My son's fifth birthday is in July, and last month I worried that I wouldn't figure out in time what to get him. Drums are too loud, paint sets are too messy and light-up shoes, I'm told, are dangerous to the kids wearing them and to the environment. What, then, do I get a boy with so much?
Editor's note: Today The Signal launches a new column, written by local Republicans and dealing with issues on the national level.
Welcome to the inaugural edition of our new column, "Right About Now."
So, the City Council election is coming right up. Days away. And there's a bunch of names on the ballot that may or may not mean much to you, other than some name-recognition through mountains of mailers and letters to the editor. There's five fine candidates running for the council, and on Tuesday you're voting for two of them. But one stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Most people care about the environment. Almost everyone recycles because they understand how this simple act can help save a canyon from becoming a landfill. We are all starting to think about how much we drive, and not just because of high gas prices. We are beginning to understand that each of our actions really makes a difference.
"...And I guess I lost my way
In the early 1990s, the area known as East Newhall, located at the southeast end of the city of Santa Clarita, faced many daunting challenges.
Before their presidential campaign drifted into a contest of vicious personal attacks, the Democrats concentrated primarily on the domestic issue of providing universal health care to all Americans. Although the Republicans have already decided upon a candidate, their focus has always been on ways to reduce federal spending, cut taxes, and fix the upwardly spiraling costs of entitlements.
The temperatures this past week seem to indicate that summer is on the way. However, before summer descends, see the most beautiful display of spring beauty at Descanso Gardens, off the Foothill Freeway in La Canada (just a quick 30 minutes from the SCV). The flowering trees are at their peak and every direction in which you look your eye is treated to an explosion of color. This is the best time of year to experience Descanso. Tickets are $7 for adults, students $5 and children 2-12, $2. It's a great place to take a little time to unwind ...
If you have been hunkered down under a rock for the last year, let me re-introduce you to civilization: Barack Obama is like no presidential candidate that we have ever seen before.
I've lived in Canyon Country for 30 years. Yes, 30 years, and I've loved every minute of living in the Santa Clarita Valley. The overdevelopment throughout the SCV breaks my heart, but change happens. However, my little corner of the universe remains mostly unscathed - and for that I'm grateful.
My 4-year-old son and I got our haircuts simultaneously last weekend. He usually stays still during his haircut, but since we were both in a chair at the same time and I was rendered useless under the barber's smock, my son decided to challenge the barber by constantly moving and bouncing all over the place. Not smart when you've got a moving blade on your head.
This is a very difficult, painful commentary to write, but the angst I feel is nothing compared to the loss for parents of Jamiel Shaw Jr.: Jamiel Shaw Sr. and Jamiel's mom, Army Sgt. Anita Shaw, who has returned from her second combat tour in Iraq to bury her son and mourn his passing. Words just don't make it here.
In the early 1990s, the Elsmere Canyon Landfill proposal certainly looked like a "done deal." This mega-dump with all the associated polluting truck traffic seemed unstoppable with many politicians in
"... However, Greenspan said that he hoped the fallout would not take away the finance industry's ability to regulate itself. Market flexibility and free competition are the most reliable safeguards against economic trouble, he said; the system which is supposed to guard against unanticipated losses will need to be overhauled. ..."
The above is part of a quote from an article written by Alan Greenspan and published in the Financial Times. Reading the above, I find it unbelievable that precisely the Wild West cowboy operations and light regulation that got us into this mess is recommended by a financial icon as ...
A few weeks ago, the SCV Press Club named Mayor Bob Kellar as Newsmaker of the Year for 2007.
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.