Vote for Irene Henry

I vote IRENE HENRY District 1 Downtown/Westside Ventura City Council because she is the BEST CHOICE for INDEPENDENCE balanced with COLLABORATION to represent DISTRICT 1 and ALL VENTURA.

Irene has the strongest experience — three decades of LIVING and endless ADVOCATING, VOLUNTEERING, WORKING for and LEADING the people IN OUR DISTRICT and OUR CITY.

Her own compelling story of perseverance has laid a strong foundation in this amazing woman, who has raised her wonderful family here with her dear husband, Tim, and dedicated herself to bettering the lives of youths and all in our local community and beyond.

UNITY, SENSIBILITY, ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION, INTEGRITY, BUSINESS SAVVY, HEART and VIBRANCE are what matter to me, as a long-time community volunteer, Westside Community Council chair emeritus, and the only remaining local co-founder of Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation.

Irene has a heart for all of us and unstoppable energy. She will best represent our community!

Please join me in voting IRENE HENRY (Irene4vcc.org) Nov. 6.

Lori Steinhauer
Ventura

Offended by THE

RE: https://www.vcreporter.com/2018/10/proposition-endorsements/

  • housing for the mentally ill

For all the reasons I would avoid “the” Blacks, I would avoid “the” mentally Ill.

Harold A. Maio, retired mental health editor
Fort Myers, Florida

Single-payer California

Health insurance is today’s No. 1 issue in the midterm elections.

The greed of the pharmaceutical companies has spun completely out of control.

My family physician has diabetes patients who are in danger of dying because they can no longer use insulin priced out of their range.
I cannot afford my blood thinner and now rely exclusively on samples from my physicians. My own physician has been prescribed a blood thinner twice as expensive as mine and makes the rounds of his fellow physicians asking for samples.

The solution? With single-payer insurance the state can require all the pharmaceutical companies to submit bids, with the exclusive contracts going to the ones with the lowest bids.

Watch how quickly the companies come down in their prices.

This method is working in single-payer Europe. Hip prostheses, which costs $20,000 here costs $2,000 there.

A single-payer California could become Canada overnight.

Clive Leeman
Ojai

Vote for Bert Perello

I respectfully disagree with your choice of Ken Oplinger for the Oxnard District 1 City Council seat.  Mr.Oplinger’s commute to and from Santa Barbara, his  responsibilities with Workforce Development and the infrastructure fund, ceremonial roles related to his  Chamber position and the intention of the Oxnard Council to go to a committee structure that requires daytime attendance appear to be prohibitive to his ability to be present in Oxnard at the required times.

In addition, councilmembers sit on outside task forces, are liaisons to other counties and commissions, meet with constituents and meet with staff.

How would any working person do this, let alone someone who has a 35-minute commute to get back to this neck of the woods.

I also question Mr. Oplinger’s ideas for Oxnard, given the present dire condition of business on State Street. Mr. Oplinger, as chamber CEO, is tasked with supporting local businesses, which, apparently, has not been very successful. Clearly there are many reasons why State Street is failing, but Oplinger’s ideas for downtown Oxnard sound antiquated when that same formula, in tourist-rich Santa Barbara, is failing so spectacularly.

Bert Perello, for all his personal quirks, has proved himself to be an extraordinarily honest and consistent champion of the residents of this city. He studies every issue and, if he is not a team player, it is because he wants answers to hard questions before he votes on issues. His focus on the failing levee in the district has not been noted by any other council members, yet the district residents will pay dearly if it fails.

Annoyed as I might sometimes be, I admire his refusal to be bulldozed and his demand that the issues be transparent to residents — most especially the financial ones. My vote is going to Perello, and I urge others in district 1 to vote the same way.

