Category: Edward Headington

AD-38: The Signal Scolds Endorsee Edward Headington


Screencap of The Signal.ComThe Signal (Santa Clarita Newspaper and Website)

I wonder if The Signal regrets endorsing Democrat Edward Headington? It sure sounds like it in today’s opinion piece.

Edward Headington, candidate for the 38th Assembly District, has done something in the last few days of the 2012 campaign that is extremely misleading — and we feel he should be called out on it.

Headington sent out a mailer in the last few days attacking his opponent Scott Wilk. It’s one of those schlocky last-minute attack mailers with garish design, screaming headlines — you know those things that candidates do at the last minute to scare voters.

This particular mailer uses The Signal’s logo and gives the appearance that our company produced and distributed the mailer. This is not the case. We had nothing to do with the mailer. The Signal first learned of it Friday when a reader brought it to our offices to show us. We don’t know where Headington got The Signal’s logo.

When confronted about it, Headington apologized to us, saying that he used the logo to make sure that quotes on the flyer from a recent Signal editorial endorsing him were properly sourced (The Signal formally endorsed Headington in October.) He said he didn’t know it was wrong to use the logo. Headington owns a public affairs firm, so we find that answer unacceptable.

By this action, Headington sinks to the level of just your run-of-the-mill attack candidate trying to manipulate the electorate at the last minute. We’re disappointed in him as we are any candidate who stoops to such a level.

We feel that Headington has wronged The Signal, his opponent Scott Wilk and the voters at large by such a misrepresentation.

To set the things straight The Signal should repudiate Headington and endorse Scott Wilk, his Republican opponent.

This won’t happen because The Signal would have to admit they misread the Democrats character in the first place – which they did.

By the way, vote for Scott Wilk on Tuesday!


AD-38: Scott Wilk and Edward Headington Face Off at Unscripted Luncheon


Democrat Edward Headington (L) and Republican Scott Wilk (R)

Looks like the November general election season has already started and it is not even Labor Day.

It’s an unscripted opportunity for local business leaders to question the two candidates who are vying to become the Santa Clarita Valley’s next representative in the California Assembly: Democrat Edward Headington and Republican Scott Wilk will be the special guests at the Valley Industry Association’s August luncheon.

“No scripts, no questions off limits,” said VIA CEO/President Kathy Norris. “This is a great opportunity for our business community to get to know both candidates as the November election approaches. It’s an important election for our community and I know we’ll have some great questions for them both to answer.”

Wilk and Headington will each have an opportunity to present comments about their candidacies, and will field questions directly from the floor. Jason Schaff, executive editor of The Signal newspaper, will serve as moderator.

The winner of the Headington-Wilk race in November will replace veteran Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, who is leaving office after this year due to term limits.

The luncheon is scheduled 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, at the Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia, and reservations are required.

Reservations can be made by calling the VIA office at (661) 294-8088, or through the VIA website:

If you want to check it out, I am positive the luncheon will not disappoint.

By the way, Scott Wilk is a heavy favorite to win this “safe” Republican California Assembly district this fall.


Flap’s California Morning Collection: June 25, 2012


Tracy, California

Good Monday morning!

The California Legislature is in session.  Today’s schedule is here.

The California Assembly’s Daily File is here and the California State Senate’s here.

On to today’s California headlines:

 UC student groups: Budget will contain UC, CSU tuition freeze

The state budget will freeze tuition rates for the state’s two university systems if voters approve tax hikes in November, University of California student groups said this evening.

Charlie Eaton, a leader with the UC student workers’ union, said Capitol officials told him that the budget bills will add $120 million each for the UC and California State University systems to avoid tuition hikes. But that is contingent on voter passage of Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax hikes in November, he said.

The tuition freeze announcement could not be immediately confirmed by Capitol officials.

Lawmakers have yet to make budget language publicly available. Legislative floor votes have been delayed one day to Wednesday because drafting of bills is taking longer than Senate leaders predicted, according to sources who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Rally targets Koch brothers’ political influence

A group of about 15 left-leaning protesters gathered in downtown San Diego on Sunday morning to criticize the political influence of the billionaire Koch brothers.

