Incumbents Take It

With numbers leaving little doubt, the incumbents in the major Simi Valley elections score a victory, but not without first proving that some candidates made a very worthy first shot and what will no doubt become a political future for some.

Simi Valley Mayor

Paul Miller is our mayor again, with 78.66% of the vote.  Bruce Witkin comes second with 13.29%, with Ed Lang bringing in just over 7%.

Simi Valley City Council

Barbra Williamson and Steve Sojka get to keep their jobs as City Councilmembers, earning 29.02% and 35.77% of the votes respectively.  Mike Judge pulled in impressive numbers with 17.21%.  Something tells me we’ll be seeing more of him…

Simi Valley School Board

Debbie Sandland earned 22.92%, Janice DiFatta took 18.21% and Rob Collins took 23.95% of the vote for Simi Valley Board of Education, making the incuments the victors in this election as well.  Ray Cruz came close with over 15%, rounding out the totals with over 10% to Eric Smith and just over 8% to Brad Jashinsky.  I firmly believed both would make good candidates, but I don’t think enough people got a chance to see or hear more of them.

Congratulations to all!

Election Results Soon!

As I sit here and watch Senator John McCain’s concession speech, I can’t help but to wonder what some of the local candidates are thinking about right now. Is it excitement? Anxiety? My wife and I were discussing it briefly and it occurred to us that we haven’t experienced anything like the anticipation they must be feeling now.

I’m scouring the internet and listening to and reading every bit of local election news I can find. As soon as I hear any results on the local elections, they’ll be online here. In the meantime, I encourage you to browse this site and find out what’s to come in the coming months.

Continued best wishes to all the candidates!

Election Day in Simi Valley

Today is election day in Simi Valley. I have never been more excited to cast my vote. I encourage my visitors to post their predictions here and let me know what they think the results will be.

Plus, for any candidates that may be reading, please feel free to post a comment or send me an email and I’ll gladly publish any of your statements. As of this week, my traffic is sky-rocketing!

Good luck!

Forums for Council and Mayor

I keep getting emails requesting videos on the forums at Council Chambers for Mayor and City Council.  I’m struggling a bit with my footage.  Evidently, my microphone was damaged and my sound quality is awful.  I have applied several enhancement filters to the sound track, few of which have been particularly effective.

I’ll keep trying and I’ll publish something as soon as I can.  Thanks for your interest!

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.

Regal Interviews Part III

We’re pleased to bring you the exciting conclusion to our night out talking to the moviegoers at Regal Cinemas. Get out there, Simi Valley! Read the paper, attend council meetings or watch them online and get to know these issues. And by all means, vote on November 4th!

Simi Interviews at Regal – Part III
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Regal Interviews Part II

We continue our Simi Valley interviews at the Regal Cinemas to ask more questions about local politics and the current hot issues of the Simi Valley Community.

Simi Interviews at Regal – Part II
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