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I know people in Camarillo are passionate about the issue, but what about people from Oxnard?
GRASSROOTS GROUP LAUNCHES TRUTH CAMPAIGN ABOUT MEASURE U
A grassroots group of educators, parents, grandparents and taxpayers has launched a information campaign today to present voters with the FACTS about Measure U's impact on Camarillo, Somis, Oxnard, and Pt. Hueneme.
Calling itself 4allthekids.org, the group promises "to educate voters on facts, not the fiction and rhetoric presented during the last ten years by the political action committee Camarillo Unified," said 4allthekids.org spokesman John Alamillo.
The group has gathered key documents and relevant information at its web site 4allthekids.org. "Our goal is to present a Truth-based option for information pertaining to the secession of Pleasant Valley School District from the established high school district," Alamillo said.
The web site debunks the top five reasons voters may have supported this emotional issue. It also answers numerous frequently asked questions. And there is a history section, for those who wonder how Camarillo got to this November election.
"The nexus of unification was born from citizens' committees who recognized the want and need for a new high school campus in Camarillo, not a new school district," Alamillo explained.
4allthekids.org organizers named their group after ALL the kids who would be affected by this political scheme: elementary, middle school and high school kids in Camarillo, Oxnard, Somis and Port Hueneme.
Members of the 4allthekids.org grassroots organization are available to speak at public forums and to service groups or small social gatherings. For more information, go to 4allthekids.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For media inquiries, contact John Alamillo
Press Release # 2
Camarillo Unified Kicks off Campaign for Measure U
Camarillo, CA-September 4, 2008. Citizens for a Camarillo Unified School District is kicking off the Yes! On Measure U! Campaign by announcing an expanded steering committee, an updated website, and a long list of local endorsements.
Past president Roger Lund was recently appointed as a Ventura County Court Commissioner and has stepped down from his leadership position. Lund is the second Camarillo Unified leader to receive a judicial appointment: prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge William Leibman was one of the original chief petitioners for unification.
Stepping in as President of Camarillo Unified is long-time resident Debra Creadick. Creadick has been involved with unification for over 10 years, and originally served as a co-chair of the group opposed to unification. As the former President of the Camarillo High Athletic Boosters Club and a member of the Camarillo High Facilities and Modernization Committee, Creadick had the opportunity to work closely with the Oxnard Union High School District and realized that the needs of Camarillo students would never be a priority to high school officials. "I've been on both sides of this issue, so I have a very unique perspective on unification. Opportunities to treat Camarillo and other areas of the high school district equitably have come and gone. It's clear that the only way our students will receive what they deserve--state of the art facilities and excellent academic programs--is for our community to form a locally controlled, K-12 unified district," said Creadick.
Creadick is excited to have a diverse group of leaders, all active in the community, join together to work for the passage of Measure U. "This committee is made up of Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, people who are often working on different sides. But on this important issue, we've decided to work together because we believe that unification is in the best interests of our students and our community," said Creadick. Joining the Camarillo Unified Steering Committee are:
• Rose Wisuri, former Moorpark Superintendent, Camarillo Dona, Camarillo Democratic Club* founder and inaugural member of the Ventura County Educator's Hall of Fame*
• Bill Little, retired Camarillo City Manager, Camarillo Ranch Foundation*, Boys and Girls Club* and Friends of the Library Board Member*
• Michael Lavenant, local attorney and parent, Camarillo Chamber of Commerce* and Camarillo Ranch Foundation* Board of Directors
• Norma Maidel, CSUCI Foundation*, Past President Camarillo American Association of University Women*, National Women's Political Caucus Board Member*
• Crystal Ray, counselor and parent, Past President Santa Rosa PTA*
• Kiran Sohata, parent, PTA and School Site Council member, Camarillo Ranch Foundation Board Member*
• Susan Herrera, parent and grandparent, past chair Monte Vista School Site Council*
• Evan Masyr, CFO and parent, PVSD Finance Committee Member*
• Dee Dee Heidelman, parent and Camarillo Heights School Site Council Member*
• Rosemary Allison, Santa Rosa Municipal Advisory Council
*For identification purposes only and does not imply organizational endorsement
Camarillo's plan to unify has been extensively studied for over ten years and was approved locally by the Ventura County Committee on School District Organization and by impartial experts at the California Department of Education and the State Board of Education. Officials at both the local and state levels found that Measure U meets all criteria for unification. Voters in the Oxnard Union High School District will vote on Measure U this November. Recent polling shows that Measure U has an excellent chance of passing: while support is strongest in Camarillo at 78%, Measure U has over 60% approval in the entire Oxnard Union High School District.
Support for Measure U is widespread and growing daily. A partial list of endorsements for Measure U now includes:
Kathy Long, Ventura County Supervisor
Peter C. Foy, Ventura County Supervisor
Linda Parks Ventura County Supervisor
Charlotte Craven, Mayor, Camarillo
Don Waunch, Vic-Mayor, Camarillo
Mike Morgan, Camarillo City Councilmember
Jan McDonald, Camarillo City Councilmember
Toni Young, Mayor, Port Hueneme
Shala J. Guidino, Hueneme School District Trustee
Walt Lusk, Chair, Camarillo Planning Commission
James Bradley, Camarillo Planning Commissioner
Wayne Boyce, Camarillo Planning Commissioner
Joseph Hemmens, Camarillo Planning Commissioner
Roy Villa, former Camarillo Planning Commission
Al Fox, Camarosa Water District Board
Paul Rockenstein, Pleasant Valley Parks & Recreation Board Member
Rosemary Allison, Santa Rosa Municipal Advisory Council
Janis Gardner, Santa Rosa Municipal Advisory Council
Cheryl Heitmann, Ventura County Community College District Trustee
Chris Valenzano, President, Ventura County Board of Education
M.L. Peterson, Ventura County Board of Education
Jennifer Miller, President, Pleasant Valley Board of Education
Sandra Berg, Pleasant Valley Board of Education
Patty Lerner, Pleasant Valley Board of Education
Ron Speakman, Pleasant Valley Board of Education
De De Albert, Former State Senator
Audra Strickland, State Assembly member
Tom McClintock, State Senator
Yes! On Measure U! has opened campaign headquarters at 360 Mobile Avenue in Camarillo. For more information about unification and Measure U, visit Camarillo Unified's updated website at www.camarillounified.org