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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Do you care about your health? Do you care about the health of your children and generations that follow beyond them?
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are currently in the midst of the most interesting and one of the most important presidential campaigns in my lifetime. Normally this column would be devoted to rehashing conventional wisdom, divining the meaning of polls, spinning the spin and turning it all into good news for the resurgent Democratic Party.
Fracking has captured the headlines recently, but another, less well-known technique for extracting oil trapped in rock cavities deep underground is increasingly being used in California and is an even bigger threat to health and the environment.