Ed. Note: The following story was written from an interview conducted by KHTS AM-1220 Morning Show Host George Cummings on Jan. 24, 2014.
Former state Sen. Tony Strickland stopped by KHTS AM-1220 on Friday morning, shortly after he made his intent to run for the 25th Congressional District official.
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Strickland is a Simi Valley Republican who represented portions of the Santa Clarita Valley during his three terms as 37th District assemblyman, and then served as senator for the state Senate’s 19th District.
“I think the best indication of future performance is to look at past performance,” Strickland said, during an interview with George Cummings on Cummings’ KHTS AM-1220 morning radio show. “I’ve been very proud of my record in Sacramento.”
Strickland mentioned traffic, water-supply and energy concerns as the biggest issues he helped tackle in during his time in the Legislature, and said water supply and transportation, in particular, would be crucial going forward.
“I’ve worked very hard on traffic issues that face the Santa Clarita Valley and water is an incredibly important issue here in the Santa Clarita Valley,” he said.
“I worked to pass a water bond that we hope to get to the voters soon,” he said, mentioning the $11.1 billion AB 1331 that’s currently in the Senate, “to finance a safe drinking water and water supply reliability program.”
The bill has been postponed twice due to concerns., however, several county governments throughout the state are set to look at the proposal in the coming year.
The issue will likely receive more attention with Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent announcement of the state’s drought condition.
Strickland, who drew criticism for his switch to the 25th Congressional District after previously announcing his candidacy for the 26th District, addressed questions about why he decided to change districts.
“When you looked at my state Senate District, the base of my Senate District where I performed the best was Santa Clarita and Simi Valley,” he said.
“I grew up in Simi Valley, I love the Santa Clarita Valley,” he said, praising the work of current 25th District Representative Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and saying how much McKeon’s endorsement meant to him.
“When the congressman said he was considering retiring, I thought, ‘Hey, this would be a good fit,’” Strickland said. “I didn’t draw these district lines, but I grew up in Simi Valley, and I think I have a lot to offer to bring back to was to fight for the constituents of California.”
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Strickland also addressed a campaign ad from his last congressional race, in which he lost in the 26th District seat to Democrat Julia Brownley. The ad, makes an unfavorable comparison between Ventura County and Los Angeles, was recently criticized by local blog SCVTalk.com and several of its commenters.
“Ventura County is a world away from Los Angeles,” he says in the ad. “Things are different here. We care about our neighbors. When they need help, we lend a hand. … I’ll take these values to Congress, because this is home.”
The ad was not meant as a shot at Los Angeles County, but the city of Los Angeles, Strickland said.
“That was Los Angeles city,” Strickland said. “I would say most people in the Santa Clarita Valley don’t think of themselves as an LA City-type community.
*I mean this is a suburban community, just like Simi Valley,” he said. “There’s a lot of similarities between Simi Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley,” he added, mentioning a meeting he brokered between former Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar and Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber.
“So I would make that same comparison today. Santa Clarita is a world apart from Los Angeles city,” he said.
Ultimately, he asked voters to look at his track record when they’re at the ballot for June’s primary race, he said.
“I think the best indication of future performance is to look at past performance,” Strickland said. “I’ve been very proud of my record in Sacramento.”
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Source: Santa Clarita News