We in California have a long history of budget reform through the initiative process.
It's 1972 all over again. A call to legalize marijuana in California is back, 38 years after it first appeared on the November ballot.
Two measures on the November ballot provide opposing answers to these questions:
Every day, The Signal publishes the equivalent content of a paperback novel. That's a lot of local information, and in the columns we publish, a lot of different opinions. It is also local knowledge, and to our readers that has both power and value.
Ian Lamont, Signal publisher and editorial board chairman
Some 20 years after the Santa Clarita Valley was eyed as home to the world's largest garbage dump, the city last week announced its intent to buy 842 acres of Elsmere Canyon - ensuring it will remain open space.
Ed Masterson stepped down last week as president and CEO of the SCV Chamber of Commerce after four months on the job.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
While we've witnessed some recent friction between the city of Santa Clarita and our county librarians, there is at least one area where they see eye-to-eye.
In the midst of discussion - or argument or mudslinging, depending whom you ask - about the issue of chloride levels in the Santa Clara River and the water we send downstream to neighboring farmers, an important point may be lost.
"I gently rise and softly call, 'Good night and joy be with you all.'"
Change is afoot in Santa Clarita, and change can be a scary thing. We know what we've got now; what will things look like if we change them?
Who has the bigger selection of books, the county or a regional cooperative? Who makes the better librarian, a government employee or a private contractor?
If you've lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for any length of time, you've likely observed this is a giving community. Throw a rock on any given weekend, and it'll probably hit five fundraisers.
As the newly hired superintendent of the Hart district, Rob Challinor is jumping right into the fire.
The destruction of a 100-year-old former Newhall school building has caused quite a stir within the historic preservation community in Santa Clarita.
It seems as though Californians have finally awakened to the hoodwinking they took over the bullet train ballot trick of 2008 that would have them believe a train could actually be built in California for $68 billion that would carry huge streams of people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in two hours and 40 minutes with no government subsidies.
It's pretty basic. Public governmental agencies in this country should be accountable to the public they serve. They are funded by taxpayer money, and the bureaucrats who staff these agencies should consider taxpayers their bosses.
The brouhaha over billboards in the city of Santa Clarita - a controversy that divided residents in the spring and threatens to continue doing so through the rest of this year - is among the more unnecessary to face Santa Clarita Valley residents in the city's 27 years of existence.
The Signal urges a YES vote on Proposition 42, the measure dealing with public records, open meetings and state reimbursement to local agencies.
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