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Susan Komar is making news. She's the ONLY WOMAN Candidate for Oxnard City Council and wants radical and well-received concepts such as a TWO-YEAR Moratorium on New Home Construction in Oxnard and to take a serious look at the traffic congestion we have NOW due to all these new homes that have propagated faster than horny jack rabbits.

This Page will be the repository for all Archived News Articles about Susan and will remain active on the Ox-Jo until she is elected to the City Council.


The OxJo


Look - up in the Sky. . .it's a bird, it's a plane, it's Susan Komar.

Someone in Oxnard City Politics has a wild hair in their proverbial dark hole for the only woman candidate on the ballot for the upcoming Council Election.

This past Saturday, while a massive voter registration drive was going on at the College and people were outside enjoying the weekend, a bi-plane flew over Oxnard dragging a banner that stated:


What made this exercise in Political Tom-foolery so amusing is that for the most part of the day, the Marine Layer, (U-Rah) the clouds, and the fog obscured the <<DO NOT>> portion of the banner and many viewers read:


So whizz-poor planning on behalf of the threatened candidate who paid $800.oo to the Santa Paula pilot who flew it over Oxnard for four hours was the result of this exercise in kindergarten politics. Meanwhile, the Ventura County District Attorney's office detectives are probing for more on this and speaking with all involved.

One of the other male candidates in Oxnard City Politics is taking low blows at a woman. It is not very gentlemanly, but he, who is doing this, knows who he is and he has to answer for this when all is revealed at the judgement. But before that, the VOTE and the people judge first.


Red-Star Press Does it Again. . . . . .

In an obvious slam against the express wishes of the Komar Campaign, and the sensitivity of the DA's investigation with 'gag-orders' in place. . . the Star printed a report about threats and stalking committed against Susan Komar by an Oxnard Funeral Home owner. The Komar Campaign wanted to keep these circumstances underground while Oxnard Police Detectives and County DA's sorted out the facts. In addition to threats reported by the Star and known previously to the OxJo, photo-copied accusations against Komar were placed on the windshields of vehicles parked at this past Tuesday's City Hall during the regular Council session. Komar was notified of the flyers and she came down to City Hall and removed as many as she could. However, a few were not removed and one of those was obtained by the Oxnard Journal. Due to the "Hate-Crime" Nature of the allegation on the one flyer, it was turned over to Komar Campaign and also to the Oxnard Police.

The Red Star Press had no right to run with this story and it may be in for some explaining to the officials at 800 South Victoria. Ray Komar, who is co-ordinating damage control has been polling for opinion on how this news story, which should not have been printed, may be interpreted. "It's making women mad, especially considering that a man is stalking and threatening a woman." Komar told the OxJo.

In the recount on the INCF Forum , the OxJo reported that an arrest was made. It was Schimmel who was arrested and Komar who was threatened. The OxJo did not report the names of parties involved due to the confidential nature of on-going investigations - but investigations be damned - the Star has a Story that will sell newsprint.

Prior to Schimmel's arrest in Council Chambers, the Mayor and Councilman Maulhardt were advised to leave the council dais for their own personal safety; they retired to the Council Ante Room. Why was Schimmel there in the first place. At first he sat in the back, then he moved up to the front row and sat directly in front of Susan.

The Star reported Mayor Lopez saying Susan was angry and irate. To the contrary, Susan was composed and very much poised to conduct herself for the forum. She showed no signs of distress, and there was no time when she was out of sight of this reporter to display the behavior reported to the Star by the Mayor.

The best thing for this whole situation is for everyone to drop it. . . but the Komars are being physically threatened. How would you feel if a Funeral Director was threatening business that bad that they need to use death threats as a marketing tool? Susan Komar is doing her best to keep campaigning. After reading the report in the Star it is difficult to understand why the Schimmels cannot just forget what happened on their house hunting trip and move on.....could there be more to this? Could another candidate for council be prodding the Schimmels to continue and stalk the Komars? Is another candidate threatened by a woman candidate, a Republican Woman and a woman who has a firm grasp on the issues and wants to improve life in a City she calls home.

Threats and intimidation is nothing new in Oxnard Politics. As a side note, when I (Bill Winter) ran for Mayor in 1998, I received numerous threatening phone calls to "Drop it", "to get out of the race" and these calls were made to dissuade me from running against two other candidates (Lopez and Hererra). I notified the Police and all they could advise of was to get caller id and report any other calls. I never got any physical threats, although one night all the cars on my street had their tires punctured. I chose not to associate this event with the campaign, but some said it was intentional.

Politics in this city is messy, dirty, and down-right corrupt at times. Cowardly acts of aggression and violence need to be reported and our local law enforcement needs to take a more pro-active stance against those individuals who chose to make threats instead of using the ballot box to make the changes they personally want.


Subject: Fw: Fw x 3: ::::: Medina Story

It would be nice to hear back from someone.......before Tuesday....respectfully,

Bill Winter

----- Original Message -----
To: Tim Gallagher
Sent: Sunday, October 13, 2002 11:30 AM
Subject: Fw x 2: ::::: Medina Story

Dear Mr. Gallagher:

I know you constantly profess a policy of accuracy in the Star. I and others in the County depend on this.

To date, I have yet to hear back from either Mr. Howry or Hernandez regarding the e-mails below. I know Mr. Hernandez doesn't care much for me as I maintain a cyber-newspaper (Oxnard Journal) and often I voice my criticism of the news slant the Star takes to stories about Oxnard. I know recently, you have made strides to improve your coverage. I commend you for this, but at times it is still difficult for us here in Oxnard to believe what you print.

Your coverage of the Medina war chest is your latest example.

In e-mails I have written and answered with other local friends in the past two days, some felt. Mr. Hernandez did not have the latest results of the Campaign Finance Statements.

This is hard to believe because the Medina 460 Statement, along with others were readilly available Tuesday.

This in itself is frustrating - but what is most upsetting is the lack of response I get from Mssrs. Howry and Hernandez. It makes me feel insignificant and of little importance when I am ignored. It is rude and uncaring...but what can I do ---- your newspaper is the only one we have for our local information.

I hope you can convince your staff to be courteous and reply to their e-mails...since you provide us an open opportunity to reach your staff by electronic mail and this aspect is one terrific reality of your news organization.

/s/ Bill Winter - Oxnard.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2002 10:12 AM
Subject: ::::: Medina Story

Dear Mr. Howry - Managing Editor:

I am hopeful to hear back from Raul, if not, please look into running a correction and please state:

Oxnard Firefighter's Association for Better Government (ID#801528) paid Medina a total of $9,270.oo, by far the largest single allocation for any candidate reported

Sincerely,-- Bill Winter

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2002 9:37 AM
Subject: Medina Story


How do you figure: Saul Medina has raised nearly $5,000 when his campaign filing statement states he raised - $14,3444.

Hope I hear back from you.

Bill Winter