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Joe Gibson

"John is dedicated to assuring that our community has the best parks and recreation facilities and programs for all our residences to enjoy.  He is instrumental in helping many groups and organizations, including our local veterans at the annual Stand Down, to Thousand Oaks Little League, to  emceeing the Relay for Life of the Conejo Valley supporting those battling cancer.  John makes a positive difference in the lives of many. "

Joe Gibson

Board Member - Conejo Recreation and Park District

Dennis Gillette

"I have known John for over 23 years and during this time he has proven on numerous occasions, his willingness and competence to serve the community through his commitment to public service.  John served Thousand Oaks Little League for over 20 years including League President for 12 very successful years.  Among numerous other endeavors, he currently services on the board of the Community Leaders Association at California Lutheran University.   John had the honor of being appointed to serve on an interim basis on the board of directors of the Conejo Recreation and Park District from 2009-2010.  His 33 years of professional financial management experience and prior CRPD service makes him the ideal choice to fill a position on the Conejo Recreation and Park District board this November. "

Dennis Gillette

Retired Asst. Sheriff - Ventura County 

Former Council Member - City of Thousand Oaks

Former 3 Term Mayor - City of Thousand Oaks

Former Board Member - Conejo Recreation and Park District

Scott Harris

"John Short is a leader in our community, a tireless volunteer with an incredibly generous spirit, and has direct experience as a Conejo Recreation and Park Board Member.  He is also a personal friend of mine.  There is no better candidate that Mr. Short and he has my enthusiastic and unwavering support and endorsement."

Scott Harris

Chief Executive Officer - Mustang Marketing


Joey Herrick

"I first met John over 15 years ago when he was the president of a youth sports organization.  John has been a servant to our community for over 23 years in many capacities including serving for two years on the Conejo Recreation and Park Board to fill a vacancy in 2009-2010.  John's vast experience as a board member and his passion for the parks, open space, the senior center and scheduled park district activities makes him the right candidate. Join me in voting John Short for CRPD."

Joey Herrick

President / Founder - Lucy Pet Foundation & Lucy Pet Products

Chuck & Eloise Cohen

"John Short has our vote to be returned to the Conejo Recreation and Park District Board of Directors.  His years of serving the children of this region and, as a former CRPD board member, have been selfless and effective.  John lives and works in the Conejo Valley.  As an experienced expert financial advisor, he will be a guardian of Park District fiscal sustainability in addition to carrying out its mission of healthy family recreation, while preserving and maintaining our abundant, extraordinary permanent open space.  For what it's worth to Acorn readers, we, who came to this valley before the District was formed, urge readers to join us in voting John Short back onto the Park Board".  

Chuck Cohen

Former Mayor- City of Thousand Oaks

Former Council Member - City of Thousand Oaks

Albert Chrikjian

 "I have known John for over 10 years.  He is extremely dedicated to our community.  John organized the 50th Anniversary Parade for the City of Thousand Oaks several years ago and was a president of a local youth sports organization for over 12 years.  He has dedicated the past 20 years to various volunteer positions within the community, and truly has a passion to serve others.   His experience as a board member the with Conejo Recreation and Park District coupled with his 33 years as a financial advisor makes him the perfect candidate and he will have my vote this November.

Albert Chrikjian

Owner -  Old Oaks Cigar & WIne Co. 

Diane Badoud McKay

"John Short is the real deal. He cares about our community and service to others, and is willing to serve again on the CRPD District Board of Directors. We can't ask for much better."

Diane Badoud McKay

President - Mustang Marketing

Gene & Teri Student

"John Short is without a doubt one of the most honorable American's I know.  Please join us in casting your vote for John this November."

Gene & Teri Student

Bruce Stanton

"John is a natural leader and an asset to the city and the community of Thousand Oaks.  His selfless acts of kindness and support is second to none.  He has been an important part of Reign of Terror haunted house for over 10 years.  He is dedicated to any task and he takes them on with enthusiasm.  John is extremely responsible and "the guy" you want around when important decisions need to be made.  We are very fortunate to have John Short in our community.  "

Bruce  Stanton

Owner - Reign of Terror Haunted House 

 Janss Market Place

Gregg Amodei

"For over 10 years I served on the board of directors of a youth sports program when John was the president.  He is honest, hard working, and is dedicated to the community.  Join me in casting your vote for John Short, this November." 

Gregg Amodei


Douglas Tapking

"For the past 20 years I have seen John's commitment to the Conejo Valley.  John has served our community in many capacities, ranging from being a president of a youth sports program to chairing the 50th anniversary parade for the City of Thousand Oaks.  He has served with class and distinction and will be a great addition to the Conejo Recreation and Park District Board of Directors.  I urge you to vote Short"  

Douglas Tapking

Area Housing Authority Ventura County Executive Director - Retired

Forrest Frields

"I've known John for many years and have had on many occasions to work closely with him.  He is unsurpassed in his dedication and enthusiasm for Thousand Oaks parks and ball fields.  He is an excellent choice for election to the Conejo Recreation and Park District Board of Directors in November."

