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‘Party’ time at City Hall

Tea party protest draws small crowd

Posted: July 4, 2009 10:59 p.m.
Updated: July 5, 2009 4:30 a.m.

About 50 people staged a protest outside Santa Clarita City Hall on Saturday, hoisting signs and calling for change in the direction of the federal government.

The “tea party” protest was organized through grassroots efforts, including e-mail and word of mouth, said Pat Hummel of Valencia.

The Independence Day gathering stood in contrast to a similar protest staged in front of City Hall on income-tax day April 15. That event drew at least several hundred people.

A “Don’t Tread on Me” flag billowed among the protesters, whose signs included slogans such as “No Fed Med,” “Prisoner of Obama’s Policies — POOP” and “Socialism is the problem, not the answer.”

“We want America to wake up,” said Donna Lee of Valencia. “Big government is not a good thing. I just want people to wake up and read the Constitution.”

Vehicle traffic on Valencia Boulevard was light Saturday afternoon, and the protesters were met by honking horns from passing motorists.

“I was born in 1932 and I’ve seen the best and worst of it,” Castaic resident Joan Byrd said. “I believe in the Constitution and the Bill of

Rights that are being trampled on right now.”

Byrd said she wants to see Americans paying more attention to the political climate, and she said a change is needed from the present presidential administration.

Despite a dismal economy and concerns about the country’s leadership, Byrd said she still has hope for the future.

“Seeing these people here today ... where we’re all of the same mind,” gives her hope, she said.

“The American flag gives me hope.”



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