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Tiff erupts over council committee assignments

Posted: May 14, 2014 6:09 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2014 6:09 p.m.

A shuffling of Santa Clarita City Council committee assignments as a result of a newly elected councilman resulted in some hurt feelings at Tuesday night’s meeting.

“I feel like I am being completely, 100 percent disrespected here,” recently re-elected Councilwoman Marsha McLean told her fellow council members as they considered taking a committee assignment away from her. “One hundred percent, and you all need to know that.”

Councilman Dante Acosta, first elected to the City Council last month, had requested assignment to be district representative on the Regional Council for the Southern California Association of Governments, or SCAG, a position that has been held by McLean for several years.

“I think I would be an excellent representative of this community with my extensive business background, my passion for this community, my ability to communicate and work with other people,” Acosta said.

McLean, however, bristled at the request.

“I have a history with them — they know me,” she said.

“They know that I represent Santa Clarita, and I wish to remain, and I don’t think it’s fair to ask me to give up something I’ve been on for quite some time.”

Going into the Tuesday night meeting, McLean had the most council committee assignments with 10. Acosta, taking over the position occupied by former Councilman Frank Ferry, had just two committee assignments.

Acosta said he meant no disrespect to McLean.

Council members eventually voted 4-1 to allow Acosta to join the SCAG Regional Council. McLean’s was the lone dissenting vote.

According to its website, SCAG is the “nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191 cities and more than 18 million residents.”

It “undertakes a variety of planning and policy initiatives to encourage a more sustainable Southern California now and in the future.”

Reached by phone Wednesday, McLean said she was surprised at Acosta’s request, but she does not think the exchange is a result of a larger discord or lack of respect among City Council members, which was a topic discussed during the recent council campaign.

“The main thing is to understand that I’ve put a lot of work into SCAG,” McLean said. “I have devoted a lot of my time into SCAG and I feel like I’ve done a really good job in bringing our city’s needs to the forefront on a regional basis.

“And I hope that Mr. Acosta does the same,” she said.

Acosta left the council meeting Tuesday with four committee assignments.
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michael: Posted: May 14, 2014 6:35 p.m.

McLean handled herself poorly. Her departure is long over due! Slamming her books and all, she looked like a child. This is a new council and she needs to work with the changes that are coming or resign. I suspect more "surprises" are coming. Thank goodness Ferry is gone!

BBennetts: Posted: May 14, 2014 7:02 p.m.

I wonder if she stomped her feet and then cried while suckling a bottle.

ruth: Posted: May 14, 2014 7:27 p.m.

How childish of McLean! She has been on this council way too long and she can't seem to let go. Listen to yourself McLean! Grow up!

stray: Posted: May 14, 2014 7:42 p.m.

@ Marsha McLean - "I don’t think it’s fair to ask me to give up something I’ve been on for quite some time - I’ve done a really good job in bringing our city’s needs to the forefront on a regional basis.”

Of course you have Marsha! The METRO billboards have certainly been right on top of your "city needs" agenda! Too bad the residents are dissing you et al for voting for that garbage! WE DON'T WANT THEM !!!

Indeed Marsha, you're right on top of things!

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: May 15, 2014 7:22 a.m.

@ Marsha McLean - it's time to get over yourself, and act in the interests of this CITY instead of feeding your own EGO. You are an embarrassment to yourself and the position you hold. You're lucky to even be there.

scvforall: Posted: May 15, 2014 10:04 a.m.

Go Dante! It's time to shake things up. Marsha has proven she is out for her own gains, not those of the residents of Santa Clarita. Our last election was a joke. It's time for change and Dante will bring some new light to the darkness.

Next a recall election for those who voted for the billboards and took campaign donations from the billboard company.

Repeat after me: We will not be another Bell!

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: May 15, 2014 10:36 a.m.

Awwwww.. poor Marsha, poor poor Marsha.....

WAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH.............. "That's it. I'm unfriending ALL OF YOU!!!"

chefgirl358: Posted: May 15, 2014 10:36 a.m.

Change is good.

Getting rid of Mclean on any level is a positive.

tpaul: Posted: May 15, 2014 10:43 a.m.

Yep, that's what we need, city council member's who can not get along.

Unreal: Posted: May 15, 2014 11:24 a.m.

I think we may have a few short tempers after the people won over the council regarding the freeway digital billboards.

michael: Posted: May 15, 2014 1:34 p.m.

Sorry Marsha, no more desert vacations on the taxpayers dime to attend the SCAG meetings. By the way, why didn't you challenge the expensive venues scag has selected over the years. The Esmeralda Resort Hotel this year! Come on! You are public servants (scag)and should live no better than the people you represent! It may be time to begin looking in to all City employee and council travel expenses. "Planning conferences" and all.

ruth: Posted: May 17, 2014 7:22 a.m.

Marsha, when you have been on something "for a long time" you are supposed to get off to bring new perspectives to the committees. Oh wait, you don't really care about the SCV population do you?

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