Local business owner and community activist Bruce Witkin is running for mayor. I talked to him by phone and in person at his store and he is both energetic and really serious about improving our city. To read a short campaign statement click on continue reading.
He has agreed to answer questions from my readers and from me. Please remember that he does run two businesses and he is very involved in our community. If he doesn't answer your questions quickly, be patient.
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Thanks for your service to our community Bruce. Here are some questions:
1. Do you think the Shop Simi Valley First campaign is a good use of tax dollars?
2. Are you a member of the Chamber of Commerce? If you are a member how has this influenced your opinion of city problems?
3. Would you support the city using all alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles for workers when the job they do allows for it even if it isn't revenue neutral?
4. What local politician do you respect the most?
5. As Mayor would you read and answer questions during council meetings that were emailed to you?
Readers, you do not need to register, use your real or full name, nor give your real email address to comment. Please keep the questions on topic.
Resident of Simi Valley since 1998 with my wife and two children. Owner of Infusion and Punk Wok Mongolian BBQ, opening fall 2008. Have worked as a consultant with numerous small businesses, assisting with business and marketing plans, lease negotiations, budgets, merchandising, and more.
Long time Manager and Simi Valley Baseball Board Member
Simi Valley Days Board Member for 5 years.
Served on Simi Valley Youth Employment Council.
Held numerous youth oriented charity events and fundraising concerts in conjunction with Boys and Girls Club and other organizations.
Held food collection drives for The Samaritan Center.
I am sensitive to our city's youth and the need to focus on those at-risk. I will work diligently on making sure our children and young adults feel confident that their voices are heard and build in them the confidence to forge ahead. My goal is that Simi Valley be not only where they grew up but also a place where they will want to remain to raise their families.
My vision is to maintain our small-town character while supporting reasonable, planned growth. I want small business to once again thrive by attracting new businesses and retaining those we have.
I would appreciate your vote.
Bruce, another question:
Have you toured Bottle Village? Do you think it is something the city government should spend resources on opening back up to the public? In the interest of full disclosure my Mom has volunteered helping Bottle Village for many years.