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An appointed town council for Danville?

Original post made by [removed] on Aug 12, 2011

Dear Editor,

News services researchers have become aware of an intention to create a fully appointed town council for Danville. In document discovery among government-allied groups, a plan is in place to contact potential candidates and gain commitment not to run against the remaining elected council members that wish to be appointed in 2012 rather than run for re-election. The minute political core of supporters of the current council is focused on preserving the authority of the town council and its independence from a majority vote.

There is a story available for your journalism.

Comments

Posted by [update], a resident of Alamo
on Aug 14, 2011 at 8:52 am

Dear Editor,

As you UPDATE this story with your own research and articles there is more to the story now unfolding. In tracing discovered documentation supporting the appointment of the rest of the Danville Town Council next year it was discovered that such actions are part of a republican party political strategy to move city governments to republican control against the democratic controlled board of supervisors. The plan is to expand republican control in districts 2 and 3 as base for a strong campaign in district 5. The primary targets are cities in districts 1 and 4 cities as lead-up to competitive challenge to Mitchoff and Gioia in 2014.

The closed door redistricting process in Contra Costa County has made many of the 19 cities in Contra Costa County look for independence from CCC-BOS in their leadership based on community polling of their resident voters. Republicans see this as opportunity to break the long-standing machine politics in our county and bring stronger republican presence in the 24/680 south corridor, Walnut Creek, and the Highway 4 corridor. Danville plays a role in such plans by have a strong republican mayor in 2012 as part of an appointed council strongly supported by republican efforts to control competitive challenges.

The fašade of non-partisan political offices in Contra Costa County has now been erased and party-based political actions and campaigns are the new norm.


Posted by Jane, a resident of Danville
on Aug 16, 2011 at 11:49 am

Don't spin a conspiracy theory, based on redistricting. Danville has a history of appointing 'favorites,'i.e., Bob Storer, etc. When no one ran against the council in 2010, they were all 're-appointed.' I don't think that will happen in 2012; too many issues getting press in Danville.


Posted by Ralph Hoffmann, a resident of Walnut Creek
on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Very interesting.