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. It makes more sense for this money to be funneled into a newer cause that is a major safety issue on California roads and ...
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. This week, the cruel game of notifying local school district employees that they may be laid off because of budget shortfalls began. More than 80 Saugus Union School District teachers and counselors were told they may lose their jobs because Sacramento has, for the umpteenth year in a row, not gotten its financial house in order. And, ...
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.
Inform, entertain and persuade: These are the three functions of the mass media in U.S. society, and they have been its functions since the establishment of U.S. society, whatever those changes may be. As a newspaper that just celebrated its 93rd birthday, we stand proudly within the more than 300 years of journalism tradition in America - where the truth was first established as a defense against legal action, and where the foundations of democracy ...
We take February every year to celebrate and commemorate the contributions and important milestones made by black Americans, which help make this country what it is today.
Try something new this time around for races for City Council, state Assembly, Congress and even president: Don't let negativity dictate your vote. Candidates pander to fear and anger because they instill a much more reactionary and visceral response than happiness or contentment. Candidate A says one thing; Candidate B twists it 180 degrees to use it against his or her opponent; and Average Joe voter buys into the negativity without fully knowing the truth ...
Yet another Santa Clarita Valley family pet met an untimely end recently from a wild animal coming in from the hills to look for food. It's a sad, but common tale that happens several times each year in our valley, but there are some simple ways to avoid losing a furry member of your family.
Over the last few months, the city of Santa Clarita, local schools, the Sheriff's Department and The Signal have been working hard to bring into the spotlight a deadly and growing problem that has moved into our valley recently: heroin.
The Santa Clarita Valley lost a true role model of public service with the death of former Santa Clarita City Councilman Clyde Smyth this week.
Gov. Jerry Brown gave his annual State of the State address Wednesday, and, to no one's surprise, the main focus was California's massive budget deficit and plans to fix it while keeping education funding mostly untouched.
The 2012 election cycle seems to be revving up. The candidates are making themselves known, and columnists and letter writers are starting to get more active.
For anyone who's taken notice of all the many improvements in Old Town Newhall and thought, "Wow, how'd the city afford all this?" a large part of the answer is redevelopment money allocated from the state - and it might be drying up soon. Redevelopment, as defined by the California Redevelopment Association, is: "A process authorized under California law that enables local governments to revitalize deteriorated and blighted areas in their jurisdictions." In other words, ...
Though some are immune to the situation, we are living in lean times these days, with the term "essential" being constantly redefined as budgets shrink and expectations drop.
News is a strange industry. It has to accurately reflect the times, yet for objectivity's sake, not become a part of them. It has to be an intimate partner in the community, but for objectivity's sake, keep its distance. It must look forever outward, but in the process may fail to do a self-examination. As we find ourselves in a new year, we're doing what many of you also are doing or have done: reflecting ...
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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