Lauraine Effress
Oxnard

Vote for Lorrie Brown

I am supporting Lorrie Brown for City Council, District 6, and I hope you will, too. Lorrie is a native Venturan with a deep commitment to her hometown. As a lifelong resident she values the character and flavor of her community and strives to balance the needs of people for affordable housing and adequate services while also protecting the environment.
Lorrie supports efforts to provide excellent jobs so our residents can work in their hometown rather than commute. She wants to support equitable policies that ensure affordable housing while addressing our homeless population’s needs for permanent housing. She also supports seeking creative avenues for increasing city revenues in lieu of implementing more budget cuts in an already tight budget.
Lorrie will advocate for redevelopment of the Johnson Drive corridor and for basic services that are lacking on the east end of Ventura. She will advocate for parks and open spaces to enhance our community and make it likelier that companies that share our values will grow and thrive here. Lorrie advocates promoting policies that support infrastructure that improve the sustainability of our water resources such as stormwater recharging sites to collect and store rainwater for future use. She knows that our residents value a healthy lifestyle including having access to outdoor recreational opportunities as well as healthy food choices, adequate housing, and clean air and water.
Lorrie is an advocate for the underrepresented members of our community. She will give voice to many who have not been heard in the past. As Ventura moves into the future, achieving a balance between our responsibility to the environment and to all of our residents will require that we hear all of their voices. Lorrie Brown for Ventura City Council, District 6! www.brownforventura.com

Jessica McCurdy
Ventura

A voice for the Santa Clara River

Who likes the Ventura River interface with the city? Imposing walls of rip rap and long lengths of barren dirt keep people strictly apart from a natural river experience.

Up until now, the Santa Clara River has avoided the same fate. Its north bank is not artificially channelized and hundreds of acres have been acquired in anticipation of a future nature and recreation corridor.

Not for long. The city plans to channelize the Santa Clara River with a levee made of boulders and barren dirt to expand the auto center. Never mind that levees as flood protection are a losing battle, the city proposes to make this ill-conceived project part of the Olivas Park Drive Extension and Olivas Park Specific Plan (OPSP). Heard about it? Unlikely.  Ventura community development manager has kept public engagement on this project extremely minimal. Even more disturbing is that, if approved, an OPSP revision will give the community development manager exclusive authority to make final project approvals and take away that authority from Planning Commissioners and Design Review Committee members.

On 10/17/18 the project was on the joint planning commission — design review committee agenda. Panelists expressed a great deal of concern to the community development staff about the levee. They pointed out the short sightedness of ignoring the River value and the failure to provide public access with just even a bike path along the crest! Among other things, the commissioners instructed staff to get the word out to the public about the Olivas Park Drive project.

Time to stop repeating history destroying our last natural resources for development! Sierra Club and Friends of the Santa Clara River want a living Santa Clara River and are working with National Parks Service to produce a concept for a Santa Clara River Loop trail. Join us.

Nina Danza, PE
Ventura

VCHP endorses 4 City Council Candidates

On Nov. 6, Ventura’s City Council will be elected by districts. Districts 1, 4, 5, and 6 are up in 2018. Because each district voter votes for only one candidate, that vote is extremely important. Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation (VCHP) urges support for these environmentally-minded candidates: Erik Nasarenko, Sofia Rubalcava, Marie Lakin and Lorrie Brown.

Erik Nasarenko (District 4) is the only current incumbent running. Erik’s legal experience, intelligence and sound environmental stances will be crucial as we update Ventura’s General Plan. Erik enjoys a long track record, as mayor and council-member, of hearing citizens’ concerns and making judicious environmental decisions.

Sofia Rubalcava (District 1) grew up in the Westside/Downtown community and knows its strengths and challenges. Sofia understands the importance of preserving the area’s cultural heritage and historic character while striving to improve the area’s environment for the health and benefit of residents and businesses.

Marie Lakin (District 5) brings legislative experience to improve Ventura’s quality of life. As a State Senate deputy-district-director and an Assembly field-representative, Marie worked to protect the environment. She understands the toll traffic takes on east-end residents and, in these drought-stricken times, has water-policy expertise that will be invaluable to Council.

