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Councilman wants God in city logo

Decision could be left for public to vote on

Posted: April 16, 2009 1:12 a.m.
Updated: April 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.

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City Councilman Bob Kellar wants to ask Santa Clarita voters to add the phrase "In God We Trust" to the city logo next April.

The council unanimously agreed Tuesday night to put a discussion of the matter on a future meeting agenda.

"I think it's important that we as Americans recognize the principles that made this country great," Kellar said Wednesday. "We've gotten away from some things that are so valuable."

The colorful Santa Clarita logo is different from the city seal. The latter is a stamp for official documents that simply bears the name of the city and county and the date of incorporation.

Kellar said he was inspired to bring the matter up after seeing Victorville residents celebrating the addition of the phrase to that city's logo.

He said he'd prefer to see the people decide, rather than having the council make the decision.

"I think our community is a faith-based community," Mayor Frank Ferry said. "Anytime there's a controversial issue, you generally want to leave that decision in the public's hands."

The city of Victorville added "In God We Trust" to the city logo hanging in its city council chambers in July 2006 after the decision was made by the council, Victorville spokeswoman Yvonne Hester said.

She said there was no local opposition to the matter.

It remains unclear how much it would cost Santa Clarita to change the logo, but Kellar said he'd want to keep the price tag as low as possible.

Rather than changing anything bearing the city logo - stationery, for example - should the change be approved, he'd prefer to see the change happen when new supplies are needed, Kellar said.

"I sort of have mixed feelings about it," said Rev. Lynn Jay of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, and president of the Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council. "I don't know that I would oppose it.

"I think I'd want to have discussions about ‘Why, In God We Trust?' and do we really think it's going to make a difference?"

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