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Letter: How much will Scott Wilk cost the SCV?

Posted: November 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Lobbyist Scott Wilk is running for election to Seat 5 of the Santa Clarita Community College District on Nov. 8. Trustees at College of the Canyons are elected to four-year terms, and Wilk wants you to trust him with another four-year term.

He was appointed the first time, and had no opposition the last time. Technically, the voting public has never elected him.

But, while Wilk asks for your vote and your trust with COC, he has already been running for another higher political office for more than six months.

Yep, Wilk has been collecting money and endorsements for State Assembly in 2012 while campaigning for re-election in November at COC at the same time. He’s just running for the Assembly very quietly, and figures voters in Santa Clarita are too dumb to discover his trick in time.

If Santa Clarita voters are gullible enough to re-elect Wilk next week, he plans to dump them next year and go to Sacramento as an Assemblyman. So much for commitment to serve a full four-year term.

What happens to us after he resigns and goes to Sacramento? We are stuck with more than $100,000 in costs to hold a special election to fill the remaining three years of his term of office, or we let the college board make another back room deal and fill it by appointment, like they did in 2006.

Who got the job in 2006? You guessed it — none other than Wilk.

So, would you rather pay more tax dollars when Wilk skips town or let the board fill his empty seat by appointment and leave the voting public completely out of it?

I want to elect someone who has committed to the full term: Patrick Hill.

During Wilk’s current term in office, our community college’s budget shrank from $211 million to $174.5 million, and waiting lists of students at COC have grown exponentially and now range into the thousands of students.

Wilk’s legacy of poor financial management and “let them eat cake” attitude toward students struggling to get the classes they need to graduate should not be rewarded with a cushy high paid job in Sacramento. It shouldn’t be rewarded with another four-year term as a COC trustee, either.

Fortunately, we can say “no” to Wilk’s self-centered ambition now. His opponent, Hill, isn’t running for any other office and is fully committed to serving his entire four-year term of office if elected.

Citizen leader Hill or lobbyist politician Wilk? It’s up to you on Nov. 8.

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