Lorrie Brown (District 6) has the insights of a lifelong resident. She strongly values the natural environment. Montalvo’s industrial/residential interface leads to conflicts and poor air quality in district neighborhoods. This drives Lorrie’s desire to alleviate social injustices while working to make Ventura the best it can be.

All of these candidates are committed to making environmentally-sound decisions for Ventura. These candidates are dedicated to ensuring Ventura remains the vibrant, diverse, environmentally-friendly city that we love.

Vote Erik Nasarenko, Sofia Rubalcava, Marie Lakin and Lorrie Brown on Nov. 6.

Diane Underhill
President
Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation (VCHP)

No on Proposition 6

Once again we have well-financed special interests funding placement of an initiative on our crowded ballot to override the decisions of our elected representatives. Their latest target is the repeal of diesel and gasoline taxes, which are slated to repair our bridges and highways.

According to the local newspaper, much of the financing for this drive came from outside the state. The repeal’s chief advocate, Republican candidate for governor John Cox, has said he expects the proposition will increase Republican turnout in the November election hereby boosting his chances.

One wonders then, do Republicans have some special indifference to our transportation infrastructure’s poor condition? Or are they unique in disliking to pay tax? After all, who likes to?

No. What is preponderant among Republicans is a faith- based unwillingness to acknowledge climate change, especially from human activity, and most especially from the burning of fossil fuel, which scientists have isolated as the major factor.

The last time gas prices rose precipitously, demand fell. Consumers found alternatives. They drove less. Traffic on the freeway thinned. Bike commuting grew. Public transportation expanded. Gas guzzling vehicles fell out of favor.

Having lost customers, Big Oil dropped prices. Unfortunately the public’s carbon footprint bounced back to “normal.”

Now we are informed by the U.N. that the time limit for keeping the planet friendly to our existence is a mere 12 years. The transition to clean fuel could not be more urgent. It will require sacrifice from everybody because it touches everybody.

But a tax on the major contributor to climate change seems a small price to pay for both safer infrastructure and a decrease in carbon emissions.

Vote no on Proposition 6.

Margaret Morris
Ventura

Yes on Prop 8

For more than 25 years I’ve worked as a registered nurse to treat patients with kidney failure. I take pride in giving my patients the best possible care, but the negative changes I’ve seen in the dialysis industry in the past two decades have severely hindered my ability to deliver the care patients need and deserve.

More than 80,000 people in California suffer from kidney failure and visit dialysis clinics to receive life-saving care. Dialysis is a process that removes a patient’s blood, cleans it, and puts it back into his or her body. Patients typically have to receive dialysis three days a week, with each session lasting three or four hours.

The procedure is invasive, and as a result often leaves patients feeling vulnerable. For that reason it’s critical that dialysis nurses and technicians alike provide excellent care and work to reassure patients.

But the sad reality is that the dialysis industry is working under a motto of doing more with less and less. That means cutting corners to maximize profits, all at the expense of patients.

The understaffing levels and the consolidation of our work has translated into less time carrying for individual patients. Nurses struggle to care for up to 12 patients at a time. And technicians hurry to operate dialysis machines while working to properly sanitize equipment for the next patient.

However, the issues go well beyond staffing levels. Workers and patients report seeing mice, cockroaches, bloodstains and broken equipment in dialysis clinics. In fact, the California Department of Public Health documented more than 1,400 deficiencies during inspections at dialysis clinics in fiscal year 2016-2017, and more than 4,400 dialysis patients in California died from infections in the last five years, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The dizzying pace of care and the poor conditions are part of churning patients through an assembly line of dialysis care, all with the goal of ever-growing profits. The two biggest dialysis corporations, DaVita and Fresenius, made $4 billion in combined profits last year off patients who need dialysis treatment to stay alive.

On Nov. 6, California voters will have the unique opportunity to drastically improve dialysis care for thousands of patients throughout the state. Prop. 8 will work to put patients before profits.

