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Danville mayor, councilwoman file election papers

Original post made on Jul 24, 2014

A pair of Danville Town Council seats are up for election this November, and the two incumbents were the first candidates to qualify for the race.

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Posted by RU-Kidding
a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2014 at 8:38 am


Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 24, 2014 at 9:01 am

Hey RU-Kidding...Never think anyone is kidding when it comes to election. They lie and mislead but they never kid around.

I believe your message DUMB THEM has two meanings...Dump them because they lack intelligence and they not good for the people of Danville.

I understand your message but I will bet anything the naive folks of Danville will show their lack of interest and vote them back in to office.

The MOTTO of the day "DUMP THE DUMB INCUMBENTS" They screwed up the Town of Danville enough...give some one else a chance to heal the pain and bleeding.

Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo but interested in Danville's politics...

Posted by david
a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

Well the selfish people are at it again....You know the self centered type---"I have my house and now I want to keep everyone else out" These are great and balanced candidates and believe in smart and measured growth and Danville has done that. The self-centered and greedy people who attack anyone who approves a building permit as well as the developers and builders who built all of our houses are simply laughable and should be dismissed for what they are---nothing

37 year Danville homeowner and resident

Posted by Informed voter
a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:27 am

@David: Let's talk about self-centered and greedy: Robert Storer is the definition of that. He owns a construction company. When he was a Danville Planning Commissioner he got approval for a rezoning and tax breaks amounting to $150,000 to build a high-density 22-unit building in Danville. Do you want the fox to guard the chicken coop on whether a dense housing development will be built next to your home, David? I think not.

Stepper is an accountant. She probably gets business from developers.

Both Storer and Stepper illegally denied the public's right to vote (pursuant to Ballot Measure S approved by Danville voters in 2000) on the SummerHill Homes 75-unit project (approved in 2013 and now the subject of litigation) in the Diablo Road area. They also denied that same right to vote on the hideous Elworthy West Ranch project known as KB Homes' "Quail Ridge". KB is building about 100 units, including 13 apartments. Would the public have approved that project on the last visible stretch of open space along SRV Blvd. and 680? Absolutely not. Greedy developers and greedy Council members and Planning Commissioners stole the public's vote.
Storer and Stepper claim they want to preserve open space---hollow words, easy to say, but their actions belie their words. Pay attention to the actions, David!

Thank you, David, for bringing up the subject of greed and self-interest. Those are important considerations in judging candidates for Town Council.

Under NO circumstances should anyone vote for STORER or STEPPER. If a dead cat were their only opponent, I would vote for the dead cat.

Posted by david
a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:52 am

I hope a lot of people have read the note from "informed voter" who I guess is too ashamed to state his/her name (and he/she should be). To show you how they oppose ALL BUILDING ANYWHERE he/she says it best in his/her note....They built homes next to a freeway (Quail Ridge) and he/she opposed it!! Can you imagine someone who is so anti-growth that they would oppose building homes next to a freeway? This person is simply not to be taken seriously. But he/she is good for a belly laugh.

Posted by local resident
a resident of Charlotte Wood Middle School
on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

So no one else has filed papers to run against those two self-interested schmucks? Won't two good people please save us from Storer and Stepper? No one ran against them the last time. Storer has never even been elected by the people. Stepper has fooled people for too long.

Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 25, 2014 at 8:41 am

David, i am surprised you lived in Danville for 37 years and you still make comments that should be coming from the mouth of new comers.

You definitely lack intelligence with regard to your Town Council unless you are connected to these tow lackeys.

Thanks for Listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo. Oh yes I am from Alamo and very proud that we do not vote for the wonder people that think they know whats best for us. They fit the shoes of self-centered and yes greedy individuals. Read local resident...

Posted by WeAreSR
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I'm sorry, but I have to laugh at any comments that would indicate any additional growth has nothing to do with money and is all about wanting to give others the opportunity to live here. Do you really expect us to believe that? It is all about money and greed. Unfortunately it's difficult (impossible?) to find people to vote for who don't have monetary reasons for overcrowding both San Ramon and Danville.

