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Acosta officially joins City Council

Posted: April 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Newly elected Santa Clarita City Councilman Dante Acosta takes the oath of office in Council Chambers at City Hall in Valencia on Tuesday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.


Surrounded by dozens of friends, family members and supporters, Dante Acosta officially took the oath of office and joined the Santa Clarita City Council during a special meeting Tuesday.

“To the residents of Santa Clarita: Thank you for placing your trust in me to represent you,” Acosta told the crowd in City Hall. “I pledge to work hard to maintain the trust and I pledge to do the best job I can for all the residents of Santa Clarita.”

After taking the oath of office, Acosta was greeted with a prolonged round of applause from those in attendance and took time to thank his supporters, his fellow candidates and his family.

Prior to Acosta being seated, council members voted unanimously to declare official the results of the City Council election where Acosta finished 104 votes ahead of the next-closest candidate, Alan Ferdman.

Acosta pledged to be respectful to members of the public and their viewpoints and asked that people work together to address the issues facing the city.

He said the same of working with his fellow council members.

“I pledge to work with you to keep Santa Clarita one of the best places to live in California,” he said. “And for those times we do disagree, I commit to do so without being disagreeable.”

Mayor Laurene Weste and Councilwoman Marsha McLean were also seated to new terms Tuesday after winning re-election comfortably earlier this month.

“This is an amazing and wonderful community and I’m so proud and honored to live here, to be elected to the City Council, to be able to serve in one of the most unique communities in the United States,” Weste said. “It’s a wonderful place and it is truly a gift to be elected to serve you.”

McLean too said it was an honor to continue serving on the council and that she would continue to work diligently in her role.

“I take my responsibility very seriously and I will continue to work extremely hard to make sure our city remains one of the safest, cleanest, most open and transparent, while looking to the future to make sure our residents receive the service and quality of life we all deserve,” McLean said.

The man who Acosta replaces on the council, Frank Ferry, was not present at Tuesday’s special meeting.
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OldReliable: Posted: April 23, 2014 5:28 a.m.

The era of Mayor Dud is over! Let there be dancing in the streets; welcome to City Council, Dante Acosta.

ricketzz: Posted: April 23, 2014 6:26 a.m.

Did he get a brand new rubber stamp, or will he just use Ferry's old one?

Unreal: Posted: April 23, 2014 9:14 a.m.

I hope he is not too cozy with the other members. It is easy to get sucked into wanting to be one of the gang.

SCV4ALL: Posted: April 23, 2014 1:12 p.m.

Lets start by replacing our Sheriffs with our own Police department. Not that I don't enjoy getting pulled over and dang near accosted during , my traffic stop fro a rolling red light right turn. And not that I didn't enjoy our son getting hand cuffed, searched and intimidated by two overzealous deputies at 10:10 pm 1 block from our house over a curfew violation. yes I would certainly miss all the perks that come with being patrolled by sheriffs, but come on, there are cities half our size with their own Police department. --edited.

philellis: Posted: April 23, 2014 2:17 p.m.

Are you looking for a police department that wouldn't enforce the City's curfew ordinance or traffic laws?

timothymyers02: Posted: April 23, 2014 4:06 p.m.


Don't you realize that every local "yoot" that was hassled by the constabulary was on their way to or from delivering hot meals to the elderly?

peoplesvoice: Posted: April 24, 2014 8:57 a.m.

SCV4ALL are you out of your mind? Just b/c you got a ticket and your kid broke curfew is no reason for the City to end its contract with Sheriffs. Bringing the expense of a fire and police department in house is the worst idea possible. The city would be stuck with further pensions and healthcare for life of all of them. Look what it did to City of San Fernando it practically drove them to bankruptcy. I have received a ticket from the local sheriffs and just like you I deserved it.

There are always a few bad apples in any group whether it be police, fire, or your own office. Do not throw the baby out with the bath water.

I for one appreciate the work our local first responders do in the community! I recommend you check your facts and take care of that chip on your shoulder!

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