Frank Ferry is a name that has become synonymous with the history of the Santa Clarita City Council and the city itself. He was a member of the City Council for 16 years and was a large part of the reason the city saw the growth that it experienced during that time. Four of those years on the council he also served as the city’s mayor and invented I guess what you’d call a character known as “The Mayor Dude.” which he described as a way to connect to the younger generation in the city.
During his tenure on the council, Santa Clarita consistently ranked as one of the top ten safest cities in the U.S. Open Space was expanded and three libraries were built. At the same time, Frank was still a local school teacher and principal.
But Frank didn’t serve without controversy. He was known to have a temper and to have outbursts on occasion at City Council meetings. In fact, my first encounter with him was at a Council meeting where he erupted in anger so much that the meeting was called to recess to let tempers calm down.
But despite his temper, its hard to argue that Santa Clarita did not experience a great deal of growth and development which most will argue was a benefit.
Now, living in the San Fernando Valley, he is currently running for a spot on the Los Angeles City Council.
I first asked Frank to appear on the show several months ago but had difficulty getting in touch with him again to follow up. However, to my surprise, Frank, a well-known republican was the host of Katie Hill’s swearing-in ceremony here in Santa Clarita a few months back. He was Katie’s principal when she attended high school and you could see him beaming with pride about Katie’s election.
After the ceremony, I approached Frank about doing the show and he was more than willing to do it. To be honest, not knowing him that well, and having seen his temper I wasn’t sure what to expect with him and I’ll admit even having a bit of trepidation. But when he arrived to do the podcast, he was friendly, funny and likeable. I began to wonder if this was the same Frank Ferry I had first encountered. We talked about that incident, as well as his time on City Council, the growth and current state of the city, and his fondness for Katie Hill. I found him to be a really interesting person with a lot of incites on Santa Clarita.
Say what you will about Frank Ferry but he is definitely a person who believes in public service and helping the community.
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