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David Piepho: the eighth member of the Alamo MAC?

Original post made by Hal on Sep 14, 2010

Dear Dolores,

The volume of comments on the BANG editorial this morning disclosing the nepotism of the Piepho's in protecting their role in Contra Costa LAFCO was celebrated with a great deal of humor among CCC District III neighborhoods. It is hard to imagine anyone claiming that CCLAFCO is a State Agency when CCC-BOS can manipulate who is a member without State review or consent.

Certainly, Assembly Member Buchanan needs to make public review of any process that results in Mary being able to designate her husband's role in a State organization. Such potential conflicts of interest are of district-wide interest and require a State response.

Neighbors do not see it as far-fetched that CCC-MAC policy could be amended to have David Piepho keep an eye on Alamo via participating in the CCC-MAC Alamo.

Is anyone laughing?

Comments (18)

Posted by On the hill, a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Every since Supervisor Piepho got elected she has denied she has anything to do with the developers. It now appears the choir she was singing to was not really there. We should have realized we she called on the Developer Fund(PAC) to spew money $250K all over her election against Houston to discredit him. It was Houstons father that had the problem, however at least Houston was honest. More lies have come out of the Queen Mary's mouth than I care to think about. That guy was a better alternative than the Queen Mary who sleeps with special interest especially when she wants to appoint the special interest of her husband to try and control LAFCO. This is a perfect re-call venue.

Posted by Hal, a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Dear Dolores,

I received this from the Delta region neighborhoods.

Hi Hal,

Daniel Borenstein, famous for his pension spiking investigation and reporting wrote the editorial. Web Link

I think it would be great if people called or emailed him with some words of encouragement and thanks. I am sure he will hear from the Piepho camp and there is a value good reporting hearing from an appreciative public.

Here's his info:

Daniel Borenstein
Columnist and editorial writer
Contra Costa Times
Oakland Tribune
Bay Area News Group/East Bay
2640 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 943-8248


Posted by Kathy, a resident of Alamo
on Sep 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Even if Mary gets him the Cemetery District position shouldn't he have to re-run for the LAFCO position if he leaves one elected post and goes to another?

Posted by jrm, a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Sep 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Tacky unbridled nepotism.....really beyond the pale...

Posted by Rick Harris, a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm

What will you pathetic people have to do when Mary Piepho isn't around the kick around?

Posted by Rick Harris, a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm

You people are so funny. You don't even know what nepotism is. So funny.

Posted by Rick Harris, a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm

You people are so funny. You don't even know what nepotism is. So funny.

Posted by jrm, a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Sep 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm

jrm is a registered user.

Well Rick, perhaps you can define it for us....wait, allow me
nepotism: favoritism shown to a relative (as by given an appointive job) on the basis of a relationship.

Posted by Hal, a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Dear Dolores,

The question of David ending his role on the Discovery Bay District Board as cause for removal as LAFCO Vice Chair and Commissioner, here is your reader's answer: if a special district member ceases to be an officer of District A at the same time he/she is simultaneously appointed to District B, he/she maintains his/her seat on LAFCO, as there is no gap in service on a special district.

The second reality is: LAFCOs were created by the State Legislature in 1963; however, we are not State agencies. Contra Costa LAFCO is an independent agency composed of two members from the County Board of Supervisors (BOS), two members from city councils in Contra Costa County, two members from independent special districts in the County, and one representative from the general public. Also, for each category there is an alternate member. The BOS appoints the County members to LAFCO; the Mayors Conference appoints the city members to LAFCO; the Independent Special Districts Selection Committee (ISDSC) appoints the special district members to LAFCO; and the members of LAFCO appoint the public members to LAFCO.

Clearly, in my view, CCLAFCO is an agency full controlled by Contra Costa aggregated politics and should not be considered separate from overwhelming influence by county governments. Any independence is a facade.

Posted by Julia, a resident of Alamo
on Sep 16, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Hi folks...I will say it again and again...our new motto is, "dump the incumbents" That's the only way we will resolve these problems. Put the fools back on the street.

Julia from Alamo...

PS. Remember what I have been saying all along...look in the mirror if you want to know where the problem starts...oh yes, it's us.


Posted by Hal, a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2010 at 8:01 am

Dear Dolores,

This exchange is considering the actions of CCC-BOS in managing their preferences for board, commission, committee, council and taskforce membership. The actions related to David Piepho have little difference from Danville's town council appointing its members. What your readers are asked to consider is how do they wish governments to be constructed? What role should voters have in such construction of governments?

