Fireworks are flying in the Ventura County Supervisor’s race in Area 2 (Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Camarillo).
Twitter has been ablaze with accusations between Gorell and de la Pena camps. Who is more beholden to special interests or corrupt? Who is most hypocritical about receiving donations?
Gorell signed two pledges today (No Fossil Fuel contributions and No Tobacco money) and is returning some small fossil fuel company/executives’ contributions. He is calling upon de la Pena to return over 18 thousand dollars in previously received Big Tobacco monies and to sign the No Tobacco money pledge.
Yesterday evening the League of Women Voters and the Ventura County Star newspaper sponsored a debate/forum for the candidates for Ventura County Supervisors, Area 2.
I have posted the YouTube version of this debate aired on TOTV.
I’ll let the reader pass their own judgment.
I’ll add my thoughts at a later time.
It was released earlier today that Jeff Gorell has been endorsed by SIX-TIME City of Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox. In a direct repudiation of Gorell’s opponent, Claudia Bill-de la Pena, a current member of the Thousand Oaks City Council, other current and former Councilmen have endorsed Gorell:
- Current Councilman Al Adam
- Current Councilman Kevin McNamee
- Former Councilman Joel Price
- Former Mayor and Councilman Dennis Gillette
Two others, who are Democrats, although I believe, Joel Price, is also a Democrat, have declared themselves neutral in the race.
- Mayor and Councilman Bob Engler – running for re-election
- Assemblywoman and former Mayor/Councilwoman Jacqui Irwin – running for re-election
Flap asks why?
Three of your CURRENT colleagues on the Council are either supporting your opponent or are neutral?
Something is amiss here or maybe it is simply that Gorell’s opponent doesn’t work well with others?
— Jeff Gorell (@JeffGorell) September 9, 2022
Former long-time Mayor and Councilman for Thousand Oaks, Andy Fox has endorsed Jeff Gorell for Ventura County Supervisor.
While this is not a surprise, it is notable since Fox served for many years with Gorell’s opponent, Thousand Oaks City Councilwoman Claudia Bill-de la Pena, on the council.
One would think that serving so many years in a working relationship with someone, you, as an ex-pol, would simply sit out the election. Not so with Fox.
There must be a host of reasons.
I’ll let Andy speak to them himself.
This is a significant pick-up endorsement for Gorell.
@vcstar @Mike___Harris @ReporterDawn @BeccaWhitnall @KyleBJorrey @TOAcornNews PLEASE CALL OUT @HonestyCounts4U for what it is! Can’t wait to see what the OBJECTIVE FACTUAL HONESTY COUNTS has to say ???????
— WomenUnited (she/her) (@Unicorn4Peace) August 28, 2022
Will the mainstream media investigate why a Ventura County Supervisor and her Planning Commissioner are hiding behind a supposed fact-checking website and Twitter account (@HonestyCounts4U)? In addition, is this advocacy considered a reportable California Campaign contribution?
Flap will be watching the campaign filings – as others already have.