Letters to the Editor
February 21, 2013

To the Editor:
Just wanted to thank Dick Diaz on the GREAT story about Elton Wagner! I wanted to let Dick know that my Grandmother, Ethel (Everson) Berrington, is also a graduate from the Class of ’38 and she is still living in the Fillmore Convalescent Home. Unfortunately, she suffers from Alzheimer’s, so her memory is not as good as Mr. Wagner’s.
Our family (Berrington’s) have been ranching on Guiberson Road in Fillmore for 110 years (since 1903). My brother (Jeff), sister (Missy Bowen), Uncle (Bob Berrington), cousin (John Berrington), and Great Aunt and Uncle (Jim & Mary Ann) all still live in Fillmore. I try to get down there a couple of times a year to visit and am planning to come down within the next month to celebrate my Grandma’s 93rd birthday in March.
Keep up the great work; I read the paper online every week!
Mike Berrington, PG, CEM
Principal Geologist
RDM Environmental, Inc.

 

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Letters to the Editor
February 7, 2013

To the Editor:
Sespe School would like to publicly acknowledge and thank Ms. Paula Phillips for her on-going work with our students. Paula has visited our school multiple times this year, most recently working with all of our 3rd grade students on February 1st. The positive message that she delivers has a tremendous influence on our students and our campus. Sespe School would like to say a big “Thank You” to Paula from the students and staff at Sespe School.
Thanks
Scott Carroll
Principal, Sespe Elementary
SCarroll@fillmore.k12.ca.us

 


 
Letters to the Editor
January 31, 2013

To the Editor:
City of Fillmore
Re: Water and Sewage Bill
January 25, 2013
Dear Sirs,
I have been paying my water for ten years now and have only been late once in that time by a day. This month due to the fact that you cannot send out your service bills on a timely manner, you have given me a past due bill for $7.85, being one day late.
I do my bills on the 26th of every month and have been for ten years. Because, you have problems sending out your bills on a timely manner should mean that I get a chance to bill you for being late in your duties. But I am sure that won’t happen.
Dave Callens
Fillmore Resident

 


 
Letters to the Editor
January 8, 2013

To The Editor:
I would like to take the time to especially thank Jesus “Chuy” Ortiz owner of Pescadore Restaurant in Fillmore, California for hosting our wedding reception on November 23, 2012. This was a very special day for both my husband, Francisco Ocampo and I. Mr. Ortiz went above and beyond to make our day a very special day. We were extremely impressed with all of the staff’s professionalism and hospitality. The decorations and food were done by his daughter Maribel Ramos and her husband Fernando Ramos and every detail was perfect. I encourage all of the residents of Fillmore to visit Pescadore Restaurant and if you have any wedding plans, the best place in town is Pescadore! Thanks again Chuy, Maribel and Fernando!
Priscilla

 


 
Letters to the Editor
December 6, 2012

To the Editor:
About three weeks ago in the high winds we had the pepper tree in our front parkway fall onto our front lawn. As we were surveying the damage at 7am a city employee stopped by and informed us that he had a tree crew on the way to remove the tree. The crew arrived and within 45 minutes had the tree removed and then moved to another location to repeat the operation. Before leaving the crew explained that they would return when time allowed to also remove the remainder of the stump and root system.
On Sunday, Dec. 2nd we awoke to no water pressure and found that our water meter had water running from it. At 7am we called the cities' emergency number and left a message thinking that we would be lucky for a Sunday response. Ten minutes later we received a return call and ten minutes after that we had a city employee at our door. After doing what he could with the leak he hooked us up to our neighbor's outside faucet with a garden hose and disconnected the meter register so neither of us would be charged for the water that continued to leak. He promised to return on Monday and at 7:30 am on Monday the crew arrived and did a beautiful repair job and even removed the stump.
To the crew and the City we sincerely thank you for your effort and timeliness. Thanks again for a job well done.
Curt and Sue Adams

 
Letters to the Editor
November 29, 2012

To the Editor
Re: Superfund Response To Cheveron Rep
I was told about Ms Klinchuch's response to my letter and feel it is important to address things she says because I believe there are some holes in her story. I will use her own words to categorically address things she has said. She begins by saying,
 ”Mr. Ryan Shiells' November 8 letter expressed concern that dust from Chevron’s work at the former Texaco refinery in Fillmore is affecting nearby neighbors. I can assure Mr. Shiells and the community that dust is not drifting off our site and there is no cause for concern. The safety of the community and our site workers is our top priority.” My response to Ms Klinchuch is: Do you really expect for me, or anyone else for that matter, to believe that a for-profit company’s TOP priority is the safety of the community and not profit? I am not even blaming Chevron for the original pollution, as I have always believed it occurred during Texaco’s watch, but the fact remains that Chevron now owns that liability and by responding to my letter with mistruths, Ms Klinchuch would’ve been better served to leave well enough alone. As far as Ms Klinchuch’s assurances are concerned, I am extremely suspicious when it comes to taking her word at face value, especially considering that her employer has a tremendous vested interest in sweeping this under the rug. Remember: I have lived and know many people in that area whereas you most certainly don't. I have seen many people in that neighborhood suffer from Cancer and other strange diseases and have attended funerals for those people, you have not.
Perhaps it would be best at this time to provide readers with the EPA’s own definition of a Superfund site: “A Superfund site is an uncontrolled or abandoned place where hazardous waste is located, POSSIBLY AFFECTING LOCAL ECOSYSTEMS OR PEOPLE." Anyone who wants to verify this can go to the EPA's website if need-be.
Mrs Klinchurch says “We recognize that our site activities can generate dust, so we follow an EPA-approved dust control and air monitoring plan which includes several ways of making sure that dust is contained within the site. For example, water trucks spray water on active work areas to contain the dust. If conditions are too windy, we stop our work until conditions improve.” I believe that this is a flat out attempt to mislead the community and revise history as to what had actually transpired. I wrote my letter to the Editor on November 5th of this year…the same period the east winds were whipping from an east to west direction for a number of consecutive days. I noticed the sounds of heavy equipment operating during the same time kids were playing at recess. I then walked towards the area witnessed dust flow from the site towards children played on the schoolyard. I am pretty confident that, unlike myself and other solid witnesses who will come forward to dispute your misleading claims, you were nowhere near the area at this time. It would've been better for Ms Klinchuch to say nothing than to contradict what I witnessed by conveying misleading and untrue statements to the public. Now I have to set the record straight to the detriment of your credibility because your false account of what happened was at a detriment to mine.
Ms Klinchuch says “We have nine air monitoring stations that continuously monitor for dust during our field work. No site dust or chemicals have been detected in any of the air samples collected.” Ms Klinchuch, since “we” includes yourself, the same person who misleadingly claimed there are work-stoppages on windy days, I simply can’t take your word on this or anything else regarding that site. Simply put, Ms Klinchuch makes a living representing the interests of Chevron, NOT the citizens of Fillmore. The people conducting these studies have a vested interest in obtaining information that is favorable to the company and to their objectives. Think about it folks: How long would a pollution assessment company last in the industry that had a reputation for making things difficult for the company they are contracted to work for? It's common sense. Chevron has given a large amount of money (ask yourselves why) to the City of Fillmore and as they say in economics “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” There are ulterior motives here. As I understand it, and feel free to correct me if I am wrong Ms Klinchurch, Chevron has been working for years with the City of Fillmore in hopes that Fillmore will one day unwittingly assume ownership of that highly contaminated area. My interpretation of this is that Chevron is eager to release their liability on this site and they are relying on a general public ignorance of this topic and a weakened and unsuspecting (but not entirely I have found) Fillmore City government to roll over for them. The cat is out of the bag now Ms Klinchuch and it seems as if its about to get worse. You can thank me later for the overtime Ms Klinchuch.
In conclusion, whoever reads this should find it odd that a rep from the great Chevron has taken the time to respond to my letter in an attempt to allay my concerns. We should be asking ourselves why the same company is giving tens of thousands of dollars to various organizations within the City? We should find it alarming that at one point years ago, the EPA came to San Cayetano school and made teachers and some employees sign a release of liability pertaining to that site and any potential weird diseases they may one-day become afflicted with. That is not standard procedure and was done because they (EPA) knew there was a problem. Is it not alarming that parents of children at this school or people who live in that surrounding community were NOT given the same warnings? Is it not a little strange that people had to dress in outfits which closely resembled space suits in order to clean that SUPER FUND site up? I maintain everything I wrote in my original letter Ms Klinchuch and, depending on the level of misinformation provided in your response to this letter, I am willing to go further (and trust me, I can) to prove myself right - and unlike yourself I am not receiving a paycheck to say the things I am saying. I am saying these things - free of charge - because my conscious mandates it and because the community needs to know.
Regards,
Ryan Shiells

 
Letters to the Editor
November 22, 2012

To the Editor:
Mr. Ryan Shiells' November 8 letter expressed concern that dust from Chevron’s work at the former Texaco refinery in Fillmore is affecting nearby neighbors. I can assure Mr. Shiells and the community that dust is not drifting off our site and there is no cause for concern. The safety of the community and our site workers is our top priority. We recognize that our site activities can generate dust, so we follow an EPA-approved dust control and air monitoring plan which includes several ways of making sure that dust is contained within the site. For example, water trucks spray water on active work areas to contain the dust. If conditions are too windy, we stop our work until conditions improve. We have nine air monitoring stations that continuously monitor for dust during our field work. No site dust or chemicals have been detected in any of the air samples collected. We have produced a short video that details our dust control program. The video and additional information about the site can be found on our website, http://www.FillmoreWorks.com. And I am available to talk with residents and answer questions about our work at the site. I can be reached by phone at 661-632-1408 or via email through our website.
Leslie Klinchuch
Chevron environmental project manager

 
Letters to the Editor
November 8, 2012

To the Editor:
I live and have lived in the east side of Fillmore for the majority of my life, just west of the old toxic Texaco site. Over the past 25 years I have witnessed what genuinely appears to be a disproportionate number of my old neighbors dying of cancer. I am certain that if a study of this were conducted the evidence will substantiate my claims. Further, as you are already aware, that site has been designated as a contaminated area by the government as a superfund site.
What is most deplorable about the situation I have described above is that today, in an effort to clean the site as required by the government, there is heavy equipment pushing copious amounts of dirt and dust on that site on an exceptionally east windy day as unsuspecting schoolchildren are exercising their lungs in the schoolyard. This would NEVER be an acceptable scenario in more affluent areas in our county and I find it to be a total lack of judgment and consideration by those responsible for it. Someone should be very ashamed of this to say the least.
Please help me find a way to cease this unneeded exposure to our kids and to our community, at least until the wind blows the cancer causing, chemically contaminated dust in the other direction. This SHOULD NOT a matter of inconvenience to whomever company(s) involved in this debacle, it is entirely matter of what's right for these unsuspecting schoolchildren and already suffering surrounding neighborhoods.
I urge all of you to do whatever is in your power to put a work stoppage on the decontamination project during days when the east wind would blow the contamination towards the population. Let this letter be the first of many steps that I, and hopefully you, will take to make sure this is put to a stop immediately. This is NOT a matter of inconvenience, it is a matter of what is right for the community and for the children.
Best regards,
Ryan Shiells

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To the Editor:
Kudos for Fillmore's Art Walk
The Art Walk The Merchants of Fillmore sponsored on the evening of Oct. 26th was a terrific success, both for the participating merchants and the artists. Good art was evident at the various businesses and the exhibiting artists were able to enjoy an evening sharing their art. I'm speaking in particular of the Fillmore Artists Guild who's members were showing at Nanette Keller’s dress shop, we were there in mass enabling the public to see a large selection of each of our members work at one time. Enjoying the refreshments and enjoying the art - it doesn't get much better than that. Look for the next such event here in your own home town.
Judy Dressler
Guild Member

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To the Editor:
I'm Nobuko who lived in Fillmore for 9 years until 2008.
Yesterday, my friend living in Sherman Oaks sent me a letter about "film more in Fillmore" by fax. When I checked Fillmore Gazette at once, I found the article, “Palm trees will be removed". I was surprised at the news, but I fully endorse city's decision.
I'm looking forward to watching many movies with streets, mountains, and people of Fillmore. I love Fillmore. Thank you Fillmore!!
Happy Halloween!!!
Nobuko Oniki

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To the Editor:
Being Proud of Eduardo Gonzalez
I want Eduardo and his wife to know how proud I am of how they are handling all that they are going through. He is a gentleman to look up to and sets a fine example for the younger generation. They have many prayers from those of us in the community who care. Amazing for those who watched him give that wonderful statement at the open council meeting as it brought many of us to tears. And yet he's still being bashed by the other side.
Those opponents who sent the very disrespectful/untrue flyer are afraid of the truth. This is not how good business people act. They are not professional, considerate people and not examples of who we want to handle the problems of this city. Remember that what goes around, comes around.
We have a wonderful Board and hopefully will be there to continue the fine work.
Susan Lewis

 
Letters to the Editor
November 1, 2012

To the Editor:
Letter to the Citizens of Fillmore,
I’d like to say thank you to the citizens of Fillmore who have allowed me to represent them on the city council since 2004. It’s been a honor which I’m eternally grateful for.
Now, more than at any other time, citizens need a working city council. If you’ve watched our city council meetings you know what I mean. Fillmore has serious challenges. Facing these challenges will require council members who are informed, willing to work as a body, who are willing to take to the dais without personal agendas, who are capable of making decisions for Fillmore’s best interest as a whole. I stand behind Douglas Tucker, Rick Neal and Manuel Minjares for City Council. They’ve walked neighborhoods, held fundraisers, participated in Questions and Answers and Forums, have stood on street corners waving to people leaving for work. They’ve held voter registration drives, made themselves at Flashes Football Games, AYSO Soccer games, Raiders practices and attended and supported various fundraisers which also support the community. Most importantly they’ve listened to citizen concerns. They look forward to representing the citizens of Fillmore. The decisions they’ll be making will be difficult but I’m confident that they’ll put Fillmore first and in doing so they’ll help solve the problems we now are experiencing as a city. I ask you to elect Tucker, Neal and Minjares to the Fillmore City Council and help return common sense the dais.
Thank you,
Steve Conaway

