SIGNAL: School board hopefuls voice grievances

Sharlene Duzick Sharlene Duzick

The William S. Hart Union High School District and Saugus Union School District board candidates who weren’t invited to last week’s forum hosted by CA25 United for Progress are expressing their grievances and reminding the public that their races are nonpartisan. Six school board candidates — Laura Arrowsmith, David Barlavi, Chris Trunkey, Donna Robert, Kelly Trunkey and Chris Werthe — attended a Sept. 19 forum where they participated in a one-on-one discussion with the organization’s co-chair Hilary Schardein before taking the stage as a group to speak on charter. schools, district funding and other topics. “The six candidates that appeared were the ones who were invited,” in addition to Joe Messina, who was sent a Facebook invitation, Schardein said. The candidates who attended have met …

SIGNAL: Local union endorses two Saugus Union candidates

Sharlene Duzick Sharlene Duzick

The California School Employees Association announced its endorsement of two Saugus Union School District school board candidates on Wednesday. CSEA will endorse Judy Umeck of area No. 2 and Sharlene Duzick of area No. 5, union President Michele Hill said, citing they are both running for the right reasons — our kids. “Our membership appreciates what these candidates stand for and are excited at the prospect of working with them,” she said. “We appreciate that both Judy and Sharlene are present and visible participants in our community and have been throughout the year — not just during the election season.” “I’m honored and humbled,” Umeck said. “Our classified personnel are the backbone of the operations of our schools and to have their support means everything,” …

SIGNAL: Teachers association endorses two additional candidates

Sharlene Duzick Sharlene Duzick

The Saugus Teachers Association endorsed two additional candidates after Thursday night’s school board forum, which was hosted by STA union members and the California School Employees Association. The teachers union had previously announced its endorsement of board member Judy Umeck, who’s running to represent area No. 2, but the STA declared Friday that it will also support candidates Sharlene Duzick of area No. 5 and Evan Patlian of area No. 1. “We feel they are the best candidates to join our school board,” STA President Debbie Rocha said. “They’re both committed to kids and (are) active in our district.” Union members said they appreciated the fact that Duzick and Patlian have been involved with the district prior to the election season and that they’ve been …

KHTS: Sharlene Duzick Makes Statement Regarding Saugus Union School District

Sharlene Duzick Sharlene Duzick

The following is the candidate statement for Sharlene Duzick, who is a candidate for the School Board for the Saugus Union School District. As a parent of two children 4 years old and 6 years old, my attention is drawn to mentoring the future of my children, and those whom I can impact with my efforts in our community.  Being the daughter of an educator and past school Board Member of the Acton-Agua Dulce School District, development of our youth has always been a focal point. Our District must provide the best for our children, collaborate with and support our dedicated teachers and staff and prepare our students for what’s next. It is important to our society to develop our youth for the future with …

Cameron Smyth

Episode 55: City Council Debate Part 2

Cameron Smyth Cameron Smyth

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 …

Cameron Smyth

KHTS Editorial: Our Choices For Santa Clarita City Council, Kellar & Smyth

Cameron Smyth Cameron Smyth

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 …

Cameron Smyth

Episode 55: City Council Debate Part 2

Cameron Smyth Cameron Smyth

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 …

Cameron Smyth

KHTS Editorial: Our Choices For Santa Clarita City Council, Kellar & Smyth

Cameron Smyth Cameron Smyth

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 …

Cameron Smyth

Our View: Smyth, Kellar for City Council

Cameron Smyth Cameron Smyth

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 …

Cameron Smyth

Our View: Smyth, Kellar for City Council

Cameron Smyth Cameron Smyth

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 …