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Editorial: Vote Hudson for mayor, Verose and Perkins for council in San Ramon

Original post made on Oct 14, 2020

In a crucial election this fall, we recommend voters elect Dave Hudson as mayor of San Ramon, Sridhar Verose in City Council District 3 and Scott Perkins for City Council District 1.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 12, 2020, 9:39 PM

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Posted by Pat Reyes
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 14, 2020 at 8:11 am

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As is stated in this editorial board’s San Ramon endorsements posted Oct 12, “Gomez would challenge the status quo, which needs to happen.” Yet you still endorse for San Ramon City Council District 1 an incumbent who has brought us to this place. You justify your cool endorsement by saying we need to play it safe with old guard. However, this fear-based endorsement would not in reality be safe at all given the direction the current board has and will continue to lead the city of San Ramon. The folks who have been in these positions for long periods of time have frankly become lazy and don’t even listen to their constituents. Everyone I have spoken with who has had an interaction with Scott Perkins has left that interaction dissatisfied, knowing he is not considering their opinions when deciding how to vote. We have an exceedingly well qualified alternative to lead us forward in these uncertain times. Luz Gomez, through her work not only at Contra Costa Health Services but also as Chief of Staff with one of our county supervisors and as a manager with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has valuable analytical skills, is adept at assessing Environmental Impact Reports, can manage large budgets and “look under the hood.” One prime example of this is her outspoken advocacy on our behalf on the CityWalk project. While Gomez approves of the location of this development, she has challenged the concessions made to the developer, including the extreme high density designation, meeting only the minimal number of units for affordable housing, lack of parks which runs counter to our city’s general plan. Yet our Planning Commission with the tacit approval of the current City Council, did not push back at all on these issues. Scott Perkins’ “experience” will not serve the best interests of this city. The experience we need is that which Luz Gomez can bring to the San Ramon City Council.

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Posted by A Reed
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 14, 2020 at 9:30 am

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I am disappointed in your endorsement but not surprised – by endorsing two incumbents and the District 3 representative endorsed by most of the current City Council it shows how little you put into understanding what is best for San Ramon. I would also like to note that you did no interviews for this endorsement – how easy would it have been to do a zoom call with each candidate? It seems as though the decision had already been made.
What you may not know is how this year, in the mayoral election, your vote will have more of an impact than just selecting a mayor. San Ramon has 4 council members and a mayor. Each member of the council has 1 equal vote. A Mayor’s vote does not count any more than the councilmember’s vote A vote for Dave Hudson or Sabina Zafar doesn’t make sense. Win or lose, they will both remain on the Council and their votes bear just as much weight as that of the Mayor. If one of them does win, what does that mean for the additional city council seat that would need to be filled? According to municipal code if a vacancy occurs in the city council, the council shall, within thirty days from the commencement of the vacancy, either fill the vacancy by appointment or call a special election to fill the vacancy. The special election shall be held on the next regularly established election date not less than one hundred fourteen days from the call of the special election. A person appointed or elected to fill a vacancy holds office for the unexpired term of the former incumbent. In a year where there is a major election like this year, cities can piggyback on it for (approx.) $40-60,000. A special election would be far more than that. Paid for by the taxpayers. That would be us. In lieu of a special election, the council can appoint a councilmember – in this case for the next two years. My guess is they will go with this option. They can APPOINT a councilmember. After this election, after all the fundraising, marketing, signage, costs – that all gets thrown to the wind, the democratic process ends and now 4 people get to choose a councilperson that will have 1/5 vote for the next 2 years.
The current Council paints a rosy picture of the city finances, but is that really the case? The pension debt alone is huge and growing every day - we as residents will be responsible for that if the City Council doesn't plan ahead. I am voting for Aparna Madireddi, she is smart, engaged, and has a good grasp of the city budget as well as city planning.

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Posted by Judy
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 14, 2020 at 5:36 pm

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Because I work with small businesses, I did some research on the comment regarding San Ramon's Business Assistance Program that the Council approved on a 5-1 vote. In checking with the City, the program cost the City $40,000. But it helped 42 local small businesses with 550 employees. Businesses who worked with the City got $3,133,900 in federal funding from programs like the PPP and EIDL. Some of these businesses may have applied for PPP funding before joining the program, but they have all received assistance, not just with funding, but in complying with changing rules and regulations at the SBA and the Dept. of Treasury. Our businesses are taking it on the chin and this program has helped them. Leveraging a $40K investment to help businesses get back on their feet during COVID-19, yielding $3.1M in loan assistance sounds like a good deal for the City of San Ramon. Learn more here - Web Link

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