Certainly we can all agree that the power of our votes are important but Contra Costa aggregated politics has been able to control who runs and to insure no matter who is elected nothing will change in the power of the governments to work in opposition to the will and interests of communities, their neighborhoods and residents.

How do we change that result which has been part of Contra Costa County for decades?


Posted by Hal, a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2010 at 11:03 am

Dear Dolores,

I would like to thank Assembly Member Buchanan's staff and CC LAFCO for providing in-depth review and information on the nature of LAFCO operations in the counties they serve. Such information proved LAFCOs are not independent organizations and are highly subject to political and developers' requirements.

Although the State will take an in-depth look at David Piepho's new appointment and retention of his LAFCO position, there is no obvious mechanism for the State or Contra Costa County voters to change the outcome.

We all must thank Daniel Borenstein for alerting us to an obvious lack of democracy in the appointments of LAFCO commissioners.

Posted by jrm, a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Sep 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm

jrm is a registered user.

The news in this morning's paper indicates David's quest for continued influence is now moot after out public outcry. I hope this is one more step in dismantling the Nejedley family flexing their power to support the Contra Costa developers politically riding their Daddy's coattails. ....Mary is next...thank God for the power of the free press....adios David, and we will be watching for your attempts to garner positions on obscure politically appointed positions.

Posted by Waterworld, a resident of another community
on Sep 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm

It is good to see the fine folks in the west have realized that the tactics of the Piephos are not for the benefit of residents in Contra Costa. Their actions show total disregard for moral and ethical behavior as supposed leaders. These latest examples of manuvers only reinforce the special personal agenda of the Piephos. From the huge self serving raise at the Board of Supervisor level to the Seven thousand dollar stipend claim at the local level, stretching the rules to the last penny is the Piepho motto. This unethical wife and husband political manipulators must continue to be exposed for the sake of Contra Costa.

Posted by David's long lost brother, a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Now it's my turn for some nepotism.

Posted by Waterworld, a resident of another community
on Oct 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Mr. Bailey,
Your comments are very well taken. I think the only way for these types of situations like the Piepho's have placed on Contra Costa citizens is to voice public outcry. Since LAFCO is intermixed in county politics. County politicians need to be affected positive or negative based on the disposition here. Simply spoken, vote these people out that take advantage of our trust. Also let other politicians know of your dissatisfaction in allowing the system to be used as it was not intended. Character of a politician is decided by voters based on their actions. This particular action does and will affect the other political member's involved. As stated, " If you play with dirt you are going to get dirty " This is something that politicians need to understand when they go along with these questionable appointments. Unfortunately, this event has sealed the deal for my voting for someone else regardless. Just as I could never vote for Nixon again, I could never vote Piepho again.

Posted by Lola, a resident of Alamo
on Oct 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm

It is an unending pattern of political gamesmanship with the Piephos. No where else in local politics is there anything remotely comparable to Mary and David. We need vote them out. I guess David is already out, but Mary needs to go.

So do all the other local politicians that allow those two to run their games. Let Tom Koch find another tool.

Posted by Crooked, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm

check out today's editorial in the Times " Nepotism Must End ".

Quoted regarding Mary Piepho from the Times'

" It was a stunning display of bad judgement "

" Supervisor Mary Piepho has crossed the ethical line "

Other Supervisors, " weren't going to let Piepho drag them down with her "

" David Piepho, speaking from the public microphone and Mary Piepho commenting from her seat , WHINED that the process had not been fair "

" Her bid to boost her husband's political career angered constituents, alienated colleagues, and WASTED COUNTLESS HOURS OF STAFF TIME"

I noticed Mr. Piepho stating that he thought he was the one to bring the additional letters of recommendation that Julie Enea had failed to provide. Yet, later Julie Enea cleared up that lie by stating she personally handed them to the independent board that morning.

This is such a clear example of what Supervisor Piepho does with her time on our tax dollar. This is insulting. The manipulation and greed for power must stop. Supervisor Piepho must get back to working for the people and not her own self serving political interestes.

I commend the Board of Supervisors for revealing this dishonest move by Mary Piepho. I now feel confident that the BOS have the public at heart and not Mary Piepho's personal agenda. I think Administrator David Twa will think twice if asked to speak at a fundraiser for Mary Piepho in the future. Mary threw some of the blame his way while whining, insulted both Gioia and Glover to their face in public. " While she probably didn't cross a legal line, she certainly stepped over the ethical one." ~ quote from Editor

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