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Roger Gitlin: Chambering a bullet vote for David Gauny

Posted: March 12, 2010 6:46 p.m.
Updated: March 14, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Any day now, you will receive in your mailbox a ballot for the April 13 Santa Clarita City Council election. Most of you will also receive your permanent absentee ballot.

All voters get three bullets to load into your ballot pistol. I am recommending you only use one bullet and vote for the most refreshing breath of fresh air the city of Santa Clarita has seen in many, many years: David Gauny.

I am bullet voting for Gauny because the rest of the council candidates are so mediocre and ordinary, it is no wonder voter apathy is so high in our community.

First and foremost, Gauny is supported by Councilman Bob Kellar. Kellar needs some help on the council; let's show our support for him by electing Gauny.

Second, Gauny displayed great organizational skills in preventing the expansion of an office building development adjacent to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital while no additional beds were planned. The G&L Realty development project was a poorly designed plan that would have caused additional traffic issues while ignoring the expansion of the hospital.

Third, Gauny early on has recognized the devastating effects that illegal immigration has brought upon our community, and I am confident his election will embolden the council to be more forthright in expressing its intentions to help solve the problem. The previous council has been tone-deaf and bone-blind in making the slightest attempt to make the effort to confront the illegal immigration problem in Santa Clarita.

Gauny has promised - and I believe him - once he is elected, to contribute salient and viable solutions as to what the city of Santa Clarita can do to solve the illegal immigration problem.

Fourth, Gauny wants to bring more high-paying jobs to our city. Right now, so many of the new jobs created are low-paying positions that contribute little to our local economy. Gauny is the candidate for the small businessman. I like that.

And lastly, Gauny is accessible. Like Kellar, Gauny will be there to respond to my concerns. Though I cannot expect I would agree on every city-related issue on which Gauny will vote, at least I know he will be accessible to me, to hear what I have to say and factor in my concerns as he considers his vote.

Over the years, I must tell you the incumbents running for re-election, with the possible exception of Laurene Weste, have essentially ignored and deflected citizens like me. I so wished Weste would have separated herself from the other incumbents, but she did not do so.

During the recent anti-illegal-immigration frenzy in which Kellar delivered some poignant and relevant remarks, the council, with the exception of Weste, was all to quick to throw Kellar "under the bus."

When community reaction was so positive for Kellar, the incumbents quickly retreated and painted themselves into a corner. The latest gesture was to ceremonially approve U.S. House resolutions concerning illegal immigration.

Do I not recognize this meaningless gesture as transparent? Of course I do.

That's why I am recommending a bullet vote for Gauny.

So, check your ballot as it arrives, and check one name only, David Gauny, and send it back to the City Clerk.

Roger Gitlin is a teacher and founding member of the Santa Clarita Valley Independent Minutemen. He can be reached at His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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