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About drought, water shortages

OK, so SoCal is in yet another drought. This is nothing new. It’s a desert.

Residents are asked to cut back consumption and watch their landscape die. Watering days have been established.

It sickens me when I see a big-box hardware store watering their plants daily and a stream of water running down the driveway toward the street. Many other stores are doing this.

To see a local car dealership power-washing their cars almost daily. These are reputable businesses doing this.

To see the First Street grass area sprinklers spraying away. To see home owners watering their yards almost daily. Complete lack of respect.

This drought condition is all caused by the idiocy in Sacramento by not spending a good portion of the $12-plus-billion surplus on the thing California needs most: water.

Are all the desalinization plants up and running? Doubtful. Billion-dollar investment lays a lot of pipe from a water-rich state. But the state wants California to grow. How and why? It can’t currently support the census now with the basic utility for life— water.

What is wrong with the voters and candidates who run or occupy office? Demand change. Fire the do-nothing politicians who are too preoccupied with the more fashionable issues. A politician acts on nothing but reacts to everything.

This state needs to smarten up. The people have to wake up and demand elected officials do what’s right for the overtaxed.

Alan Goldman
Simi Valley

To Gov. Gavin Newsom: Why have you not started a project like Mulholland did in Los Angeles?

You need to start a public service message to start a pipeline from Alaska to California, Nevada, Arizona, etc. After all, there are 800 fresh water lakes for every person in Alaska.

Also, water can be piped from Washington and Oregon where it rains constantly. If oil companies can do it for oil, then we can do it for a more precious source like water.

Also, why is the City of Simi allowing all the new building on every corner? No water in California? Electrical power failures? I do not get the logic.

Start surveying now, before all property values in California are reduced to zero. I do not understand such trivial letters I am reading in your columns.

We need to do what great men and women did before us. Read about the man who started the Hoover Dam. Read Herbert Hoover’s quotes and see the intelligence of his words.

Read Mulholland’s book about his rise from ditch digger to engineer who tunneled water to Los Angeles.

Where are these people today?

Michael Lacouture
Simi Valley

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From hope to despair

Thank you, Acorn staff, for your uplifting June 18 edition. The inspiring biographies of Apollo High graduates Alessandro Cotrufo and Cinthya Perez-Mesina, and the cheery photos of fathers and their children left me happily smiling.

I especially appreciate Vicki A. Peebly’s compassionate letter supporting Nick Roske and his family. As both a sophomore and senior, Nick was a cheerful, intelligent, creative student in my English class at Simi Valley High School. I can only picture him with a huge, goofy grin.

The closing sentences in his final essay analyzing George Orwell’s “1984” said, “If enough attention is paid to the dangerous issues and checks are put into place, the world of ‘1984’ can be avoided. As long as people hold knowledge, and use it to support their views with logic, democracy will stay alive.”

In 2014, Nick was an insightful, graduating senior, filled with hope. I don’t know what happened during the intervening years, but I grieve over the desperation he must have felt.

Sharon Kelley
Simi Valley

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Roske pleads not guilty to murder attempt

A retired Simi Valley High School teacher is having a difficult time reconciling the pleasant memories she has of former student Nicholas Roske with the serious criminal charge he’s now facing.

Roske, 26, pleaded not guilty June 22 to one count of attempting to murder Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. According to the FBI, the Simi Valley resident traveled from California to Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland on June 8 with the intent of killing the conservative justice and then taking his own life.

He told police he wanted to kill Kavanaugh because he feared the justice would help reverse Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that gave women the right to have an abortion. Two days after Roske’s arraignment, the Supreme Court did just that.

If convicted, Roske faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison.

Sharon Kelley, who was Roske’s English teacher at Simi Valley High eight years ago, said she never imagined his life would take such a dark turn.

“In 2014, Nick was just a happy kid who welcomed the chance to challenge himself, to think, and to talk about ideas in class discussions,” Kelley told the Acorn in an email.

Although he was an engaged student, the former teacher said she doesn’t remember Roske expressing any strong political leanings when he was a teenager.

“I cannot imagine the lighthearted young man I knew feeling suicidal or contemplating sacrificing his own life by assassinating a Supreme Court Justice—even if he abhorred his decisions,” Kelley said.

