Keith Mashburn’s Fundraiser Speech

Candidate for Simi Valley City Council Keith Mashburn addressed his guests after a brief introduction from the incoming President of the Police Officers Association. In this presentation, Keith covers most of the major issues, including Police Officer relations, the landfill, Council benefits, the business community, and his thoughts on appointments and term limits.

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Keith Mashburn Campaign Heats Up

I should be at Disneyland right now, but I’m not. A surprise trip to Disneyland last weekend for my birthday resulted in our postponing these plans. “Disneyland overload” is bad for the feet and the wallet. And if you’re wondering if I’m sharing this with you because I want your belated birthday greetings, the answer is yes. I’m a shameless narcissist who craves your attention, so humor me and give it up!

My point is that I’ll be enjoying some Simi Valley activities this weekend instead, including Simi Valley Days. But I started the weekend off with a visit to Keith Mashburn’s fundraiser and was impressed by what I saw.

Mashburn’s event was full of excitement and support. These people are very enthusiastic about their candidate. And the roster of supporters is impressive. There was a strong showing of support by the police force and firefighters, as well as Simi Valley business owners. I saw a few faces that usually are in support of other candidates, leading me to believe that the tide is shifting and candidates like Keith Mashburn have a solid chance of making their way to City Council. This is clearly a serious race, and there is no easy path to victory for any candidate at this point, incumbent or challenger. Candidates MUST compel Simi Valley to vote for them, and that is what Keith Mashburn is setting out to do.

Keith’s wife Shelby is about the nicest woman you’ll ever meet. She gets emotional when she talks about the support she’s seen for Keith and how serious he is about this race. She has a true passion for this community. Her belief in Keith is strong, and she’s taken it upon herself to go door to door, spreading the word to business owners and residents about Keith’s message. When she meets someone who already knows Keith and already plans to give Keith their vote, she is moved. Keith has a terrific lady in his corner.

I videotaped Keith’s presentation to his supporters and I’ve been working on it most of the morning. I’m having trouble finding a way to edit it that complies with my time limits on YouTube while also fairly representing his points. I might just render the raw video and let you see it as I did. Keith did a great job laying out the points and touching on the issues that matter the most in this election. Whether you agree with his positions or not, you’ll see he’s definitely honest about where he stands.

Get a Haircut with Steve Sojka

Support Sojka for Mayor, get a free haircut on Sept. 14

Meet Simi Valley’s next mayor, get a complimentary haircut at Nioxin Hair and Scalp Spa at Simi Valley Town Center in unique meet-the-candidate event

SIMI VALLEY – Join Simi Valley Councilman and Mayoral candidate Steve Sojka at Nioxin Hair and Scalp Spa at Simi Valley Town Center on Tuesday, Sept. 14, and enjoy a free haircut with a donation to the “Steve Sojka for Mayor” campaign.

Take advantage of this unique meet-the-candidate event to sit down and chat with Steve about our wonderful community, while either waiting your turn or even while receiving your complimentary haircut.

“This is such a different type of event for a campaign, and I am honored that a local business has asked to host it for me,” Steve Sojka said. “I look forward to meeting with Simi Valley residents and doing something I enjoy best, which is conversations about our community.”

Steve Sojka will be at the Nioxin Hair and Scalp Spa from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 14.

Appointments are highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

Nioxin Hair and Scalp Spa can be reached at (805) 306-1549. For information about Steve Sojka for Mayor, visit www.sojkaformayor.com or www.facebook.com/sojkaformayor.

Contacts: Steve Sojka, (805) 660-7695; Sarah Newcomer, Nioxin Hair and Scalp Spa, (805) 306-1549.

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Judge Fundraiser

CALLING all Mike Judge Supporters! Candidate for Simi Valley City Council Mike Judge is hosting another fundraiser. It’s another trap shoot. He’s done this before and the event is back by popular demand.

Trap Shoot Fundraiser – Monday, September 27, 2010 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Simi Valley Citizens for Ethical Government will be hosting a fun Trap Shoot.

Come out and support Mike Judge who is running for Simi Valley City Council a portion of the proceeds goes to the campaign.

Round of Trap: $8.00 ammo not included.

Shotguns will be provided if you don’t have your own. So bring out some shells and have a great time beginners welcome plenty of Pros on hand will help you improve your game. Plenty of parking in a park like setting: Lopez Canyon Range.

For additional details or to RSVP to the event, click here for the official flyer of the event.

I’m extremely impressed with Mike Judge’s campaign this year. I think this election presents many challenges for anyone who isn’t well connected in Simi Valley’s pocket of influence, and Mike is taking the challenges head on. I’ve seen him take a few blows to the chin in blog comments and he doesn’t flinch. I hope to get to know Mike more during these final weeks before the election.

