Keith Mashburn On the Issues
Issue statements by candidates are quoted from public media statements either direct or edited for brevity.
What are the three most important issues Simi Valley faces?
Public safety, which includes not just fighting crime and fires, but also social issues such as drugs, especially the use of heroin by young people, and homeless problems.
Jobs. Our local economy (has) business vacancies. We must attract clean businesses that offer not just good jobs, but real careers.
Youth and senior concerns. Our young people are our most valuable asset. Seniors are the folks we owe the most gratitude to for our American way of life and values. We should do everything we can reasonably do in partnership with our parks district, schools, churches and community groups to support and uplift these two important segments.
Did you support Simi Valley's SOAR measure renewal in the 2016 election?
Technically, Simi Valley really doesn't have a SOAR measure. It’s the county measure aimed at our city. I believe that growth concerns are better addressed on a local level. For Simi that’s our General Plan process, Hillside Performance Standards, planning & development procedures, and other related city ordinances and controls. These are working well. SOAR's primary focus is farmland (and) we don't have much agriculture in Simi Valley.
Did you support Measure AA, the Ventura County Transportation Commission's half-cent transit sales tax measure in the 2016 election?
I join the other Simi Valley council members in opposing this tax measure. I feel strongly that, as has often been the case with the county, the east county will likely get the short end of the stick on this issue. The backers of the tax have not adequately explained how or when the $70 million in new taxes per year/$2.1 billion over the term of 30 years, will be spent or to whose benefit. What programs receiving funding do the folks in Simi Valley need?