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Many of the issues that the city of Simi Valley or for that matter any city deals with is balancing economic freedom with community desires. For example, Simi Valley has been wrestling with issues like pan handling, street vendors including people pushing carts, restricting public storage unit expansions, a landfill expansion, and of course home development.
It is easy to be flippant with maxims to explain a set of beliefs that would encompass all of these issues. Take for instance Milton Friedman's "Freedom Works" slogan. But even with all of the wisdom in his writings it is hard to always balance them against community needs. Politicians walk a fine line between the two frequently opposing sides. Many of them do a decent job but woe to the new candidate that strays too far to either side.
If you come out in favor of the community you will be labeled as anti-business, anti-capitalism, and anti-growth. But if you support economic freedom and embrace it you will be labeled a stooge of big business, corrupt, and a tool of special interest groups.
With all of that being said I want to know how your city council is doing. Have they achieved a decent balance? Have they respected individual rights but majority rule? How business friendly is your city?
This entry isn't about any one project but instead a place to rate the business environment and community interest protection of your city.
The Ojai Post has an article about a movement to ban chain stores that will shock my Friedman fanatics while this website about a proposal to allow Waste Management to expand their business will make the Simi Valley Landfill Taskforce convene another meeting.
BTW, now that the city is forming its own citizen oversight committee what will the nomenclature be? Committee one and Committee two? A Team and B Team? Official and Unofficial? Let me know.