Prop. 8 is about holding the dialysis industry accountable and improving patient care. Prop. 8 limits dialysis corporations’ revenues to 15 percent above the amount they spend on patient care and pushes them to hire more staff, buy new equipment and improve facilities.

However, the dialysis industry has turned a fight to protect its corporate profits into the most expensive ballot initiative in the country this year. So far, the dialysis industry has dropped an almost unheard of $105 million into its campaign to defeat Prop. 8. I guess when you’re trying to protect $4 billion in profits, spending $105 million to defeat a ballot initiative is just the cost of doing business.

Enough is enough. It’s time we held the dialysis industry accountable, and it’s time patients receive the high quality of care they deserve.

I urge Californians to vote Yes on Prop. 8.

Lupe Tellez
Oxnard
This letter was sent via:
Sean Wherley
Media Relations Specialist
Yes on Prop. 8 / SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West
Los Angeles

 

HIV/AIDS still a big problem locally

October is AIDS Awareness Month, and amongst other awareness raisers, my fellow activists and I are displaying exhibits in Downtown Ventura at the Foster Library (“LBGT VC: A Decade of Activism 1990-99”) and the Museum of Ventura County (“AIDS History & Queer Art”).

I’ve been an AIDS activist since 1990, when I joined AIDS Care, and today I’m in the HIV Coalition of Ventura County and on the AIDS Advisory Committee of the Diversity Collective Ventura County, who operate the local LGBTI Community Resource Center. I’ve also rejoined my 1990’s colleagues from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt’s Ventura County chapter to form Quilt Project Gold Coast.

And I have had HIV since 1999 and AIDS since 2003, so I say with some authority that it seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.

By the century’s turn the numbers of those infected from sexual encounters in the LGBTI community were at their historic low. The Gay & Lesbian Community Center, AIDS Project Ventura County and various HIV/AIDS Coalitions, plus Ventura County Public Health, had done such targeted outreach to various populations, most especially gay and bi men, that education about safer sex, condoms and testing were on the minds of our community.

Sadly, those community institutions began to collapse, leaving only Ventura County Public Health to handle the case load of those living with the virus (today nearly 400 people), and they and few others, including Planned Parenthood, to educate.

But none of these could quite speak to gay, bi and transgender people looking for the safe space of an LGBTI community center to feel comfortable and not discriminated against. GLCC closed after Ryan White federal AIDS monies dried up for nonprofits. Men began trekking to the Santa Barbara LGBTI center until it too largely abandoned its HIV program, turning its caseload over to their public health authority, ending their AIDS Walk and most services for the LGBTI community.

So it is sad but not surprising that in 2016, the numbers, almost all gay and bi men and women who have sex with them, were in the high 40s, almost doubling in 2017 to 85 and now as of September 2018 around 55 people.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. In the 1980s a bigoted administration wouldn’t even acknowledge AIDS; in 2018, a bigoted administration takes what little is left of the Ryan White funds and channels them into caging immigrant children.

In the 1980s the numbers rose because Ventura County residents continued to have unsafe sex, thinking they weren’t going to get AIDS because it was elsewhere, in West Hollywood or San Francisco. In 2018, infections are rising because we think HIV and AIDS are else-TIME, something in the past that couldn’t happen now.

But it is happening now. And people are still dying from AIDS complications, at least one of whom I know right now. In the Quilt Project we’re making quilts for two people who died in part from AIDS complications in 2015, and the drugs you take may have severe side effect, or not work properly if you don’t take them 95 percent of the time.

Or they might not work at all.

Please play safe. Use PEP and PrEP and condoms and get educated and tested. As we say in DCVC, “PrEP it, wrap it, test it.” I have AIDS. You seriously do not want this disease.

Neil Coffman-Grey
Public Policy Coordinator
HIV Coalition of Ventura County

Become a CASA volunteer

There’s something comforting about the seasonal change that happens at this time of year. The air is cool and crisp, days shorter, and we can look forward to bundling up, carving pumpkins and Halloween. Many of us have memories of trick or treating in our neighborhoods, going door to door for treats and seeing familiar faces.

