Recently, the Legislature completed the traditional "House of Origin" deadline, during which literally hundreds of bills are voted on over a five-day period.
When you keep hitting "bumps" in the road, eventually you'll get to a point where you have to ask, "Is it the road's fault or the driver's?"
Since no one ever spends serious money doing actual statistically sound polls around a Santa Clarita City Council election, the entire process since city formation stands fraught with apocryphal tales that achieve mythic status.
Lynn Vakay's "It's all about Gitmo, stupid" opinion column (The Signal, June 18) calls for a direct response.
It's no secret that Santa Clarita goes above and beyond to provide residents with quality, state-of-the-art recreational facilities and opportunities.
Tonight marks the second of two community meetings that will disseminate the findings of the community-commissioned and county-funded Initial Feasibility Analysis for incorporation of communities in the northwest Santa Clarita Valley.
Last Thursday, community members filled a large local school auditorium to talk to the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Fish and Game about their proposed Newhall Ranch permit.
The greatest thing you'll ever learn
On March 14, 2003, John Yoo of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel wrote a memo addressing military interrogation of alien unlawful combatants held outside the United States.
We here at the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Office get numerous letters on a weekly basis. Some letters are profound and others profane, but almost all never fail to entertain.
Several years ago I attended the visitation for the deceased father-in-law of a co-worker. While the family seemed fairly desolate concerning the death, my Midwestern stoicism and logic found little to connote tragedy.
Amidst wallowing in the nirvana granted by the all but divine investiture of Barack Obama, liberals have seemingly abandoned a key element of democracy: dissent.
The Santa Clarita City Council recently approved the purchase of 140 acres in Placerita Canyon, located just east of the Walker Ranch trail head and Placerita Canyon Nature Center.
Plambeck belongs on the MRF committee
Go rent the movie, "Frost/Nixon." Whether or not you think Nixon was evil personified or a misunderstood saint - hit Blockbuster or e-mail Netflix.
Elections have consequences. It's a phrase we often hear. Getting the right people in office to represent us is a critical function of our citizen-led government.
Working to recruit new businesses to the Santa Clarita Valley, I come across a lot of misconceptions about our valley.
Most folks understand that the tax policies of the past 30 years have created a great wealth disparity in the United States.
Republicans think they get unfairly labeled as the party of the wealthy, a party that tricks working-class voters into voting against their own economic self-interest by exploiting cultural wedge issues.
Punxsutawney Phil must be stopped. The lovable little groundhog must be stopped.
I believe the Republican Party's psychic break happened the moment their "compassionate conservative" economic philosophy melted the world's economy. President George W. Bush, the champion of deregulation, bailed out the banks and then offered: "I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system."
Today millions around the world will gather with jersey-clad friends and family to eat and cheer their way through the Super Bowl. This championship of professional football in America has been the darling of the sports media for several weeks now, and finally the hoopla will give way to actual athletic competition.
As a principal, father, and member of the City Council, I can tell you firsthand that environment and behavior go hand in hand. If we want the best students, we must provide an environment that supports learning, connectivity with quality educators and opportunities to study.
Last week Governor Jerry Brown tied Earl Warren for the number of State of the State addresses any governor has given. While that is a personal milestone that he can be proud of, the content of his vision for California is infinitely more important.
The Sochi Winter Olympic Games, commencing February 7, are but a few days away. In 1896 the First Modern Olympics resurrected the ancient Greek tradition of bringing together the most talented athletes. Since then the Modern Olympics have managed to survive world conflicts and have endured WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and hopefully the War on Terror.
Why do people like Rev. Jeremiah Wright travel across America to exhort audiences to denigrate tea party Americans as racist?
The First Amendment of our nation's Constitution establishes five rights that the founding fathers considered so important, they listed them first in the Bill of Rights.
While the proverbial advice to "take each day as it comes" has some validity, it also masks the dangerous assumption that the choices we make today won't have consequential carry-over tomorrow. In fact, while it is both harmful and a waste of time to worry about the unknowns of the future, it is always wise to consider what effect my decisions today will have on the options available to me later.
As a former parks commissioner for the city of Santa Clarita, I am deeply passionate about ensuring our residents enjoy quality recreation facilities, beautiful outdoor space and a healthy way of life.
Ask yourself the honest question: Did you truly believe The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, or ACA, was going to work as promised? If the answer is "yes," then did you earnestly think through the practical workings of the program?