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Express endorses DeSaulnier, Buchanan, Swalwell and local measures

For the 50 percent of you who haven't yet voted by mail -- saving that special privilege for Election Day Tuesday at the polling place -- many of us will be patiently joining you in lines that could be extraordinarily long. It pays to carry along your Sample Ballot to read once again before marking your ballot. As we saw with Hurricane Sandy and the devastation along the eastern seaboard, much can change almost overnight in politics, too.

For California, a state with a large Democratic Party majority, we won't be the state that decides the presidential race and some of us may be voting long after the polls in those key states have closed. But we will be the decision-makers in voting for Town Council, for Congress and on a multitude of propositions and measures awaiting our decision. Several of these races could be very close. Let's make sure we vote.

For Congress, in the newly aligned 15th District that now serves San Ramon south to Pleasanton, we recommend Eric Swalwell, a Dublin Councilman and Alameda County prosecutor. Still a Democrat like the man he's challenging -- Pete Stark, a 20-term Congressman who has served a part of Pleasanton and a larger part of the East Bay longer than many of us have lived here -- Swalwell is the political moderate we prefer. At age 31, Stark promises to bring new energy and younger ideas to Congress.

As for the newly aligned 7th State Senate District, Mark DeSaulnier has our endorsement over Republican Mark Meuser. We also favor the re-election of Joan Buchanan in the state's new 16th Assembly District (which covers the San Ramon Valley and Walnut Creek) over her Republican opponent Al Phillips.

With regard to the propositions and measures, the Express favors Propositions 32, 34, 35, 36 and 40. We're recommending No votes on all the others, most notably on Propositions 30 and 38, two competing measures that will raise sales tax and personal income rates "temporarily." The Express recommends voting yes on Measure D, the $260 million school bond that will dedicate funds specifically to schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

By voting yes, residents will keep their tax dollars locally controlled instead of waiting for state funds from 30 or 38 to trickle down. Similarly, we recommend voting yes on Measure A, the parcel tax to provide funds to local community colleges at $11 per parcel for six years with citizen oversight.

Others we oppose are Propositions 31, 33, 37, 38 and 39.

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Posted by Republican
a resident of Danville
on Nov 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Are there any Republicans at all you endorse for office? Are you the Danville Express or The Democrat Express? I guess that is why you pay liberal Tom Cushings to write his weekly hit pieces on Republicans. Danville had highest number of registered Republicans of any city or town in Bay Area, East Bay, Peninsula, or South Bay. Maybe us Republicans should boycott any businesses that advertise on your site.


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Posted by Oops
a resident of Danville
on Nov 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

"...at age 31, Stark promises to bring new energy and younger ideas to Congress".

I think a little editing is in order.


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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Nov 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm

C'mon 'Republican' -- enough belly-achin'. If you want to present an alternative point-of-view, what's stopping you from writing your own blog and posting it here, or at least commenting regularly on the views of others? Or do you do that already, under another nom-de-keyboard? You should get plenty of support, if you're right about the registration numbers.

I, for one, would love to have the opportunity to snarkify on some good ol' rock-ribbed commentary! So belly-up to the bar and have at it!


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Posted by Carole
a resident of Greenbrook Elementary School
on Nov 2, 2012 at 6:14 am

Republican, I feel the same way and have for a while. The local Patch publications are left leaning as well. Must be part of the vocation. Anyone out there who can start a local publication which leans more towards the right would have my advertising dollars and readership in a heart beat!


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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Nov 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

/Channels Chuck Berry:

Ohhhhh Carole, don't let 'em steal your voice away,
You've got to learn to blog -- if it takes you all night and day!


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Nov 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

Regarding the comments....I totally agree with Republication, Oops and Carole...They have their head screwed on correctly.

Now for Citizen Paine, Your mother should have taught you many years ago that if you can not say anything nice to others, don't say anything at all...another words keep you mouth shut. Citizen Paine, I know you mean well, but you offer nothing of interest.

And yes, Tom Cushings is another liberal that uses his head for a hat rack.

The Danville Express and the Danville Patch do not report the news they try very hard to make the news and push their ideas on to others.

They are a sad bunch...They should stay in the middle and just report the news and stop dictating to others.

Thank you for allowing me to express my opinion. Julia Pardini from Alamo


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Posted by Sara
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Nov 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

Republican and Carole are correct. Interesting only liberal socialists are being endorsed. What a crock. Vote against any proposition the DEMS and express support. Do NOT raise your own taxes. Tom Cushing's ravings are ridiculous and citizen Paine always goes to the dem play book---nanny nanny name calling.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Nov 2, 2012 at 11:11 am

Well, if the Republicans HAD a candidate in the race for the 15th congressional district, then maybe there would be a Republican worthy of an endorsement.


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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Nov 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Geez, I thought I was offering a good suggestion to Rep and Carole -- one that might relieve some of that nasty leebrul stench around here. I guess not everyone is a Chuck Berry fan.

I'm sure Cushing will take proper heed of your constructive critiques. Terms like hat-rack, ravings, ridiculous, and hit-pieces really go straight to the issues -- great discussion! One thing you have to say though: hundreds of people read him every week, and only the same few readers ever object.


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Posted by Ray
a resident of Alamo
on Nov 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm

The Express is turning into a Libby rag. There are MANY conservatives in the tri valley area......but speaking out only triggers nasty names from the socialists.....Julia is right on


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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Nov 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

Sticks-n-stones, Ray. Are you really that timid?

And come to think of it, I've seen a Lot more personal attacks coming from the Right, and more actual discourse from us Lefties.


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Posted by Matty
a resident of Tassajara Hills Elementary School
on Nov 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm

No one of either party should endorse Joan Buchanan for anything representing this area. When she was with the school district, she was one of the key players who "cooked the books" the public saw that killed the old school bus program that we were paying for individually. She then endorsed the parcel tax specifically for school buses that still did not allocate any buses WE PAID FOR for the SRVUSD schools with the most dangerous traffic routes for kids biking/walking to school (T. Hills, DVMS, MVHS, etc.). Then, when she parlayed her SRVUSD position into her current Assembly election, she couldn't wait to dump that position within the first year to try and grab Tauscher's vacated US Congressional seat but failed. She is not interested in doing the job the people "hired" her to do, but just climb the public service ladder while leaving a wake of pi**ed off people who need to live with her decisions. She only has HER interests in mind, not the District. VOTE HER OUT.


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Posted by Frank
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

Joan Buchanan continues to be the proxy of California teachers' union. She has resisted numerous measures to build more accountably into education and teacher performance. She did the same when she was a board member in the school district and now she continues to do the same, just on a bigger stage.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Danville
on Nov 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

And the papers wonder why their subscriptions are down. You alienate anyone that leans right or is republican. Now that we havE the www we no longer need the the traditional outlets for our news. Your days of power are over, we reject you.


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Posted by Tony
a resident of Diablo
on Nov 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Citizen Paine,

Although I am far from agreeing with your position, I think your use of Chuck Berry's
"Carol" is cute.


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Posted by MO
a resident of Danville
on Nov 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

You are so correct, Frank and Matty! Buchanan's record proves her
position as a teacher's union puppet. She has to go!


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Posted by Matty
a resident of Tassajara Hills Elementary School
on Nov 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

Once again the voters of California didn't fail to let me down... If you don't like the status quo, STOP voting incumbents back to office and STOP voting for propositions that bail out their over-spending/debt-serving ways... For a state that considers itself "intelligent", it sure is not when it comes to fiscal responsibility.


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