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.
How would you like a trash dump in your backyard? Or a chemical plant next to your child's school? Or 10,000 more cars on the road you take to the grocery store?
You want how much? Just seven years after the William S. Hart Union High School District secured a $158 million bond, the board is asking voters to approve another, this time for $300 million. More than a quarter-billion dollars. If approved in November, the general obligation bond would fund modernization efforts and maintenance, and would purportedly relieve school overcrowding by adding a new high school in Castaic. As for that last item, we'll believe it ...
One of the great things about the holiday season is that most people, no matter their circumstances, tend to step back a little bit and realize they should be thankful for many things in their lives.
The initial failure of the Affordable Care Act's enrollment website has let the genie of Obamacare out of the bottle.
We have long acknowledged San Francisco's ability to give us a break from the norms of sanity and force us to react to some new oddity that defies or defiles conventional wisdoms.
An important moment in Santa Clarita Valley's history is at hand. With the retirement of Sheriff's Department Capt. Paul Becker after serving our Sheriff's Station since 2010, a new law enforcement leader will be selected.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District - representing the sewer-using residents of this valley - has decided which option it will pursue to clean up chloride from the Santa Clara River so that water will be cleaner going downstream to our neighboring farmers in Ventura County.
No matter how you look at it, it's bad public policy.
Enough is enough.
The "thank yous" are pouring in.
One of the things that sets the Santa Clarita Valley apart from other demographically similar communities is our desire to serve others. The concrete evidence of that desire is the plethora of nonprofits in this community.
NASA announced recently that the Voyager 1 space probe has become the first spacecraft to leave our solar system and enter interstellar space. Launched September 5, 1977, Voyager was originally designed to photograph Jupiter, Saturn and the Jovian moons. It accomplished that task in 1980 but the "Little Engine That Could" has kept on chugging to now over 11 billion miles of space travel.
The contract dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS which resulted in a month-long blackout of CBS in Los Angeles and other major markets may be over, but there is much to be addressed concerning the dysfunctional way Americans get their television.
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