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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the often-controversial subject of public employee salaries, benefits and retirement packages comes the particularly unscrupulous tactic of "salary spiking," in which government workers hike their pensions by scamming the system in a legal way, and California taxpayers are forced to pick up the tab.
With the Oscars now past, we can look back on the inspirational, artistic, moving, brilliant films of the last year that were nominated for Best Picture and reflect on what they said, how they said it and what they mean to us. Unfortunately, almost none of them made an appearance on a screen in the SCV before the Academy Awards.
This week, officials from the California Highway Patrol announced that they were launching a $1 million campaign to encourage drivers to use seat belts. The money, from a federal grant, seems to be wasted urging people to use an obviously beneficial device that's been standard in U.S. cars since the 1960s.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently authorized its chief executive officer to move ahead on a plan to build a new regional sheriff's station in Castaic adjacent to the proposed new courthouse under consideration by the state.
Here we go again.
The first of the major elections in the Santa Clarita Valley this year is a little less than two months away, with two City Council seats. Later in 2012, we also look forward to elections for state Assembly, state Senate, Congress, president and a number of initiatives.
Pay attention, folks. This is getting serious.
Today is The Signal's 95th birthday, making us one of the oldest businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The campaigns for the Santa Clarita City Council and the 25th Congressional District are kicking into a higher gear.
Redemption. That's what 2013 was for the Santa Clarita Valley as a football community.
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