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To the Editor:
Video Opinion [Press the play button below to view]

Fillmore City Council Mayor Gayle Washburn and Mayor Pro Tem Jamey Brooks Refuse Code of Ethics
Zack Cooper
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
To the residents of Fillmore;
I am writing this letter as an apology to my fellow residents. I made a mistake in voting for one of the two incumbents who are currently running for city council. I like many thought change was coming too fast with the North Fillmore Specific Plan and the waste water plant. So I voted to slow things down a bit. That was a mistake.
During the past four years I have seen this city council squander hundreds of thousands in legal fees (the vast majority from their own doing), lay off many of my friends and neighbors, cut services, and still manage to outspend the past councils. How does this make for running a smooth city? The laid off (and those who left due to a hostile work environment) workers took pride in their jobs and it showed. Today they have been replaced with contractors and new hires (from out of town) who have very little invested in our town.
When residents ask the current council and management what they are going to do to reverse this? The only response is to propose a self imposed tax hike, and closing restrooms in the parks. How does this in any way change what is happening and restore the city to its former glory?
I have made a mistake; I ask the residents for their forgiveness and promise to correct this error in November by voting for Manuel Minjares, Doug Tucker and Rick Neal.
Jose Ocegueda
Lifelong resident

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To the Editor:
Please accept this letter in support of Manuel Minjares. We have known Manuel or Coach Manny, as our children know him, for about six years now. Ever since we saw how Manny treats the kids with respect and in turn the kids and parents love this, we have requested that Manuel be the boys' basketball coach. Manny teaches the kids great basketball skills and goes out of his way to always be fair. The kids do the best they can. Win or lose, we are happy to be on his team. He is always there to work with the team and we are sure he will work with the City Council team as well.
We'll be voting for Manuel Minjares for City Council and hope you will too.
Sincerely,
Mario and Gracie Sanchez

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To the Editor:
Four years ago I edited an Internet blog and was very much supported Gayle Washburn and Jamey Brooks. While I terminated the blog after the 2008 election, I no longer, in good conscience, support my dear friend Gayle Washburn and her close confidant Jamey Brooks.
Claire Kennedy

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To the Editor:
Much has been said about the purpose of Communities Building Together and the various activities we supported in Fillmore. Let me declare and set the record straight, Communities Building Together is an IRS registered 501(c) 4 entity and is governed under IRS rules. CBT was established to raise awareness of and promote good government and pro- business policies in states and municipalities around the country. Primary targets will be communities that have established and promote anti-growth and anti-jobs policies and have track records of financial mismanagement. Communities Building Together will not be endorsing any candidates for office, rather we encourage citizens to become active within their own community and vote their conscience. We are accomplishing our mission though communication and engagement which brings the community together. CBT has sponsored a Community Clean-Up Day where volunteers removed graffiti from highly visible locations. We believe an engaged community is a healthy community. Communities Building Together will be hosting a Political Rally Saturday Nov 3 at City Hall Park beginning at 11:30 AM. We encourage all to come out and talk about the issues Fillmore faces, listen to the candidates and let’s build up Fillmore together.
Respectfully
Roger Campbell, retired Mayor of Fillmore

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To the Editor:
This past Wednesday evening, October 24th, the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce held a Council Candidate Forum where the candidates for City Council were invited to answer questions of interest and concern to Fillmore residents.
One question was regarding adopting a sewer Flow Rate Billing system. Flow Rate Billing has nothing to do with yard or house size. Only winter water consumption. Pay for what you use. Several reasons were given by the candidates as to why they didn't want a fairer and more honest billing system. They seem to like the flat rate. Force everyone to pay for 10 units of water and an unlimited amount of sewer. Even if you only use one of two units of water. If you have lots of money and don't care how other people spend it, maybe this system is OK with you. The current billing system certainly encourages massive waste of a limited natural resource, drinkable, potable water. If you are forced to pay for ten units of water, you just as well use it. The era has ended where the one who is the most wasteful wins.
Many cities across the state and around the country use Flow Rate Sewer Billing based on winter water use. During the winter very little water is used for landscape and garden irrigation. Most of all of the water goes to the sewage treatment plant.
If you went to the gas station to get a couple of gallons of gas for your lawn mower and were told that you must pay for ten gallons, would that be OK? City of Fillmore would think so. That is the way they charge for water-sewer. Fortunately the Department of Weights and Measures checks up on gas stations make sure you get what you pay for. Unfortunately for Fillmore's residents the city seems to have exempted itself from honest billing practices.
For a more honest billing system we need only to look as far as Ventura and how they bill for water and sewer. Visit www.venturawater.net With a few modifications a similar system should be adopted here in Fillmore.
Larry Jennings
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
I attended the Chamber of Commerce forum last Wednesday. I think Fillmore is fortunate that we have seven people who are thoughtful, knowledgeable, and willing to give their time to lead us in this difficult economy. I came away wishing I had more than three votes! I do hope that those who are elected receive our support as they help us move forward.
Susan M. Cuttriss
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
My name is Riston White and I am supporting Gayle Washburn for Fillmore City Council. In my opinion, her core values are a benefit to the Community. She has kept control of the budget in the worst of economic times. I have known Gayle for over 20 years and have found her to be smart, hard working and honest. She has, and will do the best job for Fillmore.
Riston White
Ventura/Colorado

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To the Editor:
I believe in the conscious rights and attributions Tony Strickland stands for. People like Senator Strickland care deeply for Ventura County’s current and future generations of children and young adults. It is a great honor to endorse a man who has true and humble values, but someone who is there for us and is already proceeding with change and courage. Not only has Senator Strickland been in office since he was a young man, but he has proved countless times what a true hero he is, to our communities, and to our kids.
We as the people need a natural born leader, Tony is exactly that. In a day and age where many citizens are without jobs, we must act fast to fix this matter and the only way to do that is electing someone who isn’t afraid of asking the tough questions. With my vote for Mr. Strickland I will not only be embracing a hard working and dedicated man, but I will have helped to make an improvement in my society.
Robert Ryan
Oxnard

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To the Editor:
How many politicians truly serve our interests? I have come to the conclusion that there is at least one: Tony Strickland. Running for the U.S. House of Representatives, Strickland not only passes this critical test, but does so with a record clearly superior to his competition.
Consider Tony’s stance towards the recently approved high speed rail system. He flatly rejected the bill, remarking that “not one job will be created in Ventura County [because of it]. He understood that local taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for the pet projects of non-local politicians.
Still not convinced? One look at Tony’s decisions regarding Federal Mortgage Settlement funds should be all you need. Many politicians (Brownley included) attempted to siphon the nearly $400 Million in funds (intended for struggling homeowners) towards pet programs they could tout during election season. Despite the temptation to join his cohorts and improve his reputation, Tony vigorously fought to ensure the funds were properly directed.
I truly believe that Senator Strickland puts constituents first, a refreshing character trait in today’s political climate. Frankly, his record speaks for itself, and while he may not be perfect, Tony is deserving of your vote. Join me in supporting him this November.
Spencer Whitworth
Thousand Oaks

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To the Editor:
As a college student in California's 26th Congressional district, various issues within this election may have a relative impact one way or another on who I vote for to represent us within the House of Representatives, but to be frank, I want to know who can help guarantee me a job come May. At the end of the day, the only candidate I trust with this responsibility is Tony Strickland.
As a current California State Senator, Strickland has done well to make known that he supports tax policy and regulatory measures that will encourage job growth, through both what he says, but also through his actions. By consistently supporting small business growth in California State Legislature, and the encouragement of local development, Strickland has done well, and better that others, to guarantee me a fighting chance during this tough time of economic downturn. Let's do whatever it takes to keep my dream, and the American dream alive by voting for Tony Strickland.
Molly Lowe
Thousand Oaks

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To the Editor:
Latino's are the nations largest ethnic minority. Ventura county alone holds a hispanic population of 40.9%, of which 26% are children under the age of 5. This is why I am appalled by those stating that Latinos are for Julia Brownley.
Julia Brownley voted to cut "Healthy Families", a program providing access to quality healthcare to working poor and their families.
Specifically, "Healthy Families" gives the benefits of health, dental, and vision coverage to children, many of which are a part of the growing Latino community. It is crucial that programs such as the Ventura County Health Care Plan, under "Healthy Families", stay funded in order to benefit and sustain health and well being in our community.
My vote is for Tony Strickland. Tony is a candidate who will stands strong in the fight to reinstate programs such as "Healthy Families"
and truly provide equal access for Latino's and others living in Ventura County, not like his opponent "Out of Townley Brownley".
Margo Olson
Ventura

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To the Editor:
It’s not hard to tell from the debates that neither Governor Romney nor President Obama have ended victoriously. In this election it may simply come down to which can carry an issue best in front of an audience.
Diplomacy in foreign affairs has a large impact to us all. The person who sits in the white house needs the ability to work through a concern smiling brightly in the face of confrontation without surfacing signs of emotion.
Our concern is we have nothing in place to work directly with smaller countries climbing the ladder to develop an operating centrifuge. A centrifuge is a device that can be used to enrich uranium products for the manufacturing of atomic energy.
Our president should be one who can work with our off shore folks productively to move this technology in the right direction. If they succeed we need that person to convince these countries to use this energy wisely and in a manner that adds value to themselves, our neighbors and our friends.
President Obama has done fairly well with confrontation. But, it appears what we see in these debates are various pieces of well written speeches that have been memorized and used nervously over and over when needed out of frustration.
Romney has a slight advantage in diplomacy as he seems more comfortable with answers when challenged. He has the edge to deliver alternate responses on the fly with less hostility.
Joseph Vesalga
Simi Valley

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To the Editor:
I used to be a Democrat. I even worked for Ted Kennedy in Washington, DC during the 1980 primary campaign against Jimmy Carter. Even though I was already in my early 30's I did not know the difference between a Democrat and a Republican. My turning point to becoming a Republican was when a young woman I was working with mentioned that she was upset that the government was not going to pay for her college education. I starting thinking (finally) that I was not brought up that way. I learned that nothing was going to be “given” to me, that I had to work for what I wanted.
During the late 60’s and early 70’s my two brothers and I worked at my parent’s restaurant, and did we work! But after four years of working after school every day (and not getting paid) I was gifted with a brand new Toyota Corolla.
I put myself through community college, then university (and paid back my student loan) but I never insisted that someone give me the education.
We need leaders who will spark the entrepreneurial spirit that is in each of us to help bring this country back. We need Tony Strickland. Join me as I vote for him on November 6.
When we are free to pursue our dreams, then each of us can “give to others” who are unable to care for themselves.
Maggie Murtha
Camarillo

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To the Editor:
TONY STRICKLAND ON WOMEN'S ISSUES
Catherine Jayne
PhD, London School of Economics
There have been some unfair accusations that Tony Strickland has waged a “war against women.” The facts point to the contrary. He authored Jacquelyn’s Bill for newborn screening, and he has fought hard for coverage of digital mammograms.
Strickland is working across the aisle to reinstate Healthy Families, healthcare for working poor and their families. He is committed to repealing Obamacare, which will skyrocket healthcare costs for middle class families and deplete Medicare for our seniors. He has signed the Social Security and Medicare Protection Pledge.
His ideas are what we need to spur job creation for working families. He believes in encouraging local private sector jobs with tax policies and regulatory measures that work with rather than against small businesses and encourage them to invest their profits locally. His idea of tax credits to benefit businesses in ailing economic sectors would spur manufacturing in America. He understands that encouraging all aspects of the energy sector from natural gas to green energy is vital to both job creation and national security.
What women need are security, a healthy economy, jobs and a bright future for America’s children. Tony Strickland has the experience and ideas to drive America and California forward.
Catherine Jayne
Westlake Village

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To the Editor:
As a man in a household of three women, I can not simply stand by the false claims made by Julia Brownley and her campaign against Senator Tony Strickland. Tony Strickland is a crucial representative of Ventura County, a loving husband, and a caring father, advocating progress and equal rights for all including women.
The false claims made about Strickland root straight from extremist partisan leaders such as Nancy Pelosi and her minion Julia Brownley. Brownley is no advocate herself, with ads and campaign literature coming straight off the back of Planned Parenthood. It doesn’t take an MBA to see that Planned Parenthood is a business, endorsing whoever will bring fattest check.
Strickland stands up for woman’s rights, including those of the unborn. Strickland also stands up to provide cost efficient health care to the woman and youth of Ventura County by supporting organizations such as Healthy Families. Strickland is a long time supporter and has assisted organizations such as the Coalition in Support of Family Harmony, previously the Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Tony has won my vote, as well as three female advocates all in agreement that we need Strickland for Congress.
Roland Ryf
Ventura

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To the Editor:
As a woman, I am tired of hearing about the “War on Woman” that Republicans are supposedly waging on me. Everyday I hear advertisements on behalf of Democrats telling me about the archaic views of politicians like Richard Mourdock and how I should vote for them because they truly are the defenders of woman.
I can't help but laugh at these false advertisements. If they truly are my “defenders” where were they when I lost my job? Where were they when I got evicted from my home of 12 years? Where were they when I needed help feeding my hungry children?
No where.
Instead of focusing on what I truly needed they were out demagoguing Republicans to make themselves look like the saviors of a woman’s right to “choose.” Newsflash , abortion is NOT the biggest threat to the female population, the lack of opportunity for woman in the job market IS.
In the upcoming elections my concern isn't on foreign policy, immigration, or our national debt. This November I am looking for the person who truly will defend me and aid me in these economic tumultuous times. And after looking at our Congressional candidates I know that that person is Tony Strickland.
His experience in the private sector shows me that he knows what it takes to get people working again. I am confident that under his guidance, our county will see an increase in jobs and a decrease in unemployment. We need his leadership skills both here at home and in our
As a woman and a mother, I support Tony Strickland and with your help I hope that you will join me in electing him to Congress.
Aracely Rodriguez
Ventura

