The right to know
Mr. Cohn’s article is spot on and I commend him and the VCReporter for exercising responsible journalism in publishing the actual facts on Prop. 37.
I truly understand it is difficult for us voters to follow and research each and every initiative that comes up on the ballot. Certainly, our views on certain initiatives can be swayed by mainstream media and negative ads. I am lucky, in this case, to be well-versed on the subject of GMOs and Prop. 37.
I was just at the Ventura pier and overheard a woman talking about the initiative with reference to the fact that her dog’s food would require a label but her steak would not. To clear up this misconception: If your dog’s food contains corn or soy, those ingredients are GMOs and since dog food is classified as a food it must be included in the initiative, unlike your steak (the cow), which is not, as yet, genetically engineered. In the future, if it becomes genetically engineered, it would require a label.
Monsanto already has salmon that is ready to be released to consumers, and it has been genetically engineered with the DNA of an eel to increase its growth potential. What are the human effects to us when taking two completely different species of animals and forcing the DNA from one into the other for the sole purpose of increased revenue? If Prop. 37 fails, Mosanto will be able to release this product on the market without any human safety testing and we the public will unknowingly be eating it.
This labeling initiative is simple — label foods that contain GMOs. The opponents are using every weapon in their arsenal to confuse and mislead you. I urge each and every one of you who is uncertain how to vote on this important initiative to visit www.carighttoknow.org and www.responsibletechnology.org. Read the initiative, get the facts and vote responsibly. The initiative makes sense. Vote Yes on Prop. 37.
Time for a change in Oxnard
When mayoral candidate Irene Pinkard was elected to the Oxnard City Council, I, like many citizens, hoped that she could establish her own identity, separate from that of her husband, Bedford. Mr. Pinkard’s time on the City Council was marked by a consistent vote with the majority and approval of every development project regardless of the facts.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Pinkard’s voting record has been essentially the same. Like her husband, she always sides with power, even voting for the now discredited Southshore Project.
Judge Glen Reiser’s decision in this case goes beyond a close call on the technicalities. It focuses on substantial representations that were untrue but never cleared up by the Council. The inference is that members of the 3-to-2 majority were either incapable of understanding the facts or dishonest.
The judge was troubled that the city continued to act as if a school would be built years after it was informed by the school district that this would not happen. He also noted that the city acted as if Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu was three miles away when in truth it was a mere “stone’s throw” away from the southern project. He also opined that the documents failed to honor the Navy’s request to have impacts on each military mission evaluated.
Bottom line, Mrs. Pinkard showed herself in the Southshore hearings to be incapable of dealing with the facts of the case or understanding the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. Yes, the same can be said of her two supporting colleagues, Councilman Bryan MacDonald and Mayor Tom Holden.
So the majority, aside from disrespecting its own citizens’ wishes to protect Ormond Beach, endangered the county’s largest and best employer.
I watch the Council hearings. I consistently see citizens like Bert Perello show a greater command of the facts than some council members.
I’ve also seen Pinkard and MacDonald consistently defend staff and their Council colleagues through the recent scandals. Neither has said or done anything to counter the culture of graft that plagues the city. Like the Wall Street scandal, no one has been prosecuted. No one has gone to jail.
Pinkard and MacDonald must be replaced. Perello and Orlando Dozier should be elected to the Council.
It’s time for Oxnard to clean house .
More problems with Romney
There are many important issues to cover and only so much space in the newspaper, but I believe there are two issues that voters deserve to know about which are not being covered.
First, there is the arrest of Reverend Jessie Jackson, who was protesting at Sensata, a company owned by Bain Capital. Sensata employs 170 workers. They are closing Nov. 5 and moving to China. One hundred seventy American workers will be laid off. Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney is the major stock holder and able to stop this move. Is this how he will get tough with China?
Second, through an equity fund called Solamere, Romney and his son major are major stock holders in the company that owns the proprietary voting machines in Ohio. This is a clear conflict of interest and undermines the integrity of our voting system.
Irene Pinkard, a team player
I would like to recommend Irene Pinkard to be the next mayor of Oxnard. Not only does she have a lot of experience, she is excellent at seeing the big picture. Tim Flynn often lets the complaints of just a couple people change his mind on a decision that would otherwise benefit many people and the city of Oxnard just to get another vote. Pinkard does what she believes is right, uses her integrity to make the best decision possible for the community. She is also a team player who cares about working as well as possible with the councilmembers and with the community. Sometimes the best decision is the hardest decision, and she is comfortable making that decision even if it doesn’t increase her popularity. That is the type of leader we need to lead this great city.
