King and Patricia Hanrion - have announced plans to retire. The filing period is extended by one ...
"Informed choices." That is what Supervisor Mike Antonovich says he wants for the people of West Ranch, Castaic and Tesoro del Valle. That is not what they'll be making when they vote Nov. 3 unless a number of things change - and fast. At issue is nothing less than the future governance of the communities immediately west and north of Santa Clarita city limits. Do residents of those areas want to form their own city? ...
Here we go again. Another potential Castaic high school site bit the dust recently as Hart district Superintendent Jaime Castellanos surrendered to the futility of trying to convince Newhall Land executives and Valencia Commerce Center property owners to change their minds. The landowners aren't about to allow a bunch of dirty, rotten high school students - or the apparently similar ilk of tattoo artists and scantily clad waitresses - to tarnish their pristine business park. ...
Who can forget the October 2007 Buckweed fire that blackened tens of thousands of acres of brush, killed countless wild animals and decimated a Canyon Country neighborhood?
Drive out Highway 126 from Castaic Junction to the Pacific Ocean and take a good look at the orange and lemon groves, strawberry patches, flower factories, palm forests and avocado jungles that line the Santa Clara River. All told, that's a $700 million industry annually.
How bad is the economy? If you only read our headline earlier this week about a "$68.6 Million Budget Reduction," you would think it is so bad that the city of Santa Clarita is slashing its budget by nearly one-third - from $241 million last year to just $172 million for the fiscal year starting July 1.
Will the William S. Hart Union High School District ever manage to build a high school campus in Castaic without getting caught in the middle of other people's petty land wars?
Cut, cut, cut. Boo-hoo, I lost. Now we've got to cut, cut, cut. That was our governor's girlie-man response to the May 19 whupping he took at the ballot box. What happened to the Great Reformer we elected in 2003 to replace a clueless sap who could barely manage his bad '70s hairdo, much less the world's seventh-largest economy? That's what Supervisor Mike Antonovich and Sen. George Runner would like to know. In recent weeks, ...
With a single City Hall and one set of council members to represent the majority of the people in the Santa Clarita Valley, some folks forget that there are actually two municipal SCV governments.
Arnold Schwarzenegger spent last week stomping around the state, threatening to sell off landmarks like the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, making dire predictions about the future, engaging in what many call "scare tactics" to get voters to approve Tuesday's ballot measures.
People tend to focus on their elected leaders - the president, the school board, the City Council - when things are going well or going wrong, and shower them with the commensurate praise or blame.
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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