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To the Editor:
Only on Extreme: Julia Brownley
You can not go a day without hearing the phrase “too extreme for Ventura County”. The truth is the only extremist running on this year’s ballot is Assemblywoman Julia Brownley.
Julia Brownley is the epitome of extreme. For one, Brownley left her nearly $1 million condominium in upscale Santa Monica, solely to run here in our beloved Ventura County. During her time as Assemblywoman representing the 41st district, which included areas like Westlake, Port Hueneme, and Oxnard, Brownley chose not to open a single district office in Ventura County. Though her new rental apartment in Oak Park may be nice, it only leaves one to question where her real time is being spent.
As a district with a close divide amongst democrats and republicans, I believe bipartisanship is key. Tony Strickland, voted the second most “Independent Thinker” in the Legislature by Capitol Weekly, will win my vote this November. Strickland has experience representing ALL of Ventura County, and cherishes it enough to live in and raise a family in. Tony Strickland is the opposite of extreme, and the perfect fit for Congress.
Lisa Ryf
Ventura

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To the Editor:
Dog Man Tony
The U.S today employes thousands of canines for a wide range of jobs ranging from the military to helping the disabled. Dogs in the military or police force help sniff out drugs, bombs, guns and dangerous chemicals. They also especially used by they police for search and rescue missions. When the disabled need help, they can turn to dogs for the assistance they need. Dogs can guide the blind or deaf through crowds. They can alert others for help if the person with them has a serious problem. The things they do for us is more thankful, but as much as they help us they need our help too. Many dogs live neglected and abused lives in America. Sometimes living the cruel life of a fight dog. Out of all the reported cases of animal abuse, there are still many cases that that go unreported. We need someone to help save these poor animals and to put there torturous owners to justice. Senator Tony Strickland will be that person.
Tony Strickland, a dog owner himself, has done a lot with helping dogs who are in need. He's co-authored legislation that is in effect today that cracks down on illegal animal fights, increasing fines and possible jail times for people convicted of neglecting animals as well as preventing convicted animal abusers from obtaining animals for a set period of time. Tony has also been a big supporter for dog adoption from shelters. Nothing means more to me in the world than my dog Gabriel and I want to make sure other dogs can have the same life he does with me. This November I'm voting for Senator Tony Strickland for Congress because he knows just how important animals like dogs are to people.
Nicholas W. Duenas
Thousand Oaks

 
Letters to the Editor
October 25, 2012

To the Editor:
It’s been four years since I signed the Five Former Mayors Letter. Since that time most, if not all, of my concerns have been realized, unfortunately. The facts speak for themselves, the problems do not need to be repeated. If you have watched council meetings you understand that our local government isn’t working on several levels. Our town needs help, most of all Fillmore needs fresh views on the city council. I have personally met Manual Minjares, Doug Tucker and Rick Neal and have heard them speak on topics to get Fillmore working again. I recommend Manual Minjares, Douglas Tucker and Rick Neal for City Council, they have my full support.
Sincerely
Don Gunderson
Former Mayor City of Fillmore

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To the Editor:
While walking into the super market the other weekend and I was stopped by Gary Creagle who wanted to talk about the election and the people he’s supporting. I wasn’t interested but you know Gary Creagle he’ll say just about anything. Well he started talking about sewer rates and how past councils made bad decisions and how his people would fix the problem if they are reelected. I don’t need him to tell me the sewer rates are high. While I don’t like it I’ve come to terms with it. What set me off was his talking points about “his people” fixing the problem if they are reelected. His people “took Fillmore back” 4 years ago and haven’t done squat to fix much of anything that I can see. They’ve had 4 years to do something about it and they haven’t, but now they want to get reelected they’re talking about it. The only thing they’ve done is increase sewer rates and give people who have old bills a break.
Sincerey,
Zack Cooper
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
I have had the honor of working on regional committees with Mayor Washburn and have found her to be a lady of high integrity who is caring and very dedicated to the residents of Fillmore. The City and the region will benefit from her continued service and so I encourage voters to re-elect Gayle Washburn to the City Council.
Linda Parks
Ventura County Supervisor

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To the Editor:
Fillmore needs Washburn, Brooks and Pella
What would the state of Fillmore be if Neal, Tucker, and Minjares, are elected? Who will represent Fillmore at the county and state level?
Fillmore saw a lack of representation when Conaway was mayor. He was not present for a crucial vote on the number of housing units Fillmore would build. Due to his absence, the number exceeded what is feasible or what the citizens desired. He did not represent the interests of Fillmore.
Meetings at county commissions and districts vary from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. At the last council meeting the loss of public transportation was on the agenda. Fillmore residents depend of VISTA to get to and from work and school. Currently Pro Tem Brooks represents Fillmore at VCTC and its other subcommittees. Will Neal, Tucker or Minjares leave their jobs and represent you?
Neal owns two businesses in town. If he is mopping up a water leak, will he leave his paying job for no pay? Tucker works in the San Fernando Valley. Will he leave his job to fulfill his elected duties? Manny Minjares works for Cabrillo Economic Development, he may have a conflict of interest.
Don’t take a chance your voice will be heard. We cannot afford to think our concerns stop at the city limits. If our electeds don’t make time to have a seat at the table what makes you think there will be a place when the issues are critical?
Vote Washburn, Brooks and Pella for City Council.
Susan Ann Lewis

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To the Editor:
Clay Westling, Fillmore City Clerk, goes down to City Hall, Monday through Friday, sometimes Saturday, to do City business. Clay spends approximately 80 hours each month representing you. How? he administers the elections, complies with Public Records Act requests, coordinates and administers citation reviews, and signs City checks, to name a few of his jobs. For all of these duties, and more, he makes $25 a month, or thirty-one cents an hour.
Monday through Friday Nancy Meyers goes outside of the city to work. Nancy will not be available to represent you. So who will do the work of the City Clerk if Nancy Meyers is elected? Someone will have to be hired…. maybe even part-time. Regardless, you, the taxpayer, will have to pay for that someone to do the work Clay is doing. Believe you me; it will cost more than the thirty-one cents an hour you are currently paying. Oh, and by the way, you’ll still have to pay Nancy the $25 a month.
Join me and vote for Clay Westling for Fillmore City Clerk.
Elizabeth Hildebrand
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Women care about America. We know there are many issues that impact us. As a young woman, I am concerned that politicians have singled my gender out as one who only cares about reproductive rights. That somehow, my mind has only been able to comprehend and care about one issue and that one issue defines me as a person. Groups of individuals would even like me to believe that if a politician hasn't spent all of their time and effort on reproductive rights and accompanying federal funding, that the politician is "against" women.
This couldn't be further from the truth.
As a woman, I believe strongly in helping small businesses create jobs. In fact, in the US, women are starting up businesses at a rate of 2 to 1 over their male counterparts. This is a woman's issue. I care about all of our children's education in this great state. This directly benefits women - it directly benefits everyone. I have always cared about the protection of our seniors by strengthening Social Security and Medicare. Women represent 57 percent of all Social Security beneficiaries age 62 and older and approximately 68 percent of beneficiaries age 85 and older. When politicians fight for reform and sustainability, they are fighting for women.
In regards to reproductive rights, I have always had access to birth control and I do not utilize Planned Parenthood. I have always had a choice, as do all women in America, and I am pro-life. I want a congressional representative who will fight to strengthen our economy and enable Ventura County's small business women and men to create jobs. We need a representative who will ensure our children's education is top notch and prepares them for the jobs of the future.
We need a representative who will strengthen Social Security and Medicare. Tony Strickland is running for the U.S. Congress to represent Venture County and has listed these as his top priorities.
This insight shows me that he worries about issues that impact women and he fights for women.
Heidi Neal
Oxnard

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To the Editor:
Letter to the Editor - Why should I vote for...?
Why should I vote for Tony Strickland? As a mother of three, with 3rd generation family in our community, I felt compelled to write this letter to share why Tony Strickland has my vote.
Tony is more than just a name on a flyer. His character, ethics, and conduct are what we need representing our community. He has lived in Ventura County for over 40 years and understands our needs. He’s a family man with great values and has the love and support of his wife and family. He appreciates mothers and the tremendous responsibility we share in raising our children. He cares deeply about our county, its future, and promotes unity in our government.
He passionately strives to make our community, schools, and neighborhoods better and will put in the time and effort needed to make that happen. He has successfully served California for many years. I can’t imagine
choosing a representative for Ventura County who has never lived here. Why?
How could they possibly understand our needs? They can’t! Think long and hard about what’s important. I value integrity, strong values, experience, and consistent leadership. I’m voting for my neighbor, Tony Strickland, I hope you do too!
Deborah Cassar
Moorpark

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To the Editor:
Youth, Jobs, and Taxes
Job hunting in America today has become increasingly difficult today for young people. I would know this because I'm one of those young people. I have applied to place after place and have barely had some much as an interview for only a couple of them. I couldn't even get a job at the Taco Bell that my older brother worked at for 6 months. I'm tried of getting turned down and I want to do something about. Which is why this November I plan on voting for Tony Strickland for Congress.
Tony Strickland has constantly fought against raising taxes. From what I learned in my US Government class this is good news for me. With taxes being lowered, businesses will have more money to pay employees and thus being able to hire more people. With this in mind, I plan on voting for Tony Strickland so I have a better chance a getting a job I need.
Nicholas W. Dueñas
Thousand Oaks

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To the Editor:
Tony Strickland is FOR Women
As a woman, I am appalled at the accusation that voting for Tony Strickland would be a vote against women. OPEN YOUR EYES WOMEN. Politicians who gain your vote simply because you are told the opposing party does not support women, only further weakens our image in society. If you DO YOUR RESEARCH you will see that Tony Strickland, a modern Republican can represent your needs better than an unfamiliar Julia Brownley. If Nancy Pelosi can place Brownley here for her personal gains in Congress then doesn't that exemplify female corruption in government? Yes women can be corrupt too. Do not be blinded by "War on Women"; It is a fictional war designed to scare you into voting a certain way.
Show the country, and our county, that you are smarter than that. Show that as a woman you can make a choice, BASED ON YOUR BELIEFS, not on silly political lies that are being used against you by those who see you as a gullible population. Tony supports women, if you do not believe me then please refer to his work with the Healthy Families Program, Jaquelyn's Bill, and SB 966 protecting Domestic Violence victims. A vote for Tony is a vote for women.
Whitney Beatty
Camarillo

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To the Editor:
The middle class is struggling, and has been for far too long. Our community’s next representative has to be a fighter for the middle class. While Julia Brownley wants us to believe that’s her, her record just doesn’t cut it.
How can you vote for higher sales taxes, higher car taxes, higher income taxes, and still call yourself an advocate for the middle class? The burden of these taxes, particularly the sales tax and car tax, falls disproportionately on the middle class. Couldn’t middle class families use some relief in this economy? How many of us can afford to pay Brownley’s new taxes?
And at the same time she’s been raising taxes on us, she’s been cutting programs for us. Case in point? Healthy Families, a program to provide healthcare for working class families. Brownley voted to cut the program while her opponent, Tony Strickland, has been working across the aisle with Democrat Fran Pavley to reinstate it.
We’ve made tough decisions. We’ve cut back. Brownley hasn’t. She still voted to spend billions we don’t have on a railroad that doesn’t touch our county. And while she talks about forcing the rich to pay more, it’s the middle class she’s been squeezing for the dough.
Brownley talks a good game; no doubt about it. But when it comes time to vote, the middle class isn’t anything more to her than a credit card.
Andrew Murcia
Camarillo

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To the Editor:
As a student about to attend college the thought of further cuts to education frightens me. Why? Because I know that if more cuts are made to our public educational system, I will be slapped with the bill. It will come down to choosing whether I take out ridiculous loans that will take me decades to pay off or not attending college because I simply won’t be able to afford it.
There is no point in denying that cuts to our education won’t stifle our growth and the prosperity of our youth. Especially now when it is imperative for students to get a higher education to acquire a job is it vital that we do our best to secure this fragile system. If we don’t, middle and lower-income families alike will see the opportunities in front of them severely diminish.
Now more than ever we must come together and elect a Congressional candidate who will protect and improve our educational system, without further worsening our financial situation. We need someone who will balance the budget, invest in the education of the leaders of tomorrow, and find a way to bring back opportunities for the youth of today.
This November when you cast your ballot, do the right thing for the kids across America and join me in electing Tony Strickland to congress. He is the only person who can truly find a solution to the adversities that we are facing. Unlike his opponent, he lives in this county and knows exactly what it takes to improve our education. With two children of his own, I know he will make the decisions necessary to improve our county.
As a soon to be college student I trust Tony Strickland and believe that he will find the solutions to the problems we face.
Otto Tielemans
Ventura

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To the Editor:
ARE YOU CONFUSED ?
This is a time of year that every two years, and particularly every four years, I become agitated and distressed by the volume of advertisements and differing opinions attempting to distort the truth about what and who we need to approve by our votes. I have found that during this period what gives me the most peace and assurance that I am not being led by the deceptive lies bought and paid for by special interest organizations is through a certain acronym in a period when it seems there is an acronym for everything under the sun. This is a very well recognized name but very few realize that the name is an acronym as well. This word, this name is BIBLE.
Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.
When you view the propositions, the Party platforms, their purpose to get your much needed vote, and even the candidates, it becomes much easier to make a right decision. If you lay aside your party affiliation, set aside the directions given you by the unions and other special interest groups, ignore the voices of the media and well recognized personalities and vote the BIBLE you can be assured that the GOD who founded our nation will direct you in the right direction.
The reason America has lasted longer than any other nation is that the founding fathers voted the Bible in establishing the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. We were given the right to live under laws established by GOD for the benefit of everyone. Vote the Bible. What does the Bible say about same sex marriage and the taking away of the right to life of the unborn as promoted by Planned Parenthood? What does the Bible say about the freedom of choice? Can unions and parties make demands that you donate your funds to promote their ideals? Can government demand that the name of Jesus be removed from the prayers of our military establishments and from our police departments? Don’t be confused and give up you rights.
VOTE THE BIBLE
S. Mason

 
Letters to the Editor
October 19, 2012

[Below is a letter from Councilman Eduardo Gonzalez in response to the Gazette's October 18 front page article reporting his $95,000 delinquent water/sewer bill. The Gazette has inserted its fact checking and response into the letter in red text.]

