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Knowing more about our judges

In just a week, California's citizens will be voting for various political candidates-including individuals who want to serve as superior court judges in Los Angeles County.

July 28, 2008 | By Cal Planakis | Columnists


Imagining the world without America's sacrifices

It is truly a wonderful life we lead in the Santa Clarita Valley and in this great country of ours! We are blessed with an abundance of resources and an ample array of individual freedoms to take advantage of those resources as the spirit moves us. That we take such a notion for granted is a tribute to the individuals who secured such freedoms for us - the American soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. It is fitting that we set aside this day, Memorial Day, to honor their sacrifices.

July 27, 2008 | By Bill Kennedy | Columnists


McCain masters political comebacks

In the 1992 Democratic New Hampshire primary, while drafting a concession speech to massage a draining eight-point second -place finish, Clinton speechwriter Paul Begala concocted a line that maneuvered the Gennifer-Flowers-draf- letter-drenched Bill Clinton into the primary's seeming winner.

By spinning a second place finish that had actually fizzled from a 2-point lead on Jan. 19, according to a Boston Globe poll, into the magical circus tent voila of "the comeback kid," the Clinton campaign smothered the primary victory of local boy Paul Tsongas and positioned itself as the psychological front-runner. For Clinton, that "comeback" was more Barnum and ...

July 26, 2008 | By Andre Hollings | Columnists


Judging the judges for June 3 election

Hold on, Santa Clarita, there is another election on the horizon!

I was scanning over my ballot earlier this week thinking about whom I am voting for in the June 3 California Primary. Though it is considered by many a rather ho-hum nothing election, there is a great deal at stake in two weeks. Your participation in this upcoming election is really very important. First, the easy choices:

July 26, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Remembering our heroes in the SCV

I'm glad those few days of scorching weather are behind us! However, I know that August will bring those triple digits back in full force, but until then, I'm enjoying this rainy, cool weather. Ahhh!

July 25, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Signal Speciality Publications Manager/Editor | Columnists


Vigilance + water = lives saved

Few news stories are as heartbreaking as those involving children drowning.

July 25, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


What are we doing for Memorial Day?

It's almost Memorial Day weekend, and my family has nothing to do.

July 24, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


Polluted water shouldn't count

In 2000, after our comments were dismissed, the Friends of the Santa Clara River challenged the Castaic Lake Water Agency in court for overstating the water available to Santa Clarita for existing residents and new development in its Urban Water Management Plan. Four years later, the court finally came to the conclusion that we were right, and that the water agencies had not made the issue of contaminated water clear in their plan.

July 23, 2008 | By Ron Bottorff | Columnists


The times, they are a changin’

It is difficult to believe that only eight years ago the Democratic Party was being relegated to the political scrap heap and Republicans were speaking in terms of wielding power for generations. It is amazing

July 21, 2008 | By Kevin Buck | Columnists


We need fiscal reform, not education cuts

At City Hall last Tuesday, a huge crowd joined in a rally supporting the Santa Clarita Valley Education Coalition. They were protesting Governor Schwarzenegger's estimated $4.8 billion proposed reduction in education spending. Statewide, there have been many of these public outpourings ever since the governor issued his 10 percent across-the-board budget cuts in January.

Among the group were school board trustees, teachers, students, parents, business owners, city officials, school district employees and superintendents. In Santa Clarita, politics definitely takes a backseat when it comes to resolving local problems. Granted, there was a bit of political rhetoric, but this ...

July 20, 2008 | By Paul B. Strickland Sr. | Columnists


Summer arrives early in the SCV

While it seems that summer has arrived with guns a-blazing in the SCV, we were fortunate to have the best weather I've ever experienced for Taste of the Town on May 4. Let's hope that June gloom returns ASAP!

Seen at Taste of the Town

July 19, 2008 | By Michele Buttelman Signal Specialty Publications Manager | Columnists


Staying connected in the event of an emergency

With Southern California being home to not only movie stars, but earthquakes and wild fires as well, it is imperative that residents throughout have the means to stay informed in the event of a local emergency.

The city of Santa Clarita is constantly preparing for any possible disasters and has recently launched a new addition to the city's Emergency Notification System that will allow residents to update their own contact information through the city's Web site so that if the need arises, the city can stay in touch.

July 19, 2008 | By Frank Ferry | Columnists


Pressure is on: L.A.'s Special Order 40

I had the pleasure of attending the Ignacio Ramos/Jose Compean Fundraiser, earlier this month at the Skirball Cultural Center.

The fundraiser for imprisoned U.S. Border agents was a sell-out. I was delighted to see many Santa Claritans there who contributed the $25 per ticket to see Chris Burgard's Border, the spellbinding movie about illegal immigration, revealing the plight of those who illegally cross the border.

July 19, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Support federal Wilderness Bill to preserve SCV

In my teenage years my parents decided to move to Los Angeles.

Having seen the beautiful beaches of Santa Barbara and the luscious trees of Beverly Hills in soap operas, I was expecting to be blown away by California's nature.

July 18, 2008 | By Olga Beketova | Columnists


Oh, to be a cool, hooker-rolling thug

Like bloodthirsty spectators at the Colosseum in ancient Rome, many Americans today seek their jollies through carnage and depravity. But instead of lions and slaves going at it for the crowds, now it's violence and titillation-steeped virtual reality video games.

One new "adventure" game that has captured the retail marketplace is Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto (GTA) IV. A financial blockbuster, it has raked in a whopping $500 million in its first week alone.

July 18, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


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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


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


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