The Simi Valley council and mayor campaigns are officially a go and the City Council has finalized concerns related to campaign finance reform. Campaign donations from business persons are allowed, but donations from a single business person cannot exceed $1000, regardless of how many businesses they own. To clarify, Joe Smith who owns five businesses can donate a total of $1000 to a single campaign, but he cannot donate $1000 from each of his five businesses (for a total of $5000 in this example).
The fact is this was always the rule. However, the ordinance is being modified to more clearly spell this out. This was what caused trouble for Barbra Williamson during the last election cycle when she accepted donations totaling $3000 from businessman Glen Gerson from his multiple businesses. Barbra explained on the record that her misunderstanding of the ordinance is why she accepted the donations in the first place, not a willful intent to break the rules.
Nearly two years later, the matter of campaign financing rules is weeks away from being settled pending final approval, paving the way for campaigns to kick into full swing!
Steve Sojka officially announced his intent to run for Mayor yesterday at Lost Canyons Golf Club. I’m sorry I missed the event. I heard it was energized and exciting. A video of the event is being posted on YouTube which I intend to link to when it’s available. There’s a massive showing of support and enthusiasm behind Sojka’s campaign and the energy is intoxicating. It takes a brave individual to run against such a tidal wave of support! I’m very interested to see how the mayoral race plays out.
I’m hoping to hear more from Steve Sojka and Bob Huber over the course of the next several months. I think it’s a critical time for our city and I’m very eager to hear what each of them have to say about the state of the city and their hopeful role.