"Basically, I am skeptical about the ability of government to solve problems, and I have a healthy respect for the ability of people to solve problems on their own."
There are only a few select cities in the United States that can say they are passionately dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and air quality of their city. As the nation continues to grow and expand in all directions, business and housing expansions frequently come at the expense of local forest preservation. The city of Santa Clarita, however, is a city devoted to being environmentally and tree-friendly.
April is a funny month for me - on one hand, it is tax month (both property taxes and federal and state income taxes are due) on the other hand, the Cowboy Festival rides into town during the last weekend of the month. As anyone who has read this column for any length of time knows, the Cowboy Festival is my favorite event of the year! So mosey on over to Melody Ranch the weekend of April 26-27 for some authentic cowboy grub, shopping and great Western music. For more information visit www.cowboyfestival.org.
"Offal cookery is a historical thing. I'm not creating anything new.
A wildlife corridor is a continuous thread of habitat that connects species of animals that may have been separated by roads, housing developments or other human activities. These animal corridors are important because they allow different populations of animals to inter-breed, which gives them genetic diversity. It also allows access to more areas of habitat so predators can follow sources of food.
It all started in 1860, when three women in Hartford, Conn., decided to take in some "street urchins" - undernourished, dirty-faced young boys with little more than ragged clothes on their backs, the hard-luck, forgotten kids of the Industrial Revolution. They didn't know it then, but these caring ladies were planting seeds of what would become a true American success story. Their idea took root as Boys' Clubs, which soon began to sprout throughout New England and eventually across the nation.
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.
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.
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.
President Barack Obama is undeniably thin-skinned when it comes to allowing any credence to anyone who disagrees with his policies.
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.
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.