Episode 55: City Council Debate Part 2

Cameron Smyth News

Among the many things to vote for in the upcoming election, it is arguable that the one which will affect the residents most directly is the City Council Election.  The City Council does nothing less than determine the future of Santa Clarita and the quality of life that each and every resident of the city will experience.  There are more than 200,000 residents in Santa Clarita and it is now the third largest city in Los Angeles County.   Sadly, in the past the fate of the city has been decided by only a handful of residents that have chosen to vote when the city would hold the Council’s election. That all could change this year since the election has been moved to November alongside the …

KHTS Editorial: Our Choices For Santa Clarita City Council, Kellar & Smyth

Cameron Smyth News

KHTS believes there are only two candidates who can be effective City Councilmen, Bob Kellar and Cameron Smyth. Current City Councilman Bob Kellar is also our current Mayor. We’ve known Bob extremely well during the twenty-six years we’ve resided in Santa Clarita. We’ve traveled with him on several occasions to Washington DC, to fight for keeping the Cemex mine from destroying the eastern portion of our valley. We’ve worked with him on developing programs for our youth, especially our at-risk kids. We’ve been with him on many occasions in Sacramento, battling our state on many diverse issues including education, water, high speed rail, the cross valley connector, funding for our domestic violence and other mental health programs, to mention just a few. We’ve seen how easily Bob works with City staff …

Our View: Smyth, Kellar for City Council

Cameron Smyth News

The City of Santa Clarita is a well-run and financially sound city. It upgraded its Standard and Poors credit rating to the highest possible – AAA– during the Great Recession. Its current budget has operating reserves of $17.4 million. It is a well-planned city. It promotes and has adopted green technology. It promotes alternative transportation and runs its bus service on compressed natural gas and continues to encourage healthful living with bike paths, paseos, walkable areas of the city and preserved open space. Yet at times, watching its governing body at work might lead visitors to believe leaders lack vision or problem-solving skills. Members appear reluctant to give some issues a full hearing and seem at times resentful of their own constituency, prone to squabble …

Fundraising under full steam in Santa Clarita City Council race

Cameron Smyth News

Not all of them have officially filed to run for the Santa Clarita City Council in November, but four potential candidates have raised more than $112,000 total to occupy a seat to steer the city, according to records on file at City Hall on Thursday. With $62,141.86 raised for his campaign since the beginning of the year, candidate Cameron Smyth far exceeds his competition. “It’s just been very exciting to see the enthusiasm the campaign has generated,” said the former council member who left the office after he was elected to the state Legislature. Smyth had a cash balance of $51,807.33 as of June 30, the end of the race’s first fundraising filing period that began Jan. 1. He has been collecting contributions online as …

A Sharp View: Cameron Smyth turns to a new political world

Cameron Smyth News

I write this piece on the eve of Cameron Smyth returning to the world of public service.  To refresh, still in his twenties, Smyth was the youngest City Council member in the young city of Santa Clarita, California when he was elected to the City Hall in 2000.  He spent six years in City Hall while taking his turns as mayor of his toddler incorporated city, helping define and maintain Santa Clarita as it experienced exhilarating growth as the fastest growing city in Los Angeles County. Then when the terms of California Assemblyperson Keith Richman expired, Smyth successfully was elected to the assembly seat.  That was ten years ago, and it also marked the year that my first “Sharp View” appeared in the Beacon.   It was …

Smyth, Knight introduce teacher misconduct reform bills

Cameron Smyth News

In an effort to address allegations of teacher misconduct in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, and Assemblyman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, have introduced legislation that will enact teacher misconduct reform if passed. The first measure introduced into the Assembly by Knight and Smyth – AB 2028 – addresses administrative changes to empower local school districts to respond more effectively to teacher misconduct cases, according to a prepared statement from Assembly Republican Caucus leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare. If passed, the bill would prohibit future collective bargaining agreements from requiring the removal of complaints, reprimands or investigations into a teacher’s conduct from his or her file after a specified time. Smyth has also introduced AB 1681, which would strip teachers involved in …

Smyth cuts red tape for local health center

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By cutting through red tape in the state’s capital, Santa Clarita Valley Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and his team enabled a local medical agency to recoup more than $100,000 from the state’s Medi-Cal program, officials said Tuesday. Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers Inc., with an office on West Avenue Stanford, had tried unsuccessfully to get state officials to correct a funding error for its clinic in Val Verde. The health center discovered it had been under-billing the state for services provided and was entitled to receive at least $100,000 more than it had billed, said Christine Ward, a field representative in Smyth’s office. “They were having some issues retrieving that money,” Ward said Tuesday. “They had just completed the process of being named a rural health …

Smyth endorses Wilk for COC board

Cameron Smyth News, Press Release

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth has endorsed Scott Wilk in his run for re-election to Seat 5 on the Santa Clarita Community College District governing board, the two announced today. “Scott’s grasp of the issues, Sacramento connections and real-world experience make him an effective advocate for College of the Canyons in the state capital,” Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, said in a statement. Wilk is being challenged by Patrick Hill, an adjunct professor and special education specialist, in the Nov. 8 race. Wilk has also picked up endorsements from Senators Sharon Runner, R-Antelope Valley, and Tony Strickland, R-Simi Valley. Originally posted by http://www.signalscv.com/archives/50641/

Quick veto earns stern rebuke from SCV officials

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Gov. Jerry Brown angered members of both parties Thursday by vetoing a budget plan approved by Democrats in the Legislature then blaming Republicans for a fiscal impasse that threatens to strip more money from education and vital public services. The developments made a balanced state budget appear more elusive than ever, even though Brown said he would once again try to reach a compromise with GOP lawmakers over whether to extend a series of tax increases set to expire June 30. Brown warned, however, of dire consequences in the form of more cuts if Republicans don’t yield on the tax extensions and authorize a special election to put the question to voters. “If they continue to obstruct a vote, we will be forced to pursue …

Smyth, Braly honored at gala

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A Mardi Gras-themed evening was held March 19 to salute two heroes of the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley. Assemblyman Cameron Smyth was presented with the Keith Richman Humanitarian Award. Hunt Braly, husband of board member Pamela Braly, was presented with the Above and Beyond Award. In addition, more than two dozen community leaders were presented with certificates of recognition for their work for the Domestic Violence Center. The gala, held at the Elks Lodge in Canyon Country, attracted nearly 150 attendees. “Thank you for attending tonight to salute Cameron Smyth and Hunt Braly for all they do for the Domestic Violence Center,” said Mary Ree, Domestic Violence Center board president. Ree said the center’s hotline has received more than 1,000 calls in …