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.
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?
What's $30,000 between friends?
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 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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