What is the best way to promote the arts in Santa Clarita? The question has vexed our municipal leaders and the arts community for a number of years - although the arts community is fairly united in the belief that Santa Clarita needs a full-blown Arts Commission. The issue came to a head in October when Councilman Bob Kellar proposed just that. Elevating arts governance to the level of Santa Clarita's two existing commissions - ...
Our editorials during the last few weeks have provided information and The Signal's position on the various propositions, measures and candidate races on the Nov. 4 ballot. Below we summarize what we previously said.
Twisted. That's the only word for the logic behind a pair of lawsuits that would block the expansion of our community's only hospital. "What we hope to do is make sure that hospital beds and promised benefits to the community are really built," said Lynne Plambeck, president of Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment. "It's not our intention to hold things up," added SCOPE board member Cam Noltemeyer. Hello? We just went through an ...
Santa Clarita has voted Republican since the 1960s, when our agrarian economy gave way to a bedroom community of young urban professionals who worked in Los Angeles.
Measure R: MTA Sales Tax - Before we formed the city of Santa Clarita in 1987, our unincorporated valley was sending millions more each year to downtown Los Angeles than we were getting back in services. That's what Measure R does. It taxes you an extra half-cent whenever you go to the store, and spends a disproportionate share of the revenue on politicians' pet transportation projects in downtown Los Angeles. Proponents like to say, "everybody ...
It was probably as close to a white Christmas as we'll get in the Santa Clarita Valley this year.
Proposition 1: High Speed Rail Bonds - The first $10 billion of an eventual $45 billion or more for bullet trains - in this economy? We tried to get a stop in the Santa Clarita Valley but the bullet train people said "no." Turnabout is fair play. We say no.
What incredible foresight the Santa Clarita City Council had a decade ago. That's when a shady group of land speculators wanted to transform a 1,000-acre patch of dirt in the middle of our city into a Mediterranean village of 2,911 homes complete with flyover bridges and escalators to lift happy residents up the mountainside, with a new municipal palace right next door so our city leaders could look down on the rest of us from ...
If a down-and-out friend hit you up for a bunch of money to build a house, and then built only half a house because he wasn't paying attention to how much the framers and plumbers and electricians were charging, how willing would you be to give him twice as much as before to finish the job?
If one could only see the look on the faces of the girls who run for the Saugus cross country team after one of their races.
What are your expectations when you send your teenagers to school? You probably expect them to be safe. You probably expect them to find opportunities for social interaction with their peers. You probably even expect them to learn something, especially in Santa Clarita where excellent teachers, a fine-tuned curriculum, and above-average household incomes and literacy rates combine to place the William S. Hart Union High School District at the top of state rankings year after ...
As another Thanksgiving weekend draws to a close, we take this opportunity to reflect. The news of doom and gloom in the economy has put many people on edge, and if California's climbing unemployment rate is an indicator, then rightly so.
As we finally get close to the last approval step in the protracted battle to expand our community's only hospital, it is appropriate to review just how far the people of Santa Clarita have come.
It was a great week for the city of Santa Clarita. On Tuesday night, the City Council approved a $2.7 million loan to a nonprofit, faith-based organization to take over a Canyon Country apartment building and convert it to low-income housing. It seems like a win-win to us. Low-income residents of the Hidaway Apartments in Canyon Country will enjoy refurbished homes and a reduction in their rents. Those residents of the complex who don't qualify ...
In a state where so many community hospitals are going the way of the dodo bird, we are lucky to have Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
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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