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Acosta officially joins City Council

Posted: April 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Newly elected Santa Clarita City Councilman Dante Acosta takes the oath of office in Council Chambers at City Hall in Valencia on Tuesday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

Surrounded by dozens of friends, family members and supporters, Dante Acosta officially took the oath of office and joined the Santa Clarita City Council during a special meeting Tuesday.

“To the residents of Santa Clarita: Thank you for placing your trust in me to represent you,” Acosta told the crowd in City Hall. “I pledge to work hard to maintain the trust and I pledge to do the best job I can for all the residents of Santa Clarita.”

After taking the oath of office, Acosta was greeted with a prolonged round of applause from those in attendance and took time to thank his supporters, his fellow candidates and his family.

Prior to Acosta being seated, council members voted unanimously to declare official the results of the City Council election where Acosta finished 104 votes ahead of the next-closest candidate, Alan Ferdman.

Acosta pledged to be respectful to members of the public and their viewpoints and asked that people work together to address the issues facing the city.

He said the same of working with his fellow council members.

“I pledge to work with you to keep Santa Clarita one of the best places to live in California,” he said. “And for those times we do disagree, I commit to do so without being disagreeable.”

Mayor Laurene Weste and Councilwoman Marsha McLean were also seated to new terms Tuesday after winning re-election comfortably earlier this month.

“This is an amazing and wonderful community and I’m so proud and honored to live here, to be elected to the City Council, to be able to serve in one of the most unique communities in the United States,” Weste said. “It’s a wonderful place and it is truly a gift to be elected to serve you.”

McLean too said it was an honor to continue serving on the council and that she would continue to work diligently in her role.

“I take my responsibility very seriously and I will continue to work extremely hard to make sure our city remains one of the safest, cleanest, most open and transparent, while looking to the future to make sure our residents receive the service and quality of life we all deserve,” McLean said.

The man who Acosta replaces on the council, Frank Ferry, was not present at Tuesday’s special meeting.
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