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Pleasanton Council candidates warned to wait until March 29 to post campaign signs

Original post made on Mar 12, 2013

Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho has asked candidates in the special City Council election scheduled for May 7 to wait until March 29 to post campaign signs in the community.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 8:01 AM

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Posted by Voter
a resident of Country Fair
on Mar 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

The article failed to mention that Narum has had her signs out there for over 2 weeks. I didn't read about complaints on her also! Perhaps that is why Miller's team decided to put their's out. If anyone should know the recommendation of the City Manager, she should. After all she ran Jerry's campaign and is a commissioner! As was stated, it is a recommendation, not a law or ordinance.


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Posted by Walter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I can't believe we're already here - I know they were having the special election but wow it got here fast!

I have been driving around Ptown a lot lately and haven't seen anyone else's signs up yet - where was Narum's up? As I recall Jerry's signage was up the same time as everyone.

While we're passionate, PTown seems pretty respectful during their election cycles. Thank you candidates!


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Posted by justwondering
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Voter,just wondering where you've seen Narum's signs? I've seen numerous Miller signs in yards but haven't seen any of Narum signs in yards.


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Posted by what kind of councilmember do you want?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm

It is just a policy but it has served the city well. I want the conversation to be about Pleasanton, not about who has the most or the biggest signs. I have talked to Miller and heard him speak to others. He exudes contempt. I am not surprised that he thinks it is ok just to ignore election policy. It shows a lack of respect and it also places the campaign on a very superficial level. I guess consider the source.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

I don't know who "Miller" is, and don't have a dog in this race, but I know I won't be voting for him after seeing his signs replace the makeshift "Downtown Gene" memorial outside of Tullys this weekend. The beautifully-done Gene tri-fold sign was tossed in the planter box; this is really poor form, disrespectful, and completely inappropriate.


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Posted by David Miller
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Mar 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm

David Miller is a registered user.

Dear Mr. Bing,

Two things about your posting concern me:

1. As you did not receive the email from City Manager Nelson Fialho, you must have received a copy from a candidate you already support. Additionally, you did not attempt to contact me to get my side of the situation. Is that impartial journalism?

2. The polls open on April 8, when the ballots go out to
Pleasanton Voters. That is when Election Day starts. On that day Pleasanton Voters can receive their Vote-by-Mail ballot. They can vote. And, they can return their ballots via the U.S. Post Office.

I will do the math for you... Forty days prior to April 8th is February 27th. Had you attempted to contact me, I would have told you that putting up campaign signs up earlier than March 29th is an unintended consequence of a historic Vote-by-Mail only Special Election. Had this been a 1 day election on May 7th, my campaign signs would have gone up on March 29th.

I expect an apology from you and your publication. Your posting has
misrepresented the situation and my intent. According to comments following your post, you've already cost me votes. Or was that your Intent?

Sincerely,

David Miller
Candidate for Pleasanton City Council
David@votedavidmiller.com
www.VoteDavidMiller.com


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Posted by justwondering
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm

So Dave, did you receive the email referenced from the City Manager? Did you contact him about your concern when the signs should be allowed to go up? Was this date, March 29th in the info given to candidates? Do you agree that no other candidate signs have been seen in residences unlike the first poster stated and seems to have failed to respond to? It seems like you don't think things like integrity apply to your candidacy.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Wow...this is interesting...watching a candidate implode his own effort right in front of our eyes. Obviously never heard the old saying about arguing with those who buy ink (or bandwidth) by the barrel. Too bad he didn't address the issue I raised earlier; I would have liked to have heard his side of the story.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 12, 2013 at 10:31 pm

David,

I had a friend run for Council a while back.

I remember the candidates signed a campaign pledge.

Didn't all the candidates this time(including you) sign a pledge agreeing to certain campaign rules including no signs before the end of march?

Geez if you don't keep your promises now, and believe rules don't apply to you, I sure don't want you on city council. Holy cow.


