Well, if you noticed the SCV Beacon hacked again. I know what you’re thing; “Was it Chuck Champion at the Signal?” I don’t think so because this was a very sophisticated attack that infected to code behind the home page and took out some of our backups. It all had to be rebuilt from the ground up. All for what purpose? To prove that the hackers could, which is apparently the only reason as far as we can tell.

It makes me wonder why such talented individuals don’t just turn those skills into a legitimate business of helping protect websites from these types of hacks. The knowledge and skill that some of these hackers possess could make a positive impact on the world; could help people and make a good living at the same time. I think that people who write code are artists with math. They can create a thing of beauty, software, out of their own minds, their own creativity, like a painter filling a blank canvas. Yet they waste their time disrupting sites for no apparent gain.     

But, with every setback, there is always a silver lining. For me, that is the rethinking of this website which has now been publishing daily, except for the hack, for more than a decade. We have broken stories first, exposed the horrific issues at the local hospital, spotlighted the greed and malfeasance at the local performing arts center, and served up blunt truths about local political candidates. But, I must admit lately it has been thin on any of that.

So, what now? Where does the site go from here? Those are the questions that I have been pondering for the last week or so. I can remember when I first started the site, one of the publishers at The Signal predicted that online sites like The SCV Beacon would “blow away.”

How wrong he was, instead the opposite has happened, we’ve lasted and are self-sustaining while the local papers circle the drain in a slow-motion death spiral. Not long ago, the SCV Chamber canceled its subscription to the Santa Clarita Gazette because it goes directly into the recycling bin unread. The Gazette is an appendage, of dubious journalistic quality, of the Signal, which itself is irrelevant in the Santa Clarita Valley. That is largely due to self-inflicted mismanagement and misjudgment of the marketplace. That is one of the reasons that the SCV Beacon exists today, as well as other sites that have come and gone along with the various social media pages.

The SCV Beacon will change again, continue to evolve but that is the key to it, change. And so, we will be re-tooling what we’re doing - some columnists will stay, others will go and we will continue to be a beacon of truth and information. I’m very pleased with the impact and influence that this site has had over the years.

This site is here to stay but like everything in this world it will be changing in the coming weeks, months, and years. I will, for my part, be trying to get back to a weekly column and exposing some of the local shenanigans that have been popping up like in a whack-a-mole game. We’ll be pounding a few back down from time to time, especially when I become much less constrained.

Until next week, I hope you stay cool and have a wonderful week.

Dave Bossert—Commentary

Dave Bossert is a community volunteer who serves on several boards and councils. His commentaries represent his own opinions and not necessarily the views of any organization he may be affiliated with or those of The SCV Beacon.