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February 2012 Archives

The Federalist Society and CLU is hosting Ward Connerly

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( Ward Connerly has not been known to avoid controversy.)

Ward Connerly is known for leading the movement for Proposition 209 in 1996. Proposition 209 limited the use of Affirmative Action in California. I am often surprised to hear people that should know better believe that affirmative action is used in admissions for CLU and UC schools.

A reader and friend of mine, Natalie Panossian sent in this event announcement:

The Federalist Society's Gold Coast Chapter and
California Lutheran University's Political Science Department Present:

"A Conversation with Ward Connerly, former UC Regent & founder and President of the American Civil Rights Institute"

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: California Lutheran University - Lundring Events Center
60 West Olson Road, Thousand Oaks, California 91360
Cost: Free to the public.

Reception with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will precede discussion at 6:00 p.m.

This event provides 1.0 hour of MCLE credit for attorneys; please make checks for $20 payable to "The Federalist Society."

For more information, please contact Gold Coast Federalist Society Chapter President Natalie Panossian, Esq. via e-mail at goldcoastfs@gmail.com. To learn more about The Federalist Society, please visit:

This could be an interesting event that discusses both the history of proposition 209 but also the recent attempts to change it.

Art Hernandez and our Community Colleges

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( The Ventura County Star chose this story for their recent article on the accreditation problems for Oxnard, Ventura, and Moorpark.)

I don't have much to say about the local Community College district risking their accreditation because of what appears to be the actions of one member. If you haven't followed the issue read this article.

What I find shocking is that his supporters demanded that he gets promoted. They want to promote to a higher position of influence the man that has been identified as a major cause of the accreditation problem.

If you read a few of the articles on the consequences of his actions you will notice that he is often unavailable for comment. I would like to read his full explanation to being blamed for the Accreditation issue.

Art Hernandez, all of our community colleges are important. It is your duty to serve the students of all of the campuses.

Fran Pavley's potential opponents keep declining to run.

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Republican Cameron Smyth won't be running against Democrat Fran Pavley for the State Senate seat. Republicans don't yet have a declared candidate.

Cameron Smyth could have been a formidable candidate. He has earned a reputation as a bipartisan moderate and has experience as a State Assembly Member.

Who would you like to see run? I posted in an earlier blog entry that Simi Valley Republican Glen Becerra mentioned he was considering running for Congress. Now that there isn't a Republican candidate for this State Senate seat do you think he should consider running?

Does he really want to spend the next few years arguing with Mayor Bob Huber at city council meetings?

There aren't opportunities like this too often. If he intends to run for a legislative seat this could be a decent opportunity.

Here is a repost of a poll from that earlier entry:

Reality television coming to your area?

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I'm not sure why the producers thought this would be good for my blog but as I want to help production companies stay local here is their announcement:

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Shop Simi Valley First and film in Simi Valley First?

Steve Bennett is running for County Supervisor

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Steve Bennett has ended his campaign for Congress and announced he is running for re-election. His re-election to the Board of Supervisors is complicated by the many candidates that have declared since they thought there was an opening.

As of now there are officially 2 Republicans, 1 decline to state, and 1 Democrat running for that position. As the only Democrat in an area that has a voter registration advantage for Democrats and as an incumbent he has a strong chance of being re-elected.

Here is his official announcement:

Dear Supporter,

Yesterday, I announced the end of my Congressional run and the resumption of my efforts to be re-elected to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.
A variety of reasons were involved in my decision. Ultimately, given the circumstances, I believe I can make more of a difference working for the residents of Ventura County as a County Supervisor should I be fortunate enough to be re-elected.
If you were a financial supporter of my campaign, I will be returning all donations as soon as possible, and my wife and I will be covering all of the campaign expenses.
New candidates are now looking at the race. When this settles down I will communicate to those of you who supported me financially concerning who I believe will give us the best chance to keep Tony Strickland from winning the seat.
Thank you for your support and I will keep in touch.

Steve Bennett
Ventura County Supervisor

P.S. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions by writing to me at stephenbennett@charter.net.

He includes that new candidates are now considering joining the crowded field. Who could those candidates be? Many people have mentioned Rep. Brad Sherman as a candidate. Brad Sherman has officially denied any interest in running for the Ventura County based district. He is currently running against fellow Democrat Rep. Howard Berman.

Brad Sherman would be a formidable candidate. He has a sizable war chest and an effective campaign team. Democrats are strongly motivated to avoid a contested primary between Bard Sherman and Howard Berman. This could be their solution. Brad Sherman previously represented the Conejo Valley in Congress.

How do you think this latest announcement by Steve Bennett changes the election? Who benefits the most?

Note from a reader on Buck McKeon and the Countrywide Loan scandal

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Have you been following the Countrywide VIP loan scandal? In response to Buck McKeon's claims of not knowing almost anything a reader sent me this note:

Countrywide build a huge loan processing center in Lancaster in McKeon's district.

The developer who built the loan processing center is Frank Visco, former State Party Chair of the Republican Party and a financial backer of Buck McKeon.

Visco has two homes - one in Lancaster the other in Sherwood Country Club. Who was Visco's neighbor in Sherwood? Angelo Mozilo!

Joe Biden can cooler

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I think the White House doesn't seem to mind the ongoing jokes on TheOnion.com if they are going to sell a Joe Biden can cooler.

What's your favorite item in the store?


Halftime in America

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I didn't see all of the ads but of what I saw this was my favorite:

Imported from Detroit.

I have questions for : Edward Headington 38th State Assembly candidate

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In my I have questions for __________ series for my blog I post questions for candidates and then they can post their reply.

Edward Headington is running for the 38th State Assembly district as a Democrat. His opponents include Republicans Scott Wilk and Patricia McKeon.


What education reforms, beyond funding, do you support?

You can post your reply here as a comment or email me.

Interview w/ Congressional candidate Akiva Werbalowsky

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Barack Obama wants to ban Congressional insider trading

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Barack Obama announced his support for a ban on insider trading by Members of Congress.

Click on continue reading for an email from his team asking for help to support this initiative.

The Senate has voted to end this corrupt practice. Will the House Act?

I am asking the candidates for Congress from Ventura County if they support this bill. I will post the replies from the candidates as they come in.

David Pollock was the first to reply:


David Cruz Thayne also quickly replied:


I will post the replies of the other candidates when they answer the question.

Local Democrats & Courage Campaign training activists

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The Courage Campaign is well-known for their viral videos.

The Ventura County Democratic Campaign Council and the Courage Campaign are teaming up to train activists. Here is their announcement:

Activist training by the Courage Campaign

Saturday, Feb. 18, 1-5 p.m.
Location: Ventura County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1760 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo.
Cost: $20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Details: Training materials, snacks, beverages and coffee included

Click on continue reading for more details.

This would be a great event for some of the new organizers working on local campaigns.

Brian Dennert here

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