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Editorial: No On County Proposition P By Terri Crain

Editorial - Santa Clarita News

Proposition P was placed on Los Angeles County ballots as a tax hike on property owners to fund parks. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking Santa Clarita news alerts delivered right to your inbox. While we appreciate parks and the important role they play in our local communities, this is a flawed initiative and another excessive tax on our residents. The proponents ...

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Court OKs Cumulative Voting For Santa Clarita Elections

Court OKs Cumulative Voting For Santa Clarita Elections

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge upheld cumulative voting as a remedy for a lawsuit against Santa Clarita claiming the city violated the California Voting Rights Act, officials said Monday. The suit claimed the city was in violation of the CVRA with its at-large elections that disenfranchised minority voters. After a settlement conference, the city and Shenkman & Hughes, the firm representing the plaintiffs, eventually came to terms.

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Santa Clarita To Look At Metro Billboard Deal At City Council Meeting

Santa Clarita To Look At Metro Billboard Deal At City Council Meeting

Santa Clarita officials will have to decide what the next step is for a controversial billboard deal with Metro and AllVision on Tuesday at the next City Council meeting. Santa Clarita officials approved a plan with Metro and AllVision that would put three large, two-sided electronic signs next to Santa Clarita Valley freeways, in exchange for Metro taking down billboards on Metro-controlled propertythroughout the city. Opponents of the effort, funded in part by a billboard lobbying group that wanted to see an open-bidding process for any new billboard deal, successfully created a referendum that put those plans on hold. For how long is, up to Santa Clarita City Council members Tuesday.

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UPDATE: Santa Clarita Officials Receive Signatures For Billboard Referendum

UPDATE: Santa Clarita Officials Receive Signatures For Billboard Referendum

The opposition to a Santa Clarita-Metro deal to bring three large, two-sided electronic billboards next to Interstate 5 and Highway 14 and take down 118 smaller ones throughout the city claims it has what it needed Friday -- a whole lot of signatures. A Facebook post Friday by Citizens Against Billboard Blight read: “WE WON AND HAVE THE NUMBERS.” On Sunday, the group reported in a news release to have 18,000 signatures in support of their referendum, which seeked to halt a billboard deal proposed by Metro. A billboard lobbying group and Santa Clarita residents opposed to the city’s agreement with Metro and subcontractor Allvision -- to create billboards and more than $100 million in advertising revenue next to Interstate 5 and Highway 14 -- began a referendum April 3 to try and stop the deal. The deadline passes Monday, May 5, 30 days after the time the petition was certified by the Santa Clarita City Clerk’s Office.

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Santa Clarita City Council Race ’14: Dante Acosta Takes Third

Santa Clarita City Council Race '14: Dante Acosta Takes Third

The votes for the Santa Clarita City Council race have been tallied and Dante Acosta claimed the third seat Tuesday. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking Santa Clarita news alerts delivered right to your inbox. He joins Mayor Laurene Weste and Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean on the dais to cap only his second try in the political arena. “I ...

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Santa Clarita City Council Race ’14: Candidates Discuss Strategy, Final Hours

Santa Clarita City Council Race '14: Candidates Discuss Strategy, Final Hours

Santa Clarita City Council candidates Alan Ferdman and Dante Acosta might be able to relate to the famous Yogi Berra saying “deja vu all over again” more than most. After tens of thousands of dollars in expenditures, months of campaigning and a very long election night, they’re still in the same spot they were in Tuesday. “It’s like waiting for the election date again,” Ferdman said, in an interview at the KHTS AM-1220 newsroom Friday. “I have to stay positive, and this time I have a little bit of a hurdle to get over.”

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Santa Clarita City Council Race ’14: Officials Hope To Have Answers Tuesday

Santa Clarita City Council Race '14: Officials Hope To Have Answers Tuesday

The polls are long closed in Santa Clarita’s City Council election, and city officials plan to tally the remaining results Tuesday, after proper verifications are made. Unofficial election results show a turnout of 14,870 voters, who cast 38,837 votes -- however, the results of the last 965 ballots are likely to decide the election. Santa Clarita officials had all of the verified votes counted as of about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, will all precincts reported. These preliminary, unofficial results show Mayor Laurene Weste garnered 5,822 votes and Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean had 5,363 votes. And then the margins narrow significantly.

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Santa Clarita City Council Race ’14: Get Out And Vote Election Day

Santa Clarita City Council Race '14: Get Out And Vote Election Day

Santa Clarita and SCVTV are bringing a live streaming view of the City Council race from City Hall on Tuesday, so residents can watch the Election Day results of the vote in real time. Tuesday marks the end of a monthslong race, as candidates vie for three seats in an election expected to be extremely close. There are 13 candidates on the ballot. Their names are Dante Acosta, Sandy Bull, Moazzum Chowdhury, Dennis Conn, Stephen Daniels, Alan Ferdman, Berta Gonzalez-Harper, Maria Gutzeit, Duane Harte, Marsha McLean, Gloria Mercado-Fortine, Laurene Weste and Paul Wieczorek.

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