On Jan. 15, many community members gathered at Santa Clarita City Hall to participate in a public hearing on the topic of the cost of business regulation. The event was hosted by state Sen. George Runner and Assemblyman Cameron Smyth to gauge the impact state regulations are having on small businesses.
Sixteen years ago in the predawn hours of a January morning, the Northridge earthquake rocked Southern California's world.
SCOPE began promoting clean money and fair elections with its float in Santa Clarita's 2006 Fourth of July parade. We joined with the local Clean Money campaign to bring a message to Santa Clarita: the need to reduce special interest influence on our electoral process.
The magnitude 6.6 Sylmar earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley 6 a.m. Feb. 9, 1971. I remember that morning like it was today.
This year's hottest state issue will be an initiative to change Sacramento's two-thirds budget vote rule to a simple majority.
"A majority ... united by a common interest or a passion cannot be constrained from oppressing the minority, what remedy can be found?"
Stories about good kids and good programs get routinely ignored by most of the mainstream press and the majority of the news-consuming public.
The editorial "No one said this would be easy," (Jan. 10) is correct that the decision to close a school should not be easy.
As predictable as death and taxes, the yearly Social Security Administration "benefits update" reached millions of Americans in mid-December. Most knew they would not be granted a raise in 2010 and that the freeze might even extend to 2011.
In his seminal work "The Black Swan," Nicholas Taleb lays much blame on the tendency to attempt to project out the future on Bill Gates and Microsoft.
Admittedly, President Barack Obama is a man of sterling qualities. He has a temperament and charm befitting one probed by the glare of history's contemplation; an intellect suited to the complexities of a seamless 21st century world; and a big-speech eloquence worthy of the historian's pen.
January marks the 10th anniversary of the Santa Clarita's Blue Ribbon Task Force. Formed in 2000 in response to concerns voiced by our community, elected officials and advocates about the use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco by local teens, the Task Force has grown to become an important community resource in helping to educate parents and address key teen issues.
State legislators have long seen an urgent need to provide adequate water supply information to planners. It was obvious to everyone that increased population in California would escalate pressure on the state's water resources.
The season of good cheer has come and passed. Time to pull down the tree, pack up the ornaments and savor that last glass of eggnog cluttering the refrigerator.
To all of you I wish a very healthy, happy, prosperous new year. 2009 was clearly a year of political change, but there were no dramatic upheavals or surprises, just a president doing what he said he would do.
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.
The city of Santa Clarita is home to numerous nonprofit organizations that benefit residents from all walks of life.
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a terminal brain disease that affects children aged 5 to 10 years.
My Uncle Earl was recently invited to give the commencement speech at the Robert Oppenheimer School for Really Smart Kids, a charter school approved by the Newhall School District but located in Lancaster.
Dr. Seuss is among the most beloved in the pantheon of American writers. Ostensibly written for children, most of his stories also carry deeply meaningful lessons for those adults reading along with their kids.
Just when you think Fox News and the right-wing scandal machine can sink no further, they wallow in a new level of filth that just boggles the mind.
A friend of mine surprised me with an unexpected opinion the other day. Like me, he had recently traveled to India and came away stunned by the immensity poverty prevailing there.
My late father, a European-trained physician, did everything himself without benefit of nurses, clerical staff or drafty assembly-line consultation cubicles.
By now, most of us have heard of the terrible tragedy that happened in Santa Barbara before Memorial Day. A very confused young man committed a series of violent acts that resulted in the deaths of six college students.