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Danville council to select new mayor, honor community contributors

Original post made on Nov 27, 2013

Danville's 32nd annual Mayor's Installation and Community Service Awards event is set to occur next Tuesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 5:41 PM

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Posted by Darrin
a resident of Danville
on Nov 27, 2013 at 8:03 am

We will be watching to see if this "mayor" supported the very low low low low income housing. Enjoy the big desk---you won't get a second term.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Nov 27, 2013 at 8:58 am

Are you the same racist Darrin who sees a dark face behind every report of a crime?

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Posted by Fed Up
a resident of Danville
on Nov 27, 2013 at 10:23 am

The community spirit award SHOULD go to Danville resident HEATHER GASS. She helped get the word out to the public about the ill-conceived 2030 Danville General Plan that the Town Council tried to shove down our throats. Thanks to Heather and the many local residents that came out in droves to many meetings, downtown Danville has not been designated in the General Plan as a "Priority Development Area" for high-density housing. Also, the Council retreated in the 2030 General Plan to the minimum amount of redesignations of land for high-density housing. Sadly, now that the plan is passed, the Council can redesignate many more acres for high-density housing and the public can't challenge it. We will probably be saying goodbye to the Danville Bowl very soon after the Council redesignates the land there for high-density and the owner sells out to a developer.

Of course, Heather will not get the award. The Council despises anyone that challenges them. It will likely go to someone that organized a parade or sponsored a fundraiser----worthy contributions, to be sure, but not risk-taking and transformative like what Heather accomplished.

As for the new Mayor and Vice-Mayor: Robert "High-density housing Developer" Storer, and Karen "anything goes for development" Stepper will likely get the nod to help them in their Council race next fall. Arnerich is running for Assembly and hopes to be long gone from Danville by then. Let's hope the public does not reward him for his self-service by voting for him for Assembly. Btw, did you see that he opposes legislation to stop the highly overpaid BART workers from striking? What a union lackey!

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Posted by Reality Check
a resident of Danville
on Nov 27, 2013 at 10:59 am

Awards don't go to fear mongering individuals, Heather Gass is just hot air. No thanks.

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Posted by Get the facts
a resident of Danville
on Nov 27, 2013 at 11:39 am

@Reality Check: Go look at downtown Lafayette to see what Heather is talking about. High-density housing is going up on several properties there and is going to further gridlock the downtown. I don't want Danville to look like that and to have the accompanying traffic and even more crowded schools. That should be our choice as residents of Danville. We shouldn't have to accept ABAG's vision of OUR town.

And in the case of Lafayette, it has a BART station at least. Everyone here has to drive a car to get anywhere.

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Posted by RUkidding
a resident of Danville
on Nov 27, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Give the award to the drunks on the Iron Horse Trail. They were the only ones that united the Citizens, Council, and Various City Departments into taking some action that benefited the Community. Their stories generated more keystroke comments than others.

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Posted by Darlene G
a resident of Danville
on Nov 28, 2013 at 7:36 am

Nice way to start things off Darrin. Why don't you run and plan on giving up many, many evenings for meetings, unpaid time during your workday, and face the wrath of people like you. We've lived/worked in Danville for many years and feel the town government has taken very good care of the community.

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Posted by Claudia McDaniels
a resident of Danville
on Nov 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm

It is funny the resident racist HUH is so busy doing basic projection on others__he needs to look in the mirror to see the true Danville resident racist. Heather Gass deserves to be honored but it will never happen with this current regime of fools. Vote them out and do not support Arnerich.

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Posted by Danville booster
a resident of Danville
on Nov 29, 2013 at 10:16 am

I vote for Heather for volunteer of the year! The Danville Town Council is nothing but a self-serving clique. Watch to see who the awards go to. Probably someone that is a supporter of Arnerich, Stepper, Storer, the three that are running for office in November 2014.

@Darlene: Guess you don't live near or drive by the Gulag Elworthy where KB Homes is building that monstrosity of a prison--- I mean housing/apartment complex. Did the Town Council "protect" us from that? In fact, they illegally denied our Measure S right to vote on that project! Why? Because they knew the public would vote it down and they wanted it to be approved! And they just did the same thing on the SummerHill project (69 homes) off Diablo Road. Luckily, the residents that the Council didn't "protect" from the consequences of the SummerHill project are suing the Town to get their Measure S votes. What we need, Darlene, is protection from the Town Council of Danville! And new Council members that will follow the law!

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Nov 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Are we talking about Heather Gass, the carpet-bagger?

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Posted by Danville voter
a resident of Danville
on Nov 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

@ Dave: Heather Gass lives in Danville and votes in Danville. The carpetbaggers are the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). ABAG is trying to impose its vision of Danville onto Danville, against the will of the majority of residents here. The Danville Town Council is complicit in this power grab.

Dave, did you notice how the November 2013 elections for Danville Town Council were just before the hearings (except for the first one, scheduled just before the election) on the 2030 General Plan, which incorporated ABAG's dictates? That was obviously to keep the GP out of the election issues.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Nov 29, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Now she does -- since her carpet bag landed here from Orinda. Her vagabond Teabagger credentials are well-known.

Her faux populism in the service of greater elitist exclusionary policies is a corrosive and divisive influence in our community.

ABAG is just as much a part of our California government as any other part.

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Posted by Irene
a resident of Danville
on Dec 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

Dave is a useful idiot of the Danville lefties.

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Posted by local control advocate
a resident of Danville
on Dec 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

@Dave--- do you work for ABAG? The salaries are amazing! BUdget of about $11,000,000 I believe. Imagine, a huge bureaucracy set up just to decide how the 9-county Bay Area will be developed in the future.

And no, Dave, ABAG is not "just as much a part of our CA government as any other part". ABAG is not elected as a group to do that job. There are members appointed from among the members of local town councils and county supervisorial boards. Robert Storer, Danville's developer-councilman, is Danville's current rep./member. There is no direct election for AGAG---I mean, ABAG--- and thus no direct accountability to the voters.

What is it about local control that you dislike, Dave? If you want to live in an urban area, you now have a choice. In the coming decades, Danville's small town atmosphere will be a distant memory if ABAG gets its way.

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Posted by voter
a resident of Danville
on Dec 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

Who wants to bet the new mayor will be Developer Robert Storer? And the new vice-mayor will be Karen Stepper. They are up for re-election in 2014. I am hoping we get some new people to oppose them!

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Dec 4, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Silly Local Control Advocate: Have you never heard of government bodies or officials being appointed? Not all parts of government are directly elected by the voters. Sheesh!

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