Ventura County Star Reporter and political analyst Timm Herdt had asked before if a contested primary between two Santa Barbara based candidates would motivate a Ventura County candidate to jump in. An often mentioned possibility was Council Member for the City of Ventura Bill Fulton.
That isn't going to happen this time as Bill Fulton has announced he isn't running, although he did mention he would consider running for higher office in the future.
The months ahead will not be easy. Starting tomorrow night (Monday), we on the City Council will start eliminating positions and possibly even laying people off. Over the next couple of months, we will be making even more severe cuts in city services - cuts that people will inevitably feel, even if we try to blunt the impact. We may well ask the voters for an increase in the sales tax. But even if it passes, that won't generate enough money to restore all the services we have now. So we will be faced with terrible choices. Do we want to lay off police officers in order to keep the libraries open? Shall we close the parks or stop paving the streets? Shut down a fire station or stop servicing our vehicles?
My friend Marie Lakin has been writing extensively on the budget cuts in Ventura's budget. Click here to see her blog.
Here are some other city themed blogs:
1. Click here for Ventura City Manager Rick Cole's blog.
2. Click here for Ventura City Attorney Ariel Pierre Calonne's blog.
3. Click here for Santa Paula City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz's blog. ( UPDATED W/ Mountain Lion information.)
4. Click here for Ventura City Council Member Bill Fulton's Planning and Development Blog and here for his city council blog.
Why is it that the City of Ventura has so many blogs written by city hall insiders? I am impressed with the effort to be transparent and accessible.
Local officials are reacting to the Metrolink disaster in many ways. Moorpark City Council Member rode the train with Mayor Villaraigosa the other day and spoke about the crash. To read his press statements click on continue reading. Council Member Millhouse is vice chairman of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority and has been involved in regional transportation issues for years.
State Senate candidate Hannah-Beth Jackson sent out an email to her supporters with ways to help.
Ventura City Council Member Bill Fulton has written his thoughts on his blog.
If you see other local officials commenting on the tragedy or asking people to help support local charity groups in relation to the tragedy please leave a comment with a link to the story.
( The official Metrolink logo from their website.)
( Here is a youtube video of Bill Fulton talking about the Ventura County library system.)
Ventura City Council Member Bill Fulton has updated his blog. I guess that proves it isn't just an election tool for him. Bill, what has the response been like so far from Ventura citizens? Do many of them talk to you about it? I liked your entry about the length of meetings.
What local elected officials would you like to see a personal blog from? If there is an overwhelming response I will propose it to The Star and the elected official that it be done.
Start nominating elected officials you would like to read more from!
Moorpark City Council Member Keith Millhouse
County Supervisor Peter Foy
Simi Valley City Council Member Glen Becerra
I would also like to see some park board, water board, and school board officials bring more light into what they do.