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Posted by Bob Dennis
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Mar 12, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Dave - You've got my vote cause you'll do something about those gold plated pensions. Check out how much vacation, sick days, floating holidays, administrative leave and other days these City Hall folk either get off, or get to get cash for. We re talking 60+ days a year if you been an employee for 15 years. Seems we taxpayers get stuck paying too much overtime. Countin on you Dave to get this out in the open and fixed. Bob


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Posted by Chemist
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 13, 2013 at 7:55 am

Dave gets my vote also. Who wants to "voluntarily" wait until March 29 to put up signs for an election with voting that starts on April 8? The signs are expensive, and the voters need some time to see them. As usual, the city's "voluntary law" is like most of the other stupid laws we see from our nanny governments: ill-conceived, expensive, and a waste of people's time. Go Dave. You get my vote because you will help us reduce the government's cost and intrusion into our lives. I am tired of bureaucrats telling me how to live my life, run my campaign, drink my coca-cola and eat my Happy Meals.


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Posted by Bill Fazakerly
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 13, 2013 at 8:28 am

Dave Miller is a gentleman with guts. Occasionally he "exudes contempt", but it is not contempt for people. It is contempt for the stupid things that have been done by past City Councils, and the negative impact that these poor decisions have had on our city and its financial condition. I am voting for Dave because he is the best person for Pleasanton. Who cares about lawn signs? The lawn signs will all be down in a few weeks, but whoever is elected to the Council will be there for a lot longer. The Pleasanton Weekly and all the posters here should be talking about qualifications of the candidates, not yard signs. In my opinion, yard signs rank right down there with Kathy Narum's beautification of Pioneer Cemetery plans in the "not very important" category.
Bill


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Posted by "Do the math for you" Dave
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2013 at 8:33 am

Wow! Exuding contempt is right! Just imagine the lectures he will be giving us citizens from the dais! Councilmembers are elected to serve the people, not the other way around.


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Posted by M
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Mar 13, 2013 at 8:35 am

I am so glad that we got to hear Dave speak on this issue. You have solidified my choice for anyone but you. We need resonable people on the Council, moderates, that are willing to compromise to get things done. You don't seem like the compromising type, maybe run for Congress instead!


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Danbury Park
on Mar 13, 2013 at 8:42 am

...and what does one expect from a Tea Party extremist. This is Pleasanton not Tennessee, although by the usual vitriol on these postings, you sometimes think we were. Pleasanton seems like a pretty well run, moderate city to most that I have spoken to.


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Posted by Dianna
a resident of Hart Middle School
on Mar 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

I do not like sign blight but this election by mail does change the rules. Dave's explanation is valid.

The city staff is threatened by Miller because he will not be a passive yes man.

Jeb, you have too much bias to be objective, you wrote a non-story about Kathy losing weight. I saw a Narum sign on a car, that was carelessly taking up two spaces in a full parking lot, last week. As a result I had to park in the dirt across the street, at night in the dark! Now there's a story!


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Posted by Dee Mitchell
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Mar 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

Really...??? this is what we are arguing about??? Signs? and who put them on who's lawn.. when???

Why don't you try writing an article that talks about how unelected unaccountable regional bureaucrats are targeting our town for high density stack and pack low income section 8 style housing???

Why don't you talk about how most of the candidates for city council don't have the cahones that Miller has to stand up and lead rather than cave to these bureacrats?

It's obvious that this writer and the Pleasanton Weekly and city staff fear Miller and are trying to grasp at any weak argument to disparage him because he is an average citizen, not part of some special interest group or bureaucrat.

Good try, but we are not buying this nonsense. It's about time Pleasanton citizens elect someone who will stand for something instead of fall for everything!