Open letter to the citizens of Fillmore
October 17, 2012
On October 11, 2012, the Fillmore Gazette published a front page article about our family business having a water and sewer debt with the City of Fillmore. Even though the article has factual errors, such as the number of rooms [The Gazette reported Orange Blossom Villa has 66 units; correction, it can facilitate 66 persons], and the actual amount we owe to the city, which, incidentally, is way lower than what is published, the fact still stands that we have a debt [The Gazette reported the correct amount past due; see billing history posted Here. The exact amount, as of 09/27/12 was $95,019.47].

There are several reasons why we have accumulated this debt. While I am not going to go into detail about those reasons, I believe it is fair to say that the general economy in this country has been a factor, as well as the exorbitant water and sewer rates that the citizens of Fillmore are being forced to pay, thanks to Mr. Steve Conaway’s idea about building a $174 million sewer plant [The actual cost of the plant was $83 million (See Article from the Slo Coast Journal for outside verification). It was not Councilman Conaway’s “idea” to build a sewer plant; Federal and State mandates demanded it, with threat of daily fines. Why would Councilman Gonzalez claim $174 million and blame one man for a problem being experienced by many cities?]. Even though our business is residential for seniors, our rates are calculated as business rates, and our water and sewer bills, once the plant was built, were increased from approx. $4,500 per month to about $15,000 per month [The Gazette calculated eight billings for 118 B St. and 827 River St. The lowest billing was $7,456.03, the highest $14,011.78, the average billing was $9,913.96, not $15,000. Again, see billing history posted Here]. This is about a 200+ percent increase overnight.

Businesses have a legal opportunity to declare bankruptcy protection and reorganize their debt. Unfortunately, by doing so, the vendors and individuals’ owed money to would end up not getting payment for what is owed them, or only getting pennies on the dollar, giving the business an advantage in reorganizing debt. If we chose this route, we would be taking advantage of everyone we owe money to, which, in this case, would include the City of Fillmore. My wife and I made a conscious decision not to do that, but to face our debt and creditors, and establish payment plans in order to pay what we owe, even if it took longer than anticipated. Let me be clear, we have never asked for a reduction in what we owe, nor forgiveness of any principal, penalties and fees, not to any creditor and much less, to the City of Fillmore.

The article published about us also says that the City has not provided the complete information requested about this case. However, in May 2012, I personally requested that the City Manager and City Clerk fully provide all the information that was being requested, without any reservations. I have received confirmation that this was completed, and I also saw all the documents submitted to Mr. Farrell, showing a complete file per his request, which is another factual error published by the Gazette [On May 15, 2012 the Gazette requested water billings for Fillmore Convalescent Center – 118 B Street, and Orange Blossom Villa, 827 River Street. We received a billing history for Fillmore Convalescent Center, 118 B. Street in the amount of $70,129.71 owing as of 05/10/12. A second billing was attached for the same name and address for $341.43 owing as of 05/10/12. Further requests for Orange Blossom Villa water AND SEWER billing history were answered with an email from City Clerk Clay Westling on July 12, 2012 with, “Martin Ferrell [sic], The City of Fillmore has provided you with all of the records on this topic that exist. If you are aware of any inaccuracies or incompleteness regarding these records, please provide more specific information. In the meantime I am treating this topic as closed Clay Westling”. Since no document we received referenced Orange Blossom Villa or the 827 River Street address, the Gazette requested complete billings again. On October 5, 2012 we received the $95,000+ billing and a billing for Orange Blossom Villa in the amount of $688.22 as of 09/27/12, address 827-T River Street. Yet another formal request to Clerk Westling resulted in an email from Glenda Jay, city finance director. It read, “Mr. Martin Farrell, The water/sewer/source reduction billing for 118 B Street and 827T River Street include the following: the utility billing for the address 118 B Street includes water/sewer/source reduction fees for the Fillmore Convalescent Center and the Orange Blossom Facility. When maintenance staff turns off the meter for this service location the water is off at the Orange Blossom facility.” TRANSLATION: THE TWO BUSINESSES SHARE ONE METER, though only the Convalescent Center name and address show on the billing. The 827 T River Street is the irrigation meter for the Orange Blossom facility and does not include sewer charges, according to Jay’s email. The Gazette’s response after four months of repeated requests: “Having not been informed of this unique billing situation, therefore, on its face, the Account History report the clerk provided was, as I explained in detail, incomplete and incorrect, identifying only the “Fillmore Conv. Center” and omitting the Orange Blossom Villa. Had this unusual billing setup been explained earlier a great deal of unnecessary correspondence and frustration could have been avoided, although it would not have changed the conclusions. Responses to public records requests should be clear, complete, and precise, as the request itself is required to be. Mr. Gonzalez explained the situation to me in a telephone conversation yesterday. Thank you for confirming his explanation. Dtd 10/12/12.”]

Nevertheless, it is unfortunate that not just businesses are suffering in today’s economy. We all, the citizens of Fillmore, have to pay today for the mistakes of yesterday. It is true that the State of California forced us to build a new water and sewer plant; it is true that for every day that the city had a leak we were getting penalized [So now it wasn't Councilman Conaway’s decision to build a sewer plant(?) as you stated in the second paragraph of this letter?], but, it is also true that we didn’t have to build a plant of this size [the plant was built to accommodate a future population of 20,000]. We were sold a plant that we just couldn’t afford and are now paying for the consequences of this decision, through the frequent rate increases to families and businesses water and sewer bills, rate increases that were built in the original agreement in 2006-2007. Not able to afford it any longer, businesses are leaving town and we are losing jobs [?].

I am not proud of the fact that our family business owes money to the City. If that is enough reason for me not to serve this City as a councilmember, then let it be, but we refuse to be a “pawn” of the political tactics that intend to harm our reputation and our true interest in fully paying this debt, and we will do so [The Gazette believes that an appointed councilman who owes 20% of the city’s past due water/sewer debts is newsworthy. As former city manager Yvonne Quiring stated at the 03/27/12 council meeting, those that pay their utility bills must make up for those who do not pay their bills].

Sincerely,
Eduardo Gonzalez

 
Letters to the Editor
October 18, 2012

To the Editor:
The Mayor’s Council Candidate answer in the Gazette dated October 14, 2012 is not correct.
The Mayor stated that the City employee’s Letter of No Confidence regarding the City Manager was “given by Rogaer Campbell and that he interfered between the City Manager and employees.” The Letter of No Confidence was written by City Employees and not by Roger Campbell. And, Roger Campbell had no interference between the City Manager and City employees.
The Mayor made reference to the City employee’s poor morale being influenced by the Gazette editorials from the year 2008 to 2009. This is incorrect. The Letter of No Confidence was about poor morale caused by the City Manager’s ill-behavior toward employees during the timeframe of November 2009-September 2010. The Letter of No Confidence had nothing to do with the City Council’s behavior toward City employees or the Gazettes editorials.
Please listen to the letter here: http://www.fillmoregazette.com/front-page/city-manager-receives-vote-no-....
The Mayor made a reference that the allegations were unsubstantiated. That’s news to City employees. The employees were not interviewed in the investigation and were never told of the result of the investigation. Please understand that the employees were not making criminal or legal charges against the City Manager. Employees know bad morale is not illegal.
The City Manager and the employees (except two), who signed the letter, are gone and the Letter of No confidence is used as an example of poor morale. The Gazette’s question seemed to be more about how do you build morale.
I wish all the council candidates good luck.
A Former City Employee
(name withheld by request)

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To the Editor:
As the election for Fillmore City Council approaches we believe that exercising our right to vote is one of the most personal and important actions we can engage in as a citizen. Through the democratic process we have the ability to elect candidates who represent our views, who we believe will make decisions on behalf of the entire community and put the community first above all else. To that end we support Manuel Minjares, Rick Neal and Douglas Tucker for Fillmore City Council.
Respectfully,
Brett Chandler
Scott Lee

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To the Editor:
In response to Bert Castel de Oro’s letter to the editor on September 20th I wanted to echo my displeasure with the city council’s lack of leadership regarding the Magellan Survey. It is time for the leadership on the council (and yes I am talking about Brooks and Washburn) to wake-up and learn what it means to be a leader. Leaders don’t have to be popular all the time but they do have to know how to take criticism about their performance (or lack of performance). When we look at leaders throughout history - the good ones are far from perfect. But the one thing the great leaders through history have is the ability to suck it up when someone started brow beating them for their actions (or lack of actions). Having known Rick Neal as part of Search and Rescue, I can vouch for his leadership capabilities. He is well respected among the team for his work ethic and not asking any team member to do something that he would not do. I applaud Rick for running for City Council; the Town of Fillmore will be well served to have him working to make Fillmore a better place.
I am voting Rick Neal for City Council and you should too!
Sincerely,
Steve Cohen

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To the Editor:
To the Community of Fillmore
The challenges facing our town are hurdles not tombstones. We as a community can bridge a path to civic pride, create a diverse economy and improve services for all Fillmore residents. This is a vision that I embrace for the betterment of our community.
There are stark differences of direction that most candidates have expressed. For example, at the League of Women Voters Debate; Sandy Pella, Gayle Washburn and Jamey Brooks are the only candidates that want to reduce the sewer plant operating costs. Pella, Washburn, and Brooks, are committed to this. Remaining silent or by act of denial is not an option. It’s time for genuine leadership.
I’ve been asked by many individuals who I will be endorsing for the three available seats for City Council. My endorsements have been thoroughly researched by credentials that I feel a Council Member should have.
Trustworthiness- Does this individual examine issues based on facts instead of gossip and innuendo?
Integrity- Is this individual “free” of outside special interests? Will he/she vote on issues that will benefit the entire community - instead of a few?
Dedication - Can this individual not only attend Council meetings, are they available to participate in committee and commission meetings?
With that said, I strongly endorse Gayle Washburn,
Jamey Brooks, and Sandy Pella.
The decisions today have lasting consequences. Now is not the time to reverse our local government leadership. Please join me in supporting these fine individuals on
November 6, 2012.
Brian Sipes

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To the Editor:
Four years ago, Gayle Washburn and Jamey Brooks were elected by ‘We the People’. Their code, “Take Back City Hall” has been accomplished.
Gayle and Jamey, worked to make the budget transparent. Instead of looking through reams of paper, you can now quickly see how each department is doing - from income to expenses. It’s available online from draft to finish. Budget workshops are televised, something not done before 2008.
Gayle and Jamey committed themselves to the betterment of Fillmore. Through their contacts at the county level and beyond, they have formed relationships with individuals and entities working to help Fillmore with the financial woes every city is dealing with.
Litigation expenses have escalated, not due to Gayle and Jamey, but are a result of the 2003 sales tax agreements as well as the lawsuits brought by the owner of El Dorado who are forcing senior citizens from their homes.
If you believe council members are to be ethical, have integrity, and want a voice on the council, I urge you to vote for Gayle Washburn and Jamey Brooks for City Council.
Norma Amaro
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Please publish the sources of money for Communities Building Together. I'm amazed at how much money is being spent in this campaign. My amazement started when I received a phone call in Canada from Portland, OR, asking my opinion about Fillmore.. If some of the money comes from outside our community, I'd like to know that and would be very interested in knowing why they are interested in our town. Thank you.
Susan M. Cuttriss
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Three of the candidates running for city council have been receiving money - big chunks of it - from "Communities Building Together", Roger Campbell's newest consortium of builders and developers from outside the area. As anyone who follows politics knows, such contributions are not , in fact, contributions at all but are investments. Those making them expect to recoup their investments plus many thousands of additional dollars. These businesses couldn't care less about Fillmore; they are only concerned with the commercial potential of the city and the land that surrounds it. Ask yourself: Why are builders from LA County all of a sudden interested in the civic affairs of a city of 15,000 people? The answer couldn't be plainer!
Whatever problems Fillmore may have, they aren't going to be solved by candidates who have sold their integrity to outside developers. Taking PAC money disqualifies these men from any serious consideration as council candidates. If you see any of them, ask them what the developers expect in return for their "contributions". PACs in community politics! What a disgrace!
Ed Hopkins

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To the Editor:
Don’t be fooled by the wolf in sheep’s clothing
Campbell, a lobbyist and known consultant to developers of the business park and residential developments in Fillmore, formed a PAC of secret contributors who are advising Neal, Tucker and Minjares. The PAC pays for hit mailers, fancy banners, glossy flyers, and the like.
At the League of Women Voter’s debate Neal, Tucker and Minjares said they’d look to their advisors when determining the best course for Fillmore. They indicate they want to find ways to promote the business park but would not consider using public funds to do so. Tucker and Neal suggested the city had a study that would allow the business park to move forward but was held up by Washburn and Brooks.
I phoned Washburn asking about this study. One had recently been done which showed the city and council had done all they could do to provide support for the development of the park. It was now up to the developers.
Don’t let the local lobbyist sway you. Campbell formed a PAC in 2004 which supported Conaway, who in 2006 voted to give special consideration to the developers of the business park at your expense.
As for Washburn and Brooks, their advisors are you, the citizens of Fillmore. Their backers are again, you the citizens of Fillmore. They vowed in 2008 not to take special interest money and they made the same vow now.
Please vote for common sense, integrity, and ethics. Please vote for Washburn, Brooks, and Pella for Fillmore City Council. Fillmore cannot afford less.
Brett Weiberg

EDITORIAL RESPONSE
Communities Building Together is a registered 501c4 organization which means that they are allowed to engage in education and public awareness activities but cannot ask people to vote one way or another. Contributions to these organizations are confidential. The IRS regulates 501c4 organizations. The Gazette contacted Mr. Campbell to find out why the organization is set up this way and to get more information on funders. This was his response, “Our supporters are a variety of local businesses and individuals who are interested in the future of Fillmore. They have chosen to participate in this election through our community organization because they fear retribution by current members of the council. Our group allows them to participate in public education and yet remain safe from political retribution.”

