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The conflicts of learning by example

Original post made by H. Paul Balle, another community, on Apr 25, 2012

In my role with global governments I have committed by conflict of interest agreements to not become an appointed or elected official in any community. In the 26 years of residency in Contra Costa County I have learned not to have any commercial, economic or political interests in Contra Costa governments due to the extreme costs to friends including Gayle Bishop.

My goal, among many neighborhoods throughout Contra Costa County, is to develop honesty and ethical commitment to the will and interests of communities and neighborhoods as the majority of Contra Costans. Your sponsorship of Informed Resident(s) and friends in commentary on the town square forum seems to invite me to "throw my hat in the ring" which would violate explicit global conflict of interests. It is far more simple from outside of office to seek earnest commitment to interactive communication and mitigation with Contra Costa governments so very well delivered by Gayle Uilkema most recently in the new district 2.

If we simply let that be an example, then all county officials, including elected state representatives and city council members, can quite simply execute outreach to neighborhood, business district and community groups, maybe even individuals, to fully engage Contra Costans in government.

There is no better goal than finding people that will commit to earnest service to the will and interests of Contra Costans. We have not had that as CCC-BOS except for Gayle Bishop and, most recently, Gayle Uilkema, as members of the CCC-BOS. I am encouraged by District 2 candidate profiles on this website and hope Mary Piepho will be engaged in service to her district residents in Diablo, Blackhawk and Tassajara Valley.

We need a new majority for CCC-BOS quite qualified for the job of managing a +$2 billion enterprise. Certainly I have the skills but I also have the conflict of agreements that make that pursuit impossible.

Let us support those with capabilities and qualifications that choose to run for office and challenge all those unqualified to be our representatives.

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Posted by Informed Resident
a resident of another community
on Apr 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm


So sorry! I had no idea you were a secret agent. I hope I did not expose your identity.

And you do know the comment about you running for office was rhetorical right?

I must say I am not surprised that the politicians that you hold in the highest esteem are Gayle Bishop (convicted of political crimes) and Gayle Uilkema (who hasn't been seen in District 2 since redistricting). It is widely known that Uilkema has been very sick and has not been attending board meetings this year. Perhaps you can enlighten us of her accomplishments since acquiring her new district (Alamo, Danville and San Ramon). I actually am not aware of any.

In the spirit of honesty and ethics could you please explain;

What conflict of interest agreement you entered into that prohibits you from holding office?

What Supervisor Uilkema has "delivered" since acquiring the San Ramon Valley into her district? What "earnest service" specifically has she provided in the last 6 months since the redistricting?

And lastly what prohibits you from contacting Supervisor Piepho to get her positions on Countywide issues?

All serious questions which require your honest and ethical responses.

Thank you in advance for your prompt reply!

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Posted by [removed]
a resident of another community
on Apr 26, 2012 at 7:00 am

At some point, Gina, you will need to speak for yourself rather than sponsoring Informed Resident(s) and friends insults on your behalf. Allowing abusive commentators to be defacto editors and publishers of the Express illustrates your distance from journalism in service to Dolores' readership.

It is a rare moment when you actually present news and information such as the candidates' profiles and it is too often that you sponsor the attack brutality of Informed Resident(s) and friends. Allowing contrived ignorance to be an informational authority on your forum and set the tone for your home page is not "a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion."

This exchange gave you that opportunity without any intended handoff or invitation for more abuse. Your midnight complicity in the abuse of Informed Resident(s) does not eliminate your liability as an officer of EMCEB and hiding behind such pseudonyms does not excuse you from the insults you portray to Express readers.

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