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Hit mailers don’t faze water-board candidate

Attack pieces target Korenthal, a Castaic Lake Water Agency hopeful; says ‘trickery’ isn’t hurting

Posted: October 28, 2010 9:23 p.m.
Updated: October 29, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

Hit mailers and other attacks on Kevin Korenthal are doing nothing but good things for the water board candidate’s campaign, he said Thursday.

A recent mailer sent to Santa Clarita Valley residents claims Korenthal, if elected to the Castaic Lake Water Agency on Tuesday, would raise their water rates by 45 percent.

Sent to about 10,000 residents, it calls a Korenthal a “big-oil lobbyist” and claims: “His risky ideas could raise our water bills 45 percent.”

“People like an underdog,” Korenthal said Thursday. “They tell me they can’t believe the trickery that’s going on.

“Even people naturally inclined to support me see behind-the-scenes trickery that’s going on, and they cannot believe it. They call it political trickery, childish and transparent.”

Korenthal, executive director of the Associated Builders and Contractors California Cooperation Committee, is in a race with incumbent Ed Colley for a seat on the board of directors for the water agency, which wholesales water to the SCV’s four retail water districts.

Korenthal calls both claims in the mailer “completely bogus,” and said the mailer is “tied to a union law firm in Los Angeles.”

He said unions are worried that they won’t land work agreements for big capital projects undertaken by the agency.
Asked how he responds to people who call him anti-union, Korenthal said, “I am anti-discrimination.”

He said all workers — union or not — should be allowed to work on public-works projects.

“If I’m elected to the CLWA, (unions) are worried the agency will never allow a union-only project-labor agreement,” he said.

Last month, Korenthal was targeted by Santa Clarita City Councilman Frank Ferry, who sent a letter on city letterhead to express his personal negative views about Korenthal to Associated Builders and Contractors.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined to file charges against Ferry.

But Korenthal said Thursday he’s disappointed he’s seen no action taken by City Council to look into the matter, which he considers “unethical.”

Colley said Thursday he had nothing to do with the hit mailer on Korenthal.

“As far as the race goes, I feel my message has been getting out very well,” Colley said. “I have a good broad spectrum of support.”

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