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UPDATED: Locals tea off in front of City Hall

Politics: Protesters mark Tax Day with demonstration

Posted: April 15, 2010 10:32 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2010 10:00 a.m.

From left, Bill Gausnell, Lisa Digiacomo, and Kathy Gabel join hundreds of participants at a tea party rally that lined both sides of Valencia Blvd. near City Hall on Thursday.

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Decked in all white, Sylmar resident Cindy DeShields, 41, stood in front of Santa Clarita City Hall on Thursday afternoon with hundreds of others, waving a homemade sign that read: “Obamahood robs the rich and the poor and gives to the lazy.”

“I’m sick of Obama’s agenda,” DeShields said. “He’s a Marxist socialist who wants to take over everything. Pretty soon he’s going to tell us what to eat and drink. I’m out here today for my children’s future.”

It was April 15, Tax Day 2010 in Santa Clarita, and the “tea party” demonstrators weren’t happy.

DeShields and other protesters bemoaned taxes and government spending. Estimates of the size of the rally at 5:45 p.m. ranged from about 550 to organizers’ claims of nearly 1,000.

Hundreds of motorists honked their car horns as they drove by the Santa Clarita Valley Tea Party demonstrators. Some pumped their fists while others hung out their car windows hollering in support.

The SCV Tea Party’s rally was one of several hundred similar rallies across the nation Thursday, from Washington, D.C., to the Antelope Valley.

DeShields, who was wearing a T-shirt that read: “Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin 2012,” wasn’t the only person holding a colorful sign.

Others included: “Fox News Rocks,” “Socialism kills,” “America’s death seems to be Obama’s gain,” “Obama: take your Marxism to a 3rd world nation (where you belong),” “Impeach Socialist Obama,” “Socialism is an Obamanation” and “U.S.A. is not France.”

Dozens of people were also waving American flags and yellow ones reading “Don’t tread on me,” which have become a symbol for the tea party movement.  

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and officials representing Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon and state Sen. George Runner came out to the rally to show their support.

“These people are worried about immigration, (government) spending and health care getting jammed down their throats,” said Bob Haueter, McKeon’s deputy chief of staff. “These people are peaceful, respectful of the process and agree with (McKeon).”

Vietnam veteran and Stevenson Ranch resident Jerry Mayes was holding a sign that read: “Pro life, pro gun, pro God veteran who won’t apologize.”

Mayes, who was with his wife, Helen, said the sign listed some of the things that were being threatened by Obama’s agenda.

“A lot of the leftists think we’re an angry mob,” Mayes said. “But we’re here protesting peacefully."


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