My vote is for Dave Miller!!!!

www.VoteDavidMiller.com


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Posted by What
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

Guys, this is exactly why we need to have a City Council member who is above reproach. We don't need people who feel they "deserve" the position. Paying for a bombardment of advertising should not be rewarded with getting elected. The other two candidates, Hamilton and Sanwa, have not used this approach. We need someone with high integrity who is not tied to Business or Real Estate. This Hamilton guy is a retired Marine Officer. He has also coached my kids in several sports. That smells like integrity to me. Our city is at a crossroads right now. We can't have a voting block that will occur if Narum is elected. I do not know much about Sanwa so I can't speak to her.


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Posted by Dave Tabor
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

I agree with DEE....

We need real reporting! The Pleasanton Weekly article is a smoke screen to avoid talking about real issues.

I'm sick and tired of paying taxes and having our taxes go to unelected boards bodies and commissions that then turn around and withhold them from our town if we don't comply with ridiculous measures that hurt our town. We as citizens want local control. We are tired of our City Councils giving up their power to agencies, like ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments), MTC (Metropolitan Transportation Commission), BAAQMD (Bay Area Air Quality Management District), BCDC (Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission) and all the other alphabet soup nonelected regional boards.

What we should be doing as citizens is supporting local candidates who want to push back from this regionalist takeover. I hear that citizens in Danville and other cities like Corte Madera are pushing back against these unelected bodies and their attempt to transform the ENTIRE Bay Area into stack and pack low income housing sesspools. Corte Madera even went so far as to drop out of ABAG.... If enough cities stand up to them and drop out they will lose power. Why doesn't this reporter report on those issues???

If candidates want to earn my respect and vote they need to stand up for the citizens and local control. I'm voting for Dave Miller. He is the only candidate who is willing to actively stand up to these thug regional unelected bodies.

Who cares who put signs where and when!!!!




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Posted by ????
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

Ok, I get it--rules don't apply to the tea party and therefore, Miller doesn't have to follow them! Great, just what we need for leadership of Pleasanton, NOT!!!


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

The real issue is that David signed something that he is intentionally not honoring.

How many things would he agree to on Council that he wouldn't honor?

How many promises does David intend to break??

Not getting my vote if this is an indication of his character.


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Posted by Jack
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

Concerning the city's interest in "sign blight", campaign signs for a couple of months every couple of years are nothing compared to the thousands of signs along our streets and roads placed by the City of Pleasanton. Try and read every city installed sign as you drive around town. These could be another cause of distracted driving. Stop signs are important. But signs warning of a nearby stop sign are confusing. Perhaps the worst examples are out along Vineyard toward Ruby Hill where city signs and expensive barriers warn you that the sidewalk is ending!

Campaign signs are a protected free speech right. The start of the special mail in only voting is in three weeks. It seems reasonable that candidates would want to have their signs out by now. This sort of article is a distraction from issues critical to Pleasanton and trivializes the election. But, of course an article like this is easier that inviting the candidates into the office and doing in depth interviews.


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Posted by Terry Messick-Cass
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

David Miller signs have been up around the neighborhood near Amaral Park as well as several on Martin Drive for a few weeks?? I have not seen signs for other candidates anywhere. Can't believe David replaced the "Downtown Gene" Memorial outside of Tully's .....Where is his sense of compassion & dignity???


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Posted by Just wondering
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Mar 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

How do you know David replace the "Downtown Gene" Memorial outside of Tully's? Do you see him doing it? He is a great person with integrity, he will never do things like this. When we make comments, we will need to have facts, not speculations. The citizens of pleasanton will benefit greatly if David is elected as city council.


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Posted by Are you kidding?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Just wondering, you are exactly right we need to have facts. Read some of the posts above yours--lots of speculation but no facts from supporters of Miller (or Miller posting under different names). If he is a person of integrity he would want his supporters to post correct facts not innuendos or misfacts such as in the very first post.

He has a flyer out that makes it look like the Pleasanton Weekly is endorsing him. In fact the quote is from an anyonomus blogger that he himself could have written. This behavior is hardly from person with integrity!!


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Posted by Wow!
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Who cares if someone served in the military. That has nothing to do with City Council. Kathy Narum has earned the seat. Anyone can go in the military.


