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Tax Day demonstration staged outside City Hall

Posted: April 16, 2012 6:07 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2012 6:07 p.m.

John Etheridge, of Valencia, holds signs during the rally organized by Restoring Patriotism and held outside Santa Clarita City Hall on Monday.

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A group protesting taxes on the eve of Tax Day brought out like-minded candidates Monday on the steps of Santa Clarita City Hall.

About a dozen sign-carrying members of the group Restoring Patriotism marched up and down the Valencia Boulevard sidewalk in front of City Hall in a rallying effort to make passing motorists aware of their core beliefs.

The group stands for fewer taxes, more faith, stronger borders, a repeal of the Health Care Bill and a return to the fundamentals promised under the Constitution.

Passing motorists honked their horns in approval of the signs reading "Taxed Enough Already," "Repeal Health Care Bill" and "Secure Our Borders."

Candidates joining the demonstration included Scott Wilk, running for the 38th Assembly District seat, and congressional candidate Dante Acosta.

"It's an honor to be supported by this group," Acosta said, standing shoulder to shoulder with protestors on the sidewalk. "It's important to keep an eye on how our government spends our tax dollars."

Americans are expected to haved filed their tax returns by Tuesday.

Recently re-elected City Councilman Bob Kellar also joined the group.

"These folks have been huge supporters of mine," Kellar said, emerging from City Hall to join them. "I happen to believe everything they believe in.

"I believe this country was made great because it's the land of opportunity and not a free ride."

Hearing this, one of the Restoring Patriotism demonstrators shouted out a yelp of approval.

Protest organizer Nancy Tujetsch described Restoring Patriotism as embracing the core values of the national tea party movement.

Monday's protest was the first of its kind for the local group, she said.

"But we go beyond the tea party," she said. "We're going to grow one patriot at a time."





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