Recently I read a study on English language clichés that named "it is what it is" as the most annoying.
Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari pegged it: The high-speed rail is Jerry Brown's Crazy Train. Equally, The Signal named it "the high speed hoodwink" (July 13, 2014).
The Aug. 15, 2015, edition of The Signal contained an op-ed piece by Phil Kerpen entitled "A big new tax coming."
Ah, the 1973–1974 oil crisis. I was 17, driving my blue 1968 VW Bug back and forth from high school and work.
Here's a question: when politicians or public figures are dead wrong about a claim they've repeatedly made, what expectations does the public reasonably have to either an apology or even an acknowledgement that they were wrong in the first place?
By my count, this column is #211. Two hundred eleven times I have put my thoughts into writing and offered them up to the public conversation and critique. I must admit, when I first suggested a column on ethics to the leadership of the Signal I never dreamed it would come to this. This column has become part of my weekly routine. More than that it has become a bit of a master. It has me under its thumb, always reminding me another 750 words will be required, and should make at least some sense.
Undoubtedly, we've all heard it said before: the future is STEM.
"People who run ball clubs, they think in terms of buying players. Your goal shouldn't be to buy players. Your goal should be to buy wins and in order to buy wins, you need to buy your runs."
In California, water is life. Water access and rights have always been a fight for life, with farming interests warring against consumer water districts, while end consumers demand abundant water to maintain a lush Southern Californian suburban lifestyle.
I just returned from my 40th high school reunion. It was great, but I must admit I didn't realize how many old people would be there!
For years California has had a model school facility program that is a partnership between the state, local school districts and developers to share funding for new school construction and classroom renovation.
We here at the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, also known as the Party of No (or is that "Know"?) often get letters from our loyal readers. Several are reproduced here for your reading enjoyment.
As a resident of Santa Clarita and keen observer of the governmental process, I am still puzzled why council members Kellar, Acosta, and McLean voted to play poker with more than $200,000 of your taxpayer dollars.
Author's note: In writing this week's column, let me disclose that I own a large regional landscape firm and am knowledgeable in both water conservation and landscape water requirements. Also important is that our firm does not perform public landscape construction or maintenance for the city of Santa Clarita or elsewhere.
It has long been understood that we always choose according to our best interests. That's the way our minds work.
On Oct. 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of thanksgiving take place on the fourth Thursday in November.
The economic news from abroad is not good. Japan has plunged into a recession and Europe could soon follow.
I set out to write an obituary about my mother, who died Nov. 15, and was taken aback by how much she never accomplished in her 94 years.
It was October 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania. PennLDI (Leonard Davis Health Institute of Economics) hosted the 24th annual Health Economics Conference.
"I see dead people. ...
If you keep up with the political scene, you know that in the wake of the political massacre the Dem/socialists suffered in this year's midterm elections, Obama has vowed to take unilateral action on several issues, most notably illegal immigration, by granting illegal aliens de facto amnesty through executive order.
Our local midterm elections resulted in the appointment of some very competent representatives.
There is a plague in our land that the Centers for Disease Control have no way of handling. It is the plague of divisiveness, the attitude responsible for the growing division in our marriages, our politics, and our personal relationships. We've become a nation of oversensitive crybabies who will take our ball and go home over the smallest infraction. In fact, we seem poised to jump on anything we can use to undermine our opponents or criticize our friends. And it's killing us.
At the beginning of this month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB1014, the most far-reaching and, in my opinion, most unconstitutional anti-gun bill in history.
As the Principal Officer for the No on Measure S Committee I want to extend my thanks and gratitude to the voters who were not fooled by the deceptive Yes S campaign and decided to cast their ballot in opposition to Measure S. The result was decisive and unambiguous, 16,284 (56%) voted no, 12,697 voted yes (44%). In the world of politics, that is a mandate.
"Next year has to be the year to expand the universe of people who vote. I'm concerned that eligible voters did not vote in the election this year."
Time is running out. We're in the final scenes of a decades-long drama, the outcome of which will determine whether Santa Clarita Valley residents must tolerate a massive, dust-spewing, traffic-clogging gravel mine on the east end of town for decades to come.
Republicans won a big victory in the 2014 mid-term elections. They should be very pleased, winning is fun. I remember how it felt to be a Democrat on Election Day in 2008 and 2012. Despite Republicans gloating about a mandate and the claims that their policies and stances on the issues have been validated, nothing of the sort is true.
Yesterday we held elections - and regression likely moved forward. America remains bitterly divided, almost as two countries warring between progressivism engaging our common future and the fear of that future, seeking an ever-elusive, falsely manipulated "return to things past."
Today, Americans head to the ballot box to participate in the democratic process and shape our political discourse for the next two years.