City Council Introduces Campaign Donation Changes
During Tuesday's City Council meeting, a resolution was introduced that will change limits on
The council will vote on the resolution during the next regular session. If passed, it will increase the limit individuals can donate to $1000. The introduced resolution was changed by Councilmember Frank Ferry to keep donations under $100 non-reportable.
A dozen people came out and spoke against the resolution citing concerns it will make it easier for candidates to be bought out.
“We are interested in increasing citizen participation and decreasing special interest influence in our government,” said Carole Lutness, speaking on behalf of the SCV Fair Election Committee. “I don’t know any public citizen that can afford to cut a check for $1000.”
“It’s a very expensive endeavor to run for office,” said Ferry. “Every single elected official in the city has a $1,000 limit
except the city council. I’m asking to put us in line with other cities.”
Among other items on the agenda, the council approved the 2010-2011 operating budget and capital improvement program and received a presentation for development of property next to the intersection of Sierra Highway and Newhall Avenue called the Newhall Gateway.
A resolution was passed to submit a grant application to the State of California to build the Newhall Creek Outdoor Classroom.
The city also approved switching energy service providers from southern California Edison to Glacial Energy of California for several city accounts.
The City also passed support for the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation request for a joint city and LA County Enterprise Zone.