Forrest Frields

Amy Commans

"I am happy to endorse John Short for CRPD Board.  John is a highly ethical and widely respected professional.  We are so blessed to have a man of his kind heart, thoughtful character and genuine integrity in our community".  

Amy Commans

V.P. Community & Employer Relations - Los Robles Health System

John & Darci Theobaldi

"John has a passion for sports and recreation in the Conejo Valley.  His involvement in youth sports and fundraising give him the ideal background to help steer the CRPD in the next stage of maintenance, and enhancement for community.  Join us in voting for John Short ".

John & Darci Theobaldi

Jeff Matson

"As the former Chief of Police for the City of Thousand Oaks I have come across many individuals who are what I consider “Deep in the Community.” John Short is one of these individuals. These are the volunteers, the “movers and shakers,” the visionaries who strive to make our community better. Through their concerted and dedicated efforts they improve and maintain the quality of life here in Thousand Oaks, and John is one of these rare individuals.  John has the demonstrated experience as former Board Member with the Conejo Recreation and Park District.  

His 33 years' of experience as a financial advisor is truly needed to help make sound financial decisions for the Conejo Recreation and Park District. John is a leader in the community. If there is a need in the city John is involved. He has been highly involved in so many worthwhile causes it would take another page to list them all. What I have learned and observed over the many years of knowing John is that he cares deeply about our community. He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk. His involvement is always total.  You will not find a more dedicated person to his community than John Short and that is why I am fervently supporting his candidacy for Board Member for the Conejo Recreation and Park District."

Jeff Matson

Former Chief of Police - City of Thousand Oaks 

Ted & Lynn Frakes

"I first met John at the Thousand Oaks Little League  more than 16 years ago.  As TOLL president he was cooking burgers and dancing at the same time!  He enjoys serving and helping others.  It was infectious in a very good way.  Soon I was on the TOLL board with him.  John is a great organizer and is passionate about making a difference.  He will be an excellent asset to the CRPD Board of Directors.  Join me voting for John."

Ted Frakes

Former Board Member - Thousand Oaks Little League

Andy Fox

"John Short has a long track record of service to our kids and families in the Conejo Valley.  As president of Thousand Oaks Little League and as past board member of the Conejo Recreation an Park District John Short has the experience and leadership we need to keep our parks and open space green and clean."

Andy Fox

Mayor - City of Thousand Oaks

Dave Mortimer

"John Short is running to fill one of the open positions on the Conejo Recreation and Park District board, a position in which he is familiar having been appointed to fill a vacancy in 2009-2010.  I first met John over 20 years ago in Thousand Oaks Little League where he was the President for 13 years.  He was also the Grand Marshall for the Conejo Valley Days in 2013 but his list of accomplishments is way too long for me to complete in one letter.  Simply said though, John is a dynamo of energy and enthusiasm and has an unending supply of it to devote to the Conejo and Recreation Park District Board."

Dave Mortimer

Mortimer Tree Servce

Al Adam

"John is an experienced and highly qualified candidate for the Conejo Recreation and Park District Board of Directors.  I have seen firsthand how hard John has worked for our community over the years.  He deserves your vote and will do and excellent job.  Join me in voting for John Short for Conejo Recreation and Park District this November".  

Al Adam

Council Member - City of Thousand Oaks

Cristy Warner

"Living and volunteering in the Conejo Valley for many years, I've  had the pleasure to work with many community leaders.  John Short truly stands out.  I admire John for his selfless volunteer work.  I have served with him on the Executive Leadership Team for the Conejo Valley Relay for Life for the past 4 years as well as the Oakheart Music Festival.   I respect and appreciate John for his generosity and dedication to the causes he believes in.  John has put many hours into making the Conejo Valley a better place for all of us.  John's prior experience as a board member with the Conejo Recreation and Park District makes him a clear choice this November.  Vote Short for Conejo Recreation and Park District this November,  I know I will."  

Cristy Warner

Specialist - Weathersfield Elementary

Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club Member

Advisor K-Kids and Key Club



Tamalani Barnett

"I first met John over 4 years ago when he was the Chairman of the 50th Anniversary Parade for the City of Thousand Oaks and he asked my non-profit RaisingHOPE to participate. What struck me about John is his knowledge of our community and his willingness to help out new nonprofit organization, since he believes in the cause of caring for children in foster care.  He and his wife not only speak support, but they show up and deliver. They fostered and eventually adopted a young boy from our community. John is a good, hardworking man who volunteers tirelessly for others and makes a difference in the Conejo Valley. John's experience as a former Vice Chair of the Conejo Recreation and Park District gives him the qualifications for the job. I am confident he will bring great value to the Conejo Recreation and Park District Board of Directors once again if given the opportunity. Please join me and VOTE SHORT this November."

