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Thanks to Democratic Party activist Sharon Hillbrant for allowing me to post her photos of the event.

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Candidate for Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean quickly helps candidate for the Democratic nomination for 35th State Assembly District Susan Jordan hang her sign. Dean is a Republican but is trying to earn votes from across our community. Warren Harwood, candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 37th Assembly district. is in the background. He doesn't have a website or any online presence that I can find.


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Rep. Lois Capps gave a fiery speech on the need for health insurance reform. If I get enough Republicans supporting a call for a debate between Rep. Gallegly and Rep. Capps I will post it.

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Rep. Brad Sherman is from Woodland Hills and represented Thousand Oaks before redistricting. Does his presence indicate he is thinking of running for another office?

Hannah_beth_jackson_bbq.jpg Looks like Hannah-Beth Jackson wants to keep her options open to run for office again.

tim_allison.jpg Tim Allison had the best line of the day when he said the DCCC told him he would need to ask everyone he met for money if he wanted to win. He followed that up by saying it was nice to meet everyone.

marie_panec.jpg I am going to be interviewing Marie Panec soon. Unlike many candidates that have ran against Gallegly before she holds elected office.

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Mike Gillooly earned a scholarship for his academic achievements. With tuition going up I am sure this will help. I am proud to have written his letter of recommendation for him. Sharon Hillbrant is holding the certificate with him.

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And Susan Jordan is running to replace her termed out husband, Pedro Nava.....so much for term limits

And long time cop Geoff Dean is running for sheriff.....when are we going to get sheriff who represents the community and people, which is half diverse...instead of a sheriff who represents the sheriffs union and tax increases....

Geoff Dean is the guy I'm supporting - he has the support of everyone across the board. The "union" label is being put forth by his opponents in a weak effort to try to undermine him. Everyone supports him - the union, staunch Republicans, the community, fellow employees, etc.

These same people would like Mike Stoker to win Pedro Nava's seat.

Katie,

Have you met Geoff Dean before he declared he was running?

Nope - though I knew he was thinking of it - this was before he was illegally "fired". I sent word through one of his co-workers that I wanted to meet him but he never got the message. Turns out I sent word through a guy who was later recruited to work on Carpenter's campaign. I subsequently have met Geoff and was impressed with him. Also, I personally know many of his backers and they are fine people. And I like the fact that he isn't accepting endorsements, etc. from the very people that have to work for the sheriff - talk about putting them in an awkward position!!!

He is a Republican but realizes that he works for everyone in the county and that is why he is getting such broad support. The RWNJ are apoplectic he is garnering so much support and would prefer that people don't realize he is a Republican but I don't think people are buying it. They want to have a bonefide choice in the election, instead of the usual status quo appointment.

The department is going to be facing some severe financial issues and Geoff is ready to address it. Expect the financial troubles to be buried until the middle of next year.

It will be a pleasure to vote for him.

I think his "wrongful termination" was actually a unintentional endorsement by the chief. I believe if the chief thought Geoff had little chance to win he wouldn't have done it. The fact the chief did something so unorthodox says to me Geoff is so qualified and right for the job it got the chief rattled.

I have lived in the area for many years and in my younger years I helped hone Geoff's skills into the law enforcement machine he is today. I have given it alot of thought and have come to the conclusion; just as I believe the current chief has, Geoff Dean is the right person for the job. Not just the right skill set and experience, but the quality of person we want.

Geoff Dean has my endorsement.

RE: Geoff Dean is the right person for the job. Not just the right skill set and experience, but the quality of person we want.

The person YOU want...I want want a person who represents the whole community which is 50% diverse...and who comes out of the civilian sector, not out of the police department....the police department is owned by the PEOPLE, it isn't owned by ventura county government or the people who work in the police department.....who are our employees

The entire ventura county budget has doubled in the last ten years.....and I imagine total police funding has doubled, too....which is a total outrage, and the current chief has spent the past ten years whining about police funding

What is total police funding today compared with ten years ago....?

What we don't want is someone that was hand-picked by the out-going office holder. Since when does Sheriff Brooks get to decide rather than the people in this county? He over-stepped moral boundaries when he tried to control this election.

