The City Council election is finally done with - sort of. Residents are awaiting the final tally on votes to see who will get the third seat. Who will join re-elected council members Laurene Weste and Marsha McLean behind the dais? Incumbent Frank Ferry, currently ahead by only 69 votes, with more than 600 votes still to count, or challenger David Gauny?
Election day is nearly upon is. Many ballots - probably most - are already in via mail, and on Tuesday the polls will be open for remaining voters to select three members of the Santa Clarita City Council.
Editor's note: This editorial originally appeared in the April 7, 2008, edition of The Signal. With Tuesday marking the 40th anniversary of the Newhall Incident, we thought these words were worth repeating. They were just four men. Four men who went to work like they did every day, never expecting it would be their last.
The community was abuzz last week over the decision to eliminate eighth-grade promotion ceremonies in the Hart district.
There is strength in numbers, and Santa Clarita's movers, shakers and decision-makers stood side-by-side in Sacramento last week to flex their muscles.
Spring is in the air, and the winds of change are sweeping through the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on March 13, Santa Clarita fell silent. It was a day in which our city was ensconced in exquisite spring colors and the warmth of a comforting sun, as if nature itself was trying to console the loved ones of fallen hero Sgt. Ian Gelig, and the thousands who lined the streets to pay tribute. As the funeral procession moved through the sea of American flags, we became one ...
Of all the editorials we've published over the past year, none struck a chord as resoundingly as "No one goes back to Sacramento," in which we satirized California's woefully inept Legislature and called on voters to throw the bums out at the next opportunity.
Editor's note: The Signal's editorial board invited each of the candidates for April's City Council election to meet with us and answer a series of questions about their candidacy. Here, encapsulated, are their responses. We thank each candidate who took the time to meet with us. Candidates Harrison Katz and Kenneth Mann did not respond to our requests for an interview. TimBen Boydston
TimBen Boydston Age: 54 Community: Newhall Time in SCV: 34 years Occupation: Executive director of the Canyon Theatre Guild Education: AS in medical technology; bachelor's in theater. Role models: Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Michael Antonovich, Jan Heidt Frank Ferry Age: 44 Community: Santa Clarita Time in SCV: 20 years Occupation: City councilman; principal of Bishop Alemany High School Education: bachelor's, governmental communications; BSL, law; juris ...
Dearest Google, We love you, we want you and we'll do just about anything to have you. There. We said it. You've already made yourself a vital part of our lives. Heck, you've even made yourself a verb. We want more. We're ready to commit. So why do you tease us? You say you're scouring the nation for a "small number of trial locations" to test your latest, greatest innovation - an experimental fiber-optic network ...
Sometimes, we mess up. Such was the case with last Sunday's editorial in which we warned readers that a Signal headline about crime would likely appear in some campaign smear mail as the City Council race enters its feverish last weeks. Trouble is, we didn't use the word "likely" in our opening scenario. Apparently, our editorial touched off a flurry of phone calls, including candidates querying each other, "Did you send out this mailer?" and ...
The handwriting is on the wall. In the near future, you will open your mailbox and there, screaming at you from an obnoxious piece of junk mail, will be Tuesday's Signal headline, "Crime on the rise in SCV," complete with the subtext: "2009 saw increase in reports of several serious crimes ..." It will have come from a disingenuous Santa Clarita City Council candidate who wants you to think the incumbents in the April 13 ...
If nothing else, working in the news business quickly teaches one to develop a thick skin. We've gotten used to name-calling, accusations and death threats - and we don't obsess too much over them, because it comes with the territory.
Real leaders know that when good people come together with a good idea and a good plan to make it work, the right thing to do is support it and help bring it to fruition.
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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