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Boydston, Ferry verbally spar during council meeting

Posted: October 23, 2013 5:17 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2013 5:17 p.m.
Santa Clarita City Councilmen TimBen Boydston, left, and Frank Ferry Santa Clarita City Councilmen TimBen Boydston, left, and Frank Ferry
Santa Clarita City Councilmen TimBen Boydston, left, and Frank Ferry

The Santa Clarita City Council’s self-professed “sleeping tiger” awoke again Tuesday night, lashing out at a public speaker whom he called “poison” and “toxic,” as well as a fellow council member whom he said was “full of it.”

Frank Ferry’s outburst followed questioning from Valencia resident Cam Noltemeyer, a chronic city gadfly who asked questions about a waste-disposal issue but did not stay to hear the answers.

Ferry complained about her leaving the meeting before hearing the answers and said she frequently does so.
“So everyone has to understand Cam Noltemeyer is poison and toxic,” Ferry said.

Boydston scolded, “We are not supposed to denigrate, argue with and put down the citizens that come here, no matter how badly we disagree with them.”

But Ferry wasn’t having it.

“You can tell me to sit here and abide by your rules, but you use the rules as a weapon against us and I won’t do it any longer,” he said.

“I can only listen so much before I explode and say, ‘You’re full of it,’” Ferry added.

The 16-year councilman — who just days earlier had taken the stage at the annual State of the City luncheon to apologize for being at times brash and abrasive — left the meeting shortly after the exchange.

Boydston said later he did not intend to upset Ferry with his comments but would not back down from his position.
“Cam Noltemeyer is a citizen of Santa Clarita. It’s our job to represent her,” he said. “And any citizen that comes before us deserves to be treated with respect; and that’s one of our rules.”

Noltemeyer said Wednesday she had received some emails and phone calls regarding the exchange but had not seen it herself. She left the meeting to prepare for guests, she said.

Boydston and Ferry last locked horns in March over a city campaign run while Ferry was mayor. During that sparring, Ferry told Boydston he had “poked the sleeping tiger.”
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