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To the Editor:
Volunteer work is a critical component to the efforts that make America great. I have spent a lot of time volunteering in a domestic violence shelter and have a deep admiration for Tony Strickland's endless volunteer work in the Venture County Coalition safe houses.
As with many people's volunteer experiences, the up-close and personal work gave the Senator first-hand knowledge of the effects of domestic violence, allowing him to become a real advocate to end violence against women and children. During Tony Strickland's tenure in the state senate, he ensured funding for the Crisis Response Intervention Program, even during the complicated budget times we face today. His presence and participation at the California Partnership To End Domestic Violence allows for Coalition Advocates to directly appeal for his help as well as preserve funding for their program and others like it.
Senator Strickland is now running for the U.S. Congress. I can't think of a better person, than someone who works for Californians'
both in his elected office and in his personal time.
Heidi Neal
Oxnard

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To the Editor:
Immigration Alteration
On the touchy subject on immigration, Tony Strickland has firmly took a stance for the positive. Strickland will provide a fair route for illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens if prerequisites are fulfilled. This includes programs that will assist the immigrants in adjusting to the new society so that they will not have to return to their country of origin too seek citizenship in the U.S. Opponent Julia Brownley argues that full reform is needed in order to solve illegal immigration, when Strickland suggests that such measures are not needed. That measures such as “...establishing a guest worker program and expansion of legal immigration through the issuance of more HB1 visas for foreign workers in specialized occupations.” can be taken in account, and later, into action. This solution would require less work that rebuilding the whole infrastructure of the illegal immigration ordeal. This would be an ample reason to vote in Mr. Tony Strickland into Washington.
Danielle Moorea D. Bautista,
Moorpark

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To the Editor:
No “Jailhouse Rock” Party Under Tony Strickland
One of the main functions of government is to keep American citizens safe. Tony Strickland has made it a priority to keep Ventura County safe and criminal free.
In a growing community with many diverse types of people, it is essential that we maintain a sense of security that is suitable for families. Sex offenders are uprising within the Los Angeles area. This emphasizes the importance to pass to pass strict laws on crime and put criminals behind bars. Tony was proud to help pass the Chelsea’s Law (anyone convicted of a sexual offense, receives life in prison). This candidate is dedicated to prevent sexual abuse by those who harm our susceptible citizens.
Furthermore, Tony is an active supporter of the Coalition Family Harmony and strongly believes it necessary to have firmer laws against spouse abuse and domestic violence. He has set aside restrictions such as immigration statuses to insure that everyone is protected from hostile environments.
Tony will promote law and order and will fight to keep citizens safe. Please vote Strickland for Congress!
Ashton Hebert
Thousand Oaks

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To the Editor:
With a flurry of issues and very contrasted viewpoints, the decision of who to vote for in the Congressional race for California's 26th district may have left voters feeling conflicted. While it may be difficult to discern a clear cut winner, and the candidate deserving of your vote, for many of these issues, that of Animal Welfare goes without a doubt to Tony Strickland. While a stigma generally follows Republican candidates in that issues of this nature come second, it appears State Senator Strickland has never fallen into this category, with animal rights essentially coming second nature to him.
With a formal endorsement from the nation's leading political advocacy organization on animal welfare, The Humane Society Legislative Fund, Strickland is ahead of the pack with an infallible record in Sacramento. As co-chair of the Animal Protection Caucus, Senator Strickland has consistently pushed the cause, from cracking down on animal fighting, to prohibiting roadside sales of animals, to advocating for the adoption of homeless pets, amongst numerous other issues, all of which have been signed into law.
While many of the issues that we vote for do not necessarily affect us directly, it is undeniable that to a majority of voters that their pets have transformed their house into a home. We need a Congressman who understands what a tangible part animals play in our lives, and a Congressman who fights for the well being of these animals.
So if giving a voice to the voiceless, but very barkful, holds a part in how your decision will sway this November, there is no other choice than Strickland.
Sincerely,
Molly Lowe
Thousand Oaks

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To the Editor:
I am very concerned over the negative TV commercials against Prop 37. As a volunteer for Yes on Prop 37 I pray you will ask yourself, if there isn't anything to worry, why is the worlds largest pesticide company spending millions to scare and confuses people about Prop 37? Yes on Prop 37 stands for my Right To Know what's in the food I feed my family. Prop 37 is straight forward, just label GMO's and adding a few words on a label, will cost nothing. We the voters need to stand up for our freedom to choose what we eat. I personally don't want to eat GMO's and if a product is labeled GMO I would avoid it. Here's some food for thought, if GMO's are safe and there's nothing to be concerned about, why are the TV commercials slamming Prop 37, with outlandish scare tactics, instead of telling us they are safe and all the benefits of Genetically Engineered Foods. One
thing to keep in mind, a million dollar TV commercial can say anything they want, as long as they pay the big bucks. Vote Yes on Prop 37!!
Dee Cota
Santa Paula

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To the Editor:
When it comes to job creation and stimulus money, the accountability for funds spent is a mess. The thought of trickle-down government has not worked, and the stimuli these past years have not led to the promised turnaround in the economy.
Tony Strickland understands that the perspective that the government is “giving” or “awarding” subsidies is flawed. The money has to come from somewhere, usually via your taxes. You pay into the system to receive services from the government, and your elected officials advocate for money to come back through projects that benefit you, their constituents. The question is not if the government should offer services and collect taxes, but rather how much they should offer and collect.
Who is better at spending your money? You? Or the government? Tony Strickland believes in job creation by the people and the private sector over the government. He is intimately familiar with the issues here in Ventura because he grew up here, and therefore knows how to spend your tax money most efficiently. Government spending is not the solution to everything, but Tony will work to ensure that the money spent is spent wisely, creating local jobs and encouraging real economic growth.
Nick Russell
Oxnard

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To the Editor:
Julia Brownly a Santa Monica Assemblywomen, knows little about the needs of Ventura County citizens and prides herself on supporting Washington's far-left liberal agenda.having been recruited by Nancy Pelosi to run for Ventura County's open Congressional seat, it is no surprise that liberal LA County import, Julia Brownley, Stands firmly behind the Pelosi/Reid/Obama agenda in Washington.
Brownley stood along side with Nancy Pelosi when she rooled out her billon-dollar healthcare overhaul in congress, overlooking the fact that this overhaul cuts over $700 million from Medicare in order to pay for other frivolous regulations. Julia Brownley does not understand the needs of Ventura County because she is not from Ventura County and that is why I oppose her candidacy for U.S. Congress from our community.
Very Respectfully,
Steven Almcrantz
Port Hueneme

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To the Editor:
Ventura County has had many ups and downs in its day. Cutting programs that benefit the county are not the way to go, especially in this economic recession. Julia Brownley an assemblywoman from Santa Monica voted for the high speed rail project that only benefits The County of Los Angeles.
The final cost of the completed project from Los Angeles to San Francisco would be $68 billion. Where is the money going to come from you may ask? The money is specifically going to come from the wallets of thousands of residents living here in Ventura County. Including to the cost of the residents, Brownley also voted to cut programs for the “healthy families” program. This program specifically helps poor working families giving them healthcare. Cutting this program will put families in danger of not getting the medical treatment they need if the unforeseen happens. Julia Brownley clearly has a vested interest in Los Angeles—not Ventura County. Tony Strickland lives in Moorpark and he knows how Ventura County works. He knows the perfect anecdote to make Ventura County the ideal place to live in California.
Robbie Marron,
Oxnard

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To the Editor:
Women
As a woman, it is hard to hear Julia Brownley falsely accuse Tony Strickland for being a candidate in the war against women. I will be voting for Tony Strickland in November because of his support for women. For starters, he authored the Senate Bill 966 which would deny a convicted Domestic Violence partner from receiving spousal support from the victim. Having worked for the District Attorney's office, I know the majority of DV victims are women, and I have seen perpetrators try to collect from women supporting their families while they are in prison. Not only is Tony an advocate for justice, he is also a supporter of the Healthy Families Program. Legislation that affects a lot of women directly are those that affect the family. Shame on Julia Brownley for voting against Tony's Healthy Families program which provides health care for children of lower income families. He also authored Jacquelyn's Bill, which increased the number of newborn testing to prevent diseases that can be detrimental to development. Julia Brownley can point her finger all she wants, Tony Strickland simply does not disregard women and he will not as a member in Congress.
Whitney Beatty
Camarillo

 
Letters to the Editor
October 11, 2012

To the Editor:
In my opinion the most important issue facing the new City Council is the hiring of a new City Manager. One who can get along with staff and do the will of the Council with whom that person works for.
Ms. Quiring was not capable of accomplishing those goals, saw the "hand writing on the wall", and quit.
Hiring Ms. Quiring as Fillmore new City Manager three years ago, was a colossal mistake and Washburn & Brooks were part of making that blunder.
Why would the voters of Fillmore entrust these two with hiring a new City Manager? Not only did the existing two candidates agree to pay big bucks to hire Quiring away from a City that was firing her they paid even bigger bucks to employ her here. Three years into her contract, after firing all the Department Managers, she quits. Good thing I say!
Now Fillmore voters, do you really want to entrust this hugely flawed judgement to the same two who are up for re-election?
Maybe the previous City Councils had the City going down a dirt road. This Councils majority has Fillmore heading for a cliff. If Washburn and Brooks are re-elected the City, under their direction (along with Sipes who Quiring rented a house from {conflict of interest?}) as I see it, will have Fillmore going over the cilff. DISTASTROUS! It's time for a change. We've got some pretty good choices wanting to take their places. Most of them sound good. I say let's give them a chance. Can't do any worst and they probably will do better. Yep, it's time for a change!
Charles Richardson
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Have you had enough of you un-bias writings and photos? Your track record shows for the last 6 years its only hate, hate, hate that you write about when it come to the city politics. It’s been really bad when you spout facts and the have to research your own writing to spout them again. How bias is that I ask you? You have had to retract many statements in the past and admit you sources are wrong. Would you please quit championing your own agenda and write bias stories instead of your witch hunts, that’s what a paper is supposed to do? Your paper and writing are a disgrace to Fillmore and do nothing but insult the fine people who live and work here. Quit trying to please the old and try to help the new as the new will always be around and the old is just old. I challenge you to print this as you say you bias so prove it. Remember you can gain more with kindness; it’s really not that hard to do, try it you might find more people will believe you.
Tom Dawson
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
As a candidate for city council I want to express my thanks and appreciation for hosting the fireside meeting last night. Hopefully those that attended the gathering felt the time was as well spent as I did. It was refreshing to speak with and hear your concerns and suggestions about the park and the City. The many views expressed to me validated the reasons I’ve chose to run for Fillmore City Council. After last night I’m charged up and will keep working hard so we can get Fillmore working again. Thank you once again.
Respectfully,
Douglas Tucker
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Why to vote for Washburn, Brooks & Pella
Neal, Tucker and Minjares want Fillmore residents to think the council squandered millions of dollars. These are scare tactics; self-serving statements. They cannot point to any page of the budget and show where the waste exists. Solutions over politics!
There was $2 million in reserves in 2008 when Washburn and Brooks were elected. Four million was in the sewer fund to pay off the balance due on the sewer plant. Bills came due and the money wasn’t there. No one could find where it went.
In the 1980's Fillmore blighted most of the property in the city limits and formed a Redevelopment Agency. Fillmore used the RDA credit card to pay for City Hall, fire station, public works yard, theater, parks, swimming pool, and city employee wages. How much was on that card? $2.8 million!
In 2010 Governor Brown took the $2.8 million from the RDA and said we had three years to pay ourselves back. In 2011 Brown successfully shut down RDA’s but the money is still owed. And the amount is greater - we have to pay back the money used to build the City Hall, fire station, etc. Now that amount is over $120 million.
Neal, Tucker and Minjares want you to vote them in when they haven’t a clue as to what the problems are or how we got here. Don’t be fooled.
Please join me in voting for Washburn, Brooks and Pella. They have the knowledge of the issues and they will work for you, not any special interest.
Trinka Reynolds
Fillmore Resident

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To the Editor:
A Congressional Candidate That Stands His Ground
Ventura County needs a leader in Congress who will value the people's best interests. We need a leader who is not recruited by another politician and from a different city. We need Tony Strickland.
Democrat Julia Brownley of Santa Monica was recruited by Nancy Pelosi to progress her plan in Congress. The reason is because Brownley supports Pelosi's itinerary to cut Medicare by $700 billion dollars and spread liberal Los Angeles ideals to Washington. Tony is a Ventura County native and will protect and improve our Social Security and Medicare. Strickland has made a pledge to look after America's seniors by insuring they receive their full benefits.
In times of a faltering economy, helathcare is a concerning issue amongst Americans. Ventura County must have a suitable representative in D.C. that will be tough and focus on healthcare policies, instead of focusing on their own political priorities, leaving American families behind.
Tony Strickland is determined and will stand his ground on the interests of the people. Vote for him for Congress!
Ashton Hebert
Thousand Oaks

