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.
After many meetings and lobbying, the redistricting process is done. But some aren't happy about the outcome.
This week, our local public schools have once again proven they are exceptional with Wednesday's release of the statewide Academic Performance Index.
Enough already. The conflict raised within the William S. Hart Union High School District about board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine's employment is indeed - as she said roughly eight months ago - a "nonissue." In early December 2010, fellow board members Joe Messina and Steve Sturgeon raised concerns that Mercado-Fortine's employment with Desert Sands, a charter school that contracts with the Antelope Valley Union High School District, creates a conflict of interest because the Hart district ...
The past few years have been tough for some people and nonprofit organizations that have been chasing a smaller pot of philanthropic dollars in the community.
Change is coming to our local schools. A proposed state Assembly bill (AB 165) making its way through Sacramento, along with a class-action lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, are both poised to change the way schools can collect funding for various programs. The lawsuit alleges that schools unfairly charge for programs that must be available to all students free of charge. The Assembly bill, which is expected to go before the state Senate ...
If you're the parent of a teen in the Santa Clarita Valley, chances are, your child knows someone who's using heroin.
Electricity: We all use it, and we all pay for it. And we're likely to start paying a lot more for it in the next couple of years. But you can speak up and have an impact on just how high the new rates will climb.
With the recent news that those in Los Angeles County caught by red-light camera aren't legally required to appear in court or pay their infraction fines, it's painfully obvious that the system, though beneficial, is flawed.
It's been roughly 21 years since a large-scale mining proposal first came to be in the SCV. Life in the valley has changed dramatically since then, but things could take a turn for the worse pretty soon if residents don't make their opinions known.
Promoting public discourse is, in the eyes of many, the No. 1 priority of newspapers and other media. But there's a fine line between focused debate and offensive insults.
Old Town Newhall is a success. It has been a long and bumpy road, and there is still much work to do. Redevelopment came too late to save sentimental favorites like Newhall Hardware, but even as the future of the redevelopment-financing mechanism hangs in limbo, the ball is rolling on Newhall's Main Street, and it can't be unrolled. City Hall is "all-in" on Old Town Newhall, and that's what made the difference. The city is ...
Redemption. That's what 2013 was for the Santa Clarita Valley as a football community.
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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