Ba-ZING! That’s what you say when someone says something profound with great gusto, right? Ba-zing? Well, anyway… Don’t mess with this guy’s candidate! A letter to the editor of the Simi Valley Acorn from Simi Valley resident Steven Cadwell addresses Barbra Williamson’s comments about Bob Huber at Steve Sojka’s mayoral campaign announcement. Of course, it’s important to note that Barbra didn’t specifically say she was referring to Bob Huber, but you definitely got that idea.
Barbra’s remarks were as follows:
Councilmember Barbra Williamson enumerated Sojka’s accomplishments, saying that his successes are current and ongoing, not “relics from the past”—a jab at Sojka’s challenger, local attorney Bob Huber, who last served on the council in 1984.
Williamson said she believes someone in the “45 to 54 age bracket” will be better in touch with the community’s needs than “someone whose time has come and gone.”
“I like Bob Huber, but I really like Steve Sojka,” she said with a grin, adding that the city needs “a young, up-and-coming man whose roots are firmly planted in the history of our community but also the future.”
Steven Cadwell says, no way! Here’s his letter to the Simi Valley Acorn:
Barbra Williamson inferred at the mayor kickoff for her dear friend Steve Sojka that Bob Huber is a “relic from the past.” Curious, I went to Bob Huber’s website to verify for myself.
Well, Barbra, there is more to our city than just our city politicians.
By Williamson’s comments, anyone not currently on the City Council is irrelevant. That’s just balderdash and the people of our city know that.
Let us just look at the past three years. Bob Huber has been recognized by three unbiased organizations for his leadership since 2007.
In 2007, the Rotary Club named Huber “Rotarian of the Year.” Also in 2007, the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce named him the “Strathearn Lifetime Achievement Award” winner for his leadership in Simi Valley.
In 2009, the Ventura County Bar Association bestowed upon Huber its highest honor: The Nordman Award, which is given once a year to only one attorney in Ventura County for public service and leadership.
It sure does not sound like Bob Huber is a “relic from the past.” Incidentally, what public service recognition has Steve Sojka received in the past three years? I wish he had a website so I could verify for myself.
Additionally, for the past two years Huber has served as chair of the board of trustees of the Ventura County Community College District, which runs Moorpark College, Oxnard College and Ventura College with a budget over twice the size of our city.
Twice, Huber has been unanimously elected chair by his fellow trustees because of his leadership.
As chair of the college district, Huber, unlike Sojka, has actual hands-on experience running a public agency at the top.
Actual leadership is a must in these scary financial times. Again, it sure does not sound like Bob Huber is a “relic from the past.”
It’s up to the people of our city to pick our next mayor—not the good ol’ boy system.
Excellent letter, all good points. I think Steven Cadwell should run for office next!
Seriously, I love Barbra Williamson. You don’t always have to agree with her, but she’s definitely not afraid to say what’s on her mind, even if the Simi Valley Acorn is there, feverishly writing down her every word!