Before Roske traveled to Maryland, he had been living with his parents on Simi Valley’s east side. Kelley said she feels for them and the rest of Roske’s family as they struggle to comprehend what happened.

“I . . . grieve for Nick’s family when they look back at the cheerful, active person he was and compare that to the darkness he felt, and the desolate consequences he is now deservedly facing,” she said.

Roske remains in custody following his arraignment last week in a Greenbelt, Maryland, federal courtroom. During that appearance, he bowed his head and clasped his hands around his neck as he answered U.S. Magistrate Judge Ajmel Quereshi’s questions, according to the Associated Press.

Roske’s public defender, Andrew Szekely, told the judge that he was satisfied Roske was getting the medical care and unnamed medication that he needs while in custody.

A tentative trial date for Roske is scheduled for Aug. 23.

Roske was armed with a gun, knife, and pepper spray when he was arrested June 8 outside Kavanaugh’s home in Montgomery County, Maryland. Instead of carrying out his plan, he texted his sister and told her of his intentions, police said. At her urging, Roske called 911 to turn himself in. He was arrested without incident.

Kelley said she’s appalled by Roske’s actions and his alleged intentions, and relieved that no one was hurt.

“Thank goodness that when he faced his destination, he called his sister for help,” she said.

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Fireworks return and so does the danger

This year residents have multiple opportunities to see professional fireworks, so there’s no excuse for anyone to risk injury or spark a fire with illegal illuminations.

Public festivities start today, July 2, with the free Star-Spangled Rock ’N Country Jam and Fireworks Celebration in Simi Valley. For details, go to

Moorpark will light up the sky Sunday with its annual Third of July Fireworks Extravaganza featuring music, games, and fireworks. Admission is $8 in advance online, and $10 at the gate (cash only). For details, go online to

Many fireworks shows are set for Monday night too, including the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in Thousand Oaks, which can be viewed from Janss Marketplace and The Oaks mall parking lots and surrounding areas.

All private fireworks are forbidden in Simi Valley. Yet every year, authorities must caution the public to leave pyrotechnics in the hands of professionals. It’s a plea that usually falls on deaf ears as the crack and boom of amateur skyrockets can be heard throughout the community on the Fourth and the days leading up to and after it.

The dangerously dry conditions caused by a record lack of rain this year aren’t limited to the surrounding hillsides.

Think of all the brown lawns and drier-than-normal trees and bushes in local neighborhoods due to the drought. Now think about a misfired home bottle rocket or other cheap explosive device that lands in a dessicated bush and catches fire. It’s a recipe for disaster.

We’ve seen the scenario play out too many times, and we’re stunned to think there are still people who get a kick out of launching fireworks in streets and in backyards.

We’d like those folks who are still bent on hosting their own home fireworks show to think about the impact the concussive booms have on veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, not to mention the effect the loud noises can have on pets. The type of person who launches backyard explosives isn’t what you’d call the brightest sparkler in the bunch.

Fireworks don’t just cause property damage. Serious physical injuries can result when explosive devices—even small ones—are mishandled by amateurs.

The use of illegal fireworks can be reported anonymously to the Simi Valley Police Department. If you know exactly where fireworks are actively being set off, call the non-emergency line at (805) 583-6950. For advance tips about pre-planned fireworks, call (805) 583-6917. For fires or emergencies, dial 911.

The grand, glorious public fireworks shows in our area offer a safe alternative in a controlled environment.

This weekend is a wonderful time to celebrate America—all that it is and all that it can be. We hope you have a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend. But please, leave the fireworks to the pros. You’ll be glad you did, and so will your neighbors.

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County spokesperson resigns after hit-and-run DUI arrest in Ventura

FACING JAI L , F INE S— Ashley Bautista, the county’s spokesperson since January 2020, resigned June 21. The 40-year-old was arrested in Ventura June 17 on suspicion of DUI hit-and-run. She’s been accused of rear-ending a car at a stop sign and leaving the scene. Courtesy photo

FACING JAI L , F INE S— Ashley Bautista, the county’s spokesperson since January 2020, resigned June 21. The 40-year-old was arrested in Ventura June 17 on suspicion of DUI hit-and-run. She’s been accused of rear-ending a car at a stop sign and leaving the scene. Courtesy photo

The County of Ventura’s lead spokesperson has resigned after she was arrested this month on suspicion of hit-and-run drunk driving.

