Sinaloa Park to Become a Reality

Steve Sojka and Glen Becerra chatting as the crowd files in before the meeting.

Tonight I got to watch the City Council at work.  As Councilmember Steve Sojka put it, this was one of those City Council meetings to remember and be proud of.  Sinaloa Park, the proposed family recreation center, has been approved by City Council.  As a family man and 35 year Simi Valley resident, this is great news for me and my family!

There were several people in attendance this evening all of whom wanted to share their position on the proposed Sinaloa Park.  For the most part, positive support was overwhelming. Among the supporters of the project were CEO of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, Leigh Nixon, and local businessmen Mike Antoun and Alan Mann.  One of the most memorable and amusing presenters was from Cooper Brown, Simi Valley High School Student Body President, who informed the Council that the project meant enough for him to show up by himself to show his support.  “It’s not like my friends all say, ‘hey, let’s go to a City Council meeting!'” he said.  But he was compelled to show up and share his position that Simi Valley needs more to do for young people.

Barbra Williamson and Michelle Foster listen to comments from supporters of the Sinaloa Park project.

There were some who still didn’t look favorably on the project.  One individual who lives in the Sinaloa Lake community felt the project represented a liability. Though he did indicate that the project was well designed and that concerns of noise had been answered satisfactorily, he still believed the project would have an impact in liability insurance rates for the Sinaloa Lake HOA. I never did get to hear him fully articulate why that was. Another resident in the nearby Hacienda Estates expressed concern and a desire to increase police patrols, citing several recent occurrences of criminal activity in the area related to police chases and other issues.

In the end, the City Council unanimously approved the project and gave it the green light, a decision met with grand applause.

That means in a couple of years I can whip all of you on the miniature golf course. That’s right.  I intend to make miniature golf competitive. It can happen.  You’ll see.

Read more about Sinaloa Park at

Thank you Simi Valley City Council!

Simi Valley City Council listening to public remarks.

14 thoughts on “Sinaloa Park to Become a Reality

  1. This is a great community. It doesn’t get much better than it did tonight. Everyone who worked on this project should be very proud of what they accomplished. There will be many many years and many many residents who will enjoy this newest additon to Simi Valley. Thankyou!


  2. It is time to elect someone who was born and raised here.

    Simi Valley voters have an opportunity to do something that has never been done in the City’s HISTORY. Elect a Mayor who was raised here, attended our schools, knows precisely how important it is to have the new Sinaloa Park.

    The old-timers (with all due respect, Barbra, as you are not considered one of them; we’re talking some who have been involved since Carter was President) have run their course, had their time. It’s like an AC/DC or Ozzy Ozbourne tour out there today. They just keep playing the same OLD hits over and over and over.

    For one candidate for Mayor, this is purely about ego. That candidate is not Steve Sojka.

    It is time for someone who has gone through Simi Valley Unified School District to be Mayor. Only he or she will understand the true dynamics of the relationship between the local school district, its campuses, its employees, the teachers, and students, with City government and the City overall.

    We need a Mayor who understands, truly, what it means to drive into one of our high schools each and every morning to attend, or drop off their children. And recently. And who has to talk with today’s teachers and school officials about today’s challenges.

    We need a Mayor who has children attending local schools, to hear each and every day what is going on there. How challenging it is to get a job as a teen-ager. How the City can help local teens and pre-teens. What local young adults think about the Police Department; and what the Police Department thinks about local young adults.

    Hearing it every day is way better than holding a town hall meeting to hear this. It’s one thing to hear it at a staged event; it’s totally another to hear it every day as a part of your own life.

    Someone who spent time here as a kid remembers how there was nothing at all to do. (The City Councils of the ’70s and ’80s did little to address this). The Sinaloa Park project is a long, long, loooooooong time coming for people who grew up here.

    Congratulations to those with small children right now. They are lucky to have people like Steve Sojka — and the entire Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board of Directors, and the City Council, for that matter.

    I’m sure, as always, some folks will poo-poo on this post. I accept that. But I will say this: if you did not grow up here as a child, you do not understand. And that’s okay.

    You do not understand how the City Council of the 1980s placed young adults at the bottom of the totem pole. Last priority.

    This election is about the heart of Simi Valley, and the future of Simi Valley. Not about ego, not about a short period as Mayor as a feather in one’s cap. Steve Sojka never has and never will seek a position of leadership for ego. He serves because he loves Simi Valley. And that intent is pure.


