On the ballot: City council candidates complete criteria for November contest

By the Friday, Aug. 12, deadline, more than two dozen people had submitted paperwork to place their names on their respective city’s ballot for city council, with several incumbents in the mix. These listings are accurate as of the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 16. Several cities had extended deadlines to Aug. 17.

Camarillo

Several candidates filed paperwork before the deadline, with two seats up for election. They include incumbents Bill Little and Kevin Kildee, plus candidates Tony Trembley, Matthew Lorimer and Jameson Lingl.

Fillmore

Three candidates have filed paperwork prior to Aug. 12, but two incumbents — Councilmen Rick Neal and Douglas Tucker — have not, resulting in the deadline being extended until Aug. 17. Three seats are up for election.

The three who have filed are incumbent Manuel Minjares, plus candidates Mark Austin and Tim Holmgren.

Moorpark

The city of Moorpark has two open positions. One incumbent, Keith Millhouse, announced that he would not be seeking re-election, therefore, resulting in extending the deadline to file to Wednesday, Aug. 17. Qualified candidates as of Monday, Aug. 15 include Terri Doria, Daniel Groff, Jeffrey Schoettlin and Steven Tam. Candidates who have filed but have not yet been qualified include incumbent Roseann Mikos and Kevin Simons.

Ojai

In Ojai, two council seats are up for grabs and neither incumbent — Betsy Clapp or Severo Lara — has filed to run again. Lara has applied for the mayoral race, however, to face off against current Mayor Johnny Johnston. Two candidates have filed for the two open council seats: Chris Gardner and Suza Francina. The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, Aug. 17, due to neither incumbent filing.

Oxnard

Two incumbents and nine challengers are competing for the two available spots on Oxnard’s City Council and for Mayor, as departing one-term Councilwoman Dorina Padilla returns to grad school.

Mayoral candidates Armando Sepulveda and Miguel Lopez will be running against incumbent Mayor Tim Flynn.

City Council candidates Daniel Chavez, Orlando Dozier, Stephen Huber, Oscar Madrigal, Enrique Petris, Aaron Starr, Jack Villa and incumbent Councilman Bryan MacDonald will be vying for one open seat and one up for re-election.

Santa Paula

Two seats are up for grabs this year. Incumbent Mayor Martin Hernandez and candidates Fred Robinson and Clint Garman have submitted paperwork and have been qualified for the election, while candidates Micah Chapman and Catherine Carter have filed but have not been qualified as of yet. The filing deadline has been extended to Wednesday, Aug. 17, because two-term incumbent councilman Jim Tovias will not seek re-election.

Thousand Oaks

Two seats are up for grabs in Thousand Oaks, where six candidates filed paperwork before deadline to appear on the ballot. They include incumbents Al Adam and Rob McCoy, plus candidates Billy Martin, Paige Gordon, Anne LaFianza and Nelson Buss.

Port Hueneme

Two seats are up for grabs in Port Hueneme, where current Councilmember Douglass Breeze has announced that he will not run for re-election. The current candidates include incumbent Sylvia Muñoz Schnopp, plus candidates Will Berg (director of marketing and public information for the Oxnard Harbor District), Oscar Sandoval, Steven Gama and Ellis Green.

Ventura

Six candidates filed paperwork before the deadline and have been qualified, with three seats up for election. Current Councilmember Carl Morehouse has announced his retirement and will not run for re-election, at least for this election cycle. The candidates who will appear on the November ballot include incumbents Christy Weir and Cheryl Heitmann, plus some new and some familiar faces: Lorrie Brown, Randall Richman, Matt LaVere, Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios and Brian Lee Rencher.

The deadline for filing was extended until Wednesday, Aug. 17, because Morehouse did not file.

Oxnard City Treasurer resigns

City Manager Greg Nyhoff announced that current Oxnard City Treasurer Danielle Navas has resigned, effective Sept. 10. Treasurer is an elected position in the city.

No official reason was given by Navas for her decision to resign. Her term, should she have completed it, would have ended in two months. In her resignation letter, Navas recommended Assistant City Treasurer Eden Alomeri to fill her role until a new interim treasurer can be found.

The Oxnard City Council has 60 days to find a replacement, under the Government Code.

The City Treasurer’s office was cited in a recent audit as lacking complete and accurate treasury rating reports and for not reviewing supporting documents before approving check or wire transfer authorizations.

Oxnard City Clerk Daniel Martinez announced last week, on Aug. 12, that he would not be pursuing re-election after serving in the position for 23 years. In an email, he stated: “Given the many changes in the climate and culture in City Hall, I have decided to pursue other interests.”
Chief Financial Officer David Millican announced his resignation, effective Aug. 4, 2016, after he suffered a serious knee injury that requires immediate surgery. Recovery is expected to take several months; Millican had exhausted his compensated leave time and plans to retire immediately. Millican was hired as CFO on June 8 after working as a consultant to the finance department in 2015.

Ventura Chamber supports two county measures

The Ventura Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously at the July board meeting to support two measures appearing on the November ballot.

The first, the Ventura County Transportation Commission Sales Tax Measure, would create a half-cent sales tax in the county and is projected to create $70 million in funds on an annual basis for transportation improvements.

“The transportation tax will fund critical infrastructure projects that would not happen otherwise,” said 2016 Board Chair, James Perero.

The Chamber also endorsed the controversial alternative to SOAR, Sustain VC.

“It makes sense that when making decisions about what is best for the sustainability of our local farms, we would ask local farmers,” said Perero. “Sustain VC was written by local farmers with input from the local farming community.”

The Chamber consists of 680 members who employ over 25,000 people in the city.

SOAR v. Sustain VC discussion on Aug. 24

Voters can learn about two competing countywide land-use measures on the ballot in November—Save Open-Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) and SUSTAIN VC. One representative from each measure will explain how each will affect Ventura County’s General Plan land use designations, goals and policies for open space, and agricultural and rural lands in unincorporated areas.

The event, hosted by the Ventura County Bar’s Natural Resources Section, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Aug 24, at the Ventura County Bar Association, 4475 Market St., suite B, in Ventura. Tickets are $30 for section members and $40 for non-members and the public. Lunch will be provided.

David Michael Courtland contributed to this article.