Ellis Green for Port Hueneme Council- but why?

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In his candidate statement to the VC Star on August 9th, Council incumbent Ellis Green proclaims:  “Our biggest challenges, presently, are City Council integrity, accountability and teamwork. Our inability to deal with these deficiencies has created a fiscal crisis of epic proportions involving erosion of financial reserves, outstanding liability

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claims by the federal government— HUD — and lawsuit concerns by the JPIA.”

These are curious comments from a former Council member who was a large contributor to the very problems of which he speaks.  Just like his former Council colleague and fellow candidate Sylvia Schnopp, Ellis lacks credibility to address the issues he impliedly attributes to others.  Here are the facts, and as you’ll note, Ellis shares center stage with Schnopp in many of these sorrowful outcomes:

• Ellis implies that the City’s fiscal crisis is not of his doing, yet in a short four-year duration on the Council from 2010 to 2014, the City experienced a 47% increase in deficit spending and a 40% reduction in General Fund reserves.

? FY2011-12 Total Budget Deficit $1.7 Million
? FY2014-15 Total Budget Deficit $2.5 Million
? FY2011-12 GF Reserve $21 Million
? FY2014-15 GF Reserve $12.7 million

• During the time which Ellis served on the Council, the City engaged in questionable accounting and cost recovery practices that have since led to a $2.4 million repayment demand from the federal government.

• Ellis, along with his Council colleagues, squandered $188,000 in terminating executive management employees who fell into disfavor even though incumbent members were responsible for their initial hiring.

• During Ellis’ four-year tenure on the Council, and while employed as a risk manager for the City of Ventura, a total of $1.8 million in workers compensation claims were filed against Port Hueneme compared to only $167,000 following his departure.

• Ellis, along with his incumbent colleagues, violated Brown Act open meeting laws in 2013, per the Ventura County District Attorney. Two years later, his former “team members” who remained on the Council were found guilty of the same indiscretion.

• Ellis has displayed erratic and unprofessional behavior as evidenced in his verbal assault on the Superintendent of the Hueneme Elementary School District at a public meeting regarding retention of school crossing guards (September 29, 2014).

It’s no wonder that Ellis has served only one term on the City Council in three attempts.  The one occasion he won (2010), he ran unopposed.  That year, there were three seats open and only three candidates qualified for the ballot.  The platform he offers is nothing more than a synopsis of problems he, along with his former incumbent colleagues, have contributed to.  Enough is enough; let’s look forward not backward.

 

Richard Nick moved to the Parkview Neighborhood of Port Hueneme in 2008.  He studied Business Administration at Ashford University.  He retired from the Navy in 2005 and is currently a Senior Engineer in Logistic for a government contractor in Camarillo.  He is a member of Ventura County Air Pollution Advisory Committee as a representative of Kathy Long and a strong advocate for our environment and Veterans care.

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