Video from Bob Huber’s Campaign

I really appreciate a good quality video and this one is really well produced. Scott Santino, Bob Huber’s Campaign Manager, emailed this video to me this morning. I was really impressed and I’m sure you will be, too! Check it out and share your thoughts!

19 thoughts on “Video from Bob Huber’s Campaign

  1. Looks like they carefully edited out all the people using the other aisle to avoid the obnoxiousness at this booth. It was like pepper in a bowl of water and sticking in a finger with dish soap on it – poof, off to the sides. Word got around, and I heard complaints and comments about lost votes.

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  2. wow, I was there all day and i saw no problems with backup
    or congestion at all, in fact it was fun and smiles all around!
    I guess a negative person can be unhappy even in the most fun situations – I met some really friendly people at the booth having
    a great time!

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  3. I find that humorous because Steve Sojka is never condescending, and most definitely is not a polished politician. He was raised in Simi Valley and carries a mellowness that comes across pretty clearly – he was known to hit the beach and sand volleyball courts often as a youth. He has worked hard to get where he is today, and has earned the respect of many. But no one can control a person’s individual perceptions (especially if they were were preconceived).

    The “monthly town hall meetings” needs to be explained further. What’s the cost? How will it be paid for? Brown Act format? How does it differ from the public speaking opportunities given at least twice a month at every City Council meeting? Give us more than just a neat campaign soundbite.

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  4. Town hall meetings are such a great idea! They would have been great during the conflict between the police and the City. Not sure that they cost anything, because usually they are very informal meetings to let the citizens of a town or city express whats on their mind. and actually have a free flow of questions. As to the “public speaking opportunities given at least twice a month at every City Council meeting?”. I’ve seen those on local tv. First of all they are public comments. Because thats all you can do is comment. Try asking a question. You get 2 minutes to comment and then they cut off your microphone, and the biggest joke is that they DO NOT respond or interact with what you say. They sit up there like Royalty looking down on you as you speak. Next time they broadcast a council meeting, watch the bored looks on the council faces as they listen to the “public comments”

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  5. You’ve obviously never been to a Neighborhood Council meeting, Jackie. There are four of those each month, one for each of the four neighborhood councils in Simi Valley. The executive board of the neighborhood council is made up of concerned citizens, all of them residents of Simi Valley. Better yet, they all live in your neighborhood or very near by, so they know about the the local issues. I couldn’t think of a better way to open the doors of city hall than the neighborhood councils. All comments at neigbhorhood council meetings are forwarded to the City Council. The best part: they are already part of the city’s budget, so no additional spending is required. If you open the doors of city hall after business hours, you have to pay staff and pay to keep the lights on; it’s not free. Or, and here’s a novel idea, call a council member: (805) 583-6703

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  6. I saw lots of smiles and good times at both candidates’ booths. I can’t imagine either side walking away from the Street Fair with any negativity. Lots of energy brewing on both sides!

    I’d also like to know more about the town hall meeting format. I haven’t heard any details about it and I’m definitely curious. Sounds pretty interesting actually.

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  7. If you have more than two council members involved (which I imagine would be the case unless this proposal is for Mayor-King Huber to preside alone), town hall meetings will have to be noticed to the public 48 hours in advance. Newspapers will have to be notified. There will have to be city staff at every meeting, and some sort of security presence. The Brown Act will command a noticed agenda; as well as the presence of someone from the City Attorney’s office. All this costs taxpayers money, and voters need to know how this will be funded. Reduction in services elsewhere? Taxes?

    If anyone has an idea, like “Paint all the trees red,” they are free to do so by mailing, emailing, calling or publicly telling the City at a Council meeting. Or, they can do so by approaching a Council member at the many community events they attend all the time. The Council will “listen.” Even in the public comment period, if a resident poses a question, the Council almost always will acknowledge the question and will get the resident an answer. The Council usually assigns someone from a department involved with the issue posed. People leave their contact information before they speak, after all. Just because it does not occur immediately “on tv” does not mean it does not happen. I guess those who desire instant gratification might not like this; but people get responses from the City all the time and always have. Write them a letter Jackie S, and see if you get a response.