When children are taken from their homes and placed in foster care, they no longer have the continuity other children enjoy. No longer can they carve pumpkins and put them on their own front porch, or cozy up in their family room to read books or play games. The possibility for idyllic scenes with their biological family comes to an abrupt end. These children are innocent bystanders in their adult caregivers’ dramatic lives.

CASA volunteers, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, work one-on-one with children and teens in foster care. They advocate on their behalf in Court, help secure necessary resources, and provide information to the Court that helps them make better-informed decisions about his or her case. Each of us has the power to improve foster children’s lives, restore their trust and hope, and help them create new, happy memories. Become a CASA volunteer.

Teresa Romn
Executive Director, CASA of Ventura County
www.casaofventuracounty.org

King couldn’t write a better script

So, let me get this straight: In Trumpworld, climate change is a hoax, spawned in China, and a peaceful protest by women against sexual abuse is an “angry mob”; so angry, in fact, Republicans want to start charging for our First Amendment rights.

Trump also calls news, with multiple reliable sources, most of the time, “fake news,” but I tend to believe Trumpnews trumps fake news. Trump is more like watching Stephen King as president, only on psychotropics.

If you believe our climate crisis is a hoax, then you were vacationing in another state when we had 85 degree weather in December last year, wind gusts of 60 mph, and a 294,000 acre Thomas Fire. (And that fire-breaking record lasted less than a year).

Or your television broke this week, when the warm water in the Gulf, around the Florida Panhandle, alchemized from a category 2 storm into a category 4, 155mph hurricane, that contained 200mph tornadoes inside the hurricane!

That warm water in the Gulf wasn’t because things got so hot in all those Trump Tower hotel rooms, as the master of fiction would have us believe. No. That warm water that “supercharged” Michael was caused by climate change,

Yes, our own gluttony and our own government’s refusal to move our nation to renewable energy sources was the culprit. And, what is fake, or rather, censored about the news is, they never mention the “C” phrase, climate change, not even once. (Got to follow Trump directives and obey those gas and oil sponsors).

And Trump referring to women exercising their constitutional rights and diligent civic duty as a “mob” while mocking Prof. Ford’s pain should tell us all how fair and just he is to women. And it should also tell us all we need to know about how fair and just the FBI investigation he pirated was for women.

When you can’t find a judge with less than three allegations of rape, debauchery and sexual misconduct, to be on the highest court in the land, while the Senate repeatedly fails to pass an equal rights amendment for women — that should tell us all who is fake in Washington, and that there is a huge problem in the Babylon Beltway. Consequently, scoundrels are picked for our highest offices.

What is amazing and disturbing to me is just how many Americans are drinking Trump’s fictional Kool-Aid. Stephen King couldn’t write a better script, nor get as many voters to approve of it.

Grant Marcus
Ventura

Not in the pocket of special interests

I am concerned about the Ventura City Council District 5 race. Jim Friedman takes money from COLAB (the sponsors of the anti-SOAR initiative), the Ventura auto mall dealers, big agriculture and has been a paid consultant for the LaViera hillside development (that Regent Properties wanted to build on the Ventura hillsides). What happens when a matter involving any one of these entities comes before the City Council for a vote? Do you think he would be impartial?

Marie Lakin takes no money from special interests. My vote goes to her.

Yasmin Attar
Ventura

Proven quality leadership

I encourage you to vote for Erik Nasarenko for Ventura City Council District 4. I first met Erik many years ago while I was coaching my daughter’s AYSO team and he was volunteering as an AYSO referee. Through the years, as families who have kids the same age often do in Ventura, we would bump into each other. Erik always presents himself as a friendly, caring and honest dad who loves his family. When you talk with Erik you quickly get the sense of how well-spoken and sharp he is. But what has always been most impressive to me is Erik’s listening skills.
Since Erik was elected to the Ventura City Council in 2013 he has proven to show strong leadership. He is one of the Councilmembers who always appears to understand each issue, asks the right questions and gives suggestions on how to get the best outcome for Venturans. I have personally reached out to Erik as a Councilman and he has always responded professionally with compassion and intelligence. As a Councilman he has always made me feel “heard” and “supported.”

