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Town Council election could be canceled as incumbents run unopposed

Original post made on Aug 11, 2010

The Nov. 2 election could be canceled, at least for the Town Council, as no one seems interested in running against two incumbents. It would be a $55,000 savings to the Town if an appointment process were to take place instead.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 2:28 PM

Comments (15)

Posted by Just Plain HAL
a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2010 at 8:47 am

Dear Dolores,

Voting for “OTHER”

In Contra Costa County, where our candidates are picked from the same stable of supporters of CCC aggregated politics, we seldom have a choice beyond the declining services of the political status quo. With voter trust in Contra Costa politicians at <20% average according to news service polling, it becomes important for every elected politician to validate a new term in an election. The likely outcome of an election where the candidates are unopposed is a very low vote count, even in the important November election. Voters are likely to vote in the important contests and simply ignore local contests due to dissatisfaction with candidates running unopposed.

There is an effective answer to this dilemma and it requires no special effort on behalf of voters. For each unopposed candidate, a voter has the option of writing in “OTHER” and checking the box next to it. When the votes are counted, the tally already has a category for “OTHER” and a significant write-in vote would be listed. There in no risk that “OTHER” would win the election, even with a majority of votes, and the unopposed candidate would be elected by the minority of votes.

What is proven is voters do not support the candidates’ current policies and approaches. It serves notice that community engagement must occur and focus on the will and interests of communities must be achieved.

A vote for “OTHER” is a vote for our future.


Posted by Ralph Hoffmann
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Aug 11, 2010 at 9:04 am

It's too bad I don't still live in Danville. One wag once commented I'd run for anything, but he wouldn't vote for me for dog catcher. Now it seems being an incumbent is so unpopular, no one wants to run for public office.

Posted by Peg
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Aug 11, 2010 at 9:24 am

How about giving our elected officials a break. Danville is well managed by our representatives. That's why no one has seen the NEED to run against the incumbents.

Posted by Danville Businesswoman and Mom
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2010 at 10:28 am

That's right, Peg. Enough of the global generalizations and vague complaints voiced by Hal. In this community people may complain about isolated issues, such as the trees coming down at the Vet's Hall, but the lack of opposition supports the fact that Danville citizens are satisfied with the overall management of the town.

Posted by Just Plain HAL
a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Dear Dolores,

Another fun exchange filled with Gina's sponsored pseudonyms.

Consider, the real story here is why there are no candidates opposing the incumbents? In review of previous elections, none of the incumbents got 100% of the vote, so why should we believe that Danville Citizens 100% prefer the incumbents as claimed.

If this were prior to February 2007, your editorial would be published with detailed questions about this result and include comments from your "on-the-street" questions to Danville residents.

The good news is among the remaining readers of the Danville EXpress, concerns have been raised for "Representation without an election" that does not suit our history as a nation.

As part of the OTHER campaign, we will be putting our signs out in late September that ask the questions, "Wouldn't you rather have somebody OTHER?" "Have you ever wished you could vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE?"


Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Aug 11, 2010 at 2:34 pm

jrm is a registered user.

Ditto Peg and Businesswoman...I think they have done a terrific job and I am grateful for their time devoted to our community. Every Saturday one of them is at the Farmer's Market making themselves acccesible to the public they serve, in addition to all their other time demands. I do not view the lack of additional candidates as complacency on our part, rather we are very satisfied with their efforts and finding a need to make a change doesn't seem apparent. Fiscal discipline on town expenses and a watchful eye on the looming Tassajara development should be right smack dab in the middle of their radar right now and I think they get it. My thanks again to them for their public service!

Posted by Kristen
a resident of Monte Vista High School
on Aug 11, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I think it is unfortunate that other citizens of Danville can't find the time to help run this Town. I do feel that people are complacent. We have had the same group of individuals governing Danville for as long as I have lived here. I would run if I did not own a small business, sit on the board of a non-profit, maintain a household, raise children, and participate in other community organizations. As for the Tassajara development, are we sure our Town officials are against it. They seem to want to move the urban limit line that voters voted in.

Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm

This is not a good state of affairs. This is the reason our Country, States, Counties and Cities are in the situation they are currently in...We the people do not give a damn anymore...that's the sad part. That's the reason why 300 plus self serving fools are dictating to the 300 million plus in this Country...we just don't give a damn anymore. But some day hopefully before it's too late we will give a damn.

I totally agree with Hal, he's the danger in what the Danville officials are planning.

Thanks for listening, Julia from Alamo

Posted by Just Plain Hal
a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2010 at 6:50 am

Dear Dolores,

Let's share some discovery with your commentators and readers. In e-mails received from individuals reading this exchange were three individuals that planned to be candidates for town council. Each was intimidated by county aggregated politics as supporters of the current council in Danville. Claims of intimidation included retaliation against their business interests, family social relationships and personal reputation.

Campaigns in Contra Costa County are very ugly for challengers and defamation is sponsored by various business associations, unions, corporations, and institutions that profit from current council relationships.

Let us not assume that apathy is the cause of the lack of candidates.


Posted by Beau Hunk
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Aug 12, 2010 at 7:32 am

The Tentative Candidate List is on the CC Elections website at
Web Link

The information for the Danville Town Council election is listed as "NOT ON BALLOT." Doesn't this make the Council's discussion of whether or not to hold an election moot?

Posted by Steven
a resident of Monte Vista High School
on Aug 12, 2010 at 8:08 am

As usual, Hal Bailey (who, like Julia, isn't even from Danville)chooses to attempt to create controversy where there is none. For years now you've claimed to have all this inside information, but not once have you offered any proof to your claims.

Like most people with paranoid delusions you blame everything on these faceless groups, either Embarcadero media or "county aggregated politics" whatever the heck that means. Unfortunately, there will be people who will read your drivel and accord it some measure of truth.

So as has been said here before, I'll say it again. Hal, put up or shut up. Show any evidence that any of these imaginary scenarios are real. Or stop being 'The Boy who cried wolf'.

Posted by David.
a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2010 at 8:13 am

The Town of Danville is very fortunate to have Karen Stepper and Robert Storer as our Town Council representatives and I'm happy they don't have to go thru all the effort and costs of the Campaigning process... although they would win hands down against any challenger.

Vice Mayor Stepper and Councilman Storer are extremely qualified and dedicated to the tasks at hand and both help to make Danville a wonderful place to live, work and play.

People who complain about the status of our Community..............remember this......those who rock the boat never seem to row the boat. Karen and Robert are always rowing the boat to make our community the Camelot that it is.

Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2010 at 8:50 am

Yes, it's sad that newbies to reading comments might take HAL seriously- but it shouldn't take long to realize he's just hot air. If it weren't that some might take him seriously, I could enjoy a chuckle reading some of his outrageous comments....

I'm all for appointing the town council if there's no on to run against them- seems like we have better things to do with our money then create an election so that voters can vote "other"- no wonder people are apathetic!

Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 12, 2010 at 9:43 am

Yes Steven, we are not from Danville...we or from the outside looking in. You and some of the folks that share your opinion are in the forest and can't see the trees.

If the good folks of Danville allow this type of government appointments to happen...the good folks of Danville will be setting the stage for an unfortunate future.

Julia, from way outside Danville.

Posted by Just Plain Hal
a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

Dear Dolores,

It is likely fair to share information with your commentators and readers that has been sent to you via private e-mail.

Alamo has suffered from the actions of Danville's government along the border between Danville and Alamo. The dirty past and present related to the SRV YMCA property is an excellent example. Further examples are Hap Magee Ranch Park plans, the expansion of MVHS into Alamo neighborhoods, and new construction projects along the border that impact traffic and lost open space for Alamo neighborhoods.

Then, there are Danville Police "border raids" into Alamo, some with guns drawn (as you reported). Danville Police cars have been pictured in Alamo neighborhoods where political actions have been pursued by neighbors.

So as Gina's supported pseudonyms continue defamation of our region's neighborhood and community groups, and any courtesy I have provided in public disclosure, the reality remains that this exchange is about "Representation without Election." Pseudonyms, in their commentary and defamation, cannot distract the EXpress' remaining readership and are only confirming the issue for corridor e-exchanges including Danville neighborhoods.

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