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Daniel Henriquez: My nonpolitical experience speaks for itself

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Posted: March 27, 2010 8:37 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
It has been said the quality of life in Santa Clarita is high, but this is not because our City Council did this.

It's because we as residents demand that our money be spent here and that our money not be spent on frivolous or senseless things, and as such we vote this way.

This City Council election, more than any other, has significance beyond others in the past for many reasons, but only a select few get swept under the rug.

One is the fact the three incumbents seeking re-election are all seeking their third or fourth terms and equate this to public confidence. On the contrary, the public is shouting a vote of "no confidence" in the current City Council and demand a change.

As a 20-year naval officer, Desert Storm veteran, with an accounting degree and an MBA in business and tax law - along with my extensive financial background - the residents believe I am best qualified to suit the needs for our city.

There is also the intentional distortion of information by the council and the city, and the lack of transparency of other information.
This is true when it comes to the lawsuit regarding the cross-valley connector, which became known due to the recent loss in the appeals court and payments of $800,000 beginning this year - causing a deficit of the same amount.

Add to this the fact the City Council has for months stated the budget is balanced, even though we will face certain cuts in the coming year.

Here is my proposal of new and fresh leadership the residents are expecting:

Balancing the budget
The budget should be balanced regardless of additional costs due to secret deals and lawsuits, and even in the economic stress we face now. Also, the residents need to know all the information (beforehand) about it, even when there may be a shortfall.

Supporting public safety
Our city is ranked as one of the safest cities in America and this is because of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, our firefighters and the California Highway Patrol, in which I have many close friends, and all support me for City Council.
That said, the appropriation of funds to fight gangs, violence or graffiti is the easy part. The hard part is performed by the aforementioned departments, and they deserve all the credit - not the City Council. As such, I will assure them appropriate funds to continue their efforts effectively.

Business and jobs
Business-building and job promotion go hand-in-hand, including recognizing that small businesses are the backbone of the American - and Santa Clarita - economy. That, coupled with large business, creates better and higher-paying jobs, increased resident employment and a stronger economy within our city through growth.

The term "business-friendly" has been thrown around lately to counter the fact our City Council is "driving out" automotive businesses with the downtown Newhall redevelopment plan it approved.

Most of these businesses have been in Newhall for more than 20 years (some more than 25 years) and generate a tax base that helped to fund this redevelopment. This is "discrimination and segregation" and should not be tolerated.

My experience speaks for itself, and it's not political experience. I am not a politician, I am a resident who cares.

Government needs to be rotated out so it does not become stagnant. Government is a privilege, not a career.

Our city needs another "grassroots" movement like in 2008, when Councilwoman Laurie Ender was elected and broke the "good ole boy" attitude. I look forward to the residents electing me, and serving Santa Clarita to the fullest extent of my capabilities with honor and integrity.

Daniel Henriquez is a Canyon Country resident and a candidate in the April 2010 City Council election. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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