The GOP used to have the GOV and Lt GOV seats in Calif. Now all state wide offices are Democratic Party winners. Many CONS and Tea [Party members] pinned a huge hope and money on CD 11 and Assembly Dist 15 but the voters would not be fooled. Whitman tried but was not able to buy California. She fooled the GOPers but could not fool the voters.
We in San Ramon are thrilled with the election results.
Posted by voter, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm
I think CA hit a new low. Most other states have realised it's time to put a break on excessive spending. I doubt very much the new leaders in the house are going to be prepared to bail out CA anymore.
I hope that the new leaders in CA realise that they need to reduce salaries and increase pension ages rather than reduce services and keep high benefits, which is what's happened so far, reducing everyone's quality of life, but most of all the kids. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it all works out here - it needs to.
Posted by sam, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm
the republican and tea party members are simply fools! they are all foolish enough to believe they can actually catch a falling knife! this state is going down and the people want it to be that way, don't you guys get it? why wasting time and money stopping the process. why not just join the liberal wagon and have some fun. it is a lot easier to push it down even further than keep it up. if the ship is sinking, the only smart thing to do is to help tearing it apart!
Posted by Devon, a resident of the Apperson Ridge neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm
Let those dems bankrupt this state and then we'll rebuild from the ground up. If they think they can continue to support outrageous union pensions and services while driving businesses and jobs away, failure is inevitable. I can't wait to see Brown moves to repel Prop 13 and make these dems pay their fair share of property taxes.
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2010 at 4:04 pm
Why would anyone vote for Jerry Brown? I just hope we can survive four years of that guy. We will go bankrupt, period, because Jerry will not reform the unions. It is because of the union support that he got elected. I am surprised we have so many uninformed voters. The guy was a governor before, ages ago, he is nothing but a career politician, never held a real job, and look at what he did in Oakland, let's keep our fingers crossed, but I doubt this Jerry Brown will reform anything. We will go bankrupt, that's for sure.
Posted by lessismore, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm
Yes letís jump for Joy.
The real winners were anyone but the tax payer.
I listen to many people in Pleasanton complain about a broken education system, roads in need of repair in CA, over crowded prison and etc.
The State did not get here under the current Governor (he may have helped).
The real losers were our kids and small business. (Yes I am a small business owner and have kids)
We have a broken state, spending out of control and we reelect the same people who have help create the problem.
The Unions were the real winners they will continue to break the state. Block fixing a broken education system state wide (Yes I think Pleasanton has great schools). If you had a state government that was willing to demand reform in the pension system, just think of all the money we have to deal with the other problems in this state.
Posted by b, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm
More than any other cause, CA and many cities are most likely to go bankrupt due to the new Republican Congress taking away all stimulus and state aid. States, counties and cities have been very dependent on those funds the past couple years to balance budgets and not lay off too many firefighters and teachers. Regardless of your feelings about stimulus funds, that's the reality of the situation--many more layoffs and bankruptcies are coming when they're pulled away.
Posted by @ b, a resident of the Apperson Ridge neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2010 at 5:18 pm
Bankrupting the state will be a good thing if we can renegotiate some of those ridiculous union salaries and pensions. There are too many government workers who are retiring at 45-55 and live off of the taxpayers. Some of these retirees already raked in salaries of $150K+ per year for many years by claiming "overtime" work. It's good to see Dems in office so this state will be bankrupted sooner rather than later.
Posted by YOUR CHOICE !, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm
b, yes, states, counties, & cities will go bankrupt, not because of a Rep Congress...but because of the public unions. The trajectory of the meteor is set, it was & is bound to crash. Yes. That is the ONLY inevitable scenario, regardless.. As long as that engine is left running it will crash. They are UNsustainable ! YOU cannot change that fact. End or crash! YOU can stop all social programs, welfare, grants, free this, free that, OR...... public unions. Your choice ! ! Which ?? Take your pick. They cannot all survive. Let them war with each other in the street, if that's to be. Face reality. What we have been doing will not survive ! Period.
