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In a campaign finance report filed last week, the Ventura County Republican Central Committee provides a glimpse into the financing of the blitz of campaign mail promoting Assemblywoman Audra Strickland's campaign for county supervisor that has been hitting Republican households in Thousand Oaks of late.

The report shows expenses of $133,000 on Strickland's behalf through May 8. The two biggest contributors that made these expenditures possible were the California Republican Party, which gave $100,000, and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, whcih gave $25,000. It also shows various contributions from real estate development interests.

The Republican spending essentially leaves incumbent Linda Parks without a party to try to counteract this in any way. Parks is also a Republican. While many county Democrats individually support Parks, largely because of her record on conservation and environmental issues, the party itself is prohibited by its bylaws from publicly supporting a Republican.

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Linda Parks does an excellent job of dispelling the now 40 lies that have been sent out by Audra in her pathetic attempt to buy the election.

And it is not the County GOP - it is the Strickland Committee.


www.VoteforParks.com

Why would the Prison Guard Union give $25,000 to Audra Strickland?

In the past I was one of the many who campaigned for Tony Strickland and have supported many of the same candidates that the Strickland's have endorsed. My change of heart towards the Strickland's is directly attributable to the following:

1. Use of the Ventura County Republican Central Committee (which includes Audra's mother-in-law, and another person whose campaign mailing business received $1.5 million in combines business in 2008 from the Stricklands) to fund the very expensive campaign to manipulate the facts to distort Linda Park's record.

2. In her initial announcement that she was going to run for the Supervisor against Supervisor Park's, Audra Strickland came out slinging mud. That was the forerunner to the all out attack. In a later statement Audra accused Supervisor Parks in cutting funding for crossing guards. Dr. Betsy Connolly, who is a Conejo Valley School District Trustee points out: "if Audra Strickland had an actual interest in school safety, she would already know that it was the State legislature who shifted crossing guard funding from the counties to the cities in 1994, nine years before Linda Parks was even on the Board of Supervisors". Audra Strickland's campaign has been a campaign of deception, this is not the within the standards of honesty and integrity I would want in my representative. Take a moment to check all of the inaccuracies of the Strickland campaign by going to: "Honesty Counts" at VoteforParks.com

3. Especially in light of the fact that Tony Strickland is a campaign co-chair of Meg Whitman's campaign for Governor - the Strickland's should have understood how important it is to preserve our dwindling Republican "war chest". The use of hundreds of thousands of dollars from Republican coffers for a non-partisan race against a well respected Republican incumbent that should have been used for Partisan office races, i.e. our Republican candidate vs. Jerry Brown - is downright blasphemous!

4. Reality - Audra Strickland has young children in elementary school in Sacramento. How much real time will she have to spend in her district? Supervisor Parks is tireless in her constant availability to her constituents as well as the number of evening Municipal Advisory Council meetings she attends. We have been spoiled by an effective leader who spends countless hours doing her job - I am concerned we would have a Supervisor who delegates or shirks her duties because she is hundreds of miles away.

5. Job Satisfaction. March 2006, Rep. Elton Gallegly made a very short lived decision not to see re-election. When Mrs. Strickland found out, minutes before the candidate filing deadline, she asked for candidate papers to run for congress for her husband and then for herself. She was told she could not file since Tony had already filed for state controller and she had already filed for re-election to the Assembly. In 2009, when she was termed out of office she decided to run for Secretary of State. Later she decided to run for county treasurer-tax collector, until the Board of Supervisors voted to incorporate the State recommendation that required candidates to have a financial background. From her history, it is easy to see that this position was not her first choice of office and would serve as only a stepping stone in her career - not a destination.
In closing, I want to remind you that the true measure of an elected official is not their words, it is their deeds. Linda Parks epitomizes the foundation of our democracy, "by the people and for the people" (not "by the Political Party committee's or Indian Gaming Tribes, and not "for" the Tobacco industry, Beer, wine and liquor entities). Supervisor Parks supporters are not Special Interest groups, they are neighbors, just like you and me who put their trust and confidence in her abilities to represent them based on her effective leadership of our district and her exceptional efforts to preserve the quality of life we enjoy in our community. Supervisor Park's got my vote the old fashioned way, she earned it!

In the past I was one of the many who campaigned for Tony Strickland and have supported many of the same candidates that the Strickland's have endorsed. My change of heart towards the Strickland's is directly attributable to the following:

1. Use of the Ventura County Republican Central Committee (which includes Audra's mother-in-law, and another person whose campaign mailing business received $1.5 million in combines business in 2008 from the Stricklands) to fund the very expensive campaign to manipulate the facts to distort Linda Park's record.

