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We can always go back

Posted: September 4, 2010 1:28 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2010 4:30 a.m.

In response to “Library row confounds dogmatics,” (Sept. 1): Interesting how local columnist/conservative naysayer Gary Horton plays on his misinformed understanding of partisan issues surrounding local versus county control of our treasured public libraries.

A star in that debate he didn’t mention by name is our sole opposing voter and much ballyhooed and maligned conservative City Councilman, Bob Kellar.

Kellar, not a darling of the local liberal left, is an intelligent, fair-minded and outspokenly honest individual. 

Fair-minded though Kellar’s nod, the City Council has my vote of confidence in this matter, with this caveat: If taking over our local libraries from the county doesn’t work out, we can always go back. Given the fat surplus the county has made off of us all these years, they’ll take our cash cow back anytime, I assure you.

City Council members did their homework. Forty other cities doing this proves the trend already. No doubt in my mind, given our city’s track record, the quality of our library services will not diminish, but actually improve along with the significant cost savings.

The no-surprise cast (gee, wonder if they’re liberal?) of noise/news-making opposition activists congregating at City Hall does not, for the rest of us, negate our confidence in our City Council’s decision.

Remember, exceptional Santa Clarita residents — largely conservative and Republican — voted in our new city government. (An extra layer of government — gasp. Liberals think Republicans hate government, right?)
Good sense, under conservative watch, dictated strong conservative management principles, guiding us to the formation of a localized, smaller, limited and directly accountable city government. Our city flourished.

City management spends wisely and successfully. Things are so much better than the previous business as usual under the county. Downtown Newhall is being revitalized; the Sports Complex/Aquatics Center is first rate; we have Concerts in the Park; roadway and center median improvements; new city parks and open spaces; recreational activities; and the homeless shelter.

A-plus, city of Santa Clarita. We live within our means and are regarded as a rare economic-bubble city on a hill among cities far more stressed by the worsening economy, budget shortfalls and corrupt mismanagement.


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