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Why you should vote for Trautman

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Posted: March 9, 2008 3:04 a.m.
Updated: May 10, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
Imagine a 20-story office building. It's a beautiful building, and functions well, but each year, another floor is added as the number of tenants grows. This works well for the first 20 years or so, but at some point, simply adding more floors will collapse the building.

Before reaching this point, the architects will have to consider a new vision for the structure of the building if they are to successfully grow their building another 20 floors.

I think you can see where this analogy is going. The population of the Santa Clarita Valley is projected to double over the next 20 years. If our great city is to remain healthy far into the future, our City Council must develop a new vision and a new approach to growth - now. The policies and practices that worked well since the city was formed 20 years ago will simply not apply as our city matures. We have reached a turning point.

On April 8, you will have an opportunity to vote for two people to represent you on the next Santa Clarita City Council. I ask that you make me your No. 1 choice. Why? Because I can make a difference. I have the experience in city planning that is essential to the job. I have demonstrated my commitment to this city through my service as a city Planning Commissioner and through 14 years of leadership and volunteer work with a variety of service organizations. And I have the vision to lead us into a new era.

Difference made
I know I can make a difference because I've already made a difference on the Planning Commission. I'm proud to have approved wonderful amenities such as the Aquatics Center, the Newhall Community Center, Todd Longshore Park, and the Providence Health Care Center. As your commissioner, I've insisted upon quality school sites, neighborhood parks, and more open space. I've also had the courage to vote against projects that did not provide adequate benefits or would irreparably damage our neighborhoods or our environment.

I've made a difference by working personally to pass measures to improve our air quality, protect our canyons, and preserve open space. And I continue to work to defeat proposed projects that threaten our quality of life, such as the massive Cemex mining operation and the equally detrimental Las Lomas development.

I am making a difference in the lives of our seniors, having co-founded Save Our Seniors to promote affordable senior housing and to make their future more secure.

I've made a difference to local students through 14 years of education advocacy as a PTA leader at the local, council and district levels.

I've also made a difference on the Arts Advisory Committee, which is responsible for promoting arts and culture throughout the city and administering grants in support of our local arts organizations.

Responsibilities
It is the City Council's responsibility to set direction and establish policies that reflect the needs of each unique neighborhood while preserving the integrity of the community as a whole.

It is the City Council's responsibility to ensure all elements of community are kept in balance. And it is the City Council's responsibility to maintain the public's confidence in government by conducting the people's business ethically, fairly, and openly, in a manner that is above reproach.

I have demonstrated beyond a doubt I have done all this by working collaboratively and building consensus; by creating balance in our city, as when I suggested three years ago the council either assist
our community hospital or seek out a second hospital provider; and by stressing openness of government and encouraging members of the public to bring us new information so that we could make better
decisions.

If elected, I will work to:

  • Reduce traffic congestion through intelligent planning and improved local and regional mass transit. More roads are just not enough.
  • Keep our neighborhoods safe by developing a new Sheriff's Station and substation, along with new firehouses, giving our first-responders the tools they need to succeed.
  • Create affordable housing for our seniors and for our working families to ensure our elders are not left behind and the people who serve our community can afford to live here.
  • Bring more inpatient hospital beds to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, and bring another hospital to our valley.
  • Stabilize our economy by assisting small businesses, encouraging larger businesses to locate here, and promoting arts and culture as both a community benefit and an economic engine.

I am proud to have the endorsement of council members Marsha McLean and TimBen Boydston; Planning Commissioners Michael Berger and Dennis Ostrom; Parks Commissioner Ed Redd; school board members Suzan Solomon, Judy Umeck, Rose Diaz, and Steve Tannehill; and Castaic Lake Water Agency Board Member Bill Pecsi.

In addition, I have received endorsements from the Sierra Club, Smart Growth SCV and the Los
Angeles League of Conservation Voters.

I urge you to join with them and vote for me - Diane Trautman - on April 8. Visit www.trautman4council.com for a full list of endorsements and more information.


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