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.
We tend to think of Earth Day as a physical thing - a time to celebrate Earth's beauty and provision and to recognize some of its needs for maintenance. This is a good thing.
Followers of this column know that five weeks ago my daughter, Katie, was struck by a motorcycle in Jaipur India while visiting with family and friends for what was to be a special Indian wedding and 14 day tour. Katie was hit on the 2nd day and suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI.) She required cranial surgery, was comatose two days, spent six days in the ICU, and subsequently required 16 days of hospitalization to recover sufficiently well for the 24 hour jet trip back home.
I imagine we're all caught up in the great paradox that is the current dialogue on health care. It seems to be everywhere, on every broadcast and Internet news show, with pundits and anchors analyzing every number and statement that becomes available.
It's no secret that, in Santa Clarita, we take our trees seriously. Our city is home to more than 50,000 trees, including the majestic oaks that have stood tall in our valley for hundreds of years.
We are often told that the public has a less-than-favorable opinion of its government representatives. Recent scandalous behavior by several California senators has only emboldened that sentiment.
Many years ago, Henry Ford famously said, "Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress.
The Signal last Friday published a "Right Here, Right Now" column in which Betty Arenson condemned American modernity while sentimentally praising an agrarian, pre-running-water, pre-electrified, limited-government America in which, somehow, suffering itself was its own virtuous reward.
Since my days on active duty, my career path has manifested in taking residence in 20 cities among five states.
I have come to believe if you say something outrageous loud enough and often enough people come to believe it.
Are you living in the America that you want? Do you think present-day America is what our forefathers intended it to be?
It's not easy saying goodbye to my seat on the City Council.
March is Women's History Month. Through the years, women have done everything imaginable, from raising children, caring for seniors, to teaching, running businesses and nonprofits, developing vaccines, and going to space.
The background to this column is that our family traveled to India three weeks ago for a 14-day wedding tour with good friends our son Jon had made from UC Berkeley.
The Democratic Party had a horrendous mid-term election cycle in 2010.
This evening the City Council of Santa Clarita will meet to approve Master Plan 13-184 to make zoning changes and amendments that will result in six LED digital billboard faces (14 feet X 48 feet) being placed along the Interstate 5 and Highway 14 freeways.