Many years ago, street sweeping used to be an activity carried on by all responsible cities and paid for by the general fund. Then the state passed its stormwater pollution runoff rule.
Most agree the role of good government is to provide citizens the important goods and services that private industry either can't, won't or is too inefficient to provide.
I believe the time has come for me to reveal a critical piece of information.
Front page headline, The Signal, June 21, 2009: "Hate Crimes on the rise in the SCV."
Just a few short weeks ago, my youngest child graduated from Valencia High School.
The city of Santa Clarita incorporated in 1987 with an estimated population within the city limits of about 110,000.
Another Fourth of July is in the record books. I guess its time to gear up for the holidays!
When I looked at my mail Friday, June 26, I was shocked to find a piece of political "hit mail."
If you are one of the 40 million Americans or so without health insurance and are holding your breath for nationalized health care, you can stop reading because this editorial will not persuade you.
Summer is here, and if there's one thing you can count on in Santa Clarita it's that it's going to be hot.
Our nation's efforts to stop global warming were in the news this week with the passage of historical legislation.
Gifted writer and Signal Columnist Steve Lunetta doth protest too much.
There is a great amount of angst flowing through the conservative base of the Republican Party these days, and as a lifelong Democrat, I could not be more pleased.
For one column, I turn Dem-o-crat. I know it is difficult to accept, but I'm going to sit with Gary Horton at the Koffee Klatch and kibitz about another failed Republican.
One of the founding principles in America is equality under the law. No one, not even our leaders, are above the law.
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.
The official arrival of summer is just weeks away. If you listen closely, you will soon be able to hear kids all over town chanting that classic phrase: "school's out for summer!"
Pulled out the paper this bright Monday morning and started reading. Of course, I have my bagel with strawberry cream cheese, oat bran cereal and tall glass of orange juice at the ready. I know how to start my holiday day.
While I was not yet living when it was fought, World War II has shaped so much of the world in which I have lived. It framed the whole idea of valor and courage and sacrificial service. And it wasn't only those who served in uniform who experienced the war, and felt that they played a vital part in bringing about a good and swift conclusion to it. In truth, we were a nation at war. Soldier and civilian were on the same team, working for a common goal, with mutual respect and honor.
I have watched helplessly in recent weeks and months with a growing sense of alarm, fearing that our generation is witnessing the death of one of the most vital pillars of liberty: the freedom of individual thought and the free exchange of ideas. While it's true that the First Amendment only protects people from government reprisals for speaking freely, social media and mass media lynch mobs are just as much a danger in a free society as any oppressive government.
Memorial Day is almost here and that means a three-day weekend for most Americans. The annual holiday in honor of the brave men and women who've died serving our country to keep us safe and free is also considered the unofficial start of summer! Flags will be raised in honor of those we've lost, while families and friends will gather for backyard barbeques, lawn games, and poolside fun.
Followers of this column know that five weeks ago my daughter Katie was struck by a motorcycle in India. Katie suffered severe traumatic brain injury; required emergency cranial surgery, was comatose two days, spent six days in the ICU, and subsequently required 16 further days of hospitalization to recover sufficiently well for the 24 hour jet trip back home. Landing at LAX, Katie immediately spent two days at UCLA for a thorough work up, followed by one month of outpatient cognitive and occupational rehab. Five days ago, virtually fully recovered,
Gun owners are passionate about their guns, and there's nothing wrong with that – but wouldn't it be refreshing if they were just as passionate about reducing all the needless deaths caused by gun violence every single year?
My wife is taking a photography class over at COC right now. This is actually rather humorous since she often sees one of our sons on campus who is also a student.
In my little world I often hear guys musing about their legacy.
Just as their households must, Californians expect their state government not only to live within its means, but to work in a bipartisan way for the benefit of all.
All Californians are being called on to protect one of our state's most precious resources, water.