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.
"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 destruction of a 100-year-old former Newhall school building has caused quite a stir within the historic preservation community in Santa Clarita.
It seems as though Californians have finally awakened to the hoodwinking they took over the bullet train ballot trick of 2008 that would have them believe a train could actually be built in California for $68 billion that would carry huge streams of people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in two hours and 40 minutes with no government subsidies.
It's pretty basic. Public governmental agencies in this country should be accountable to the public they serve. They are funded by taxpayer money, and the bureaucrats who staff these agencies should consider taxpayers their bosses.
The brouhaha over billboards in the city of Santa Clarita - a controversy that divided residents in the spring and threatens to continue doing so through the rest of this year - is among the more unnecessary to face Santa Clarita Valley residents in the city's 27 years of existence.
The Signal urges a YES vote on Proposition 42, the measure dealing with public records, open meetings and state reimbursement to local agencies.
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