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Why Santa Clarita should re-elect Bob Kellar

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Posted: March 29, 2008 2:50 a.m.
Updated: May 30, 2008 5:02 a.m.
I've lived in Canyon Country for 30 years. Yes, 30 years, and I've loved every minute of living in the Santa Clarita Valley. The overdevelopment throughout the SCV breaks my heart, but change happens. However, my little corner of the universe remains mostly unscathed - and for that I'm grateful.

The wonderful thing about the SCV is that there's really a neighborhood for everyone. In the past 30 years I've had plenty of opportunity to move to any local area, but I've stayed in Canyon Country because I believe it to be the most beautiful and livable area in the SCV.

In my 30 years in the Santa Clarita Valley, I've found that local politics seems to attract equal numbers of heroes and scoundrels.

I'm not here to castigate the latter, but rather, advocate for the former.

Bob Kellar is a hero of the city of Santa Clarita and the entire Santa Clarita Valley.

Here are my top 10 reasons why Canyon Country - and the entire city of Santa Clarita - need to turn out to vote for Bob Kellar and return him to the Santa Clarita City Council on April 8.

* Bob Kellar is Mr. Canyon Country. He is the only candidate to live on the east side - Canyon Country, specifically. He is a longtime resident who understands the plight of Canyon Country and older Newhall.

* Bob Kellar was the first and only candidate to spend the last several years opposing the Cemex megamine, all the while working with Washington D.C. legislators to arrive at a workable solution. He was first on the spot, not a Johnny-come-lately.

* Bob Kellar was the first candidate to state that he had serious concerns regarding the proposed Burrtec MRF on the east side. He was the first and only candidate to state on his campaign Web site that he would not support the project at its proposed location. (See

* Bob Kellar was the swing vote that brought garbage rate parity to the SCV. Despite a long line of movers and shakers who demanded we keep Blue Barrel and the sweetheart deal that the garbage giant had brokered with previous city management, Kellar's was the vote that opened the door for reducing Santa Clarita's garbage fees, fees that were among the highest in the state at the time. He's made the hard decisions - decisions that have benefited the ordinary citizen, not the lobbyists or the influential.

* Bob Kellar has a moral compass that always points north - he is a man of immense integrity and always has what's best for the citizens of the SCV at heart. He is truly one of the good guys!

* Bob Kellar is one of two candidates with a law enforcement background. We've all seen the creeping gang graffiti - don't think for a moment that the barbarians aren't at the gates of our SCV paradise. We need someone with Kellar's background on the council. He knows from experience what the SCV Sheriff's Station is up against.

* Bob Kellar is a straight shooter. In addition, he's approachable and accessible to the citizens of Santa Clarita. He'll tell you what he thinks - and doesn't hide behind vagueness or "political speech."
He'll listen to opposing viewpoints and treats others with dignity and respect.

* Bob Kellar is a strong supporter of the arts. A community needs a mix of arts, sports and educational opportunities (of all types) for its residents. Kellar is one of the few members of the City Council who "walks the walk" to support the arts, education and all things that elevate the life of Santa Clarita residents.

* Bob Kellar regularly attends numerous civic, philanthropic and social events. He is out among the citizens of the SCV like no other candidate running for City Council. In the last year I can't count the number of events I've attended, everything from fundraisers to benefit our vibrant philanthropic community to SCV Chamber of Commerce mixers. Kellar has been everywhere. He's worked as auctioneer helping raise money for everything from the Senior Center to college scholarships. He is truly invested in the well being of the SCV - beyond the borders of the city limits and for all citizens.

* Bob Kellar is the only incumbent running for re-election and will continue to work to preserve our existing neighborhoods while bringing economic vitality to the east side of town.

Michele E. Buttelman is manager/editor of specialty publications for The Signal. Her column reflects her own views, not necessarily those of The Signal.


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