Tamalani Barnett

Founder & Executive Director - RaisingHOPE Inc.

Bob and Linda Wilson

"We have had the pleasure of knowing John Short for over 20 years.  When we first met John he was active in youth sports activities in the Conejo Valley. His tireless volunteer efforts include President of Thousand Oaks Little League (13 years), Chairing the 50th Anniversary Parade for the City of Thousand Oaks, and emceeing the Relay for Life of the Conejo Valley and being on the Board of Directors of the Conejo Valley Days.  John works tirelessly for the community not looking for acknowledgement or accolades. 

His prior experience on the Board of Directors with the Conejo Recreation and Park District make him the most qualified candidate for the position. We whole heartedly support John Short for the CRPD this November."

Bob & Linda Wilson

Former Mayor - City of Thousand Oaks

Former Council Member - City of Thousand Oaks


Vicki Arndt

"I have known John for over 30 years.  He has dedicated his time to the service of our community and to his family.  John and I have served on several boards together and I have seen how thoughtful, capable and dedicated he is.  His ability to reach consensus and work towards a goal are among his best qualities.  He is devoted to the children of our community which he has shown through his youth sports leadership and his previous service on the Conejo Recreation Park District Board.  I encourage all to vote for John and we will then say "welcome back, we missed you."

Vicki Arndt

Stacy Radke

"As a Conejo Valley Alumni, I couldn’t imagine a better fit for our parks than John Short. I first met John when I was tasked with preparing a leadership analysis of an influential person in the community for a capstone class at California Lutheran University. My professor recommended I interview John. From the minute we spoke on the phone, I felt as if I had known John my entire life. 

In my analysis of his leadership qualities, I had determined that John was a Transformational Leader, always inspiring people to be and do their best, and give their best back to the community. This is that’s exactly what I started doing. After talking with John, I joined the Relay for Life Conejo Valley Leadership Team and had the opportunity to work with John first hand. 

Though he will tell you he is only the emcee for Relay, he has proven to be much more; with his connections to the community, and his ability to collaborate with different agencies within the city.

John has attracted some of the best community supporters to Conejo Valley Relay for Life board, returning every year to help bring the community together, and raise funds to fight this horrible disease that affects nearly everyone. His ability to bring the community together is why I endorse John Short for the Conejo Recreation and Park District. He deserves your vote this November."

Stacy Radke

Dr. Elizabeth Peak

"I have worked with John Short as part of Conejo Valley Relay for Life’s leadership team for the past several years. His commitment and dedication to both the event and the Conejo Valley are unmatched. John was president of Thousand Oaks Little League from 1996 to 2013, has worked on the Conejo Valley Days and Reign of Terror events, along with emceeing various charity events in and around the Conejo Valley. He was appointed to the CRPD board in 2009 to fill a vacancy and has the experience needed to be an effective leader. John’s passion and spirit are infectious, encouraging so many people in our community to give back. He gives 110% of himself in all he does. John freely gives of his time and talent to help many events in the Conejo Valley, and I cannot think of a person more suited to the CRPD Board of Directors. Please join me in voting for John Short this November."
Dr. Elizabeth Peak
 

Kathyjo McCloskey

" I am confidently recommending John Short for the position of Conejo Recreation and Park District Board of Directors.  His dedication to our community, endless hours of volunteering and the love he holds for our city, speaks volumes that John is the right man to hold this position. Several years ago, John and his wife after raising their own children decided to adopt a young boy that has special needs. Most know the amount of sacrifice, patience, and love needed to raise children and to do it again speaks volumes of his character.  

With this in mind, he continues to find time to meet the needs of the many organizations he is passionate about. I hope that you join me in selecting the most qualified candidate for this position. Learn more about John service to the community by visiting his website shortforcrpd.com.  I am honored to support John Short for Conejo Recreation and Park District this November and I hope you do the same."
Kathyjo McCloskey
 

Phil & Mimi Lachina

"As residents for almost 25 years, we are very proud to call Thousand Oaks our hometown.  People like John Short are one of the reasons why.  Our boys played TOLL baseball for many years.   John's leadership skills were evident then, working with a variety of board members and volunteers to ensure the league not only provided an enjoyable experience for the players and parents alike, but it also gave an opportunity for many Conejo Valley youth to grow and develop into fine young adults, on and off the field.

