[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
70°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
July 17
1834 - Sinforosa, daughter of Narciso and Crisanta, born at Mission San Fernando; mom from Tejon, dad from Piru; believed to be last speaker of Tataviam language (died 1915) [record]


There are now two official candidates for the Santa Clarita City Council and neither of them are incumbents Bob Kellar and Laurie Ender. City Clerk Sarah Gorman says Jon Hatami and Ed Colley filed papers with the required signatures of 20 registered voters. They have also paid the $1,750 printing fee for having their candidate statement printed on the sample ballot.

 

——

 

Jon Hatami

City Council Candidate Jon Hatami says if you don’t believe him that there’s increasing crime in Santa Clarita, just ask a deputy.

“Go ask a deputy. See what’s going on. We have gangs such as SanFer, Newhall 13, Val Verde Park, A.O.B, which is All Out Ballers. They’re operating in Newhall and they’re delivering heroin and methamphetamines to our community. That wasn’t happening back in 1983,” said Hatami.

Hatami, a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney since 2006. says the crime uptick in Santa Clarita is attributable to a change in demographics.

“The demographics regarding low income housing has changed. Just go to Jakes Way to see that. Jakes Way isn’t part of the city, but it’s going to be. With Section 8 housing, not with everybody, but with a large percentage of it comes crime,” Hatami said.

Hatami, whose platform includes limiting Section 8 housing, insists he is not talking about race.

“Crime and race. There’s no correlation between the two. At all,” said Hatami.

Hatami says he’s 100 percent against racism because he’s suffered from it himself during the Iranian hostage crisis and 9-11.

“I’m Persian. I’m Iranian. I’ve been called Sand N—-, before. I’ve been called camel jockey,” said Hatami.

That experience has taught him to focus on values not the color of people’s skin.

“When I use the word demographics I mean people from the valley. People from different values than we have in Santa Clarita from San Fernando Valley. People coming from inner cities. People coming from Antelope Valley. People coming here that have different values than we do. Some different family values,” said Hatami.

While public safety is a main component of Hatami’s platform he also likes to emphasize the differences between himself and the people who currently sit on the council.

“I am conservative but I think it’s important to listen to all sides and work with people. You have to work with people on the city council and the public and the community and do what’s best for the community. Even though it may not necessarily be best for me. And that’s a perspective that I don’t think that is on the city council right now,” said Hatami.

The career prosecutor says he has no higher political ambitions such as State Assembly Member or becoming a Congressman from the U.S House of Representatives.

“I love fighting for people and I like making my community safe. But I’m not a career politician, no one’s going to buy me, and I’m not going anywhere anybody can,” Hatami said.

 

——

 

Ed Colley

City Council candidate Ed Colley would seem to have a challenge on his hands. He’s now facing two incumbent city council members seeking reelection, Bob Kellar and Laurie Ender, who he supported in the past.

“I have voted for both of them in the past. I supported both of their campaigns in the past. Again, they’re both good people and I’m not asking voters to consider them any less than good people that have done some very good things for the community,” said Colley.

The next logical conclusion a voter might come to is that there’s no reason to change. Colley, an Army and Air Force veteran, struggled to find a sharp delineation between himself and Kellar. With a little prodding he did find one issue: Henry Mayo Hospital expansion.

“Bob Kellar has himself been kind of an obstructionist on the expansion of the hospital and he’s also supported other candidates for city council very consistently that are against the needed expansions,” said Colley.

With Ender, Colley has an even more difficult time providing a reason to oust her in favor of him.

“Ah, I could cherry pick different votes perhaps. Find a few that I don’t agree with her on, but again I think Laurie has done a great job,” Colley said.

Perhaps Colley is taking a pragmatic approach. Political pundits, according to Colley, are chalking up Kellar as more politically vulnerable than Ender.

“Her support is very, very broad. She won’t be removed from city council and I think that’s a good thing. She’s done a fabulous job of learning and being as good a representative as she can be for the majority of the folks in Santa Clarita,” said Colley.

Colley would seem to be conceding one seat already.

“Let me point this out. This is an at-large election where every voter has two votes. And so while I think I’m the best candidate the voter needs to decide the best two candidates,” Colley said.

Colley has served nearly a decade on the Castaic Lake Water Agency Board and he cites his leadership there as a reason the Santa Clarita Valley is “drought proof.”

“At the end of the day this community, they turned on their taps, water came out and they were able to use the water in the way they thought best,” said Colley.