As Ventura moves forward from the Thomas Fire and my family, like so many Venturans, begin our Thomas Fire total home rebuild, we need Erik Nasarenko’s proven quality leadership now more than ever! Please take the time to vote for Erik Nasarenko for Ventura City Council District 4 on November 6.

Spencer Duffey
Ventura

Triunfo update

Thank you for your article in the October 10, 2018 issue of the VC Reporter. Triunfo Sanitation District would like to clarify three points in your article. The service area of the Triunfo Sanitation District is  located entirely within Ventura County (Oak Park, Lake Sherwood, Bell Canyon, and the Westlake and North Ranch  portions  of  Thousand Oaks); sewer rates were raised this year; and, most importantly, the Triunfo Sanitation District is an independently elected and governed board that contracts with the Ventura Regional Sanitation District for its operations and administrative services.

We also would  like to add that the three directors  up for election this year are running unopposed, and will not be on the ballot in the current election.

Mark Norris 
General manager

Best of Ventura County praise

Astonishing!

Beautiful!

Colorful!

Excellent!

Nostalgic!

Superb crate label artwork suitable for framing if printed on better paper. Hint: fundraiser

Ellen Altamirano
Ventura

Shame on you!

In response to Paul Moomjean, Right Persuasion, “Somewhere Jerry Falwell is smiling about Bert and Ernie,” Oct. 4

Dear Mr Moomjean:

My living of life as a gay man in a 40-year relationship is NOT a lifestyle. Your use of that word several times in your ridiculous VC Reporter editorial is an insult.

I sure wish I had gay role models growing up to show that it is OK to like other boys (just as media shows heterosexuality). Perhaps I wouldn’t have grown up feeling flawed by living what you term a “controversial lifestyle.”

I’m frightened to think of your bias toward homosexuality and how it may have affected some of your students. Of course, you will come back and say, “Some of my best friends are gay,” right?

If Bert and Ernie were shown to be gay from Day One, many young boys would not have been harassed nor have taken their own lives out of shame. I guess you only believe in a heterosexual agenda and give Falwell and others permission for an anti-gay agenda. Shame on you!

Glenn Goveia
Ventura

Gross lies regarding ballot propositions

In my 75 years in this world, I have heard thousands of lies, big and small and in between. The biggest lie I ever read about was the one told by Hitler, in 1938, when he said he had no more territorial claims to make after annexing part of Czechoslovakia (Sudetenland).  The next biggest lie or lies are the ones regarding ballot propositions, both pro and con. This year is no exception.

Looking at the TV ads arguing for or against current ballot propositions, after reading what the voter guides say about same, it is tough to see any similarity. The voter guides say one thing about the propositions and the TV ads say things that are not remotely similar. Flagrantly FALSE, BIG lies seem to be the rule and not the exception!!  Not one word of REAL truth in any of them!!

What the foregoing means, folks, is that voters MUST, repeat MUST, stop using their brains for cushions (which they do when they believe anything the see and hear from the false TV ads) and use them to THINK (after they read what the voter guides say).  What ever happened to the laws about false advertising?  Apparently TV ads, regarding the pros and cons of ballot propositions, are no longer covered.  Maybe the laws are simply NOT being enforced by the FCC or FTC, or MAYBE none of the “SHEEPLE” has submitted any complaints!!

Look at who is paying for the false TV ads!! Certainly NOT the citizens or voters of California who might benefit from the passage of these propositions. Follow the money folks and STOP using your brains for cushions. THINK, READ, and THINK again before you cast a vote in total ignorance!!

