Six applicants, so far, for Council vacancy
The five candidates for Santa Clarita City Council - news in santa clarita ca
The five candidates for Santa Clarita City Council in attendance wait for their next question during a debate attended by more than sixty people held at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center at College of the Canyon in Valencia Sept. 2. Candidates from left, TimBen Boydston, Alan Ferdman, Bob Kellar, Cameron Smyth and Mark White. Dan Watson
By Kevin Kenney
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Facing a Friday deadline to apply for the vacant Santa Clarita City Council seat, six residents had stepped up and filed as of Tuesday – four of them also-rans in the November race for the municipal governing body.

The names come from an examination of records at the City Clerk’s office.

Former Councilman TimBen Boydston, who finished third in November, when two seats were up, was among those to file applications — a move he had promised even before his term expired on Dec. 13.

Boydston had sought re-election but finished third behind Bob Kellar and Cameron Smyth, garnering 17,108 votes, or 13.42 percent among the 11 candidates on the ballot.

Also filing for the Council seat – made vacant when Dante Acosta stepped down to ascend to the state Assembly – were Alan Ferdman, Kenneth Dean and Mark White, who finished fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively, in the November race.

Joining them in filing applications were political newcomers Marcus Hershey, a retired Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station lieutenant and Santa Clarita resident, and Rick Hood, a retired teacher who lives in Valencia.

So far, those are the six contenders for the vacancy that the other four Council members will look to fill when they hold a special meeting on Jan. 17.

Despite calls in some quarters for the Council to call a special election to fill the Acosta seat, the body on Dec. 13 voted to fill the seat via appointment.

At that Dec. 13 Council meeting, numerous public speakers warned that the appointment process could leave the vacancy open to backroom dealing, as well as limit diversity of opinion on the body.

But Smyth, now the mayor, was a proponent of this process over the special election route – and over a process of convening a citizens’ advisory committee to pre-interview applicants and make recommendations to the Council for final appointment. The latter process was undertaken in 2006, the last time a Council vacancy needed to be filled.

Smyth cited “a time crunch,” as the council is up against a state-mandated Feb. 2 deadline to appoint an Acosta successor. A special election would have left the Council at four members for even longer.

 

The Council set a deadline of Friday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. for anyone interested in the vacancy to file an application – available at City Hall or on line at santa-clarita.com – with the City Clerk.

Applicants will go before the Council on Jan. 17 and get three minutes to state their case, with members allowed to stretch that time window to ask questions.

Ferdman drew 12,106 votes in November, while Dean garnered 10,101 and White 3,976.

kkenney@signalscv.com

(661) 287-5525

 

 

About the author

Kevin Kenney

Kevin Kenney

Over 30-plus years, Kevin Kenney has been a writer and editor for United Press International, the New York Post and Fox Sports, among other outlets. He joined The Signal in 2016.

The five candidates for Santa Clarita City Council - news in santa clarita ca
The five candidates for Santa Clarita City Council in attendance wait for their next question during a debate attended by more than sixty people held at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center at College of the Canyon in Valencia Sept. 2. Candidates from left, TimBen Boydston, Alan Ferdman, Bob Kellar, Cameron Smyth and Mark White. Dan Watson

Six applicants, so far, for Council vacancy

Facing a Friday deadline to apply for the vacant Santa Clarita City Council seat, six residents had stepped up and filed as of Tuesday – four of them also-rans in the November race for the municipal governing body.

The names come from an examination of records at the City Clerk’s office.

Former Councilman TimBen Boydston, who finished third in November, when two seats were up, was among those to file applications — a move he had promised even before his term expired on Dec. 13.

Boydston had sought re-election but finished third behind Bob Kellar and Cameron Smyth, garnering 17,108 votes, or 13.42 percent among the 11 candidates on the ballot.

Also filing for the Council seat – made vacant when Dante Acosta stepped down to ascend to the state Assembly – were Alan Ferdman, Kenneth Dean and Mark White, who finished fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively, in the November race.

Joining them in filing applications were political newcomers Marcus Hershey, a retired Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station lieutenant and Santa Clarita resident, and Rick Hood, a retired teacher who lives in Valencia.

So far, those are the six contenders for the vacancy that the other four Council members will look to fill when they hold a special meeting on Jan. 17.

Despite calls in some quarters for the Council to call a special election to fill the Acosta seat, the body on Dec. 13 voted to fill the seat via appointment.

At that Dec. 13 Council meeting, numerous public speakers warned that the appointment process could leave the vacancy open to backroom dealing, as well as limit diversity of opinion on the body.

But Smyth, now the mayor, was a proponent of this process over the special election route – and over a process of convening a citizens’ advisory committee to pre-interview applicants and make recommendations to the Council for final appointment. The latter process was undertaken in 2006, the last time a Council vacancy needed to be filled.

Smyth cited “a time crunch,” as the council is up against a state-mandated Feb. 2 deadline to appoint an Acosta successor. A special election would have left the Council at four members for even longer.

