MAYORAL CANDIDATE BOB HUBER WANTS EAST COUNTY JAIL TO STAY OPEN
Simi Valley candidate for Mayor, Bob Huber, spoke at the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting today in defense of keeping the East County Jail open.
Due to the fiscal crisis facing the County and State, there is a possibility that financial considerations would cause the Supervisors to close the East County Jail, used by Simi Valley Police for bookings and detention.
If closed, the Simi Valley police would have to travel to the city of Ventura to perform the same procedures–each trip costing the safety of the people of Simi Valley four hours of protection by our men and women of law enforcement.
Huber noted four reasons to keep the East County Jail open:
1. There are four entities that will be impacted by the closure of the East County Jail: City of Moorpark, City of Simi Valley, City of Thousand Oaks and Moorpark College (Ventura County Community College District Police Department).
2. Simi Valley Police Chief Mike Lewis said recently in the newspaper that if the East County Jail is closed it will take an officer off the street for approximately four hours which includes booking.
3. Typically in the City of Simi Valley there are six to eight patrol vehicles during a shift. If, for instance, two officers make arrests and have to travel to Ventura to the jail it will significantly reduce the response times to calls for service in Simi Valley.
4. Sheriff elect Geoff Dean has stated that he will make every effort when reviewing the budget to find a way if possible to keep the East County Jail open.
Bob Huber told the Board of Supervisors, “I understand the tough economic times and we, The City of Simi Valley, The Ventura County Community College District and the County, are dependent upon Sacramento. I request that the Board make every effort to find a way to avoid closing the East County Jail. The safety of the people of Simi Valley is the first responsibility of government.”
Huber is asking Simi Valley city officials to join him in publicly calling for the continued use of the East County Jail. “This is a matter of public safety, not politics. While revenue is limited we need to maximize the use of our law enforcement officers. Traveling from Simi Valley to Ventura and back is a waste of important policing efforts.”