Cmdr. Edward Caliento of the Ventura Police Department said police stopped county Public Information Officer Ashley Bautista around 9 p.m. June 17 near Ocean and S. Seaward avenues.

An hour earlier, Caliento said, someone called police to say they were rear-ended by Bautista’s vehicle while waiting at a stop sign to turn onto Harbor Boulevard from Paseo de Playa. Bautista allegedly drove off after the collision.

Officers determined she was under the influence and placed her under arrest, Caliento said. The 40-year-old was alone in her vehicle at the time. No injuries were reported, the commander said.

VPD officers booked Bautista into Ventura County Main Jail in Ventura just after midnight on June 18, jail records show. She was released that day with an order to appear in court Aug. 18.

If convicted of DUI hit-andrun,

Bautista faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/ or a minimum $1,000 fine.

Jackie Nuñez, the county’s assistant PIO, said Bautista resigned June 21. The county had no further comment.

Bautista had worked as the county public’s information officer since January 2020. Prior to being hired, she spent five years as the communications manager for the City of Ventura and the Ventura Police Department, where she won several state and national awards for her leadership in the communications field.

Previously, she worked in the private sector as a partner in a private firm specializing in communications and public relations. She was recognized by the Pacific Coast Business Times as one of the Top 50 Women in Business.

Bautista earned a base salary of $203,340 at the time of her resignation. She did not return a request to comment for this article.

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‘We must choose,’ Cheney warns

Rep. Liz Cheney Photo by Michele Willer-Allred/ Acorn Newspapers

Rep. Liz Cheney Photo by Michele Willer-Allred/ Acorn Newspapers

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, warned an audience in Simi Valley on Wednesday that America’s freedom is not only being tested abroad but faces an unprecedented domestic threat thanks to former President Donald Trump, “who is attempting to unravel the foundations of our Constitutional Republic.”

“And he is aided by Republican leaders and elected officials who have made themselves willing hostages to this dangerous and irrational man,” said Cheney, speaking in front of a crowd of more than 700 people at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

Police presence was heavy during Cheney’s appearance. As he introduced the congresswoman, Roger Zakheim, director of the Ronald Reagan Institute in Washington, D.C., told the audience that there may be folks trying to disrupt the event.

“I think you’ll agree that there is no place here for cancel culture,” Zakheim said to applause.

Cheney’s appearance was part of the Reagan Foundation’s speaker series called “A Time for Choosing,” in which Republicans from many perspectives share their views.

‘WE DEMAND EXCELLENCE’—In Simi Valley on June 29, Rep. Liz Cheney urged voters to elect people who are serious about solving challenges. Photo by MICHELE WILLER-ALLRED/Acorn Newspapers

‘WE DEMAND EXCELLENCE’—In Simi Valley on June 29, Rep. Liz Cheney urged voters to elect people who are serious about solving challenges. Photo by MICHELE WILLER-ALLRED/Acorn Newspapers

Cheney, who is vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection, said some in her own Republican Party are embracing Trump and enabling his lies, and threats have been made to witnesses who have come before the committee.

“No party, and no people, and no nation can defend and perpetuate a Constitutional Republic if they accept a leader who has gone to war with the rule of law, with the democratic process, or with the peaceful transition of power, with the Constitution itself,” she said.

“Republicans cannot both be loyal to Donald Trump and to the Constitution,” she said. “We must choose, at this moment.”

Cheney said she came to this choice as a mother of five, committed to ensuring that her children and their children can continue to live in an America where the peaceful transfer of power is guaranteed.

“We must ensure that we live in a nation that is governed by law and not by men,” she said.

Cheney began her speech warning about the threats America faces from countries such as Russia, and said it was a promising sign that Sweden and Finland have officially been invited to join NATO.

She said there have been significant challenges at home, as well, with the Biden administration’s economic policies contributing to the worst inflation in 40 years, the expansion of government regulation killing jobs and economic growth, and a surge in immigration at the country’s southern border that is unsustainable, reckless and dangerous.

