However infused with Americana the Fourth of July Parade, however savory the barbecue, however spectacular the fireworks - it was all irrevocably marred by what happened as Independence Day drew to a close. In an instant, a day of celebration was thrown into tragedy.
Today, some 25,000 people will line the streets of Newhall for our community's 78th Independence Day parade - a red, white and blue cavalcade of about 3,000 participants that has been held since 1932.
Avocados. Strawberries. Flowers. Ventura County farmers say we're killing their crops because we're sending too much chloride - salt - down the Santa Clara River.
"How often misused words generate misleading thoughts." - Herbert Spencer When Santa Clarita City Councilman Frank Ferry labeled as local residents who have aggressively opposed construction projects as "developmental terrorists," everyone lost. Behind his flamboyant rhetoric, Ferry's point deserves serious consideration: that there is a valid planning process developers undertake to seek city approval, and that the process is being undermined by "self-serving antagonists." Ferry claims former Councilman TimBen Boydston is raising a ruckus ...
The Santa Clarita City Council has no term limits. The feeling is that folks will vote council members out of office if they don't like what's going on in the city.
Should Santa Clarita homeowners pay $100 more in taxes every year to suck salt out of the water before we flush it down the drain?
The 18-year-old Marine from Stevenson Ranch marched off to war, bristling with hopefulness and promise.
Last Wednesday, a packed house heard Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich pull no punches when he lambasted the state for its $20 billion deficit, and voiced the serious need for significant reform now.
The June 8 primary election is fast approaching, and the ballot includes several statewide initiatives. Here is our take on the five propositions. Proposition 13
There's one thing you can safely say about the Santa Clarita Valley: When tragedy strikes, we are quick to come to the aid of our fellow residents.
It's time to get serious. The bottom line is that the Santa Clarita Valley community needs an expanded Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. It needs that expanded emergency department, the planned helipad - it even needs medical office space that reflects the changing nature of health care. We are a valley of roughly a quarter-million people, somewhat geographically isolated and with only one hospital. We need the best care center possible. Which is why it ...
Founded in 1927, Los Angeles Baptist College made the Santa Clarita Valley home in the early 1960s, when it purchased the former Happy Jack's Dude Ranch in Placerita Canyon.
When it comes to reasons people settle in the Santa Clarita Valley, our schools are usually at, or near, the top of the list.
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.
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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