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Tim Myers: Summer of the SCV's discontent

Myers’ Musings

Posted: July 21, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: July 21, 2012 1:30 a.m.

After an unseasonably cool Fourth of July, summer roared in with triple-digit temperatures — and the summer of the SCV’s discontent seemed to begin in earnest.

Can one blame the heat for the bad things that seem to cluster right now during this time of year? The grievances run from the trivial to the dire to the tragic.

First, the trivial: On perhaps the hottest day of the year thus far, in the recycled air of the Santa Clarita City Council chambers, insurgent Councilman Tim Ben Boydston found himself marginalized and disrespected during the confirmation of city commission appointees.

First, the council members refused to approve Boydston’s appointees in total, different from the approval of Councilman Bob Kellar’s appointees just moments earlier.

Second, the council failed to confirm the appointment of Valerie Thomas to the “ever-controversial” Arts Commission in a strange parliamentary maneuver in which Councilwoman Laurene Weste originally abstained, resulting in a 2-2 tie and de facto approval before changing her vote to a no.

Finally, no other council member would even second the motion to confirm Alan Ferdman, Boydston’s supporter and probable candidate for City Council in 2014, to a post on the Parks Commission.

In fact, no one would even speak after Boydston attempted to provoke a response, even throwing down the fact that he deserved confirmation of his appointees since he won by a much larger margin than Mayor Frank Ferry.

The bottom line? For anyone who doubted, Boydston now realizes he represents a party of one on the at-large council, which might perhaps motivate the anti-incumbent partisans to attempt to make history routine with the removal of one or more incumbents in the 2014 election.

On to the more serious: Celia Gallardo found herself under arrest and charged in a real estate Ponzi scheme.

If the name sounds familiar, in 2007, Gallardo first surfaced with accusations from local folks that she had taken money for investments in real estate that provided no returns and lost principle, exploiting an affinity developed by splashing out relatively modest sums to sponsor local chamber and other events.

Discontent reigns high with Gallardo’s alleged victims — with justice delayed five years and absolutely no hope of recovery of their lost savings.

On to the incredibly serious: On a weekday night within 100 yards of the Valencia High School tennis camp with scores of participants and the parking lot of the always-busy Paseo Club, a middle-aged Latino man allegedly attempted to abduct a 17-year-old girl who got away and then contacted law enforcement, stating that the potential criminal made his escape down Decoro Drive in the heart of the North River part of Valencia.

And finally, the dire: Starting in May, ironically also Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a carnage began on our local highways and byways that hearkens back to the days of the extremely treacherous Ridge Route between the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Joaquin Valley.

Unfortunately, the local residents could not complain of infrastructure, since the dry roads, unlimited visibility and high-tech vehicles loaded with safety equipment would normally make for extremely safe driving.

Instead, it appears that speed and negligence caused the self-inflicted carnage. Most recently, a local family mourned the loss of one son and prayed for the recovery of the other from grievous injuries, after witnesses said the vehicle appeared to travel at an extremely high rate of speed before the driver lost control.

But next month, besides the extreme heat, the story that will still endure? The continued marginalization and isolation of Councilman TimBen Boydston and the latest trivial offense perpetrated to his elected position.

And perhaps, that is the worst tragedy of all.

Tim Myers is a Valencia resident.


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