This week Elon Musk presented his vision for the future of mid-range transportation in America. His "Hyperloop" is a futuristic, nifty system of giant stainless steel tubes running up and down the state, either over or under Interstate 5.
We've been doing 75 miles an hour for the last two hours across the desert and the view hasn't changed a bit.
I've been thinking about the sorry state of American culture, and that made me reminisce about the Cold War.
While Republicans argue among themselves over what to do about Obamacare - Defund it? Delay it? Give up the fight to repeal it? - a coalition of wealthy and determined liberal groups is preparing to strike back at GOP efforts to stop the president's health care scheme.
SAN JOSE - All I know about climate, some say, is what's outside my window.
I could not resist it. After my son and I found the Department of Dumb Ideas at Los Angeles City Hall, we had to find the corresponding office at the city of Santa Clarita.
he Supreme Court recently refused to delay the release of thousands of inmates from California state prisons. Severe overcrowding in the prison system has, in the court's eyes, led to substandard medical and mental health treatment.
As I write this column my oldest and her husband are winging their way across the Pacific to vacation in Maui.
Whether you're arising from a long, luxurious sleep or frantically cleaning up melted crayons, surely you have a strong opinion on the cover story in the Aug. 12 "Time" magazine: "The Childfree Life: When Having It All Means Not Having Children."
Good health for the mind and body dictates that everyone should get outside every day and enjoy a little play. Getting families moving and incorporating healthy food choices into everyday life is exactly what the fifth annual Youth Sports and Healthy Families Festival is designed to do.
So in the last column I exploded several myths concerning college admission including false selectivity and shortage, inflated but not actually paid tuition rates, and the "value" of extracurricular activities on college applications.
Two residents have filed lawsuits against local governing boards claiming "civil rights discrimination" and "denied voter access" in local elections.
Having spent 20 years as a counselor at both Valencia and Hart high schools, an adjunct counselor at College of the Canyons and, most recently, a college application specialist with Pegasus2edu, I have had the pleasure of guiding countless students and their parents through the college application process.
Water has shaped the history of cities and communities across the West. If you want to get an idea how water influenced the Santa Clarita Valley, start by looking at the Newhall County Water District, the first water agency to be established by residents of the valley.
One of the major arguments against investing in renewable energy is the cost, but let's examine a few costs of NOT switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy resources.
Time for the annual New Year's column. I always write these things after the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy staff has left the offices for the day following the Christmas party.
The famous philosopher Daffy Duck had a saying: "Consequences, schmonsequences. ..."
This morning finds our society sitting right in the middle of two important nights. Just seven days separate them, but how we see them couldn't be more different.
Christmas' respite with feelings of joy, good spirit and warmth of home, hearth and family have passed, and now we face the reality of much uncertainty focused on our families' health care.
By the time you read this column, Christmas will have passed and we will be looking forward to celebrating the New Year.
The year 2013 was a roller coaster of contrasts with some surprises. Here's a best and worst list:
As the new year approaches, many of us in the dimly lit brotherhood of computer clumsoids (and our number is legion) feel the sharp prod of IT experts who blow themselves blue encouraging we Luddites to change passwords once a year like smoke alarm batteries or high school girlfriends or underwear on "Duck Dynasty."
Paul Ryan is now polling first in Iowa for the next presidential election. If Ryan is encouraged by this news, he is not much of a student of recent political history. Polling first in Iowa more than two years prior to the state's overhyped, first-in-the-nation caucuses is a bit like being told by the guy at the convenience store that the lottery ticket he just sold you is the winner. Take it with a huge grain of salt.
I find comfort and inspiration in music -- all kinds of music. So when I see how obsessed the media have become with the 2016 U.S. presidential election -- barely a year after the last one -- I'm reminded of the Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like an Eagle." The chorus goes, "Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future."
In this season of fighting over the true meaning of the season, I offer my short (and admittedly incomplete) list of things which could make the world a better place all year round:
This just in from the North Pole: Santa says that his home is ice free!
One of the hardest things in life is being ignored, bypassed, or dismissed. We all appreciate being appreciated, and when we contribute we ought to be acknowledged as having been part of making something meaningful happen.
As we look back on 2013, it will likely be remembered as the year the rubber began hitting the road with regards to Obamacare. The failure of the website was epic, but it is minutia compared to the flaws in the law.
In 2013, Santa Clarita continued to rise above the challenges of the Great Recession, helping to build a strong community.