SIMI VALLEY : Homeowner Activist to Seek Council Seat

Tim Hodge, a lawyer and homeowner activist, has scheduled a community meeting tonight to announce that he will run for the Simi Valley City Council in the November election. Two council seats will be at stake.

Hodge, 35, became active in local issues in 1990 during a dispute over an assessment district affecting homeowners in the Griffin Greenbriar tract. Hodge said his efforts helped lead to a reduction in the assessment.

More recently, Hodge said he has encouraged the city to work with a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy on a plan to build an indoor shooting range in place of a proposed outdoor range that has been opposed by some residents.

Hodge said Simi Valley should follow the lead of neighboring Moorpark and offer to fund a local firefighter paramedic program if the county declines to do so. The candidate said he also wants to streamline the city's planning process and encourage greater public participation at City Council meetings.

The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Simi Valley Library.

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