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.
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.
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.
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.
While it is comforting to know that Isis will fail, it is alarming to realize that the world may be too slow in stamping out this regrettable regime.
The Santa Clarita Valley lost an irreplaceable resource last week.
A recent Associated Press poll shows that only 28 percent of Americans think the country is headed in the right direction. The last time confidence in the federal government was this low was in 2006 during the Bush administration - when the Democrats pounded the Republicans and took back the House of Representatives.
Our community has a big problem on its hands.
The destruction of a 100-year-old former Newhall school building has caused quite a stir within the historic preservation community in Santa Clarita.
It seems as though Californians have finally awakened to the hoodwinking they took over the bullet train ballot trick of 2008 that would have them believe a train could actually be built in California for $68 billion that would carry huge streams of people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in two hours and 40 minutes with no government subsidies.
It's pretty basic. Public governmental agencies in this country should be accountable to the public they serve. They are funded by taxpayer money, and the bureaucrats who staff these agencies should consider taxpayers their bosses.
The brouhaha over billboards in the city of Santa Clarita - a controversy that divided residents in the spring and threatens to continue doing so through the rest of this year - is among the more unnecessary to face Santa Clarita Valley residents in the city's 27 years of existence.
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