To The Editor: I am writing today on behalf of Diane Trautman, a highly qualified candidate who will make a great addition to the Santa Clarita City Council. I met Diane back in 1998 at James Foster Elementary School. She was heavily involved with PTA and the school, and her commitment and dedication to Foster helped make the school a great place for our kids and a great place for parents to become involved. Over ...
To The Editor: The city of Santa Clarita has evolved over the past two decades with worthy expansion and development. As we move toward the future, though, the viability of our infrastructure will depend on those who recognize balance between our social and economic needs. Until now, the needs of our senior population have largely been ignored.
To The Editor: It seems "fashionable" for some members of Santa Clarita's City Council to claim stupidity when they get caught with their hand in the cookie jar. It appears as though all a person has to say when they get caught is: "I'm sorry, I didn't know the law," or "I may have violated state law."
The Signal's recent reporting of Mayor Bob Kellar's omissions on state disclosure forms is unnecessarily slanted to suggest these omissions are nefarious, versus mistakes or oversights.
To The Editor: Your vote on April 8, for the City Council election is important. It is the opportunity to support leaders who carry your vision, share your values, reflect your ideas and thoughts about the needs of the city of Santa Clarita, and demonstrate a willingness to listen to constituents.
To The Editor: After reading recent Signal articles about our esteemed city councilman Bob Kellar (regarding Form 700 income disclosure) and Frank Ferry (regarding campaign mailers for Bob Keller and Laurie Ender), I am forced to come to one of two possible conclusions:
To The Editor: Diane Trautman is my choice for City Council. I had known of Diane for years and was impressed with her performance as a planning commissioner. She had obviously done her homework before she came to the meetings, had studied the issues, was able to ask probing questions and reach decisions which were good for the entire community. A year ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Diane when we were both involved ...
To The Editor: I have known Bob Spierer for about 30 years. He is one of the most conscientious persons that I have known. He is a passionate advocate for the things that we as citizens of the city of Santa Clarita demand of our city and government officials: honesty, intelligence, political skill and our shared values. During my career as a deputy sheriff I was selected to be the narcotic enforcement supervisor for the ...
To The Editor: What struck me while reading a recent article about Las Lomas was a quote from our own Lisa Hardy. Lisa is one of many who "rightfully" oppose this proposed development. Her quote in the article was, "It is so grossly incompatible with its surroundings, it violates every principle of urban planning."
To the Editor: We are writing in response to the Gates-King industrial project. We read this morning that this project, which has been approved, will mean the removal of 1,400 oak trees. If even half that number are removed, it is entirely too much. Recently, we the voters approved raising our taxes in order to create open space around our city. Now our council chooses to support a project that will destroy many oaks within ...
To The Editor: I am writing in support of Laurie Ender for City Council. The citizens of Santa Clarita will benefit greatly by electing Laurie Ender to the City Council on April 8.
To The Editor: :In Ms. Wright's letter ("Republicans: Foes of Education," March 14, 2008) she insinuates that the Hart School District budget deficit was caused by the Republicans' reluctance to do away with the so-called "Yacht Tax." It would be best to know exactly what this tax really is.
Editors' Note: The Signal's coverage of Mayor Bob Kellar's conflict with the state Fair Political Practices Commission generated a lot of mail and discussion on our Web site. Some objected to The Signal's coverage as biased and wrong-headed; others were amazed that Kellar didn't quickly report the missing information to the state. Here are the recent letters received about the controversy. Please share your thoughts. The Signal welcomes letters endorsing Santa Clarita City Council candidates. ...
To The Editor: The current City Council election really comes down to a vote for a candidate who believes in intelligent development or one who believes in uncontrolled development. The choice is between the planned community or rampant commercial construction on any open piece of land. Already we can see the implementation of mall expansions, mini-mall proliferation and office building encroachment into residential areas. The result is traffic aggravation, green-scape elimination and empty buildings. The ...
To The Editor: A mailer distributed by Laurie Ender directly attacking City Council candidate Bob Spierer raises significant questions. Is this win at any cost? Is this desperation? Is this a matter of ethics or incompetence? Ender cited a lack of a hospital expansion stance by Bob Spierer, yet in a live appearance on local radio station KHTS, Spierer clearly stated he was in favor of the expansion as long as the most significantly impacted ...
I am very concerned that our democracy does not work in the Senate.
Jonathan Kraut's "Blame the bombers and nothing else" (April 23) is right about one thing: the acts perpetrated by the alleged Boston Marathon bombers the Tsarnaev brothers; Newtown's Adam Lanza; and cop terrorist Christopher Darner were all seeded in hate.
Congratulations to Scott Wilk on his success in gaining the approval of the Higher Education Committee of the Assembly for AB 806.
I really have to wonder at what passes for thinking in liberals. In his column - or maybe "rant" would be more accurate - on Wednesday, Gary Horton goes on a wild spree of finger-pointing about the failure of new gun control legislation at the federal level.
When I think about what the American people wanted in regards to gun control and what their representatives in Congress did for them, only one word comes to mind: betrayed.
Although the average American can celebrate Tax Freedom Day on April 18, Californians must wait nearly a week longer - until April 24 - to join the celebration.
California's single-party supermajority in Sacramento continues to churn out bad bills, harming children and families in the Golden State.
After reading lots of negative letters from a group I call "The Angry Five," I have a very positive story to tell.
It seems that it is difficult for some people to react to good news and a positive theme, especially the one relating to alcoholism.
As is usual in his columns, Kevin Buck took some big liberties with the truth in his column "It's been a long and winding road" (April 16), in which he lauded Democrats for everything good in this country while blaming Republicans for everything bad.
Kim Jong-Un is the current leader of North Korea, and I believe whenever he has enough nuclear power to reach mainland America he shall do so.
A column by Kevin Bayona published earlier this month tells us we should not be ashamed of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I just wanted to belatedly thank the Santa Clarita City Council for continuing the great tradition of honoring our country and its soldiers by placing flags along Lyons Avenue.
I was pleased to see your coverage on the National Parks Service's recommendations on the National Recreation Area.
On Friday, April 12, schools in Valencia were closed. Why? They seem to be closed much too often.