“I’m a conservative Republican, and I believe deeply in the policies of limited government, of low taxes, of a strong national defense, and I believe that the family is the center of our community and our lives,” Cheney said. “And I believe those are the right policies for our nation.”

As the House committee digs deeper into the events of Jan. 6, Cheney said “it has become clear that the efforts Donald Trump oversaw and engaged in were even more chilling and more threatening than we could have imagined.”

Cheney said that the committee has shown that Trump attempted to overturn the presidential election in an effort to stay in office and prevent the transfer of presidential power. He did so by summoning an angry, armed mob to the Capitol to delay and prevent the counting of electoral votes.

She said Trump also attempted to join the mob at the Capitol, refused to take action when violence began and incited further violence by tweeting threats to Vice President Mike Pence.

Cheney said she has been incredibly moved by young women who have come forward to testify in front of the committee, including Cassidy Hutchinson, whose “bravery and patriotism . . . were awesome to behold.”

“Little girls all across this great nation are seeing what it really means to love this country and what it really means to be a patriot,” Cheney said. “

“For the most part, men are running the world, and it’s really not going all that well,” she said, addressing the females watching.

Cheney ended the speech by saying all Americans must love the country more and “stand above politics to defend her.”

Cheney said she looks forward to the day when people can have civil discourse again. She urged Americans as they go into the voting booth to elect people who are serious about solving challenges.

“We demand excellence,” she said.

Cheney’s speech drew large applause and even standing ovations at various points, but outside some demonstrators gathered, holding signs saying “Liz Cheney is a RINO. The January 6th Committee is a sham.”

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Rebecca Grossman PR plug backfires

SPEAKING OUT—Rebecca and Peter Grossman leave the Van Nuys courthouse after a hearing. The pair recently appeared together at a Grossman Burn Foundation event in Woodland Hills. Acorn file photo

SPEAKING OUT—Rebecca and Peter Grossman leave the Van Nuys courthouse after a hearing. The pair recently appeared together at a Grossman Burn Foundation event in Woodland Hills. Acorn file photo

Friends of Nancy Iskander are expressing anger after a local lifestyle magazine published an interview with Rebecca Grossman they say contained misleading information.

In the story, posted by Southern California Life on June 21 and taken down six days later, Grossman is quoted as telling guests at an event for the Grossman Burn Foundation, which she and plastic-surgeon husband Peter Grossman founded, that there were many factors to blame for the deaths of Iskander brothers Mark, 11, and Jacob, 8.

Grossman struck the two boys with her car in a crosswalk in Westlake Village on Sept. 29, 2020; she’s now on trial for murder.

The piece also referenced alleged death threats leveled at the Grossman family.

While there’s no byline on the story, the magazine is published by Monique Reidy, who once served as editor-in-chief of Westlake Magazine under then-publisher Rebecca Grossman.

Neither Reidy nor Southern California Lifestyle magazine responded to a request for comment on why the story was removed.

“I feel for the family every day,” Grossman is quoted as saying at the Memorial Day weekend event at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that it doesn’t keep me up at night. . . . I was always one of these people that said live life to the fullest, but the trauma of it all has created so much sadness and sorrow for everyone,” the 58-year-old Grossman says in the since-removed piece.

The Hidden Hills resident is awaiting trial on two counts of second-degree murder, hit-and-run, and other charges, and faces 34 years to life if convicted on all counts. She is free on bond. Her next court hearing is Aug. 1.

In an interview with the Acorn a few days after the article was published online, Jennifer Nagle, Sara Wallace, and the Rev. Chamie Delkeskamp of Ascension Lutheran School in Thousand Oaks—all of whom have attended various pretrial hearings in the case at the Van Nuys Courthouse— said Grossman found a friendly setting where she could give her side of the story.

“I spoke to Nancy and she literally told me, ‘It broke my heart more to read this,’” Nagle said. “It was so hurtful to them.”

The story says there has been misinformation and testimony “printed out of context in the press.”

“There is video of the accident and aftermath, but only an edited portion was entered in court,” Grossman said.

The article goes on to say that Grossman “started writing letters to (Nancy Iskander) three days after the incident” only to have them “blocked by attorneys and the District Attorney.”

“I just wish I could sit down with her in person and talk. None of our lives will ever be the same,” Grossman is quoted as saying regarding Nancy Iskander, who was just feet from Mark and Jacob when they were hit.

