The upcoming City Council Meeting scheduled for August 30th, Monday, at Simi Valley City Hall will be a long, action packed meeting. Among the topics will be a discussion regarding Council Member Steve Sojka’s proposed Cochran Street modifications in response to the Farmers Insurance departure announced a couple of weeks ago. You can read Steve Sojka’s press release on the topic by clicking here.
Also, it’s been rumored that the new Business Advocate will be officially introduced, along with a further explanation of the individual’s role. The Business Advocate has been both well supported and widely disputed as an first step to improving the current processes and communication channels between the city and the business community. Supposedly we’ll get to learn who the Business Advocate is, where they came from and more about what they’ll be doing.
Lastly, E-Verify will be on the agenda. Bob Huber’s team submitted the following press release, urging his supporters to be there to weigh in on the topic:
Huber Urges Simi Valley Residents to Speak Out on E-Verify, at August 30 City Council Meeting
Back on July 17, 2010, Simi Valley Mayoral candidate Bob Huber publicly called for the City of Simi Valley to implement E-verify, the free state-of-the-art, worker verification program, to protect local jobs, administered by the federal government. On July 30th Mayor Miller publicly refuted the E-Verify program in saying, “Staff has learned that E-Verify is not fail-safe and, in fact, has been highly unreliable.” He went on to say, “The error rate is no better than a flip of the coin.” Further, Miller said, “I would be extremely reluctant to direct taxpayer resources or impose a regulation on employers to use such a system.”
Since that time, much debate has ensued with valuable input from the residents of our fine City. The City has received mountains of emails and phone calls voicing support for this program, in addition to similar letters to the editor and opinions on local blogs. This issue has clearly touched a nerve in Simi Valley and the People are engaged and are sharing their concerns.
On August 6, 2010, Huber said, “The facts do not support City Hall’s assertion on E-Verify!” and quoted from the official website of The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, “Westat estimates that overall E-Verify queries result in an accurate response 96% of the time and an inaccurate response 4.1 % of the time ……..since when is 96% a flip of the coin?” Huber further said, “This whole dispute is about jobs for our residents and I firmly believe that 96% accuracy is sufficient protection to secure jobs for our deserving people of Simi Valley.”
City Manager, Mike Sedell, has announced that at last, E- Verify is being re-considered by the City Council on August 30 as a part of a new worker verification program. Sedell went on to say the City Council will vote on the proposal on August 30.
Huber responded, “This is a step in the right direction and good news for the hard working people of Simi Valley. We will continue to closely monitor this issue until it is fully adopted. Presidents from George Bush, 41st to our current President Barack Obama have supported E-Verify. With over 700,000 private businesses using E-Verify and dozens of California cities using the program as well, it’s obviously a program that the people want. This is a program that is part of the solution, to help insure citizens and legal residents get the available jobs. I urge all Simi Valley residents to attend the August 30 City Council Meeting and let your voices be heard.