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To the Editor:
Health Care
Those who suffer the most under our current health care situation are children. It is not fair that our children are denied adequate health care if their parents cannot afford or choose not to pay for their own plan. Tony Strickland agrees with this dilemma and does not want children to go uncared for. Tony authored a bill to reinstate the Healthy Families Program which provides health care for the working poor’s children in Ventura County.
Julia Brownley had been one of the votes opposing this wonderful program.
Children are a part of the population who are not always represented to the extent they deserve, and Tony Strickland looks to change that. Tony also opposes the Pelosi Health Care Bill which seems to be more damaging than helpful to our current health care situation. Taking $700 billion from Medicare threatens those who depend greatly on it. Why make people already worried about their health any more concerned? Tony Strickland has my vote this election; he knows what the American people need and he wants to help improve our health care situation, not worsen it.
Whitney Beatty
Camarillo

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To the Editor:
In these times of economic peril, one would imagine that the correct thing to do would be to enact fiscally responsible measures. Well according to Congressional hopeful Julia Brownley, that doesn't seem to be the right path to take.
Truth be told, the Santa Monica native voted in favor of creating a High Speed Rail which cost Ventura County tax payers a whooping $24 billion. It gained her the votes of her Santa Monica constituents who had the opportunity to seek employment in this new project, while slapping the High Speed Rail bill on us (even though it created zero jobs in our county). One would imagine that a politican would highlight their previous decisions, but now that Julia Brownley is running for congress in our district she doesn't even acknowledge this on her website, mail propaganda, or even in her speeches. It's obvious that Brownley wishes to keep her slopp financial record a secret.
Believe me when I say that Julia Brownley is not what the people of Ventura County need. We need an independent thinker who will be able to pass measures that are financially reasonable. We need someone who will make the right, but tough decisions even if it gains them the disdain of their constituents. We need someone who will put the people first and party bosses in Capitol Hill second.
If we really want to recover, we need a leader who will control our national debt. And that leader is the independent and financially responsible, Tony Strickland. Join me in aiding our country by sending Strickland to congress and keeping Brownley's financial frivolousness where it belongs, Los Angeles.
Otto Tielemans
Ventura

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To the Editor:
I am appalled at Julia Brownley’s false attacks on Tony Strickland. These attacks cheapen the effort to protect women and children from violence when the fact is that Tony Strickland is one of Ventura County’s strongest advocates against domestic and sexual abuse. In fact, Tony Strickland has been a tireless volunteer at the Ventura County Coalition to End Family Violence.
Tony Strickland has made numerous visits to multiple Coalition safe houses. These visits have provided him with first-hand knowledge of the emotional and physical effects of domestic violence and given hope to the victims of the violence that Tony Strickland is working relentlessly to eliminate. With Strickland in office, the public could not possibly be more assured that the fight against domestic abuse is never neglected.
As a senator, Tony Strickland has ensured the funding for the Crisis Response Intervention Program. This is essential during these complicated budget times. Strickland’s presence at the California Partnership To End Domestic Violence allowed Coalition Advocates to directly appeal for his help to keep the essential funding necessary to keep this and other programs available.
When it comes to domestic abuse, Tony Strickland is the stronger candidate, putting the victims first and foremost.
Briar Goldwyn
Camarillo

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To the Editor:
An elected representative is meant to vocalize the opinions of their district in Congress. In the face of economic turmoil, it is up to our Congress to support initiatives that will pull the country out of its current state. Julia Brownley, running against Tony Strickland for a seat in Congress, is clearly out of touch with the present condition of this country. She voted to spend nearly $14 billion for the High Speed Rail initiative, a railway that would mainly benefit Los Angeles and San Francisco. Currently in state legislature representing Santa Monica, Malibu, the Pacific Palisades, and the West San Fernando Valley, Brownley is disconnected from the needs of Ventura County. The High Speed Rail initiative will not create jobs in Ventura County, nor is it slated to cross through the area.
Tony Strickland is from Ventura County and understands what the values of the county are. He voted against the High Speed Rail because in addition to having no benefits for Ventura County, the railway is superfluous. In a time when money is scarce and resources must be allocated efficiently, Strickland represents Ventura County well. That is why Strickland must have our support.
Angelina Nguyen
Camarillo

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To the Editor:
At the helm of the battle for the California 26th Congressional seat, is an issue that has become overwhelming present in the race, domestic violence. Without a doubt, both candidates Strickland and Brownley have made their cases as to how they would better represent the district on said issue. As an educated future constituent, however, it is important to wade through presented information and reach a conclusion, and decision to vote on which candidate regularly works to improve the outlook for this issue.
If one is a presented with a candidate who not only commits time to discussing how to improve these issues, but also takes active steps within the community to help make a change themselves, a candidate who regularly visits safe houses to meet with victims of abuse, a candidate who supports these programs at the state level and facilitates their funding, and thus survival, then it is their civic duty to vote for this candidate. If you are a constituent of the 26th California district, it is your civic duty to vote for Tony Strickland if furthering the cause to end domestic violence is important to you.
Molly Lowe
Thousand Oaks

 
Letters to the Editor
October 4, 2012

To the Editor:
As a Former Mayor of the City of Fillmore I feel strongly about the current state of Fillmore and its future.I have no desire to highlight the problems of the last four years. While some point their finger backwards and blame others for the trials and problems the city now faces, three individuals are looking forward with a willingness to solve problems and move Fillmore forward. We can make a positive statement this November by electing three new council members. The city needs common sense business minded individuals who will work for Fillmore. Manuel Minjares, Rick Neal and Douglas Tucker all have a long history of service to our community and will serve Fillmore well as council members.
Respectfully,
Evaristo Barajas
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
This letter is in response to Mayor Washburn’s comments at the League of Women Voter’s Candidate Forum about raising the Sales Tax and installing parking meters. Honestly, do we live in the same small and struggling town Mayor Washburn? On one hand the Mayor states that the city depends on Tourism and we need to promote our downtown. On the other hand she wants to ask those same few tourists to pay for parking and pay more for the goods they actually do purchase? Have you spoken with the local merchants? My guess is that they too are struggling and putting a parking burden on those few patrons would most assuredly drive them elsewhere. Where is the disconnect here?
You must realize that gas prices alone are increasingly difficult to fit in to the average family budget. People are still spending less and guarding what little discretionary income they have. Parking meters and higher tax rates will guarantee that people never come back or bring their friends for a few hours shopping or having a nice meal.
Fillmore does not need another four years of tax and spend politicians which is why I am voting Doug Tucker for City Council. Last Saturday, I was able to spend some time with Doug when he was working a voter registration drive at Shiells Park. It was refreshing to hear Doug speak of new ideas for increasing city revenue without creating more taxes. We simply cannot tax our way into a better Fillmore. We have to live within our means and make sure that money is not being wasted.
I am voting Doug Tucker for Fillmore City Council.
Sincerely,
Diane McCall
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
I am writing to offer my support to Doug Tucker for City Council. As a co-worker of Doug’s for a number of years, I feel qualified to write in support of his integrity. As you may know, Doug works as an Administrator of a nursing facility. Working in the healthcare industry, we are expected to uphold the highest of moral and ethical principles and to be honest and transparent with our patients and their families no matter the situation. Time and time again, I have seen Doug have to have some tough decisions with patients and their families. The choices are never easy but in each every situation, I have witnessed Doug be consistent in his approach and steadfast in being completely transparent. I have worked with many administrators throughout the years but would rank Doug at the top of my list.
Please support Doug Tucker for City Council.
Sincerely,
Maria Solis

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To the Editor:
Okay, so I now have the complete collectors edition for my front yard !! I still needed a Nancy Meyer sign, but happed to run across Doug Tucker and Rick Neal about 4:30 as they were beating the pavement and going door to door. Doug was kind enough to liberate/borrow a sign for me (Nancy you need a new sign in your yard).
I can't begin to express just how impressed I am with the determination, dedication, and effort that these candidates are putting in. It seems every time I am out and about in Fillmore I end up crossing paths with one or more of them out talking to people. They are not just giving a political spiel, but are actually asking what the citizens want and need, and willing to discuss any and all issues.
Yes, I am impressed!!
Ken Tallent
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Dear, Editor and Parents of Sespe School students:
It has to come to my attention as a parent of a Sespe School kindergartner that head lice has found on one or more students. Concerned, I checked my child and found lice. I have since gone through all the necessary steps to rid my child and household of the little creatures. However my frustrating journey has only begun. I have called the school to notify them that my child HAD lice and was wondering what the protocol was for my child to return to school. The School has told me as long as I have shampooed him that is all that is needed. After reading numerous articles and referring to the Center for disease control (CDC), and what their recommendations are, the schools so-called Protocol has me very concerned about a reinfestation. I then called Mr. Carroll the principal of Sespe School to voice my concern. After several hours he finally returned my phone call, frustratingly short conversation took place. I was told the district nurse sets the protocol. I asked if the school would be checking my child’s class for lice, the answer was a disturbing one; “No, we will not be checking any children in your child’s class, it takes too long”. I was told that not even a letter would go out because only ONE child with lice does not raise concern (however a letter did go out).
The CDC has said it only takes one infected person with lice to infect an entire school, office, workplace etc., Upon my son’s return my child’s teacher was notified by me that he was out because of lice. She was shocked and had no idea that one of her students was the one with lice. She has expressed her frustration with me and I agree with her frustration. The School did not EVEN notify my son’s teacher that one of her students had lice. As of today my son’s teacher has told me that she had sent several children to the office due to excessive head scratching and that not a single child she sent to the office was sent back to class.
Keep in mind if a child at Sespe School goes home with lice and has an older sibling in middle school or high school those sibling's can carry the lice to their schools, infesting other students as well.
The purpose of this letter is not to come off as a complaining parent but a concerned and frustrated one. I’m concerned with Sespe School, the district nurse and their silly policies on the manners of head lice. Dangerous they may not be, but a hassle they are. Please if you have a child at Sespe School please call their office 805-524-6161 with your concern over the head lice dilemma which WILL grow if it left ignored. If enough come forward maybe we can make a small change in their policies.
A concerned parent of a Sespe School student

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To the Editor:
This year I decided to get involved in the political process that will make a difference for most of us in this election year. As part of this, I decided to join Tony Strickland’s group at the Mexican Independence Day Parade in Oxnard. As many of us Latinos, I am a conservative and I feel that Tony’s values are aligned with mine and he can be a positive voice for us in congress.
I must say that the experience at the parade was excellent. This was a well organized and extremely positive event and it was an honor to actively participate in it for the first time. It was nice to see so many friends and friendly people celebrating such a great occasion for our community. I have lived in Oxnard for over 12 years and I have fallen in love with the place and the people. As many of us, I have decided to become active in helping our community have a larger say in our own destiny. I was impressed with Tony’s connection with the people and the positive response to his name and message. It was great to see Tony support this important event for our community.
I must also congratulate to the city for the great organization of the parade.
Enrique Ortega
Oxnard

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To the Editor:
Tony Strickland and the Middle East
For years the United States has faced many struggles with the Middle East.
The War on Terror has proven to be one of the most troubling occurrences of our recent history. The United States is in desperate need of politicians who have the abilities to maintain strong relations with our few allies in the Middle East. Throughout his time in the California Senate and State Assembly, Tony Strickland has supported our one true ally Israel.
America and Israel share a common threat, Iran. Iran's nuclear weaponry and it's support of terrorist organizations are serious issues that must be taken into great consideration. The threat of the United States security and the security of our allies will rise, if Iran becomes a powerful country with nuclear capability. It is extremely crucial that Americans are aware of this situation, and that we the people take a stand to support the Holy Land.
The Israeli military is known to be one of the best in the world; the United States should be in full support of it. America, a protector of freedom, must make strong efforts to maintain Israel's defense system. Having family members in the U.S. military, I fully understand the importance of our national defense system and the men and women who fight to protect our country. There is no reason why Israel should not be given the same military advantage. Tony supports intelligence and military cooperation, joint missile defense projects, and opposed any sales of military equipment that interferes with Isreal's ability to secure its citizen's safety. By defending Israel, the U.S. will promote democracy and create a stronger Middle East.
Tony will work hard in Congress to maintain stalwart relations with Israel and try to improve the Middle East. A peaceful Middle East will lead to more peaceful world. I believe in Tony Strickland. Please vote for him for Congress!
Ashton Hebert
Thousand Oaks

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To the Editor:
Support for Tony
There are several reasons why I am supporting Tony Strickland for Congress.
First, he has always been a strong supporter of the Naval Base in Ventura County which consists of 19,000 employees and puts millions into the economy. A healthy Ventura County Economy depends on the cornerstone of the Naval Base VC. Next, Strickland is steadfast on protecting Medicare and Social Security. Social security is on the pathway for a disaster in 2037.
We need someone, like Strickland, to protect and fix these two programs so they will be around in 28 years when I reach retirement. Strickland will confront the issue and work in a bipartisan way to resolve the system.
Lastly, Tony has lived in Ventura County for a majority of his life and truly understands the sentiments of the area and what our needs as a county are. I strongly support Tony Strickland for Congress and encourage all my fellow Ventura County Residents to get to know Tony and support him on Election Day!
Stephen Hoekendorf
Camarillo

 
Letters to the Editor
September 26, 2012

To the Editor:
Griffin Industries, Newhall Ranch, now “Communities Building Together”. Is there anything that Roger Campbell won’t stoop to in his efforts to steamroller Fillmore?
Instead of a slanted polling on how residents regard our current City Council, perhaps a poll should be conducted on how many residents have a positive opinion of Roger Campbell. I’ve lived here since 1974 and have yet to hear a single favorable comment about the man. Outside the Chamber of Concrete his activities seems to be held in very low regard.
Ed Hopkins
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Tony Strickland: Devoted Husband, Family Man
The recent healthcare bills both on the national stage and here in California have yet again brought women's issues to the forefront of public debate. In this time of heated conversation on these issues it's easy to get bogged down in the small things. But let's not forget the forest for all the trees: women's rights are important, especially for families.
Tony Strickland is the right candidate to make decisions on these issues. He co-authored legislation this summer to reinstate and fund Healthy Families, a California program that provides health, dental, and vision coverage to low-income children throughout the state; his opponent preferred funding a high speed rail initiative.
A loving father and devoted husband, Tony also believes in the strength and independence of women. He relies steadily on his wife Audra for support and guidance in his daily life and on key decisions for himself and his family. He takes these words of wisdom everywhere he goes, and will surely take them with him on his way to Washington.
This is yet another reason to join me, thousands of women, and families in our effort to elect Tony Strickland for Congress.
Cameron Petty
Simi Valley