Kildee for Camarillo City Council
After moving to Camarillo in 1969, I meet this very young man name Kevin Kildee. All he has done is “GOOD” for Camarillo. He has voted against his own best interest hurting his own business by vote for The Camarillo Outlet Mall. To have anyone say they are running “to bring honesty to our City Council” must outrage all of us. You might not always agree with the City Council, but not one of them are not dishonest.
Whenever I run into Kevin I sound the Boy Scout Mantra: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. For all who know Kevin, knows this sums up the guy.
Camarillo should be honored to have Kevin Kildee steering the future of our city.
Carl E. Smith
Suspicious disappearance of campaign signs
Like everybody in Ojai, I drive Highway 33 regularly. I have watched as all the campaign signs have gone up, including three or four of those big ones. It has caught my attention that the giant Bob Roper signs — the ones supported by 2x4s — remain, but the similarly sized Bennett signs are gone.
I am impressed with whoever vandalized those signs. It’s one thing to pull up a yard sign, but to remove those big signs must have required some tools!
We all want to do what we can to support the candidates we believe in, but come on. Do they think anyone believes the signs just fell over and blew away?
I recently had a personal interaction with Supervisor Steve Bennett.
I am part of a team that is constructing a large (274 kW) photovoltaic solar project in Ventura County. During the first phase of our project, some concerns arose about the permitting and inspection process so I called Supervisor Steve Bennett. Within days, I was scheduled for an appointment with him.
At that meeting Supervisor Bennett and I had a candid conversation about my questions and concerns. Mr. Bennett explained that he has a long-standing record of supporting renewable energy and sustainable building in Ventura County. He also stated his advocacy of forging positive relationships between builders and county officials to encourage safe, smart and efficient construction. He showed a keen interest in the project and requested progress updates on a regular basis. The next day his office contacted me to see if there was anything else they could help out with.
This interaction is an excellent example of how our local government can and should work. I am proud as both a citizen and a businessperson to live in a District where the Supervisor supports both environmental protection (decreasing our carbon footprint with solar) and local, smart construction.
I support Mr. Bennett for re-election.
MacAdam M. Lojowsky
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The low road
Bob Roper hid the facts from us last spring when he made his “pension pledge” that was really a way to preserve his ability to take his annual $250,000 firefighter pension. Now I see he still lists himself as “Ventura County Fire Chief” on the ballot when in actual truth he has been retired since March. This past July, Roper was given the opportunity to change his ballot designation for this fall’s election to accurately state that he is retired. He declined to do that. Sadly, when he finds it politically advantageous to hide the facts from voters, he seems willing to do that.
Top 10 reasons NOT to vote for Mitt Romney (McMoney)
10) He won’t create jobs because “I love to fire people.”
9) He believes every corporation is a person, and half the American people are worthless.
8) If he were Santa, he’d fire the reindeer and outsource the elves; and if he were the Easter Bunny, he’d eat all the chocolate and hide all the eggs.
7) He says he wants to be “The next CEO of the United States,” forgetting that the last two CEOs we had in the White House were Bush and Cheney.
6) When it comes to women’s issues, he’s just a good-looking Rush Limbaugh.
5) He flip-flops more often than thongs on the crest of a Japanese tsunami.
4) As the pioneer outsourcer of jobs, why, he is the bad economy, stupid!
3) He religiously believes that minorities can only get into heaven when “they are attached to white men as slaves.” It also means, he and Ryan are taking the words “WHITE HOUSE” way too seriously
2) He’s so extreme that there are newspapers in Utah that won’t endorse him.
And the number one reason not to vote for McMoney for president:
1) I, for one, refuse to elect Darth Vader to the position of our next commander in chief.
You go left, I go right
Do you think you could be a little more subtle? Your election editorial is a classic, desperate attempt to sway the vote. Thanks for giving me a guide on whom and what not to vote for. I understand your leanings; you have leaned so far, you have fallen over. That’s my opinion.
New leaders needed in Oxnard
I am one of many Oxnard residents who has worked on protecting the Ormond Beach environmentally sensitive habitat areas. My small organization, Ormond Beach Wildlife Conservancy, supports land acquisition and restoration at Ormond Beach.
Like many others, we were shocked that a majority of the City Council voted to allow the SouthShore project in 2011. Substantial evidence showed that restoration of the Ormond Beach wetlands was in the best interest of the city and that SouthShore was inconsistent with the plans. Even if Council members disagreed with us, the threats upon Naval Base Ventura County were so evident that approval of SouthShore seemed impossible.
But when hearings began, it was evident to us that a majority of the Council had already decided to approve the project.
Respectfully, I must say that neither Councilman Bryan MacDonald nor Mayor Pro Tem Irene Pinkard showed the capacity nor the desire to protect Ormond Beach.
Please do not vote for MacDonald or Pinkard.
Ormond Beach Wildlife Conservancy, Oxnard