By Kevin Harris
Republican Tim McCarthy is running for Ventura County Supervisor for District 2, which covers Thousand Oaks, Northern and Eastern portions of the City of Camarillo, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Oak Park, Hidden Valley, Lake Sherwood, Somis, Las Posas Valley, Camarillo Springs, Camarillo Heights, Casa Conejo, Santa Rosa Valley, and South Coast.
McCarthy, who has worked in the private sector for his entire career, primarily in the security field, was born and raised in New Jersey and South Florida, but has since been a long time Thousand Oaks resident with his wife and two children for more than 24 years.
Citizens Journal Reporter Kevin Harris had the opportunity to conduct an exclusive interview with Mr. McCarthy on May 18, 2022, regarding his candidacy. While some editing was done for content and space limitations, every effort was made to retain any relevant or interesting responses by the candidate.
(CJ) Do you believe being the only candidate who is not formally a “politician,” and without endorsements by politicians, unions or special interests helps or hurts your chances of becoming a Ventura County Supervisor? And can you tell our readers who might be unclear about the position what your job would be, as a VC Supervisor?
(McCarthy) I think in today’s environment, not being endorsed by a career politician is an actual advantage. I am endorsed by what Ronald Reagan said was the “conscience of the Republican Party,” which is the California Republican Assembly, and I’m endorsed by citizen groups such as CUFF (Citizens United for Freedom); Hollywood for Freedom; among others.
As far as the differences between the county government and city council, the county takes care of all the unincorporated areas. Even in the City of Thousand Oaks, there’s both “city” property and “unincorporated” property. The trash service in the unincorporated parts of the city would be handled by the Tim McCarthy Board of Supervisors, while trash service in city sections by the city council. Other services can work different ways in different places. Thousand Oaks, for example, doesn’t have their own police department, so they pay the county, and we dispatch or place police officers in that area, depending on their budget and police needs.
The county also covers infrastructure such as water; roads; electricity; in our case two airports (Camarillo and Oxnard airports); two hospitals; beach preservation; fire prevention… and the $2.4 billion budget for the county, which includes public health, ambulances, and more.
(CJ) You stand for some common sense ideals, which in California are often interpreted as very conservative ideals. Things like parents rights; law & order; schools teaching the basics; a pro-business environment and secure elections, to name a few. Do you believe California, or in the very least, your district, is ready to elect a common sense candidate?
(McCarthy) Oh absolutely. The county is only one seat away from having a conservative board. The seat that I’m running for is the swing seat that flips the board from a liberal leaning board to a conservative leaning board. So we’re very ready, we have a lot of republicans in the area. There’s even a lot of democrats who are voting for our conservative values because the State of California has gone too far off the rails.
Like school choice. Our public school system is failing. We’re 41st in the country. You have people that like public safety. Whether you’re a democrat or republican, you want your streets to be safe, you want your families to be safe. You don’t want to defund the police, you want to increase the police. Homelessness crosses boundaries.
(CJ) Should Critical Race Theory be taught in our public schools?
(McCarthy) I’m a hard “no.” (laughs). I think our schools are failing completely, and us trying to teach social lifestyles to our kids is completely wrong. We should be teaching the basics of writing, reading, arithmetic, economics, our real history not revisionary, basics in life. If you’re in high school bring back some of the skills like wood shop, auto mechanics and steel working. I don’t think there’s any room in our schools for CRT.
(CJ) You’re a strong believer in our God-given, inalienable rights, and you’ve written that “no situation should pause these rights, including viruses, threats, or disagreement with government.” Can you talk a little more about that?
(McCarthy) When you look at the first two amendments, which is the freedom of speech and religion, and then the second one which is the right to bear arms, which is really to protect the first amendment… once the government starts impeding on those rights, what’s to stop them from continuing from impeding on them?
So today there’s a sickness out there, so everybody’s freedom to move around is now infringed upon. Well the science didn’t really back up a lot of what was being said, and there was a lot of division among experts on the virus and what causes it and how to prevent it and how is it spread. So there is nothing definitive leading to a reason to infringe on anybody’s rights.
(CJ) What are your thoughts about issuing concealed carry permits for law-abiding citizens?
(McCarthy) I’m 100 percent in agreement with our residents and citizens’ ability to protect themselves at all times. Governor Newsome let a lot of people out of jail, armed robberies and home invasions are on the increase. People have the right to protect themselves. They also need training to make sure that they know how to do it properly.
(CJ) Can you tell us your thoughts on Measures A & B, and where you stand on the issue? Also, is oil produced from local wells of sufficient quality to be refined into gasoline?
(McCarthy) Those are great questions. I would vote “no” on Measures A & B, and the reasons why, there are already 12 regulation agencies that are monitoring oil production throughout California. So it’s highly regulated already. In 1980 they started doing the leasing (of the oil wells). Anything before 1980 was not under lease, and Measures A & B could restrict actions with those wells.
For example, in the old oil wells they would get scaling on the side walls, so you would have to re-drill to clean out the line coming up. Well now (if A & B passes) you’d have to that through the county, and there’s an arbitrary decision by 5 people on the Board of Supervisors whether or not to approve that maintenance program for that well.
As to your second question about the quality of our oil… We have about 4 billion barrels of oil underneath Ventura County. Ventura County makes up 4 percent of the total California oil retrieved right now. A high percentage of our oil is high grade. And it’s such high grade that it’s piped directly to the refineries over by LAX where it’s used in airplane fuel.
We could be more of an oil producer than what’s being allowed right now, and that’s what I would like to see – more energy independence within the state of California to help lower our gas prices and lower our energy prices. (McCarthy also mentioned the negative effect on the environment caused by having to ship more of our oil from overseas).
(CJ) Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know ahead of the midterm election on June 7?
(McCarthy) I think it’s vitally important that they look at who’s caused the damage over the last 20 years, and it’s been career politicians. Both of my opponents are career politicians for over 20 years, and they’re beholden to special interests and lobbyists, where I’m not. We’ve got to turn our county around, we’ve got to turn our businesses around, we’ve got to invest in the local community. They should pick a candidate that has skin in the game, in which I do – I’m a business owner. So, choose wisely!
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Tim McCarthy’s primary campaign website is available online at mccarthyforvcsupervisor.com.
The California State Primary Election takes place on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.
Kevin Harris is a reporter, editor and journalist, previous President of Cal State Northridge’s Society of Professional Journalists, and having worked for the LA Times and Newhall Signal. He is now also an author and videographer, and lives with his two children in Thousand Oaks.