Two years ago, the city of Simi Valley promptly published candidate campaign disclosure statements on the city website. The information was fascinating, to say the least. Not to mention the fact that it raised a lot of questions about campaign financing, what was legal and what was not.
We’re approaching the month of August and no current campaign disclosure statements are available on the city website. We might be able to get copies of them if we show up to the City Clerk’s office in person, but the purpose of a website is to provide information like this simply, quickly and in a cost effective way. If you go to the City Clerk’s page on the website, you’ll see a link to the disclosure statements from last election.
Hey, City of Simi Valley! We want to see how these candidates are having their campaigns funded! Get those disclosure statements online!
UPDATE: Steve Sojka, Candidate for Simi Valley Mayor, just clued me in. Thank you, Mr. Sojka! He said:
The reason the financial statements are not on the website is because the filing period doesn’t close until August 2nd for City Council and August 11th for Mayor.
In that case, I’ll close with a resounding “nevermind!”