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Candidate profiles: Tomi Van de Brooke

Original post made on Apr 23, 2012

Contra Costa Community College Governing Board President Tomi Van de Brooke already has insight into the workings of a county supervisor -- the Orinda resident was chief of staff to Supervisor Mary Piepho for three years, when District 3 included the San Ramon Valley.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 23, 2012, 11:38 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by spcwt, a resident of Danville
on Apr 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Her bio sounded GREAT until the bottom where it says, "Van de Brooke is endorsed by Congressman George Miller (CA-7), Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord)."

No thanks.

Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of Alamo
on Apr 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

We simply cannot afford to have one more liberal union supporter on the Board of Supervisors. It would be the death-knell for our county.

Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community
on Apr 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

I guess you missed the fact that Candace Andersen is endorsed by the county DSA (sheriffs union)?

Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of Alamo
on Apr 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Informed Resident :

I guess you missed the word "liberal."

Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community
on Apr 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Alamo Ron,

Yes I did. However, I also overlooked something else.... Ms. Andersen is also endorsed by the DA's union. That makes 2 County unions supporting her. Personally I could care less, but if you are stuck on the union thing, it might be food for thought.

Posted by [removed], a resident of another community
on Apr 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Welcome back to Ron, Gina,

To define how a majority look at Tomi among district 2 voters based on her "pro-choice woman" presentation in creed prejudice against conservative religious positions, Tomi is now recognized as a "Berkeley Liberal" deeply dependent on the voice of Democratic clubs in our region. In reviewing such democratic dogma, Tomi is portrayed as an atheist and deeply prejudice against LDS, CPC, Catholics, and other religions.

Quite simply that is not reality. Tomi is a cordial, bright and engaging individual that is falsely portrayed by her supporters and the Contra Costa political consortium. The message has changed now that "pro-choice woman" was equated to creed prejudice against Candace Andersen and all conservative Christians.

This morning an effective profile of Tomi was presented on message to district 2 voters. In fairness, let's take the message back to that point and let real issues be dealt with beyond the attack brutality of Informed Resident and other sponsored commentators.

Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community
on Apr 24, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Doing damage control now Hal?

Labeling Tomi as a "Berkeley liberal" is quite a stretch even for you. Perhaps you have Tomi confused with Sean White (the third candidate). So who besides YOU is portraying Tomi as an atheist? Or is that just you doing your best at projection.

It appears you want to change the subject since Candace's connection to the County unions has been exposed.

You of all people Hal are going to have a hard time convincing methat you now are aligned with the majority per your statement "To define how a majority look at Tomi..."

Hal, you sure like to speak for others, perhaps you should consider running for office where you would actually be able to do just that. If that is what you covet, I say give it a shot. One way or another you might learn something.

Posted by Tired of the same old, a resident of Danville
on Apr 25, 2012 at 6:52 am

How about a write-in ? Both of these candidates are just more of the same old, get-along, and go-along political hack we can do without.

Posted by [removed], a resident of another community
on Apr 25, 2012 at 7:10 am

Ah, Gina, do you remember the many emails you sent me around midnight during those early months of destroying the reputation and reality of the Danville Weekly? It seems you are working the night shift again and becoming more than a sponsor of defamation.

Candace, Sean and Tomi fairly participated in presentation of profiles on the Express home page. Clearly, Tomi stepped beyond the creed prejudice of her campaign and democratic club supporters to be "on-message" with the primary concerns of district 2 voters. That is appreciated by many including me and reflects the gracious, intelligent individual I met at coffee a few months back.

The challenges readers, including me, present to you for your sponsorship of defamation, and your complicity in such authorship, is meant to focus your efforts on journalism that serves your readers instead of serving political subservience. Your sponsorship of Informed Resident(s) and friends on the Town Square Forum has only prospered disrespect for the Express as "the funny papers" among Dolores' readers, their neighborhoods and their communities.

Your profiles of district 2 candidates prove you can do much better.

Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of Alamo
on Apr 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

To Informed Resident:

It's true that Candace has the endorsement of the DSA - Deputy Sheriffs Association with 770 members and the Deputy District Attorneys Association with 82 members.

Care to make a guess as to how many of the other county labor unions, that have a total membership of 7700 members, will endorse TeeVeeDeeBee? They know she's their friend because they know she voted to support Project Labor Agreements which *REQUIRE* the use of unionized labor.

All of them, mebbe?

Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community
on Apr 26, 2012 at 12:12 am

@Alamo Ron,

Pardon me but from what I see Candace is supported and endorsed specifically by 2 of the County's of which is in the middle of bargaining their contract and appears to be deadlocked. Think they may be looking for a friend? "Mebbe"?

I just looked at Tomi's (Tee Vee Dee Bee as you put it) and I don't see 7,700 union members lining up under her long list of endorsers as you imply. In fact at a recent debate I heard her pledge not to take any money (support) from County unions. Can Candace say the same? Just a question.

You know as well as I, that usually Dems are more inclined to be supported by Labor, and in the end these are the same hard working people that many of us call our neighbors. Trying to vilify them is downright offensive.

I am proud that many of my friends, neighbors and family are union. In most cases they are the people that protect us and improve our quality of life in this county...and believe it or not, they Vote. In the end I don't blame either candidate for seeking support and endorsement. What I do take issue with is unfairly trying to paint Candace as not wanting or needing that support as much as Tomi.

While I am not always a fan of PLA's (project labor agreements), lets be fair-a lot of municipalities use (require) them as they guarantee a level of standards.

If you want to talk about "experience" dealing with unions, the County, or actual business experience...well like it or not Tomi wins hands down.

Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of Alamo
on Apr 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

Informed Resident brings up an excellent point, namely that organized groups typically perform "Friends of..." contributions under different names. They also form numerous Independent Expenditure (IE) committees such as PACs or other obscurant names.

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