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City Council fills panel seats

Council also passed new restrictions on peddlers, solicitors

Posted: July 9, 2008 2:02 a.m.
Updated: September 9, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Santa Clarita City Council members appointed four new members and four incumbents to the city’s three commissions and panels Tuesday night.

At their last meeting before the summer recess, council members appointed eight Santa Clarita residents to the Planning and Parks commissions and open space audit panel.

Councilwoman Laurie Ender appointed Dee Dee Jacobson and Mayor Bob Kellar reappointed incumbent Bill Kennedy to the city’s Planning Commission.

The five-member Planning Commission investigates and make recommendations to the City Council on developments and public works projects pending before the city.

Councilman Frank Ferry appointed Janell Cornell to the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission. Cornell works as Ferry’s secretary at Bishop Alemany High School where Ferry is principal. Ferry said Tuesday his work relationship won’t influence Cornell.

“I pick intelligent, bright, hard-working people and I just stay out of their way,” he said.
Ender appointed Matt Halliday and Kellar appointed Duane Harte to the two other open seats on the parks commission.

The five-member parks commission advises the city on all things related to parks and recreation issues.
For the three spots available on the open space audit panel, Ender appointed Alan Ferdman, Councilwoman Laurene Weste appointed Geoff Williamson and Kellar appointed Spencer Leafdale.

The Financial Accountability and Audit Panel oversees the city’s Open Space Preservation District, which uses public funds to buy undeveloped land for open space purposes.

“What makes this city great is people getting involved,” Kellar said, thanking the new commission and panel members for getting involved.

The city received nine applications for the Planning Commission, 13 for the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission and six for the audit panel.

Both Planning Commission Chairman Mike Berger and Parks commission chairwoman Laura Hauser have said they will not be serving another term.

In other business Tuesday night, the council passed an ordinance that will place tougher restrictions on door-to-door solicitors and peddlers selling products from vehicles and carts.

The new ordinance does not prohibit peddling and soliciting, but it does mandate that peddlers and solicitors leave the premises immediately if asked to do so and must not engage in aggressive or overly persistent behavior. They must also possess individual permits, rather than permits issued to an entire group of people.

The new rules also prohibit such activity on the public right-of-way, with the exception of peddling from vehicles.

Violations of the code would result in a misdemeanor, up from an infraction in the existing code.
Aiming to help crack down on illegal fireworks, the council also gave preliminary approval to modifying the city’s code to be able to impose fines on those who launch illegal fireworks within the city.

The ordinance would allow authorities to impose fines of $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each additional offense.

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