Glen Becerra Campaign Kickoff

A few days ago, I mentioned a couple of campaign events. One of those was Glen Becerra’s official campaign kick-off. I hadn’t anticipated being able to attend this event, but when my sister agreed to watch the kids, we charged the camera and made our way there. What a night!

There was something very intoxicating about the environment. Aside from the breathtaking view on the beautiful property, it was really moving to be among so many Glen Becerra supporters.  I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I can tell you that every single person there was really excited about seeing Glen Becerra reclaim his seat for another four years.

People from all walks of life support Glen Becerra.  I saw Cameron Smyth, State Assemblyman, as well as Jeff Gorell who is the favorite for State Assembly (replacing Audra Strickland).  I saw many familiar Simi Valley business owners from my past life as a networking member of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce.  I saw friends, neighbors and even Glen Becerra’s brother.  I even saw a gentleman named Bob Daggs who owned a large, successful manufacturing company where I used to work years ago. It was at that company where I transitioned from an accounting clerk to a Marketing Specialist, learning my way through website development, ultimately launching the career I have today.

Glen Becerra has a very strong following in Simi Valley. I had a lot of good things to say about him last summer when he published an ad in the LA Daily News in an effort to make the best of an opportunity.  This evening, I heard a lot of other people having a lot of good things to say about him as well.

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Upcoming Simi Valley Campaign Events

There are two major events coming up within the next several days so I wanted to put them out there.  I was curious to know who plans to attend.

Glen Becerra has his first major event this Saturday, May 22nd.  The announcement is as follows:

The Becerra for City Council 2010 Campaign’s first major fund-raiser is this Saturday, May 22, 2010, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the amazing home of Ed and Madeleine Landry. This is the estate nestled in the Simi Hills visible as you enter Simi Valley from the east.

Not many locals have had an opportunity to see Simi Valley from this vantage point, so for that reason and many others, this is not an event to miss!

Individual tickets are still available, for $100, or $150 per couple and you can pay at the door, just shoot us an email to let us know your coming. Details are online by clicking here.

Steve Sojka’s campaign also has something planned in approximately two weeks:

Please hold the date and join Mayor Paul Miller as he hosts many other community leaders for a sunset cocktail reception in support of Steve Sojka for Mayor, set for Thursday, June 3, 6:30 p.m. at Hummingbird Nest Ranch, 2940 Kuehner Drive. Please RSVP by May 31 by calling (805) 660-7695. California casual attire. For more information about the campaign, please visit the Sojka for Mayor website.

I’d like to attend both events, but I’m pretty sure Glen Becerra’s event won’t be possible for me.  I’ve heard the view from that home is amazing, so I’m sorry I’ll be missing it.

If anyone has any details on campaign events from other candidates, please let me know and I’ll post them here!

Glen Becerra Jumps on Shop Simi Opportunity

I am absolutely delighted by the recent news regarding Glen Becerra’s efforts to bring outside dollars into the City of Simi Valley!  This is truly what it’s all about right here.  If you haven’t already heard, here’s the deal… and I hope you love this just as much as I do.

In response to the increase in sales tax to LA County residents who are paying nearly 10 cents on the dollar for every taxable purchase, Glen Becerra has invited our neighbors to shop in Simi Valley and enjoy the unchanged sales tax rate.  This is an impressive move, not just because of the powerful message, but also because Councilmember Becerra paid for a sizable ad in the Daily News out of his own private campaign funds!

Here’s a partial view of the ad, specifically the top portion of the ad that was published in the Daily News:

Glen Becerra's Shop Simi Ad

Here is a piece of the press release on the topic, also released today:

“Working families can’t afford to have their taxes raised and are struggling to make ends meet already,” said Becerra, a three-term Councilman for the city of 126,297 northwest of the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles.  “Many people are unaware of the discrepancy in the sales tax level between the counties.  Many people are unaware of Simi Valley’s low sales tax.  Some aren’t aware of the great shopping and dining opportunities that Simi Valley offers.

“And public officials underestimate the true impact that sales tax increases have on shoppers, working families, businesses and the economy.  But that should change soon.  A quote in Tuesday’s paper by a shopper about the newest sales tax increase says a lot.  He said, ‘It’s not a good idea now.  I will shop less.’ “

To Councilmember Becerra: Thank you!  I really like your style!  This is a terrific idea!

Glen Becerra offers a downloadable copy of the ad that you can see for yourself at the following link.  Check it out here:
http://www.glenbecerra.org/images/simitaxes.pdf