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Our View: Experience is best for council

Posted: April 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Although many Santa Clarita residents have already mailed their ballots for the 2012 City Council election, others prefer the time-honored tradition of casting their votes at the polls, and still others may be waffling about voting at all.

So we on The Signal Editorial Board take a moment of your time on this bright Sunday morning to revisit our recommendations and urge those undecided folks — undecided about bothering to vote — to visit their polling places Tuesday.

Five candidates are seeking two seats on the Santa Clarita City Council in Tuesday’s election, including both incumbents.

Probably the single most important issue, though one not always debated, is fiscal soundness. The city has done a remarkable job of managing its money at a time when some other California cities are considering, or have filed for, bankruptcy.

We applaud the fiscal responsibility of current city leaders and offer our first reason for returning council members Bob Kellar and Laurie Ender to office.

Other ongoing issues the council faces include the Whittaker-Bermite brown field cleanup and the battle to keep a giant sand and gravel mine out of Canyon Country.

Both incumbents are dedicated to seeing these issues through in the best interests of Santa Clarita Valley residents.

Challengers stand united with incumbents on the two big environmental issues and offer to focus on a variety of other issues, some old and some new.

Of the three, we see TimBen Boydston as the best alternative to incumbents as someone long involved in the community, well informed and a champion of transparency in government.

Whatever your preference, if you haven’t already mailed your ballot, we urge you to vote the traditional way.

The city’s website has all the information you need, including an electronic version of the sample ballot and a means to look up your polling place, which may be different from the one where you vote in state and national elections.

We urge you to inform yourself on the issues — The Signal’s website has many stories on the campaign — and make your voice heard Tuesday.

As economist Robert W. Flack said, “Local government is the foundation of democracy. If it fails, democracy will fail.”


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