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Steve Lunetta: Slight of hand

When I was a kid, I loved watching magic shows. Guys like David Copperfield, Doug Henning, Andre Kole and Lance Burton would hold my attention for hours.

April 06, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Michael Cruz: It's about unity, not 'pork'

The $410 billion federal Omnibus bill, signed into law several weeks ago by President Obama, funds the federal government until the new fiscal year that begins in October.

April 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cary Osborne: One year later: A story is told

It has been a nearly year since the death of 36-year-old John Conant, a Saugus High School and College of the Canyons graduate.

April 05, 2009 | Cary Osborne | Columnists


Frank Ferry: 'Evening of Remembrance' at Youth Garden April 13

Teenagers often do a number of things that put their lives in danger, including irresponsible driving.

April 05, 2009 | Frank Ferry | Columnists


Tim Myers: Afraid of the homeless?

Councilmember Kellar: I attended the Santa Clarita City Council meeting March 24 with the Boy Scouts of the Phoenix Patrol of Troop 2 so they could fulfill one of the requirements for their Citizenship in the Community merit badge.

April 05, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Kim Anderson: Thanks for the memories, Dad

As I sit down to write this memorial column to honor my dad, Edward Garfalo, I'd give anything to be a more proficient writer, but sadly I'm not. What could I say about my dad that would do justice to his life? How exactly do you measure a man's life?

April 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bob Dickson: Time for the Boston Smoke Party

On April 1, the federal sales tax on a pack of cigarettes jumped from 39 cents to $1.01, and the only part of it that makes any sense is the date on which this tax went into effect.

April 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Cam Noltemeyer: Playing Monopoly with SCV water supplies

In 1999, Castaic Lake Water Agency bought Santa Clarita Water Company in a deal that, for the most part, occurred behind closed doors. Unbeknownst to the public, they filed for condemnation, paid $63 million in cash to the Bonelli family, apparently without a board vote on the matter, and bought a company that they could not legally own. They used public tax dollars to pay four times more than the appraised value of the water company at a time when two major wells were shut down because of amonium perchlorate pollution.

April 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Money and politics are one and the same

Democrats have been accused of stirring up class warfare. Good for them!

April 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Uncertain future

In response to Bruce Hector's Letter to the Editor, "Stimulus means brighter future" (March 18), Bruce must have been at Disneyland and stayed in Fantasyland for a week to believe that Obama is going to do the country any good.

March 31, 2009 | By Kim M. Williams Lancaster | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Torn over teachers

I am locked in a true conundrum. A conundrum is defined by Webster's as "an intricate and difficult problem."

March 30, 2009 | Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Roger Gitlin: Happy birthday, Senor Chavez

Tuesday, March 31, would have been Cesar Chavez' birthday.

March 29, 2009 | Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: More new taxes are not the solution

Six weeks ago, in an effort to close a $42 billion budget gap, the Legislature passed a state budget that included $12.5 billion in tax increases, which are set to take effect on April 1.

March 29, 2009 | Cameron Smyth | Columnists


Paul De La Cerda: Community advocacy in action

On Monday morning, March 23, I anxiously awoke at 5:30 a.m. realizing I had to wait two more hours until I could board a chartered bus to take part in an annual road trip to our state Capitol.

March 29, 2009 | Paul De La Cerda | Columnists


Laurie Ender: One Valley, One Vision -- one plan, four themes

Over the last several years, the city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles county have been working with residents of this valley to create a joint general plan, the first of its kind in L.A. County.

March 29, 2009 | Laurie Ender | 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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