The Santa Clarita Valley lost a true role model of public service with the death of former Santa Clarita City Councilman Clyde Smyth this week.
Gov. Jerry Brown gave his annual State of the State address Wednesday, and, to no one's surprise, the main focus was California's massive budget deficit and plans to fix it while keeping education funding mostly untouched.
The 2012 election cycle seems to be revving up. The candidates are making themselves known, and columnists and letter writers are starting to get more active.
For anyone who's taken notice of all the many improvements in Old Town Newhall and thought, "Wow, how'd the city afford all this?" a large part of the answer is redevelopment money allocated from the state - and it might be drying up soon.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Santa Clarita Valley lost an irreplaceable resource last week.
A recent Associated Press poll shows that only 28 percent of Americans think the country is headed in the right direction. The last time confidence in the federal government was this low was in 2006 during the Bush administration - when the Democrats pounded the Republicans and took back the House of Representatives.
Our community has a big problem on its hands.
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.
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