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Pros and cons of June propositions

There are two ballot propositions in the upcoming June 3 election that involve state constitutional amendments:

July 07, 2008 | By Cal Planakis | Columnists


What I learned during the city council campaign

Being Mayor Bob Kellar's campaign consultant, I enjoyed an inside view of the longest council campaign (15 months) in Santa Clarita's history.

July 06, 2008 | By Scott Wilk | Columnists


Let's help keep our city clean

Taking pride in the place where you live stems from each individual's sense of personal responsibility and desire for constant improvement.

July 05, 2008 | By Mayor Bob Kellar | Columnists


Welcome to SCV May: Yuccas are in bloom!

My favorite time of the year is when the yuccas are in bloom - and blooming they are, right now. Those big, fluffy white flowers look like popcorn on a stick. I find them beautiful and fascinating.

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July 05, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Signal Senior Columnist | Columnists


Who ought to be '08 candidates for veep?

The vice presidency "isn't worth a bucket of warm p---."

July 05, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Columnists


Take time to read beyond books' covers

Never judge a book by its cover. You've certainly heard that statement countless times.

July 05, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Gardener? For what?

Last summer, my wife asked if I thought we needed a gardener to maintain our front and back yards. My answer was a big "No."

July 03, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


It doesn’t get any better than this

The year was 1988 and the Los Angeles Dodgers were playing the mighty Oakland A's in the World Series.

July 03, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Will CalPers manage Newhall Ranch?

Early in 2007, the California Public Employees Retirement fund invested some $1 billion in the proposed 21,000-unit Newhall Ranch project. The real estate market was beginning to unravel and this project would require massive infusions of cash to cover its many infrastructure needs.

July 02, 2008 | Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


'I hate you, Hillary Clinton'

There's a new pop movie playing over at the Town Center called "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Basically, it's about a nice guy who's been dumped by his hot TV star girlfriend for a flashy boy toy. While it looks nominally entertaining, what's most compelling isn't the movie itself, but rather its grassroots, "viral"

July 01, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Judging the judges

As a private investigator, I witness firsthand a competent but timid judiciary at work on a daily basis. Although I am quite proud of our judicial process, many of even the most deserving civil plaintiffs, the most noble and caring parents, and the most innocent victims of criminal misconduct experience frustrations with our court system.

June 30, 2008 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Annual Sacramento road trip offers many opportunities

What a great way to start the week. Shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, April 14, some 50 residents of the Santa

June 29, 2008 | By Bill Kennedy | Columnists


Six years of change since David March's murder

"I will always be painfully honest, work as hard as I can, learn as much as I can, and hopefully make a difference in people's lives."

June 28, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Last chance to attend Cowboy Fest

Today's your last chance to saddle up and mosey on over to Melody Ranch for the annual Cowboy Festival - the best part of living in the great SCV! Have some Cowboy Cobbler from the Cowboy Cultural Committee (cooked on coals in a Dutch oven) and listen to some of the finest entertainment west of the Rio Grande!

June 28, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Signal Senior Colunmist | Columnists


Enterprising pols shelve Californians' best interests

I never cease to be amazed by the great lengths traveled by pols in trampling underfoot the shiny promises made on needy campaign stumps.

June 28, 2008 | By Andre Hollings | Columnists


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Jonathan Kraut: Government workers duck responsibility

We are used to hearing about large awards being presented to those harmed, abused or injured by school teachers, police, firefighters, and other government employees.

June 24, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Some advice for graduates

As graduation season comes to a close, I have some advice for those who are entering a new phase of life called adulthood. And, the advice is good for the rest of us as well.

June 22, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Steve Petzold: City Council: repeal the billboard deal

The Santa Clarita City Council meeting this Tuesday will be the first chance for council members to consider the implications of the referendum against Ordinance 14-02.

June 22, 2014 | By Steve Petzold SCV Voices | Columnists


Dante Acosta: Explore SCV’s open spaces

There is something special about getting out and enjoying the open-space areas of Santa Clarita.

June 20, 2014 | By Danta Acosta Live from city hall | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit: What we need now on chloride

Someone recently asked me to summarize the chloride issue in really simple terms.

June 20, 2014 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


James P. de Bree Jr.: Setting the tax record straight

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.

June 19, 2014 | By James P. de Bree Jr Valencia | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Reasons why conservatives are upset

There is a reason that conservatives in general and conservative Republicans specifically are angry and upset.

June 17, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: Tax carbon, help the economy

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.

June 16, 2014 | By Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists


Brian Richards: Softball or science?

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.

June 16, 2014 | By Brian Richards | Columnists


David Hegg: Our freedom of speech is being taken away

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.

June 15, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Events with benefits: fun for a cause in the SCV

The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.

June 13, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Raising awareness to DIPG

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.

June 13, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Earl’s graduation speech

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.

June 12, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Oh, the places our tax money goes

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.

June 11, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: G.O.P. smears P.O.W.

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.

June 10, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


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