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Roger Gitlin: Prop 1A will create more taxes

The official sample ballot for the state special election on the propositions just arrived in my mail. The Proposition 1A spending measure and five other propositions are up for vote May 19.

April 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Matthew Diggory: Creativity in Hollywood makes exit

What was once an oasis of new and exciting ideas is now a desolate wasteland.

April 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tony Strickland: The only way out of the budget mess

As of April 1, California's sales tax increase went into effect, raising Santa Clarita from 8.25 percent to 9.25 percent.

April 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Cowboy Festival rides again

The city of Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is an exciting community event ingrained in Santa Clarita tradition. Year after year cowboy enthusiasts and city slickers from across the country make the trek to Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio - the picturesque backdrop that allows guests to step back to a simpler time of chaps, saddles and old-time saloons.

April 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Meet us at the Fair

The Earth Day Fair, that is! The city of Santa Clarita will hold its very first Earth Day Fair at Central Park this Saturday (more info on the city's Web site at www.santa-clarita.com).

April 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Tea Partiers, freedom isn’t actually free

Immediately after the launch of George W. Bush's Iraq War II, war boosting bumper stickers appeared on cars like so many Lakers Flags during NBA playoff season.

April 15, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Leigh Hart: CalFire bill could kill Carousel Ranch

Editor's note: Late-breaking news Monday revealed that CalFire had changed its mind and rescinded its letter demanding payment from Carousel Ranch.

Reading the newspaper may be diminishing among those younger than 30, but our three newspapers are an integral source of news for my husband and me.

April 14, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: We're counting on you

The phone call came about 8 p.m. last Monday. I know because we were all sitting down to watch Chuck, the story of a nerd-turned-spy. Chuck is one of those rare TV shows that combines humor, action and character development without sacrificing too many family values.

April 13, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Tim Myers: The truth about college in California

The Myers Clan-California branch will launch another child out of high school this spring and into college in late summer.

April 12, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Perry Smith: paper-tossing and pot-stirring

Last month Amanda Larrson-Dally, a 17-year-old Canyon High School student, and her parents filed a report at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station after teacher Mike Motherspaw crumpled up her request to interview one of his students and tossed it - allegedly at Larrson-Dally - in front of his class.

April 11, 2009 | Perry Smith | Columnists


Paul Strickland: Local leaders take budget concerns to Sacramento

Carl and Jeri Seratti Goldman's fourth annual KHTS-AM 1220 Sacramento Road Trip March 23-24 was indeed a huge success. I don't know which I enjoyed more, California Assemblyman Cameron Smyth's well-planned program of legislative speakers or the bonding necessitated by a six-hour bus ride with 70 Santa Claritans. It's a toss-up.

April 10, 2009 | Paul Strickland | Columnists


Marsha McLean: City puts down roots with Earth Day

It is a tumultuous time for our planet. Global warming is a constant topic in news broadcasts and television documentaries and newspaper headlines blast us with warnings that our planet is growing warmer, our resources are dwindling and the damage we have done to Earth could be irreparable.

April 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Give Earth Day a shot

It's spring, and flowers aren't the only things in bloom. Solar panels and new ideas about how to make or save energy are blossoming everywhere.

April 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Serve well, for tomorrow we shall die

If you've never been to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., you're missing something grand. Saratoga is a resplendent American town.

April 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Invest in ability, not in ideology

While most Californians are focused on trying to emerge from very challenging economic times, and most Californians are looking for ways to rescue government operations through innovation, expense reductions and new ideas, California Republican legislators are still entrenched in ideological warfare.

April 07, 2009 | Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


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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


Carl Boyer: What should be the real City Council campaign issues?

We are in the midst of another campaign for election to Santa Clarita City Council, and a number of candidates can be expected to talk about the usual: jobs, good schools, recreation for youth and beautification among them.

February 26, 2014 | By Carl Boyer SCV Voices | Columnists


Gary Horton: Put a brick in it

They say we're headed for a pretty good rain later this week. The comfortable moisture on our skin and fresh scent in the air might have us feeling "everything's better again," but wishful thinking won't fill half-empty reservoirs.

February 26, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Charlie Vignola: The right to discriminate

Leave it to the Republicans to try to legalize discrimination against a minority.

February 25, 2014 | By Charlie Vignola Democratic Voices | Columnists


Bob Kellar: Blight of billboards

The Signal recently printed a story regarding the eradication of billboards along the railroad tracks next to Soledad Canyon Road and Railroad Avenue. This is a matter of importance that I wanted to be heard on before it comes to the City Council for consideration Feb. 25.

February 23, 2014 | By Bob Kellar SCV Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Happiness is a lot more hard work

In the past few months I have watched in anguish as four very good friends of mine, good people all, have ended their marriages in divorce.

February 23, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Painting the town: Public art in the SCV

Residents who spend time out and about in Santa Clarita are bound to come across local art. From outdoor pieces like the iconic California Bear Project to indoor galleries featuring art created by local students, Santa Clarita's art showcases our community's own unique identity in an imaginative way.

February 21, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


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