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 ...
What's $30,000 between friends? A big deal, if you listen to some of the talk among local residents over the last week, after this newspaper reported that an independent committee spent $29,500 of the 30 grand it received on campaign mailers for the campaign of City Councilwoman Laurie Ender last March. Not that big of a deal, until one considers that the money came from one source - G&L Realty Corp., a major player in ...
Amid much fanfare, backslapping, and a press conference staged with a bucolic backdrop, officials from two cities and Cemex joined our own local congressman to announce breakthrough legislation.
A month into California's fiscal year, absent a state budget mandated by law - thanks to a deadlocked Legislature - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order Thursday that calls for rollbacks to minimum wage for state employees. The order also lays off 10,300 part-time and temporary state workers and halts hiring, overtime and contracting.
Have we become a nation of whiners, as Phil Gramm opined in an interview with the Washington Times published July 10, discussing the mortgage meltdown?
It is so easy for some of us to stand at a distance and self-righteously criticize the failings of others. It's how the talking heads at Fox News and CNN make a living.
It's July, which doesn't immediately bring to mind back to school, but here in the Santa Clarita Valley students will be returning to classes in less than a month.
A couple of summers ago I lucked into teaching an English 101 class offered by the Los Angeles Community College District's college-by-television program.
The Santa Clarita City Council sees itself as a collection of honorable individuals who share a responsibility and commitment to make this city the best it can be.
We believe it's fitting that the Santa Clarita Valley's west side took another step toward self-determination last week, just before Independence Day weekend.
It seems Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp is being raked over the coals these days for allegedly uttering the term - dare we use it in a family newspaper? - "urban center." Specifically, a reader has dredged up a brief profile published by The Mighty Signal in which Pulskamp was paraphrased - not quoted, please note, but paraphrased - as saying one of his goals is turning Santa Clarita's suburban bedroom sprawl into a legitimate urban center.
The Obama administration has finally touched a nerve of the mainstream American media.
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.
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