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Brian Roney: Annexation held for ransom

The annexation of the Hasley Hills/Commerce Center areas of Castaic to the city of Santa Clarita has been stalled by recent demands from the county of Los Angeles.

May 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Tim Myers: Cheers and jeers for the city's plan

My apologies to the "B" and "C" list local Republicans now staffing a tea party near you, but your "A" list brethren who made it a point to stay as far away as possible from the anti-Obama April 15 party plan to ask for and lay their hands on, as much of the filthy and evil stimulus money as they can.

May 03, 2009 | Tim Myers | Columnists


Lila Littlejohn: Saving lives with Safe Rides

How does one count the number of young lives not lost in tragic car accidents last year?

May 03, 2009 | Lila Littlejohn | Columnists


Paul Brotzman: Setting the record straight on our local water supply

Response to April 23 "Environmentally Speaking" commentary in The Signal: "A perfect storm for water woes in the SCV."

Recently, the city of Santa Clarita Planning Commission met jointly with Castaic Lake Water Agency staff to help familiarize the city's land use decision makers with our current water-supply management and planning activities.

May 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Bruce Hotmer: America: go ahead and protest

I read Bruce McFarland's column in the April 21 Signal with shock and awe.

May 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Michael Picarella: just call me reverend

A few weekends ago, while waiting for a table at Chili's Grill and Bar, a Hell's Angel-looking dude practically yelled the Lord's name in vain over and over again. I asked the dude if he could lower his voice, or not blaspheme in front of my very impressionable 5-year-old son - who just wanted a Chili's grilled cheese sandwich. The dude said he earned the right to blaspheme. He was a reverend, he said.

May 02, 2009 | Mike Picarella | Columnists


Bob Dickson: 'Racist' just doesn't pack the same punch

Racist. Is there a more explosive word in the English language?

May 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Low-cost pet vaccination clinic keeps tails wagging

Pets are an important part of many Santa Clarita residents' lives and, for many of us, pets are no less than bona fide members of the family.

May 01, 2009 | Laurene Weste | Columnists


Lynne Plambeck: Is Newhall Ranch really moving foward?

More than 10 years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers certified the Environmental Impact Report for Newhall Land and Farming's euphemistically titled "Natural River Management Plan."

April 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Gary Horton: Our first 100 days in office

The media is brimming full of commentary on "President Obama's First 100 Days." Most folks have already tired of the build-up.

April 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Decline and fall of a political empire

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April 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Dave Bossert: Think Santa Clarita Valley

About six months ago a grass-roots effort started with a few folks at the city of Santa Clarita and various Santa Clarita Valley business owners, business organizations and media outlets. The basic idea was a good one: Help to promote shopping locally to boost the economic well-being of Santa Clarita.

April 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Vote 'no' on narcissistic propositions

In ancient Roman mythology, a beautiful youth named Narcissus spurned the love of a nymph named Echo, who consoled herself by pining away in barren glens until only her voice remained. Sounds rather like a Republican in Sacramento.

April 27, 2009 | By Steve Lunetta Right About Now | Columnists


Our View: Taking a big step forward — together

What's in a name?

April 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Howard "Buck" McKeon: Let the tea parties continue

Would anybody like more tea?

April 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


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Bob Kellar: Fourth of July in the SCV

Independence Day is one of America's greatest holidays.

June 27, 2014 | By Bob Kellar Live from city hall | Columnists


Steve Lunetta: The carbon tax has flaws

A recent column by Cher Gilmore touted the brilliance and benefits of taxing carbon output from business as a way to reduce global climate change.

June 26, 2014 | By Steve Lunetta Right about now | Columnists


Gary Horton: Obama is the most boring president ever

I have a good friend who takes marching orders through the tin foil hat atop his head perpetually tuned to Fox and Friends and all else owned and distributed by Rupert Murdoch.

June 25, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


Jonathan Kraut: Government workers duck responsibility

We are used to hearing about large awards being presented to those harmed, abused or injured by school teachers, police, firefighters, and other government employees.

June 24, 2014 | By Jonathan Kraut Democratic Voices | Columnists


David Hegg: Some advice for graduates

As graduation season comes to a close, I have some advice for those who are entering a new phase of life called adulthood. And, the advice is good for the rest of us as well.

June 22, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Steve Petzold: City Council: repeal the billboard deal

The Santa Clarita City Council meeting this Tuesday will be the first chance for council members to consider the implications of the referendum against Ordinance 14-02.

June 22, 2014 | By Steve Petzold SCV Voices | Columnists


Dante Acosta: Explore SCV’s open spaces

There is something special about getting out and enjoying the open-space areas of Santa Clarita.

June 20, 2014 | By Danta Acosta Live from city hall | Columnists


Maria Gutzeit: What we need now on chloride

Someone recently asked me to summarize the chloride issue in really simple terms.

June 20, 2014 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


James P. de Bree Jr.: Setting the tax record straight

I am responding to the op-ed article that Gary Horton wrote ("Oh, the places our tax money goes") that was published in the June 11 edition of The Signal.

June 19, 2014 | By James P. de Bree Jr Valencia | Columnists


Kevin Buck: Reasons why conservatives are upset

There is a reason that conservatives in general and conservative Republicans specifically are angry and upset.

June 17, 2014 | By Kevin Buck Democratic Voices | Columnists


Cher Gilmore: Tax carbon, help the economy

For years, policy-makers have assumed that any program to address global warming by cutting carbon emissions would be a drag on the economy and cause massive job losses.

June 16, 2014 | By Cher Gilmore SCV Voices | Columnists


Brian Richards: Softball or science?

I am told that my kids go to a good elementary school, Stevenson Ranch Elementary. Not only have I been told that, but from the various awards located in the front of the building, I must assume that this school is a good one.

June 16, 2014 | By Brian Richards | Columnists


David Hegg: Our freedom of speech is being taken away

One of our most necessary freedoms as Americans is the freedom of speech, as protected in the Bill of Rights. Yet, today, while much is being shouted and written supporting this prized privilege, the fact is the freedom to speak is being taken away.

June 15, 2014 | By David Hegg Ethically Speaking | Columnists


Laurene Weste: Events with benefits: fun for a cause in the SCV

The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.

June 13, 2014 | By Laurene Weste Live from city hall | Columnists


Scott Wilk: Raising awareness to DIPG

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.

June 13, 2014 | By Scott Wilk Right here right now | Columnists


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