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Choose Prop. 99 over Prop 98

There are two propositions on your June ballot that you will probably need some background on in order to cast an informed vote. These are Propositions 98 and 99.

Proposition 98 is the California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act, and Proposition 99 is the Homeowners Protection Act. The purpose of both ballot measures is to amend current eminent domain laws to restrict government's use of eminent domain authority.

July 12, 2008 | By Marsha McLean | Columnists


Supreme Court saves the day

What a great country this is! Just when it appears that the politically correct leftists are about to exchange our hard-fought American democracy for Third World socialism, the U.S. Supreme Court steps up to save the day.

July 10, 2008 | By Paul Strickland | Columnists


Don’t suspend federal gas tax

With the recent surge in gas prices, talk of suspending the federal gas tax is again making the rounds.

July 09, 2008 | By Steve Tannehill | Columnists


What is it to be a man?

'You'll be sorry," was the accurate prediction sounding off from the guys sitting on the barracks' steps as our ragged lot passed by. We were brand new recruits at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Station in Manhattan Beach, in Brooklyn, N.Y. It was early June 1945.

July 08, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


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.

McWilliams image seminar

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


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David Hegg: Get ready, elections are coming!

With just over two months until the mid-term elections in November, it's time to talk about voting choices. No, I won't be endorsing candidates, issues, or parties. What I will do is suggest some strategies for getting factual information and making wise choices before you enter the voting booth.

August 31, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Tammy Messina: Not a state problem

Three million dollars. It's a drop in the bucket for a $100-plus-billion budget.

August 29, 2014 | By Tammy Messina Right here, right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: How to deal with police per Earl

"I just don't get it!" Being on the receiving end of many of my Uncle Earl's tirades, I am now familiar with the lead-in to one of his standard diatribes.

August 28, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Be sure your voice is heard

I have opposed the high-speed rail project since its inception and am troubled by Gov. Jerry Brown's single-minded pursuit of it since he took office in 2011.

August 27, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here, right now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Plight of Iraqi Christians

"Oops!" Gov. Rick Perry infamously uttered during the 2012 Republican primaries.

August 27, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Ferguson events raise troubling concerns

Smoke slinks across pavement in the darkness, cries from gassed citizens fill the air, people break into a McDonald's to provide milk-based relief to a person hit with tear gas, sound weapons pass levels that cause permanent damage, police shoot pellets at journalists.

August 25, 2014 | By Mallory Fencil SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: It is what it is

Recently I read a study on English language clichés that named "it is what it is" as the most annoying.

August 24, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


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


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