The California June election results were abysmal for a free and democratic society. The June elections marked the second lowest voter turnout for any statewide election in California. Only 31 percent of all eligible voters cast ballots, according to records released by the state secretary of state's office. The lowest recorded turnout in state history occurred in June 2008, when only 28 percent of all eligible voters exercised their right to participate in the democratic ...
The economic news from around the state of California is getting more and more unsettling as cities contemplate insolvency. Three cities Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes have file for Chapter Nine protections.
The Great Recession that crashed this country's economy back in 2008 has changed the lives of Americans profoundly.
Editor's note: Amid the picnics and barbecues, the parades and the fireworks, we urge our readers to pause and reflect on what it is we Americans are celebrating today. In Tuesday's Signal a columnist suggested we all read the noble words of the United States Declaration of Independence. So today we salute ideals that founded this country with a bold declaration adopted 236 years ago and we proudly reprint that declaration. We have retained the ...
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week on the mandate aspect of Obamacare is among the bigger mistakes that body has made in the last century. The ruling sets the stage to make it easier for greater intrusion by the federal government in Americans' lives.
Summertime. It's a magical word for youngsters, one associated with freedom, sunshine, melting snow cones, fireworks and barbecues. For working folks, those fond associations with the season can linger years, or even decades after becoming outdated - after the season actually means laboring in air conditioned cubicles and dreading to set foot outside where the sunshine is more oppressive than liberating. But for one group of residents - working parents of school-age children - summer ...
When Santa Clarita Councilman TimBen Boydston appeared in front of The Signal's Editorial Board prior to April's City Council elections, he gave an impressive performance.
The June 2012 primary is over and hopefully so is all of the amped up personal acrimony. The challenge for us and everyone else in this election locally was sorting through all of the noise from sniping, nastiness and power plays to get to the candidates' real positions on the issues of the day.
It's been a long time coming, but voting in the California primary finally takes place on Tuesday.
Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez is under investigation by the District Attorney's Office concerning influence-peddling allegations involving the lowering of property valuations in exchange for political support and contributions.
Many Santa Clarita Valley institutions, nonprofits and individuals make us proud here at The Signal, but few more so than our remarkable and high-achieving public schools.
What Californians do not need is another bureaucratic board full of political appointees at taxpayer expense. We urge voters to say no to Proposition 29.
This state primary election season has been the most contentious in recent memory. There has been more than enough emotion, harping and shenanigans for almost all of us. Combine all of the campaign noise with the new selection dynamic of an open primary and the endorsement process has gotten much more complicated. Many forums have been held to provide voters a look at the candidates, some better than others. One of the most recent, the ...
For those of you who don't know, there's a state election taking place in about a month. Yes, another election. Besides the primary election for president, the newly installed open primary elections for state Assembly and Congress and a few propositions, on June 5, Californians are being asked to vote for a state constitutional amendment for legislator term limits. As of the passing of Proposition 140 in 1990, representatives in Sacramento have been limited to ...
One of the hallmarks of the recent, remarkable Santa Clarita City Council election was the number of public forums held for candidates - and their willingness to attend each.
One of the great things about the holiday season is that most people, no matter their circumstances, tend to step back a little bit and realize they should be thankful for many things in their lives.
The initial failure of the Affordable Care Act's enrollment website has let the genie of Obamacare out of the bottle.
We have long acknowledged San Francisco's ability to give us a break from the norms of sanity and force us to react to some new oddity that defies or defiles conventional wisdoms.
An important moment in Santa Clarita Valley's history is at hand. With the retirement of Sheriff's Department Capt. Paul Becker after serving our Sheriff's Station since 2010, a new law enforcement leader will be selected.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District - representing the sewer-using residents of this valley - has decided which option it will pursue to clean up chloride from the Santa Clara River so that water will be cleaner going downstream to our neighboring farmers in Ventura County.
No matter how you look at it, it's bad public policy.
Enough is enough.
The "thank yous" are pouring in.
One of the things that sets the Santa Clarita Valley apart from other demographically similar communities is our desire to serve others. The concrete evidence of that desire is the plethora of nonprofits in this community.
NASA announced recently that the Voyager 1 space probe has become the first spacecraft to leave our solar system and enter interstellar space. Launched September 5, 1977, Voyager was originally designed to photograph Jupiter, Saturn and the Jovian moons. It accomplished that task in 1980 but the "Little Engine That Could" has kept on chugging to now over 11 billion miles of space travel.
The contract dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS which resulted in a month-long blackout of CBS in Los Angeles and other major markets may be over, but there is much to be addressed concerning the dysfunctional way Americans get their television.
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