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Council is missing the point

Posted: July 19, 2010 8:26 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2010 4:55 a.m.

I love our city. However, after seeing the outrageous actions at the City Council meeting July 13, I am appalled by the direction we are going. One of the hot issues addressed was the increase in campaign contribution limits to $1,000. Sadly, the council completely missed the point of the unanimous speakers who spoke against this increase. They avoided the real issue while justifying their vote to increase the contribution limits.

In my brief time at the podium, I asked the council members who feel this is good idea to complete this statement and clarify in their mind the value of their decision: We should increase the campaign limits because ... (it’s good for the city, etc.) Other than Councilman Bob Kellar, in their response the council members avoided the real issue by alluding to the evils of political-action committee contributions that are out of their control and never really explained why this is a good thing for the city.

This decision is something that was in their control.

In their justification to increase the campaign limits, the council members expounded on their positive contributions to the city. I certainly appreciate all they have done, but that is not in question, nor is it the point. Those comments were simply attempts to avoid answering the real question: Raising campaign limits is good for the city because ...?

As expected in the end, with one dissenting vote, elections in Santa Clarita will now have more incoming funding to direct the elections in the way more money will buy. I still ask the question, “Why is this good for the city?” Obviously, the council won’t answer that question.

I believe the answer is clear, that raising the campaign limits is not good for the city, but apparently good for them.


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