That could be a better argument for leaving him where he is rather than on city council.

“I’m hopeful to make the argument that that leadership, that that ability to solve problems would translate into a, my ability to lead in a new, and perhaps a little bit expanded role on city council,” Colley said.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    LATEST CITY HEADLINES
    Monday, Jul 16, 2018
    The Canyon Country Advisory Committee, a division of the Santa Clarita City Council, will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, July 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Friday, Jul 13, 2018
    The city of Santa Clarita invites residents to explore the newest exhibit at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Art Space -- “Urban Objects” by artist Aaron Kramer, on display now through October 2.
    Thursday, Jul 12, 2018
    The city of Santa Clarita has been, and continues to be, committed to helping those experiencing homelessness in our community.
    Thursday, Jul 12, 2018
    CHICAGO - The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the city of Santa Clarita by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
    Wednesday, Jul 11, 2018
    Santa Clarita City Councilmembers received a feasibility study for a possible amphitheater to be built in the city, then shelved the idea at the Council's meeting at City Hall Tuesday night.

    Keep Up With Our Facebook
    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    1834 - Sinforosa, daughter of Narciso and Crisanta, born at Mission San Fernando; mom from Tejon, dad from Piru; believed to be last speaker of Tataviam language (died 1915) [record]
    Berry Petroleum Corp., owner of the Placerita oil field west of Sierra Highway between Placerita Canyon Road and Golden Valley Road in Santa Clarita - and many other oil properties in the San Joaquin Valley - announced Monday that it has launched an initial public offering of its common stock.
    Placerita Oil Field Owner Going Public Again
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients of a voluntary recall of several drug products containing the active ingredient Valsartan, used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.
    Blood Pressure Medicine Valsartan Recalled for Cancer-Causing Impurity
    The next regular meeting of the Governing Board of the William S. Hart Union High School District is Wednesday, July 18 at the Administrative Center, 21380 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita 91350.
    July 18: Hart District Governing Board Regular Meeting
    The Canyon Country Advisory Committee, a division of the Santa Clarita City Council, will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, July 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    July 18: Canyon Country Advisory Committee Meeting
    Since April, TMU grad Zach Klindworth has worked and trained with a soccer team in Iceland, 4,000 miles from Santa Clarita, the only city he'd ever known.
    TMU Soccer Alum Zach Klindworth Takes Talents to Iceland
    The Lancaster JetHawks scored a run in the seventh inning to take the lead and hung on to beat Lake Elsinore, 3-2, Sunday evening at The Hangar.
    JetHawks Hang on for Sunday Win Over Storm
    Lake Elsinore proved too much for the JetHawks Saturday night, handing Lancaster an 11-4 loss at The Hangar.
    Lancaster JetHawks Overcome by Storm Saturday
    The Lancaster JetHawks opened up a four-game series with a 6-2 win over the Lake Elsinore Storm in front of 4,348 at The Hangar Friday night to kick off Star Wars Weekend.
    The Force With JetHawks in Friday Win Over Storm
    Saxtravaganza, Santa Clarita's all-saxophone chamber ensemble, will play a free concert at Hart Hall (inside Hart Park) on Thursday, July 19, starting at 7 p.m.
    July 19: Saxtravaganza Chamber Ensemble Returns to Hart Hall
    Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley will participate in the semi-annual Pinewood Derby at the Newhall Clubhouse on Wednesday, July 18 starting at 4:30 p.m.
    July 18: SCV Boys & Girls Club Pinewood Derby
    The city of Santa Clarita's Community Preservation Division sent a notice of violation Monday to the owners of the Canyon View Mobile Home Estates property in Canyon Country, ordering the removal of multiple solar panels installed on the hillside just north of the park.
    Canyon Country Mobile Home Park Cited for Hillside Solar Panels
    Ingrid Moon, a sixth-grade science facilitator at tuition-free public charter school iLEAD Encino, and Kimberli Lengning, a facilitator at iLEAD Lancaster, have been named Distinguished STEM Educators by Columbia University.
    iLEAD Science Facilitators Named Distinguished STEM Educators
    The city of Santa Clarita has updated the list of productions shooting in the city and the Santa Clarita Valley the week of July 16-22, 2018.
    ‘Mayans,’ ‘Santa Clarita Diet,’ Spots, Student Films Now Shooting in SCV
    The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District confirmed West Nile virus in a sample of mosquitoes collected from Panorama City (zip code 91402), the first confirmation of WNV activity in the district’s service area this year.
