Barbra Williamson Responds to Doug Crosse

The one thing that anyone can count on is that Barbra Williamson is always willing to speak her mind. In response to the letter that is circulating from Doug Crosse regarding Mashburn’s ballot designation, Barbra Williamson had this to say:

Mr. Crosse needs to stop being such a cry baby and let Mr. Mashburn fight his own battles.

Mr. Mashburn’s own quote said he “reluctantly” used Retired Fire Chief, so he must have known at the get go he was on a slippery slope.  He just didn’t think someone was going to call him on it.

Mr. Crosse doesn’t have a problem with the designation because he supports Mr. Mashburn, however, it the shoe were on the other foot, he, Mr. Crosse, would be calling foul from the rooftops.

Again, Mr. Crosse needs to stop being such a cry baby and man-up.  No one thinks any less of Mr. Mashburn because he had to change his ballot designation.  He’s a hero.  He ran into burning buildings, we get it…I respect that as do many other people.

There is only one retired Ventura County Fire Chief and that person is Bob Roper.

And for Mr. Crosse to bring Ms. Argabrite into this discussion is shameless. If you want to take me on, that’s fine, but a defenseless staff person is pretty low even for Mr. Crosse.

Sometimes when I would walk into a restaurant or office the persons addressing me or introducing me would greet me as Ms. President (referring to the bank) but I never thought of using “Bank President” as my ballot designation…even though I was a Vice President for a local bank.

I could have taken the easy way out and not admitted that I was the person who called him on it, because the city did not release and does not release persons  who make the complaints…. but that has never been my style.

So, now I guess I can expect the wrath of god from Mr. Crosse and Sojka can relax.

Thanks to Barbra Williamson for her very candid and open response.

Doug Crosse on the Mashburn Ballot Statement Issue

Doug Crosse continues to speak out on the issues. A few moments ago, he shared the following letter with me that I believe he intends to send to the Ventura County Star for consideration.  This is regarding the previous article about Mashburn’s ballot designation:

SV City Councilwoman Barbara Williamson’s attack on challenger Keith Mashburn’s ballot designation was petty, personal and politically motivated. Keith started as a volunteer firefighter and over a 31 year career earned his way up to Deputy Battalion Chief and Lead Arson Investigator. For Ms. Williamson to use her influence over a fine city employee to change Mashburns requested designation of Retired Fire Chief is intolerable. It shows once again what many of us already know, there is no low that she wont stoop to protect her job and lavish benefits.

The irony and dereliction of duty by our Registrar of Voters sending it back to the Simi Valley Elections Coordinator for a decision is appalling. Mark Lunn VC Registrar of Voters is a former Deputy Chief for the California Highway Patrol. He listed his ballot designation as “Retired CHP Chief” NOT Deputy Chief in 2010.

No Ms. Williamson this was not an effort to “level the playing field”. It was just another in the growing list of thinly disguised shenanigans you’ve perpetrated to tip that field in your favor. You can add my name to the expanding roster of people who have lost all respect for you.

Doug Crosse

PS The use of the words under scrutiny in the headline distorts the story- fair would have been disputed, questioned etc.

Barbra Williamson is usually never afraid to charge ahead and express her opinion when she feels she is in the right, even if it’s possible that someone will have something to say about it. I spoke briefly with her about this issue and she indicated that she had no intention of hiding when the Ventura County Star reporter called her for clarification, standing by her original complaint.

If I hear anything from Councilmember Barbra Williamson regarding Mr. Crosse’s letter in response, I will share those details here.

Ballot Designation Dispute

According to the Ventura County Star, Simi Valley City Council Candidate Keith Mashburn was required to revise his ballot designation after a complaint was filed by incumbent candidate Barbra Williamson earlier this month. From the article…

Williamson addressed her concerns to Simi Valley Elections Coordinator Samantha Argabrite earlier this month.

Mashburn said Thursday that Argabrite told him last week to change the designation. He said he originally wanted to call himself a “retired fire battalion chief” but was limited by law to a three-word description, so he “reluctantly” put down “retired fire chief.”

“Once you elevate to the level of battalion chief, you’re considered a fire chief, but not the fire chief,” he said. “Now I’ve been forced to technically put down something that really doesn’t best represent me because firefighter is the lowest rank.”

Barbra Williamson indicated that the designation wasn’t accurate and felt it was important for all candidates to be operating on an even playing field. For more details, read the article in its entirety by clicking here.

Happy Hour with Keith


SV City Council candidate Keith Mashburn invites all Simi Valley Voters to a meet and greet, to listen to citizens concerns and answer questions about his campaign.

