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Why I’m voting for Lutness

Environmentally Speaking

Posted: October 29, 2008 5:35 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2008 5:00 a.m.
I like Cameron Smyth. He is personable and easy to talk to. But when it comes to the environment, he just plain votes the wrong way.

If you are concerned about dependence on foreign oil, he is not your man.

His background as a public-relations person for Shell Oil, along with the campaign contributions he received from various oil companies (some $20,000 as of the Sept. 23 reporting), ensures that he has more than a good understaning of the interests of big oil.

Sure enough, he voted against the solar water heater bill AB1470 that would have reduced our use of fossil fuels. He voted no on SB375 that would begin to address global warming in land use approvals.

Worried about the high ozone levels in Santa Clarita that cause asthma in our children and affects the health of all of us? Smyth voted against the clean ports bill, SB974.

The city of Santa Clarita claims that most of our air pollution comes from outside the city, with the Port of Los Angeles being a major contributor. Guess he wasn’t too worried about cleaning up our air.

Are you worried about toxic chemicals in plastic packaging and plastic bottles? He voted against bills that would have banned BPA and PFC chemicals in plastic packaging and plastic bottles.

Are you worried about clean water? With Rocketdyne and the Whittiker-Bermite cleanup projects both in the 38th Assembly District, this issue should be a priority in voters’ minds.

Cameron Symth voted against AB2046, a bill that would have required a plan and a timeline to count the polluted water beneath these sites as available for new development.

Sustainable building standards? He voted against AB 35 that would have required sustainable building standards in government building.

He voted against AB2447, a law to ensure a development in a high-fire-hazard zone will have two exits. This is exactly the issue we have been concerned about for the Lyons Canyon project.

I guess he figures people will just not buy there. But most people erroneously assume that if the local government approves it, the project is safe. This is not the case.

I urge you to check out Smyth’s voting record at, a non-partisan Web site that lists the bills in the Legislature and how our electeds voted.

If the environment is a big issue for you, it is important to review the voting records of our local legislators. I think it will be obvious why my vote goes to Carole Lutness.

This is not an endorsement from SCOPE. SCOPE is a non-profit organization and cannot endorse individual candidates.

It is a personal endorsement, because I know Carole Lutness ( really cares about our environment. I have worked with her for many years on environmental issues, as well as election and ethics reform. I have also been volunteering on her campaign because I know of her concerns and commitment.

Lynne Plambeck is president of the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment (SCOPE) and a Santa Clarita resident. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily that of The Signal. “Environmentally Speaking” appears Thursdays.


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