Posted by No on Storer and Stepper
a resident of Danville
on Jul 28, 2014 at 9:46 am

There are plenty of houses for sale in Danville, Alamo, and San Ramon. There are also numerous rental opportunities. Anyone that wants to live here and can afford to pay for it can live here. Those that claim that anyone that opposes development plans are selfish are just hiding their own greedy motivations for wanting more development. Moreover, it is not selfish to want to protect the quality of life we all moved here for. If we wanted constant traffic congestion, air pollution, high-density homes, and other hallmarks of urbanization, we would have chosen to live in San Franciso.

Posted by Louie
a resident of Danville
on Jul 28, 2014 at 11:41 am

Sadly, even local election campaigns are expensive.

If a thoughtful, intelligent, common sense “regular” person wanted to step forward for the position, they could not get elected. Without funding, they would not be able to get enough name recognition. They might be good for the town- but not have the skill set needed to impress the electorate. They might be good planners and problem solvers, but not good public speakers. They might not have good meet-and-greet skills. They might simply be honest, ethical and hard working. That is not the profile of who we elect. Media/political savvy is what we elect.

Most of our “Elected” on the national, state and regional level have media/political savvy. Good governing is secondary.

(Where is the conversation about the elected vs. the electorate? Police Officer and Fire Fighter pensions have become a contentious. What about the pensions and perks we are paying the “Elected?”)

Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Jul 30, 2014 at 7:39 am

Neither of the two candidates should be voted in. They are self-serving and really haven't done anything to improve Danville. It is now more crowded with worse traffic problems. Instead of thinking about what it will look like in 10 years time they are short sighted and looking out for revenue and are pro-development. The KB project is an eyesore and the new project they approved on Camino Tassajara (near the daycare center) is downright ugly. They are pseudo Cape Cods with lots of wood on exteriors that cheapen the design. Only those with no sense of aesthetics would have approved it. Wait until the big retail/condo project where Danville Hotel was is complete. I hope they don't get back in. All planners and town council have ruined Danville. The quaint town is gone with worse parking and traffic as a result.

Posted by Barbie
a resident of Danville
on Jul 30, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Storer & Stepper have done a great job serving our community. It is very hard work & clearly it is a thankless job. You have my votes!

Posted by Tony Adamich
a resident of Danville
on Jul 31, 2014 at 11:17 am

Louie, I loved your comment regarding a "regular person" running for the Town Council. Additionally, although both of the incumbents live in Danville neither actually own a small business in Danville. The current set of incumbents will not run unopposed as I will be submitting my nomination papers to the City Clerk on Tuesday. My platform will be built upon being the only Downtown business owner (Consignit Couture-next to Starbucks) and providing a different voice on the Town Council. I like to think that I will be breaking the "Danville City Council Mold." Stay tuned!

Posted by local neighbor
a resident of Danville
on Jul 31, 2014 at 8:53 pm

@Tony. Fantastic news! Could you please provide contact information? I would like to help on your campaign and contribute financially.

BTW, I love your store!

Posted by for the people
a resident of Charlotte Wood Middle School
on Aug 1, 2014 at 11:42 am

@Tony: Thank God someone is willing to challenge those greedy developers, Storer and Stepper. I hope everyone that reads this column will tell their friends to vote for you and not vote for Storer/Stepper (they are really the same person....)

Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Aug 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm

So Tony, what's your take on the recent decision against Summerhill, and how do you feel when you drive by Elworthy? All well and good that you own a business here, but that really means little to me. Do you count developers among your friends? Perhaps golf with loan officers? Will you put your commitments in writing - whatever they are?
I run a business from Danville too, but I know I could not be civil with the current council members or Arny. If you have even seen Taiwan congress in session, where the men and women are taking swings at each other and jumping over the chairs, that's our city council with me on board. In other words, I know I don't play well with others.

Posted by Tony Adamich
a resident of Danville
on Aug 5, 2014 at 4:14 pm

I just submitted my nomination information to the City Clerk and in my statement I wrote, "As an avid outdoorsman, I have more than a political passion to protect open spaces and fight urban sprawl, I live it." Sure this can be your typical political rhetoric but it isn't. I'm certainly not going to claim to be an expert on Measure M when it seems like the Town Council, City Attorney and even the Courts don't agree. But I do know that this weekend I took a ride around the proposed SummerHill area and found it to be atrocious that anyone would even consider scaring those beautiful hills and valleys. So obviously I am opposed to the development and would do all that I can to bring the issue to a public vote...does that suffice your "in writing" requirement?

Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Aug 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm

If you plan on putting out mailers Tony, my advice would be to reiterate what you said above, and perhaps even expand on it a bit. I'm not trying to troll you or give you a hard time, and trust me, I welcome competition in this election more than anyone.

It seems like we have largely run out of level land in San Ramon and Danville, and Dublin is coming close to it as well. The erosion & effects on drainage of all hillside developments, and the large number of highly flammable trees on Diablo's flanks in particular, are all reasons for concern - never mind the eyesore and traffic these projects create.

On another board someone said that state law prohibits councils and planning departments from considering school or water impacts, but I find this hard to believe, and the poster did not provide any link to this law. But understanding the intricacies of zoning and state laws is almost a requirement for any council member who takes a seat these days.

Let the people who read these boards know what events you will be at, so we can get to know you. I know your store is on Hartz, so we'll stop in at some point. Thanks for your response Tony.

Posted by Bicyclist
a resident of Danville
on Aug 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

A bit off topic, but on behalf of bicyclists and pedestrians that frequent downtown, is Mike Doyle still driving at his age?

Posted by Tony Adamich
a resident of Danville
on Aug 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Derek...thank you for the advice and the information. Over the next few weeks I'm going to absorb information regarding both the positives and negatives of our town of Danville. For example this morning I learned from the Discover Danville Association that at night there are "homeless" that hangout in the creek area adjacent to Front St. and then rummage through restaurant trash for remnants of wine & spirits. Additionally, the lighting is poor in that area and many store employees are literally afraid to walk to their cars. I'm sure there are more than numerous problems beyond downtown as I learn from residents what is important to them. Lastly, I'll keep checking blogs and "comments" to make sure I stay in the loop. Till then...

Posted by Online Editor
a resident of Danville
on Aug 6, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Mr. Adamich,

This is the editor for Could you give me a call at 925-600-0840 ext. 111 or email, so we can learn more about your candidacy?

Posted by informed voter
a resident of Danville
on Aug 8, 2014 at 10:08 am

Attention Danville voters: VOTE ONLY FOR ADAMICH. Don't cast your second vote at all! That way when all the uninformed Danville voters (not you!) check the two "incumbent" boxes and give each of those two ninnies another vote, we will have only voted for Adamich and he may just come out on top!

Posted by Tony Adamich
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Informed voter. This afternoon I was working on the copy for my poster and the words were: "Break the Danville Town Council Mold." "Vote Tony Adamich for Town Council" I would never have thought of adding the word "only." But in light of the incumbents having similar platforms and likely campaigning together on the same postcards maybe it's a terrific idea. Anyone else have thoughts?

Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm

"Working For Danville Citizens, Not Developers"

Posted by No incumbents
a resident of Danville
on Aug 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

@ Derek and Tony: I would suggest making Derek's excellent idea a little broader. How about this: Working FOR DANVILLE CITIZENS and NOT FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS. What do you think? Also, I agree with Informed Voter that the word ONLY should be added.

Also, Tony, I would suggest you be at the Farmers' Market every Saturday at a table with a sign and hand-outs. Get some volunteers to help you. Two years ago Bob Nealis (who ran against the incumbents then) was there most every Saturday morning to talk to local residents. One Town Council member is there every Saturday from 9-11 not listening to what local residents have to say. I will bet Storer and Stepper will start coming every Saturday,too. In general, try to be at every place where Danville residents gather in large numbers (how about the free concerts on the summer weekends and Hot August Nights?). Also, the Back to School nights at each school. Why not ask for volunteers to hand out flyers for you in the neighborhoods? You have to reach people that don't read the papers or talk to others about local politics---which, sadly, is most of Danville residents..... Do you have a website? You could ask for volunteers there. How can people reach you to talk?

Posted by Lee M.
a resident of Danville
on Sep 6, 2014 at 10:21 am

If there was no development in Danville, most of us would not be here, esp people like me; we are a "regular" family, live in a modest home built by a developer in 1980, both spouses work to pay for the high price of being here. Danville's origins had a population of ranching community, no suburban homes and less than 2,000 people. I really don't understand what the anger is about. Danville is beautiful & hasn't grown like what you see in East County or Central Valley. Our hills are open space, easy freeway access, which is one reason why we chose to raise our family here. Danville feels like the best of both worlds easy to get to City/BART with good schools and a touch of rural; my kids still marvel at the cows or horses they see grazing on random hills.

