As proud as we are of our successes in meeting a variety of challenges in 2008, we at the Castaic Lake Water Agency are equally determined and confident about 2009, despite a daunting set of continuing challenges and some new issues we'll need to confront.
I believe I attended my last State of the City meeting in 2004. These luncheons constituted an opportunity for local elected officials to "speechify" concerning the many predictable accomplishments of the year, from new roads to shiny new recreation facilities.
"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
As politics go, I have almost always been my father's son. Aside from a brief dip into liberal waters as an undergrad, I have uniformly adopted the conservative positions of the Protestant-raised, small-business-owning West Point graduate who reared me.
We met over coffee to discuss the problems in our community - the Valle Del Oro community in Newhall.
During these challenging economic times and the downturn in the housing market, residents, business and community leaders are seeing an increase in the number of vacant houses and other structures throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.
Two weeks ago, my wife and I woke up at 3:30 a.m. to get ready for a 45-minute train ride to Federal Triangle Station, Washington, D.C., - about five blocks from the Washington Monument and three blocks from where we would stand to watch Barack Obama be sworn into the presidency.
In the summer of 1863, the Union Army was chasing Robert E. Lee's Confederate forces that had slipped into Pennsylvania. Lee intended to draw the Union into a final battle that would end the Civil War and divide the nation.
I serve various Boy Scout troops in the Santa Clarita Valley instructing Scouts on the Eagle required merit badges of Citizenship in the Community, Nation and the World.
Last week, the state's Employment Development Department released data showing that California's unemployment rate stood at 9.3 percent for the month of December - our highest in almost 15 years.
As the design, appeal and overall atmosphere of Old Town Newhall develop into a beautiful pedestrian-friendly development, new businesses continue to emerge and existing businesses continue to thrive despite current economic challenges.
In recent days, I have heard the two most popular conservative radio hosts, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, take criticism from Democrats for what they have said - or not said - on their radio shows. Yet, in both cases, these hosts are only echoing Democratic sentiments during President Bush's eight years in office and giving Democrats a bit of what they gave to the former president.
Like many organizations, here at the Castaic Lake Water Agency we view the end of one year - and the beginning of the next - as a time of transition and an opportunity to take stock of where we've been and where we're headed.
When three of the top policymakers in Washington voice explicit support for a particular viewpoint, it merits notice.
While Washington and Sacramento Republicans continue to vote against stimulus packages and budgets, we have been putting on our thinking caps about where such money should go, when and if we get it.
On Nov. 30, Americans came together in support of their communities to celebrate Small Business Saturday.
There's been a lot of hubbub this week around President Obama's recent "selfie." For those still without teenagers, or simply lagging in the latest technological fads, a selfie is when someone takes a picture of themselves.
Build it once. Build it right.
There is no denying that Barack Obama has had a long and difficult row to hoe. On the night of his inauguration in 2009, 13 Republican House and Senate leaders, plus Newt Gingrich and spinmeister Frank Luntz, met secretly in Washington to coordinate tactics to destroy his presidency.
I don't know why it happens every year. Our offices here at the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy get inundated with letters addressed to Saint Nicholas. We forward as many as we can to the Jolly Old Elf but a few we keep behind to share with you. Enjoy.
While much attention is focused on America's rising financial deficit there may be an even more troubling social trend on the rise. According to a recent AP-GfK poll only one-third of our neighbors think we can be trusted. The fact that we live in an increasingly suspicious society isn't really news to most of us. We've all been taken in by the half-truths and blatant untruths that regularly flow from both Madison and Pennsylvania avenues. But it seems even more insidious when we realize we have good reason not to trust the each other. Apparently, we have ...
Since the beginning of cityhood in 1987, the city of Santa Clarita has been spending significant time and money addressing blight with the goal of beautifying our city.
Just when I thought maybe it was time to settle down over Common Core, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan renewed the fire of discontent on both ends of the political spectrum with the following: "It's fascinating to me that some of the pushback (against Common Core) is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who - all of a sudden - their child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were, and that's pretty scary."