So - after enjoying a peaceful night's sleep in your virtually crimeless neighborhood, you drive your big SUV down our wide, landscaped roads, dropping kids off at our well-managed public schools, continuing your way down Caltrans-maintained highways to your job building widgets for the latest government fighter plane or public project. Listening to Rush Limbaugh in the morning, you consider how superior your anti-government, conventional-wisdom conservatism is. But maybe you're having some doubts.
Can any of us imagine - right here in Santa Clarita - a mom and her children sleeping in their car? It may sound unbelievable, but they are coming to Single Mothers Outreach for help. In the last two weeks, I have talked with seven families that were homeless or about to become homeless.
Google Barack Obama Anti-Christ and you get 1.12 million hits. Today we'll discuss that and I'll criticize Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, explain Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer, as well as making a little sense of the financial meltdown and the Green Bubble. That's a lot to do, so let's get going.
A remarkable thing happened at Christ Lutheran Church on Tournament Road a couple weeks ago. Troop 609 held a National Eagle Court-of-Honor. What made it so remarkable was that not just one Eagle was christened but four.
The recent birth of octuplets to a single and unemployed mother of six in Bellflower has been the fodder for numerous television news segments, talk shows and editorials.
I personally know Bill Bolde. When ranking the principals of the six comprehensive high schools in the Hart district, I would place him just slightly below Dr. Paul Priesz of Valencia High School.
A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Reagan Presidential Library and picked up my signed copy of Bill O'Reilly's "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity."
California residents are not strangers to emergencies. Disaster strikes in many forms, and almost always without warning, but the burden can consistently be lessened when we anticipate a surprise. Many families are left in worse condition than ever imagined because they failed to properly prepare. To avoid this common tragedy, the city of Santa Clarita does its best to help residents proactively prepare for emergencies.
If you look around hard enough at grocery store sales, you can sometimes buy bottled water in a 12-pack for about the same amount you would pay for an equivalent amount of gas at $3 a gallon. This is a bargain when compared to buying a single bottle of Desani or Aquifina or any of the numerous other brands at $1 or higher, or equivalent to around more than $8 a gallon.
News has it that some larger banks may soon be nationalized - saved by the government until the economy picks up. Republicans say, "That's socialism and we can't have that. Soon the government will own everything."
March is springing and sprouting its greenery in my neck of the woods. The birds are happily chirping, the ruby red leaves are popping on the roses and the hyacinths and daffodils are blooming. Okay, the traditional flowers of spring are growing in my neighbor's yard, but my lavender and rosemary are fragrantly blooming.
"Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine, watchin' it from the bench;
When the Depression of the 1930s gripped our country's economy, FDR's "New Deal" brought forth funding for nationwide infrastructure projects that has yet to be repeated.
As the water equivalent of a recession deepens, we at the Castaic Lake Water Agency are looking ahead into 2009 and expecting we'll dip into our reserves.
"We have to understand that many Americans including conservatives ... personally like Barack Obama, and we need to be very careful that we don't create this sense of trying to demonize him or say ridiculous things or irrational things."
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.
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.
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.
Leave it to the Republicans to try to legalize discrimination against a minority.
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.
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.
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.
On Feb. 19 the state Legislative Analyst's Office released a report that analyzes the governor's budget plan for the Department of Corrections.