In a letter to the editor today in the Simi Valley Acorn, Mitch Green points out that all of Simi Valley’s leaders in City Hall are Republicans. The letter appears as follows:
I was watching the April 12 Simi Valley City Council meeting, and the thought struck me that every single person on the dais was a Republican. The mayor, each council member, the city manager and the city attorney, all Republicans.
Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with being a Republican or the Republican point of view, unless you’re not a Republican and unless you don’t share a Republican point of view. In that case, your voice is not heard and your views don’t count.
So why allow this to continue? There is no reason that other points of view should be shut out of city hall.
In the upcoming City Council and mayoral race, every single candidate who has announced an intention to run for office, except me, is a Republican.
Come on, folks, if your views are shut out of city hall, step up to bat and run for office or get behind someone who shares your views. Do your civic duty and let other points of view be heard.
I hope I don’t come off as naive, but I can’t say that I’ve ever seen anything from City Council come off as blatantly partisan. Further, of the City Council meetings I’ve attended, I can’t say I’ve ever seen one that came off suggesting that anyone’s views are “shut out of city hall.”
I would be curious to hear others’ thoughts on this.
Also, who is Mitch Green? Is he running for City Council like his letter suggests? Has anyone seen his official announcement if he is? I’d be interested in learning more. UPDATE: Mitch Green is the assistant city attorney who announced his candidacy early this year.