2. In her initial announcement that she was going to run for the Supervisor against Supervisor Park's, Audra Strickland came out slinging mud. That was the forerunner to the all out attack. In a later statement Audra accused Supervisor Parks in cutting funding for crossing guards. Dr. Betsy Connolly, who is a Conejo Valley School District Trustee points out: "if Audra Strickland had an actual interest in school safety, she would already know that it was the State legislature who shifted crossing guard funding from the counties to the cities in 1994, nine years before Linda Parks was even on the Board of Supervisors". Audra Strickland's campaign has been a campaign of deception, this is not the within the standards of honesty and integrity I would want in my representative. Take a moment to check all of the inaccuracies of the Strickland campaign by going to: "Honesty Counts" at VoteforParks.com

3. Especially in light of the fact that Tony Strickland is a campaign co-chair of Meg Whitman's campaign for Governor - the Strickland's should have understood how important it is to preserve our dwindling Republican "war chest". The use of hundreds of thousands of dollars from Republican coffers for a non-partisan race against a well respected Republican incumbent that should have been used for Partisan office races, i.e. our Republican candidate vs. Jerry Brown - is downright blasphemous!

4. Reality - Audra Strickland has young children in elementary school in Sacramento. How much real time will she have to spend in her district? Supervisor Parks is tireless in her constant availability to her constituents as well as the number of evening Municipal Advisory Council meetings she attends. We have been spoiled by an effective leader who spends countless hours doing her job - I am concerned we would have a Supervisor who delegates or shirks her duties because she is hundreds of miles away.

5. Job Satisfaction. March 2006, Rep. Elton Gallegly made a very short lived decision not to see re-election. When Mrs. Strickland found out, minutes before the candidate filing deadline, she asked for candidate papers to run for congress for her husband and then for herself. She was told she could not file since Tony had already filed for state controller and she had already filed for re-election to the Assembly. In 2009, when she was termed out of office she decided to run for Secretary of State. Later she decided to run for county treasurer-tax collector, until the Board of Supervisors voted to incorporate the State recommendation that required candidates to have a financial background. From her history, it is easy to see that this position was not her first choice of office and would serve as only a stepping stone in her career - not a destination.
In closing, I want to remind you that the true measure of an elected official is not their words, it is their deeds. Linda Parks epitomizes the foundation of our democracy, "by the people and for the people" (not "by the Political Party committee's or Indian Gaming Tribes, and not "for" the Tobacco industry, Beer, wine and liquor entities). Supervisor Parks supporters are not Special Interest groups, they are neighbors, just like you and me who put their trust and confidence in her abilities to represent them based on her effective leadership of our district and her exceptional efforts to preserve the quality of life we enjoy in our community. Supervisor Park's got my vote the old fashioned way, she earned it!

The money Tony raised for his Re-Elect Tony Strickland Senate 2012 committee, he gave to the California Republican Party. The party washes off the stink of special interests like tobacco, oil, Indian gaming, political action committees and the like. Tony also used this campaign committee to funnel cash into the Ventura County Republican Party. Go to the Secretary of State website sos.ca.gov and click on campaign finance and check it out. It's all there.

Good, this will ensure that Linda Parks loses this election. Do you think she should expect to be supported by Republican dollars when she's nothing but a phony-baloney Republican? Dream on, Linda.

^ Should Linda Parks expect to be supported by Republican dollars? She is, buddy, but those dollars are from individuals who comply with the county campaign ordinance. I wouldn't expect Linda Parks to skirt $700 maximum campaign contribution limits, unlike Audra Strickland. I wouldn't expect Parks to accept union money, unlike Audra Strickland's campaign that just took in $25,000 from CCPOA, the state prison guards union. I wouldn't expect Parks to take money from developers, unlike Audra Strickland that has at least $25,000 from an excavating company out of Los Angeles.
Are you saying those are "real" Republicans? I think most people would disagree with you.

Linda Parks is accepting money from the unions in the form of mailings going out right now.

This is happening with Parks' full approval.

If she doesn't agree she should publicly ask them (the SEIU & Fire Unions) to stop.

Not much chance of that!

voter - I'm surprised that you don't have a problem with the prison guards union directly backing Audra Strickland's campaign. What do they want in return? You have to wonder.

So, Rosie, when did they start letting 2 and 4 yr. olds into elementary school? If your other "facts" about the Stricklands are as accurate as that, you may want to go back to the drawing board.

