Posted by Destiny Miller, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on May 1, 2012 at 8:44 am
I commute Fwy 680 daily and just prior coming into Pleasanton, I was appalled when I observed that Mr. Swalwells' staff litterally destroyed the Ostrich Eggs For Sale sign on the hillside and replaced it with his own campaign sign. THEN they left the broken pieces of signage lying on the ground.
How rude you are Mr. Swalwell, and what other disregards do you have?
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 2, 2012 at 11:30 am
Watson and JC, your comments are practically verbatim from Eric Swalwell's campaign docs. Thanks, but I'm looking for a little more self-initiative and a little less negative campaigning in a candidate.
Posted by Sherlock, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm
Swalwell is the ultimate Maryland resident according to the Washington Post Web Link and had time to work for politicians in Washington.
Yet Swalwell didn't even bother to vote anytime in Alameda County when he was attending college in the DC and MD area. In fact, Swalwell just started to vote in 2006. Guess he was too busy to mail in those Mail in Ballots to Alameda, with all that laying down on the sidewalk protesting in front of the Maryland governor's office in Annapolis MD (like the Washington Post photo shows)
Swalwell, if actually connected to the TriValley, would have voted during those years but instead spent time with politicos in the DC area. Many of Swalwell's contributions for Congress come from the DC and MD residents.
Swalwell has little to know knowledge of the TriValley. He seems to know a heck of a lot more about the goings on with his beer buddies located within College Park MD, Montgomery County and Prince George's County.
Posted by Sherlock, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm
Stacey, actually I believe I'll go for Stark.
You have to read the Around Dublin Blog and look at that Pie Chart- Web Link
"U.S. Congressional Candidate Eric Swalwell Bought and Paid for by Lin Family and Other Developers"
Some quotes: "Swalwell’s subservience to real estate developers dates back to his days on Dublin’s Planning Commission. Then Planning Commissioner Swalwell publicly lauded Discovery Homes, a subsidiary of notorious developer Seeno Construction Company, as a “reputable developer,” only a week after its Concord headquarters was raided by the FBI in early 2010."
"....$31,200 in contributions from attorneys and police officers. These contributions represent a tremendous conflict of interest and call into question Swalwell’s record as an Assistant District Attorney. Alameda County residents are left to wonder if Swalwell sold his soul as a public attorney...."
Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin, on May 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm dublinmike is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Sherlock, a resident of the Another Pleasanton, your are plant. Let me guess, you are on Stark's staff... just a guess. It's been proven that the stuff about Lin Family, who I am not fond of, is wrong.
What is wrong is that the Right pulls this stuff but people like you do and think it's okay. Stop. It's time for Stark to move on.
Posted by SteveP, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on May 3, 2012 at 9:31 am SteveP is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Dr. M, what's with you and the undergarment references? Underwear fetish? Please tell me you don't live near a grammar school......
dublinmike, agreed on the 'plant'a nd that Stark is long overdue for a pasture somewhere on the east coast, but what's with the out of place cheap shot at the 'Right'? At least you capitalized the reference, so you're not totally irrespectful. But that comment was not relevant on this topic nor considering the politics in this state.
Posted by Arnold, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 3, 2012 at 11:02 am
I watched the debate hosted by the League of Women Voters. Pete Stark came across as out of touch and a bit laughable; in an Uncle Leo kind of way (Seinfeld). The clear winner in of the debate, in my opinion, was/is Chris Pareja. I'd never heard of Pareja until watching the debate but came away very impressed.
After reviewing the content of his website I'm even more impressed.
Posted by Dr. Moriarty, a resident of another community, on May 3, 2012 at 11:42 am
I was also at the debate. I thought Pareja acted in something of a clownish way. And I wasn't at all impressed by the country-clad folks in the audience who loudly guffawed while other candidates were attempting to speak. (I also was not at all impressed by the beat up old Dodge pick-up truck parked conspicuously in front with its garish adornment of tea bags and American flags.)
Posted by Arnold, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm
First let me say I apologize for the “Uncle Leo” comment; it wasn‘t necessary. I respect Congressman Stark for his 40 years of service. However, some of the things I found troubling were his inability to stay on topic and his continual failure to adhere to the moderators request to NOT make personal attacks - which he failed at miserably. While Swalwell did attack Congressman Stark it was based on Stark’s record and his place of residence(fair game IMO). Conversely, Stark attacked Swalwell repeatedly with his claim that that Swalwell took 200k in BRIBE money from the Lin family (which he later apologized for - while making another personal attack at the same time), and also called Swalwell a pip-squeak. You can’t make that stuff up.
I didn’t attend the debate but I did watch it on video. The impetus for watching is that I was only somewhat familiar with both Stark and Swalwell’s platform. I began watching the video with an open mind - or a blank slate, and after 57 minutes came away wondering how anyone can possibly support Pete Stark for another term in Congress. I didn’t even really learn much about him other than he’s a die-hard supporter of unions (I support private sector unions), a supporter of national healthcare, he felt personal attacks were more important then shariring his vision, and that he couldn’t respect the moderators rules. I wish he would have spent less time bashing Swalwell and more time demonstrating that he was in touch with the very severe issues our country is facing. He didn’t do that and that was disappointing. I think Congressman Stark has had a nice career but needs to move on. I hope he continues to be politically active if he so desires but it should NOT be as a Congressman, IMO.
The most surprising part of the debate, for me, was that someone I’d never heard of has emerged as the best candidate (IMO). Chris Pareja is very bright, articulate, and has a better grasp of the issues than either Stark or Swalwell. What most impressed me is his grasp of the issues and ability to be asked a question from the audience and speak to them without coming across rehearsed or looking like he’s following a script. This guy just “gets it”.
For the record, I have never communicated with Chris Pareja, don’t know him from Adam, don’t know anybody that does know him, and had never heard of him until yesterday.
Posted by Dr. Moriarty, a resident of another community, on May 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm
I am a lifelong member of the Republican Party, and I attended the debate with an open mind. I was hoping that candidate Pareja would distinguish himself from the other two candidates. He did. His inability to take a clear stand on the issues, combined with a rather unctuous demeanor that had him attempting to appeal to multiple demographics, left me astonishingly aghast. The Tea Party band of galoots who seemed to be his guffawing backers did not help matters one bit.