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To the Editor:
Strickland for Women
Here’s a story you won’t hear from the partisans trying to convince us Tony Strickland is against women’s rights.
On January 13 of this year, Strickland’s bill to protect victims of sexual abuse was introduced in the California State Senate. The bill, SB 966, fixed a glaring loophole by providing that victims couldn’t be ordered to make payments to spouses who had abused them. It’s just common sense: no woman (or man, for that matter) should have to pay the expenses of her abuser.
It was just such a case that motivated Strickland to write the bill. Strickland explained he was “outraged” when he heard that a California woman, whose husband was convicted of sexually assaulting her, had been ordered to pay spousal support to her abusive husband. SB 966 would have prevented cases like hers from ever happening again.
Strickland’s fight to protect this woman, and others like her, tells a different story than the vicious attacks being pushed by some. Along with his efforts to ensure coverage of digital mammograms and protect the Healthy Families Program, it’s just another example of Strickland’s commitment to women’s issues.
Andrew Murcia
Simi Valley

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To the Editor:
While it is easy to characterize an individual’s values based on the party line that they draw, we must be careful not to associate every belief expressed by every Republican and Democrat to every individual within each respective party. In Patty Bellasalma’s attempt to make a case for the progression of women, she fails to legitimize said case by extending the radical comments by Missouri Rep. Todd Akin regarding cases of “legitimate rape” to all House GOP members, as well as CA-26 GOP candidate Tony Strickland. As Bellasalma points out, without a doubt, Akin’s comments were inexcusable, and it is undeniable that rape, in any form, should be considered a heinous crime. However, as a woman from State Senator Strickland’s district, I have taken it upon myself to invest in the candidate that would best serve me in that capacity.
While one Republican representative has failed to further the cause for women, the sentiments expressed by Akin could not find themselves more falsely attributed to congressional candidate Strickland. Beyond that, her sentiments regarding House GOP members as a whole, find themselves without firm standing, especially since the passage of H.R. 4970 in 2012, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, introduced by Florida GOP Rep. Sandy Adams. As Adams stated upon passage through the Republican dominated House, “Today’s vote by my House colleagues sends a strong message that the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) should leave politics at the door and focus on the victims who need our help.” With its passage, it is evident GOP members are furthering efforts for women, rather than holding them back. GOP members, and especially Strickland, are not to blame for lack of advancement, and should not be characterized as a whole by one member’s questionable comments regarding the issues at hand.
Thank you for your time,
Molly Lowe
Thousand Oaks

 
Letters to the Editor
September 20, 2012

To the Editor:
So the public was polled and the council’s image wasn’t pretty. If this council isn’t happy with the Magellan Survey, then maybe it should ask how true in character they’ve been to the promise that got them elected.
Running for city council can be about power, arrogance, or just wanting to serve. In recent date we’ve had a laughable stock unlike Scott Lee, Linda Brewster, Evaristo Barajas, Ernie Villegas, Don Gunderson, and Roger Campbell. Like many before them, their collective wisdom and guidance made Fillmore the envy of Small Town, USA because they weren't self-appointed heroes but honorable public servants.
Fast forward to the political wisdom of our mayor and council today. It hired the now defunct three-year city “manager of no confidence" who they also retained without a review or evaluation. In separate matters, the mayor was willing to expose the City to a highly expensive lawsuit because of her discontent over a business tower while other members of the council mortgaged the City’s future on a legal matter. According to their public statements, members didn’t like their feelings being hurt by the El Dorado voting block. Some members said they were bullied and disrespected so they voted to continue the lawsuit when it had the chance to settle. It’s too late to cry now; get used to the criticism or stay out of politics.
We also have members of this council who promised transparency, but we still don’t know why Ted Schneider was removed as city attorney. Regrettably, I voted for councilman Brooks who is representative of this council and won't answer questions made by the same public he serves, case in point former councilmember Laurie Hernandez. For the next two months I am your constituent and that of every other councilmember. If none of you want to give answers, then please do the right thing instead of furthering your pretense about character and give us an apology, because governing is an inviolate trust of the people and City you engaged to serve.
Bert Castel de Oro
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
We would like to thank Dick Diaz for the kind and moving article on Toby Gritz’s and our son, Scott’s Memorials. Ron and I were always proud that Scott’s Memorial tree stood next to Toby’s and we’re certain that Scott would have felt proud and honored also. We were sorry we were unable to attend Toby’s rededication service. Our sister, Phyllis DeMarco, represented us. Through her and Dick’s article, we learned it was a touching tribute to Toby by his family, including Military honors he so deserved. We all need to remember the ultimate sacrifices that Toby and other young men have made for us. We would also like to publically thank BSA Troop 406, Roberto Munoz and Harold “Butch” Foy for their work in completing this Memorial Bench. We’re not sure of the future of the trees planted in Toby and Scott’s memories, but we do want to acknowledge that Scott’s tree was presented by his Class of l979, donated by David Gurrola, father of Nancy, one of Scott’s classmates. We are proud that visitors to Fillmore High School will be able to honor Toby and Scott by stopping by the bench, and for their friends, to recall pleasant memories.
Sincerely,
Elaine & Ron Ipswitch

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To the Editor:
Naval Base Ventura County
Our armed forces have always had the difficult task of protecting our country’s boarders and our people. They have served us well we need to do everything we can to help them.
Today Naval Base Ventura County, located at Point Mugu, is being threatened to be closed down. If the base were to be closed 19,000 military jobs would be lost. Not only would this impact the lives of many military families but it would also affect the economy drastically. The base also provides a fine training location for our men and women in the navy. Closing this base would reduce the number of men and women serving our country over seas and on the seas. This base is not only crucial on a local/community level but also on a national level.
Senator Tony Strickland, raised in a military family, has been fighting and doing everything that he can to keep Naval Base Ventura County up and running. He understands just how important it is to keep this naval base form being closed. If he gets elected for Congress, he could accomplish so much more to help the base. With this in mind, Tony Strickland has my vote.
Nicholas William Dueñas
Thousand Oaks

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To the Editor:
The 5 Billion dollar High Speed Rail
The high speed rail that has been proposed is said to connect Los Angeles with San Francisco and improve the way we travel however, there is a costly side to it. The high speed rail will cost 2.7 billion dollars in state funding and 3.3 billion dollars in federal funding which both governments can’t afford. Also, if this high speed rail were to be built, the tickets to take would be roughly the same as the average plane ticket. In an economic time like this, our government needs to be using that kind of money for practical uses.
Senator Tony Strickland has been against this high speed rail every time it has been proposed. He recognizes that this kind of money could be used for more practical and constructive uses like making us more energy independent or creating more jobs for people who need them. During this years voting season, I plan on voting for him for Congress so that he may take his ideas on money use there.
Nicholas Dueñas
Thousand Oaks

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To the Editor:
Strickland's Commitment to National Security
Following the senseless violence in Egypt and Libya, today crowds stormed our embassies in Tunisia, Sudan, and Yemen. These dangerous times demand a renewed commitment by our government to its first duty: keeping us safe.
It's a commitment we have to demand from candidates for public office--a commitment Tony Strickland hasn't hesitated to make.
For some time now, Senator Strickland has been warning us of potential dangers in the Middle East, including the situation in Egypt. As we mourn this week's tragedies, we should remember which candidate for Congress had the foresight to see them coming.
The son of an army drill sergeant who served in Korea and Vietnam, Tony Strickland understands the importance of American leadership and a strong national defense. In Congress, he'll fight to stop $600 billion in defense cuts, keep Naval Base Ventura County open, and for energy independence so we aren't funding hostile groups.
Whatever our other priorities may be, keeping our families safe has to be first on the list. I know our national security is first on Tony Strickland's list, and that's one of the reasons I'm proud to support him for Congress.
Andrew Murcia
Simi Valley

 
Letters to the Editor
September 18, 2012

To the Editor:
[Editor's Note: Fillmore citizen Stan Mason wrote a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein regarding pending firearms ratifications with the United Nations. Below is Senator Feinstein’s respond and Mr. Mason’s response]

[Senator Feinstein's Response to Mr. Mason's original letter]
DIANNE FEINSTEIN SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE-CHAIRMAN
CALIFORNIA COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
COMMITTEE ON RULES AND ADMINISTRATION
United states senate WASHINGTON, DC 2051 0-0504
www.feinstein.senate.gov
July 23, 2012

Mr. Stan Mason
P0 Box 148
Fillmore, California 93016

Dear Mr. Mason:
Thank you for writing to express your concerns about possible ratification of an international treaty aimed at stemming the proliferation of small arms and light weapons worldwide. I appreciate hearing your views on this issue and welcome the opportunity to respond.

I understand you have serious concerns about this proposed treaty. The purpose of the ongoing negotiations is to draft a legally binding treaty on the export, import, and international transfer on conventional weapons. It will not address the personal ownership of guns or gun owners’ rights. The actual drafting of the treaty will take place in 2012.

Please know that I strongly support this process. According to Amnesty International, more than 500,000 people per year are killed with conventional arms, and almost 60% of documented human rights violations have involved the use of small arms and light weapons. Further, the Small Arms Survey estimates that there are more than 875 million firearms in the world today, roughly one firearm for every seven people worldwide. These numbers help to underscore the fact that a majority of the deaths in conflicts worldwide are small arms-related.

While we do not necessarily agree on this particular issue, please know that your views are important to me, and I will keep them in mind should the Senate discuss ratification of such a treaty.
Again, thank you for writing. I hope that you will continue to write on matters of importance to you. Should you have any further comments or questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.

Sincerely,
Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

For information about my position on issues of concern to California and the Nation or to subscribe to electronic e-mail updates, please visit
www.feinstein.senate.gov
DF:dm

[Mr. Mason's response]
17 August 2012
Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
Washington, D.C.
20510-0504
http://www.feinstein.senate.gov

Senator Feinstein,
I would find it a great pleasure to tell you I appreciated your response to my communication about my serious reservations regarding the pending firearms ratification with the United Nations. I might, if you were only able to convince me by standing with those who are challenging Eric Holder about his part in the proliferation of more dangerous weapons across the border to known criminals and drug traffickers. You would have to promise me you would prosecute all involved who had the slightest knowledge of or part in this travesty. We both know that will not happen.

Your foolish attempt to convince me that this treaty is necessary failed when you used the term conventional weapons. We both know conventional weapons are hand held non-automatic rifles, hand guns, and/or shotguns. This is a blatant attempt to give foreign nations control over the people of a sovereign nation. There is little doubt that you strongly support these actions. You also supported and stood shoulder to shoulder with other brain dead deceivers of the people’s trust when, you voted, by the admonition of Nancy Pelosi, to accept a bill and then find out what was in it.

Along with millions of other Americans, I find this type of foolishness a travesty and a serious dereliction of responsibility to the nation and the pledge you made to our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Stars and Stripes. For you to wear the name of Chairman for the Committee on Intelligence speaks volumes about how far America has fallen from having true patriots in our Congress, our Courts of Law and the Administration as a whole.

You speak at length about how many small arms are in the hands of the populace. Extremely few of the deaths you attribute to small arms were caused by the weapons without a person deliberately pulling the trigger. I am not an illiterate, an illegal resident or a brain washed member of a union that tells me how to vote and think. You are unable to offer me undeserved entitlements to bring me into agreement with your flawed reasoning. The LORD is my Shepherd and I shall not be in need. This includes WISDOM.

It is entirely evident that some in this world are bent on removing the ability of people to defend themselves against the tyranny of Socialism and the end of a free Republic. Many so called leaders around the world are too ignorant to see how this philosophy is failing in all the nations that have adopted this policy. It is also evident that the Department of Homeland Security is that in name only. They have not made our borders more secure. They failed to keep large quantities of ammo out of the possession of James Holmes which was reportedly shipped by public transportation. Whether this was overlooked, ignored or facilitated by Homeland Security to reinforce your position on abandoning the 2nd Amendment will probably never be unveiled. It has become apparent to a great many legal resident Americans that this police force is being built up to protect not our nation but put down any uprising by a nation that desires to maintain it’s sovereignty.

