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McLean sworn in as mayor

City: Former Mayor Laurene Weste passes gavel during Tuesday’s meeting

Posted: December 14, 2010 10:18 p.m.
Updated: December 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean is seen speaking at a City Council meeting earlier this year. McLean was sworn in as mayor during Tuesday’s meeting, making 2011 her second stint in the position.

 

Santa Clarita Mayor pro-tem Marsha McLean is the new mayor of Santa Clarita.

Outgoing Mayor Laurene Weste officially passed the gavel to her successor at a special light-hearted meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, but only after scores of people showered her with praise, commemorative plaques and citations.

“I want everyone to come up for a group-hug photo,” she said after the accolades.

“I love working with all of you. If not for the dedication of city staff, this would not happen.”

Once the gavel was passed, members of Santa Clarita’s City Council took turns praising Weste for her leadership.

“You are the best feather ruffler,” said Council member Laurie Ender, named mayor pro-tem. “You led with grace and with your own style.”

Council member Bob Kellar, who serves as president of the Santa Clarita Valley Veterans Memorial Committee, commended Weste on her dedication to having supported local troops and veterans.

“This lady has been an unbelievable advocate for all our veterans,” he told a sparsely populated City Hall room of well-wishers.

McLean, who served as mayor in 2007, called her predecessor “one of the strongest and hardest working women” she knows.

“You did a fantastic job this year when there was a lot to contend with,” she said.

After posing with her family in front of the city of Santa Clarita logo behind the council bench, McLean itemized some of the challenges awaiting her, including: construction of the new library in Newhall, land acquisitions for open space preservation and alleviating traffic congestion.

“I’m so happy to be serving for 2011,” she said. “I did take a look at the speech I made in 2006 and I noticed that 13 out of the 14 projects have been realized — accolades to the city manager and city staff because they were quite monumental in getting this done.”

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