The story was callous, said Nagle, whose son, Connor, was best friends with Mark.

“It still seems that she’s taking no responsibility whatsoever in any of this. We feel that we have an obligation to speak out now, too, and remind people that there were choices that she made,” Nagle said.

“They can try to change the narrative as much as they want to,” Nagle added. “But the fact remains that had she not been speeding down that road, the boys would not have been hit that night.”

According to pretrial testimony, with their mother and 5-year-old brother Zach at arm’s-length, Mark and Jacob were crossing Triunfo Canyon Road at Saddle Mountain Drive when Grossman, allegedly racing a friend, sped through the intersection at 73 mph—28 over the limit—striking and killing the brothers.

Although Grossman never tested over the legal limit and isn’t charged with DUI, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Gould maintains she had been drinking before the collision and that she tried to leave the scene. The first responding officer determined her to be impaired, according to testimony at the preliminary hearing.

Grossman told Southern California Life that she did not try to restart her vehicle multiple times after the crash to flee, as alleged by the prosecution. The Mercedes SUV was restarted by a towing company that arrived to take the car away, she said.

Sara Wallace, whose son Hunter was a friend of Mark’s and son Bodie was in Jacob’s class, said the story was like a punch in the gut, including a quote attributed to Peter Grossman as the deaths being “the elephant in the grass.”

“It was really callous as a way to describe such a tragic event,” she said.

Wallace also questioned Grossman’s portrayal as the victim.

“As a mother, it’s unfathomable for me to think that it’s a fun idea to drive in such a reckless manner down a residential street. These kids were in a crosswalk in their neighborhood where there’s always pedestrians.

“She had to have known the risk, and she took that risk,” Wallace said “Of course she didn’t want this to happen. But when things happen, you have to have some accountability.”

The Acorn tried unsuccessfully to reach Grossman and her new lead attorney for comment.

Delkeskamp, the school’s pastor and religion teacher, said a prayer request that often comes up regarding the Iskanders is for justice not vengeance.

The pastor said she and the others want to ensure that the truth about the incident comes out and that justice is served.

“I feel that there’s a claim that (the deleted) article is ‘true’ and everything else that you have heard is ‘not true.’ That is very frustrating to me as someone who is supposed to seek the truth and always tell the truth.”

Her role at the school gives Delkeskamp insight into how the students are dealing with the tragedy.

“One of the boys in Jacob’s class, he is still scared to cross a street,” she said. “For some of our kids there’s still a fear factor. You’re able to heal when you know that you’re taken care of and you know that justice happens.”

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Local seats up for grabs

The nomination period for November’s municipal election doesn’t open until July 18, but buzz is already building about potential candidates.

Three seats are up for grabs on the City Council: the mayor and two council members. The mayor is elected at large to a two-year term; City Council members are elected by district to a four-year term.

Joe Ayala and Fred Thomas have already begun campaigning to become the next mayor of Simi Valley.

Ayala, a union negotiator, ran for mayor in 2020.

“Simi Valley can and should be a place where everyone has a voice, housing, equal rights, a living wage and is welcomed,” Ayala says on his 2022 campaign website.

Thomas, a business owner and president of the Simi Valley Police Foundation, said his goal is to make sure the city remains a safe and family-friendly community for future generations.

“I want Simi to have a bright future and I want to give my time to make that happen,” Thomas told the Acorn in April

Residents Robert Clarizio and Mary Poitier also submitted candidate intention statements to the city to run for mayor.

Clarizio, a communications technology consultant, ran for mayor in 2020.

The Simi native said he is running again because he truly cares about the city.

Poitier, a longtime local resident, just completed a term on the Neighborhood Council No. 3 board and currently serves on the Youth Employment Services advisory board. She earned a master’s degree in communications management from USC and is now taking enrichment classes at Moorpark College, where she said she’s actively involved in diversity, equity and inclusion programs.

Mayor Keith Mashburn, who has served on the council since 2012 and as mayor since 2018, is not seeking reelection in November and will be moving to Texas.

In the race for City Council, Mike Judge, a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer, is seeking reelection to represent District 2. Judge was elected in 2010. He was the top vote getter in the 2018 election, before redistricting took effect.