  3. Very good point, Tim. But without the knowledge that one has, and maintains from current ongoing and intimate contact with the public, it is difficult if not impossible for a candidate to understand A) what they need to do; and B) what truly those new programs will do for the people.

    Proposing new things like town hall meetings is basically saying, “I am not engaged enough with Simi Valley residents to know them, so I need to stage meetings to learn.”

    You summed it up perfectly: “whether the candidate has the right vision.” One candidate already is using the same slogan used during a campaign in 1980. What statement is that about “vision”? That we need the return of the glorious days of 1980 again?

    Can’t you think of anything new?


  4. Good analogy, Susan.

    The Huber-Gallegly Axis (HGA) is on a mission to purchase the Mayor’s seat.

    Just like Steinbrenner purchased World Series titles.

    When voters see Huber, think Gallegly, and MONEY.


  5. Like that Huber fund-raiser at Gallegly’s house. Hmmm …

    Connected at the hip.

    And what ever has Gallegly accomplished? Washington. D.C. politics being injected into Simi Valley?

    F that.


  6. Not to derail the conversation, but I have to say that from my vantage point it seems like both of the candidates keep their eye on the ball with regard to their respective campaigns. They’re each composing press releases, walking precincts, spreading the word, etc. Both candidates will talk to me when I ask them direct questions, but neither expresses much interest in participating in these comments or getting tangled up in any distasteful arguments.

    That said, it’s unfortunate that people are quick to hold the candidates accountable for the off color remarks that are made by some of the more “overly excited” supporters. I don’t really think it’s fair, and I think it’s the reason I don’t get to enjoy seeing these candidates posting their own replies on this site.


  7. I hear you Tim, I just don’t picture Sojka or Huber doing that on a blog’s comment section. I can see them making statements like that to groups of their supporters at a rally or when a group of volunteers gather to knock on doors. But I’ve seen overly excited supporters on both sides with neither candidate coming in to add disclaimers. I’ve already had to delete or edit comments that are made by people who are assuming the candidates’ identities (there’s both a “Bob Huuber” and a “Steve Soika” who get deleted regularly) and I’ve always suspected that as being something off-putting to the candidates.

    Maybe I’m wrong.


  8. Again, I think it’s a good idea and I can’t imagine how that would be a problem for either candidate. But would they be expected to do that on every post that gets out of control?

    If I could get the candidates to provide me with their own language on the topic, I can add it as a disclaimer link in a pop-up that anyone can view before the comments section of every post. I’d have no problem doing that if they’d care to participate.


  9. Tim,
    On the larger scale I would totally agree with your statement. However on the local level most candidates, especially incumbents, will be forthcoming and answer the questions put to them. It may be a little more difficult for a new candidate to answer questions put to them because for the most part they are on the outside looking in and they believe they are seeing the whole picture, when in fact they may not. Case in point if you look at the two mayoral candidates neither has shied away from giving direct answers to the questions put before them. It is my belief the reason elected don’t answer or converse with bloggers, is because some get so belligerent and nasty it’s safer for them to stay away, and who can blame them? If on the other hand, people were accepting of having a normal two-way conversation I am sure more would participate. I am sure with me making these comments, someone is going to have some off the wall comment, to which I can only blame myself because I opened that door.


  10. Barbra said: “It is my belief the reason elected don’t answer or converse with bloggers, is because some get so belligerent and nasty it’s safer for them to stay away, and who can blame them?”

    That’s a really great point Barbra. It’s because of that point that I don’t expect or even ask candidates to actively participate in these comment threads. I’m delighted when they do, but I certainly don’t expect it.


  11. Both Mayorial candidates are pretty much an open book. All you need to do is ask the question. They many not respond to blogs….yet, but both have Face Book and I am sure they will feel comfortable answering any questions you or anyone else may pose, so long as it is pertinant to the future or history of our community. Each are more than eager to express their views of what they believe is the future of Simi Valley. It’s up to you to decide which will fulfill that dream.
    Ah, the spelling of my name matters little…but thank you for catching it.


  12. Back to Mr. Chandler’s original post, three cheers to the City Council for approving Sinaloa Park, and particularly to the Park District for doing such a fine job not only designing the park, but working with the community to make changes according to their input.


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