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 …

November ballot measures piling up

Cameron Smyth Commentary, Right Here Right Now

Before I start into my column, I first want to add my voice to the chorus of support and thanks to the countless number of firefighters, police officers, USFS officials and other first-responders who once again put their lives on the line to save numerous lives and more than 10,000 homes and structures that fell in the direct path of the Sand fire. It is also reassuring to see hundreds of Santa Clarita Valley residents once again step into the void and take care of their neighbors who were forced out of their homes for several days. I realize our nation is struggling with numerous issues, but it’s great to see the Santa Clarita Valley set an example in our support for first-responders and one …

SMYTH HOLDS LARGE FUNDRAISING ADVANTAGE IN RACE FOR CITY COUNCIL

Cameron Smyth Press Release

Santa Clarita – On August 1st, candidates for Santa Clarita Council submitted fundraising reports for the first six months of 2016. With contributions coming from all areas of Santa Clarita Smyth has a clear advantage over the field as he raised more money than all other candidates combined. “It was exciting to surpass our initial fundraising target and I am confident we will have the ability to get our message out,” Smyth said. “With the election moving to November and a projected high turnout, its critical to have the resources in place in order to connect with the voters, many of whom have never voted in a City Council election”, he continued. Of the candidates who filed a report, their totals are found below: Cameron …

The Talk of Santa Clarita: Episode 41 Cameron Smyth

Cameron Smyth Commentary

Cameron Smyth is well known throughout Santa Clarita as a former member of the City Council and more recently as a member of the California State Assembly. After serving several years as an Assemblyperson, he has decided to make an attempt at returning to local government and is a candidate for city council for the election in November. I had never met Cameron before doing this interview but he has a demeanor about him that makes you immediately feel welcome when speaking with him. He was enthusiastic about doing the interview and even expressed that it was “fun” after we finished. He was open, honest and frank about his beliefs on the issues that are affecting Santa Clarita. He strikes me as optimistic and hopeful …

Sacrifices of our forefathers

Cameron Smyth Right Here Right Now

I must be living right. For the second year my column falls right before the Fourth of July, which happens to be my favorite holiday — especially how it’s celebrated in the Santa Clarita Valley. As I grew up in Newhall my street was filled with nearly a dozen kids, all within a few years of each other. Our Independence Days started with a trip to the pancake breakfast, followed by the parade. The rest was spent swimming, playing football in the street and finally closing it out with food, our own fireworks (which were legal back then) and then finding the best spot to watch the community show. What I now love about Santa Clarita is that I am doing many of the same …

Smyth Exceeds Initial Fundraising Benchmark

Cameron Smyth Press Release

Campaign to report approximately $60,000 in contributions Santa Clarita –Just two months after announcing his candidacy for Santa Clarita City Council, former State Assemblyman Cameron Smyth will report raising approximately $60,000 towards his election effort. The semi-annual reporting period for candidates closes June 30. “The outpouring of support I have received since announcing my desire to return to the City Council has been greater than we hoped”, Smyth said. “Along with the fundraising success, we are building a coalition of friends, volunteers, community activists and business leaders from all corners of the City that will make this campaign a success”. “One of the impacts of consolidating the City election with the General election, particularly during a Presidential year, is the increase in cost associated with …

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

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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 …