Posted by voter, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm
"More than any other cause, CA and many cities are most likely to go bankrupt due to the new Republican Congress taking away all stimulus and state aid. States, counties and cities have been very dependent on those funds the past couple years to balance budgets and not lay off too many firefighters and teachers. Regardless of your feelings about stimulus funds, that's the reality of the situation--many more layoffs and bankruptcies are coming when they're pulled away"
No. Many states live within their means. Many homeowners do too through hard work and not getting into unaffordable debt. They are fed up with bailing others - who have overextended themselves and who have been living the high life - out. That's what this election was about in many places. CA can avoid bankrupcy by reducing salaries and pensions. But it appears this state just voted in the party funded by the unions. Could be a big problem - as I mentioned earlier.
I want things to work, I have kids and desperately want this state to make more sensible choices. Until government works much better and gets costs under control people aren't going to trust it enough to vote accept the higher taxes that may be needed. Why would the private sector vote for more money for a public sector that can retire 10-15 years before they can with full pension and health? We get to retire much later, if ever, with an economy dependent 401k that our employers no longer contribute to.
Posted by Your choice !, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2010 at 11:03 pm
There is a reason the rest of the US makes fun of CA ! It was renewed, so the jokes will continue. The entired slate of CA stated officials will now be DEM...every one. They better be real careful or CA will be the poster boy for ' the big collapse'. They promise everything to the unemployable, to buy their votes, AND, they buy the campaigning public unions with unsustainable promises. To BOTH groups the promises are all bought with taxpayers sweaty wet earnings...ripped right out of taxpayer's hands.
It's little consolation that the other 49 state are glad they're not in our shape, but then it's those CA Dems that bring it on themselves....we are unique.
Posted by Sueme, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2010 at 9:12 am
Under Jerry Brown (again) California will be #1. First in taxes, first in unemployment, first in gas prices and first in unfriendly business environment. Well done California voters! You are #1 or is it #2?
Posted by Really?, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2010 at 9:22 am
And that is different from our current Republican Governor? Because a Republican was so much better at solving the issues in California? Now, before he has even taken office, it is already all Brown's fault? Amazing it has started already, one day after the election.
Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2010 at 11:07 am
Jerry Brown = More taxes, less jobs, declining property values, and everyone go on welfare! Great job, Californians! The best part is, where do these Dems point their fingers after they run this whole state to the ground?
Posted by Really?, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm
Jerry, really, do you hear yourself? Everyone will be on welfare? Finger pointing? WHat is it exactly that you are doing now that we are ending the Republican reign in the Gov. office? Finger pointing to someone who hasn't even started the job? Same old argument, same old excuses from the same old people.
Posted by Huh, a resident of the Pheasant Ridge neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2010 at 2:20 pm
Yeah, the Dem's have done such a wonderful job. Just look at what great shape our State is in. 12% unemployment, $150B in dept, second highest tax rate in the country, private industry fleeing in droves. Yep, the answer is more Democrats running things for sure.
Posted by Duhhhhhhhh, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm
Wellllllllll I guess it is the republicans turn to say......................hey Barack we won and we are now Baroke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dems in Cali now have no one to blame but themselves because they now own the home or the home in receivership.
The republicans in DC now have all the cards and will finish off Barack and his cronies in short order. Good news is that Nancy wants to keep her job and with little Princess Harry still the leader those two faces will be rallying points for the republicans to campaign against in the next election.
Posted by Really?, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm
Obstructionist governing is the only thing the GOP will continue to achieve with this election.
Even the Senate minority leader- Mitch McConnell said his main goal was to make sure Obama served only one term. Unbelievable that with unemployment, a war, the economy and this is his one main goal, to ensure that the "other side" fails. They are already working on strategies for the 2012 election, to be even bigger "winners". How out of touch can a party be? What have they done to work together with this administration, to do the job they have been elected to do which is govern the country?
