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Don't use prisoner release to balance California budget

Probably the most eye-opening aspect of the governor's 10 percent across-the-board state budget cuts is the immediate release of 22,000 dangerous felons onto the streets of California. If Gov.Schwarzenegger's intention was to scare our state legislators into action, let's hope the action taken doesn't initiate abject pandemonium.

May 22, 2008 | By Paul B. Strickland Sr. | Columnists


Protect our urban forests

Santa Clarita has an oak on its city seal and has long been a "Tree City, USA," holding annual arbor day events to promote local tree planting. This year's Arbor Day celebration will be held on April 12, and we hope to see you there again at our Friends of the Santa Clara River booth. It is wonderful that the city promotes this event and acknowledges the importance of urban forests. Now the city needs to be more proactive about protecting our native trees during the land-use process.

May 21, 2008 | By Ron Bottorff | Columnists


The tragedy of Macbush

This past Friday, Carrie and I made a quick trip to Brooklyn to visit our two sons living in New York. Jon had kindly arranged for us all to see Patrick Stewart playing Macbeth at the incredible Brooklyn Academy of Music. So it was to be a wonderful weekend, full of fun with our boys and with seeing fabulous Stewart in that riveting Shakespeare play.

May 20, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


Congress needs to pass 'Protect America Act'

Another week of governmental inactivity in Washington D.C. has passed. Granted, 2008 is a presidential election year, and substantive legislation traditionally takes a backseat to politics, but the United States House of Representatives has literally fallen asleep at the switch.

May 18, 2008 | By Paul B. Strickland | Columnists


City's biggest issue: Allow residents to enjoy their lives

As we heard in the debates, there are many "hot button" issues this campaign season. Having been elected twice by the voters to work on tough issues like water supply and the cleanup of the Whittaker-Bermite property, I respectfully offer that public office isn't about one issue, it's about handling everything so residents can enjoy their daily lives.

May 17, 2008 | By Maria Gutzeit Candidate, Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


City's biggest issue: Quality of life

Quality of life is the key issue in this election for city council. My campaign is about not only maintaining but continually improving our quality of life here in Santa Clarita which is why I have earned the endorsements of Congressman Buck McKeon, Council member Marsha McLean and Mayor Pro-Tem Frank Ferry.

May 17, 2008 | By Laurie Ender Candidate, Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


City's biggest issue: Keeping Santa Clarita safe

I had the honor of spending 25 years protecting the public as an LAPD officer. While serving in the San Fernando Valley I witnessed the deterioration of a place that had a strong sense of community to one that is now gang-infested, fear-ridden and in many areas lacking hope.

May 17, 2008 | By Bob Kellar Candidate for Re-election, Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


City's biggest issue: Public safety from ground up

When we think about local public health and safety, we picture our sheriff and fire departments, our hospital, and the county health department. We check the county's health ratings before we enter our restaurants; we count on first responders to be there for us when emergencies strike; and we need sufficient operating rooms and hospital beds to provide timely health services.

May 17, 2008 | By Diane Trautman Candidate, Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


City's biggest issue: A better and safer Santa Clarita

Given a chance to write about a single issue of importance, what do I choose? Is there one single issue facing our city that transcends all others, or are we just faced with a number of important issues?

May 17, 2008 | By Bob Spierer Candidate, Santa Clarita City Council | Columnists


Great wall of ambition surrounds Washington, D.C.

After listening to what seems like a decade's worth of presidential debates and after having come of age, politically, during the blow-out sale at Bush's big government bonanza, I was recently taken by the chin and clued in that before impressive speeches about health care reform or nuanced discourses on entitlements reform are given, a more vital subject must be addressed.

May 17, 2008 | By Andre Hollings | Columnists


How to help slay a monster: CPS-3

Do you care about your health? Do you care about the health of your children and generations that follow beyond them?

May 16, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Next president must reach across the aisle

Does partisanship have a date with death in November of this year? In addition to all being members of the U.S. Senate, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama all have a history of working in a bipartisan fashion.

May 15, 2008 | By Michael Cruz | Columnists


Drugs in our drinking water?

Water quality has been a concern for quite some time in California and in our community. As our population increases and we improve our technological capability to detect contaminants, water providers and water consumers are made ever more aware of real and potential new problems.

May 14, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


America: Land of the incarcerated

You might have missed the otherwise important story well buried on page C3 in the Feb. 29 Signal. America, having lost so much ground to international competitors in manufacturing, education, and strength of currency, has found a way to make it back to the top of the global heap.

May 13, 2008 | By Gary Horton | Columnists


'Maybe' isn't good enough

While our 4-year-old son is one little boy, and my wife and I are two grown adults, the kid is winning the energy battle here. After a full day, he's like the Energizer Bunny having downed a Red Bull energy drink, and we're like the runner who just finished two back-to-back marathons and is in dire need of medical assistance.

May 12, 2008 | By Michael Picarella Local Commentary | Columnists


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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


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


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