Re: March 25 article "Sojka joins mayor's race in Simi Valley":
My wife and I were guests at Councilman Steve Sojka's announcement gathering on Wednesday, March 24. It was held at Lost Canyons golf club just outside the clubhouse. Great canapes, mini burgers, fruits and cheeses, soda, celebratory cocktails and beer were served. The crowd was at about 200 when the Mayor, Paul Miller, took the dais and explained why he supported Mr. Sojka.
He wasn't the only one to support him, though. Glen Becerra, Michelle Foster and Barbra Williamson spoke. Even Cameron Smythe took time from his busy schedule to praise his leadership and vision for our city. All had glowing recommendations for Mr. Sojka. Barbra got more than one chuckle when she implied that current knowledge of our city far outweighs the memories of 30 years ago (Bob Huber?).
Those of us gathered at our table were in agreement that Mr. Sojka has done so much for the community in the 12 years he has served, that we want his leadership as our mayor, rather that an ex-councilman who served only one term, 30-plus years ago. To try and become mayor without paying your dues and keeping current on everyday issues just will not work, but some, apparently, believe the position can be purchased with big dollars and large ads. I don't recall ever seeing Mr. Huber at a council meeting, writing letters to the editor, expressing his views on a current issue or debating the outcome of a decision our council makes.
My wife and I were glad we attended. It was a cold evening standing outside listening to all the accolades from the dignitaries, but it made us secure that we, as a great city, were moving forward with the right kind of conservative, well thought out leadership we all deserve.
We will support Mr. Sojka and wish all our friends to do the same in the upcoming election.