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Perspective - November 9, 2007

Letters to the editor

Good job by Piepho

Dear Editor:

Effective leaders and good government do not come along that often. As longtime Diablo residents, we have seen Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho working hard to serve the communities she has been elected to represent. Mary is a part of our community and we see her at many local events and meetings. She is a breath of fresh air and has worked to provide communities like Diablo and Alamo the highest level of county services and improved local governance.

Mary has rolled up her sleeves and gone to work to serve us, and we respect and acknowledge her commitment. She has shown that she is not afraid of taking on the difficult tasks. By addressing local and often controversial issues which have lingered for years, Mary has taken on challenges that others have avoided. It has been a long time since we have seen such a strong quality in an elected leader.

Being an elected official is not an easy responsibility, but Mary Piepho has done an outstanding job and we strongly support her as our county supervisor.

Weatherford Family, Diablo

Newspaper coverage

Dear Editor:

Thank you for your excellent article on the consolidation of newspapers and coverage in the Bay Area. I have noticed a significant decline in local news reporting in the San Ramon Valley Times, and rely more than ever on your publication to find out what's going on. In a single issue, I learned of the vandalism at Livorna Park, the potential sale of Borel's orchard, and the possibility that Supervisor Mary Piepho's office is behind the move to rename Danville Boulevard. If true, it is a condescending gesture, clearly designed to placate the masses and defuse the movement for incorporation of Alamo.

Keep up the good work!

D. McCarter, Alamo


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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Nov 9, 2007 at 8:19 am

Dear Dolores,

And so it starts! The Piepho campaign, as noted on www.marynejedlypiepho.com, is starting the flow of letters to the editor as disquised advertising for a deeply troubled re-election campaign. With commercial polling services illustrating an approval rating below 28% and too few campaign volunteers, the tactic is to use LTTE submissions to create the appearance of support.

Communities and neighborhoods throughout District 3 are now linked by e-chains and >60,000 residents are communicating on the issues of this campaign and the goals of government after November 2008. Certainly, many things done through CCC-BOS power must be rectified and new consensus with communities and neighborhoods must be the role of county government going forward.

The emotional appeal of an LTTE campaign should not replace the reality of abuses over the past three years or should it replace discussions of the issues facing Contra Costa County going forward.

Hal Bailey

As a courtesy to Alliance of Communities

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Posted by Vince Kreigher
a resident of another community
on Nov 11, 2007 at 11:23 am

Karl Rove is alive and well in the Piepho Campaign.

A new Chief of Staff and Communications Consultant will not change that fact. Lisa's column this AM in the Times noted that nasty politics is occurring and many of us have already been appalled by the polling tactics.

In the end, there will be no way to put "lipstick" of such a campaign. When faced with the issues of distain for neighborhoods and abuse of communities, Piepho's campaign only has the emotions of a select few to disquise her failures.

Don't be fooled,


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Posted by Vince Kreigher
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2007 at 9:06 am

The previous message was received as part of a personal response from Hal on the nature of the campaign for District 3 Supervisor. In that detailed message Hal provided review of the way politics in Contra Costa Costa County was aggregating to protect the current supervisors. The points made dealt with the actions of campaign supporters, especially developers, to create a negative view of Guy Houston with voters throughout District 3.

Thus, Karl Rove techniques of campaigning have been brought to the Piepho campaign to defeat Guy Houston who is currently preferred 2 to 1 throughout District 3. The goal of Piepho Campaign sponsors, illustrated via research, is to protect the expansion of land use in District 3 and to further protect control of the board of supervisors by institutions and developers.

AS the campaign moves forward, there is ample evidence that District 2, 3 and 5 will be a single campaign to stay in office and avoid the exceptional political influence of Guy Houston and potential successful replacement of District 2 and 5 supervisors. Guy's impact via his State-level connections could create a board of supervisors far more committed to consensus with communities and neighborhoods and restrict the current influence of financial institutions and developers in board decisions.

Institutions and developer, via research discovery, do not want Guy's influence is major land use considerations such as the Concord Naval Weapons Station. I suggest that Contra Costans need to make that land use an issue of all campaigns including the planned recalls of District 1 and 4.

Polling activities, conducted by the conservative minority of Republicans in Contra Costa County, are trying to "Swift Boat" Guy Houston. Be very thorough in your review of such polling and careful in what you believe.

Vincent Kreigher
Alamo property and business owner
Member, CDSI Research Fellowship

This report contains exerpts from a CDSI Research Report and is posted as a CDSI courtesy