Contra Costa County Supervisorial Challenges in 2012 Around Town, posted by Voter, a resident of another community, on Jan 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm
Happy New Year to everyone everywhere. 2012 begins three County Supervisor District campaigns. The voters will have a unique chance to change the makeup of the board majority. If voters are satisfied with the results and performance of the three open seats they can continue status quo. If the voters think our County needs improved leadership they can easily replace Supervisors. These election challenges already seem to show this cycle will be controversial.
Will the most money prevail in the voter results or will this election be determined by the new electronic media coverage and mail in ballots that costs very little ?
What issues will determine who will be successful?
Posted by Harald A. Bailey, a resident of another community, on Jan 2, 2012 at 8:10 am
Thank you Gina for sponsoring this exchange and its opportunity for rational consideration of issues and interests impacting voters' choices of supervisors. In courteous response let me provide the issues discovered among Contra Costa neighborhoods that impact such voters' choices.
First is the lifestyle issue of security offered by county and district public safety. What are candidates' views on deployment of police, fire and emergency personnel?
Second is the communications issue of voice in government and district decisions early and immediately prior to public meetings and hearings. How accessable will candidates' be to communities, neighborhoods and individuals prior to forming their own decisions on issues impacting the will and interests of voters?
Third is the environment issues of traffic, open space, neighborhood character, and preserving our natural environment. What specific efforts will be made to 1) reduce commute traffic on community roads, 2) preserve open space, ridge lines and natural environment, and 3) provide local voice early and immediately in such considerations?
Fourth is infrastructure to support current community needs and the services needed in our future. How will candidates answer the challenge of economic development and community character in rejuvenating infrastructure in our communities and neighborhoods?
Posted by East County Watch, a resident of another community, on Jan 3, 2012 at 9:44 am
The internet brings another form of communication to the people. This forum news media along with several others will be hit very hard with debates that will more than likely end up in the mud. This will be true especially for Supervisor Districts in Contra Costa. Sadly enough dirty deeds and political attacks will dominate the forums. I hope the intimidations sent by the Piepho and Van de Brooke camp will encourage new challengers to these Districts. Intimidation is no way for a civilized society to be uniform and productive. Personal attacks may prevail as has been the norm with a few when speaking of Supervisor Districts II & III. I think this time the people are fed up with the current ruling governess of the two Districts and are ready for better cooperation with their representatives. Interesting posts will follow. Voters take note and do research.
Posted by [removed], a resident of another community, on Jan 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm
Your commentators on this forum and in this exchange need to be aware that campaign organizations are in-charge of primary candidates' messaging including postings by supporters to this exchange. Starting December 30, various news services received notice from campaigns of who is the voice and editor of campaign content.
The probability that very aggressive commentators on the Express Forum will return with similar commentary to the content, or lack thereof, of the last 2+ months is very unlikely. You will see more thoughtful commentary prepared by campaign writers being posted under pseudonyms to soften primary candidates' images with voters. You will see repetition of message serving the critical interests of voters discovered in polling as listed earlier in this exchange.
What you will not see is engagement in debate of candidates' head-to-head on accomplishments and capabilities, Incumbents' histories, and the many real concerns produced in media editorials and governments' reviews. Such primary candidates, incumbent or not, will comment as if they are the only candidates in their races.
The good news is the forum will be less of a tabloid and more of politics-as-usual PR event. That leaves the news process of this forum to concerned readers that wish to document all the avoided subjects impacting campaigns. There will be many unanswered issues and questions in the campaigns leading to the June primary and your readers will likely be the only people to raise them.
Posted by [removed], a resident of another community, on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm
Let's update your readers. The release this morning from allied campaigns supporting Mary Piepho is untrue. Joel Keller is still reviewing being a district 3 candidate and he has not endorsed Mary Piepho. For you that are seeing e-mails from campaign precinct people reporting Joel's withdrawal and endorsement, please inform those individuals that the information is false.
Posted by East County Watch, a resident of another community, on Jan 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm
I can only think that the Piepho intimidation camp would spread such rumors about Mr. Keller. False endorsements on the Piepho campaign website are other inconsistencies people need to keep in mind when choosing an honest ethical leader for District III. At this point, it's a bit early to begin playing dirty political games. I hope Mr. Keller will not let anyone intimidate him if he chooses to run. In fact, I can only hope these types of unethical moves will encourage Mr. Keller to help get District III back to respectful status. It might be beneficial to everyone to have the Piepho camp name official spokespersons so as to illuminate rhetoric that has begun.
Posted by [removed], a resident of another community, on Jan 7, 2012 at 9:22 am
As was shared with Dolores Fox Ciardelli by separate e-mail, State investigations into redistricting is taking further focus on the roles of campaign consortiums in Contra Costa County. Such consortium actions in March through July related to establishing new districts for supervisors as a method of further establishing State Democrat's control of our county is part of such investigations.
News services in Sacramento will start providing features on such investigations that deserve your journalistic review and reporting. That continues the question by Contra Costa neighborhoods concerning equal opportunity for new candidates in districts and what level of intimidation is being used by consortium campaigns to eliminate opposition?