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Editorial: Happy campaigning is over? So are we

If this year wasn't challenging enough, why not throw in an election? And let's make it nasty and divisive on all levels -- from the presidential to the local campaigns.

Maybe it's because we are tired of being isolated. During this 34th week of the shelter-in-place with no end in sight, stress is high and hope is low. People are losing sleep over unemployment, unpaid bills, concern about the mental and physical health of loved ones, and, of course, becoming infected with the virus we are trying to stem.

Maybe it's the sheer number of candidates. Even in elections that aren't usually races because only the incumbents run (like Danville Town Council or most Tri-Valley school boards), candidates came out in droves in 2020.

Danville had triple the number of candidates as open council seats -- nine total. Dublin City Council had that many candidates, too, for two available seats.

We heard from residents who wanted to condemn candidates based on false rumors about their personal pasts, without as much as a question about whether the rumor was true. One candidate received vile, racist, sexist correspondence from a community member; another candidate threatened a community member.

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We heard many, many unverified (and unverifiable) allegations of wrongdoing by candidates.

Intentionally misleading and blatantly false information was posted on our Town Square; when it was removed pending verification, our moderators were attacked on the forum and via email.

Candidates or their representatives were posting on our Town Square sites, too, posing as citizens, trolling.

Signs were stolen. FPPC complaints were made. Lawsuits were filed.

"Clean money" became an issue in this election, but nobody defined the term. Some candidates derided their opponents for taking money from developers, but those same candidates willingly accepted money from labor unions or other special interests.

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Speaking of money, a significant number of Tri-Valley council candidates raised over $40,000; one raised more than $80,000, with over $22,000 coming from the same person. That's obscene in a local election.

Our small editorial staff conducted and covered eight virtual candidate forums (12 if you count mayoral and council forums separately as they were presented), including forums on four nights in a row from Sept. 21-24. In addition, we profiled every candidate running in city/town and school board elections in the five Tri-Valley communities, did endorsements in every race and covered campaign finance. We really got to know all the candidates and were impressed by a majority.

However, some were clearly out of their depth. One candidate had "big concerns" that we didn't promote her candidate profile story to her liking and we spent a lot of time explaining to her the difference between our role and the candidate's role.

But nothing beat the candidate who sent us a scathing email because, with no civic experience and without a feasible plan of action, he did not earn our endorsement. That was a first.

Combined, our editorial staff has decades of experience and this local election, by far, was one of the ugliest in terms of dirty tactics, misinformation, hateful name-calling and venomous attacks (on candidates, each other and on us).

Salve to our wounds, though, were the recent words of a reader: "I just want to let you know how much I appreciate the good job you and your team have done, under unimaginably difficult circumstances, to keep all voters informed and engaged. It can't have been easy for any of you, working from home, keeping things on an even keel, and sorting the wheat from the chaff as these very truths we hold to be self-evident have seemingly come under siege. Toss in a record-breaking fire season and a worst in more than a century global pandemic and lesser souls would surely have broken.

"We readers are often quick to criticize, sometimes too slow with a word of encouragement. Working out the logistics of the virtual candidate forums was a challenge you met and the result was perhaps one of the best-informed cadre of voters in a very long time, if ever."

Kind words and a bit of encouragement go a long way in these extremely difficult times. Let's remember that as these newly elected or re-elected officials step up to lead.

And be good to one another.

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Editorial: Happy campaigning is over? So are we

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Uploaded: Thu, Nov 5, 2020, 3:25 pm

If this year wasn't challenging enough, why not throw in an election? And let's make it nasty and divisive on all levels -- from the presidential to the local campaigns.

Maybe it's because we are tired of being isolated. During this 34th week of the shelter-in-place with no end in sight, stress is high and hope is low. People are losing sleep over unemployment, unpaid bills, concern about the mental and physical health of loved ones, and, of course, becoming infected with the virus we are trying to stem.

