Over the past two decades, the city of Santa Clarita's "reactive code enforcement" policies have slowly grown to encompass a more proactive approach, enabling the city to better interact with individual neighbors at an early stage in the code-enforcement process in a timely manner.
Recently, several large bankruptcies have made nationwide headlines. Now, LandSource and Newhall Land and Farming Company, owners of undeveloped land in Valencia, commercial properties throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and Newhall Ranch are set to emerge from Chapter 11 under a reorganization plan sponsored by their mortgage lender. The lender and its hedge fund investors will own 85 percent of the new companies and a Lennar subsidiary will own 15 percent. The resolution of these ...
"Remember the last time I told you I love you - It was warm and safe in our perfect world - 'I said I love you,' I said ... and you didn't say a word. "Just held your hands to your shining eyes And I watched as the tears ran through your fingers Held your hands to your shining eyes and cried ... "'If you die' you said, 'so do I' you said - But ...
Really. Dick Cheney is the gift that keeps on giving. The other day I asked a friend to suggest a subject for this column. I was surprised when my friend answered, "Write about Dick Cheney." I thought Cheney's grand TV tour to reinvent the concept of torture was old news. Ah, my friend reported, the new topic du jour is Cheney's purported instruction to the CIA to conceal yet-to-be-revealed intelligence activities from Congress for eight ...
Uncle Earl is probably my favorite relative. His penchant for seeing through the political haze and grasping the reality of a situation is an endearing trait that makes him fascinating to listen to - and read.
Sitting by the beautiful waters of the Colorado River, I should be serene. But I was foolish enough to read the July 16 edition of The Signal, containing Hart district Superintendent Jaime Castellanos' disingenuous statement to the Castaic community: "I've gone as far as I can go," a frustrated Castellanos told The Signal in an interview. "Now I need the support of the (Castaic Area) Town Council and the community to make this happen."
Editor's note: The House Committee on Education and Labor voted 26-22 Friday in favor of the Democratic-sponsored America's Affordable Health Choices Act. Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, who serves on the committee, voted against the act. The legislation must clear the House Committee on Energy and Commerce before being voted on by the full House of Representatives.
In all the debate over what should be done to resolve the crisis in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, it's important the end result is an ecosystem solution that protects a variety of species - including people.
So you say you want a Castaic high school? Prove it. Run for a seat on the Hart school board. Seriously. The filing period opened Monday and you've got until Aug. 7 to file for one of three open seats in the November election. Actually you've got until Aug. 14 because two of the three incumbents - Dennis King and Patricia Hanrion - have announced plans to retire. The filing period is extended by one ...
Every Sunday morning and Thursday afternoon our city hosts a real farmers market. Visiting the market in Newhall has become an enjoyable Thursday afternoon ritual for me.
As the May 19 special election made clear, Californians are fed up with the budget shenanigans in Sacramento.
This column isn't about Sarah Palin. It's about us and how we dysfunctionally relate to her dysfunctions.
There was a time in the past when a continental power rose to world dominance. That nation was divided between two distinct factions, who were toward each other, aggressive, divisive, and rivals at every level, save physical violence. The Hu dynastic line was the more conservative of the two. Hu wielded power in great part due to their historic control of gold and trade routes. Their clan members were extremely dedicated and loyal to their ...
When I was a younger fellow, I learned about a unique little marketing trick called "bait and switch."
I have, on occasion, been told the ending to a movie I wanted to see or a book I was reading. Now I get the chance to tell you the ending of this article before you read it. I believe the William S. Hart Union High School District does not want to build a high school in Castaic. My initial involvement on this issue began about eight years ago while I was serving on the ...
If you're a follower of the Huffington Post, you've probably read about Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich and his week-long commitment to spend no more than $4.50 a day on food, thus spotlighting the plight of the 49 million Americans on food stamps.
For California's illegal immigrants, September is off to a rewarding start.
While a lot about Syria remains unsettled, one fact is clear: President Obama has failed to convince the public and the Congress, that attacking the Assad regime is a good idea.
Recently, Vladimir Putin said something about Americans thinking that we are exceptional.
Those first few steps in the morning are surprisingly painful. It feels as if someone has hammered a 10-pound nail into the middle of your heel.
California and Texas are the Red Sox and Yankees of interstate rivalries. The biggest blue state and the big, bad red state love to hate each other, but they are fighting on the same side against the expensive and useless burden of over-testing.
It appears as if there is some confusion among conservatives regarding how our government works and its role in the lives of Americans, as well as its role in the world in general.
His neck and underarms were swollen. His skin itched, particularly on his arms. Sleeping at night was impossible.
I don't think my relationship with AM radio is particularly unique.
My family spent many years in the Middle East because of my Dad's occupation. He was a hydro-geologist, which means he's a guy who found water. Think divining stick with a little bit of science.
We all know Santa Clarita is a great place to live, but what makes it special is different for everyone.
Leadership is an essential component in a president, especially when facing military conflict.
There is a danger in being as glib as Sen. Ted Cruz, the winner of several national debating awards in college.
I became upset when I got word.