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City Council to discuss mayoral changes

Posted: January 5, 2013 2:32 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2013 2:32 p.m.

Members of the Santa Clarita City Council will discuss potential changes to the way the city’s mayor is determined during their meeting Tuesday.

At the request of Councilman TimBen Boydston council members will examine the current system of naming both the city’s mayor and mayor pro tem by a council majority vote.

The majority-vote system has been in place since 1999. Before then the role of mayor largely rotated between council members on an annual basis, with the new mayor being named in December.

Boydston said Friday that he wants to see the city adopt a formal rotation to ensure every council member gets an opportunity to serve as mayor.

“That way there’s not politics that enter in and each person who was elected by the people gets to rotate and become the mayor,” Boydston said.

Boydston said he has talked with some of his constituents and believes there is popular support to go back to the rotation.

Council members will also vote whether to give approval to the city’s long-debated historic preservation ordinance during their meeting Tuesday.

The City Council officially adopted a historic preservation ordinance in September 2008. After a period of revision, the council voted in late November to revise the ordinance to designate some properties as historic but give most property owners the decision on whether to opt into the ordinance.

Property owners who opt into the ordinance would gain access to various incentives from the city, including a streamlined permitting process, fee waivers and potential financial grants.

Tuesday’s vote would officially adopt the ordinance.
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