Maybe it's the sheer number of candidates. Even in elections that aren't usually races because only the incumbents run (like Danville Town Council or most Tri-Valley school boards), candidates came out in droves in 2020.

Danville had triple the number of candidates as open council seats -- nine total. Dublin City Council had that many candidates, too, for two available seats.

We heard from residents who wanted to condemn candidates based on false rumors about their personal pasts, without as much as a question about whether the rumor was true. One candidate received vile, racist, sexist correspondence from a community member; another candidate threatened a community member.

We heard many, many unverified (and unverifiable) allegations of wrongdoing by candidates.

Intentionally misleading and blatantly false information was posted on our Town Square; when it was removed pending verification, our moderators were attacked on the forum and via email.

Candidates or their representatives were posting on our Town Square sites, too, posing as citizens, trolling.

Signs were stolen. FPPC complaints were made. Lawsuits were filed.

"Clean money" became an issue in this election, but nobody defined the term. Some candidates derided their opponents for taking money from developers, but those same candidates willingly accepted money from labor unions or other special interests.

Speaking of money, a significant number of Tri-Valley council candidates raised over $40,000; one raised more than $80,000, with over $22,000 coming from the same person. That's obscene in a local election.

Our small editorial staff conducted and covered eight virtual candidate forums (12 if you count mayoral and council forums separately as they were presented), including forums on four nights in a row from Sept. 21-24. In addition, we profiled every candidate running in city/town and school board elections in the five Tri-Valley communities, did endorsements in every race and covered campaign finance. We really got to know all the candidates and were impressed by a majority.

However, some were clearly out of their depth. One candidate had "big concerns" that we didn't promote her candidate profile story to her liking and we spent a lot of time explaining to her the difference between our role and the candidate's role.

But nothing beat the candidate who sent us a scathing email because, with no civic experience and without a feasible plan of action, he did not earn our endorsement. That was a first.

Combined, our editorial staff has decades of experience and this local election, by far, was one of the ugliest in terms of dirty tactics, misinformation, hateful name-calling and venomous attacks (on candidates, each other and on us).

Salve to our wounds, though, were the recent words of a reader: "I just want to let you know how much I appreciate the good job you and your team have done, under unimaginably difficult circumstances, to keep all voters informed and engaged. It can't have been easy for any of you, working from home, keeping things on an even keel, and sorting the wheat from the chaff as these very truths we hold to be self-evident have seemingly come under siege. Toss in a record-breaking fire season and a worst in more than a century global pandemic and lesser souls would surely have broken.

"We readers are often quick to criticize, sometimes too slow with a word of encouragement. Working out the logistics of the virtual candidate forums was a challenge you met and the result was perhaps one of the best-informed cadre of voters in a very long time, if ever."

Kind words and a bit of encouragement go a long way in these extremely difficult times. Let's remember that as these newly elected or re-elected officials step up to lead.

And be good to one another.

Comments

Laura Brooks
Registered user
another community
on Nov 6, 2020 at 9:20 am
Laura Brooks, another community
Registered user
on Nov 6, 2020 at 9:20 am

Due to a loss in the family Randy Brown is out of town so he asked me to speak on his behalf. He simply wants to say thank you to the Pleasanton Weekly and staff for being an invaluable asset to the community, especially during this challenging election season. He is grateful for the service you provide to Pleasanton day in and day out and wants you to know he is thankful for all you do to provide fair and unbiased information to our community.