Councilmember Ruth Luevanos, a teacher elected to the dais in 2018, was unsuccessful in her bid last month to represent the new 27th Congressional District.

If she decides to run again for council, she would face Judge in Simi Valley’s District 2.

As of Thursday, attempts to reach Luevanos for comments were unsuccessful.

Rocky Rhodes, a business owner, has said that he’ll be vying for the District 4 council seat.

“Simi Valley is a wonderful place to live and I hope to keep it that way,” Rhodes said.

Simi resident Joe Piechowski, who also lives in District 4, said he’s still pondering whether to run.

“I’ve not made a decision yet, but at this point I’m pressing ahead with plans for a campaign,” Piechowski said.

With the filing period still weeks away, the list of candidates is far from set.

In District 4, two other prospective candidates submitted paperwork to the city: Joseph Goeken and Eric Lundstrom.

Lundstrom is a former Simi Valley Unified School District board member and current treasurer of the Simi Valley Education Foundation.

Goeken’s campaign page on Facebook had no details as of Wednesday, except for a statement indicating he is a “concrete problem solver who’s looking to lead Simi into the future.”

The City Council voted June 13 to consolidate Simi’s municipal election with the statewide general election Nov. 8.

This election marks the first time Simi residents will get to vote for council members in Districts 2 and 4.

Candidates must reside in the eligible districts and be registered voters of that district during the nomination period. For details, go to

Nomination papers will be available from the City Clerk during the official nomination period, which runs from Mon., July 18 through Fri., Aug. 12. Since Mashburn is not running, the period for the mayor’s seat is extended to Wed., Aug. 17.

The City Clerk’s office is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays. To schedule an appointment to receive information about running for a seat and filing nomination papers, call (805) 583-6813. Sylvie Belmond contributed to this story.

School and park boards have two openings each

The filing period for candidates interested in running for the Simi Valley Unified District board and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District board of directors is from July 18 to Aug. 12. If an incumbent doesn’t run, the period is extended to Aug. 17.

Don Brodt announced earlier this year that he will be running to represent SVUSD’s Area D. The district is currently represented by Scott Blough, who was elected in 2014 and isn’t running again.

Brodt said he wants to see more academics in schools and less politics and opinions.

“We need to refocus, just stick to the basics, what our kids need to know to become useful citizens,” he told the Acorn in late April.

Area E, currently represented by Dawn Smollen, is also open. Smollen, who was appointed in 2017 and elected in 2018, said she will run for a new term.

“I have worked hard during my term to improve student achievement and have worked on projects to help secure our campuses,” she said. “I would like to continue the work and be given the opportunity to see these projects to completion. I have a lot more to give to this community, our children and families.”

Two RSRPD seats are up for grabs in November. The district serves residents in Simi Valley and unincorporated Oak Park.

Brian Dennert, a Royal High School teacher who has served as board director since 2018, said this week he plans on seeking reelection.

“I am proud of the progress I have contributed to in protecting open space and increasing access for the public,” Dennert said. “I am looking forward to protecting more land for recreation and conservation”

Ed Abele, a retired prosecuting attorney who has served as a board director since 2017, said Tuesday that he won’t announce whether or not he’ll run for reelection until after July 4.

Prospective candidates for RSRPD and SVUSD must file candidacy applications in person at the Ventura County Elections Division, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura.

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Elegance unveiled

SHE’S GOT STYLE—Ssculptor Chas Fagan, left, and Fred Ryan, chairman of the board of trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, lift a cover off a new statue of Nancy Reagan in the rose garden of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on June 28 in Simi Valley. The bronze sculpture features the first lady sitting on a granite bench with a basket of peony flowers (her favorite) and a piece of the Berlin wall tucked inside a copy of the Washington Post. Photos by MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

Guests walk around a new statue of Nancy Reagan in the rose garden at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on June 28.

Fred Ryan, chairman of the board of trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, speaks during the unveiling of a new statue of Nancy Reagan in the rose garden at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on June 28.

Sculptor Chas Fagan attends the unveiling of a new statue of Nancy Reagan in the rose garden at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on June 28.

John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, takes a closer look at a new statue of Nancy Reagan that was unveiled in a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on June 28.

A small piece of the Berlin wall is part of a new statue of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

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