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Weste takes over as Santa Clarita mayor

Posted: December 11, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 11, 2013 2:00 a.m.
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Laurene Weste

Saying she wants to continue the city’s “forward momentum,” City Councilwoman Laurene Weste took hold of the gavel as Santa Clarita’s new mayor during a special council meeting Tuesday night.

Weste was first elected in 1998 and served as the city’s mayor pro tem this year.

Weste was voted to the office without much discussion, though Councilman TimBen Boydston did nominate outgoing Mayor Bob Kellar for another term before voting for Weste.

After taking the oath of office, Weste said one of her top priorities would be continuing the city’s “forward momentum.”

“I want to make sure we are continuing to forge the highest quality of life for our residents and our businesses in Santa Clarita,” she said.

Such quality of life issues include ensuring the crime rate is low, open space is preserved and the city continues to advocate for economic development, Weste said.

“This is a team effort and one that we embark on together and with our community members,” Weste said.

The position of mayor in Santa Clarita is largely ceremonial and tends to rotate between council members on a yearly basis.

Before the gavel was handed over, numerous organizations and officials turned out to honor and thank Kellar, who wrapped up his third term as mayor.

Kellar said he has been honored to serve on the City Council.

“There’s no limit to what we can accomplish here in Santa Clarita and I’m just proud to be part of the team,” he said. “And thank you very, very much.”

Councilwoman Marsha McLean was also selected to serve as mayor pro tem at Tuesday’s meeting. McLean was first elected to the council in 2002.
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