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Posted by Chemist
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm

We need more Dave Miller signs as soon as possible. There is no "rule", no "law", no reason why election signs should not be posted a week or two before the election begins. The important issues that are mentioned on this thread are what the Pleasanton Weekly should be addressing. There are a lot of issues that will affect the future of our City, and David Miller's signs are not one of them. This issue was not worthy of an article in the paper.


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Posted by Physicist
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Like Chemist, I'm not really a Physicist or a scientist of any stripe, but I'm hoping the label will obscure the idiocy of my posts.


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Posted by Sal
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm

What else would you expect from a Tea Party member? Look, rules don't apply to Tea Party patriots when they are fighting for freedom, liberty, and right to sit on lawn chairs at the fairgrounds. If there is one think Pleasanton needs, it's a know-nothing council member who declares war on public school teachers while reciting empty right-wing platitudes. Have mercy!!!


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Posted by Mimi
a resident of another community
on Mar 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Why don't you concentrate on the real issues facing the voters of Pleasanton rather than the manufactured issues like when signs are put out? Time for a real debate, rather than a phony article that tries to trash someone based on an irrelevant issue.

Pleasanton is facing serious problems that are being forced on the community with all the high density housing that scheduled to be built. The School district is planning on 3.8 children per unit (where the average before the high density was 1.2 children). Who will be paying for that??

I hope the citizens of Pleasanton realize what is at stake and hold all candidates to discussing the issues and figuring out where each candidate stands.


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Posted by Mick
a resident of another community
on Mar 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Mommy, Davey the cheater put his signs up too soon. waaaaah.

That is what you sound like.

Don't you actually have some city business to debate or something? Hopefully this insipid whining isn't representative of your city.


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Posted by Jerry M.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm

"Who cares if someone served in the military...Anyone can go in the military."

This is a lie and an insult to those who are both willing and qualified to serve. A well documented recent study report states that 75% of the age 17 to 22 population is not eligible to serve due to inadequate education, poor physical health, legal issues and more.
Web Link

While military service is certainly not a requirement to serve as a city council member, it does show a significant commitment to serve our community and nation in the most selfless way.


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Posted by No surprise
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Mar 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm

a few weeks ago while myself and a couple of colleagues were discussing what a terrible council member miller would make, one of them said, "Don't worry. You give that clown enough rope and he'll hang himself." My how right he was.

for those tea party sheeple who insist this is a "non-issue", what a great example of how off your moral compass is when you label integrity a "non-issue". yes, this absolutely is an integrity issue. he agreed to the signage limitations and chose to ignore his promise to comply. while he broke no law, it speaks volumes about his thoughts on keeping his word.

www.voteforanyonebutdavidmiller.com


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Posted by Craig
a resident of another community
on Mar 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm

It sounds like Dave Miller is making some of you nervous. This is without a doubt THE most ridiculous subject for an article I've ever heard of. It's almost school yard behavior by alleged adults. Why dont all of you grow up, get behind Dave Miller and start addressing some of the real problems facing Pleasanton, like section 8 welfare losers given a free pass to an upscale community, Pleasanton will look like Oakland in twenty years if you dont stop with your petty behavior


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Posted by westsider
a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Why not "Craig?" Because if David Miller can't understand a simple thing like when signs should go up, then what else can't he understand? Or perhaps if David Miller can't understand that Pleasanton residents don't want political signs all over the landscape all year long, then why should he care what they want about anything? Or maybe it's as simple as David Miller thinking the rules don't apply to him. Which is it?


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Posted by nona
a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on Mar 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm

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Posted by Peter Malloy
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 13, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Is this the type of character we can expect from Miller? He appears to be an elitist and the rules apply to everyone but him. Expect more of the same from this man.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm

I don't get why some people are saying Miller can do something about the coming high density housing. What could he possibly be planning to do about that?