Where: The Junkyard Restaurant 2585 Cochran Ave, SV (just west of Sycamore Dr.)
When: Thursday 8/30, 5-7PM.
Look for the “Mashburn” signs

Stop by, meet Keith listen to what he has to say and most important share your thoughts and concerns. It’s a great opportunity to impact the future of Simi Valley with our next new Councilman.

Meanwhile please visit:

Schedule permitting, he will host an informal “meet and greet” every other Thursday throughout the campaign.

A Mashburn Endorsement

Keith Mashburn, candidate for Simi Valley City Council, announced tonight that his campaign has been endorsed by the Republican Central Committee of Ventura County.

Keith’s campaign has been in high gear for a while now.  In addition to this endorsement, Keith also has the endorsement of California State Senator Tony Strickland, who is also running for Representative Gallegly’s seat this November. Mashburn received the endorsement of the Simi Valley Police Officer’s Association last election, and it’s widely believed he’ll receive that endorsement again this year.

Team Mashburn Waves the Signs

Mashburn Supporters

And so it begins!

Keith Mashburn’s supporters  could be seen waving campaign signs to motorists and passers-by yesterday on Tapo Street at the 118 freeway on and offramps.

This is a really enjoyable way for supporters to gather and show their support for their favorite candidates. I’ve done this for a couple of candidates over the past few elections and it’s always fun and a great way to meet like minded people.

If any candidates plan to schedule these events, I’d be happy to publish dates and times for anyone else who might be interested in joining.

From the Keith Mashburn for City Council Facebook page:

Well the fun part begins! Yesterday at Tapo Canyon and the 118. Thanks to everyone that got into the elect Keith Mashburn for City Council spirit.

Keith Mashburn for City Council

Keith Mashburn is running for Simi Valley City Council again and his website is live and ready for viewing.  You can see it by clicking here.

On Facebook, a discussion began about some of the text on Keith’s home page, particularly the following snippet:

Crime, drugs and prostitution have invaded. I will labor tirelessly to remove these threats from Simi Valley.  Our citizens and children deserve no less.

This spawned a discussion on whether or not these remarks were simply sensational comments to strike concern in voters (considering Simi Valley’s low crime rate over recent years) or just remarks regarding documented crimes that have occurred in Simi recently. To read this discussion in greater detail, it would be worth your time to join the Simi Valley Letters to the Editor group on Facebook.

Regardless of your interpretation, Keith Mashburn is a sincere candidate who seems to have the City’s best interests in mind. He’s very engaging in person and I highly recommend reaching out to him directly to get to know him, understand his concerns and his proposed solutions.

Simi Valley History

A quick reminder from Keith Mashburn regarding tomorrow’s historic Simi Valley event:

As a reminder, the Hopetown/Corriganvillville celebration is tomorrow from 11:00 to 4:00. Many celebrity motorcycle racers will be attending. All T-shirt sale proceeds will go to the Simi Valley Police Foundation. This is a little known, but rich part of the history of Simi Valley. There is no charge for this event. You will be able to view the private collection of very nice motorcycles. Location: 2674 Westhills Court. Second street past Costco. You can’t miss it. Hey it is in your backyard. Come check it out!

I hope to attend this myself!

It’s starting again!

It’s been nearly 2 years since I last buried myself in the local political stuff and it’s been a really nice break. A couple of years, 1 new baby and minus 50 pounds of weight loss, it’s starting over again. And while I promised myself I would try to care less, I find myself breaking that promise.

I’m interested to get to know who Doug Crosse is. I see a few signs out there for Keith Mashburn. Barbra Williamson kicked off her re-election campaign on Thursday. And I’ve heard that Eric Halub is running for City Council. Need a reminder of who he is? See below:

Keith Mashburn’s Salary

Candidate for Simi Valley City Council Keith Mashburn believes in transparency. He’s mentioned it several times in person, and has indicated as much in his speech at a recent fundraiser. Now he wants to prove his point.

In response to comments on this blog, Keith Mashburn is sharing his salary details with you. Here are Keith’s unedited remarks about his pay as a Planning Commissioner:

Hi Mike, someone on the blog said I was making about $500 per month on the planning commission.  Here are the numbers directly off my check.  For some reason my scanner is not working or I would send a copy of the check stub.  If that is wanted I will arrange to post the actual stub.

Pay Period 08/30/2010—-09/12/2010

Total Earnings              $250.83

Disability tax                     2.76

Medicare Tax EE              3.64

Social Security Tax EE    15.55

Net pay                      228.88

There are no benefits for planning commission members.

Feel free to post this and again if anyone wishes to see the pay stub I have no problem sharing that with the group.  They pay the bills so they have every right to see it.

Thanks Keith. I don’t think anyone expects you to be obligated to share your pay details in a public forum and I appreciate you volunteering to do so anyway.