Mike Judge for Council

Mike Judge seems to be flying somewhat under the radar, but not in a bad way. He hasn’t said anything outrageous during a public forum and he hasn’t attacked the incumbents. He’s just shared his ideas, specifically regarding law enforcement, a topic he understands all too well as a law enforcement officer.

I highly recommend checking out his website at http://www.judgementsv.com/ and reading a little more about his campaign. Of all the other council challengers, excluding the mayoral candidates, I’ve seen more signs from Mike Judge throughout Simi than for anyone else. In fact, as I type this, it occurs to me that Mike Judge’s are the only signs from a challenger that I’ve seen. We might be able to use the election results as a scientific conclusion to the sign argument.

Shameless Gossip and an Appearance

I just read this:

The sign ordinance favors incumbents because no business owner wants to show he or she is partial to a challenger because it isn’t good business – and at least one of the incumbents throws major canniption (sic) fits.

Could someone please email me and let me know who throws the fits please?

Barbra Supporters

Barbra Williamson supporters will be gathered at the corner of Simi Town Center Way and Erringer this evening and I plan to be there with my camera.  Check back soon for video highlights.

Brad Jashinsky for Simi School Board

I honestly don’t know why anyone wouldn’t vote for Brad Jashinsky for School Board. As the father of two school aged children, these issues mean a great deal to me and I think Brad has a solid head on his shoulders and offers up terrific leadership skills. See for yourself. Watch the video above!

Subscriber Count and Future Plans

I am delighted to see my subscriber count on iTunes jump dramatically from a measly 16 subscribers on my first video podcast to a more impressive 547 subscribers since my post recent podcast. I have very little doubt that much of my success is due to Brian Dennert’s nod of approval. I can’t tell you enough how pleased I am to see so many people who care about Simi Valley. This goes to show that the passion for our city extends beyond those in local government. We have a lot of multi generation families here with a vested interest in keeping our community on top.

Stay tuned for more video releases in the coming days (I’m loaded with footage) and expect our coverage to continue past the elections. I’m assembling a program that will allow me to continue my quest to make Simi Valley the best place to live!

The Candidates Forum

An eventful trip, even without my video camera. I enjoyed some good presentations, some questionable ones, flirting with Barbra Williamson, cheering on Bruce Witkin, and Steve Sojka politely and professionally suggesting that I might be an asshole… he may be on to something.

Check back for an explanation on Mr. Sojka’s view on my position on the Shop Simi Valley First Campaign and my interview with the very engaging Mr. Jashinsky.

Simi Valley Candidates Forum
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/services/media/embed.aspx/m=44699410,t=1,mt=video

Mayor Miller borrows from Senator McCain

Simi Valley Mayor Paul Miller “borrowed” Senator McCain’s frequently used statement in an article at the Acorn on Friday.  A quote from the article…

With unsure economic times ahead for the city, Miller said, his experience is a necessary asset. He said Simi Valley doesn’t have time for a mayor to get “on-the-job training.”

That’s a somewhat unusual move considering McCain is trailing in the polls, though perhaps it’s a safe one considering the predominantly Republican Simi Valley community.  I’m actually quite delighted to see comments like this in the paper.  It’s really the first time in recent history that I’ve seen anyone show they’re even slightly threatened.  It’s like real, grown-up politics.

I’d love for the Mayor to spell out what potential economic challenges we might face and how his experience will help us through such situations, or how a lack of experience would be detrimental in such situations.  Further, I’d be curious to know when it’s okay or safe for someone who’s never been the Mayor to be elected to the position.  Was he just lucky?  Was the timing right?

These questions and more will remain unanswered in the pay-for-entry moderated “candidates forum” at the Lost Hills Golf Club this Wednesday.  Bummer.

Brad Jashinsky for School Board

Brad Jashinsky, fellow Simi Valley resident and computer technology guru, is running for school board this election.  I’m thoroughly impressed by his website.  Seriously, this is a guy who understands the importance of technology and it shows in his online presentation.

Brad promotes GATE and special educational programs, proper spending of taxpayer funds and the use of technology to facilitate the education process and bridge the gap between parents and teachers.  SOLID campaign, in my humble opinion.  Brad can certainly hold his own.  Check out his impressive thread on Brian Dennert’s blog.

Check him out!  I’ll have to see if I can get an on camera interview with this guy.  I’m definitely intrigued.

Chamber of Commerce Denies Camera Access!!

The following says it all.  I’m extremely disappointed and let down.

 —–Original Message—–
From: Mike Chandler
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 9:43 AM
To: Stacey Pistole
Subject: Candidates Forum

Stacey,

I operate a website dedicated to broadcasting issues and news about the local Simi Valley election.  I make use of online articles and online video to get the word out about who’s running and why.  I am also a Chamber member.

I have already registered for two participants for the Candidates forum on the 15th.  Could I get the Chamber’s permission to bring my video camera to record the forum?  I would give both the Chamber and Acorn full credit in the final production.  Further, I’d like your permission to conduct on camera interviews with members of the audience both before and after the event.

I have a very small footprint and can assure you that I’d go relatively unnoticed.  Please do let me know if this is acceptable.  It’s critical for my project.

Best regards,

Mike Chandler
RM Web Effects, LLC
http://www.rmwebeffects.com/

 Her reply:

——Original Message——
From: Stacey Pistole
To: Mike Chandler
Sent: Oct 8, 2008 10:11 AM
Subject: RE: Candidates Forum

Hi Mike
I just talked to Leigh Nixon our CEO.  We are already contracted with iBreakthrough – Kevin Green.  He will be video taping and it will be used to stream on Chamber website.  I am not sure if you can use any of his footage for your project.  You can contact him at (805) 520-3378.

Thanks,
Stacey
Stacey Pistole
Programs Manager
Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce
www.simivalleychamber.org
spistole@simichamber.org
Main 805-526-3900
Direct 805-520-8223
Fax 805-526-6234

To which I replied…

—–Original Message—–
From: Mike Chandler
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 1:35 PM
To: Stacey Pistole
Subject: Re: Candidates Forum

Hi Stacey,

No, I can’t really use any of his footage.  I’m not asking you to contract with me.  I just want to video tape the presentation.

Regards,

Mike Chandler

And received the final answer below…

Mike
The Chamber is only allowing one camera in the room.  I am sorry. 

Thanks,
Stacey
Stacey Pistole
Programs Manager
Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce
www.simivalleychamber.org
spistole@simichamber.org
Main 805-526-3900
Direct 805-520-8223
Fax 805-526-6234

With all due respect, this really stinks to high heaven in my opinion.