You wouldn't know that we have a housing downturn in Santa Clarita. Developers continue working on the many projects already approved here including the 2,500-unit West Creek Project, the 1,100-unit Riverpark project and the 900-unit Keystone project.
I think most of us understand that there are times when we are too close to a situation to see clearly. We are familiar with the sayings "He cannot see the wood for the trees" and "She cannot see the trees for the forest."
I was leading 12 fourth graders on the trail at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, where I am a docent, teaching kids about nature. We were standing under a California sycamore that would have provided shade if it were summer. It was a brisk winter morning, and I had need of a handkerchief. While I was in the process of handkerchiefing, one of the kids in front of me said, "What is that?" I replied, "It's a handkerchief." Another one said, "I've heard of them!"
Does the local community know what a hidden and rare gem it holds in its midst, in the form of the Henry Mayo Newhall Ambulatory Care Center, the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center and, especially, the rare and unique Dr. Gregory Senofsky?
As you read this, I'm in Maui! Of all the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is my favorite! Fun, food and lots of history. Actually, as you read this I will be soaring above the jungle canopy on a zip line tour!
Grand Opening of Loose Goose
A recent proposal at the State Capitol could have a big impact on businesses in Santa Clarita.
I feel sorry for Dr. Collyn Nielsen, the new principal of Hart High School. Santa Clarita's oldest high school is up for accreditation by an outside agency. Unless something changes, when asked how the arts are faring, he's going to have to stand up there and say that during his first year as principal the school orchestra was killed as an academic course. It certainly won't look good at all to the evaluators.
"Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest." -- Lady Bird Johnson
Over the last decade, the city of Santa Clarita has brought many amenities to Old Town Newhall. The Newhall Community Center welcomes hundreds of children every day; the Veterans Historical Plaza is a place of quiet contemplation and solace in the center of a busy area; and the Newhall Metrolink Station provides commuter service to residents traveling to the San Fernando and Antelope valleys and to Los Angeles for work. This year, the city is embarking upon ...
Several years back in The Signal's entertainment tabloid, a blurb ran about "The Diary of Anne Frank," which at the time was being produced at one of our community theaters.
Wikipedia defines the word "hero" from Greek mythology and folklore as the offspring of both a deity and a mortal, who in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage and the will for self-sacrifice.
Many youth who live in and around the Santa Clarita Valley have never had the opportunity to experience the outdoors, nature, hiking, wild animals, plants or wilderness. There is a growing body of scientific research that suggests children who are given early and ongoing positive exposure to nature thrive in intellectual, emotional and physical ways that their peers do not. By reducing stress, sharpening concentration and promoting creative and scientific learning, nature education and outings into wild areas can provide a positive outlet and many opportunities for kids.
The little jewels of spring have started a new generation in my yard. Yes, already hummingbirds are nesting. During the last few weeks we watched one hummer collecting nesting material. They like to use spider webs, lichen and other plant material. Now two beautiful bean-sized eggs sit perfectly in her tidy little nest.
I was reading the business section of a publication. The heading at the bottom of the page read "Countrywide reports an increase in loan defaults." I got into the data and suddenly what penetrated my consciousness was the enormous pain and suffering a significant portion of our fellow Americans are experiencing. The reality of that really got to me and I found myself tearing up (God forbid).
Illegal alien incursion, wild city expansion, anticipated traffic gridlock, and how we address local crime are some of the volatile topics you will hear discussed in an upcoming Santa Clarita City Council debate sponsored by the Canyon Country Advisory Committee. All five candidates hoping to earn the right to sit on your City Council are participating. This debate may help you select the two for whom you should cast your ballot April 8.
The official arrival of summer is just weeks away. If you listen closely, you will soon be able to hear kids all over town chanting that classic phrase: "school's out for summer!"
Pulled out the paper this bright Monday morning and started reading. Of course, I have my bagel with strawberry cream cheese, oat bran cereal and tall glass of orange juice at the ready. I know how to start my holiday day.
While I was not yet living when it was fought, World War II has shaped so much of the world in which I have lived. It framed the whole idea of valor and courage and sacrificial service. And it wasn't only those who served in uniform who experienced the war, and felt that they played a vital part in bringing about a good and swift conclusion to it. In truth, we were a nation at war. Soldier and civilian were on the same team, working for a common goal, with mutual respect and honor.
I have watched helplessly in recent weeks and months with a growing sense of alarm, fearing that our generation is witnessing the death of one of the most vital pillars of liberty: the freedom of individual thought and the free exchange of ideas. While it's true that the First Amendment only protects people from government reprisals for speaking freely, social media and mass media lynch mobs are just as much a danger in a free society as any oppressive government.
Memorial Day is almost here and that means a three-day weekend for most Americans. The annual holiday in honor of the brave men and women who've died serving our country to keep us safe and free is also considered the unofficial start of summer! Flags will be raised in honor of those we've lost, while families and friends will gather for backyard barbeques, lawn games, and poolside fun.
Followers of this column know that five weeks ago my daughter Katie was struck by a motorcycle in India. Katie suffered severe traumatic brain injury; required emergency cranial surgery, was comatose two days, spent six days in the ICU, and subsequently required 16 further days of hospitalization to recover sufficiently well for the 24 hour jet trip back home. Landing at LAX, Katie immediately spent two days at UCLA for a thorough work up, followed by one month of outpatient cognitive and occupational rehab. Five days ago, virtually fully recovered,
Gun owners are passionate about their guns, and there's nothing wrong with that – but wouldn't it be refreshing if they were just as passionate about reducing all the needless deaths caused by gun violence every single year?
My wife is taking a photography class over at COC right now. This is actually rather humorous since she often sees one of our sons on campus who is also a student.
In my little world I often hear guys musing about their legacy.
Just as their households must, Californians expect their state government not only to live within its means, but to work in a bipartisan way for the benefit of all.
All Californians are being called on to protect one of our state's most precious resources, water.
One of the most profound rights we have as citizens is the right to petition. The First Amendment of our Constitution "prohibits Congress from abridging or prohibiting the right of the people ... to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
I read Gary Horton's April 30 column on his experience with the Affordable Care Act ("American Medicine has become a joke") and decided to share a story.
In every ordered and civilized society the rule of law plays an essential role. Given that human nature is too often selfish and sometimes even cruel, laws are enacted to declare the boundaries between right and wrong. Laws form the lens through which society views the actions of those individuals who choose to live in the group.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.