An organization supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Pete Schabarum is collecting thousands of dollars from developers and others to help fight cityhood in the Santa Clarita Valley, campaign disclosure reports show.
As of Thursday, the group, the Southern California Caucus, had spent more than $30,000 on mailings and consulting services to defeat the cityhood measure at the polls Tuesday. The caucus was established April 27, five days after the Local Agency Formation Commission approved the proposal. The first three months' rent for the organization's Los Angeles office was paid for by Schabarum's political action committee, according to the documents.
Schabarum, who sits on LAFCO, cast the lone vote against the proposal, saying that a November election would cost the county $3 million to subsidize the new city for six or seven months, as required by law. "It's no secret he's opposed to Santa Clarita Valley cityhood, the way it was done," said Schabarum's press aide, Mickie Silverstein.