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Jan Heidt
Santa Clarita City Council


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Janice H. "Jan" Heidt (b. January 27, 1939). Resident of Sand Canyon/Canyon Country. Santa Clarita City Council member, 1987-2000. Mayor in 1989, 1993 and 1998.


[City of Santa Clarita 1998]

Community and Civic Affiliations:

Santa Clarita City Council Member 1987
City Formation Committee member and original member of the Council, serving as the City's second Mayor in 1989. Instrumental in city hood; creation of a City-wide recycling program; oak tree preservation ordinance; actively opposed the siting of the proposed Elsmere Canyon landfill, a 190 million ton dump, just one mile outside of the City; organized a Gulf military personnel flag recognition program that received national media attention.

Congestion Management Policy Advisory Committee, Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, Member. 1990

Santa Clarita Valley Homeowners Coalition 1986
Spokesperson for this group of 26 homeowner associations, providing assistance and testimony before Los Angeles County regarding growth, planning and infrastructure in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Environmental Experience:

"Dump the Dump" Task Force 1978
Co-founder of this task force which implemented a plan that was successful in preventing two toxic waste dumps from being located in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Hazardous Waste Chairperson, P.T.A. Council 1979
Co-authored a resolution on Hazardous Waste that was adopted by the National and California State Parents Teachers Association.

Santa Clarita Valley Hazardous Waste Committee 1984
Co-founder of this committee which developed a partnership between the community, government and business that led to a clean up plan for a local company's toxic pollution.

Sanitation District Director - Served for two years 1988

Santa Clarita Oak Tree Conservancy, Member

Board Member, Southeast Mosquito Abatement District 1990

Educational Experience:

Declining Enrollment Task Force, Sulphur Springs School District 1976
Helped to prepare a declining enrollment study that provided for the orderly closing of classrooms and criteria for the sale of a school site.

Sulphur Springs School District Council 1977
Founding member of this policy - making group which identified goals and objectives of the community. Conducted parent opinion surveys and set up continuums for each grade level.

Santa Clarita Valley Reading Council, Member 1984

Junior Achievement Advisor, Canyon High School 1986-87
Served as an advisor for a Junior Achievement Pilot Program for six educationally handicapped boys. Program provided job and people skills for future employment.

Business and Professional Experience:

Graduate, Michigan State University, B.A. Psychology 1961

Navy Officer 1964-1969
Communications Officer at Navy Communication Center in the Pentagon for two years; provided classified message service to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. On duty during Cuban Missile Crisis and Kennedy assassination; personnel officer at Naval Communications Unit, Naples, Italy; Recruiting Officer at Los Angeles Recruiting Administration, Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington D.C., selecting lawyers, chaplains and reserve officers for the Navy.

Business Owner and Manager, "One for the Books" 1982
Own and operate local bookstore in Santa Clarita; responsible for inventory management, employee hiring and supervision, budgeting, advertising and bookkeeping.

Professional Organizations / Honors:

  • Santa Clarita Valley Soroptimist, 1983 - present
  • American Booksellers Association, 1983 - present
  • Southern California Booksellers Association, 1983 - present
  • Assistance Guild of Santa Clarita, 1989 - present
  • "Zonta Woman of the Year," 1984 & 1988
  • P.T.A. Honorary Service Award, 1987


SC9611: 19200 dpi jpeg from original print; photo 1996 by Gary Choppe for City of Santa Clarita.
SANTA CLARITA CITY COUNCIL 1987—

* Council Members
* Election Results
* City Commissioners


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1st Council-Elect 1987

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1st Council's New Year's Resolutions

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1st Council 1987-1990

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Buck McKeon
1987-1992

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Jan Heidt 1987-2000

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Jo Anne Darcy
1987-2002

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Jo Anne Darcy | Legacy

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Carl Boyer
1987-1998

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Carl Boyer | Legacy

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Dennis Koontz
1987-1990

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Jill Klajic
1990-1994, 1996-2000

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George Pederson
1992-1996

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Clyde Smyth
1994-1998

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5th Council 1996-1998

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Frank Ferry
1998-2014

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Laurene Weste 1998—

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6th Council 1998-2000

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Cameron Smyth
2000-2006, 2016—

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Bob Kellar 2000—

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Marsha McLean 2002—

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TimBen Boydston
2006-08, 2012-16

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Laurie Ender
2008-2012

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Dante Acosta
2014-2016

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Bill Miranda
2017—

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