Several weeks ago, I posted a blog entry on a letter to the editor regarding remarks from Councilwoman Barbra Williamson about Bob Huber. That entry can be found here.
Barbra has always been open with me on everything and I can’t say enough how much I appreciate that. She offered me this explanation on her real opinion of Bob Huber:
I’ve know Bob for many many many years. He’s a good guy. And you can quote me on that. Bob has given a lot to this community and never asked for anything in return. The reason I am supporting Steve because I believe he is more in touch with what the future holds for our community. He’s coming from a “hands on” position. He can hit the ground running. Bob would need some catching up and in this economy I don’t think we have time to wait.
I appreciate Barbra’s honest position on the topic, but I believe some real campaigning is required in order to win this election. Bob Huber is a worthy candidate with a lot of support, and I asked Barbra if she agreed. She replied as follows:
Yes, I believe Bob is a very worthy opponent and will keep Steve on his toes. In the end, I do believe Steve will be victorious, because of his 12 years of dedication to this community. He hasn’t left his post….Bob did after four years to further his career, where Steve has made Simi Valley his “career” by the leadership he continues to provide.
Regarding the quote in the Simi Valley Acorn and the subsequent letters to the editor in Bob Huber’s defense, Barbra feels she’s always been open about her positions on both candidates and feels the quote was taken out of context. She submitted her own letter to the editor as follows.
Ms. Jan Gardner and Mr. Cadwell (letters, Simi Valley Acorn , April 2), please, don’t be perplexed any longer. As much as I respect Carissa Marsh’s reporting, you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the newspaper.
In reviewing my “prepared” speech at Councilmember Sojka’s announcement in running for mayor, I never used the phrase “relic from the past” when referring to the other candidate(s). I not only relied on my notes but took the time to contact others in attendance who verified I did not use “relic” in any of my comments.
To quote Ms. Gardner, “Barbra said, the mayor shouldn’t be a ‘relic’ and should be between the ages of 45 and 54.”
In fact this is what I really said: “Between 2006 and 2008 the population of Simi Valley was approximately 122,000. Today it’s upwards of 125,000; of that, 98,203 residents are between the ages of 45 and 54 with only 24,683 between the ages of 55 and 85. It is my belief that someone in the age bracket of 45 to 54 is more likely to be in touch with our community than someone whose time has come . . . and gone.”
Like I said at the beginning of my prepared speech, I like Bob Huber. Funny, no one had a complaint about that part of my speech.
And there you have it! Barbra has a clear amount of respect for Bob Huber, but maintains a strong level of support for Steve Sojka, as her recent comments on this blog suggest.