John Jay
Oxnard

In awe of his energy level, integrity

I have known and worked closely with Kevin Clerici for many years, on the Ventura Botanical Gardens board as well as the DVO/ DVP (business improvement district). I am in awe of his energy level, integrity and commitment to service to our community, especially Clean and Safe in our downtown and Area 1. His proven leadership abilities and knowledge of city operations plus the only candidate who lives and works in District One make him uniquely qualified, in my opinion, to be the best choice for City Council Area One. Please see more of his past service at https://kevinforventura.com/about-kevin-3

Mike Merewether
Ventura

Trump’s and out-and-out outLIAR

A UN group has today given a terrifying report that the “devastating effects of climate change will hit harder — and decades sooner — than previously expected,” unless swift and sweeping changes are made worldwide.

President Trump is being described as a “global outlier in terms of climate change.”

He’s NOT an outlier; he’s an out-and-out outLIAR and OUTLAW and must be brought to justice as soon as possible.

Clive and Marion Leeman
Ojai

Dems’ choices

Ventura County Women’s Political Council is astoundingly disappointed with Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. As a multi-partisan organization that supports women, especially the many who have decided to run for office this year, we urge you to get out and vote in this midterm election. We can post on social media, we can take to the streets and march, but the most powerful action that creates change is your vote. Whether it’s by mail or at the polls on November 6th, we encourage you to vote for our endorsed candidates because we believe they will be the next change makers and the voice for women in all positions of leadership in government:

ELENI KOUNALAKIS, Lt. Governor

Katie Hill, US Congress CA-25

Christy Smith, CA State Assembly, AD-38

Julia Brownley, US Congress CA-26

Monique Limón, CA Assembly, AD-37

Jacqui Irwin, CA Assembly, AD-44

PAULA NATHAN County Board of Education, Area 2

JEANNETTE SANCHEZ-PALACIOS Community College District, Area 1

DIANNE MCKAY Community College District, Area 2

JENNY FITZGERALD Conejo Valley Unified School District

CINDY GOLDBERG Conejo Valley Unified School District

JANE E. BRUNTON-MUÑOZ Fillmore Unified School District

LIZ SOTO Moorpark Unified School District

MADHU BAJAJ Ventura Unified School District, Area 4

KAREN SHER Oxnard Union High School District

SUSAN SANTANGELO Camarillo City Council

LYNN EDMONDS Fillmore City Council

JENNY CROSSWHITE Santa Paula City Council

GINGER GHERARDI Santa Paula City Council

CARINA ARMENTA Simi Valley City Mayor

RUTH LUEVANOS Simi Valley City Council

SOFIA RUBALCAVA San Buenaventura City Council, District 1

MARIE LAKIN San Buenaventura City Council, District 5

LORRIE BROWN San Buenaventura City Council, District 6

CARMEN RAMIREZ Oxnard City Council, District 2

VIANEY LUCIA LOPEZ Oxnard City Council, District 6 Short Term

MARY ANN ROONEY Oxnard Harbor District

Leah Lacayo
Political Action Chair, VCWPC
Newbury Park

Strong prejudices

Re: Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh: The general public has no way to know which of the two was telling the truth except by their televised presentation and their history.

Dr. Ford was unable to recall some details of her experience of decades ago, but she was clear and consistent in those eliciting traumatic fear. Her manner was congruent in every way of a woman reliving a traumatic event verbally in a public forum. Her answers were responsive and unequivocal. She corrected her interrogator with appropriate courtesy at times, as though wanting to tell her story as exactly as possible.

Clearly this woman wanted simply to do her civic duty and return to her remarkably successful normal life, with this behind her. No one unearthed any other motive for her accusation.

She came in with a polygraph result and requested the FBI investigate.

Judge Kavanaugh, on the other hand, came across as angry, self-pitying, evasive, dodging many direct questions with irrelevant remarks about beer, and inappropriately turning one question back on a female senator.

He refused to back either an FBI inquiry or a polygraph.

