This past Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger estimated that on top of the existing $7.4 billion budget shortfall projected for fiscal year 2010-11, California will suffer a budget gap of $5 billion to $7 billion this fiscal year.
The acronym NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) is often used in a pejorative sense by developers and others trying to promote one project or another over the legitimate concerns of local residents.
"Why can't Barack make up his mind in Afghanistan? What's taking him so long?"
Hey, all you Democrats and liberals out there! Are you happy now? The vile and insidious budget trick put in place by the state of California is now coming to fruition.
"Life without liberty is like a body without a spirit."
In the kick-butt second Star Trek movie installment, "The Wrath of Khan" Captain Kirk introduced the Star Fleet Academy simulation exercise "Kobayashi Maru."
On your mark, get set - go!
On Nov. 10, 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution stating that "two battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. Their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas took place in March 1776 under the command of Capt. (later Major) Samuel Nicholas. Nicholas, the first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines, is considered to be the first Marine Commandant.
For many years the Whittaker-Bermite facility made ordnance in the Santa Clarita Valley for the military. This 996-acre property, located off Soledad Canyon Road in the center of our city, is still polluting our groundwater with the chemicals used to make those bombs.
So, it's my last week away at Wharton. I've been away on a five-week immersion advanced management course in Pennsylvania.
There are death penalty arguments aplenty. The common ones are: Does it deter crime, is it moral, equitable, more costly than life imprisonment - is it "cruel and unusual punishment?" People don't usually consider what happens after an execution. These and other death penalty issues will be addressed in an upcoming symposium. The death penalty's greatest issue is finality. Executions cannot be undone.
The burst of flame that consumes the bird momentarily blinds me.
Make no mistake. If Joe Messina gains a seat on the William S. Hart Union High School District board after the Tuesday election, it could represent a true sea change in the local politics of the Santa Clarita Valley.
"He who is different from me does not impoverish me - he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves - in Man. ... For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass."
- Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Living in Santa Clarita, it is sometimes easy to forget there are people in need. As a community, Santa Clarita residents are some of the most giving people you'll ever meet.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
Someone has rightly said that a true friend is one who walks in when everyone else is walking out. In most areas of life, tragedy and trial bring truth to the surface. Your true character is best seen in the worst of situations, when the façade falls away and you no longer can hide who you are. When it comes to friendships, hard times bring out the reality of the relationship.
Ever since I moved to Santa Clarita nearly 28 years ago, I've always appreciated our community's clean streets, wide open spaces and active lifestyle.
In the 1976 movie "Network," Peter Finch delivers the famous line, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
Editor's note: The following column was written in response to a news story reporting that Gov. Jerry Brown, after touring California counties to determine effects of prisoner realignment, declared, "I can report ... that realignment is working."
The United States government recently launched the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus chaired by veteran Republican Congressman Frank Wolf.
The world as we see it in our own eyes can be stressful, enigmatic, or blessed. Mine is a wonderful place to be.
Let me let you in on a joke I recently experienced.
When veterans return home, their fighting days should be over. They put their lives on the line for their country and fought the good fight.
We live in a global world with a global economy. Never did that concept become so clear to me than on the Trade and Investment Mission to China led by Supervisor Antonovich earlier this month.