I never thought I could agree with Dave Bossert on the issue of annexation. It seemed a foundational argument that only one city should ever exist in the Santa Clarita Valley to preclude the insanity of the Palmdale-Lancaster-L.A. County three-way wars for such business crown jewels as a Wendy's restaurant. But with the latest action at City Council Chambers, one must wonder if elected officials went something we referred to in Iowa as "outhouse rat ...
There is much confusion out there regarding a state-mandated fee that our residents are being asked to pay.
For out-of-control government spending plans, one does not need to look as far as Sacramento. On Tuesday, Mayor Frank Ferry, City Councilwoman Laurene Weste and county Supervisor Don Knabe are slated to vote on the first part of the rate increases from the Sanitation District that are projected to total $600 per year for the average household by the year 2015. That is compared to the $180 a year that we currently pay. The projected ...
Now that California voters have handed Arnold Schwarzenegger and his cadre of special interests another resounding special-election defeat, proponents of public services, fiscal responsibility, child care and mental health programs are gearing up for the battle over the 2010 state budget.
Too bad no one wants to tell our community what is really going on. For the past 10 years, everyone has known that the effluent emitted by Santa Clarita's sanitation districts is too high in salt (chlorides).
Nearly three years ago, I wrote an opinion piece in these pages about the lack of technical merit in the Regional Water Quality Control Board's (RWQCB) decision to set new lower chloride limits.
I can't seem to face up to the facts I'm tense and nervous and I can't relax I can't sleep 'cause my bed's on fire Don't touch me I'm a real live wire - Talking Heads There's a new gadget out on the Internet. The AP developed an interactive "economic stress map" visually indicating the recessionary stress for every county in the Union. There's an awful lot of counties in our country - a giant ...
No matter how many times liberals try to tell us the Republicans are to blame for the financial mess we find ourselves in, the claim is false.
My wife always warns me not to write columns about God. Sorry, dear. As a member of the SCV Interfaith Council, active in our local political arena and offered a writing platform (thank you, Signal), I feel obliged to begin a discussion anytime religious and political considerations cross paths. The Santa Clarita City Council voted to add "In God We Trust" to council chambers and other buildings. The phrase could also find its way onto ...
How could you embarrass us this way, George? The latest revelations about your first 100 days in office are truly shocking. They cover the wire services and fill the evening news. Couldn't your press secretary have managed this better? Where were your perception doctors and spin-control? Was Karl Rove on vacation? How many gaffes did you make? Of course, we in the media will be more than happy to report on them now. It sells ...
We've all been victims of a bait and switch: a sales tactic in which an item is used to attract customers who, once lured, find themselves receiving something different than what was offered.
Several weeks ago The Signal published an opinion piece by Brian Roney titled "Annexation held for ransom." It was an amazingly uninformed piece on the annexation process.
An epiphany occurred early this week. A vision of clarity struck me while reviewing the agenda for the May 12 Santa Clarita City Council meeting, specifically the item regarding a plebiscite for the inclusion of the words "In God We Trust" on the city of Santa Clarita logo.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has recently been traveling across the state, arguing for the passage of the six propositions on Tuesday's statewide special election ballot. He has called the package a needed "budget reform."
The city of Santa Clarita City Council recently approved an unprecedented 21-Point Business Plan for Progress, investing more than $5.1 million in new programs and incentives aimed at boosting the local economy now and well into the future.
Flu season is officially here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the season may begin as early as October, hits its peak in January and February, and can continue as late as May.
The latest conservative push for several years has been against "big government." Nobody likes to see our taxes wasted, resources plundered, and ineffective policies implemented.
Timeshare. Worst investment you can make. At least, that is what all of the financial planners tell us. The only problem is, we like ours. Trish says that if we didn't have it, we'd never go anywhere. I think she is right.
In here. Pssst. Don't look. Okay. Sit down. Pretend you're reading the International Herald Tribune. Order a coffee. Make it a decaf. Two Sweet and Lows. Pass them to me. Take this Splenda. Pay no attention to the man with the hearing aid. Give the waiter a five and leave through the kitchen. Don't forget an extra twenty for me.
What a month! Was it good for you?
There's been a lot of press coverage and commentary lately about the absurdly disastrous Keystone Cops rollout of Obamacare.
I am often asked by my liberal friends how it is that I could care so little for my fellow man by being registered and voting as a Republican.
The holidays are right around the corner, and nothing welcomes the spirit of the season like bright holiday lights and a 23-foot-tall Christmas tree.
Don't hang around and let your problems surround you
Most of us expect about 90 percent of our charitable contributions to go toward funding any charitable cause to which we give.
Not every fundamentalist is a right-winger. Crackpot utopianism and black-and-white thinking infect all social, political and religious movements.
With the stroke of a pen, President Obama ended both the government shutdown and raised the debt ceiling, allowing national parks to re-open and the government to borrow more money to finance its spending.
This weekend will mark 496 years since a young monk strolled to the university church in Wittenberg, Germany, and tacked a list of 95 statements to the door intending to start a conversation about abuses in the church.
Water is scarce in the Santa Clarita Valley. We live in a desert, so our region must import half of all its supply from northern California, increasing costs and decreasing reliability.