Mitch Green Endorsement

Earlier, Candidate for Simi Valley City Council Mitch Green announced that his new yard signs were available at the Simi Valley/Moorpark Democratic HQ on Cochran Street. I stopped by to see his new signs and to chat with him. Mitch had some news: The Local 721 Service Employees International Union is endorsing Mitch Green for Simi Valley City Council. In the letter congratulating Mitch for his endorsement, it reads:

This decision was reached after careful consideration and discussion by our Executive Board members and the SEIU Committee on Political Education (COPE)… We will be paying special attention to the work that you do in your capacity as a public official, especially as it pertains to our members.

As a former City of Simi Valley employee, Mitch was delighted to receive the endorsement. Regarding the announcement, Mitch said, “These are the folks I hung out with and represented while at City Hall. In that regard, this really means a lot to me.”

If you check his campaign statements, you won’t find thousands of dollars worth of donations for Mitch Green. Nevertheless, he’s moving his campaigning efforts forward. His car was pretty easy to spot, wrapped with his campaign slogan and logo, and he is armed with a collection of signs hot off the press. “My campaign materials were all provided by local vendors,” Mitch pointed out, a fact that means a great deal to him.

For those interested in learning more about Mitch Green or if you’re interested in getting one of his new yard signs, stop by the Democratic Election Headquarters at 2904 Cochran Street.

Mitch Green States His Case

I overlooked the Simi Valley Acorn article regarding Mitch Green, Candidate for Simi Valley City Council, so I’d like to mention it this morning. I first met Mitch Green at the Simi Valley Sunrise Rotary Club several weeks ago and I immediately liked him. It’s tough to throw your hat in the ring for City Council when you’re surrounded by so many who have supported other candidates for so many years. I spoke briefly with Mitch about those challenges and his take on his candidacy. It’s never been about a desire to unseat one particular candidate for Mitch, but rather to make himself known as someone with a desire to offer new insight.

A snippet of the article from the Simi Valley Acorn…

It was a long shot that a poor kid from Oregon would grow up to be an attorney. It was unlikely that an 18-year-old private in the Army National Guard would one day command an Army helicopter company—and retire 27 years later as a major.

But he accomplished those things.

“You’re never going to know what you’re capable of unless you try it,” he said. “It’s easier to sit on the sidelines and criticize those who try to do something than it is to actually put on your suit and jump into the ring.”

Whether Mitch Green has earned your vote or not, one undisputed fact is that he’s run a super clean and honest campaign. You won’t find phony comments on his behalf on blogs and forums or catch him speaking negatively of other candidates. He is interested in playing a positive role in shaping our City’s future and will continue to hold that interest regardless of the November election results.

Read the entire Simi Valley Acorn article on Mitch Green by clicking here.

Candidates Forum Questions

I will be chatting with Keith Mashburn and Mitch Green, candidates for City Council, live on VoteSimiValley.com some time next week. This will not be a debate, but simply a live discussion on the issues that matter to the Candidates. We’d also like to make sure that we cover the issues that matter to YOU as well.

What would you like to hear these Candidates discuss during the course of this conversation? We’ll have a live chatroom available as well and will do our level best to monitor it and throw in your questions in real time, but it will be a challenging thing to multi-task.  If you have specific issues you would like the Candidates to cover, post them here!

I met Candidate Mitch Green this morning. He’s a friendly, sincere guy with a lot of enthusiasm about his campaign for City Council. He is genuinely looking forward to having this discussion and getting the word out to the voters.

Leave your comments here, and look for an announcement for next week!

Words from City Council Candidate Mitch Green

I’ve been interested in hearing more from some of the other candidates running for Simi Valley City Council.  One of the candidates who interests me is Mitch Green.  I’m curious to know more about him and what is motivating him to run for City Council.  I’ve manged to receive a good summary now and then by comments he’s posted on this site.  This is the most recent one from Mitch Green.

Mike,

If Glen Becerra has such a strong following in Simi Valley, why is he running dead last in the only on line poll to date regarding the November City Council race?

http://blogs.venturacountystar.com/dennert/archives/mike-judge-simi/

Not that the Star’s poll is in anyway scientific or accurate, but the fact remains that the man with all the money, all the connections, and everyone who counts on speed dial is running in last place with everyone but the monied elite.

Perhaps to the people who really count, ie the voters, Glen is but the face of the incumbent problem, not the solution for tomorrow.

