We in the Santa Clarita Valley benefit from a number of outstanding local institutions, and it's easy to take them for granted when they're here year after year, quietly offering services that other communities simply don't have.
Halloween is nearly upon us, and with it comes smiling painted or masked little faces, pillowcases with chocolate stains and, of course, the annual Haunted Jailhouse event hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Department.
These days, being an elected official charged with setting policy for public schools sounds like about the most thankless position imaginable - like being a chaperone on senior ditch day or a tax collector at a tea party convention.
In a place as family-friendly as the Santa Clarita Valley, it's sometimes easy to forget that there are many here who are struggling to have functioning and successful home lives and raise children without the help of a significant other. But in these cases, Single Mothers Outreach is here to help.
The political season has begun, and there are many candidates running for a litany of elective positions, some whose names are on the ballot in just a few weeks, and some in more than a year.
Following the annual State of the City presentation, the Santa Clarita City Council gave everyone in attendance quantifiable proof that this really is a great place to live.
It's now October, and we still haven't seen any real progress on passing the legislation to keep Mexican mining giant Cemex out of our backyard, despite the seemingly universal support for the measure.
In light of the two recent car crashes in the same spot on Lake Hughes Road, it's hard to ignore that some of our roads aren't as safe as could be.
Some of our learning institutions are showing signs of age, but we can help refurbish and modernize them with an upcoming vote.
The city of Santa Clarita is a proud supporter of property rights, as it should be.
The Parent-Teacher Association has long been stereotyped as an organization whose membership consists entirely of mothers and educators, but groups of local dads are bucking that trend.
Residents of the Santa Clarita Valley breathed a collective sigh of relief earlier this week, when it was announced that the local grocery store employee union officials had struck a three-year deal with store management to avoid another strike like the one in 2003.
State lawmakers have found themselves in hot water recently over a level of secrecy that has permeated the California Legislature for too long.
Safety is high on just about everyone's list of priorities when looking for a place to live and raise a family, so the recent Sheriff's Department report stating that crime has dropped 15 percent in the last year, and more than 30 percent over five years, makes the valley even more desirable.
Much will be said and written today about 9/11 and the events surrounding this fateful moment in our nation's history.
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.
Redemption. That's what 2013 was for the Santa Clarita Valley as a football community.
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