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Sheriff's deputies to perform vacant house checks

During these challenging economic times and the downturn in the housing market, residents, business and community leaders are seeing an increase in the number of vacant houses and other structures throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 05, 2009 | Anthony La Berge and Bob Kellar Sheriff's Captain and City Councilman | Columnists


Bruce McFarland: Say goodbye to the honeymoon

Two weeks ago, my wife and I woke up at 3:30 a.m. to get ready for a 45-minute train ride to Federal Triangle Station, Washington, D.C., - about five blocks from the Washington Monument and three blocks from where we would stand to watch Barack Obama be sworn into the presidency.

February 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: Where we are headed

In the summer of 1863, the Union Army was chasing Robert E. Lee's Confederate forces that had slipped into Pennsylvania. Lee intended to draw the Union into a final battle that would end the Civil War and divide the nation.

February 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Avoid real estate bust: Own property the city wants!

I serve various Boy Scout troops in the Santa Clarita Valley instructing Scouts on the Eagle required merit badges of Citizenship in the Community, Nation and the World.

February 01, 2009 | By Tim Myers Myers' Musings | Columnists


Cameron Smyth: Keys to budget solutions

Last week, the state's Employment Development Department released data showing that California's unemployment rate stood at 9.3 percent for the month of December - our highest in almost 15 years.

February 01, 2009 | By Cameron Smyth SCV Voices | Columnists


Laurie Ender: Do your shopping in Old Town Newhall

As the design, appeal and overall atmosphere of Old Town Newhall develop into a beautiful pedestrian-friendly development, new businesses continue to emerge and existing businesses continue to thrive despite current economic challenges.

February 01, 2009 | By Laurie Ender Live From City Hall | Columnists


Dan Rhys: Dems taste their own medicine

In recent days, I have heard the two most popular conservative radio hosts, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, take criticism from Democrats for what they have said - or not said - on their radio shows. Yet, in both cases, these hosts are only echoing Democratic sentiments during President Bush's eight years in office and giving Democrats a bit of what they gave to the former president.

February 01, 2009 | By Dan Rhys SCV Voices | Columnists


R.J. Kelly: On the local water front

Like many organizations, here at the Castaic Lake Water Agency we view the end of one year - and the beginning of the next - as a time of transition and an opportunity to take stock of where we've been and where we're headed.

February 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Howard P. 'Buck' McKeon: Unexpected support for secret ballot

When three of the top policymakers in Washington voice explicit support for a particular viewpoint, it merits notice.

January 30, 2009 | By Howard P. "Buck" McKeon | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: A green stimulus package for Santa Clarita

While Washington and Sacramento Republicans continue to vote against stimulus packages and budgets, we have been putting on our thinking caps about where such money should go, when and if we get it.

January 29, 2009 | By Lynne Plambeck Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


Phil Rizzo: Take a role in philanthropy

If ever there was a time for all of us to participate in philanthropy, this is it.

January 28, 2009 | By Phil Rizzo Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Response to Dan Walters

Dan Walters' article "California is incapacitated" (Jan. 17) is right on.

January 28, 2009 | By Carl Boyer Santa Clarita | Columnists


TimBen Boydston: Please don’t dissolve the dream

In 1999, dreams were coming true all over Santa Clarita.

January 27, 2009 | By TimBen Boydston SCV Voices | Columnists


Jay Ambrose: Bush’s environmental record

When it came to the environment, George W. Bush as president was not just a flop, but a maelstrom of menace, and the worst of it was his motivation - an intent to please evangelical nutcases who thought the apocalypse was coming soon anyway, and the sooner the better.

January 27, 2009 | By Jay Ambrose Scripps Howard News Service | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The choir conundrum

Even when things seem dark and dreary, it is still possible to find bright rays of sunshine in our culture and society. The other night was a perfect example.

January 26, 2009 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


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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


Alice Khosravy: Sandbagged department budgets

On Feb. 19 the state Legislative Analyst's Office released a report that analyzes the governor's budget plan for the Department of Corrections.

February 21, 2014 | By Alice Khosravy Right here right now | Columnists


David McCann: Address the real problems

I just finished reading Susan Stamper Brown's piece about not trusting our government (Santa Clarita Valley Signal, 2-18-14); and, while I could not agree more with you on some of your points, I could not disagree more with you about your reasons for making those points.

February 20, 2014 | By David McCann | Columnists


Gary Horton: Victors can’t get all the spoils

"To the victors go the spoils."

February 19, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: It’s time for fresh approach at city hall

For the last 12 years, four of the same five pilots have steered the good ship Santa Clarita.

February 18, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


Ed Bernstein: Billboards are a homerun

For nearly a quarter century 25Score has maintained a tight-knit relationship with the community members and local businesses of Santa Clarita.

February 17, 2014 | By Ed Bernstein SCV Voices | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The spending orgy

I admit it. I am blissfully unaware of most things related to government budgeting. Because, frankly, it bores me.

February 17, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right here right now | Columnists


David Hegg: Sacrifice and success

If I seem a little grouchy there's a reason. My wife and I have embarked on a 28-day food intake program (read: diet!) that has one simple, basic rule: If it tastes good, spit it out!

February 16, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Steve Knight: Failed laws threaten communities

Federal judges recently granted California two more years to reduce its inmate population to 137.5 percent of the capacity that the 33 state's prisons were built to hold, moving the deadline from June 2013 to February 2016.

February 14, 2014 | By Steve Knight Right here right now | Columnists


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