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Sunday, August 20, 2017
Over the past 2 months, I’ve been holding community chats all around the 38th Assembly District (Simi Valley, San Fernando Valley, and Santa Clarita Valley) so I can listen to concerns from residents in face-to-face conversations. I’ve heard a...
With the 2016 elections behind us, our time to take a deep breath and enjoy the ephemeral peace from political campaigns until 2018 appeared to be at hand. Recently though, three individuals have formally announced their candidacy for the...
The City of Santa Clarita was recently named one of the Top 100 Safest Cities in America by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. Among cities with a population size of 200,000 or more, Santa Clarita ranked...
The June 13 Santa Clarita City Council meeting was expected to be long; lasting close to three hours, it did not disappoint. While only about 30 minutes were spent discussing our annual city budget (I guess not too many people...
Earlier this year I applied for appointment to the vacant Santa Clarita City Council seat, and a bit later for the vacated Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission seat. I have never before pursued public office, but given the...
The Signal article “White House pulls Republican healthcare plan” left so much unsaid. The only two people interviewed were pro-Obamacare while those who experience the Unaffordable Care Act were absent. One local lady interviewed, a nurse, extolled the virtues of the...
A lot of hay was made about U.S. Representative Steve Knight’s town hall meeting on March 4. Apparently the pessimistic views were: the meeting wasn’t for the right reasons (he had to be “cajoled” and guilted”); it wasn’t the right...
An open-top tractor-trailer motors down the Highway 14 freeway. Gravel, piled high in back, ricochets off the pavement as the tractor bounces down the bumpy highway, losing bits of sand and rock at every turn. Imagine driving the car behind...
Since the November election came to a close, the lies and misinformation keep coming from the fringe left-wingers in the Santa Clarita Valley, Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment. First we had the group challenging the planned joining...
Every day on social media, I’m asked to defend my decision to vote (or not vote) in this election. Depending on who is asking my tone may differ, but the essence of my answer remains constant: I believe voting...
When a coworker shows up to work sneezing and coughing, there’s often a lot of grumbling for him or her to go home instead of potentially getting everyone sick. After all, nobody wants to get sick and have to leave...
If I had an opportunity to travel in time, I wouldn’t mind going back to 2008 and voting twice against Proposition 1A, the High Speed Rail Project. Luckily for me — and you — another bite at the apple...
Well, so far the 2016 political season is living up to the hype. Let’s just hope the Super Bowl does the same! The Iowa caucus delivered on both sides with the Democrat and Republican front-runners each ending up as the...
The Internet Revolution and globalization has made creating an excellent public education system an essential strategy for America to remain economically competitive, but it’s a moral imperative as well. This convergence has created a new world where a kid...
Last Saturday was a tough day for Santa Clarita. In a fitting tribute complete with Harley Davidsons and military fly-overs, we said goodbye to Duane Harte, the man many have referred to as the heart of Santa Clarita. Looking at...
Cemex. When will they ever learn? With the Bureau of Land Management’s action to cancel the contract of Cemex — effectively bringing to an end our decade-long fight against one of the largest proposed sand and gravel mines in the...
“Politics ain’t beanbag” is the famous statement of Mr. Dooley, an Irish-American character of writer Finley Peter Dunne, and it’s as applicable today as it was in 1895 when it was written. This year alone, from Santa Clarita to Washington...
In recent years, our community has gone to great lengths to reduce chloride levels in the water we send downstream into Ventura County. First, we banned the installation of new salt-based water softeners, and then we approved a measure...
In recent weeks, Santa Clarita has been the focus of national news stories over the comments of City Councilman Bob Kellar. I have known Kellar for more than a dozen years and spent six years serving with him on...
Throughout my time in the Legislature, I have worked closely with my colleagues - both Republicans and Democrats - in an effort to stem the flow of runaway film production that takes so many jobs out of our community. Year...

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