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Miller to Seek 2nd Term on City Council

July 11, 1998|COLL METCALFE

Councilman Paul Miller announced Friday his intention to seek reelection in November for a second term, saying he still has "a lot of unfinished business."

The former Simi Valley police chief, who plans to file for candidacy Monday, said he will maintain his focus on keeping the city safe and prosperous.

"I have consistently pushed for and supported our city's efforts to maintain a zero-tolerance policy for crime and criminal gang activity," Miller said. "As a result, during the past four years, the city of Simi Valley has consistently ranked as one of the top two safest cities in the nation."

Miller, 60, holds a bachelor's degree in religion from UCLA and a master's degree in public communication from Pepperdine University. He won his council seat in 1994 after heading the Simi Valley Police Department for 12 years.

Miller said he was able to accomplish a number of important things for the city in his first term, including the construction of a new Police Department headquarters, the establishment of the Community Gang Task Force and the Simi Valley Police Foundation.

He was also instrumental in creating the Police Department's citizen volunteer program, which assists police with everything from data entry to locksmithing.

"There is a vast pool of people trained in a variety of disciplines who live in our community and who are willing to volunteer their time," he said. "This is one of the ways that costs in government can be lowered."

Looking ahead to the next four years, Miller said the city faces a number of challenges, including maintaining the low crime rate and increasing sales tax revenues.

Miller said he would, if elected, push to create an unarmed citizens patrol, create a traffic monitoring program to target speeders and devise strategies on how to best stop sales tax revenues from leaking into other communities.

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