Choosing a way to choose the mayor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Weste said residents need to know the system in place is functioning very well, and they would also need to know the potential impacts of what would change if their leader is elected. The discussion about what to do if Smyth exits for Sacramento would be timely when “we know if Cameron is or isn’t moving ahead with a higher position,” she said. Weste said the council could possibly operate with four members, but she recommends exploring what other municipalities have done under similar circumstances to weigh the options. Weste and council members Marsha McLean and Frank Ferry are running for re-election. Council members will vote Tuesday on whether voters should decide in April 2008 whether they prefer a directly elected mayor, and if so, whether the job should span a two-year or four-year term. McLean questions changing a system that has worked since the city was established in 1987. SANTA CLARITA – Beyond next month’s Santa Clarita City Council election – in which three of five members are battling for re-election – two other issues that could shape the panel already are on the table. On Tuesday, council members will consider whether voters should elect the mayor, rather than continue having the council choose its chief. And in November, should Councilman Cameron Smyth win his bid for state Assembly, the council has the choice of appointing his successor or calling a special election. The former would give the new council member the edge when the term expires in April 2008; the latter would cost taxpayers. “Something that entirely changes the political structure – the community’s representation – should be looked at by the community before the council makes any decisions,” Mayor Laurene Weste said. “For almost 20 years the city has thrived on a general law form of city (government),” she said. “I would hate to see another layer of politics thrown into the mix.” Her involvement in the League of California Cities, a statewide advocacy group, makes her appreciate the status quo in Santa Clarita. “I speak to council members and mayors where there are elected mayors, and the council members are always vying for position, there is always dissension. I don’t want to bring that here to Santa Clarita,” she said. McLean said filling Smyth’s seat would warrant much discussion, probably after the June primary when his status could be more clear. “There are so many questions, it’s never happened here before in this way that I can recall, she said. “If we do not have special election (because it is so) expensive, if we did decide we would choose someone I would want to make it a 5-0 vote.” She believes the council members would be able to reach consensus on a replacement because of the large pool of qualified candidates. McLean said appointing the person who comes in fourth in the City Council election in April would not be the automatic choice. Councilman Bob Kellar favors electing the mayor, with a few caveats. “My interpretation of an elected mayor is a person that would be available to citizens for the most part for (at least) a 40-hour workweek at City Hall and would carry out responsibilities of an elected mayor – not for the purpose of name only.” Some say Councilman Frank Ferry, who champions the elected mayor position, would be in the best position to nab the job because he has the biggest war chest. Ferry has said residents have the right to choose who represents them. The council has vetoed three efforts in the past decade – one floated by Ferry – to put the issue before voters. Bruce McFarland, president of Democratic Alliance for Action – a Santa Clarita Democrat club – has heard rumblings Ferry would like to see Ed Colley appointed to Smyth’s seat if it opens up. Colley, who has worked on Ferry’s campaigns and is a personal friend, serves on the Castaic Lake Water Agency board. Ferry said he favors electing the replacement to avoid any hint of a conflict. “I’d rather have a special election, place names on the ballot of who wants to run, and elect a mayor,” he said. “No matter who we put on there we’re going to get accusations about who’s there and who’s not there.” Since Santa Clarita was incorporated in 1987, the mayor’s job has generally rotated among the council members each year, except when politics stalled former Councilwoman Jill Klajic and current Councilwoman Marsha McLean’s turns. Votes of three council members are needed to select a mayor. Though Kellar is leaning toward an appointment if Smyth moves up to avoid the approximately $175,000 price tag of a special election, he says, he acknowledges it would come at its own price. “I also recognize it can be a politically volatile circumstance to make an appointment so I will be looking at this with a great deal of caution and concern,” he said. Some question whether Kellar would angle for the appointment of Mark Hershey, a challenger he endorses in the upcoming council race. Kellar says he would go along if the majority of council members wanted to appoint Hershey, but says he is not maneuvering for it. The ideal situation would be if a former council member would serve out Smyth’s term and walk away, Kellar said. “That would be the most neutral course of action we could take,” he said. “Absent that, I am fearful whoever we appoint it will be looked upon as a good ol’ boy appointment by the existing council.” He might end up favoring a special election as “possibly the most fair and appropriate course of action.” Smyth looks forward to discussing the elected mayor issue Tuesday and would not tip his hand in advance. “I’ve seen both sides and there are benefits to both sides. I want to make sure the structure of the city government does not change whether we have an elected mayor or not,” he said. On the matter of replacing him should that be necessary, Smyth was mute. “That’s a decision that’s up to the council to decide what’s best for the city,” he said. The primary for the state Assembly race will be held June 6. Eleven candidates are vying for three open City Council seats. The election will be held April 11. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS SAY FINAL FAREWELL TO HARRY BLANEY

