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‘If I Had a Hummer (I’d Sell It in the Morning)’

According to certain psychologists, the automobiles we drive may be interpreted as expressions of how we view ourselves, or would like to.

August 30, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian For The Signal | Columnists


Welcome to summer in Santa Clarita

It's been a crazy June! Where was the gloom? Well, we are past the summer solstice (June 21) with the longest day of the year - now each day will start to get shorter until winter solstice (Dec. 21).

August 30, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Specialty Publications Manager/Editor | Columnists


Becoming sustainable, a step at a time

'Sustainability" is our latest buzzword. But sustainability is more than just a buzzword. It is a great opportunity for companies, cities, and individuals to explore fantastic avenues for self-sufficiency, creating a healthier environment, and increasing profitability.

August 29, 2008 | By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel | Columnists


‘News briefs’ from the Picarella household

Parents suspect two 4-year-olds are an item

August 28, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Democrats are putting us on a tax roller coaster

I used to like roller coasters. When I was a kid, we could ride for hours and not be fazed one little bit.

On one visit to a thinly-attended Disneyland, we rode Space Mountain 17 times in a row. Seventeen times. On a full stomach.

August 28, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Year-round fun in your backyard and beyond

'Tis the perfect summer for camping. The Great American Backyard Campout, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, is coming up Saturday night.

Last year more than 42,000 people participated in this low-key introduction to camping. Recipes, packing lists, nighttime wildlife guides and more are available at www.backyardcampout.org.

August 28, 2008 | By Maria Gutzeit | Columnists


Messing with Mother Nature, and paying for it

Don't mess with mother nature." This common colloquialism, often said with a knowing chuckle, becomes all too real and serious after major storms such as the current flooding in the Midwest.

These rains were unusual but not unprecedented, with similar flooding occurring as recently as 1993.

August 27, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


Developing the idea of county reform

It is a little more than six months since I asked the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to convene a convention of stakeholders to discuss fundamental county government reform. During that time many have asked me what I propose.

August 26, 2008 | By Carl Boyer Former Santa Clarita Mayor, City Councilman | Columnists


One drop of blood in every gallon

After an absence of 36 years, the big Western oil companies are back in Iraq.

August 26, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Don’t trust a gambler this fall

We the electorate cast our votes for those running for office for various reasons: Often, our votes are issued in support of ideals; to promote specific issues; in response to a positive public relations campaign; or even simply by what our gut tells us about a candidate.

Often, especially in American politics, some of the electorate cast ballots as a vote against an opposing candidate as well. This "negative vote" may help defeat a candidate or quash a proposed issue. Sometimes voters act only by what "their gut" tells them: they "just don't like" the candidate running for an ...

August 25, 2008 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Same-sex unions: Yes, they will hurt marriage

Defenders of the same-sex marriages that began this month in California have repeatedly claimed the new definition of marriage will in no way hurt male-female marriages.

Even the state Supreme Court decision paving the way for these June weddings declared its move would not deprive any male-female couple "of any of the rights and benefits conferred by the marriage statutes."

August 23, 2008 | By David Benkof | Columnists


No June gloom for you — how hot will it get?

It's been a scorcher in the Santa Clarita Valley the past few days. I just returned from a vacation on Whidbey Island, Wash. where the high temperature averaged 57. It was a brutal return to reality and a nearly 50 degree temperature difference when I landed at the airport in Burbank.

SCV Boys and Girls Club Auction

August 23, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Specialty Publications Manager/Editor | Columnists


Russert's death a tragic loss

Tim Russert's sudden cardiac demise is tragic on many levels.

He'll never experience another Christmas, tailgate party, Buffalo Bills game, or Springsteen concert alongside his adored son Luke.

August 23, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Extreme neighborhood makeover

Neighborhoods. They are the fabric of our society. Who can't remember his or her neighborhood growing up, and most likely the names of the families who lived in the houses on that block.

Ask any kid how far of a walk it is to his or her best friend's house, or where's a great place to ride bikes, and chances are you'll get a precise answer.

August 23, 2008 | By Bob Kellar | Columnists


School's out for summer -- do you have your passport?

Local teens looking for something to do this summer may only need to look as far as City Hall to find not only a fun public transportation option but also a list of local businesses that are providing discounts.

The city of Santa Clarita's Transit division has teamed up this summer with local businesses to offer students a Summer Bus Passport for the month of July. The Passport is a new student bus pass with benefits, and was created to allow Santa Clarita Valley students a summer experience using public transportation. The Summer Bus Passport is a low-cost, month-long ...

August 21, 2008 | By Marsha McLean | Columnists


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PAID CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT COLUMN:Vote Strickland for Congress

Two weeks ago, I submitted my paperwork with the Registrar of Voters to become an official candidate for Congress.

March 12, 2014 | By Tony Strickland | Columnists


Gary Horton: Life is in control: embrace it

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.

March 12, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


David Hegg: The importance of reading

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."

March 09, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Steve Knight: Making decisions now for our future

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.

March 07, 2014 | By Steve Knight Right here right now | Columnists


Larry McClements: Road to bigger problems

Years ago, city leaders pushed to pass the open space initiative, buying land around our city to prevent development and maintain scenery.

March 07, 2014 | By Larry McClements SCV Voices | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Thursdays @ Newhall returns with a slam

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.

March 07, 2014 | By Bob Kellar Live from city hall | Columnists


Gil Mertz: Judge the content of our character

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.

March 05, 2014 | By Gil Mertz SCV Voices | Columnists


Water Shortages: Thank Politics or Mother Nature?

The record dry year we are in has been in the news. Primarily the editorials and citizen feedback have been calls for more conservation.

March 04, 2014 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Interesting turn of events

It is a rare occasion that I write nice things about a Republican politician. Very rare.

March 04, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Trajectory matters

I wasn't expecting an ethics lesson when I turned on the Winter Olympics, but one jumped out at me anyway.

March 02, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Andrew Fried: The BLM isn’t looking out for us

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.

March 02, 2014 | By Andrew Fried SCV Voices | Columnists


Frank Ferry: Take time to vote in the 2014 City Council election

As most readers know by now, I am in the midst of finishing out my last few weeks as a Santa Clarita City Council member.

February 28, 2014 | By Frank Ferry Live from city hall | Columnists


Betty Arenson: Mr. President: We have some questions

President Barack Obama is undeniably thin-skinned when it comes to allowing any credence to anyone who disagrees with his policies.

February 28, 2014 | By Betty Arenson Right here right now | Columnists


Brian Baker: Vapor cigarettes on the line

Well, the Health Gestapo are at it again. According to a Feb. 25 Los Angeles Times story, "A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restrictions on e-cigarettes that would prohibit the vapor-emitting devices from being used in most workplaces and a number of public spaces.

February 27, 2014 | By Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: Time to address the climate crisis

Many proposals have been put forward to address California's drought crisis, from more water recycling and groundwater cleanup to desalination plants, better conservation, and the latest state proposal to build $25 billion to $52 billion worth of new canals to transport Bay Area water to Southern California.

February 27, 2014 | By Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists


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