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Marsha McLean: I'll do the best I can for Santa Clarita

Posted: February 26, 2010 5:21 p.m.
Updated: February 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Editor's note: This is one in a series of columns from candidates in the 2010 Santa Clarita City Council race.

You elected me four years ago and I have been your full-time city councilwoman, available every day to personally answer your e-mail, speak to you by phone, visit with you at City Hall or stop to chat with you while out and about in our community.

I am proud to serve as your current mayor pro-tem and look forward to serving as mayor in December 2010. I served as mayor in 2007 during some dangerous and challenging emergencies and worked successfully with officials to enhance communication and procedures to make our community safer in case of any future disasters.

Unlike many cities in California, Santa Clarita is financially stable with a balanced budget and a 15 percent reserve. I have been working with the community on major concerns such as traffic, overcrowding, parks, open space and youth and safety programs - and I have provided solutions.

My extensive background working with county, state and federal legislators, my active involvement in nonprofit organizations and my experience as a businesswoman have given me the ability to develop partnerships that create positive results for our community.

I led the fight to keep the world's largest garbage dump out of our pristine Angeles National Forest in Elsmere Canyon, at the gateway to our city, keeping 2,400 truck trips a day from clogging our freeways.

Each day I work to ensure that development inside and outside of city limits brings exceptional benefits to improve and expand our roads, parks, schools, libraries, hospitals and safety programs, while increasing our economic stability, protecting existing neighborhoods and preserving open space and our water supply.

I firmly believe Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus and Valencia must receive equal representation.
One Valley, One Vision is an important tool to guide Santa Clarita to the best possible future. The planning started more than 10 years ago and I have been an active participant from the beginning.

The process has been an open one, giving anyone interested an opportunity to comment and shape the way our city will grow. OVOV is a joint effort between the city and Los Angeles County.

It is actually two general plans; one for the city and one for the county. OVOV is not complete - it is a work in progress. It will go through public hearings and I urge you to get involved in the process.

The state has recently passed legislation to mandate how we are allowed to plan growth in our community. With my active participation on the SCAG Regional Council, and as a director on the board of the state League of California Cities, I will be a strong voice and advocate for our great city.

Transportation issues are important to our community, and our city has invested more than $250 million for new roads and improvements such as signal synchronization and new technologies in answer to residents' concerns about congestion.
I am the City Council's representative on the North County Transportation Coalition; a director on the Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council (SCAG); I serve on the Transportation Policy Committee for SCAG; I am the vice-chair of the Orangeline Development Authority (High Speed Transit); and I am a member of the Golden State Gateway Coalition and the SCV Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee.

I am an active participant on these boards and commissions because our city needs to have a voice in order to gain our fair share of funds - both state and federal - to be able to build new roads, provide dedicated truck lanes on Interstate 5, improve traffic flow on Highway 14 and to provide adequate transit for those who need to get to and from work in the most expedient way possible.
Public safety is important to me - we need keep neighborhoods safe and maintain zero tolerance for graffiti. It is an honor to have the support of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, the Professional Peace Officers Association, and county Firefighters Local 1014.

I am endorsed by seniors, legislators, educators, environmentalists, business owners and residents.

Anyone can identify the issues and claim to have the solutions. With my background and experience working with county, state and federal legislators I have provided solutions and I will continue working toward the best possible future for Santa Clarita.
With your vote on April 13, I promise to continue working full time for the citizens of Santa Clarita. If you vote by mail, please scroll down the ballot to find my name, Marsha McLean.

Please call me at (661) 255-1259 or visit www.reelectmarshamclean.com.

Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Marsha McLean is a Newhall resident. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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