For those of you who don't know, there's a state election taking place in about a month. Yes, another election. Besides the primary election for president, the newly installed open primary elections for state Assembly and Congress and a few propositions, on June 5, Californians are being asked to vote for a state constitutional amendment for legislator term limits. As of the passing of Proposition 140 in 1990, representatives in Sacramento have been limited to ...
One of the hallmarks of the recent, remarkable Santa Clarita City Council election was the number of public forums held for candidates - and their willingness to attend each.
This week, The Signal introduced a new feature to its coverage lineup. We are now posting daily arrests made by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's station on our website under the "Crime" category ,which currently falls under the "News" header on our site. The arrests are taken from the station's booking logs, which are public records that most law enforcement agencies in this country furnish to media outlets. <p ...
To make sure readers' opinions about candidates are heard, and also to make sure that The Signal's Letters to the Editor section is not being used for electioneering by a candidate's campaign, this newspaper is instituting a new policy on endorsement letters.
Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) celebrates its golden anniversary this week with the normal assortment of celebrations and acknowledgements.
With all the recent drama concerning the ouster of Mayor Laurie Ender and the election of TimBen Boydston to the City Council during recent Santa Clarita balloting, it's time for the council to turn its attention to moving ahead.
The dust is finally settling on one of the more intense Santa Clarita City Council races recently, and the results were surprising to many.
Joining many other newspapers, The Signal is no longer accepting letters to the editor endorsing political candidates. Political endorsement letters are essentially promotional devices that advertise a candidate. The Letters to the Editor section of our Opinion Page is meant for the discussion of issues. Many endorsement letters do not discuss issues; they merely point out that the letter writer supports the candidate. Also, we have found that some political campaigns orchestrate letter-writing efforts to ...
Although many Santa Clarita residents have already mailed their ballots for the 2012 City Council election, others prefer the time-honored tradition of casting their votes at the polls, and still others may be waffling about voting at all. So we on The Signal Editorial Board take a moment of your time on this bright Sunday morning to revisit our recommendations and urge those undecided folks - undecided about bothering to vote - to visit their ...
The election for two City Council seats for the city of Santa Clarita is less than a week away, and candidates are making preparations for their final push.
From time to time, the Editorial Board will receive an Op-Ed piece from a local author and thinks this author's dissertation just nails it. It is the editorial we tried to or wanted to write, but didn't. In today's Opinion section, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth delivers just such a home run. We couldn't agree with him more. Our objection is not to one ideological position or another. Our issue, like the assemblyman's, is about behaviors. Sign ...
It's no secret that Sacramento is in dire financial shape, and it's been trying various and far-reaching methods to cut a state deficit that still stands at roughly $9 billion.
With the recent closing of Bridge to Home, formerly the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Winter Shelter, for the season, those in the SCV without places to live now find themselves having to look elsewhere for warm, safe places to sleep for the next eight or nine months. This is unacceptable. In a community as warm and welcoming as this, and one as supportive of countless worthy charities, it seems like we should have a permanent, ...
With the economy still on the slow and bumpy road of recovery, government at all levels should be helping businesses start and grow, and our City Council showed exactly that kind of business-friendly mentality in a recent vote to help get local upstarts off and running.
Voter turnout is usually low during Santa Clarita City Council races such as the one on the ballot April 10 - usually, it ranges from 15 to 19 percent - and to some extent, we can understand why.
Despite the recent news that jobless rates are falling, these are still difficult times. Nearly everyone agrees at some level that America is still struggling economically but why and what should we do?
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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