Getting Started in Politics with Mayor Cameron Smyth
Secrets of Tomorrow's Leaders - Building a Stronger Community Together - Presented by JCI Santa Clarita
In this episode, Koren talks to Cameron Smyth who is the Mayor of the City of Santa Clarita, the former Assemblyman for California's District 38, and a former member of the Santa Clarita Jaycees. Cameron Smyth is a Santa Clarita native. He was born and raised in the City and attended all local schools (Peachland Elementary, Placerita Jr. High and Hart High School). He attended college at U.C. Davis where he received a degree in Rhetoric and Communications. After graduating, Smyth returned to Santa Clarita and immediately became involved in the community, coaching high school volleyball and football. He also became involved in local politics joining the staff of then-Assemblyman Pete Knight and running his successful campaign for the State Senate.In 2000, Smyth was elected to the Santa Clarita City Council and served six years, including two terms as mayor. He focused his efforts on public safety, maintaining a balanced budget, economic development and growing the City’s parks and recreation program.Smyth left the Council in 2006 after being elected to the California State Legislature as an Assemblyman for the 38th District. While in Sacramento, Smyth distinguished himself as a leader willing to cross party lines to solve the many problems facing California. His efforts were recognized in 2010 when he was named Chairman of the Assembly Local Government Committee, the only Republican to Chair a major policy committee. During his time there, he initiated numerous reforms after scandals plagued various local governments. In 2012, Cameron returned to the private sector after serving his six-year term.Cameron and his wife Lena remain active members of the community through numerous organizations like the Santa Clarita Valley Athletic Association, AYSO, PTA, College of the Canyons and the Henry Mayo Hospital Foundation. They are also proud parents to three kids (Gavin age 13, Rowan age 10 and Kenley age 6).Secrets of Tomorrow's Leaders is available on YouTube, Facebook, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
E30: Updates and Developments in Santa Clarita- With Mayor Cameron Smyth
SCV Means Business
In this Santa Clarita Business Brief, you'll hear from Mayor Cameron Smyth as he discusses some of the exciting developments in Santa Clarita. He also reveals why Santa Clarita has been able to thrive during the disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic and why it is important for a city to be business-friendly.
Eps. 149 Cameron Smyth, The Mayor of the City of Santa Clarita
The Talk of Santa Clarita
The Talk of Santa Clarita has been on hiatus (and technically still is) however, the recent “shelter in place” orders and the general situation with the Corona Virus made me realize that perhaps a few special edition episodes may be of help to the community. We are doing three, possibly four special episodes in the next few weeks. Then, a return to a hiatus state until the Fall. This is Episode 149 a Special Corona Virus edition with the mayor of Santa Clarita, Cameron Smyth. Cameron Smyth is well-known in the Santa Clarita community. He is the youngest person to have served on the City Council which led to several years in the California Assembly. He now has returned to serve the city he loves as a City Councilmember again and he is currently the Mayor for the city as well.For those who don’t know, in Santa Clarita, the Mayor is considered more of an honorary roll which is rotated by the five councilmembers. Day to day operations of the city are dependent on Ken Striplin, the City Manager. But the Mayor serves a very specific purpose as the main representative of the city and leader in the time of crisis.I had been planning to do another podcast with Cameron for quite sometime and we had set several dates which continually got postponed by both of us. However, the corona virus pandemic suddenly made the need to speak with the City’s chief representative more urgent. So, improvising with Zoom’s features, Mayor Smyth and I sat down and talked about the state of the city in the midst of this crisis.This podcast was recorded on Saturday, March 28th, 2020. Cameron was in good spirits when we spoke but there was an attitude of seriousness when we spoke about the “stay at home” order in the city. We talked about what was being done, what has had to be done in some cases, and what the future might bring. We also talked a bit about the decision the city has made to go to district voting for City Council.I am a fan of Cameron Smyth and think he works hard for the city. However, I will say this, my feeling is that the city of Santa Clarita has grown to a size where the role of Mayor should be more than rotational position for city councilmembers. In situations such as the one we are currently in, we need a leader making daily decisions who is directly answerable to the people who live in it. And with the decision to go to districts about to happen, now more than ever it is time to call for a city-wide elected mayor of Santa Clarita. OK, I’ll get off my soapbox for now.Ultimately though, my conversation with Mayor Smyth led to one conclusion. We can get through this pandemic if, and I’m paraphrasing here: “Nobody is a dick.” We need to abide by the stay at home ordinance as long as it exists. For two reasons, to keep yourself safe and everyone else as well. I want to thank Cameron for taking the time to sit down with me for this podcast courtesy of Zoom. Hopefully you’ll find it reassuring to find out the City is doing its job to help stop the pandemic of the Corona Virus. Click on the link below to view a video version of this podcast:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5aWXb6B_aY