Though some are immune to the situation, we are living in lean times these days, with the term "essential" being constantly redefined as budgets shrink and expectations drop.
News is a strange industry. It has to accurately reflect the times, yet for objectivity's sake, not become a part of them. It has to be an intimate partner in the community, but for objectivity's sake, keep its distance. It must look forever outward, but in the process may fail to do a self-examination. As we find ourselves in a new year, we're doing what many of you also are doing or have done: reflecting ...
Word has it that last year's hugely successful Creekside Classic car show event is returning this spring.
Here we are in the year 2012. It's quite a notorious year, actually. First of all, it's the year the world is supposed to end, at least according to the folks who believe that Dec. 21, 2012, is the exact date when the world will undergo a cataclysmic change It's also a major national election year in which the presidency and some congressional seats are up for grabs amid a troubled economy and extreme discontent ...
Several potential City Council candidates have pulled papers to run in next year's election. Four people to date are vying for the 38th Assembly District position and Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon so far faces two challengers in his bid for re-election. The unofficial campaigning has commenced, and soon the official campaigning will begin.
No place in the Santa Clarita Valley offers as much diversity of lifestyle that Canyon Country offers.
The death of Army Spc. Rudy Acosta and another American soldier at the hands of a man hired to protect our troops in Afghanistan was an appalling development that rightly prompted an immediate Army investigation. The investigator's report, turned in less than a month after the March 19 bloodbath, noted specific flaws in the system and offered specific recommendations for correction. So far, so good. We are encouraged by the Army's prompt and appropriate response ...
In November 2008, voters passed a measure by a narrow margin to build a bullet-train system in California by approving a $10 billion bond to build the rail system's first phase.
We were not impressed by the City Council's recent actions regarding the selection of a new mayor and mayor pro tem.
We often advocate for SCV residents giving back to the community, to better the lives of less-fortunate locals and adopt an overall sense of pride for our valley, leading to an urge to improve it and the lives of the people occupying it.
Technology is wonderful. It makes the world faster and more interconnected. And computers seem to be just about everywhere these days - in our cars, on our desks, in our pockets and, more than ever, in our local schools.
Sweaters are out in force, pumpkin patches have transformed into tree lots and our calendars are getting very thin, which means that the holiday season is upon us yet again. As retailers have created shopping frenzies to drum up that ever critical year-end revenue, for the first time in decades fewer people than ever are able to get swept up in the collective merriment of colorful lights and all that the holiday seasons brought during ...
When athletics and extra-curricular courses are supported in public schools, we all benefit in some way. And our valley has some big-time student accomplishments to hang its hat on.
Congressional approval ratings are in the single digits. Can't get much lower than that, right? Wrong! Yet another expose in the nation's capital has established a new ethical bottom for Congress. It's like watching an unrepentant drug addict: Just when you think their self-righteous delusional behavior cannot get more reprehensible, it does. Single-digit approval ratings mean that if we voted our representatives out and chose a new Congress in similar fashion as we choose a ...
Although pre-Black Friday sales have been going on for at least a week, and no doubt post-Black Friday sales will continue until at least Christmas, today officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. You may find it difficult to wax merry, though, considering bad economic news from the European Union, the ongoing housing crisis and, especially, the continuing dismal rates of unemployment nationwide. We believe every one of us has a chance to ...
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.
Our Founding Fathers in their profound wisdom created a constitutional government whose central document intended not to grant people power but to protect them from it. The formation of a checks and balances system between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches stipulated separate powers that would protect each from the power of the other two.
Santa Clarita received some disappointing news last week: A brand-new conference center that could help put the city on the business and tourism map would cost up to $27.5 million to build - not including the cost of land to put it on.
We're all in this together when it comes to freeway traffic. It seems to get worse and worse. There's not enough money to build more efficient freeways and when there's money it takes years and years to complete improvements.
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