Laura Brooks, Campaign Manager for Randy Brown for City Council 2020


Rich Buckley
Registered user
Livermore
on Nov 6, 2020 at 9:33 am
Rich Buckley, Livermore
Registered user
on Nov 6, 2020 at 9:33 am

Maybe not completely over:
11/06/2020 Protecting The Republic

ONE: Right to the heart of the matter:
[Portion removed due to promoting a website]

TWO: A more detailed review including an apparent sampling of the Block Chain Non-radioactive water marks are found in Ann Kreilkamp's Exopermaculture post here:[Portion removed due to promoting a website]


Candyce Roberts
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Nov 6, 2020 at 7:05 pm
Candyce Roberts, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Nov 6, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Tucker Carlson had some really interesting comments on our election process that actually pertain to PW and media at large. Did you watch? [Portion removed due to promoting a website]


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 7, 2020 at 6:49 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Nov 7, 2020 at 6:49 am

"Combined, our editorial staff has decades of experience and this local election, by far, was one of the ugliest in terms of dirty tactics, misinformation,..."

I agree.

The editorial staff characterized Glazer and Bauer-Kahan's efforts to further erode the 2nd Amendment in this state (what is left of it) as a "legislative success" and/or an "accomplishment". Neither is the case. Firearms do not cause violence and criminals will not care about/comply with legal firearms purchase regulations/transfer requirements.


Rich Buckley
Registered user
Livermore
on Nov 9, 2020 at 8:38 am
Rich Buckley, Livermore
Registered user
on Nov 9, 2020 at 8:38 am

11/09/2020 Yogi Berra said it. "It ain't over till the fat lady sings."

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts on the other hand, puts it this way:

"There has been a revolution against red state America, not an election.

"There are many credible reports of organized vote fraud" ......... "The only question is whether the Republican establishment will support challenging the documented fraud or whether Trump will be pressured to concede in order to protect the undeserved reputation of American Democracy."

Protecting the Republic is what's at stake. It ain't over till the fat lady sings.




Nancy Allen
Registered user
Amador Valley High School
on Nov 9, 2020 at 6:53 pm
Nancy Allen, Amador Valley High School
Registered user
on Nov 9, 2020 at 6:53 pm

Thank you to the PW for being such a vital asset to Pleasanton. I trust you to provide thorough and objective reporting, presenting all sides of often difficult issues. We are lucky to have you.

I also appreciate your standing up to trolling and the spread of misinformation and how you handle concerns in a fair and professional way. A shout out to the posters who use their real name. No matter your opinion, I always respect you for speaking out as that takes guts and so few do it.

I encourage all who have concerns to write or attend our Planning Commission or City Council meetings. We need to know your concerns so we can make things better. Thank you.


Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 9, 2020 at 8:37 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Nov 9, 2020 at 8:37 pm

@Nancy:

The Pleasanton Weekly is fallible!


Rich Buckley
Registered user
Livermore
on Nov 10, 2020 at 11:17 am
Rich Buckley, Livermore
Registered user
on Nov 10, 2020 at 11:17 am

11/10/2020 NEWS AGENCIES START REVERSING THEIR POSITION ON A BIDEN VICTORY

[Portion removed due to promoting a website]
DOJ steps up to investigate with full-on vigor

Semper Fi Marines


Jennifer
Registered user
another community
on Nov 10, 2020 at 5:29 pm
Jennifer, another community
Registered user
on Nov 10, 2020 at 5:29 pm

Unless your CDL has been scanned, and your photo matches your CDL -- we're all blogging anonymously. People use fake names all the time, pretending to be authentic.

And, yes -- I'm happy the campaigning is over.


Rich Buckley
Registered user
Livermore
on Nov 12, 2020 at 10:51 am
Rich Buckley, Livermore
Registered user
on Nov 12, 2020 at 10:51 am

11/12/2020 Web Link Shane Vaughn Teaches - "What Happens If President Trump Does Not Concede The Election"


Senor Citizen
Registered user
Danville
on Nov 12, 2020 at 5:08 pm
Senor Citizen , Danville
Registered user
on Nov 12, 2020 at 5:08 pm

Oh Rich:

If wishes were horses then beggars would ride,

If turnips were swords I’d have one by my side.

If ‘ifs’ and ‘ands’ were chances and votes,

You boy mighta won, but his odds are RE-MOTE!

Here's a straw - hang onto it!


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