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PAID CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT LETTER: Alan Ferdman for City Council

Posted: April 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

The Santa Clarita City Council election of 2012, in hindsight, was a transitional election.

The election included the ousting of a “Sitting Mayor,” the election of a very inquisitive council member and shortly thereafter the retirement of the then city manager.

Our area of the state will soon have a new United States Congressional Representative and Los Angeles County Supervisor. Also our California State Senators and Assembly persons are relatively new to their posts. Additionally, new as well as existing challenges facing our City will need to be addressed and resolved. Challenges such as changing demographics, development, education, growth, health care, traffic and transportation, sanitation and water just to list a few.

Today the City of Santa Clarita is the third largest in Los Angeles County. As such it is experiencing many of the concerns and problems related to that designation. Our City enjoys a very fine, capable and “forward looking” Leadership Team” consisting of 12 members. All of the members, with the exception of three, are fresh and new or relatively new to their current positions.

The citizens of the City of Santa Clarita have both an opportunity and obligation to enhance and ensure a positive transition of our City’s increasingly dynamic role in just, meaningful and representative government. A responsible role that is integral to local, county, state and federal governing.

The imminent City Council election and the 2016 City Council election are truly transitional. As our City evolves, grows, matures and transcends into the second largest city in Los Angeles County, so must our City Council.

While the transition is continuing to evolve the City waits in need of new leadership! The new leadership must consist of leaders who can and will work with others from a position of mutual respect. They must be new leaders who will practice and be committed to critical and independent thinking, with experience doing so, not followers dependent upon others to influence and make decisions for them. The new leaders must be people who will value innovation and support creativity. The new leaders must always be honest and cognizant of the fact that they serve the community and will be a model for all to follow. Also our City’s new leaders must necessarily hold integrity and freedom from corruption as a standard of their behavior. In short our City’s new leaders must value the great diversity of our residential and business communities and maintain public confidence. The demands of our new leaders are clearly stated. They are compelling and significant and expected without waiver!

While there are many new candidates running for City Council all with their own attributes, records of service and claims of worthiness, I, as well as the rest of the electorate, may only vote for up to three of the candidates as there are three seats on the City Council being contended. By April 8 I will have identified three new candidates for whom I will cast my vote. As of today I have identified one new candidate who I believe meets and exceeds the demands of a new leader.

Without reservation I am endorsing the candidacy of Alan Ferdman for City Council. Alan’s demonstrated commitment as a husband of 50 years, father, and grandfather and community leader for more than a decade is above reproach. Alan’s honesty and integrity is unquestionable. His ability to work for and with others from a position of mutual respect is legion. Having known and worked with Alan on city committees and community issues, for nearly a decade, I know firsthand he is more than capable being a transitional leader and new City Council member. Alan is ready to address and work tirelessly with the City’s Leadership Team, businesses, citizens and other governmental agencies and their leaders and staff to resolve the associated challenges and issues facing our City as it evolves and transitions to maturity. I humbly and respectfully urge you exercise one of your votes for Alan Ferdman and two other new candidates for City Council.

Our opportunity, obligation and privilege of electing our governmental leaders, afforded to all of us by the founding fathers of our country, can be fulfilled and met by casting our votes on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

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