The current financial plight of the U.S. Postal Service is becoming well known. The situation exposes the difficulties government institutions face when forced to confront fiscal challenges and downsizing.
Election years are the highlight for those of us who follow politics for our own edification and amusement.
Used with discretion, the Internet is a fount of information. It can also be a cesspool of lies, gossip, partisan humbug and propaganda, crafted not to enlighten but to skew reality - or bury it - in the pursuit of mischief or ideology.
Recently, legislators were called back to Sacramento to vote on legislation to make California more competitive for "Race to the Top," a $4 billion federal program announced by President Barack Obama earlier this year to encourage innovation in our public schools.
So the latest instance of dire public finances to rear itself in the Santa Clarita Valley relates to the Saugus Union School District, the elementary school district that serves the North River Valencia tracts, the Suncal development of Tesoro del Valle, the areas of Saugus proper and into Canyon Country on the Plum/Whites Canyon corridor.
There are many things that attract us all to the Santa Clarita Valley as a place to call home - great schools, a low crime rate and excellent dining and recreational opportunities.
Santa Clarita gets 50 percent of its water from snowmelt originating in Northern California, in the Sacramento Bay Delta. More than half the state gets water from there.
Periodically, the contemplations of the liberal effect a range of emotions and thoughts for me.
Despite an unprecedented national economic crisis, rising jobless rates, and a housing and credit crisis, the city of Santa Clarita accomplished an impressive work plan in 2009.
On Nov. 23, Steve Lunetta wrote a column ("Eric Holder's bad decisions") in which his fear and misguided logic came shining through in a poorly executed, conservative talking-point stew he attempted to pass off as a column.
To do its part in minimizing the risk of catastrophic impacts from climate change, California has set the target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
Mom was a good, exemplary parent. A product of the Depression, she came from humble roots, never got ahead of herself and always made sure there was food on the table, a roof overhead and that the bills were paid precisely on time.
A day that will live in infamy
I recently joined the social networking site Facebook to better monitor young adult children who live away from home, particularly a daughter in her freshmen year at California State University Channel Islands who seems to provide a real-time update every three seconds or so.
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica - A full-face and profile effigy of former President George W. Bush adorns the check-in area of a small guest house nestled in the rain forest on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. The caption reads: "Wanted for crimes against humanity."
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.