Recently our city celebrated its 20th birthday. Like a child prodigy, we have accomplished much in our city's brief history, including being named "Best City in California to live in" by CNN/Money Magazine.
Since it became a city 20 years ago, Santa Clarita has enjoyed the best quality of life of any city in northern Los Angeles County.
Imagine a 20-story office building. It's a beautiful building, and functions well, but each year, another floor is added as the number of tenants grows. This works well for the first 20 years or so, but at some point, simply adding more floors will collapse the building.
Once in a while I am involved in a mission to Nicaragua, which involves importing school supplies or medical equipment or supplies.
Growing up along the mean streets of Southside Milwaukee, I longed for a happy, stable home environment.
TO: Residents of Santa Clarita Valley
"We the People, of the United States, in order to form a more perfect onion, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty, to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
As most everyone knows, these immortal words are the preamble to our Constitution. They summarize the reasons why we need the most powerful document ever written. The reasons are as true and real today as when they were penned by James Madison in 1787.
I am always suspicious when a developer wants to annex into the city. I immediately ask myself "What is it in this development that not even the county would allow?" I watched the proposals for Valencia I and II be annexed in and then approved by the city in 2000.
This in from The New York Times regarding oil leviathan Exxon Mobil: "The company reported Friday that it beat its own record for the highest profits ever recorded by any company, with net income rising 3 percent to $40.6 billion, thanks to surging oil prices. The company's sales, more than $404 billion, exceeded the gross domestic product of 120 countries. Exxon Mobil earned more than $1,287 of profit for every second of 2007."
This year, the city of Santa Clarita is fortunate to have five qualified candidates seeking your vote for City Council member. On April 8, city residents will get an opportunity to elect two of these candidates to represent them on the City Council.
I have decided to boycott baseball this year. Stop the presses. Inform Leno that I am available this Thursday to explain my actions. Please hold the front page of The Signal for the story. I have had it. My two favorite passions, politics and baseball, have collided and baseball has lost.
There are three federally listed, endangered species in the Santa Clarita Valley. They are the Arroyo Southwestern Toad, Least Bell's Vireo, and the Unarmored Threespine Stickleback. The Southwestern Pond Turtle is not yet endangered but is considered threatened.
I am a 45-year-old father of three who lives, works and pays taxes in the Santa Clarita Valley. I took up skateboarding six years ago after a 20-year hiatus. It is one of the best things I have ever done for myself, both mentally and physically.
In just a few days some of the best names in golf - Tom Kite, Jay Haas, Fuzzy Zoeller, Tom Purtzer, Nick Price, Mark O'Meara, and Loren Roberts to name a few - will compete for a $1.6 million dollar purse as part of the annual AT&T Champions Classic taking place March 10-16 at the beautiful Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita.
One does not hear much about the office of the vice president. It's kind of a nothing job with no real power. The vice president presides over the Senate and has no voting power except to break a tie. That has happened only 233 times in the history of our country. No, the framers of our Constitution did not have a clear concept for the office of the vice president. except to provide a successor in the event of the president's death, disability, or resignation.
With a City Council election nearing, it is time for a change at City Hall. Councilwomen Weste and McLean are up for re-election. After 13 years on the council, it is time to send both women packing and thank them for their service.
Two weeks ago, I submitted my paperwork with the Registrar of Voters to become an official candidate for Congress.
Every now and again, life itself interrupts what we think or hope life should be and rudely reminds us that we are not as in control as we believe we are.
I remember seeing a poster somewhere proclaiming "Readers are Leaders." Certainly the basic truth here is evident, but I greatly fear there is need for some additional specificity. I'd vote for expanding it to say "Readers who read the right things are leaders."
Congress missed another opportunity to curb the outrageous spending that is taking place in Washington. The tense political climate prevented a prolonged but necessary debate on the debt ceiling.
Years ago, city leaders pushed to pass the open space initiative, buying land around our city to prevent development and maintain scenery.
As a longtime Santa Clarita resident and a real estate professional, I know the importance of community. Santa Clarita is home to several vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own identity.
Black History Month has passed, but I remain inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream that we would not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.
The record dry year we are in has been in the news. Primarily the editorials and citizen feedback have been calls for more conservation.
It is a rare occasion that I write nice things about a Republican politician. Very rare.
I wasn't expecting an ethics lesson when I turned on the Winter Olympics, but one jumped out at me anyway.
Over the past decade, Safe Action For the Environment Inc., the city of Santa Clarita and other community leaders have battled to save Soledad Canyon from the planned Cemex mega-mine, seeking cancellation of two 10-year contracts in which 56 million tons of aggregate would be extracted from the proposed mine site just outside Santa Clarita city limits.
As most readers know by now, I am in the midst of finishing out my last few weeks as a Santa Clarita City Council member.
President Barack Obama is undeniably thin-skinned when it comes to allowing any credence to anyone who disagrees with his policies.
Well, the Health Gestapo are at it again. According to a Feb. 25 Los Angeles Times story, "A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restrictions on e-cigarettes that would prohibit the vapor-emitting devices from being used in most workplaces and a number of public spaces.