"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."
Add one belated casualty to the list of victims of the devastating October 2007 Buckweed Fire: Carousel Ranch.
"What took you so long?" That's what some readers wanted to know when we reported on a Canyon Country teenager getting thrown into the back of a vehicle and groped on her way home from school - a week after it happened. "It would have been nice to read about it the next day, so we parents could know to be on the lookout," readers complained. "What if the assailant returned and did the same ...
We warned you last autumn that the city of Santa Clarita was in for some lean times when the tax receipts come in.
In the "you take them - no, you take them" battle between Santa Clarita and Los Angeles over homeless people, both sides reached an impasse, but it was only temporary.
"I am now a Keynsian in economics," the president said when he broke ranks with previous administrations and proposed a huge federal spending package he hoped would stimulate the economy.
It had Jon Stewart (or Jay Leno, for you retiring baby boomers) written all over it: A Saugus High School senior who graduated early and joined the Marines was told he can't go through his high school graduation ceremony in his dress blues - in Santa Clarita! Say it ain't so. Surely that sort of thing can't happen in this red-white-and-blue enclave where every Fourth of July parade draws huge crowds and every partisan office ...
The Santa Clarita City Council got an earful Tuesday from neighbors of the two nearby landfills, in Val Verde and Granada Hills.
School districts and other local agencies finally know how much money they'll receive from the state - for a fiscal year that began last July.
As the state prepares to tax us into the poorhouse and the feds grow the size of government instead of the economy, it is little wonder most people are overlooking the biggest crisis to hit California in a generation.
With so many businesses going bust, workers losing their jobs and families losing their homes, it's dumbfounding to think Congress would give so much as a passing glance at legislation that would shutter even more small businesses and kill even more American jobs.
Will the William S. Hart Union High School District keep its promise? Will it empower a true oversight committee to keep an eagle eye on the district as it spends $300 million in new, voter-approved school construction funds?
"The budget process for California defies a simple, concise definition." That's the introduction to the state Department of Finance's publication, "California's Budget Process," and that's no joke. Sacramento can't explain it because the politicians don't get it. They don't know how to budget. Most businesses, and even most individuals in California, know how to budget. They look at their guaranteed revenues and spend within their means. If they're smart, they sock away any unexpected income ...
Hope and change. That was the ideological fuel behind President Barack Obama's campaign, and few can deny the power his rhetoric had to stir even staunch disbelievers. Yet rhetoric does not equal action. We stand at an intersection today as a nation - on the heels of Monday's National Day of Service and observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, as we witness this morning's inauguration of a new president. Much has been said, ...
There sure is a whole lot of planning going on in Santa Clarita these days. Every time you turn around, it seems there is a new master plan for something-or-other. There is a master plan for parks and recreation. There is a master plan for the arts. There is a master plan for "non-motorized transportation" so you can walk or ride a bike from one side of town to the other without getting run over. ...
Despite the recent news that jobless rates are falling, these are still difficult times. Nearly everyone agrees at some level that America is still struggling economically but why and what should we do?
Last week the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District released two big binders full of information about four different plans for removing chloride from the Santa Clara River.
We here in the Santa Clarita Valley tend to elect fiscally prudent local government leaders whom we expect to be responsible with our hard-earned tax money.
A recent announcement by the U.S. Forest Service about altering its approach to fighting fires has caught our attention albeit for reasons different than theirs.
Our Founding Fathers in their profound wisdom created a constitutional government whose central document intended not to grant people power but to protect them from it. The formation of a checks and balances system between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches stipulated separate powers that would protect each from the power of the other two.
Santa Clarita received some disappointing news last week: A brand-new conference center that could help put the city on the business and tourism map would cost up to $27.5 million to build - not including the cost of land to put it on.
We're all in this together when it comes to freeway traffic. It seems to get worse and worse. There's not enough money to build more efficient freeways and when there's money it takes years and years to complete improvements.
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