Spring is in the air, and the winds of change are sweeping through the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on March 13, Santa Clarita fell silent.
Of all the editorials we've published over the past year, none struck a chord as resoundingly as "No one goes back to Sacramento," in which we satirized California's woefully inept Legislature and called on voters to throw the bums out at the next opportunity.
Editor's note: The Signal's editorial board invited each of the candidates for April's City Council election to meet with us and answer a series of questions about their candidacy. Here, encapsulated, are their responses. We thank each candidate who took the time to meet with us. Candidates Harrison Katz and Kenneth Mann did not respond to our requests for an interview.
Sometimes, we mess up.
The handwriting is on the wall.
If nothing else, working in the news business quickly teaches one to develop a thick skin. We've gotten used to name-calling, accusations and death threats - and we don't obsess too much over them, because it comes with the territory.
Real leaders know that when good people come together with a good idea and a good plan to make it work, the right thing to do is support it and help bring it to fruition.
If you lasted through the more-than-hour-long State of the Union speech last week, you heard President Barack Obama put a high priority on supporting small businesses and creating jobs.
Praise be to the voters of Massachusetts who filled Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat with - gasp - a Republican.
We've now spent almost two weeks taking in the sight of absolute devastation in Haiti, caused by a magnitude 7 earthquake that took seconds to radically disrupt life in that poor island nation.
Picture, if you will, the Santa Clarita Valley in 1974.
The economic crisis that started more than a year ago and continues to squeeze California is rife with stories of hardship and how people and organizations are responding to it.
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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