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Posted: February 24, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 24, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Gloria Mercado-Fortine

 

I take a great deal of pride in living in Santa Clarita. I am a lifelong resident, and I’ve dedicated myself to serving the community because I believe this is one of the greatest places to live in Southern California.

Over the years, our valley has continued to grow and flourish. Santa Clarita today looks radically different from the place I knew growing up, but one thing that definitely has not changed is the strong sense of community and neighborliness that is a bond. Ours is a tight-knit community where people support one another, care for one another and appreciate one another. In a fast-paced, always changing world, it is encouraging to see our community’s continued commitment to each other.

That is why I have devoted myself to serving the community; because I believe positive change happens as the result not of only one person’s actions, but the collective effort of a group of individuals who want to see a change for the better.

I have spent a career in education and nearly 15 years as an elected member of the board of the William S. Hart Union High School District because I believe in providing our youth – our future community leaders – with excellent educational opportunities.

I serve on the boards of a number of Santa Clarita Valley nonprofit organizations because I see the positive work they are doing in our community; the changes they are making in people’s lives every day.

This is not to say Santa Clarita does not face its challenges. In the midst of tough economic times, our city government must continue to do all it can to encourage business growth, streamline regulations, develop efficient workforce training programs and attract more, higher-paying jobs. We need to bolster our local tax base through strong economic development.

We must continue to improve our neighborhoods, through ensuring adequate public-safety resources; addressing traffic congestion and improving road systems; protecting our environment and open space; in addition to adding to our sports fields and community centers and improving services and facilities for our senior citizens.

We must continue to be vigilant in opposing the planned CEMEX sand and gravel mine in Soledad Canyon, which would increase pollution and traffic, as well as support the ongoing cleanup of the polluted former Whittaker-Bermite property in the center of our city.

This is something we need to accomplish together, as a community. And that is why I’m asking for the support of voters as I campaign for the April 8 Santa Clarita City Council election. I need your help, not to simply win a seat on the city government, but to serve Santa Clarita in new ways. From breadth of services to balanced budgeting, Santa Clarita does a very good job of serving its citizens, and I believe in 2014 we can do even better.

I believe the City Council needs someone who passionately understands the importance of true community development – from promoting economic and business strength, to bolstering educational resources and everything in between. Someone who comes to the table with fresh eyes and fresh ideas. Someone who will work solely for the best interests of the community. Someone like me.

Being elected to the City Council is not an achievement for me to add to my list of accomplishments. It means the opportunity to represent the residents of Santa Clarita and work for what benefits all of them. When you head to the polls this April 8, I hope I can count on you to help me on the road to victory. It’s a road I believe will lead all of Santa Clarita to new horizons.

I urge you to visit www.Gloria4CityCouncil.com, where you can learn more about me and my campaign, and find a number of ways to support my campaign, or how to contact me if you have questions. Each person’s support can truly make a difference. This April 8, won’t you help me make a positive change for the city of Santa Clarita? Join me on the Road to Victory!

Gloria Mercado-Fortine is a Santa Clarita resident, elected member of the William S. Hart Union High School District Board of Trustees and candidate in the 2014 Santa Clarita City Council election.

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