Open Letter to Thousand Oaks City Council | Do Not Delay on SB 54



Dear Thousand Oaks City Council:

I understand that the city council has announced that they will take up an agenda item on SB 54.


But the city council has signaled that they will discuss this issue in an open session of the city council in June.

Not Good.

This delay is unacceptable and unnecessary.

I understand that the city council has asked for a month because the council wants Sheriff Geoff Dean present to explain his stance, concerns, and views on SB 54 and its effects on law enforcement operations within Ventura County. He will not be available to speak to the city council until June.

I understand that the city contracts with the Sheriff’s Department, but the sheriff serves at the pleasure of the people of Ventura County and the city residents, not the other way around.

The Sheriff must understand the growing concern with public city emerging from Ventura County stakeholders throughout. The brutal murder of Anthony Mele along the Ventura city boardwalk was the last straw, to be certain, but what is missing from the mainstream press is the ongoing threats, pains, and menace of illegal aliens, particularly criminals connected with MS-13 and other transnational gangs, who prey on our communities throughout the state, including Ventura County.

Furthermore, Sheriff Dean made his stance clear last year about SB 54 Ventura County Sheriff on Senate Bill 54

In addition, I have spoken with one of the Sergeants in the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Eric Bushow, and the rationale of the current leadership has intimated that they can’t do anything about SB 54 at this time.

That is patently untrue. At any time, the Sheriff of Ventura County like any other sheriff in the state, can reaffirm his oath of office to the United States Constitution.

In fact, other Sheriffs in the state, like John D’Agostini of El Dorado County, have declared that they continue to abide by federal law and will not withhold their cooperation with ICE, nor will they forbid information sharing among their county law enforcement officers and federal officials.

This stalling is untenable. You work for the people of Thousand Oaks, and above all you took an oath of office to uphold and defend the United States Constitution, which includes ensuring the safety and security of American citizens. Don Rosenberg, whose son was murdered by an illegal alien, took time out of his very busy schedule to address you on this very contentious matter. At that very moment each of you should have directed city staff to prepare an agenda item, staff reports, and options to oppose SB 54.

Take a stand NOW, and place an agenda item to oppose SB 54 on the May 15, 2018 City Council agenda. There is no reason nor excuse for further delay. Rest assured that more people in Thousand Oaks and throughout the state will demand meaningful action from you on this matter, as you saw the growing numbers against your hesitance at the May 1st, 2018 city council meeting.


Arthur Schaper

Arthur Christopher Schaper is a blogger, writer, and commentator on topics both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A life-long Southern California resident, Arthur currently lives in Torrance. Follow his blogs at The State of the Union and As He Is, So Are We Ministries Contributor Contributor

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