And this has been going on since the day Obama took office- "Republicans have been stalling more than 200 executive and judicial nominees that in some cases have been lingering on the executive calendar for months." (can't keep cutting and pasting the multitudes of other examples!) Republicans are not out to govern, they are out to "win", to protect big corporations, to continue to block anything that this current administration attempts to do for the American people in order to make them look bad, and to keep any success for their own.
Of course Obama will fail- this is the one goal the GOP has decided to follow after their big "win". And this is what we have a government for? We WANT the leader of our country to fail? For what reason, so you can be right? And at what cost....well, as you can see from the complaints here, a huge cost to the American people.
I, for once, would like to see progress from the GOP, elected officials actually doing the work they are elected to do and stop with the schoolyard bully/childish tactics they are currently practicing.
Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Avignon neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm
At the end of the day, big corporations and small/mid-size businesses create jobs, period! GOP sides favorably with businesses is good for EVERYONE. Jobs bring income, income brings spending, spending brings a good economy. The GOP always has it right. Giving taxpayers' money to the poor does nothing to fix our jobless economy.
Posted by Really?, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2010 at 5:55 pm
"Always" right? Quite the egocentric attitude I keep hearing from the politicians as well. Not to mention exemplifying the point I was trying to make. Maybe, trying to be the only ones who can be "right" is their greatest problem.
It's interesting to think that the simplistic goals our current GOP has for this new term are acceptable to the American people- all about being a winner, repealing any progress that has been made, and blocking any future success.
For the past three months, jobs in the private sector have been on the rise, slowly, but rising. I guess you would say this is not due to the current administration? Or is this information that you wouldn't want to share, continuing only to paint a negative picture of Obama, and obstruct any further progress.
Posted by Patriot, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2010 at 9:50 pm
"At the end of the day, big corporations and small/mid-size businesses create jobs, period! GOP sides favorably with businesses is good for EVERYONE."
Not when it is crony capitalism. Not when the George Bush and Republicans in congress bailed out failed Wall Street firms and refused to regulate them. Republicans privatized profit but socialized risk. Wall Street executives benefited at the expense of EVERYONE but Wall Street executives and their friends. This undermines the very basic principles of free market capitalism. This didn't create jobs, it destroyed them.
Posted by Your choice, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2010 at 11:41 pm
Patriot, it was the SPEAKER ms pelosi that loaded up the 'Christmas Tree' in '08 with $$ to Hollywood producers, etc etc. You do remember Ms Pelosi was in charge tossing money in the air to every special interest back in those days (when Obama was sitting in the Senate, NOT voting on anything controversial).
Capitalism creates jobs. Government only expands government. You do know that the US now has crossed the point...there are MORE assorted GOVERNMENT jobs, than PRIVATE sector jobs ! That is NOT sustainable. Ultimately there is a collapse...it cannot be prevented with that IMbalance. ..don't need to pay a fortune teller, just read Europe's daily news. The course is SET. YOU can choose to change the trajectory, or not ! Obama has been expanding government, while Main street was dying.
Posted by Patriot, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm
To "Your Choice",
"You do know that the US now has crossed the point...there are MORE assorted GOVERNMENT jobs, than PRIVATE sector jobs "
A completely ridiculous statement. Where do you get your facts? Less than 20% of the workforce is federal, state, or local government? Are you talking about some other country? This is easily verifiable. Do some real research.
"You do remember Ms Pelosi was in charge tossing money in the air "
No, it was George Bush who originated TARP and pushed it through congress, not the other way around. Bush invented TARP, not Pelosi.
"Capitalism creates jobs."
Not crony capitalism. When George Bush and the Republican bailed out Wall Street (Morgan Stanley, AIG, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and others) he destroyed jobs and undermined markets. He had the audacity to bail them out _and_ insist that they not be regulated. He did so with support of a majority of the Republicans who were in Congress at the time the $725 bailout passed. Their executives got richer and the taxpayer got poorer.
Posted by Ferdie, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Nov 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm
You people are insane and living in the past. Clinton, Bush, Obama have nothing to do with this state and you guys are ignoring the obvious and that is that we are cooked. What ideas do you have to save this state?