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Tax ‘tea party’ planned

Event is meant to get the attention of politicians, organizer says

Posted: April 12, 2009 1:00 a.m.
Updated: April 12, 2009 8:00 a.m.
While some people may be scrambling to file their taxes, a group of local residents is getting ready to party like it's 1773.

Santa Clarita is home to one of roughly 1,800 "Tax Day Tea Parties" organized across the country and set for Wednesday, the deadline for filing state and federal income tax returns.

"By actually getting out on the streets, we want to ensure that our representatives really understand ... we want to be heard," said Linda Paine, a Saugus resident who has helped organized the protest set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday outside Santa Clarita City Hall. "We voted them in and we can vote them out," she proclaimed.

The protest is nonpartisan, the self-proclaimed "Reagan Republican" said, as recent tax increases impact everyone despite their political affiliation.

Paine said she's seen an "incredible response" to the planned tea party, and expects at least 1,000 sign-toting protesters to line Valencia Boulevard Wednesday.

Additionally, donations of canned food will be collected during the protest Wednesday for the SCV Food Pantry.

For more information about the protest, call Paine at (661) 313-5251 or visit


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