Here we go again.
Who can forget the October 2007 Buckweed fire that blackened tens of thousands of acres of brush, killed countless wild animals and decimated a Canyon Country neighborhood?
Drive out Highway 126 from Castaic Junction to the Pacific Ocean and take a good look at the orange and lemon groves, strawberry patches, flower factories, palm forests and avocado jungles that line the Santa Clara River. All told, that's a $700 million industry annually.
How bad is the economy? If you only read our headline earlier this week about a "$68.6 Million Budget Reduction," you would think it is so bad that the city of Santa Clarita is slashing its budget by nearly one-third - from $241 million last year to just $172 million for the fiscal year starting July 1.
Will the William S. Hart Union High School District ever manage to build a high school campus in Castaic without getting caught in the middle of other people's petty land wars?
Cut, cut, cut.
With a single City Hall and one set of council members to represent the majority of the people in the Santa Clarita Valley, some folks forget that there are actually two municipal SCV governments.
Arnold Schwarzenegger spent last week stomping around the state, threatening to sell off landmarks like the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, making dire predictions about the future, engaging in what many call "scare tactics" to get voters to approve Tuesday's ballot measures.
People tend to focus on their elected leaders - the president, the school board, the City Council - when things are going well or going wrong, and shower them with the commensurate praise or blame.
"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?"
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.
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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