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Pros and cons of June propositions

There are two ballot propositions in the upcoming June 3 election that involve state constitutional amendments:

July 07, 2008 | By Cal Planakis | Columnists


What I learned during the city council campaign

Being Mayor Bob Kellar's campaign consultant, I enjoyed an inside view of the longest council campaign (15 months) in Santa Clarita's history.

July 06, 2008 | By Scott Wilk | Columnists


Let's help keep our city clean

Taking pride in the place where you live stems from each individual's sense of personal responsibility and desire for constant improvement.

July 05, 2008 | By Mayor Bob Kellar | Columnists


Welcome to SCV May: Yuccas are in bloom!

My favorite time of the year is when the yuccas are in bloom - and blooming they are, right now. Those big, fluffy white flowers look like popcorn on a stick. I find them beautiful and fascinating.

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July 05, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Signal Senior Columnist | Columnists


Who ought to be '08 candidates for veep?

The vice presidency "isn't worth a bucket of warm p---."

July 05, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Columnists


Take time to read beyond books' covers

Never judge a book by its cover. You've certainly heard that statement countless times.

July 05, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Gardener? For what?

Last summer, my wife asked if I thought we needed a gardener to maintain our front and back yards. My answer was a big "No."

July 03, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


It doesn’t get any better than this

The year was 1988 and the Los Angeles Dodgers were playing the mighty Oakland A's in the World Series.

July 03, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Will CalPers manage Newhall Ranch?

Early in 2007, the California Public Employees Retirement fund invested some $1 billion in the proposed 21,000-unit Newhall Ranch project. The real estate market was beginning to unravel and this project would require massive infusions of cash to cover its many infrastructure needs.

July 02, 2008 | Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


'I hate you, Hillary Clinton'

There's a new pop movie playing over at the Town Center called "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Basically, it's about a nice guy who's been dumped by his hot TV star girlfriend for a flashy boy toy. While it looks nominally entertaining, what's most compelling isn't the movie itself, but rather its grassroots, "viral"

July 01, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Judging the judges

As a private investigator, I witness firsthand a competent but timid judiciary at work on a daily basis. Although I am quite proud of our judicial process, many of even the most deserving civil plaintiffs, the most noble and caring parents, and the most innocent victims of criminal misconduct experience frustrations with our court system.

June 30, 2008 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Annual Sacramento road trip offers many opportunities

What a great way to start the week. Shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, April 14, some 50 residents of the Santa

June 29, 2008 | By Bill Kennedy | Columnists


Six years of change since David March's murder

"I will always be painfully honest, work as hard as I can, learn as much as I can, and hopefully make a difference in people's lives."

June 28, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Last chance to attend Cowboy Fest

Today's your last chance to saddle up and mosey on over to Melody Ranch for the annual Cowboy Festival - the best part of living in the great SCV! Have some Cowboy Cobbler from the Cowboy Cultural Committee (cooked on coals in a Dutch oven) and listen to some of the finest entertainment west of the Rio Grande!

June 28, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Signal Senior Colunmist | Columnists


Enterprising pols shelve Californians' best interests

I never cease to be amazed by the great lengths traveled by pols in trampling underfoot the shiny promises made on needy campaign stumps.

June 28, 2008 | By Andre Hollings | Columnists


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Betty Arenson: California’s crazy train

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).

August 22, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here, right now | Columnists


James P. de Bree Jr.: Use tax is hard to enforce

The Aug. 15, 2015, edition of The Signal contained an op-ed piece by Phil Kerpen entitled "A big new tax coming."

August 21, 2014 | By James P. de Bree Jr. SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Water rationing is old thinking

Ah, the 1973–1974 oil crisis. I was 17, driving my blue 1968 VW Bug back and forth from high school and work.

August 20, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: Bye bye Benghazi

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?

August 19, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: What writing really does

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.

August 17, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Steve Knight: Right stuff for California

Undoubtedly, we've all heard it said before: the future is STEM.

August 15, 2014 | By Steve Knight Right here, right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: In defense of school accountability

"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."

August 14, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Water conservation must be just

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.

August 13, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


David Hegg: Lessons I learned from a high school reunion

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!

August 10, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The RAN mailbag

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.

August 07, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


In need of a bond measure

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.

August 07, 2014 | By Brian Walters and Marc Winger | Columnists


Steve Petzold: Santa Clarita billboard blues

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.

August 06, 2014 | By Steve Petzold SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Sensibly conserve water now

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.

August 06, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


David Hegg: The choices we make will make an impact tomorrow

It has long been understood that we always choose according to our best interests. That's the way our minds work.

August 03, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Where’s the balance?

I believe all Californians are environmentalists. Who doesn't want clean air and clean water?

August 01, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here, right now | Columnists


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