Susan Jordan's a loser. She's a Hannah-Beth Jackson clone and she'll find herself ground into little pieces by Mike Stoker if Das Williams doesn't have her for lunch first.

J.A.L.:
Have you checked the registration in this district lately? Stoker has no chance of winning. He has talked the ears off of the minority Republicans in the district and they are sick of him. They will not be excited to turn out for him. And of course the majority Democrats will vote for whoever wins - Jackson or Williams.

Correction:And of course the majority Democrats will vote for whoever wins - Jordan or Williams.

Would Mike Stoker like to have a good old fashioned Dennert Blog debate so the voters can make a more informed decision?

Susan Jordan is a great candidate, as I just posted on another entry. Above "Loser" poster doesn't have the facts in hand if he thinks she's an HBJ clone or will let anyone roll over her.

She's a legend in environmental circles statewide and has bona fide business credentials to boot. This is a lady who gets things done.

Susan Jordon is going to make a great Assembly person! She knows what is important to citizens of Ventura and Oxnard and will do a good job in Sacramento.

Right now she is bookended by two fringe candidates - both of them are wasting their time and money.

Das Williams has far more impressive credentials on the environmental front than Susan Jordan. He is a Santa Barbara City Councilman, a respected staff member for C.A.U.S.E., and a much better debater and skilled at policy-making than her. Plus, he has a far broader base of support than Jordan does. Her only claim to fame is being the wife of Pedro Nava. Without that, no one would know her from Adam. The only reason Katie and Marie are supporting her is because she's a woman.

I hope Das sweeps the floor with her in the primary, which I predict he will.

Susan is a great debater and a skilled speaker. She's had a long and successful career in business handling major national clients. (She managed and supervised the staff of the research arm of a large national firm.) That's something neither Stoker nor Williams can claim -- bona fide business credentials.

Susan and the California Coastal Protection Network have played a leading role in the successful public policy fights against large-scale, precedent setting coastal development projects including federal offshore oil leasing, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal siting, and protecting and restoring state parks and wetlands.

In 2007, Susan helped lead the defeat of BHP Billiton’s proposal to build an LNG terminal off the coast of Southern California. In 2008, she helped lead the defeat of the Transportation Corridor Agency’s proposal to build a Toll Road through San Onofre State Park – an effort which was recognized by the Environment Now foundation as one of the top Environmental Achievements in Southern California in 2008.

Since 1998, Susan has been an effective advocate for key strategic environmental laws, including ground-breaking legislation on coastal land use regulation (SB 497-Sher) and LNG siting standards (SB 426-Simitian, SB 412-Simitian).

Susan has also served as Chair and Member of the Santa Barbara Planning Commission (2002-2005), Board Member for the League for Coastal Protection (1996-2000) and Board Member for Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (present). She was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration in 1997; and received the Wells Family Award for Coastal Protection by Environment Now in 1999; Ecological Integrity Award by the Ventura Chapter of Earth Charter in 2005; and the Environmental Hero Award by the Environmental Defense Center in 2006.

Her endorsement list is very impressive. She's only been married to Pedro for a few years and keeps her own name. She was asked to run years ago when her son was young, but waited until he was off on his own.

She's a great candidate. I'm sorry the above poster feels like he needs to attack. Usually people do that when they feel threatened.

RE: She's a great candidate. I'm sorry the above poster feels like he needs to attack. Usually people do that when they feel threatened.

Blah blah Blah Blah

You dont feel threatened by the people in scarmento....her husband didn't do enough damage to the taxpayers before he was termed out of office...now she has to finish the job...

The people in sacramento doubled their take of taxes from the people of california in the past ten years....doubled what they are taking out of our pockets....

That is why the california budget is out of control, it isn't because their aren't enough taxes....it is because the politicians doubled what they are spending in ten years

Inflation, population increase accounts for nearly half of increased state spending. Other half is attributable to voter initiatives like three strikes law which increased prison spending, transportation initiative, bond debt, yada yada. Legislature only has control of about 10% of general fund.

Sorry to disappoint you, Maria, but I don't feel threatened at all. I just call em as I see em, and what I'm seeing in this race is the same old continuation of Nava's failed actions as a State legislator if his wife gets elected. Not surprisingly, she has the exact same following as he does.