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Posted by Irwin
a resident of Charter Oaks
on Mar 14, 2013 at 12:01 am

I don't get why anyone is saying anything about Miller at all. Kind of a joke, his running, isn't it?


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Posted by Chemist
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 14, 2013 at 9:21 am

Irwin,
When someone steps up to run for City Council it is not a joke. It is time consuming, expensive, and, as demonstrated here, the man has put himself up for slander by loonies like yourself. Dave Miller is not connected to the liberal elites who have been running our City, so he does not have the name recognition of some of the other folks in the race. But that does not make him a joke. If the elites keep whining about Dave Miller signs, that will be great for Dave: it will give him more name recognition, and it will put the other candidates at a disadvantage because people will assume that they also think that yard signs are the biggest issue of the campaign - right up there with mowing the yard at Pioneer Cemetery.


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Posted by Jaclyn M.
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 14, 2013 at 9:30 am

So let me get this straight. Mr. Miller, in an open letter to the editor of the PW and the entire citizenry of the town of Pleasanton addressed the issues in which he was wrongfully accused of by pointing out specific time frames for election campaigning rules & regulations regarding signage and people are upset?

He did this (IMHO) without "imploding", with malice or with any "contempt" for the populace, electoral process or citizenry of Pleasanton.

If all you want to do is bring your own hostile preconceived notions of what you assume David Miller to possess into this discussion based on his perceived affiliations then you simply are acting on an emotional basis and therefore I completely discount any further argument you will try to make.

Personally I would love to finally have a member of The Council that will treat each and every issue that presents itself with fairness, reason, objectivity, integrity and above all else, a true concern for the PEOPLE of Pleasanton, not the established infrastructure that somehow seems to suck the life, money and soul out of our past elected officials. I believe that David Miller can rise above the din and be a voice of reason and sanity for local politics and the city of Pleasanton.

I urge you to vote for David Miller for City Council.


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Posted by M
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Mar 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

Exactly John! But Dave and his supporters don't care about the fact this is a statewide issue and somehow think we can fight the allocation of high density housing locally. By the way we tried fighting this and the State sued us, and we lost. Maybe Dave Miller should spend his time fighting the state instead of running for a local government. To the person quoting Danville as fighting this (read more about it as they just approved it last week as they can't fight it even if they drop out of ABAG, the MTC and any every other regional agency. In fact dropping out actually would have increased the number of units they would need as allocated by the State)

As for City Staff being afraid, I wouldnt know, but as a Pleasanton resident I am afraid that this guy will waste my tax dollars fighting things we can't possible win!


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Posted by Mark
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 14, 2013 at 10:26 am

Candidate Miller has my vote, my $100 donation and as soon as I get my yard sign it is going up per my first ammendment rights. The Left's attack on Mr. Miller and the Tea Party is another example of Saul Alinksy tactics to Deflect, Deny and Demean. Keep it up David and don't let them push you around! Big government leftism is intellectually dishonest, killing America and truly a mental disease!!!


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Posted by Are you kidding?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2013 at 10:51 am

Yup, candidate Miller has given new meaning to free speech rights with his misleading flyer that looks like the Weekly has endorsed him. Assuming this was unintentional, then why hasn't he corrected it by acknowledging where the quote he's using came from or in fact is he trying to make people believe he is endorsed by the Weekly? This is someone with integrity. . .?


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Posted by Janet
a resident of another community
on Mar 14, 2013 at 11:26 am

To M, from Bonde Ranch Neighborhood. You are correct. The state is mandating subsidized stack & pack housing through MTC/ABAG. But that is because people are not willing to continue to stand up. We pay the Director of MTC over $345,000 annually! If city councils consisted of people like David Miller, it is possible there could be a mass exodus of cities from ABAG. With statesmen like councils, people could take back the power.

One city in Marin dropped out of ABAG and their housing allocation was reduced! Does this mean ABAG is vulnerable? If people are going to get bck the control of their cities, it will take concerned citizen and candidates like David Miller who will not throw in the towel. Otherwise, the cost of unintended consequences is much higher than litigation.