    Additionally, just because the City does not go out and paint the trees red does not mean the Council does not listen. Voters elect them to be arbiters in such decisions. They reject the bad ideas, and decide whether and how to pursue the good.

    The First Amendment gives the public the right to speak. It does not give the public the right to be right. Nor, to order from government changes willy nilly. That would result in anarchy. There’s a big difference between the sole act of listening, and that of listening, digesting, considering and acting appropriately as a public official.

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  8. Wow, another negative sojka supporter thats completely against
    any kind of change-So what your saying Sara is that all the systems
    in place are good enough and we shouldn’t change a thing?I don’t think we should ever just settle for good enough! The systems
    can always be improved especially when it come to communication-especially with the people of the city, and thats what jackie
    is saying its too impersonal and you confirmed that! The council
    doesn’t respond themselves
    they pass it on to someone who wasn’t at the meeting and didn’t get to hear the passion in the speakers voice and look in they’re eyes!
    I would love to hear from people that have gotten responses,
    a form letter from the city saying thanks for the interest but no thanks and nothing changes! You came up with allot of negative reasons why Town Hall meetings won”t work, before taking one second to think about how to make them work and how they could improve communication- i think its called a Town Meeting because it could be held anywhere, not in any city buildings and could be ALL Volunteer based, just another sojka supporter thats happy with the same ole same ole!

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  9. I checked Bob Huber’s website because his supporters became very quiet with the question on when Huber’s next VCCD Town hall.

    Mr. Huber does not list running Town Halls as an accomplishment while being a Trustee at the VCCD. There also is not even a neighborhood council-style system for volunteers to serve on to give feedback on the VCCD.

    So, is Huber’s campaign really going to criticize the Simi Valley City Council for doing more on citizen involvement than Bob Huber is currently doing as a Trustee at VCCD?

    How does the saying go? “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

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  10. Jessica, The VCCD is for Ventura County, would you really have Town Hall Meetings for County wide issues? what town would you hold these meetings in? What your saying doesn’t even make sense?
    Wouldn’t that be a County Hall meeting?

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  11. VCCCD town hall meetings could be held in Simi Valley or Moorpark, specifically for the District 4 Trustee if he/she would propose them. VCCCD Trustees are elected by district, not countywide. They would not have to focus on countywide issues, if indeed the concept is to “listen to” your voters. But Simi Valley and Moorpark voters have not had that opportunity.

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  12. Well I guess we’ll just have to let the voters decide on what they want from their elected officials. Anytime I see a campaign team start out by constantly attacking their opponent, I know they don’t have much to brag about for their guy. My guess is that by the time the election comes, Team Sojka will have worn out their welcome with their all negative-all the time campaign.

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  13. Sara, you just went on and on saying how difficult and expensive
    it would be to have Town Hall meetings in Simi Valley, Now your
    saying Huber should have initiated Town
    Hall meetings for the VCCD?That doesn’t even make sense?
    Sojka supporters are trying any way they can to put a negative spin
    on things, even if it makes no sense at all! trying to make a connection between town hall meetings and the Ventura County
    College District, huh? All your doing is making yourselves look bad and making it an easy choice for Mayor! Huber and his supporters
    are full of positive energy- I still have’nt heard you say anything good about your candidate

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  14. Maybe, you should just answer the question about Bob’s lack of community Town Halls while at the Ventura County Community College District instead of running off into bizarre conspiracy theories.

    Here is the question again for the great leader who listens. Why no town halls to speak of as our community college trustee?

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  15. Jessica, The VCCD is for Ventura County, would you really have Town Hall Meetings for County wide issues? what town would you hold these meetings in? What your saying doesn’t even make sense?
    Wouldn’t that be a County Hall meeting?

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  16. It makes total sense, if you can think broadly.

    Huber has stated, “it will be apparent that I listen to people and actually deliver for them and not just talk about delivery at election time.”

    Yet he has not ever delivered as an elected official for the College District, his most recent (and only relevant) experience. What he is proposing now is “just talk about delivery at election time.” A promise of something he has never delivered.

    It’s not about whether or not the College District should have community meetings. It’s about why suddenly these election promises, when the opportunities for leadership available in his current seat were never pursued.

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