Didn't we just go through a horrific State budget process because of people like Pedro Nava supposedly representing our interests in Sacramento? Let's not have a repeat of this next year with Jordan in there.

Vote Das Williams!!!

Thank you for pointing that out, Jerry!

Other budget facts to consider: almost ALL of the deficit is equal to the cutting of vehicle registration fees, which was demanded by CA voters AND the phony anti-tax legislators in Sacramento are forcing CA voters to pay far more taxes than they should, so that oil firms can make an extra 6% profit.

Loser,
The hard thing for you guys is explaining how a Republican was paid by a oil company to be a enviormentalist. Can you explain that to me again?

We went through a horrific budget because of the 2/3 vote and noncompliance in reason by Republicans. From your earlier remark about Stoker stomping I would guess you are a Stoker supporter now pumping Williams because he's the weaker candidate.

You are wrong again, Jerry, my boy. I am a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat who wants to pit someone against Mike Stoker who has a reasonable chance of beating him. That someone would be Das Williams. If Jordan is his opponent, we can all get ready to start calling Mike - Assemblyman Stoker.

You are Mike Gibson pretending to be a Democrat again.

Thanks again to Sharon Hillbrant and the VC Democratic Club for choosing me as the scholarship recipient. As Brian pointed out, with UC and Cal States facing significant budget cuts(including $800 million from last year's budget), fees are skyrocketing. Scholarships like the one generously provided by the VC Dems are so important to students.

Brian- thanks again for posting my healthcare debate comment, I'm glad to see it spurred some active debate!

Who's Mike Gibson? Is he the guy that just got fined by the FPPC?


And a comment from today's article on Joe Gibson - sound familiar?

Posted by politico on September 29, 2009 at 12:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Any relationship between Joe Gibson and Mike Gibson (current Ventura City Council candidate)?

I've met both Gibsons and do not believe they are related.

Which Gibson, Politico?

RE: Other budget facts to consider: almost ALL of the deficit is equal to the cutting of vehicle registration fees, which was demanded by CA voters AND the phony anti-tax legislators in Sacramento are forcing CA voters to pay far more taxes than they should

Why should we have to pay vehicle registration year after year....or property taxes year after year...or sales tax everything we buy something....or income taxes year after year?

Ans: if we don't some people may have to go out and get a job...we don't need 90% of the people who work for us in government

Andy...how about a two tier system where you can choose to pay taxes or not? Those who choose to pay taxes get to use the roads, surf the internet, receive police, fire & emergency services, water & power, social security and Medicare etc etc...for free.

Those who choose not to pay taxes must pay as they go: back out into the road and you pay a daily road use fee. Want to get on the web: pay by the hour. Your house catches fire or someone breaks into your garage at night: tough luck. Get sick: hope you have a nice private policy to save your life.

Would that keep you happy?

Oh, c'mon Selvaggio, you're blowing it way out of proportion. The guy is simply arguing about the bloated government bureaucracy that you want to defend at every turn.

I didn't choose to live in this country to surrender my freedoms to some all-knowing, all-seeing nanny state that wants to tell me where I'll buy my health care, what kind of car I'll drive, what kind of food I'll eat, and how many times I can fart in one day.

It seems that's the kind of country that you're happy with - GS!!!

RE:Andy...how about a two tier system where you can choose to pay taxes or not? Those who choose to pay taxes get to use the roads, surf the internet, receive police, fire & emergency services, water & power, social security and Medicare etc etc...for free.

How about if the county supervisors, who seem to be there for life, stop giving away free pensions and health benefits away to county cops and other public employees....?

Cops can get 60% pensions as early as age 41, without ever paying a single thin dime into the system....that is 60% of their current salary, including the massive overtime they make

RE:I didn't choose to live in this country to surrender my freedoms to some all-knowing, all-seeing nanny state that wants to tell me where I'll buy my health care, what kind of car I'll drive, what kind of food I'll eat

Well, you are living in a county where plenty of public employees get a free car and free health care and free gas, 14 paid holidays, two months paid vacation and 16 sick days....which they save up and cash out for $200,000 when they retire on full pensions at age 50 after doing nothing for 30 years.....

And they even have a plan where they can sign up their mom and pop for for taxpayer subsidized assisted care...

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