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Boydston and Gauny for City Council

Posted: March 9, 2010 10:16 p.m.
Updated: March 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
I am supporting TimBen Boydston and David Gauny for the City Council in the upcoming election.

The main reason is that we need to see more open government in Santa Clarita. One of the foundations of Boydston’s campaign is openness in government. This is not just a campaign slogan. He demonstrated openness and a willingness to hear the people when he served on the council in 2007 and 2008.

As my first foray into local politics, I organized a campaign to fight the open space district campaign in 2007, as I considered it an unfair form of taxation. I have no intention of rehashing the campaign here, but bring it up only to point out the difference between Boydston and the incumbents currently on the council.

During the campaign I sent several e-mails to the council expressing my concerns about the measure. Boydston was the only council member to respond to me.

I was really disillusioned to see a non-transparent campaign where the financing was not disclosed, a hidden and grossly unfair ballot weighting favoring developers was used and untrue claims were made that the money could only be used for the purchase of vacant land.

When we disputed the last claim, Boydston followed through with the city’s legal counsel. Through his efforts we learned the money can be used for anything in the parks and recreation department. Boydston has repeated this openness to many other citizens throughout the city on other pressing issues.

During the open space campaign, I had the pleasure of getting to know Gauny, who had organized Smart Growth SCV and was fighting for the citizens against the unreasonable expansion of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

He is also a true candidate for the people of Santa Clarita.

Please join me in casting one vote for Boydston, one vote for Gauny and no votes for any of the three incumbents. We need this change for openness in our council now, more than ever.

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