"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:
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."
Hope and change.
There sure is a whole lot of planning going on in Santa Clarita these days.
What is the best way to promote the arts in Santa Clarita?
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.
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 gets something." Sure. If somebody takes $1 from you and hands you back 30 cents, you got something. You got the shaft. Vote no.
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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