Another Election Day has come and gone in the Santa Clarita Valley. The votes have been counted. The people have spoken. Though voter turnout was low - as it generally is in nonpresidential years - there was an interesting twist. For the most part, challengers got surprisingly close in their efforts to unseat incumbents.
Today is Veterans Day. It's one of the few times a year we take some time to honor those who make the biggest of sacrifices for this country and its citizens to preserve the liberties that we all hold sacred and often take for granted.
Recent incidents of student fraud against College of the Canyons and the state have administrators scrambling to find ways to stop students from taking advantage of past lax oversight and poor money management on behalf of the state, leading to roughly $1 million in unpaid fees.
Our editorials in the last few weeks have given our stances on the Newhall School District bond measure and the elections for the William S. Hart Union High School District board and the Santa Clarita Community College District board of trustees. We review our positions and endorsements below.
We in the Santa Clarita Valley benefit from a number of outstanding local institutions, and it's easy to take them for granted when they're here year after year, quietly offering services that other communities simply don't have.
Halloween is nearly upon us, and with it comes smiling painted or masked little faces, pillowcases with chocolate stains and, of course, the annual Haunted Jailhouse event hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Department.
These days, being an elected official charged with setting policy for public schools sounds like about the most thankless position imaginable - like being a chaperone on senior ditch day or a tax collector at a tea party convention.
In a place as family-friendly as the Santa Clarita Valley, it's sometimes easy to forget that there are many here who are struggling to have functioning and successful home lives and raise children without the help of a significant other. But in these cases, Single Mothers Outreach is here to help.
The political season has begun, and there are many candidates running for a litany of elective positions, some whose names are on the ballot in just a few weeks, and some in more than a year.
Following the annual State of the City presentation, the Santa Clarita City Council gave everyone in attendance quantifiable proof that this really is a great place to live.
It's now October, and we still haven't seen any real progress on passing the legislation to keep Mexican mining giant Cemex out of our backyard, despite the seemingly universal support for the measure.
In light of the two recent car crashes in the same spot on Lake Hughes Road, it's hard to ignore that some of our roads aren't as safe as could be.
Some of our learning institutions are showing signs of age, but we can help refurbish and modernize them with an upcoming vote.
The city of Santa Clarita is a proud supporter of property rights, as it should be. The city is also proud of the Santa Clarita Valley's proud historical heritage - as it should be. This valley has a long history of Native American settlements, was the scene of a gold strike before carpenter James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sacramento-area sawmill, has been the location of historical oil wells, saw the second-worst natural disaster in ...
The Parent-Teacher Association has long been stereotyped as an organization whose membership consists entirely of mothers and educators, but groups of local dads are bucking that trend.
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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