Dr. Mikos is the leader of the Moorpark SOAR effort, co-author of the Moorpark SOAR initiative, and co-architect of the strategies needed and successfully applied to (1) qualify the Moorpark SOAR for the ballot and (2) get Moorpark people the right to vote on both SOAR and the controversial and ill-advised Hidden Creek Ranch/Messenger Development Deal in 1999.
Because of Mikos’ efforts then, YOU, the voters had the opportunity to approve (or deny) Hidden Creek’s replacement project—North Park Village (on February 28, 2006). You soundly defeated North Park 3 to 1!
Roseann Mikos was the ONLY councilmember candidate in 2000—and was/is still the only ONE in 2004, 2008, and now in 2012—who consistently and diligently worked to ensure the people's right to vote on these important issues—from the beginning—before it became obvious from the voter mandate on January 12, 1999 that "saving open space and agricultural resources" is what our people value.
Mikos and her grass-roots SOAR supporters met each challenge steadfastly, on behalf of the people of Moorpark, in spite of repeated (unsuccessful) efforts to stop her and the will of the people re: SOAR and Hidden Creek by the two Anti-SOAR incumbents who failed to be re-elected in the 2000 election.
No other Moorpark councilmember candidate on the 2000, 2004, 2008, or 2012 election ballots—except Roseann Mikos—did anything to support the passage of SOAR and the defeat of Hidden Creek Ranch/Messenger during the 1998-1999 elections.
No other councilmember candidate—except Roseann Mikos—has continued to support SOAR since then, by supporting the legal efforts to protect and uphold the people's votes, all while the past City Council majority (led by the two incumbents then up for re-election) consistently sided with Hidden Creek Ranch/Messenger in all litigation—trying to overturn the people's votes, instead of fighting for what the people voted for.
On all substantive issues, a judge ruled AGAINST Hidden Creek/Messenger, LAFCO, and the city; and, ruled FOR the people of Moorpark who supported SOAR.
This tells you that "We, the people" were correct and the others were wrong. The judge even ruled that government "abused it's discretion" by inappropriately allowing annexation of the Hidden Creek land into the city, so he overturned the annexation.
Dr. Roseann Mikos was the ONLY Moorpark candidate in 2000 who would NOT allow government to abuse its discretion, just because they wanted to rubber stamp an ill-conceived developer's plan that clearly violated the public trust and the Moorpark General Plan.
Thanks for remembering that when you voted on November 7th, 2000, to elect Roseann Mikos, again when you voted on November 2nd, 2004, on November 4th, 2008, and on November 6th, 2012 to RE-ELECT Roseann Mikos!
Dr. Roseann Mikos was the ONE candidate most responsible for giving YOU (not just three councilmembers) the opportunity to decide the fate of the North Park (replacement for Hidden Creek) project, that faced our city and YOU, the voters, in February 2006.
Thanks for becoming informed about both the liabilities and the benefits of North Park, as you prepared for that February 28, 2006 vote. All of us had to weigh the pros and cons, asking ourselves: “Does the bad outweigh the good?” OR “Does the good outweigh the bad?”
It is clear that more than 75% of Moorpark voters agreed that the bad outweighed the good about the North Park housing project. Thank you for your support to keep Moorpark a safe, small town that values open space.
Rest assured that Dr. Roseann Mikos will continue to ask the tough questions, to help you, so that you will be able to make an informed decision on any future project that may become subject to a SOAR vote--in this same area, or any other area--that is subject to YOUR SOAR voting rights .