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Perspective - October 3, 2008

Letters to the editor

No one should be discriminated against

Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to a Letter to the Editor last week from a writer in Dublin who criticized me for supporting Proposition 8, the November ballot measure defining marriage in our state to be between a man and a woman. I want to make it very clear that I do not believe that anyone in our community should be discriminated against based upon his or her sexual orientation. I respect the right each of us has to live our lives as we choose.

Like many other Californians, my position on Proposition 8 is simply based upon my belief that the term "marriage" defines the commitment between a man and a woman, and "civil union" more appropriately defines the legal recognition of a same sex couple's relationship. Under California State law the rights and privileges are essentially the same. I do not believe this to be discriminatory and Proposition 8 will not take away any of these protections. As the people of California vote on this matter in November, I hope that tolerance and respect will be shown to those on both sides of this ballot measure.

I have found in my public service that individuals almost always have differences of opinion about certain issues. No elected official represents the identical values of a voter. The way we get things accomplished, though, is by finding the things we do agree on. In Danville this includes fiscal responsibility; preserving open space and protecting our Urban Limit Line; creating solutions to traffic; helping youth and seniors; keeping our town safe; and ensuring that our decisions maintain our small town feel and exceptional quality of life. I look forward to continuing to work with our entire community toward these goals.

Candace Andersen, Mayor, Town of Danville

Wilson has class and integrity

Dear Editor:

I want to describe an insight I had that reveals a lot about the character of Abram Wilson.

I recently attended a meeting of the Danville Town Council. I'm involved with a group that is interacting with the town on a project and it was up for discussion that evening. When I arrived, I was pleased to see that San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson was also at the meeting. I've known Mayor Wilson for several years and I find him to be a fine person and an excellent public servant.

He was there to participate in a joint presentation to librarians from the Town of Danville and the city of San Ramon proclaiming Sep. 22-Oct. 27 as CityRead 2008. Presentations and proclamations of this sort are usually scheduled for the beginning of the meeting out of consideration for the recipients.

Mayor Wilson and Mayor Andersen performed a very nice ceremony, and Wilson easily could have left the meeting at this point. Please consider that he is a grievously busy man - he is not only mayor of San Ramon but is also running an arduous race for the State Assembly. No one would have taken any notice or felt umbrage if he had left. But he didn't. He stayed for the entire meeting. By doing this, he showed great consideration and respect for both the town council and members of the audience.

This action can be summed up in two words: class and integrity. Abram, you have my enthusiastic vote for State Assembly.

Steve Mick, Alamo

Alamo concerns are incomplete

Dear Editor:

Thank you for continuing to cover the issue of incorporation, which is important to Alamo citizens. A thoughtfully expressed concern to LAFCO commissioners that the Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis (CFA) of Alamo incorporation is incomplete, is itself incomplete on two counts.

Several Alamo citizens claim that the expenses of city manager, city attorney, and law enforcement are budgeted too low and would generate a yearly shortfall of $402,535 for the new town. Yet they ignore the budgeted yearly 10 percent contingency line item, specifically included to compensate for any low projections (beyond the yearly surplus required by law), of $714,300 in Year 2, growing to $980,747 in Year 10, that would more than cover their assumed shortfall each year.

Then, they extend their concern about low projections for these three cost items to costs of all services provided by the new town.

But most budgeted service costs (including law enforcement) are audited costs the county now incurs in providing services to Alamo, certified by the county as accurate, and adjusted each year for inflation. These service costs are what they are, whether services are provided by town or county - except that costs of services provided by the town would not grow with the burden rate of the county's $1.7 billion unfunded liability for employee benefits.

I urge all Alamo citizens to continue to read and consider the CFA as fully as possible. It is available at www.contracostalafco.org, along with answers to questions from Alamo citizens by the staff and consultants of the Local Agency Formation Commission.

