I was very disappointed to read that voters may be confused by the huge amounts of money pouring into the Ventura County Board of Supervisors races. California Resources Corp. (formerly known as Occidental Petroleum) is spending money on hit pieces, misleading commercials and push polls. Don’t reward this mean-spirited attempt to buy your election. Vote for Carmen Ramirez for supervisor.
Oxnard’s mayor pro tem, Ramirez is an honest, hardworking, ethical and smart local resident who deserves to be elected to the board. I know that she has spent years protecting the health and safety of local residents. You will want her highly respected, independent voice to continue to make a positive difference in improving the quality of life for thousands of people who live, work and enjoy visiting Ventura County. Our family owns a home in Oxnard and is well-aware of what is at stake.
Send a strong message that this type of politics is not OK. Don’t let powerful special interests know they can win by spending nearly $1 million interfering in your election and misleading voters. Tell them your vote cannot be bought. Oil money cannot buy this election.
As a legislator and teacher who had the honor to represent and work in Ventura County for many years, the results of this election will be felt for decades. We will all benefit from Ramirez’s wisdom and integrity as a member of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.
Fran Pavley is a former state senator from Agoura Hills.
I have received an anti-Carmen Ramirez document funded by the California Resources Corp., which conducts business in Ventura County. This crude document includes serious misinformation, asserting that a county supervisor has the authority to change property tax laws and to change utility rates.
By mail, I have voted for Carmen Ramirez, based on her diligence and integrity as a member of the Oxnard City Council. I urge other voters to ignore this false information being mailed to them and vote for Ramirez, the best qualified candidate for District 5 county supervisor.
Sherman N. Mullin, Oxnard
The California Resources Corp. (Oil and Gas) PAC [political action committee], “For A Better Ventura County,” reported out in this newspaper, which supports supervisor candidates Tim Flynn, Kelly Long and Matt LaVere with an $825,000 pot of money, is now running a push poll.
The poll targets 5th district candidate Carmen Ramirez. The survey presents positive accomplishments of candidate Flynn followed by negatively characterized statements about Ramirez’s work, for example, to remove fossil fuel plants from Oxnard beaches, omitting the fact that votes to oppose the proposed Puente Peaker Plant were always unanimous.
There are other misleading statements attributed only to Ramirez, mistakes of the full [Oxnard City] Council and management. These dirty political tactics, seen in national elections, are rare locally, and not welcome in election campaigns in our small community.
Voters should understand that, while the PAC is running the poll, candidates who are receiving “campaign assistance” from this PAC have already declared their willingness to take money from the oil and gas industry. We should, then, expect to see more wells and fossil fuel plants at a time when the county is already feeling the effects of climate change. On the other hand, candidate Ramirez has taken a “no fossil fuel money” pledge, the only candidate to do so in the 5th district race.