I’ve been interested in hearing more from some of the other candidates running for Simi Valley City Council. One of the candidates who interests me is Mitch Green. I’m curious to know more about him and what is motivating him to run for City Council. I’ve manged to receive a good summary now and then by comments he’s posted on this site. This is the most recent one from Mitch Green.
If Glen Becerra has such a strong following in Simi Valley, why is he running dead last in the only on line poll to date regarding the November City Council race?
Not that the Star’s poll is in anyway scientific or accurate, but the fact remains that the man with all the money, all the connections, and everyone who counts on speed dial is running in last place with everyone but the monied elite.
Perhaps to the people who really count, ie the voters, Glen is but the face of the incumbent problem, not the solution for tomorrow.
Right now the city faces a 9.6 million dollar budget shortage and it just wrote a check back to the state for 6 million dollars in state confiscated redevelopment monies. That’s nearly 16 million dollars that the city is short, and yet what you hear about is great views and incumbents closing ranks to support each other.
That’s leadership? Of course not. And the people who count, “get it.”
If you think the city finds itself in a financial mess today, why would you rehire those who broke it to fix it?
Not that it matters too much, but I don’t think ONLY the “monied elite” are supporting Glen Becerra. Becerra has served the community through the Simi Valley Education Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club among others, organizations that touch people in all walks of life. Nevertheless, Mitch Green is unhappy with our current leadership, the current financial status of the city, and in response he is running for City Council.
It’s easy to assume that a challenger for City Council like Mitch Green may be targeting one of the incumbents specifically, but not so, says Green. He commented via email days ago…
I’m not running on a “disgruntled former employee” platform. I just feel that the constituents deserve a choice of candidates who if elected can actually find their way around City Hall, be able to digest complex issues and make a reasoned choice. As the former Assistant City Attorney for civil litigation, I can fill that bill. And while Beccera and Foster have also proven they can “find their way around City Hall,” there is a large percentage of the populace who may refuse to vote for an incumbent. And for those people, they need valid alternatives to choose from.
Those are fair remarks, in my opinion. But Mitch Green and I were both quoted recently in an article for the Simi Valley Acorn (see that article here) regarding using social media as a campaign tool in local elections. One of the reasons I publish this website is because I’m concerned that challengers, without the same financial support as the incumbents, have a much harder time getting their name out to the voters. Interestingly, some of the very accessible and effective tools out there are going unused by the Mitch Green Campaign. Mitch Green is quoted as follows:
All those running for the two open City Council seats also have a website and a Facebook page— all except challenger Mitch Green.
His 16-year-old son has put up a “skeletal outline of something on Facebook,” but it is not active, and Green said it likely won’t be until he makes the final call to move forward with his campaign.
He said he’d rather “go viral” through his letters to the editor, which he thinks would be more successful than using Facebook or Twitter.
“I get some high fives and funny looks, so that tells me somebody’s reading it,” the former assistant city attorney said of his letter writing.
Green left Simi City Hall in March to become a partner at a Woodland Hills law firm.
“I really think websites are overblown. . . . I think the average person is going to read the printed word instead.”
With so much at stake, and having compelling statements about the state of the city and a candidacy that offers a unique perspective, you want to see candidates like Mitch Green get their name out. Having said that, I hope Mitch Green changes his mind on the website and using social media to spread the word. Voters are consuming information from these sources and this is a measurable fact.
City Council Candidate Mitch Green has got our undivided attention — he’s not happy with the current leadership and believes that he represents the solution. In the months to come, I’m hoping he’ll tell us more about how he’ll be that solution.