Do you remember last year when Simi Valley Police Officers picketed outside Council Member Glen Becerra's house and at a city event over their contract? The video of the protest outside of Becerra's house has been marked as private but this video is up:
When I saw the POA was becoming more politically organized I wondered how they were going to get involved in city elections. This election cycle they have joined with the firefighters union to endorse Bob Huber for Mayor. They have also endorsed Keith Mashburn for city council.
I am not sure how extensive their involvement is going to be but if they do things including walking precincts, making phone calls, rally on street corners, posting signs, and put together a significant IE they should be a very important part of this election. How fired up will they be against Steve Sojka and the council incumbents?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9 August 2010
Contact: Simi Valley POA
Simi Valley Police Officers Association Endorses Huber and Mashburn
Simi Valley, CA - The Simi Valley Police Officers Association has extended its support to Keith Mashburn for City Council and Bob Huber for Mayor in the November election. Both are well-known pillars of the community with long records of public service.
Keith Mashburn, retired Simi Valley Fire Battalion Chief, served the city for 31 years. As a 55-year resident, Mashburn has watched the city take shape, raised his family here and has owned several local businesses. Currently, Mashburn serves as chair of the Simi Valley Planning Commission following his appointment in 2008.
"Keith Mashburn has exactly the right background needed to shepherd the city out of this recession," asserts Bill Daniels, president of the Simi Valley Police Officers Association. "He has an appreciation for our history, an understanding of what it takes to keep residents safe and the ability to encourage business and promote jobs that will make Simi Valley a better place to live, work, and raise our children."
The second candidate to be endorsed by SVPOA is former City Councilman Bob Huber. Now chairman of the Ventura County Community Colleges Board of Trustees, Huber combines his council experience with 37 years of business ownership in the city. As mayor, he plans to actively promote the Simi Valley economy to save existing small businesses and to attract new industries for the jobs, services and revenues they provide. Huber served twice as the president of the SV Chamber of Commerce and was a charter commissioner of the Industrial Commercial Development Commission. In addition to his police endorsement, Huber has also secured the support of the Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association (VCPFA).
"Bob Huber is the kind of leader who will roll up his sleeves and get the job done -- making our government run more efficiently," explains Daniels. "He will take care of the important issues: maintaining Simi Valley's current ranking as one of the nation's safest communities while ensuring that there is sound investment in the city's future."
The Simi Valley Police Officers Association represents 103 sworn officers below the rank of lieutenant. Its goal is to maintain the high ideal of professionalism through this representation and to solidify close ties to citizens through involvement in community groups and local charities.
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