I had an opportunity to meet Keith Mashburn during the last election. Both he and his wife are two of the kindest people you’ll ever meet. He cares deeply for Simi Valley and it shows when you talk to him.
With two City Council seats up for election every two years, I really agonize over how to cast my votes. Even if I decide early how to cast one vote, I may decide, un-decide, decide again, and un-decide again up to the final days before the election. Therapy may be necessary. Keith is the type of candidate to sit down with you one on one to answer your questions and help you make an educated decision.
I spotted Keith Mashburn at the Simi Valley Days Parade and he was kind enough to let me give him the paparazzi treatment. Here’s Keith Mashburn at the parade…
Keith Mashburn doesn’t believe that Simi Valley is business friendly. I have heard of several concerns over the past several years, most of those have been specific to the permitting processes. In the video below, Keith Mashburn identifies the problem as he sees it and suggests solutions, from cutting the business tax, training of city staff, and forming a new task force.
For a more pleasant City Hall video, see the one below. This video is of Tim Shannon’s presentation to the City Council on the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce’s mission. This presentation was inspired by questions raised regarding the renewal of a contract between the Chamber and the City of Simi Valley. In addition to being a Candidate for Simi Valley City Council, Tim Shannon is also a long time member, Board Member and Past President of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce.
If you want to know whether or not it’s election season, go to City Hall during a City Council meeting and watch the reaction to events that take place below. Under normal circumstances, I think people would be universally concerned about Mr. Halub’s lack of understanding about the specifics of Council Member benefits and offended by his later suggestions that Council Members protect sex offenders. Instead, there are attendees who encourage him to keep going. Personally, I have a hard time believing this candidate takes this process seriously. He seems far too interested in being disruptive than serving the community.
I wish that I had the guts and determination as a highschool student that Kyle Quiroz displays so effortlessly. He put together another video in support of Steve Sojka for Mayor. In this one, he’s written some new lyrics, worked on some choreography, and edited together a music video with family and friends, with an appearance from the Mayoral Candidate.
Don Norris created the following video in support of Michelle Foster’s re-election to the Simi Valley City Council:
Kyle Quiroz, a Steve Sojka supporter, created a music video about Simi Valley in response to a challenge issued by Brian Dennert. Brian recently updated his readers with the following news:
I was out walking the other night and I came across the writer/singer of that song, Kyle Quiroz. We talked for a few minutes and he told me Youtube contacted him because they are now promoting his video. That basically means it is at the top of the search results for Simi Valley on Youtube and they are paying him. At around 4,000 views it isn’t much but I am proud that my blog helped launch the most viral campaign video in Ventura County Campaign history. I am more impressed that Youtube is now sharing ad revenue with Kyle.
What a fun bit of good news to be able to talk about during an election that has quickly become sour. I’m pleased for Kyle and congratulate him for a job well done. Kyle should be commended for not only answering Brian’s challenge, but for also putting himself out there to show his support for the community. He shows true character and I hope to have an opportunity to work with him in the future.
Here is Kyle’s video: