Right now we have an economy in transition, with close attention paid to job reports and which business sectors are hiring.
As President Obama considers retaliating against the Syrian government for the alleged use of chemical weapons against its people, I couldn't help but think about the lessons we should have learned following the Iraq War.
The new requirements for No Child Left Behind waivers from the Department of Education have some bad news for America's teachers.
Republicans have largely squandered an August that should have been spent preparing the American people for a showdown with Democrats over the president's health care law.
Junior and Missy's parents are driving them 12 hours away from their hometown to The University of Getting Out of My Parents' House. Sure, there are plenty of local community colleges and state schools they could have attended, but then they would have to come home every night to live with those stupid cash machines who raised them.
When I drive by the construction area of what will soon become the downtown Newhall roundabout - not to be confused with any medical-related term that shares the DNR acronym - I am reminded of the words of our illustrious Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
Many high school students returning to classes this fall will find a new topic added to their curriculum: the dangers of distracted driving. Or to put it in blunt terms a teenager might grasp: Texting kills.
After 9/11, after Iraq, after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, and after Libya, the American public has little appetite for a military conflict in another nation - especially one in the Middle East, like Syria.
One reason that political junkies rarely go on the wagon is that there is a never ending stream of issues, opinion, controversy, and on rare occasions, law making and governance pouring out of Washington D.C. and state capitals. When you mix the partisan vitriol together with the Internet, 24 hour news networks, the lamestream media, right wing radio, Fox "News" and all the other 21st century debate cauldrons, it's no wonder it is easy to stay hooked on politics.
Hey, it's Labor Day, everybody. Woo-hoo. Okay, we're partying now. Throw your arms in the air and wave them like you just don't care. Blow up some balloons. Tap a keg. Rip open a bag of chips. Because this isn't a champagne and caviar kind of thing. This is the very definition of blue collar. If collars be worn at all.
One of the things that I find remarkable is how inwardly focused and self-absorbed young people are today. Wow - I'm starting to sound like Uncle Earl.
"They're really thinking outside the box," says one well-connected source of the Republican National Committee's effort to reform its system of presidential primary debates. "They're looking at everything."
It's about time California made public safety a priority. Gov. Jerry Brown created the early release crisis back in 2011 when he unveiled his plan to relieve prison overcrowding by shifting state prison inmates to local county jails.
Over the summer I've perused three or four books about bucket lists (those collections of tasks, large and small, that one dreams of completing before "kicking the bucket") and my reading dovetails nicely with the perceived state of the nation.
A few weeks ago I wrote about some of the bigger capital improvement projects included in the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.
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.
Most Americans have read or heard about the recent tragedy involving two young men in the fatal car crash in the Valencia industrial park here in the Santa Clarita Valley.
This time of year is especially noted for being filled with family gatherings, holiday shopping, gift giving and school vacations. A sense of joy and goodwill permeates our little valley as it does in many communities throughout the world.
At a recent seminar I listened as the presenter explained the social phenomenon now understood as "expanding adolescence." It's quite simple. While in the 1950's the life stage known as adolescence was defined as the 12-18 age period, it is now recognized that adolescence often expands up to 30 years of age. And if you just take a careful look around, you'll see this is no hair-brained idea.
In my first 100 days at the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, I've learned a lot more about the Santa Clarita Valley and about the unique economic development considerations that I think are our biggest strengths.