March 19, 2012
Welcome on our 7th Annual Sacramento Road Trip and thanks for joining us! You are one of a very select group of 80 representatives from Santa Clarita who have been invited by KHTS AM-1220 and California State Assemblyman Cameron Smyth to join us so we may have an impact on decision makers in our State Capitol. We want to thank our friends at The Castaic Lake Water Agency, the Facey Medical Group, Union Bank and Santa Clarita Studios for helping sponsor your trip.
In 2005, our then Assemblyman, the late Keith Richman and KHTS co-owner Carl Goldman were at an Arthritis Walk in Bridgeport Park. Keith was frustrated with Sacramento politics and said he would do anything to get a group of us up there to see “what it was really like.” Carl suggested we could rent a bus and broadcast the event. An annual tradition was born. Keith is smiling now as you are reading this, knowing his idea as sparked a powerful Santa Clarita tradition.
We have invited a broad range of individuals representing the Santa Clarita Valley. You have a complete list of all participants in this packet; you will see that we have representation from as many segments of our community as possible. Your two days will be fun and fast-paced. As you can see from the attached agenda, thanks to Assemblyman Smyth, we are able to meet with a number of very key decision makers in Sacramento. We are pleased our Governor, Jerry Brown will be our keynote speaker of our private dinner at the Firehouse Restaurant in Old Town Sacramento on Monday evening. At dinner we will also be joined by George Runner (our former Senator and now on the Board of Equalization) and of course, our Assemblyman Cameron Smyth.
Our intent is to show our government officials that we as a community are unified in our concerns and we are willing to commit our time and energy to share those concerns. We have specific position papers from our four elementary school districts, the Hart School District, College of the Canyons, the Castaic Lake Water Agency, and issues covering the High Speed Rail and Santa Clarita Redevelopment Agency. Our local non-profit mental health providers are represented, along with support from our three major health providers, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Providence Holy/Cross Hospital and the Facey Medical Group. We’ve also added runaway filming to our agenda. You’ll find descriptions of each of these projects in your packet. We urge you to read these so you are better informed prior to our meetings. Representatives from each organization will be speaking to us on the bus to answer any questions.
KHTS AM-1220 radio will be broadcasting from the bus throughout our ride to Sacramento and during our return on Tuesday. You will have an opportunity to go on the air with our news department to address your concerns and talk about your organization. This as an opportunity for you to see the inner workings of our state government and have a better appreciation for the challenges we face. And as you’ll discover, our trip is a fabulous networking and bonding opportunity with each other.
As we share our experiences over the KHTS AM-1220 airwaves, on our hometownstation.com website and in our local newspapers and magazines, we hope you’ll relay your insights to as many people as possible over the next few months.
In one of our previous sessions, the Chair of the State Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, Democratic State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino was so impressed with our group he asked if he could visit College of the Canyons. Several months later, he and Assemblyman Smyth spent a day touring and visiting with administrators and staff at the college.
We know you’ll find our trip rewarding, educational, and most importantly FUN!!!! You may visit the KHTS website, www.hometownstation.com to read stories about this year’s trip and accounts of previous years’ sessions from our archives.
Again, thanks for joining us. Together, we can make a difference.
Carl & Jeri Seratti Goldman, KHTS AM-1220 Radio
California Assemblyman Cameron Smyth