Right now the city faces a 9.6 million dollar budget shortage and it just wrote a check back to the state for 6 million dollars in state confiscated redevelopment monies.  That’s nearly 16 million dollars that the city is short, and yet what you hear about is great views and incumbents closing ranks to support each other.

That’s leadership?  Of course not.  And the people who count, “get it.”

If you think the city finds itself in a financial mess today, why would you rehire those who broke it to fix it?

Not that it matters too much, but I don’t think ONLY the “monied elite” are supporting Glen Becerra.  Becerra has served the community through the Simi Valley Education Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club among others, organizations that touch people in all walks of life.  Nevertheless, Mitch Green is unhappy with our current leadership, the current financial status of the city, and in response he is running for City Council.

It’s easy to assume that a challenger for City Council like Mitch Green may be targeting one of the incumbents specifically, but not so, says Green.  He commented via email days ago…

I’m not running on a “disgruntled former employee” platform. I just feel that the constituents deserve a choice of candidates who if elected can actually find their way around City Hall, be able to digest complex issues and make a reasoned choice. As the former Assistant City Attorney for civil litigation, I can fill that bill. And while Beccera and Foster have also proven they can “find their way around City Hall,” there is a large percentage of the populace who may refuse to vote for an incumbent. And for those people, they need valid alternatives to choose from.

Those are fair remarks, in my opinion.  But Mitch Green and I were both quoted recently in an article for the Simi Valley Acorn (see that article here) regarding using social media as a campaign tool in local elections.  One of the reasons I publish this website is because I’m concerned that challengers, without the same financial support as the incumbents, have a much harder time getting their name out to the voters.  Interestingly, some of the very accessible and effective tools out there are going unused by the Mitch Green Campaign.  Mitch Green is quoted as follows:

All those running for the two open City Council seats also have a website and a Facebook page— all except challenger Mitch Green.

His 16-year-old son has put up a “skeletal outline of something on Facebook,” but it is not active, and Green said it likely won’t be until he makes the final call to move forward with his campaign.

He said he’d rather “go viral” through his letters to the editor, which he thinks would be more successful than using Facebook or Twitter.

“I get some high fives and funny looks, so that tells me somebody’s reading it,” the former assistant city attorney said of his letter writing.

Green left Simi City Hall in March to become a partner at a Woodland Hills law firm.

“I really think websites are overblown. . . . I think the average person is going to read the printed word instead.”

With so much at stake, and having compelling statements about the state of the city and a candidacy that offers a unique perspective, you want to see candidates like Mitch Green get their name out.  Having said that, I hope Mitch Green changes his mind on the website and using social media to spread the word.  Voters are consuming information from these sources and this is a measurable fact.

City Council Candidate Mitch Green has got our undivided attention — he’s not happy with the current leadership and believes that he represents the solution.  In the months to come, I’m hoping he’ll tell us more about how he’ll be that solution.

Mitch Green: Simi’s Leaders are all Republican

In a letter to the editor today in the Simi Valley Acorn, Mitch Green points out that all of Simi Valley’s leaders in City Hall are Republicans. The letter appears as follows:

I was watching the April 12 Simi Valley City Council meeting, and the thought struck me that every single person on the dais was a Republican. The mayor, each council member, the city manager and the city attorney, all Republicans.

Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with being a Republican or the Republican point of view, unless you’re not a Republican and unless you don’t share a Republican point of view. In that case, your voice is not heard and your views don’t count.

So why allow this to continue? There is no reason that other points of view should be shut out of city hall.

In the upcoming City Council and mayoral race, every single candidate who has announced an intention to run for office, except me, is a Republican.

Come on, folks, if your views are shut out of city hall, step up to bat and run for office or get behind someone who shares your views. Do your civic duty and let other points of view be heard.

I hope I don’t come off as naive, but I can’t say that I’ve ever seen anything from City Council come off as blatantly partisan.  Further, of the City Council meetings I’ve attended, I can’t say I’ve ever seen one that came off suggesting that anyone’s views are “shut out of city hall.”

I would be curious to hear others’ thoughts on this.

Also, who is Mitch Green?  Is he running for City Council like his letter suggests?  Has anyone seen his official announcement if he is?  I’d be interested in learning more. UPDATE: Mitch Green is the assistant city attorney who announced his candidacy early this year.