This has been discussed in the comments section of previous posts on this website, and I’m very interested in speaking to Bob Huber about this personally to get more details. I’m also curious to know everyone’s immediate feedback on this as well.
Here’s an announcement fresh from the Bob Huber for Simi Valley Mayor Campaign Office:
HUBER CALLS FOR MONTHLY TOWN HALLS AND VOLUNTEER OMBUDSMAN COMMITTEE FOR SIMI VALLEY.
On February 8, 2010 former Simi Valley City Councilman Bob Huber announced his campaign for Mayor of Simi Valley.
At the same time, he promoted monthly Town halls in Simi Valley, so the people of our community can provide ideas, concerns and suggestions to the Mayor of our town. Huber said, “Monthly Town halls will allow a direct connection between the people of Simi Valley and the Mayor. No formal letters, no short phone calls, no emails or faxes with formal answers–direction communication for all the people of Simi Valley with the Mayor. My goal is to bring city government closer to the people it serves which in turn makes our city more responsive to the people.”
Over the past two months of talking with real people, at their homes, at events and at community meetings, Bob Huber has heard complaints, concerns and questions about city management, city services and needs of individual families.
Based on these conversations and meetings, Bob Huber has developed an idea, at no cost to the taxpayers, of a volunteer led and trained cadre of Simi Valley residents to answer question, find answers and direct people to get the services they need from City Hall. “A city run and operated Ombudsman program, is still city run, responding to the needs of the city, not the citizens,” Huber noted.
He went on to say, a privately run, free service would represent the needs of the families and small businesses or Simi Valley, not the special interests or government.. “We already have a program run by the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce for the past 23 years that trains 12-20 people every year in how local government, and schools, are run. For instance, why not go to the graduates of Leadership Simi Valley, and other citizens knowledgeable about local government and form an Ombudsman Committee–at no cost to the taxpayers?” Huber stated.
Bob Huber was clear, with a Town hall meeting monthly and a volunteer Ombudsman program, the people of Simi Valley will have a transparent government, and that is one of his goals as Mayor.
For further comment and discussion of this idea go to http://www.huberformayor.com/ or call 805-526-9008.