As the city and county work together to update our General Plan, it is imperative for the future of our valley and our neighborhoods that residents get involved.
Editor's note: Through the vagaries of e-mail, Hart district school board candidate Bob Jensen's responses to columnist Jonathan Kraut's questions did not make it into Tuesday's Democratic Voices column. Here are Jensen's responses, along with the questions that prompted them.
For the next five weeks, I will be posting "Full Speed to Port" all the way from U Penn.
The race for the William S. Hart Union High School District board is interesting because all five candidates for the three open seats are Republican. This means politics is not a factor in this race.
It is always bad to start an opinion column by apologizing. But, there are some things we conservatives are doing that are just plain wrong.
I developed a minor reputation over the years in the SCV for what some thought an impressive ability to prognosticate on the outcome of local elections.
Using the carrot rather than the stick
Increasing water use efficiency is anything but a pipe dream - and Santa Clarita Valley residents have already proven it.
According to the Alliance for Health Reform, a non-partisan group, health care costs tripled between 1990 and 2007, and with no changes will account for 25 percent of the nation's economy by the year 2025.
As the Los Angeles County Fire Department reportedly set back fires to burn even some of the beloved natural area parks in La Canada neighborhoods, we at SCOPE wondered about our own city's efforts to surround our urban area with green spaces.
One of the people who responded to Buck McKeon's August telephone town hall, as reported in The Signal, asked the Congressman, "Where in the Constitution does it say I have to be this compassionate and provide people these things?"
Watching a "60 Minutes" segment in March on the Remote Area Volunteer Medical Corp greatly moved me. I researched RAM for my summer communications class at College of the Canyons.
There are times when partisan politics needs to be set aside. What has happened to the funding for our Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center, and other such centers statewide, is a good example.
His calls usually come in the dead of night, around 2 a.m. His clever reasoning is that no one is awake and he can speak to me confidentially.
Next month, California will recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Unfortunately, we will also recognize the disastrous impacts that recent budget cuts have had on domestic violence centers here in the Santa Clarita Valley, and throughout California.
Recently, a local blogger "discovered" the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation and its connection to school site acquisition for the William S. Hart Union High School District.
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?