    First West Nile Positive Mosquitoes Found – Panorama City
    Air quality is very unhealthy for all residents of the Santa Clarita Valley Monday, according to an alert from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
    AQMD: Air Quality Very Unhealthy Monday for SCV Residents
    Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies arrested a man with an outstanding warrant who was allegedly also in possession of drugs in Stevenson Ranch early Saturday morning.
    Golden Valley High School grad U.S. Air Force Airman Victoria A. Arguello has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
    Santa Clarita USAF Airman Victoria Arguello Completes Basic Training
    1925 - Actor Harry Carey files patent on the original 160-acre Saugus homestead he'd purchased in 1916 (now Tesoro Del Valle) [story]
    1891 - R.E. Nickel publishes area's first newspaper, The Acton Rooster [story]
    Stay out of the water at Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County until further notice and avoid eating fish from the lake due to the presence of blue-green algae.
    Algae in Pyramid Lake at ‘Danger’ Level – Keep Out
    1769 - Portolá party sets out from San Diego; first Europeans to "discover" Santa Clarita Valley 3½ weeks later [story]
    The CTG Stars teenage summer workshop production of "Shrek: The Musical, Jr." takes the stage at the Canyon Theatre Guild in Old Town Newhall for two final performances on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
    July 14-15: CTG Stars Teen Workshop Stages ‘Shrek: The Musical Jr.’
    The William S. Hart Museum will host an open house and summer fun event for kids on Thursday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    July 19: Open House, Summer Fun Event for Kids at Hart Museum
    College of the Canyons will accept an additional 500 students to its First-Year Promise program for the fall 2018 semester, an expansion made possible by funding from a new state program called California College Promise.
    COC to Accept 500 More First-Year Promise Students
    The city of Santa Clarita invites residents to explore the newest exhibit at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Art Space -- “Urban Objects” by artist Aaron Kramer, on display now through October 2.
    ‘Urban Objects’ by Aaron Kramer on Display at Town Center Art Space
    Bank of Santa Clarita announced Friday that for the second quarter of 2018, earnings again reached record levels, as net earnings totaled $867,000, a 91 percent growth over its earnings for the second quarter of 2017.
    Bank of Santa Clarita’s Earnings Continue to Grow Significantly
    Los Angeles County voters may soon be asked to vote on a new "parcel" tax to be levied on private property owners' "impenetrable areas" -- everything from rooftops to driveways -- to help pay for the capture of recyclable stormwater runoff.
    Supes Float New Tax on Roofs, Driveways, Patios
    In an effort to keep property crime in the Santa Clarita Valley low and help residents protect their valuables, the city of Santa Clarita and the SCV Sheriff’s Station have partnered to bring a new public safety campaign to the city called 'The Stolen Collection.'
    Don’t Let Your Items Become Part of ‘The Stolen Collection’
    The California Air Resources Board and the United States Environmental Protection Agency have approved emissions modifications for the last remaining Volkswagen vehicles containing undisclosed software which deliberately shut down emission control equipment.
    CARB, EPA OK Final VW Diesel Modification to Kill Illegal ‘Defeat Devices’
    Vince Fernandez cranked a three-run homer to give the Lancaster JetHawks a lead, but the bullpen and defense couldn’t hold on in an 8-4 loss to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Thursday night at LoanMart Field.
    Series Finale Slips Away from JetHawks
    A coalition of 13 Attorneys General including California's, along with the California Air Resources Board and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, submitted a letter to the U.S. EPA Friday demanding the immediate reinstatement of the Glider Rule for high-polluting trucks.
    AG’s Demand EPA Reinstate ‘Glider Rule’ for High-Polluting Trucks
    The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, July 17, starting at 9:30 a.m.
    July 17: LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting
    Santa Clarita Valley International, a free public charter school serving learners in grades TK through 12, has welcomed veteran educator Farnaz Kaufman as its new School Director, and she will welcome visitors on SCVi’s Prospective Family Night on Thursday, July 19.
    July 19: SCVi Open House, Meetup with New Director
    1884 - Hardison & Stewart start drilling Star No. 1 oil well in Pico Canyon; later form Union Oil Co. [story]
    The Valencia Jazz & Blues Summer Concert Series continues Friday, July 13, with Jim Gibson.
    July 13: Jim Gibson Takes Stage at Valencia Jazz & Blues Series