Josie Hirsch Announces Candidacy 2012

CONTACT: Claira Guerra, 805-409-5201

Josie Hirsch files for Simi Valley Unified School Board

“I’m supporting Josie Hirsch… because she can provide the new ideas that will improve the quality of education.” – Greg Stratton

(Simi Valley, CA)— Josie Hirsch officially filed Monday, June 23, 2012 for Simi Valley Unified School District Governing Board Member. Three of the five seats are up for up for election. S.V.U.S.D.’s Governing Board oversees K-12 and adult education schools and programs within the Simi Valley.

Hirsch is a local business owner, community volunteer and mother of two school aged girls. She has over 20 years of experience in financial analysis and budget management. Josie has lived in SImi Valley with her husband, Ken and two daughters; Ariella (7) and Taylan (4), for over 10 years.

Josie is supported by numerous community leaders. Currently, her endorsement list includes Ventura County Board of Education Trustee Dean Kunicki, Santa Clarita Community College Board Trustee Scott Wilk, Former Simi Valley Mayor and Simi Valley School Board Trustee Greg Stratton, Simi Valley City Council Members Mike Judge and Barbra Williamson, Former Simi Valley School Board Trustees Doug Crosse and Mimi Shapiro, and Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Members Elaine Freeman and Kate O’Brien.

“I’m supporting Josie Hirsch for school board because she can provide the new ideas that will improve the quality of education. These are trying times for schools, and the district needs new leadership to adapt to these challenges. Our kids deserve better.” stated Former Simi Valley Mayor and Former Simi Valley School Board Trustee Greg Stratton when asked about his support for Josie’s campaign.

For more information and a complete list of endorsements,

Josie’s Concerns

Josie Hirsch is running for one of the open seats on the Simi Valley Board of Education and she’s got some concerns. She posted these remarks on her campaign’s Facebook page, but she shared them with me as well. Public safety is everyone’s concern, and Josie is especially concerned that our kids may be in danger. I’ll let her explain in her own words…

Our Kids Are In Danger

Simi Valley used to be the safest place to live in the US. Now we are ranked in the top 35 places to live. We are no longer safe, and our property crimes continue to rise.

With only 103 street cops on our streets, lets do the math. That rounds Up to 15 officers on the streets of Simi Valley ever 24 hours. If they work 12 hour shifts, we are lucky to have 7 officers on the streets. If they work 8 hour shifts, we have only 5 officers at a time on the streets of our ENTIRE valley. Do you feel safe now?

How about our kids? The DARE program is gone. Gang problems in our schools are increasing, drugs are everywhere, just ask the high school students. These children are telling us they are scared. They are asking parents to drive them to Oak Park so they do not have to go to our schools. What is the district doing about it? One Wood Ranch parent wrote to the Board and Superintendent here in Simi Valley explaining why they were leaving SVUSD and received a letter back wishing her son better luck in Oak Park.

We ,the citizens of Simi Valley must raise our voices to the city and school board and demand more officers. With almost 127,000 residents, we should have 127 officers on the streets, plus the officers who keep the police force optimized from the desks.

Once elected to the Simi Valley School Board, I will fight along side my friends and parents to work with the city council to get to police coverage we need in this community and the police presence we need at the schools, so the gangs, drug users and dealers, and bullies know we mean business. We want our city safe for our children.

Josie Hirsch
Candidate for SVUSD School Board

Josie Hirsch Endorsed by Eric Lundstrom

Josie Hirsch who is running for Simi Valley Board of Education shared the following letter with me a few days ago. I had heard that Josie had received this endorsement already, but this letter is probably the official notice of endorsement. It comes from Eric Lundstrom, current Trustee on the Simi Valley Board of Education.

Dear Josie,

It is my pleasure to officially send you my support in the upcoming election for Simi Valley Unified School Board.  Our discussions about Finance and Operational procedures have me excited about having you replace me on the Board.  I believe your desire to make the District stronger for the children of Simi Valley, coupled with your work experience from the business world will be an extreme asset  in which the parents within our community are looking for in a School Board Member.  Again, I look forward to having you replace me on the Governing School Board.  All my best wishes and I look forward to working with you in the future to help make our District much stronger.


Eric Lundstrom
Governing School Board Member

Josie Hirsch Goes Online!

Candidate for Simi Valley School Board Josie Hirsch is ONLINE! If you’re not familiar with Josie Hirsch, then you haven’t been driving around Simi Valley and you haven’t been attending various events (like Burgers with Bob on August 29th). Here’s a brief introduction to Josie:

I am running for Simi Valley School Board because I believe our children and teachers need a strong voice. The families in our community deserve excellent schools and knowledgable teachers to guide the great minds of tomorrow. My objective is to assist the community to provide quality education to our children while supporting the teachers and administrators that serve the great people of our community. With my guidance, our school board will make it easier to raise educated, happy, healthy kids in Simi Valley and provide continuing employment for our community. We will provide the highest quality services to our schools, and we will pursue plans that meet the needs of all students, parents, teachers and administrators. I hope to focus on reducing student teacher ratios, bringing the arts back to our schools, providing healthy hot meal options, and promoting literacy. Additionally, I would like to see lacrosse on the agenda for discussion.

I located that information by browsing Josie’s website. You can do the same by pointing your browser to Cheers to Josie Hirsch for taking her campaign online!

For the Facebook fanatics, join Josie on Facebook by clicking here.