Many years ago, street sweeping used to be an activity carried on by all responsible cities and paid for by the general fund. Then the state passed its stormwater pollution runoff rule.
Most agree the role of good government is to provide citizens the important goods and services that private industry either can't, won't or is too inefficient to provide.
I believe the time has come for me to reveal a critical piece of information.
Front page headline, The Signal, June 21, 2009: "Hate Crimes on the rise in the SCV."
Just a few short weeks ago, my youngest child graduated from Valencia High School.
The city of Santa Clarita incorporated in 1987 with an estimated population within the city limits of about 110,000.
Another Fourth of July is in the record books. I guess its time to gear up for the holidays!
When I looked at my mail Friday, June 26, I was shocked to find a piece of political "hit mail."
If you are one of the 40 million Americans or so without health insurance and are holding your breath for nationalized health care, you can stop reading because this editorial will not persuade you.
Summer is here, and if there's one thing you can count on in Santa Clarita it's that it's going to be hot.
Our nation's efforts to stop global warming were in the news this week with the passage of historical legislation.
Gifted writer and Signal Columnist Steve Lunetta doth protest too much.
There is a great amount of angst flowing through the conservative base of the Republican Party these days, and as a lifelong Democrat, I could not be more pleased.
For one column, I turn Dem-o-crat. I know it is difficult to accept, but I'm going to sit with Gary Horton at the Koffee Klatch and kibitz about another failed Republican.
One of the founding principles in America is equality under the law. No one, not even our leaders, are above the law.
One of the most profound rights we have as citizens is the right to petition. The First Amendment of our Constitution "prohibits Congress from abridging or prohibiting the right of the people ... to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
I read Gary Horton's April 30 column on his experience with the Affordable Care Act ("American Medicine has become a joke") and decided to share a story.
In every ordered and civilized society the rule of law plays an essential role. Given that human nature is too often selfish and sometimes even cruel, laws are enacted to declare the boundaries between right and wrong. Laws form the lens through which society views the actions of those individuals who choose to live in the group.
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."