Understandably, the judge was unhappy at the turn of events; who could blame him; and apparently he had suffered bullying and death threats by anonymous partisans — as had Dr. Ford — but his tirade against Democrats allegedly “seeking revenge for President Clinton” suggests this man would be entering high office with strong prejudices against parties most likely to come before the court.

While Judge Kavanaugh received a “very qualified” bar association rating recently, in past years, he was downgraded to “qualified,” citing just those troublesome characteristics exhibited in his testimony — bias and lack of judicial temperament.

This is not a man who belongs on the high court.

Terry Defarge 
Ventura

Civics class propaganda

In his recent column “What Would Bill Bowerman Do” (Right Persuasion, Sept. 13), Paul Moomjean did a propaganda tour de force. First, the very title is the well-known APPEAL TO AUTHORITY. And Mr. Moomjean chooses to use as his authority a figure now dead for over two decades, thus his position can never be determined. The second technique is when he says, “While I stand for the national anthem, and love this country …” which is a blatant wrapping of oneself in the flag, APPEALING TO PATRIOTISM and the implication that anyone who disagrees is unpatriotic. Next he adds, “He simply sees his celebrity as an opportunity to showcase his beliefs….” This is of course the time-honored STRAW MAN. Define the opponent falsely, and easily dispatch that false image.

Reading Mr. Moomjean’s column, one never learns that Colin Kaepernick so loves this country’s commitment to equal justice for all that he wants to end the extrajudicial killing of unarmed black men by police officers. One never learns Colin Kaepernick maintains a dialogue with a veteran who convinced him that kneeling was both a way of showing respect while still expressing his concerns. Mr. Moomjean, respect your readers intelligence, stop the ninth-grade civics class propaganda, and actually discuss issues with verifiable facts.

Norman Rodewald
Moorpark

Meyer-Morris for school board

Deborah Meyer-Morris is a highly effective and knowledgeable candidate running for VUSD Area 4 School Board, and I am encouraging your readers to vote for her.

Deborah’s qualifications are so impressive that she has earned the endorsement of our local Democratic Party. She is a parent, an attorney and a caring neighbor. And she has a proven track record for bringing about positive change for our community.

I remember the leadership role Deborah played many years ago in stopping the BP Liquid Natural Gas pipeline when she was president of the Oxnard Council of PTAs. This project would have resulted in increased pollution by foreign companies that wished to import liquid natural gas and build a huge transfer station off Ormond Beach. Deborah’s ability to research the issues at hand and work with large numbers of community members were effective and yielded results. I am confident that these same capabilities would serve her well if she were elected to the school board.

Regarding issues related to our schools, Deborah has told me that one of her top priorities would be to streamline and improve communication modes between parents and schools. This would mean revamping websites and clarifying accessibility so that parents could easily reach school and district sites for information. She would work to strengthen and enforce anti-bullying policies. An additional area that Deborah would like to see improved is vocational education offerings for high school students. These are just a few of her concerns related to educational opportunities for our youth. She has knocked on doors all over our neighborhood and is eager to discuss them with you.

An educated population, starting with our youngest, is the cornerstone of any democracy. A vote for Deborah Meyer-Morris would help ensure a quality public education for our current and future generations.

Annette Halpern
Ventura

Voting for Nasarenko

I was at the Candidate Forum this past Thursday and I can say, unequivocally, that I will be voting for Erik Nasarenko.

While I do believe the other candidates are very sincere in their desire to be on City Council, Erik has a track record of getting things done and it was very clear to me that he has the biggest grasp on all of the issues.

Also, a question was asked about whether all candidates planned to serve their full terms and I felt that this was designed to be a “gotcha question” aimed specifically at Erik.

I did not have any problem with Erik’s response and the reality is that people who excel in politics, which Erik clearly does, will at some point want to move up to a higher position where they can do more good.

Anyway, that’s my “two cents,” and thanks for moderating the forum.

Stan McConnell, Esq.
Ventura