We have seen John serve our community on so many levels and with several worthwhile organizations.  Whether it is working tirelessly with RELAY FOR LIFE, or Chairing the City of T.O.'s 50th Anniversary Parade, or the Conejo Valley Days (our country fair). John has a passion and works tirelessly for our veterans and families of the fallen, and so much more.  

Our hometown benefits from John's service to the community without even knowing he's there.  Conejo Recreation and Park District will clearly be stronger, better and even more focused with him on their team.  When faced with decisions, he can be counted on to do the right thing.

We are proud to call John a good friend, but more importantly, we unconditionally endorse John Short for Conejo Recreation and Park District Board of Directors because he is an honest man, a caring citizen, he has served our community for over 20 years and him someone who makes a difference with action."

Phil and Mimi Lachina


Alan Thompson

"I first met John Short over 10 years ago when I was coaching for Thousand Oaks Little League and he was the President. I was impressed by John's ability to interact with others and his leadership skills. Weather on the baseball field or in a board meeting John is able to work through complex situation and make sound business decisions. 

John has served in other capacities within our community including chairing the Investment Review Committee, the Community Funding Committee and his pride and joy, chairing the 50th Anniversary Parade for the City of Thousand Oaks held several years ago. 

He coordinates the "Ride for the Blue" which has become an annual ride with over 100 motorcycles visiting all the police stations in Ventura County in one day thanking the officers for their service to each of the local communities. 

With over 30 years' experience as financial advisor and his previous experience as the Vice Chair of the Conejo Recreation and Park District, John is the most qualified for the position as Board of Director with the CRPD this November.  John's ability and the willingness to serve our community along his track record of service speak for itself. You can visit his website shortforcrpd.com if you would like learn more about him. Join me in voting Short for CRPD this November."

Alan Thompson

Roger Lazar

"Vote John Short for CRPD Director. I have known and worked with John Short for over 15 years. He represents the type of leadership the park district needs to maintain and improve the recreational quality of life in our community. When Thousand Oaks Little League All Star teams needed funds for travel and subsistence, John made it happen. When Conejo Valley Little League was winning the US Championship in Williamsport, PA, John was working back home with the City, organizing a parade and celebration for the team. John is a can-do guy. John’s educational and business backgrounds, coupled with his prior service on the CRPD board, uniquely qualify him for this position."

Roger Lazar

District Administrator

CA District 13

Little League Baseball

Pastor Dick Margeson

"My friend John Short is running for Conejo Recreation and Park District Board. I have known John for many years and have found him to be a man of his word with a servant attitude.  John says as a board member, he will work with the community to provide safe, quality parks, trails, open spaces, and recreational activities for the residents of the Conejo Valley.  I believe John Short will work tirelessly for this community. I have witnessed his compassion for families, children, veterans and first responders. John Short's word is his bond.  I especially appreciate his integrity and wisdom. He is an individual that follows through and I know he will do the right thing.  John Short places principals above personalities and will analyze all points of view before making decisions with the best option for the Conejo Valley.  I urge all my friends to vote for my friend John Short for the Conejo Recreation and Park District Board."

Pastor Dick Margeson

Pat Johnson

"I have known John for 8 years thru a join art project at UBS in conjunction with the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley.  I was familiar with John prior to that thru the Conejo Recreation and Park District and the efficient, community-serving organization it has become.  As I travel thru our Conejo and see the exquisite park system and the classes and programs offered year around, I am thankful that the CRPD board has done a superb job.  With John Short back on the board, I am assured of continued growth of our wonderful park system.  

John is a man who feels the Conejo community life flowing thru him.  He chaired the 50th Anniversary Parade for the City and he is on the Board of Directors for the Conejo Valley Days, and support projects for our veterans.  You will often find him riding around on his "hog" as he breathes the lover for our area in everything he does; through a smile, a wind, or a hellow to everyone.  John Short will continue this passion on the Conejo Recreation and Park District Board of Directors moving it thru the 21st century, serving the needs of our children, adults and we old folks."

Pat Johnson


Tim Weaver

"John Short is fully supportive of the servant leadership style.  I have known John for 6 years while he served as President of Community Leaders Association (CLA) supporting California Lutheran University in raising funds for student scholarships and faculty grants. John has fully supportive of the Servant Leadership style and will represent the community member's best interests as a board member with the Conejo Recreation and Park District.

He previously served on CPRD and did an excellent job.  He has been a successful financial advisor for over 30 years and cares deeply about the community. John also volunteers to assist Veterans and those service men and women that are still missing. He has had numerous leadership positions that included chairing the City of Thousand Oaks 50th anniversary parade and presiding over Thousand Oaks Little League for a number of years in which one of the teams won the Little League World Series title. I highly recommend John because of his deep passion for the City of Thousand Oaks and its future."

Tim Weaver