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.
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.
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.
Word has it that last year's hugely successful Creekside Classic car show event is returning this spring.
Here we are in the year 2012. It's quite a notorious year, actually. First of all, it's the year the world is supposed to end, at least according to the folks who believe that Dec. 21, 2012, is the exact date when the world will undergo a cataclysmic change
Several potential City Council candidates have pulled papers to run in next year's election. Four people to date are vying for the 38th Assembly District position and Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon so far faces two challengers in his bid for re-election. The unofficial campaigning has commenced, and soon the official campaigning will begin.
This year's Santa Clarita City Council elections will give arm-chair experts lots to talk about after the voters returned both incumbents Laurene Weste and Marsha McLean to office and replaced Frank Ferry with Canyon Country businessman Dante Acosta.
The city of Santa Clarita's recent decision and announcement of a settlement with plaintiffs' attorneys over alleged violations of the California Voting Rights Act begs the question: Is this decision the result of an admission that there is a barrier in the city of Santa Clarita to racial and ethnic diversity being reflected in the community's City Council makeup?
Believing this year's election to be a crucial one for the Santa Clarita City Council, The Signal conducted one-on-one interviews with all candidates who agreed and weighed the 13 choices carefully.
We find ourselves troubled by the entire city-billboard issue resolved at a ridiculously long City Council meeting last week.
In a little over three weeks, registered voters in Santa Clarita will go to the polls - if they haven't already mailed in their ballots - to select as many as three new members of the five-member Santa Clarita City Council.
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.
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