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Scott Wilk: My Christmas list for Santa Clarita for 2010

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Posted: December 16, 2010 9:06 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Christmas is fast approaching, and I was taught that it is better to give than to receive. So I offer my Christmas list for the Santa Clarita Valley:

For Hart School board member Paul Strickland — a new hat. Strickland may be the hardest working public servant in the valley. In addition to being on the Hart board, Strickland serves as field representative to Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, and was appointed to the newly created Santa Clarita Arts Commission. A man who wears that many hats can always use a spare.

For Santa Clarita shoppers — a Nordstrom’s. I love the new Patios at the Town Center Mall. The new retail mix better reflects the tastes of valley shoppers. However, I’m still concerned too many shoppers are spending their money outside the valley. I believe we won’t keep all our sales tax revenue local until the SCV has a Nordstrom’s.

For the Castaic Lake Water Agency Board of Directors — an “El Nino” year.

While many communities in southern California have instituted mandatory rationing, it has not occurred here.
For local columnist Cam Noltemeyer — rose-colored glasses. Noltemeyer is the self-appointed watchdog of local government. Personally I believe she fills a vital role, and I appreciate her willingness to put in the effort. However, I have never heard her say one positive thing about any local governing board. Maybe a pair of rose-colored glasses would improve her outlook!

For Castaic residents — a new high school. If you are a Castaic-area parent and you have a high school sophomore, you may remember learning at your child’s kindergarten orientation that a new high school was coming.

With the steady leadership of board members Steve Sturgeon and Paul Strickland and new members Joe Messina and Bob Jensen, progress is finally being made.

For Assemblyman Cameron Smyth — a new legislative district. Smyth is serving his last term in the Legislature due to term limits. Smyth is a great leader who has ably served us on the City Council and now in the state Assembly. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission will be drawing new legislative district lines that will be in place for the next decade. A Santa Clarita Valley-based Senate seat would be the ticket to ensure Smyth continues to represent us.
For SCV-TV — a contract with DirecTV. SCV-TV is a wonderful asset to the community, and I appreciate their programming. However, they are not on satellite, so I’m forced to watch on my computer. As someone who sits behind a computer most of the day, the last thing I want to do is spend my evening in front of a screen.

For College of the Canyons board members Joan MacGregor and Michele Jenkins — more public recognition. Chancellor Dianne Van Hook is known as an outstanding leader and strong woman. The college has a number of outstanding female senior administrators and, of course, board members MacGregor and Jenkins. As someone who sits on the board, I know firsthand that MacGregor and Jenkins are engaged, thoughtful and dedicated to serving the college and our community. In fact, Jenkins spearheaded the decision to hire Van Hook, which is probably the most crucial decision the board ever made.
Neither MacGregor nor Jenkins crave public attention, but during a time when the public is so distrustful of government, it is important to remind people there are public officeholders with intelligence, integrity and goodwill.

For The Signal — more subscribers. In an era when even major urban newspapers are struggling or closing their doors, we are blessed to have a community newspaper. If you care about our community you should support at least one nonprofit. read, The Signal daily and vote.

Scott Thomas Wilk is a member of the California Republican Party and elected member to the Republican Party of Los Angeles County. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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