Charles and David Koch are widely reported to be meeting in San Diego this weekend to help raise hundreds of millions of dollars for conservative causes. The supersecret affair isn’t publicized, but has been speculated to be at top-tier digs such as the Manchester Grand Hyatt downtown or the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad. Efforts to verify the location have not been successful.

Sunday’s anti-Koch rally at the corner of First and Island avenues (and later along Harbor Drive) drew several sign-carrying protesters, including Mark Thomas of Occupy Phoenix. He helped organize the event “because I felt like there was a hole here. Nobody was going to do anything, and I didn’t feel like that was ethical for there to be a non-response.”

Does former L.A. mayor have any pull in 38th AD?

Edward Headington, the moderate Democrat who calls himself the “purple choice” in the heavily Republican 38th Assembly District, today announced what he called a “game-changing” endorsement — that of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, a Republican. In addition, Headington announced the support of Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander, another Republican.

The high-profile GOP endorsements will no doubt help Headington try to make his case that he is in fact a moderate choice in his race against conservative Republican Scott Wilk.

Dan Walters: California lawmakers now face water, pensions, bullet trains

With the state budget more-or-less completed for the time being, Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators must turn to other business, particularly to three very big and very immediate issues – water, pension reform and the bullet train – that may be even more contentious than the budget.

What the politicians do has potential effects beyond the issues themselves by influencing the November election, particularly the fate of competing tax increases.

California GOP sinking into third-party status

Another Republican politician has bolted the GOP, protesting that the party is too rigid.

In fact, both major parties — all partisan politics — have become too strident and stifling, he says.

So Bruce McPherson, 68 — former California secretary of state and centrist legislator and current candidate for the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors — has re-registered as an independent, or “no party preference.”

In doing that, McPherson is fitting into the pattern of millions of Californians who have snubbed the parties and become nonpartisans.

More than one-fifth of registered voters, 21.3%, are listed with no party preference, according to the Secretary of State. That’s double the 10.7% in 1996 and more than quadruple the 5% in 1972.

In the last 16 years, the GOP’s slice of the electorate has fallen from 37% to 30.2%. The Democrats’ share also has declined, but less precipitously — from 47.1% to 43.4%.

“I walk precincts door to door and people tell me they’re looking for an independent voice,” McPherson says. “They see partisan politics as paralyzing the governing process. They see no movement or communication. They’re frustrated and fed up.

Enjoy your morning!


AD-38: Scott Wilk Beats Patricia McKeon Moves On to November


From the California Secretary of State

Republican Community College Trustee Scott Wilk has beat back a Republican challenge from Rep. Buck McKeon’s wife, Patricia, to win a top two spot in the November general election. Wilk will face Democrat Edward Headington.

AD-38 is a heavily Republican weighted district and Scott Wilk is the  super favorite to win the seat now occupied by Republican Assmblyman Cameron Smyth.

I have known Scott for many years and I have to congratulate him on a well-run campaign.

Scott Wilk on election night. Photo from Facebook


AD-38: Scott Wilk Receives Endorsement of the Signal


Democrat Edward Headington (L) and Republican Scott Wilk (R)

Republican Scott Wilk has received yet another endorsement in his race for the California Assembly. This time it is the local Santa Clarita Valley newspaper: The Signal.

Wilk’s knowledge of the issues and workings of Sacramento give him the edge over the other Republican candidates. While other candidates may be ahead in the polls and in fundraising, Wilk is better prepared at this point to engage Sacramento on behalf of the voters and citizens in the 38th Assembly District.

Wilk’s political history in the Santa Clarita Valley is both an asset and a liability. The loudness of both his supporters and detractors is a testament to that. To stay in Sacramento, Wilk will need to transition successfully from the behaviors of a political operative to the visible and more demanding behaviors of an elected legislator.

The editorial board has described our current representative Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, as a good model for legislators in California. His endorsement of Wilk, based on what he knows is needed in Sacramento, should and does carry weight with us.

It was noteworthy that the local press refused to endorse Patricia Mckeon or her husband the long-time incumbent Republican Congressman for the area, Buck McKeon.

Let’s hope that Scott Wilk can finish in the top two this June. If not, I am afraid that California Republicans will lose a “safe” Republican district to Democrat Edward Headington.

I cannot fathom anyone voting for Patricia McKeon in a general election.