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Throwback Thursday

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I am starting a new series called Throwback Thursday. If you have pictures of politicians or activists when they were younger send them to me.

This Thursday I wanted to share the most popular Youtube video about Simi Valley politics with over 10,000 views!

New Year's Resolutions w/ Randy Nemecek

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I am continuing post New Year's resolutions from local people involved in politics. Here is Randy Nemecek's:


Brian,

My 2014 New Year's resolution is to become proficient in Spanish.
After years of reading "self-help" books on how to learn a foreign
language, I finally decided to get serious and signed up for a SVUSD
adult education class starting January 6th. Cheers!

Randy ran for a seat on the Simi Valley City Council. I believe he will again. Thanks for sharing your resolution.

A challenger to Rep. Julia Brownley?

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Earlier I predicted that Tony Strickland would not be running against Julia Brownley. I know that many people want State Assembly Member Jeff Gorell to run against her. What other Republicans are considering running?

Rafael Dagnesses from Simi Valley has a new website up. He is getting support from local Republicans too:

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Most of Simi Valley is not in the district. Looking over his website do you think he could beat out other Republicans for the nomination?

it is not on his website but he is a Republican.

I am interested if he supported the government shutdown.

Rafael, contact me if you are interested in being interviewed.

The Simi Valley Library reopens

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The Simi Valley Library was a part of the Ventura County Library system. Now it is controlled by the city. The city council promised improvments when they took it over.

I went there today and I did notice changes. Overall it is better. I do like the increased focus on young people. I need to visit more to understand how signifigant the changes might be. So far they do not appear to be extensive.

I took the above picture there. I guess some people enjoy casette tapes. Have you been to the library since they reopened? What do you think?

Here is their new website.

Here are some articles about the debate over leaving the county library system to be managed by a private company.

So far it is looking good.

Local government should post their meetings on Youtube

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Does your local government post videos of their meetings?

The Simi Valley City Council does. But it isn't viewable on ios devices like ipads and iphones. I want to stay informed but I am not going to sit and watch the meetings on my desktop.

Local governments should post video of their meetings on Youtube. It is easier to view and it allows people to share it easier.

That includes Park Districts, School Boards, and City Councils.

Vote Simi Valley returns

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A past video I made interviewing Mitch Green:

The blog votesimivalley.com has started posting much more often. Blogger Mike Chandler has added guest columns by Mitch Green. Go read the page and give them feedback.

Robocalls update

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A Facebook group called Simi Valley Politics has a discussion going over an anonymous robocall in the last election for city council. The source of the anonymous call has not been proven. Some people claim they are getting closer. I am glad they are trying to figure it out but I am not confident they will discover it.

Our campaign finance system relies upon transparency. Anonymous robocalls help to hide the source of special interest money.

Simi Valley Annexes Moorpark 4/1/2013

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It is now official. Simi Valley has annexed Moorpark. The move will dramatically increase the size of Simi Valley.


The area of Moorpark will now be known as Mo'Simi.


The move is expected to benefit both areas with increased economic cooperation. Simi Valley now has a community college. Moorpark will benefit from the many businesses in Simi Valley. What do you think will be the best benefit?

Happy April 1st


Simi Valley Robocall update?

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During the last election for city council there was an anonymous robocall targeting Steve Sojka. At that time his supporters told me they were confident they were going to be able to prove who did it.

Is there an update on finding out who did it?

Take down those old signs!

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After each election there are a few signs that people forget to remove. I post them here to remind people to remove their signs and because it is fun. It is not our duty to go and remove any signs we see for you. These signs are from the 2012 election.

Send in your pictures and I will post them. I will give you credit for your picture if you ask.


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This home often keeps up their signs long after an election.


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Simi Valley City Council candidate Mark Littleton cleaned up most of his signs. This one by the mall escaped his efforts.

Do you have pictures of old signs that have not been removed? Email them to me and I will post them.


Campaign Finance reports

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How transparent is your local government?

Updated Campaign finance reports are posted on the city's website. Any surprises?

There was recently a robocall that went out to Simi Valley voters. The group that paid for it has not been identified. I wonder if we will ever know who paid for it. Transparency in campaign finance is important to follow the money in politics. We need better disclosure.

Who do you support for Simi Valley City Council?

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I am glad that so many candidates are campaigning for a seat on the Simi Valley City Council. Those candidates are out informing people what the city council does and what the issues are in Simi Valley. The signs might look trashy to some people but I see them as an example of a robust democracy.

There are two seats on the Simi Valley City Council. Do you know who you will be supporting?

You do not need to register to comment but keep it classy.

Brian Dennert here

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