"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.
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.
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?
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.
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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