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 original language throughout, with an apology to our print readers for deleting the long list of specific grievances against King George III.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week, The Signal introduced a new feature to its coverage lineup. We are now posting daily arrests made by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's station on our website under the "Crime" category ,which currently falls under the "News" header on our site. The arrests are taken from the station's booking logs, which are public records that most law enforcement agencies in this country furnish to media outlets.
To make sure readers' opinions about candidates are heard, and also to make sure that The Signal's Letters to the Editor section is not being used for electioneering by a candidate's campaign, this newspaper is instituting a new policy on endorsement letters.
Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) celebrates its golden anniversary this week with the normal assortment of celebrations and acknowledgements.
This year's Santa Clarita City Council elections will give arm-chair experts lots to talk about after the voters returned both incumbents Laurene Weste and Marsha McLean to office and replaced Frank Ferry with Canyon Country businessman Dante Acosta.
The city of Santa Clarita's recent decision and announcement of a settlement with plaintiffs' attorneys over alleged violations of the California Voting Rights Act begs the question: Is this decision the result of an admission that there is a barrier in the city of Santa Clarita to racial and ethnic diversity being reflected in the community's City Council makeup?
Believing this year's election to be a crucial one for the Santa Clarita City Council, The Signal conducted one-on-one interviews with all candidates who agreed and weighed the 13 choices carefully.
We find ourselves troubled by the entire city-billboard issue resolved at a ridiculously long City Council meeting last week.
In a little over three weeks, registered voters in Santa Clarita will go to the polls - if they haven't already mailed in their ballots - to select as many as three new members of the five-member Santa Clarita City Council.
Pay attention, folks. This is getting serious.
Today is The Signal's 95th birthday, making us one of the oldest businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The campaigns for the Santa Clarita City Council and the 25th Congressional District are kicking into a higher gear.
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