Resident since 1997 & live in a "developer" built home (not rich enough to live in a custom, "non-developer" home - oh Well!!)

Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Sep 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

We don't live in a custom home either Lee; ours is a cookie cutter done in the 60's - but it is on flat land. And it was here a long time before we bought it.
My "anger" (I would call it disgust or contempt, but you can choose the adjective you wish) is with both past & current council members. They allowed what many feel is a hideous eyesore to be constructed on the last, precious bit of open hillside we had on the west slope. And they didn't just permit it, they let KrackerBox Homes build extra-tall two story houses where single story should have been the maximum along the road frontage, and even complimented this affront to the senses with a concentration camp wall some 12' high. Which is exactly why the city of Danville will never, ever get another penny out of us for permits - and I don't care if we are building cannon turrets on the roof. If they bend over every time a developer wants a variance, why on earth should I play by the rules?
A more modest set of houses would not have blocked the upper hillside view the way this monstrosity does, though the land should have been left as open space.
My contempt is also aimed squarely at the council & planning cowards who have never once dared to come on this board, or defend their positions (on SummerHill, Quail Ridge, and Measure S) in a public forum - and I don't consider the sad excuses for the Summerhill "meetings" to have been an exception. It is crystal clear, and has been from the beginning, that they give not one shriveled rat turd for what anyone else thinks. Their hubris is demonstrated by a policy of knowing what is best for us all, without ever confirming that through a Measure S vote.
And I could not possibly disagree more with "David" up above regarding his comment about Quail Ridge being next to the freeway. It's not in a cloverleaf David - have you even looked at it at all? And if so, why are you seeing something different from the other 48,000 Danville residents? Learn about Measure S David, then come back and make your next post after you have educated yourself. Both Quail Ridge and Summerhill are in violation of this measure. A measure that was approved by voters even after past council members lobbied to have it watered down.

Posted by less informed danville voter
a resident of Danville
on Sep 10, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Hey Tony Adamich. Before you go bragging about owning a business in downtown Danville, you might want to make sure your name is on the Consignit Couture website. As far as I can see, it's all about Sandy. That tells me that, in the spirit of full disclosure, you should be telling voters you are a "part owner of a woman's fashion boutique". I don't rightly know that, it's just a guess on my part. Check out Robert Storer's website at Pellegrini Construction. His name is proudly plastered all over it. And, oh, by the way, for the rest of you whiners, he owns and runs a CONSTRUCTION company and is in no way a DEVELOPER. Many of the jobs he has done have been on homes in Danville, supporting other businesses in town with purchases of labor, materials, fuel etc., from those Danville businesses. He, nor any of the business he fully or partly owns, has in no way received revenue from any of the projects he has had a say in while in public office. If you want votes, please start by specifically listing what good things you have done, and what good things you will do, to benefit the citizens of our town (like repealing the ordinance that forces me to pay the town $75 for replacing every broken appliance in my home), and try not to waste our time telling us about all the bad things the incumbents, or their predecessors, have already done. What's done is in the past. Let's move forward. My recycle bin is currently filled with enough garbage. It needs no more. Thanks for listening.

Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Sep 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm

As far as I can tell, Tony and his wife own two stores, and I'll presume she cannot be in two places at the same time. He probably should have said "we" own a business, but on both subjects you seem to be splitting hairs.

Large scale construction - as evidenced here - Web Link - seems to qualify Mr. Storer, at the least, to be heavily involved with "development". To quote for those who are afraid to click on the link: "forward planning, subdivision processing and property entitlements re-zoning". If it walks like a dog, barks like a dog, and scratches fleas, it's probably not a giraffe.

And as to your remark regarding Storer's chaste record of public service, again allow me to quote, this time your own words: "He, nor any of the business he fully or partly owns, has in no way received revenue from any of the projects he has had a say in while in public office". Okay, let's assume you are 100% correct. Maybe you are. My question is simple- unless you are a family member, how do you know this as fact? You absolutely do not. This comment sounds completely written by a lawyer.

If you want to quote websites, lets start with Storer's own hilarious assertion that he "protects open spaces". That's a really knee-slapper for all times.

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