Smyth Named to Two More Panels

Cameron Smyth News

By Signal Staff

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth has been appointed to two more committees in the California state Assembly, his office has announced.

Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) has been appointed to the Utilities and Commerce Committee and the Local Government Committee.

The Utilities and Commerce Committee covers legislation dealing with public utilities, energy companies, telephone companies and cable television providers. The committee has 12 members.

The Local Government Committee, which has seven members, covers legislation having to do with special taxes, city and county organization and powers, subdivisions and administration of special districts.

Smyth was also appointed as vice chairman of the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials earlier in the session.

“As a former city councilman and mayor of Santa Clarita, I look forward to bringing a local perspective to help solve some of our state’s most pressing issues,” Smyth said in a statement.

Smyth also said he’d work to increase energy supply, ensure that California can “adapt to emerging telecommunication technologies” and maintain the authorities of cities and counties.

Residents May Qualify for Grants to Repair Homes

The city of Santa Clarita is offering low and moderate-income residents the chance to repair their homes through its Residential Rehabilitation Program.

The program is designed to keep homes “safe and habitable,” a city statement states, and offers grants of up to $5,000 for the repair of single-family homes, mobile homes and condominiums within the borders of the city of Santa Clarita.

To qualify, the household income must be at or below 80 percent of the median household income for Los Angeles County, the applicant must own the home and reside in it as their primary residence and the home must be in Santa Clarita.

Typical repairs that the program could cover include roofing repairs or replacement, plumbing and electrical work, heating and air conditioning repair, flooring and window repairs, interior and exterior painting and modifications for disabled access. The program does not pay for remodeling or upgrades.

“This is a great way for homeowners who have low and moderate incomes to improve their homes with some repair work,” said Erin Moore-Lay, administrative assistant for the city.

Applications must be received by June 30 and can be requested by calling 286-4156.

Emmer Tapped for Seat on Facilities Foundation

The Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation selected Marc Emmer – president of a consulting firm and a long-time supporter of youth organizations – to fill its last vacant seat, board members said Tuesday.

The Facilities Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that has aided the William S. Hart Union High School District in locating, acquiring and developing new school sites.

The vacancy arose when Bob Lee stepped down from the board to work as a consultant for the group.

Emmer, president of The SST Group, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, sales productivity, customer service and executive coaching, was formerly president of the School and Business Alliance, where he served as a liaison between education and business.

“Marc has many skills that will be valuable to the Facilities Foundation’s work,” foundation president Rick Patterson said in a statement. “I am especially impressed with his effort to get many ‘stakeholders’ at the same table and raise the general awareness of everyone’s efforts.”

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