Ken Sandberg is running for Simi Valley City Council. I saw his letter to the Acorn this morning and was surprised that I hadn’t yet spoken to him. I have spoken briefly to all candidates for City Council, including those who dropped out, with the exception of Ken.
On July 28th, I sent an email to the challenging City Council Candidates requesting their presence in a live discussion forum to be streamed live on the internet. I followed-up with two articles on this blog wondering why they weren’t responding. Ken takes exception to my claim that I contacted all candidates because I clearly did not contact him. In fact, I wasn’t even aware of his candidacy at that time. He expressed his dismay via email. To Ken, I offer my humblest apologies.
Ken has agreed to participate in the upcoming live discussion forum with City Council Candidates. I’ll be posting the details, date and time soon. My sincere thanks to Ken Sandberg for agreeing to participate.
What follows is Ken’s ballot statement. I encourage you to read it and stop by Ken’s website to get details on the issues that have inspired Ken to announce his candidacy. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from Ken in the weeks to come.
I have been a resident of Simi Valley since 1997 and have taken the Simi Valley Police Citizen’s Academy and CERT classes. I am a HAM Radio Volunteer examiner, Sierra Club Cross-Country leader and map & compass navigation instructor, NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and a volunteer at events needing emergency communications.
While in the CERT class, I volunteered to notify residents of possible evacuation in the 2005 fire. I saw the need for better emergency preparations, both for residents and the city. We need a real volunteer CERT program, like other cities have, with monthly training meetings and maintaining a list of active members.
I have taken the time to speak at Neighborhood Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings and City Council meetings in order to try to get the right thing done. I am running for City Council to try to improve our community by doing the right thing and serving the whole community, not for personal and special interests.
I believe it is important to remember that every penny the city spends comes from hard working residents of Simi Valley.
I am not accepting campaign contributions to not be beholden to anyone other than the community. More information is available at http://www.my1email.com/ken4sv/