Smitty Schmidt, Alamo


Posted by GetReal, a resident of Danville
on Oct 6, 2008 at 7:25 pm

I'm glad to hear that Candace is opposed to discrimination. But, I think the letter writer was pointing out that Candace has declared her support for Prop 8 on a website that claims the best arrangement for children is to be with a mother and father who are married to each other. So, she agrees this statement is wrong because it is discriminatory? Articulating that one group of people (married, heterosexual parents) is better than another group of people (gay parents who are domestic partners or single heterosexual parents for that matter)is a discriminatory statement. So, which is it Candace?

Posted by RealTime, a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 12, 2008 at 9:01 am

They are starting on the kids already. A first grade class was taken on a school field trip to a same sex marriage this Friday:

Web Link

So the ads were just fear mongering huh? Web Link

Wow, the election isn't even here yet and they can't wait to get to the kids!

Vote YES on 8!

Posted by RealTime, a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 12, 2008 at 9:04 am

They are starting on the kids already. A first grade class was taken on a school field trip to a same sex marriage this Friday:

Web Link

So the ads were just fear mongering huh? Web Link

Wow, the election isn't even here yet and they can't wait to get to the kids!

Vote YES on 8!

Posted by getreal, a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2008 at 9:58 pm

RealTime: Typical fear mongering by a Prop 8 supporter. The heterosexual PARENTS of the kids in the class initiated the field trip. Neither the teacher nor the school initiated this trip. As with any field trip, parents were given the option to opt out and at least two did. Please get your facts "straight" before you continue to spread lies. If you're a bigot and are against gay marriage, just be honest and say you're a bigot.

Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Danville
on Oct 17, 2008 at 7:38 am

"Separate" is never, ever "equal" when it comes to fundamental rights to live fully in a society. The US Supreme Court said it in 1954, and our own CA Court reiterated it again this year.

Civil Unions may assuage the consciences of those who won't face their own intolerance -- change and growth are difficult -- but they're a halfway measure to a full-on problem of discrimination and stigma. Please vote No and keep California open to all persons who choose love.

Posted by Carolyn Phinney, a resident of Danville
on Mar 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Candace Andersen is now running for Supervisor in District II against Tomi Van De Brooke. Voters have a clear choice.

Tomi Van De Brooke supports equal rights for all people and does not believe Separate is Equal. Tomi supports Marriage Equality.

Candace Andersen supports Prop 8, which has been shot down by the courts as unconstitutional because it discriminates against a minority group.

We have a clear choice in June.

Tomi Van de Brooke's values are those of the general electorate in Northern CA, which does not support discrimination against gays.

Candace Andersen's positions are those of Alabama or Mississippi, not this area.

Posted by Carolyn Phinney, a resident of Danville
on Mar 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Apparently Danville Mayor Candace Andersen did not get the Supreme Court's memo that Separate Is NOT Equal. The California Supreme Court also found Prop 8 to be unconstitutional, because it is discriminatory.

Please do not vote for this Right Wing Republican again.

Posted by Citizen Paine, a resident of Danville
on Mar 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

The essence of Ms. Andersen's position is that she doesn't think anyone should be discriminated against -- except when she does. Generally speaking, the more people have to explain why their positions aren't what they appear, the more they are clearly just that. The semantic dodge is obvious, and cruel.

She lost me when she misused her office to appear on a Prop 8 website as Mayor of Danville. The Prop had nothing to do with Town business; she should not have appeared in her official capacity.

BTW, Prop 8 lost in Danville.

Posted by Bigots cannot face themselves, a resident of Danville
on Jun 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Its mind boggling when supposedly bright -but as always- flawed people- come out and insist they are not bigots or want to paint themselves in some new fresh bright way. Ms. Anderson MUST understand this - your time is nearing its end. Soon this issue will be a non-issue, because the majority of bigots in our world are dying out. Proposition 8 is revolting and deeply deeply offensive. It is NONE of your business- Why do u somehow believe that you have ANY right to have a say in another human being's quality of life? Why do seem to think YOU should be able to judge whether another human being has the right to get married? OFFENSIVE. ARROGANT. Anyone who has this deep seated conviction, along with her conviction about a woman's right to choose (and I realize you KNOW about Roe V Wade Ms Anderson)I could never ever vote for. This is not a progressive, this is a conservative regressive. Ugly.