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McCoy vs Irwin- AD44 candidates battle it out in debate

By George Miller Democrat Jacqui Irwin and Republican Rob McCoy have only debated once before- in a three way primary election bout with another Republican candidate on May 10.  While McCoy has been fairly open about his positions on the issues, Irwin has been much less forthcoming on these, preferring to focus on her greatest strengths […]

Josie Hirsch- candidate for Simi Valley School Board

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Showdown at Cal State Channel Islands- 26th District candidates debate

Showdown at Cal State Channel Islands- 26th District candidates debate

By Kelsey Stuart and Shelby Baker On October 12th the two primary candidates for the 26th congressional district, Jeff Gorell and Julia Brownley (Incumbent), went head-to-head in their second debate at CSU Channel Islands.  The debate ran from 6-7:30 pm and was proctored by the Ventura Star’s Timm Herdt. The room was packed with students, […]

Camarillo City Council Election Recommendations 2014

Camarillo City Council Election Recommendations 2014

by Logan McFadden 10/12/14 Five challengers have qualified for the Camarillo City Council election, where three incumbents will also be seeking re-election.  The three incumbents are Mike Morgan, Jan McDonald and Charlotte Craven.  They have served on the City Council for 34, 16 and 28 years, respectively.  All three have served as Mayor. The five […]

Santa Paula: Who will pay the bill?

Santa Paula: Who will pay the bill?

By Sheryl Hamlin What was the rationale for the $28.6 million bond defeasance which was described in the audited financial statements? Who proposed the defeasance? How, where and when was it approved? Who voted yes and who opposed? What is the city’s plan for providing treated waste water to the purple pipes in East Area […]

Candidates Corner–Why Ginger Gherardi makes sense for Santa Paula’s City Council

Candidates Corner–Why Ginger Gherardi makes sense for Santa Paula’s City Council

A simple Google search on the words ‘Ginger Gherardi Ventura’ yields about 1, healing 470,000 results. Click on any of the results and you will find a person immersed into large, complex projects with multi-million dollar budgets comprised of public funds involving multiple constituencies and stakeholders. She has crafted budgets, written grant proposals, negotiated contracts, […]

A political weekend

A political weekend

By George Miller All over Ventura County, people are going to campaign events, walking precincts to contact voters, holding fundraisers and having public debates. With absentee ballots already in voters’ hands, campaigns have reached a fever pitch, trying to win votes, if not “hearts and minds.” The biggest events are the McCoy-Irwin debate for District […]

Current Santa Paula Council: Excuses, Excuses Excuses

Current Santa Paula Council: Excuses, Excuses Excuses

The theme of the recent League of Women Voter Candidate Forum should be “excuses, pills excuses”. We heard the following statements from the two incumbent candidates Ralph Fernandez and Bob Gonzales: “Previous councils spent millions but left us nothing” “No one would buy our bonds” “We went to Washington but were turned down twice” “The […]

Oxnard City Council/Mayor election recommendations

Oxnard City Council/Mayor election recommendations

  By George Miller We have gotten to know something about all incumbents and candidates and see good in all of them. To whittle down to election recommendations, We first ranked candidates in order of competence and knowledge, at least in our humble opinions. Then we looked at where they might take the city. The latter analysis […]

Santa Paula: Candidates Forum—The Race for City Council

Santa Paula: Candidates Forum—The Race for City Council

By Sheryl Hamlin The Candidate Forum was hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Chamber. Barbara Doyle gave a history of the organization which dates from the 1920’s after the XIX Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote. David Maron was the moderator. The six candidates were: Jenny Crosswhite (Ordained Minister), […]