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Santa Claritans bus it to Sacramento

Posted: March 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

SACRAMENTO — State politicians got a busload of Santa Clarita Valley on Monday when more then 70 city delegates arrived, each with an agenda.

The 6th annual Sacramento Road Trip circumvented a snow-bound Grapevine, traveling up the coast to the state capitol.

The annual trek is intended to show state decision-makers that Santa Clarita Valley is a united front.

“Every year we want to make this as informative as possible and as honest as possible,” Santa Clarita Valley Assemblyman Cameron Smyth told more than 70 seated guests of the Firehouse Restaurant in Old Town Sacramento.

“This week and last week have been pretty intense, and we decided to work on some very real issues that impact all of us.”

Also joining the Santa Clarita Valley delegation was Speaker of the Assembly John A. Perez and state Sen. Sharon Runner.

Smyth introduced Perez as one of our own.

“Speaker Perez is from L.A., so he knows our area; he knows the issues that face our community,” he said.

“It’s important to have somebody to maintain the integrity of the house.”

Perez praised the delegates for having braved the coastal trek north to make their point.

“It’s important for me to be here, that’s my job,” he said. “I know what you had to go through to get here. For you to make the difficult travel to be here for this conversation really speaks to how important it is to have that civic engagement.”

Some of the brave travelers included: Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean, who wasted no time being the first to ask Smyth about chloride content in the Santa Clara River; B.J. Atkins, board president of the Newhall County Water District; and Gloria Mercado-Fortine, board member of the William S. Hart Union High School District.

The delegates have a hectic two-day schedule with meetings scheduled for today that include an early morning talk by Assemblyman Chris Norby on education — a key issue on the lips of many delegates — and a talk in the afternoon by Assembly member Jared Huffman on chlorides, the state water board and the peripheral canal.

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