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Buchanan announces State Senate bid

Original post made on Dec 15, 2014

Former San Ramon Valley assemblywoman Joan Buchanan announced this week that she will seek a soon-to-be-vacated seat in the California State Senate, vowing to run a "strictly positive campaign" in the upcoming special election.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 12, 2014, 4:38 PM

Comments (16)

Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 15, 2014 at 8:09 am





Posted by Matty
a resident of Danville
on Dec 15, 2014 at 8:26 am

Career politician and opportunist trying to resurrect that "career". Term limits finally work to get someone out, but now she's back. Will never trust her since her role in the SRVUSD school bus program shenanigans where she and others on the Board at the time "cooked the books" in the presentation to the public to kill the old program. It only showed the cost structure for buying all NEW buses rather than incorporate any of the perfectly functioning buses that were already in use with MUCH lower maintenance/operations costs. They offered to keep it, but only if its users paid 4X what they paid before. When not enough were willing, they killed the program. Then we needed a NEW tax to bring the program back a few years later. And so much for her constituency... she always tried to upgrade her then-current elected position into a higher one mid-term when ANY higher office opportunity arose. While that may be commendable and deemed ambitious in the corporate/private sector, it is truly disingenuous in the public service sector where you represent the people who voted for you to do THAT job for the term of it. Vote for ANYONE else...regardless of party...

Posted by Noway
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 15, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Boy! They never quit! The Teachers Union will love this.

Posted by Bob P
a resident of another community
on Dec 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Bob P is a registered user.

It is extremely hard, darn near impossible, to get rid of politicians like this once they get to feed at the trough. They go from one post to another, I guess real jobs are a scary thing.

Posted by Shirley
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

So then let us rally around Mark Mueser. I have heard him speak twice and agree with his business type thinking.
Read about Mark at

Posted by Danvillain
a resident of Blackhawk
on Dec 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm

That website was a bunch of pablum. And yee gawds, who dresses that guy -- PeeWee Herman? Next!

Posted by George
a resident of Danville
on Dec 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

It must be a joke....I have know this women for a long time.....Lets get rid of her now......

Posted by Shirley
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 16, 2014 at 9:23 am

The "pablum" comment puzzled me so I went back to Mark Meuser's site and lo - the home page is not substantive. One needs to click on the ABOUT tab. So try Web Link to read Mark's facts and views.

Posted by for the people
a resident of Danville
on Dec 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

Buchanan is a knee-jerk unionist. She will never, ever take a position against what the unions demand of her because they bought and paid for her to win every election for state assembly. She has no place in our state government.

Advice to Joan: if you still want a job, go to work for the state teachers' union's political action committee. I am sure they would want to hire you.

Posted by Janis
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Joan owes everything to the teachers' union and she has rewarded them with protection and I'll conceived policies. This started when she was on the school board here. I challenge the readers to ask the school district for a copy of the contract with the teachers. Most of gobblygoop came from when she was running the district---and she was running it. I have a grown child who is an administrator in the district and hear all the time about the protections bad teachers have in San Ramon.

This is not about being "anti-union" and it certainly is not about being anti-teacher. It is rather about standing up for children and parents and resisting the politicians who serve at whim of CTA and the local teachers' union.

Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Dec 17, 2014 at 9:48 am

Whenever I hear teacher's union supported or funded, I know there is corruption and coercion behind it. They don't know how to play fair and never will. All they care about is huge, bloated salaries and pensions funded by the taxpayers. They don't care about students and the quality of teachers in the schools. That is why California has such low test scores and ratings. The public is unaware and continues to vote the so-called pro-education and schools candidates. Most voters don't know how to read between the lines and vote with their emotions. They don't care where the candidates campaign money is coming from and they buy the lies.

Posted by Patricia
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

I known Joan since she was a parent at Alamo school and was the one who created the computer lab way back when... I've never known her to be anything else but a good parent and community volunteer. She and others took on a difficult task of getting the school board back on track when the voters ousted 3 members.

While I admit, I really don't follow politics, Joan is at the core, an honest, hard working and caring person trying to make a difference.

Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Dec 26, 2014 at 11:33 am

Patricia - these folks aren't interested in your opinions - or anything else that's based on facts and actual, personal knowledge. They're just intent on rehashing their ideology - unions are bad, like anything else which tends to improve the financial lot of the middle class instead of only enriching the wealthy, and if she's not a union-basher like them she's also bad.

Posted by Matty
a resident of Danville
on Dec 31, 2014 at 8:34 am

Peter - incorrect... I cited specific examples of NON-PARTISAN issue-related topics that I PERSONALLY witnessed, and you can check the public record for her frequent MID-TERM attempts to "job hop" to higher political posts at every opportunity rather than serve those who elected her for the position and term specified. It is YOU, Sir, who have your head in the sand on this "politician's" record and performance...

Patricia - personally, she might be a great person...not the issue here. I am slamming her public service record, and that she cannot be trusted to serve the interests of her district should she be elected...or even for the duration of that term should a juicy new spot open up at a higher office.

Posted by Louie
a resident of Danville
on Jan 8, 2015 at 9:23 am

How about a list of the bills she introduced.

Posted by voter
a resident of Danville
on Jan 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

@Matty: You are so right about the job-hopping. In her very first term as an Assemblywoman, she threw her hat in the ring to be a Congresswoman! Talk about bait and switch. Too bad she didn't win for that and instead stuck around in the Assembly until she was termed out.

@Patricia: "getting the school board back on track" meant for Joan caving in to salary wishes of the union. Someone's record as a school volunteer should not be relevant to voters when there is a long Assembly record of knee-jerk partisanship to use.

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