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Posted by are you kidding?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

Janet, please provide a link or reference showing the housing allocation was reduced after dropping out of ABAG.

Are you aware of the Palmer decision? The ruling was basically that cities can't force developers to include below market rate housing in their community. (It calls into question the inclusionary zoning ordinace that Pleasanton uses along with other cities.) This can dramatically affect the concept of rhna numbers, etc.


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Posted by Janet
a resident of another community
on Mar 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

To resident of another Pleasanton neighborhood:
I would not be kidding about such good news. Of course there is a big problem with this good news. When a community gets its housing allocation reduced, ABAG simply gives that reduction to some other poor town. Something like bait and switch.

Check with Bob Ravasio for details. He is a Corte Madera Council member with real back bone. Corte Madera withdrew from ABAG. I see that backbone in David Miller.


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Posted by Truth
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Mr. Miller..I don't need you to do the math for me or anyone else. We are all educated adults and don't need to be treated like children. You have shown your true colors as just another politician who thinks you know best for all us little people. If you get upset, as your comments have proven, from such a small issue concerning campaign signage what will happen when a citizen confront you in a counsel meeting? Perhaps you should take some time to really think about your maturity and understanding before you attempt to get elected to serve. Pleasanton does not need another know it all with an agenda...we need someone who listens to the citizens, all the citizens, and applies fair and sound judgement.....this is not you Mr. miller


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Posted by Physicist
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I'm with Steve and all the other names he's posting under. It's time we showed some backbone and stood up to United Nations' efforts to integrate our community. We all need to reach down within us and find that George Wallace moment. Don't tread on us! I've got a half-dozen Confederate Flags that I'd be happy to loan out to people.


In the meantime, all 9 eligible voters in my household are voting for David Miller. Also, I can assure you that every house in my neighborhood already has at least one Miller sign in the front yard. He's got my $1000 donation, and I'm probably going to write a check for another $1000 each day until the election.


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Posted by Physicist
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm

And for those of you who may be wondering, my wife and seven adult children currently live in my house as an unintended consequence of de facto affirmative action which effectively ruled against my kids being able to get a decent education at a public university. That they are unemployed is an unintended consequence of Barroken Obama's bankrupt jobs policy.

PS Why don't those lazy Section 8ers go out and find a job?


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Posted by Hennagaijin
a resident of another community
on Mar 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm

OPINION My, my. Evidently, the current regime in Pleasanton and its unofficial cadre of Potemkin Villagers are doing their level best to pre-emptively marginalize Mr. Miller. Given the number of acerbic comments, the First Amendment must apply only to those of a certain mind set and not to those who are bucking the existing political machine. Union City and Fremont are on this same upscale ghetto-by-design program. It is simply a nightmare of cross purposes and costly diversions of limited resources. These plans are promulgated by proponents of universal governance using linguistic slights of hand worthy of the most proficient grafter. And, they are set forth for the benefit of those beholden to government for their lives and "liberty," which, as all realists know, equates to votes. OPINION


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Posted by Jaclyn M.
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm

@ "Are you kidding"

I suppose it was perfectly OK in your mind when Karla Brown used the "save our ridge lines" tag line in her campaign move to strike down the Linn development when their literature was purposely vague enough in its wording and imagery and their supporters also did not make an effort to correct peoples misconceptions that they were protecting the Pleasanton Ridge (west side of town) and not a small hillside only visible from Stanley, Vineyard Ave's & the general vicinity?


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Posted by justwondering
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm

JM I didn't agree with Karla Brown's tag line but there's a BIG difference in a tag line and a quote attributed to the Weekly and NOT to where it actually came from!! For all we know Miller could have posted the quote on the blog himself and then used it to make it look like the Weekly endorsed him.