first_imgHUNDREDS of people said a final sad farewell to former TD and county councillor Harry Blaney in his native Fanad today.The Fianna Fail hierarchy including party leader Micheal Martin, and former ministers Mary Coughlan and Mary Hanafin, joined family members and the wider Fanad and Donegal communities for Requiem Mass at Massmount.There were at least 2,000 people following the cortege from the Blaney family cottage at Rossnakill to the chapel, or along the route to 1km route to the church. They heard Father Patrick McGarvey speak of a man who dedicated his life to his community.Mr Blaney, who was 85, passed away on Sunday after taking ill at his home last Wednesday.He had, said the priest, a huge passion for football – having being given a trial by his beloved Glasgow Celtic in the 1950s.He went on play for Swilly Rovers, reaching the Junior Cup Final – captained by current independent councillor Ian McGarvey – in 1953; and Mr Blaney had gone on the help when Fanad United were established. A wreath from Celtic Football Club were among the floral tributes at the church as his widow Margaret was comforted by daughters Noreen, Catherine, Breideen, Patricia and Noelle, sons Liam and Niall, sons-in-law and partners, brothers Liam, Teddy, Paul and Kevin, grandchildren and extended family.Father McGarvey said Mr Blaney, who was a TD from 1997 until 2002 and a county councillor for 40 years before that, didn’t have to know you to help you.“He was a genuine person who became your friend and your neighbour,” said Father McGarvey.“He will be forever remembered for the bridge between Fanad and Rosguill which opened three years ago, but he was also a bridge builder.“He crossed over waters, over the oceans and over the politics of life to build and unite and to build hope. “He did all he could with his famous shopping list and God help God today because I’m sure he has a list for him too.”Mr Blaney’s eldest daughter Noreen, paid a wonderful eulogy to her father, detailing his passions for his family, for farming and for football.She said that his last words before he took ill were: “I’ll be all right if you get me out to the barn a run.”He detested modern farm machinery, preferring a scythe and a wheelbarrow. HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS SAY FINAL FAREWELL TO HARRY BLANEY was last modified: May 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS SAY FINAL FAREWELL TO HARRY BLANEYlast_img read more

GLENDALE Ariz — Hes back Arizona Cardinals co

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — He’s back!Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who has been the subject of league-wide criticism and the target of many an opposing quarterback in 2014, is back to his old, dominant self as he proved in Arizona’s 31-14 win over the St. Louis Rams Sunday.Peterson was flagged for an illegal contact penalty in the fourth quarter with the Cardinals leading 17-14. On the very next play, Peterson picked off St. Louis quarterback Austin Davis — his first interception of the season. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I guess I have so many under my belt now, it’s just automatically on 21,” he laughed. “Like I told you guys earlier in the week, I can’t let those flags get under my skin. I want to continue playing football.“Obviously, I was a little heated at the the moment, but once that next play came back around, I have to put that out of my mind and go out there and play football. Now that they see I’m a little hot-headed, now they want to take a shot, as they did. I have to be ready to make sure I’m focused in and looking into the formations to make sure I’m ready for the next play coming up.” – / 39 Peterson had a lackluster first half of the season, but played much better last week in the Cardinals’ win over the Cowboys. He cites the fact that he’s healthy again after a couple of injuries as the key for his resurgence.“(The Dallas game) was the first time in a long time I felt totally healthy and I got tired of hearing all the criticism with people not really knowing the situation,” he said. “I just wanted to put that criticism behind me and just wanted to go out there and play tough football, play ‘Patrick Peterson football,’ which you guys are accustomed to.”Peterson injured his ankle in the Cardinals’ lone loss of the season in Denver on Oct. 5. Then, three weeks later, he suffered a concussion when he was hit by teammate Deone Bucannon in a win over Philadelphia. He cleared the league’s concussion protocol, and played the next week against Dallas.“Once I got over that ankle injury, the low ankle sprain, I started feeling good,” he said. “I started feeling like I got my step back to finally laterally kick and put my hands on these receivers and start keeping them in front of me.”Peterson was the most-penalized player in the league heading into Sunday’s game with nine flags on the year. He picked up his 10th Sunday, but he’s learning to deal with the frustration. Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals would go three-and-out on their ensuing possession, but when the Rams got the ball back, Peterson stepped up again.The fourth-year corner tipped a ball intended for Kenny Britt, corralled it and took it to the house on a 30-yard interception return that put the Cardinals up by 10 points with just over five minutes to play.“I was hoping the quarterback was going to lead him versus putting it top and now I’ve got to work around his body,” Peterson said. “But he threw it up just a little bit too high out of his reach and I tipped it. I wasn’t able to get two hands on it, so I tried to tip it to myself and I tipped it away from him just a little bit, but I kept my eyes on it. “Going to get the ball, I was telling myself, because I missed one in Dallas, I should have caught that one, I was like ‘any ball that is tipped, I’m not letting it go again,’ because I don’t know when my first interception is going to come.”The pick was the 13th of Peterson’s career, but the first he’s taken back for a touchdown.“Gotta hold it up,” he said with a smile and a nod to another famous no. 21, Deion Sanders. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more