Now that U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon's Cemex compromise legislation has been introduced in the House as HR 5887, Santa Clarita Valley officials and residents need to show our support for it, and help keep it on track until it becomes the law of the land. HR 5887, the Soledad Canyon Mine Act of 2008, would cancel two contracts the global mining company Cemex holds with the federal Bureau of Land Management for large-scale mining ...
Responding to an increasingly acute shortage of affordable housing for employees in the Santa Clarita Valley, the Valley Industrial Association gathered about 40 local builders, developers, manufacturers, political leaders, nonprofit sector representatives, transportation experts, utility representatives, educators and city officials last week to take part in what the VIA called a Workforce Housing Symposium. The symposium was called to brainstorm ways to make sure people who work in the SCV can afford to live closer ...
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher and poet A flat-rate income tax for all Californians. A two-year spending plan, instead of the yearly budget fracas. Increases in taxes and user fees. A spending cap linked to California's population growth and inflation. A state government savings account. These are just some of the ideas being bandied about in Sacramento and elsewhere in California as the ...
One of the greatest gifts the Santa Clarita Valley offers its residents is excellent schools. And while the term "schools" takes in buildings and grounds, hard-working administrators, and dedicated support staff, none of that would mean much without excellent teachers.
"Though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression."
They were just four men. Four men who went to work like they did every day, never expecting it would be their last.
Who knew that the lead-up to Election Day for the Santa Clarita City Council would become this interesting?
If it weren't a profoundly bad political idea, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger right now might be saying, "I told you so."
One the one hand, we owe the Los Angeles City Council a handshake. Last Tuesday the council voted 10-5 to halt annexation proceedings on Dan S. Palmer's Las Lomas proposal, which would have stuck some 5,500 homes on a hill overlooking the Highway 14 and Interstate 5 interchange. The developers like to call it an "urban village" with "mixed-use" neighborhoods. Spanish-inspired architecture, water features - maybe even a streetcar to whisk residents to the corner ...
It is not a secret that there have been some significant changes at The Signal in the past year.
"Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." - First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution It would seem appropriate that Sunshine Week arrives as our newsroom wraps up a week of looking into why our mayor is not disclosing financial information. Spearheaded by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Sunshine Week started in 2005 as a way to educate the public about the importance of open government and ...
We sympathize with the governing board of the William S. Hart Union High School District. Looking back through The Signal archives, we see a sad collection of headlines that trumpet repeated assurances and disappointments over the construction of a high school in Castaic. As recently as a year ago, a hopeful headline declared, "Developer Vows to Deliver High School to Castaic." But far too often, those hopeful headlines were followed by ones telling of delays, ...
While random drug-testing of public high school students involved in extracurricular activities has been cleared by the U.S. Supreme Court and may serve as a deterrent to student drug use, the approach to drug testing that the Hart district's Governing Board is now considering seems misguided for at least a few reasons.
This week the Santa Clarita Valley is losing a great treasure: Newhall Hardware.
There's a flood in the backyard. Buckets, forgotten cups and a firepit that looks like a satellite are now filled to the brim with water. The patio cover slipped off somehow to expose the brand new puffy white patio chairs, now soggy and soaked through.
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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