There are several questions floating around about Simi Valley Mayor Candidate Bob Huber’s proposal for Townhall style meetings in Simi Valley. I directly asked Bob Huber’s campaign for more clarification on Townhall meetings and was delighted to receive a prompt response.
Please share your remarks about the proposal and Bob Huber’s response. One of the biggest concerns is whether or not a Townhall Meeting would truly be “no cost” even if it is managed by a panel of volunteers. I’m inclined to believe there would be no cost if it’s held in public and managed by volunteers, but maybe I’m missing something. I invite your comments.
Here’s Bob Huber on Townhall Meetings:
My goal is to bring our City Government closer to the people it serves. My vision for the town hall meetings is very simple and has absolutely no cost. I invision having monthly meetings in a public place such as in front of the mall, a shopping center or in a park with a table and few chairs under an eazy-up. Nothing fancy or complex. Just an hour or two once a month, to meet with the people of Simi Valley to hear their concerns, problems, thoughts and ideas.
The reason I feel so passionate about this approach is that many people are intimidated speaking in public. Let alone standing at a podium in counsel chambers, staring up at the five council members sitting on a raised dias looking like judges, while watching the 2 minute clock tick away their time to speak. When you think about it, it’s not a very inviting way to hear from the citizens of our community. Especially when the council members don’t even respond to what you say when your finished. It can feel very discouraging.
These town hall meetings would be in addition to my proposed Ombudsman program of community volunteers that would field concerns from the citizens of Simi Valley. Again, this would be at NO COST, as they would be volunteers who are committed to improving the quality of life for all of us who live here Simi Valley.
I’m sure that the very informal and casual setting will be inviting and encourage more people to share whats on their mind and be participants in our Government. Leadership that listens isn’t a slogan… it is my leadership style.