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Ender ignores facts

Posted: March 18, 2008 2:26 a.m.
Updated: May 19, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Does City Council candidate Laurie Ender make up facts, or just ignore them? In her op-ed piece in The Signal about her candidacy (March 9, 2008), she stated that every other candidate has flip-flopped on the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital expansion plan.

Either she doesn't pay attention or she ignores the facts. Council candidates Diane Trautman and Bob Kellar have both opposed the proposed hospital expansion. Both have stated that the patient tower must be part of the plan, and that there must be a guarantee that it will be built.

Even if you disagree with their views, you cannot call either of them a flip-flopper. However, Laurie Ender recently flip-flopped on the issue of a code of ethics. Originally, she didn't see the need for one and opposed such a code; now she supports it.

When it comes to making claims, Mrs. Ender either fails to do her homework or just ignores the facts. During a Canyon Country advisory forum, she stated that Santa Clarita is the second safest city in America, but did not offer any references to back her claim.

Instead, council candidate Bob Spierer corrected her and advised that pursuant to the Morgan Quitno report (which is based upon FBI statistics), we are ranked the 49th safest city. If Ms. Ender wants to make claims, she should at least be ready to offer some sort of support.

In another example of her failure to understand the issues concerning our community, when asked if she could do one thing for Canyon Country, she stated that she would put in a community center.

Most residents of Canyon Country would make the argument that a sheriff's sub-station, economic development and median beautification would be higher priorities than a community center.

Lastly, if you pay particular attention to Mrs. Ender's answers during the various forums, she goes out of her way to not take a stand on issues, except for Las Lomas (which she opposes), Cemex (which she opposes) and the hospital expansion (which she supports).

When asked about roads, she said she would go to the state for additional funding. With the state in a fiscal crisis, I am sure it would be more than willing to cut a check for additional roads.

Better yet, when asked about senior affordable housing, her answer was to ask the county for help. Whereas the other candidates offered detailed plans on how they would address this issue by working with developers and non-profits, once again she failed to research the issue and put together a coherent policy.

Although I admire Ms. Ender for her community service and support of our city, I don't think she has a grasp of the issues which are required for members of our City Council. She has been described as a "cheerleader" for the city, and I think she would best serve the community by remaining one.


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