On the subject of universal health care, the Obama administration and its friends in Congress are talking out of both sides of their mouths.
Hey, boys and girls. How would you like to clear a quarter-million dollars a year, more than half of it tax free?
So you say you want a Castaic High School? Prove it. Run for a seat on the Hart school board. Seriously. The filing period opened Monday and you've got until Aug. 7 to file for one of three open seats in the November election. Actually you've got until Aug. 14 because two of the three incumbents - Dennis King and Patricia Hanrion - have announced plans to retire. The filing period is extended by one ...
"Informed choices." That is what Supervisor Mike Antonovich says he wants for the people of West Ranch, Castaic and Tesoro del Valle. That is not what they'll be making when they vote Nov. 3 unless a number of things change - and fast. At issue is nothing less than the future governance of the communities immediately west and north of Santa Clarita city limits. Do residents of those areas want to form their own city? ...
Here we go again. Another potential Castaic high school site bit the dust recently as Hart district Superintendent Jaime Castellanos surrendered to the futility of trying to convince Newhall Land executives and Valencia Commerce Center property owners to change their minds. The landowners aren't about to allow a bunch of dirty, rotten high school students - or the apparently similar ilk of tattoo artists and scantily clad waitresses - to tarnish their pristine business park. ...
Who can forget the October 2007 Buckweed fire that blackened tens of thousands of acres of brush, killed countless wild animals and decimated a Canyon Country neighborhood?
Drive out Highway 126 from Castaic Junction to the Pacific Ocean and take a good look at the orange and lemon groves, strawberry patches, flower factories, palm forests and avocado jungles that line the Santa Clara River. All told, that's a $700 million industry annually.
How bad is the economy? If you only read our headline earlier this week about a "$68.6 Million Budget Reduction," you would think it is so bad that the city of Santa Clarita is slashing its budget by nearly one-third - from $241 million last year to just $172 million for the fiscal year starting July 1.
Will the William S. Hart Union High School District ever manage to build a high school campus in Castaic without getting caught in the middle of other people's petty land wars?
Cut, cut, cut. Boo-hoo, I lost. Now we've got to cut, cut, cut. That was our governor's girlie-man response to the May 19 whupping he took at the ballot box. What happened to the Great Reformer we elected in 2003 to replace a clueless sap who could barely manage his bad '70s hairdo, much less the world's seventh-largest economy? That's what Supervisor Mike Antonovich and Sen. George Runner would like to know. In recent weeks, ...
With a single City Hall and one set of council members to represent the majority of the people in the Santa Clarita Valley, some folks forget that there are actually two municipal SCV governments.
Arnold Schwarzenegger spent last week stomping around the state, threatening to sell off landmarks like the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, making dire predictions about the future, engaging in what many call "scare tactics" to get voters to approve Tuesday's ballot measures.
People tend to focus on their elected leaders - the president, the school board, the City Council - when things are going well or going wrong, and shower them with the commensurate praise or blame.
"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."
Add one belated casualty to the list of victims of the devastating October 2007 Buckweed Fire: Carousel Ranch.
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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