Mashburn Fundraiser

Candidate for Simi Valley City Council Keith Mashburn is having a fundraiser in a couple of weeks. Keith’s campaign has built up a noteworthy level of momentum and it’s likely that his fundraiser will successfully raise a fair amount of funding. These are the details:

Keith Mashburn: I am having a fundraiser on September 17.  This will be held at 7 pm at the home of Gordon and Nancy Weeks, 384 Peaceful Court Simi Valley.  This is in the Bridle Path development.  Attire is asked to be Mashburn casual: shorts sandals, etc.  We will be serving adult slurpee’s (blended margaritas) finger foods and soft drinks.  There is a great view of the valley and time to mingle with many great Americans. I will give a short talk and be available to answer questions. Donation of $40 each or $60 per couple.

Keith included some additional comments regarding the recently discussed business challenges in Simi Valley. During our 90 minute “Challenger Chat,” Keith Mashburn indicated that he did not believe the Business Advocate was the answer to some of the challenges businesses face when working with the City of Simi Valley. However, he did want to add these additional remarks:

I would also like you to know, that while I was opposed to the hiring of the business advocate, I will support and assist her in any way I can.  I do want the position to be a success regardless of my view.  Helping the business community is my goal.  I will not stand in the way of anyone working to achieve that goal.  If the business advocate is a success, then we all win.

Thanks to Keith Mashburn for sharing the details. If you’re a Mashburn supporter or you’re interested in learning more about his campaign, join him on September 17th!

Meet Mike Judge Tomorrow!

There’s an opportunity to meet Candidate for Simi Valley City Council Mike Judge tomorrow evening, and I have to say I really like Mike’s style. Beer and cocktails are right up my alley which is probably the case with many Simi Valley voters. If you have questions, want to share some concerns, or if you’d just like to get to know Mike Judge, this is the event for you!

You are invited to an old fashion Beer & Cocktail party.

This gathering is an official fundraiser for the Campaign to Elect Mike Judge to the Simi Valley City Council. Come to meet Mike and bend his ear, Mike wants community input in his campaign. You are welcome to bring guests. We are asking for a $35.00 per person donation. Your donation will help Mike win one of the seats on the Simi Valley City Council this November 2nd and add some much needed Ethical leadership and common sense to our city government.

We will have some games and prizes and a lot of fun.

Beer, Wine and Cocktails along with Hor’Dourves will be served.
Your host for this evening will be
Brian Frost (Frosty)
Saturday August 21, 2010
festivities begin at 6:30 pm until 11:30 pm
2983 Corpus Christie Ave. Simi Valley, Ca. 93063

Sojka for Mayor Fundraiser

Last night, I attended the Steve Sojka for Mayor Fundraiser at the Woodranch Country Club. To be perfectly frank and honest, I was sincerely looking forward to the event. I realize that I have an unspoken obligation to cover these things from a “blogger’s perspective,” but some recent frustrations left me wanting to turn this into a night out with my wife instead of a personal mission to cover the latest happenings. A lack of responsiveness from candidates or bickering and fighting in the comments on this blog are just as frustrating to me as they are to you. I left my still camera and video camera at home and showed up with no agenda.

What a night. The “casino floor” was packed with energized Sojka supporters and game tables and the event was very enjoyable. The highlight of my night was my discussion with Mayor Paul Miller. Two years ago, I started this blog when citizen and business man Bruce Witkin tossed his hat in the ring to run for Simi Valley Mayor. I loudly questioned what I perceived to be an expectation that Mayor Miller would easily reclaim his seat with little or no challenge. I wanted to call Simi Valley voters to action to challenge our leaders and published a video showing that the Mayor’s campaign website hadn’t been updated in anticipation of the upcoming race — a move that I thought indicated a calm expectation of sure and unchallenged success. In actuality, I was very satisfied by our city’s leaders, but unsatisfied by what I thought was their unwavering expectation that they would always be re-elected.

What unfortunately never occurred to me was the simple notion of actually speaking to Paul Miller to get to know him better. Mayor Miller happens to be a kind and thoughtful man who cares deeply for the city. He may be on his way out to enjoy retirement, but he remains passionate about the issues and will to the very last hour. He spoke with sincere concern about the situation in Bell, about how former Chief of the Simi Valley Police Randy Adams’ salary will have an impact on our city, and that he intends to vigorously fight to protect our city’s finances. Also, his sense of humor both surprised and delighted me. Mayor Miller wears a serious, all business look on his face in Council meetings, so listening to him cover light-hearted issues and make jokes was really fun.

Paul Miller has been a fantastic leader in the years he has served, and will continue to be for his remaining months, I have no doubt. He has deep roots in this city, and many lasting relationships with influential figures, many of whom are playing serious roles in the current race for Simi Valley Mayor. Despite that, he remains completely loyal to Candidate Steve Sojka and states firmly that he is the man for the job. That is a fact that likely resonates with many of the people who were enjoying the Casino Night last night.

Cheers to Team Sojka for putting on a successful event!

For those interested in reading about the details of the event, Brian Dennert will have a lot more to say. He appeared last night with his camera in hand ready to chat with the attendees. You can find out more about his time at the event by clicking here to read his blog.