Most sincerely, in the name of our Lord Jesus

 
Letters to the Editor
September 13, 2012

Frontpage Survey Garners Candidate Responses

Courtesy Rick Neal
As a graduate of Fillmore High, a local business owner, volunteer firefighter and a proud father, I have different insights in how the city operates and provides its services. I know personally what the strengths and charm of this community can do for someone, and this someone has been disappointed for some time.
When I read the results of this survey, I have to say I am not surprised. The City of Fillmore is not being supportive of its own, like it used to. I’ve been feeling this way for quite a while, and I’m learning that I’m not alone. That’s why I decided to run for city council.
We need decision makers who know what it’s like to be a part of the community, to run a business in the city, to have children learning what makes a city great. Without confidence in our elected officials, as this survey tells, and excessive mismanagement, our kids will not be able to achieve any kind of local success here, as I have. They need the opportunity to be capable of giving back.
It’s apparent it’s time for a change.
Rick Neal
www.neal4council.com

Courtesy Douglas Tucker
“Sixty-two percent of Fillmore residents agree that the City Council has done a poor job managing the city budget, according to a new survey out today from Magellan Strategies. I didn’t need it in writing, as I hear this kind of sentiment every day from Fillmore folks while out campaigning. This talk emboldens me in my running for City Council. We deserve better.
I’m an administrator for nursing facilities in the area. I know intimately what it takes to provide services with limited resources, but there is no excuse for how our city leaders of late have turned against the best interest of their constituents, hiring outsiders while cutting city services.
Fillmore residents have become forlorn due to the missteps of the current City Council, and this poll shows it. My vision for Fillmore is one where hardworking families and individuals can enjoy and prosper in this special place, and then retire here with satisfaction – not dejection.”
Douglas Tucker,
Douglas Tucker For City Council 2012
www.tucker4council.com

Courtesy Manuel Minjares
I am the type of person that isn’t afraid to take action when faced with adversity or to speak up for those that otherwise would not. The results of the recent poll conducted by Magellan Strategies, show that the majority of Fillmore residents are unhappy with the current system. I am among them.
Instead of sitting idly by and letting the continual disappointments and cuts in civic services affect me and the community negatively, I made the decision to run for City Council. I agree with most of the survey respondents in that the current council members have failed them with regard to balancing a budget, protecting our treasured public areas, and being accountable voices for our diverse constituency.
As a candidate, I agree with the data presented in this survey. As a Fillmore City Council member, proud Fillmore resident, and educated and experienced urban planner, I would work to reverse the numbers and get the City of Fillmore back on track.”
www.minjares4council.com

 
Letters to the Editor
September 6, 2012

To the Editor:
Fillmore Embraces the Memory of Toby Gritz with Style!
Three brothers and more than 120 loving people participated in a poignant event on August 18, 2012 to honor the memory of 1st Lt. Toby R. Gritz, USMC, a 1962 graduate of Fillmore High. Many more sent their kind regards. 1st Lt. Gritz was killed in Vietnam on March 25, 1970. Following his tragic death admirers erected a plaque and planted a redwood tree in his memory on the grounds of Toby’s beloved Fillmore High School.
Over the years the redwood tree matured and the associated plaque and curbing were damaged. Enter Roberto Munoz, an Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 406, who took on the refurbishment of Toby’s memorial -- and an adjacent memorial for Scott Ipswitch -- as his Eagle Scout culminating project. Harold Foy, owner of Fillmore Building Supply, selfishly donated materials and hundreds of hours of technical assistance to the project. Bob Gritz MacKenzie, of Tumwater, Washington and Toby’s brother, served as family coordinator.
“The entire project was a two-year long effort,” said MacKenzie. “Robbie, the Munoz family and Harold Foy persevered through obstacles and set- backs to make this wonderful project a reality.”
Fillmore showed its legendary character on August 18th at an event commemorating the project and rekindling the memory of a beloved Marine and graduate of Fillmore High School. A family-provided, state-of-the-art plaque was unveiled, installed on a cement bench near the redwood tree. The City of Fillmore proclaimed August 18th as “1st Lt. Toby Gritz, USMAC Day.” Mayor pro tem Jamie Brooks read the proclamation and provided uplifting comments during the event.
Family members participating in the event included Toby’s brother Colonel Tom Gritz MacKenzie, USAR (Ret); Toby’s brother Rocky and wife MaryBeth and daughter Kimmie ; Major Bob Gritz MacKenzie , USA (ret), and his wife Anita Ideker; sister-in-law Gloria Gritz, and another generation…Paige and Toby Gritz, Two other brothers, twins John and Paul, were unable to attend the event.
The event included a Marine Corps Color Guard and honors to the nation, Marine Corps and Scouts, songs, personal remembrances and more. Refreshments were served immediately after at the Movie Train Café.
“Only in Fillmore could so much support and love endure and be rekindled more than 50 years after Toby graduated,” said Tom Gritz-MacKenzie. “We are humbled by the outpouring and want to express our profound appreciation for keeping Toby’s memory alive. God Bless you all.”
Bob MacKenzie

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To the Editor:
Re: No, Christine. There is no Santa Claus
My family moved to Santa Paula in 1967 when my father acquired a position with Limoneira Company. My parents, Dan and Joan were both very active in the Santa Paula schools, community and political arena.
I purchased my home from my parents in 1987 and raised my three children there as my parents had raised their four.
In 2005, I lost my job due to several health issues including a fractured ankle that resulted in contracting RSD/CRPS, an insidious nerve disorder. I was also legally blind for several years until I had lens replacement surgery.
The past several years have been very emotionally and financially difficult, culminating in an inability to make my mortgage payment after having exhausted my retirement and savings accounts.
In November 2011, I was able to reach a modification agreement with my mortgage company. The first payment under the terms of the modification was due on December 01, 2011. I made the payment, the bank accepted the payment. They sold my house the same day.
Selling as many of my possessions as possible, I was able to raise enough money to purchase a beat up 1983 motor home to avoid being completely homeless.
A wonderfully compassionate gentleman in North of Santa Maria provided me a secure place with hook ups in his yard for several months. Unfortunately, personal issues on his part necessitated me returning to Santa Paula.
I visited a friend in Ventura for a couple of days, staying in the guest room. I received a ticket, although there was no signage in place, for parking an oversized vehicle on the street.
I came to Santa Paula and parked on a side street for the night where upon two officers from Santa Paula Police Department informed me I couldn’t do that and there were no streets in Santa Paula where I could park. The officer I spoke with was very courteous and professional and suggested I use the truck stop in East Area 1 saying “No one will bother you there”.
I was grateful for this information and proceeded to spend the night at the truck stop.
Upon awaking the next morning, I discovered a warning ticket from Limoneira Security stating if I parked there again, my vehicle would be towed.
A couple of years ago, Ventura had a pilot program allowing homeless people to sleep in church parking lots. Santa Barbara opens parking lots for homeless women to sleep in their cars or RV’s and then locks the gate to provide security and a feeling of safety.
I understand no one wants to see the homeless people. No one wants to have an area turn into a shanty town. But the homeless person could very well be your neighbor, uncle, sister, yourself, or like me, a Mom of three and a Grandma of two with zero income and nowhere to turn. I have nowhere to go. That’s a very vulnerable and despondent fact.
Please, tell me, what am I supposed to do?
Thank you for your time,
Christine Murray Pulido

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To the Editor:
Los Angeles-San Francisco connections that do absolutely nothing for Ventura County seem to be the norm this election cycle.
And that’s not including the costly high-speed rail system that will snake its way around the 26th district.
Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, convenient new resident of Oak Park, is another conduit to San Francisco and Los Angeles that the constituents of Ventura County just don’t need this November.
The handpicked candidate of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Julia Brownley is seeking to advance a leftwing, Washington-backed agenda that just doesn’t mesh with Ventura County’s moderate character.
Brownley voted to cut “Healthy Families,” an affordable healthcare program for the working poor and their children, to help fund the rail system that will sap $800 million annually from California’s coffers over the next 30 years.
Not only is this rail line a boondoggle our state just can’t afford, it’s also being bankrolled by denying 800,000 children, many of them right here in Ventura County, access to healthcare.
Tony Strickland, longtime Ventura County resident and public servant, co-authored SB 301 which seeks to reinstate the “Healthy Families Program.”
Ventura County needs a candidate with strong ties to our community who understands what voters actually need. Not a Pelosi-backed liberal who cuts insurance programs for children.
Kyle Lykins
Simi Valley

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To the Editor:
Mr. Martin Farrell,
It has come to my attention that you published comments in the Gazette on June 20, 2012, that are false, intentionally malicious and defamatory. The specific comments were …
1. "Mayor Bans City Attorney from Council"
2. "Last Monday Washburn called the city attorney’s office, informing a member of that firm that Fillmore’s City Attorney, Ted Schneider, was no longer to attend any city meetings..”
3. "It is alleged that her justification for banning Schneider was based on accusations that he has had a relationship with a former city employee."
4. “We are, as a city, bankrupt due to the policies and practices of a mostly inexperienced, emotionally unstable, and stubbornly incompetent council majority. Their motto may as well be: Cling to mistakes, never admit fault, and slander all knowledgeable opposition.”
5. "Nearly all professional, experienced, knowledgeable employees have been fired…"
6. "In what is one of the most bizarre tactics I’ve witnessed from a council member in the past 25 years, appointed Mayor Gayle Washburn has colluded with our City Manager Yvonne Quiring, to oust Mr. Schneider. She did this by calling his law firm and demanding that Schneider not return to city hall."
7. "Washburn has denied that this happened. Washburn, had she been under oath, would have perjured herself. "
8. "The council majority continues to ignore sound legal advice, guided instead by emotion and a peculiar personal vendeta (sic) against Schneider."
And again, on July 18th, 2012…
9. "In mid-June Mayor Gayle Washburn called Schneider’s law firm and told a senior partner Schneider was not allowed to attend council meetings anymore."
These are many incorrect statements you are publishing as facts. They are blatantly false and defamatory and deliberately malicious.
You were physically present and heard statements made by me, and acknowledged in your articles, that I said this did not occur. You have chosen to disregard those statements and deliberately publish information totally contrary to what actually occurred.
You have published this information with a reckless disregard for the truth. The statements have been published in the Gazette with deliberate malice and intent causing irreparable harm to my character and professional standing.
Demand is hereby made that you immediately publish a correction of these false, defamatory and malicious statements in order to mitigate the damage you have done. The correction must be published in the same degree and repetition as the original statements and subject to my prior approval of its content. I am also requesting a retraction and apology for the damage you have done.
The correction must be published by September 7, 2012.
Failure to respond by that date will be deemed a refusal to make any effort to mitigate the damage you have caused.
Sincerely,
Gayle Washburn

 
Letters to the Editor
August 30, 2012

To the Editor:
Last evening I had the opportunity to go with friends to the new movie; 2016 over in Thousand Oaks, CA. I don't go often and was amazed to find the largest theater filled to capacity. I didn't think many people go to theaters any more because of TV and DVDs. It was even more unbelievable when at the end of the documentary, there was a thunderous standing ovation, for no one other the audience and the attendants. This was totally unexpected.
I won't explain the content. It would be far better for everyone of you to make an effort to see the movie for yourselves.
AFTER YOU HAVE SEEN IT I BELIEVE YOU WILL RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE YOU HAVE CONTACT WITH, AS I HAVE.
Stan Mason
Fillmore

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To the Editor:
Hello, I am Alex Mollkoy and I am running for Fillmore City Council. As most of you know I ran two years ago as a write-in Candidate. I also applied and was considered for appointment to the vacated seat of Patty Walker earlier this year. I firmly believe that this city needs a good shot in the arm. We have been on a collision course with many decisions of poor judgment. I feel it is now time to restore common sense to City Hall. I am asking for Your Voice and Your Vote. I promise to represent this city with honor and dignity. I believe that I am the one truly independent candidate in this election. If you are looking for City Council representation that is not influenced by political groups, than I am your Guy. Please vote for me on Tuesday November 6, 2012.
Thank you,
Alex Mollkoy
Candidate for Fillmore City Council

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To the Editor:
Ventura County is in need of great leadership. We need someone with a strong personality who is not afraid to work with both sides to get things done, and I believe that person is Tony Strickland. With an economy that is worsening every day, we need Tony’s help to protect our local Naval Base that employs 19,000 people. Ventura County cannot afford to put those people out of work. Families will suffer, as will our local economy, and having grown up here in Ventura County, Tony Strickland is the right man to represent us. He understands the importance of keeping the Naval Base open, and he will do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Please join me in voting for Tony Strickland on November 6th. He is the heart and soul of Ventura County, and we need his bold leadership fighting for us in Washington.
Sarah Varela
Simi Valley

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To the Editor:
Mr. Martin Farrell,
It has come to my attention that you published comments in the Gazette on August 1, 2012, that are false, intentionally malicious and defamatory. The specific comments were …
"Gayle, as is her habit, fought furiously to prevent the tower construction. Her objections were based upon her fears of harmful electronic emissions, unsightly appearance, and the location at Super Seal and Stripe next to the railroad. Washburn heard that the Planning Commission was prepared to approve the tower and immediately moved to appeal the decision.
The council majority denied any such attempt but at the August 23 [2011] council meeting, Washburn (appointed mayor) was finally forced to admit that her denial was false.”
"As so often before, they were soon to learn that it was unlawful to stop this cell tower construction; only the appearance of five Verizon attorneys at the council meeting finally put a stop to their reckless intentions."
“In the year 2012 appointed Mayor Gayle Washburn reluctantly overcame her fear of imagined radiation leaks from this site”.
Fillmore has a new Verizon cell phone tower! Despite Mayor Washburn’s energetic efforts to kill the project, a last minute phalanx of lawyers claiming such obstruction violated federal law persuaded the council majority to change its mind.
These are several incorrect statements you are publishing as facts. They are blatantly false and defamatory and deliberately mischaracterize the issue.
You were physically present and heard statements made by me, other Council members and the City Attorney, on public record, that clarified the actual intentions and events of the situation. You have chosen to disregard those statements and deliberately publish information totally contrary to what actually occurred. By publishing these statements you failed to take on the responsibility, as newspaper of record, to seek clarification or information from reliable sources, i.e., me the City Clerk, City Attorney or City Manager. Therefore, you did not conduct due diligence in publishing these comments.
Specifically, there were never any comments made about the cell tower itself, other than a request for public review of the project. Additionally, a letter was sent to the Gazette on August 1st detailing the circumstances of the proposed appeal. Never was any support or opposition of the cell tower discussed by me or any other council member.
You have published this information with a reckless disregard for the truth. The statements have been published in the Gazette with deliberate malice and intent to cause irreparable harm to my character and professional standing.
Demand is hereby made that you immediately publish a correction of these false, defamatory and malicious statements in order to mitigate the damage you have done. The correction must be published in the same degree and repetition as the original statements and subject to my prior approval of its content. I am also requesting a retraction and apology for the damage you have done.
The correction must be published by August 31, 2012.
Failure to respond by that date will be deemed a refusal to make any effort to mitigate the damage you have caused.
Sincerely,
Gayle Washburn