Throughout my time in the Legislature, I have worked closely with my colleagues - both Republicans and Democrats - in an effort to stem the flow of runaway film production that takes so many jobs out of our community.
Clutching his favorite teddy bear - appropriately named Bear - my 5-year-old son showed me a long rip across the furry stuffed animal's right armpit.
This month the city of Santa Clarita will bring its "A Season of Diversity" program to a close with an essay and poster contest award ceremony slated for Feb. 23 at the city's Activity Center.
Last Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission held a hearing on two projects in the Haskell Canyon area that would add yet another 500 units to the huge backlog of housing units either lying empty or unbuilt in the Santa Clarita Valley.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Signal for providing an article regarding the creation/evolution seminar at The Masters College Feb. 21. It is refreshing to see a newspaper report on such things.
"We lost, so we're taking our bats and balls and going home! And there's nothing you can do to make us come back!"
Now that it is official that the state will be issuing IOUs instead of sending out state income tax refund checks to those taxpayers who have determined that they should receive one, I have a few questions and comments for those who are supposed to represent us in our state government, as well as the California taxpayer, to ponder.
So the William S. Hart Union High School District board of education unanimously approved a final version of a "random" and "voluntary" drug-testing plan for students after one year of debate - during which the supporters of the plan seem to include only the five members of the board, some administration toadies and a local individual who makes his living getting youths into a residential drug rehabilitation plan.
I don't want to sound like an alarmist, but it's important that I am precise and clear about my view of the Democrats' American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Message for American businesses
Twenty-four days into the new Obama administration, a clear message is being sent out to small businesses across the nation - "Watch out!"
On Saturday, Feb. 21, the Amgen Tour of California returns to the city of Santa Clarita for the third consecutive year. The race has grown to be the largest cycling event in North America.
After a hard day's work I'm finally back home, collapsed into a favorite chair next to our 22-year-old Valencia company-built favorite fireplace. A restful reprieve after battling gale force recession headwinds all day.
Change. That is what was promised by the campaign of Barack Obama, and it is one of the main reasons he defeated Hillary Clinton and John McCain.
As the Senate signs off on its version of the stimulus package of almost $1 trillion ($780 billion Senate version, $820 billion House version), who could disagree that the United States of America has moved dramatically to the left?
When the federal government hands out billions of dollars to large corporations that have severely mismanaged their businesses, one begins to question the process by which these bailouts are administered.
Sometimes things we hear all the time can slowly creep into our belief system as though they were true. But, as a general rule, most general rules generalize truth to the place where they are untrustworthy.
Watch the debates. Read the mailers. Everyone running for the Santa Clarita City Council in the April 8 election - right down to the last one of the 13 candidates fighting over three seats - wants the support of our local seniors.
Sometimes it is difficult to assess qualifications one needs to do a job. I have always felt a surgeon requires not only intellect, but should have hand-eye coordination to at least catch a football.
With a City Council election nearing, it is time for a change at City Hall. Councilwomen Weste and McLean are up for re-election. After 13 years on the council, it is time to send both women packing and thank them for their service.
Two weeks ago, I submitted my paperwork with the Registrar of Voters to become an official candidate for Congress.
Every now and again, life itself interrupts what we think or hope life should be and rudely reminds us that we are not as in control as we believe we are.
I remember seeing a poster somewhere proclaiming "Readers are Leaders." Certainly the basic truth here is evident, but I greatly fear there is need for some additional specificity. I'd vote for expanding it to say "Readers who read the right things are leaders."
Congress missed another opportunity to curb the outrageous spending that is taking place in Washington. The tense political climate prevented a prolonged but necessary debate on the debt ceiling.
Years ago, city leaders pushed to pass the open space initiative, buying land around our city to prevent development and maintain scenery.
As a longtime Santa Clarita resident and a real estate professional, I know the importance of community. Santa Clarita is home to several vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own identity.
Black History Month has passed, but I remain inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream that we would not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.
The record dry year we are in has been in the news. Primarily the editorials and citizen feedback have been calls for more conservation.
It is a rare occasion that I write nice things about a Republican politician. Very rare.
I wasn't expecting an ethics lesson when I turned on the Winter Olympics, but one jumped out at me anyway.
Over the past decade, Safe Action For the Environment Inc., the city of Santa Clarita and other community leaders have battled to save Soledad Canyon from the planned Cemex mega-mine, seeking cancellation of two 10-year contracts in which 56 million tons of aggregate would be extracted from the proposed mine site just outside Santa Clarita city limits.