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Kellar says chloride, Cemex among top priorities as mayor

Longtime councilman assumes mayoral duties Tuesday night

Posted: December 11, 2012 6:28 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2012 6:28 p.m.

As he enters his third term as Santa Clarita’s mayor, Bob Kellar says little, fundamentally, has changed since he was first elected to the City Council 12 years ago.

“Our collective goal has been, and will continue to be, to make sure we are available and responsible to our citizens and a good neighbor and positive influence in our region,” Kellar said in his office Tuesday.

First elected to the council in 2000, Kellar served as Santa Clarita’s mayor in 2004 and 2008. He was officially confirmed to a third term during a special council meeting Tuesday.

In his third go-around as mayor, Kellar said he will continue to push “quality of life issues” such as public safety, parks and recreation services and other public amenities.

Kellar also said he and other council members will examine the city’s options for reducing chloride levels in water, move forward with the ongoing cleanup of the old Whittaker-Bermite munitions site and continue to push for a legislative solution to the city’s battle over the Cemex open-pit mine in Soledad Canyon.

Kellar said he enjoys working with his fellow council members, including recently elected Councilman TimBen Boydston, who Kellar said brings a new, outside perspective to the council that could be misinterpreted as contrarian or combative.

This, Kellar said, is because Boydston has proposed changes to city procedures that other council members have worked with for years.

“This has created a circumstance where he seemingly functions apart from the council, since he is bringing up things he would like to change that we are personally comfortable with,” Kellar said.

Though the position of mayor is largely ceremonial and usually rotates between City Council members every year, Kellar says there are benefits to the office.

“The title gives us the ability to do additional things, gives us additional leverage to win the battles we try to win,” Kellar said.




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