The point here is that a number of people have spoken about his integrity. If he has integrity, he would then want to identify the source of the quote so that it was clear where it came from. I don't really care about what has happened in previous elections--the point here is that this most certainly shows a lack of ethics and integrity. I'd be interested in what Gina or Jeb think about the use of the quote and the way its attributed to the Weekly.


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Posted by Arm
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Mar 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Mr miller has my support as a conservative voter and die hard supporter of the Tea Party platform.


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Posted by Nomad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Thank you, David Miller, for pointing out that the city's voluntary policy was out of date relative to the recent vote-by-mail procedures. You have championed other common sense and practical solutions to the issues facing the city and school district. I encourage all voters to look at David's platform and approach to solutions and see that having him represent the citizens on the City Council will be a good thing.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Nomad--

If David thought the policies were out of date, he shouldn't have signed the pledge.

It's clear to me that David can't keep his word. I can't vote for someone like that.


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Posted by Steven
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Mar 15, 2013 at 9:47 am

I've met Mr. Miller on several occasions during the Saturday Farmers Markets. He is a very nice man with very good ideas about serving our community. David has spent considerable time researching how our city allocates financial resources. Why don't the naysayers here spend a few minutes on a Saturday morning and actually meet David and see what his ideas are all about? Just sayin.....

By the way, TEA party is an acronym for "Taxed Enough Already". Aren't we all?


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Posted by A Pleasanton Voter
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Mar 15, 2013 at 10:35 am

I understand what David Miller is trying to say.
"It all depends what the defination of is, is!"
I am a member of TEA Party. Daid Miller does not represent me!


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Posted by Pleasanton Love
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 15, 2013 at 11:13 am

Ony way home from taking my son to school I seen a truck towing a sign that said vote for David Miller and I thought now that's what I like to see a creative way to put his name out there that's someone who can think outside the box he has my vote . Then I come home to this article. Mr. Miller please keep doing what your doing !


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Posted by Concerned about Miller's honesty
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Mar 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm

We need City Council members who are honest and play fair(espcially when they sign a pledge and everyone else is playing fair game) even if not required by law.

I was shocked with David Miller's response denying he did any thing wrong with signs. Nonesty starts with the litle things. This appears to be just another example where Miller has stretched the truth and tried to play by his rules.

I drive all over town every day and have seen Miller signs in several locations - have never seen signs from any other candidates. David will not get my vote - thank you Jeb for making us aware of the situation.


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Posted by Trent
a resident of Avignon
on Mar 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm

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Posted by A Pleasanton Voter
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Mar 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm

David Miller. Now let me see. You have been in Pleasanton less than four years. You don't have a business in town, or do you work in town. You don't sit on or have you ever volunteered for any city commissions or boards, You don't belong to any local service clubs or organizations. I understand you joined the Pleasanton Chamber the week before the candidate's interviews. That was a good move. You are against honoring our founders, citizens and veterans at the city owned Pioneer cemetery and criticize the people that would like to do that. What is your stand on apple pie and mother hood? Is that a left wing conspiracy?
Now with zero experience, you want to be on the Pleasanton City council. Why? Because you are against everything?
David, why don't you take some time and learn about our city. It's a great place once you get to know it. Get involved, join in, take some time to learn about this wonderful place we call home. You might be a better candidate next time.


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Posted by Resident since 1968
a resident of Stoneridge
on Mar 16, 2013 at 10:42 am

David,
Grades: Rules of the campaign- 0, knowledge of our City- 0, involvement in the community- 0, platform -0. You honestly believe you have the credentials to represent us? Not a chance as we respect those who earn their stripes by being active in the community before running for the City Council!!!


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Posted by John G.
a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2013 at 6:10 am

I like to check the facts and then apply some common sense to the issues. According to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, the Early Voting starts on Monday, April 8th. Given this FACT, does it make sense to wait until the end of March to start campaigning?...The only candidate that realized that the answer to this 'common sense question' was 'NO'.

Not only did Dave Miller see the problem, he acted on it. Sound's like my kind of guy!


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