 

The Council set a deadline of Friday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. for anyone interested in the vacancy to file an application – available at City Hall or on line at santa-clarita.com – with the City Clerk.

Applicants will go before the Council on Jan. 17 and get three minutes to state their case, with members allowed to stretch that time window to ask questions.

Ferdman drew 12,106 votes in November, while Dean garnered 10,101 and White 3,976.

kkenney@signalscv.com

(661) 287-5525

 

 

About the author

Kevin Kenney

Kevin Kenney

Over 30-plus years, Kevin Kenney has been a writer and editor for United Press International, the New York Post and Fox Sports, among other outlets. He joined The Signal in 2016.

Upcoming Events

Jan
12
Fri
all-day Domes – Art Exhibit @ Old Town Newhall Library
Domes – Art Exhibit @ Old Town Newhall Library
Jan 12 – May 11 all-day
Domes - Art Exhibit @ Old Town Newhall Library | Santa Clarita | California | United States
Local resident Naomi Young, is the artist featured in the latest exhibit at the Old Town Newhall Library. The exhibit features original paintings and multimedia by Young, an artist born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel,[...]
Feb
1
Thu
all-day “The Golden Oaks of Santa Clarit... @ Valencia Library
“The Golden Oaks of Santa Clarit... @ Valencia Library
Feb 1 – Jun 1 all-day
“The Golden Oaks of Santa Clarita,” Art Exhibit @ Valencia Library  | Santa Clarita | California | United States
“THE GOLDEN OAKS OF SANTA CLARITA” ART EXHIBIT BY BRAD SERGI ON DISPLAY AT THE VALENCIA LIBRARY Library hours: Mon-Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 5[...]
Feb
14
Wed
all-day Tickets Available Now for 41st A... @ Dodger Stadium
Tickets Available Now for 41st A... @ Dodger Stadium
Feb 14 – May 12 all-day
Tickets Available Now for 41st Annual SCV Dodger Day @ Dodger Stadium | Los Angeles | California | United States
SANTA CLARITA DODGER DAY TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Tickets Start at $25 and Benefit Local Schools and Non-Profits It’s time to step up to the plate! The Santa Clarita City Council invites residents to purchase[...]
Apr
19
Thu
all-day Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Co... @ Event Locations Vary
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Co... @ Event Locations Vary
Apr 19 – Apr 22 all-day
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR COWBOY FESTIVAL CONCERTS – Locations, Times & Prices Vary 25th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival offers ticketed performances and special events Get ready for some toe-tapping, two-stepping, guitar-picking musical performances![...]
Apr
20
Fri
all-day Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Co... @ Event Locations Vary
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Co... @ Event Locations Vary
Apr 20 – Apr 23 all-day
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR COWBOY FESTIVAL CONCERTS – Locations, Times & Prices Vary 25th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival offers ticketed performances and special events Get ready for some toe-tapping, two-stepping, guitar-picking musical performances![...]
7:00 pm Hart High School Presents ‘Bye, ... @ Hart High school Auditorium
Hart High School Presents ‘Bye, ... @ Hart High school Auditorium
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm
Hart High School Presents 'Bye, Bye Birdie' @ Hart High school Auditorium | Santa Clarita | California | United States
Spring Musical Coming April 2018! Hart High Theatre is proud to present Bye Bye Birdie! April 19, 20, 27 & 28 @ 7pm April 28 & 29 @ 1pm When the draft selects rock star[...]
Apr
21
Sat
all-day Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Co... @ Event Locations Vary
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Co... @ Event Locations Vary
Apr 21 – Apr 24 all-day
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR COWBOY FESTIVAL CONCERTS – Locations, Times & Prices Vary 25th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival offers ticketed performances and special events Get ready for some toe-tapping, two-stepping, guitar-picking musical performances![...]
10:00 am Astronomy Day @ Valencia Library
Astronomy Day @ Valencia Library
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
The Local Group Astronomy Club and The Santa Clarita Public Library present our free annual Astronomy Day Celebration. We will be at the Valencia branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library from 10am to 3pm.[...]
10:00 am Resource Parents Needed to Foste... @ College of the Canyons, Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 222
Resource Parents Needed to Foste... @ College of the Canyons, Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 222
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Resource Parents Needed to Foster or Foster-Adopt a Child @ College of the Canyons, Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 222 | Santa Clarita | California | United States
Adoption is a meaningful way for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of parenting.  There are approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California.  Los Angeles County’s foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with[...]
10:00 am The City of Lancaster’s 27th Ann... @ Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park
The City of Lancaster’s 27th Ann... @ Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The City of Lancaster’s 27th Annual California Poppy Festival, Sat & Sun @ Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park | Lancaster | California | United States
On April 21 and 22, the City of Lancaster will host the 27th annual California Poppy Festival™ at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park (43063 10th Street West). Drawing more than 40,000 attendees and spanning 35[...]