City Councilmember Bob Kellar might have inadvertently violated the council’s norms and procedures when he signed on in support of a Sulphur Springs School District bond measure that will appear on the March ballot.
Kellar acknowledged he supports Measure US, a $78 million bond for upgrading and replacing the roofs, heating and air conditioning units, repairing and upgrading playground equipment, repaving parking lots, improve landscaping, drainage and irrigation, improve ADA access and upgrade safety and security systems.
Kellar’s signature is on the county’s Declaration of Author(s) of Arguments or Rebuttals, along with the title, “Santa Clarita City Council,” according to Tim Dang, who heads the election planning section.
However, in a letter to the mayor also given to the Gazette, Steve Petzold, who wrote the argument against the bond measure, says Section 2B of the Council Norms and Procedures requires councilmembers to explicitly state that they represent themselves and not the council or city.
“The voters in the Sulphur Springs (district) may be tricked and deceived by the use of the title selected by Robert Kellar into believing that the City, and/or the City Council, support passage of a massive bond measure,” Petzold wrote. “I respectfully request that the City Council and the City issue a letter of clarification to me and local media indicating the fact that neither the city not the city council support passage of Measure US.”
Petzold said that when he saw the signature page, “I noticed he didn’t put Realtor, businessman, senior citizen or resident. I’m suspicious (he does) that intentionally.”
Kellar said he signed as he did thinking it would not be an issue. But he said he would contact the city attorney and if so advised would issue such a statement.