Audra Strickland states, “Four of the five members of the City Council have endorsed me ....” In reading the story that was posted May 22, 2010 at 3:57 p.m. in this paper: Cason Point: The best plan for The Lakes not written in concrete By Colleen Cason
Excerpts from article: Six years ago, the City Council sank its hopes in The Lakes. The city leases the land to Caruso for a buck a year on a deal that it would share in revenues when they reach a certain threshold. Thousand Oaks has yet to see this money.
The Lakes does turn a profit, according to Rick Lemmo, a senior vice president with Caruso Affiliated, but not enough to trigger payment to the city. So the city paid almost $100,000 to a consultant to come up with ideas. And in true governmental fashion, the city decided to fix something at The Lakes that does work — the parking. The Thousand Oaks City Council recently gave the go-ahead to convert 16 parallel parking slots in front of the retail center into 26 angled spaces.
Each slot running about $12,000, (approximately $300,000 for everything). The problem is, there is no parking problem at this mall. Parking behind the center is so ample, in fact, those patrons of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza park at The Lakes to avoid paying to use the city garage. When it comes to The Lakes, they seem to have a premier case of just not getting it, time after time.
After this parking project was approved, Councilman Andy Fox was quoted in this newspaper as saying there is no downside. No downside? How about spending shopping bags full of the public’s cash on this in a city that has run into multimillion-dollar shortfalls for the past two years?
Now for the score card:
1. Supervisor Linda Parks critical of this development and what she terms a "sweetheart deal" given to Caruso Affiliated.
2. Councilwoman Claudia Bill de la Peña called it throwing good money after bad. (Claudia Bill de la Pena is the one City of Thousand Oaks councilwoman who is NOT endorsing Audra Strickland.)
3. The 4 City of To Council who approved and support the center: Endorsed Audra Strickland, per her statement, “because they can talk to me” (in other words she doesn't criticize their actions)
4. Rick Lemmo, who works for Caruso hosts the meet and greet at his home for Audra and offers to be the moderator at a debate between Audra and Linda
You can "connect the dots". Supervisor Linda Parks is critical of the City of Thousand Oaks officials that played a major role in negotiation of the “sweetheart deal” that affords Caruso Affiliated a $1 yearly rent on a PROFITABLE shopping center without a share of the revenues to the City of Thousand Oaks, they have decided to support another candidate who is not critical of their failure to negotiate a deal that would provide a fair income to the city. Shouldn't Supervisor Parks be applauded for her past reservations and criticism of this project as they have proved to be prophetic?

I was present at the debate this evening. The whole room was surprised that Supervisor Parks showed up. The moderator conceded that he had opposed Linda Parks in a previous election, but he did an admirable job of moderating the event. It was very clear that the room was packed with supporters of Audra Strickland and Supervisor Parks had to suffer through their heckling and disruptive behavior. Rick Lemmo opened the debate and introduced Herb Gooch and then he went to the back of the room, from which spot he tried to "coach" Audra Strickland with hand signals. Since he was located behind the Time Warner camera; his hand signals were not caught on camera. The audience falsely assumed that they would have an opportunity to provide questions for the candidates and was disappointed to find out that the questions were pre-written by the Thousand Oaks Business Group. Supervisor Parks won the first coin toss and was allowed to give the opening remarks. The format of the debate was in question and Rick Lemmo had to explain the timing issues to the moderator when there was a question as to how long each candidate would get to respond to each question. Both candidates did an admirable job of answering their questions. Both candidates acknowledged the current state of the economy in Ventura County as well as most of the United States. Supervisor Linda Parks made the following important points during the debate:

1. Linda Parks has been an effective steward of the county amd had effectively negotiated for a reduction of pension benefits with the deputy sheriff's union.

2. Linda Park's campaign donations came from Ventura County residents - Audra Strickland's main donations came from developers, Indian Gaming and PAC funds. Additionally the Park's campaign has not received any funding from unions - but Audra Strickland's campaign received $25,000 from the California Prison Guards Union.

3. Audra Strickland made a point of the fact that Supervisor Parks had voted in favor of the County of Ventura decision to uphold the State of California recommended educational requirement rule that precluded Audra from the position of County Treasurer.

4. With Audra terming out of the Assembly this year, she initially decided to run for secretary of state, opening a campaign committee called Strickland for Secretary of State 2010, Audra. Then she changed her mind and decided to run for Ventura County Treasurer-Tax Collector and opened a campaign committee called Strickland for Treasurer-Tax Collector 2010. As her husband Tony's campaign spent millions of dollars to win a senate seat and not even finish that term prior to his new announcement that he is running for State Controller, that leaves the unanswered question as to how long Audra will stay in her position and at what point she will utilize it as a stepping stone to higher office with a base in the state capitol, especially when you take in consideration the fact that the Strickland's maintain a residence in Sacramento where their children attend school.

5. Supervisor Park's had an unidentified man walk up to her during the debate and give her a stack of the campaign mailers mailed to the district by the Strickland campaign, pointing out that there is a section in her www.voteforparks.com website that addresses the false statements in the mailers.

6. Supervisor Parks maintains an office in Thousand Oaks with an open door policy and she announced her cellular telephone number that any constiuent can call to discuss issues that affect them in the County. She stated that she was quoted in the Star as being the most accessible Supervisor.

At the end of the debate both candidates were given a standing ovation the candidates shook hands and left

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