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It's a welcome sense of urgency for a state waking up to a water supply nightmare: Legislators in Sacramento are aggressively tackling a raft of bills aimed at solving the crisis in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Watching the mushroom-shaped atomic wannabe loom over the Santa Clarita Valley last week got me thinking.
Some folks in our community claim to know my Uncle Earl. I wouldn't be surprised - he is often loud and abrasive in public places. Why, just the other day he was confronted by a group of pro-Obama protesters.
In our cushy work places guarded by OSHA safety standards with paid sick days, holidays and vacations and protected by overtime pay laws, it is hard to imagine that life for the average worker used to be much harsher.
The word from the Organizing America crew is that Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius recently "misspoke" regarding the "public option."
Part 2 in a series.
Webster's dictionary defines liberty, our country's most precious asset, as "the quality or state of being free, freedom from arbitrary or despotic control."
The Santa Clara River is a part of the city of Santa Clarita in more ways than one. While providing a home to many species of plants and animals, the river also annually brings together thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time to ridding it of trash and debris. This year marks the city's 15th annual River Rally Cleanup and Environmental Expo.
After being away for a week I read with interest the Signal article "City OKs portion of fluid plan" regarding the 21-point stimulus package that appears to be missing the back up for point seven. So I made a point of watching the tape of the city council meeting. I checked the city council minutes of April 28, 2009. There it was, Economic Development 21-Point Business Plan for Progress. It received a unanimous vote from the city council. Along with that approval came $800,000 in funding, $500,000 from contingency accounts and $300,000 from LMD fund balance. Now ...
I have just received an e-mail from Assemblyman Cameron Smyth in which he decries the decision by a panel of judges to release 40,000 inmates within two years to resolve prison overcrowding. In this e-mail, he tries to generate fear in the minds and hearts of his constituents instead of explaining the problem and even asking for suggestions as to how to resolve this situation.
My neighbors, coworkers and I are impacted by the Decoro re-striping and elimination of two traffic lanes to install unnecessary bike lanes, and frustrated residents who have seen the city of Santa Clarita's engineers fix something that was not broken without even consulting with or advising us.
What a politicized mess of health care we've made. With Big Pharm and Big Med dollars pulling who knows what levers, America can't get traction on a functional debate about what may be the most important issue facing us for decades.
Now is the summer of our discontent, made glorious by the disaffected whines of the GOP. Their stern alarms changed our merry meetings, their dreadful marches befouled delightful measures.
Ted Kennedy died last Wednesday at the age of 77 of terminal brain cancer. As the third-longest tenured United States senator, Kennedy had the opportunity to shape American political life and policy for nearly half a century.
Sen. Tony Strickland has said that a proposed new state constitution is an "end run to circumvent Proposition 13." Assemblyman Cameron Smyth supports Proposition 13, and a convention if the people want it.
Someone recently asked me to summarize the chloride issue in really simple terms.
I am responding to the op-ed article that Gary Horton wrote ("Oh, the places our tax money goes") that was published in the June 11 edition of The Signal.
There is a reason that conservatives in general and conservative Republicans specifically are angry and upset.
For years, policy-makers have assumed that any program to address global warming by cutting carbon emissions would be a drag on the economy and cause massive job losses.
I am told that my kids go to a good elementary school, Stevenson Ranch Elementary. Not only have I been told that, but from the various awards located in the front of the building, I must assume that this school is a good one.
One of our most necessary freedoms as Americans is the freedom of speech, as protected in the Bill of Rights. Yet, today, while much is being shouted and written supporting this prized privilege, the fact is the freedom to speak is being taken away.
The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.
My Uncle Earl was recently invited to give the commencement speech at the Robert Oppenheimer School for Really Smart Kids, a charter school approved by the Newhall School District but located in Lancaster.
Dr. Seuss is among the most beloved in the pantheon of American writers. Ostensibly written for children, most of his stories also carry deeply meaningful lessons for those adults reading along with their kids.
Just when you think Fox News and the right-wing scandal machine can sink no further, they wallow in a new level of filth that just boggles the mind.
A friend of mine surprised me with an unexpected opinion the other day. Like me, he had recently traveled to India and came away stunned by the immensity poverty prevailing there.
My late father, a European-trained physician, did everything himself without benefit of nurses, clerical staff or drafty assembly-line consultation cubicles.
By now, most of us have heard of the terrible tragedy that happened in Santa Barbara before Memorial Day. A very confused young man committed a series of violent acts that resulted in the deaths of six college students.
You're familiar with the noise America has heard for a long time. It will continue, but it's easily unmasked.