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UPDATE: TEA party tax day event draws 400-800 to Alameda County Fairgrounds

Original post made on Apr 17, 2012

Over the course of the day, an estimated 400 to 800 people attended Saturday's TEA party tax-day event at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Pleasanton police Officer Penelope Tamm estimated a turnout of about 400, while event staff at the Fairgrounds pegged the number at about 800. At the Fairgrounds, the list of those scheduled to speak read like a Who's Who of East Bay Conservatives.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 12:43 PM

Comments (35)

Posted by Allen Payton, a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Apr 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm

(Comment deemed inappropriate by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)

Posted by Reader, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Great ... So it sounds like the slate of speakers outnumbered the audience. We're rockin' and rollin' now boy!

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Apr 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Glad that's run its course.


Posted by Rasmussan, a resident of another community
on Apr 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

The non-partisan polling firm Rasmussen conducted an informal survey at the Tea Party Rally held at the Alameda Fairgrounds over the weekend. Tabulated results of the survey are presented below:

1. Are you a patriotic American?

A. Heck yeah! 98%

B. No, I vote Democratic 1%

C. Don't know 1%

2. What is your ethnic origin?

A. White 97%

B. Off-white 1%

C. Eggshell 1%

D. Beige 1%

E. Other 0%

3. Complete this sentence "President Obama is a ___________".

A. Communist 20%

B. Marxist 20%

C. Socialist 20%

D. All the above 20%

4. Where was President Obama born?

A. Kenya 30%

B. Pakistan 30%

C. Outside the US in Hawaii 40%

5. Why did you attend the TEA Party event today?

A. I heard there was free BBQ. 30%

B. Wanted to support the fight against the Godless commie Liberals. 20%

C. This is a TEA Party event? I thought it was a Klan rally? 50%

6. Complete this sentence "President Obama wants to ________".

A. Enslave us all. 20%

B. Raise my taxes. 20%

C. Socialize healthcare, but take away my Medicare. 20%

D. Force me to become a Muslim 20%

This survey has a bias of +/- 2%. The sample size was n=50 God-fearing, Medicare using, truck driving, white patriotic Americans.

Posted by sybil, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Sorry to hear this event drew a crowd roughly the size of an Air America broadcast.
Mike, I guess the country must in much better shape...chances are the regular attendees were all working their second jobs to help support their families.

Posted by Joyce, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Media bias again. The real total was in the thousands. Ask the police who patrolled it, as the workers, or as the people that were there.

Posted by Glenn Wohltmann, Pleasanton Weekly reporter
on Apr 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Glenn Wohltmann is a registered user.

I was there at 2 p.m. on Saturday. There were about 100 people there.


Posted by Sybil, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Glenn, I saw you there counting every single democrat. Thanks a teacher for your math skills.

Posted by Sebastian, a resident of Parkside
on Apr 17, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Let's see. 100 people - minus the 12 speakers = 88.

88 people - minus the dozen or so set-up workers = 76.

76 people - minus a reporter and a half-dozen objective Rasmussen pollsters = 69.

69 people - minus the 7 corndog salesmen and 6 bbq rib guys = 56.

56 people - minus the half-dozen plainclothes police = 50.

50 people - minus the 14 crying brats forced to accompany their parents with tinfoil hats on their heads = 36.

36 people - minus the barefoot family of 11 selling $8 little flags (was that you and your family Jim?) = 25.

25 people - 8 or so who showed up looking for a deal on herbal tea = 17.

That adds up to the 17 of us who packed ourselves into our GM SUV's and headed to KFC to make a real day of it.

Huge success, and thanks to JimfOl's organization prowess for getting us all to attend.

Posted by Sebastian, a resident of Parkside
on Apr 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Oh, and I forgot the guy selling Elvis spray paintings who seemed to be having a pretty successful run.

Posted by TEA Party Patriot, a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Glenn Wohitmann,
You were either at a different TEA Party or you can't count. We arrived at the Fairgrounds at about 1pm.. Although the large rented area made the crowd seem much smaller then it was; there were between 700 to 1000 people, who came and went throughout the event. I admit it was a much smaller crowd then we had expected, but your fuzzy math and bias are shining thru. All of us, who attended know the truth.

Posted by Sebastian, a resident of Parkside
on Apr 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Uh oh, 17 people know the truth!

Posted by Sebastian, a resident of Parkside
on Apr 18, 2012 at 7:02 am


17, people know the, truth.

Posted by sebastard, a resident of Parkside
on Apr 18, 2012 at 8:18 am

My, what a vindictive little democrat you are. Let's count how many of your unwashed brethern are occupying tents in Oakland now shall we? Aside from the usual miscreants that camp to survive.....

Posted by West Side Observer, a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

When it comes to politics, Republians and Tea Partiers are lazy. Who dresses up their dogs and waves on street corners and who goes door to door? Democrat candidates and their eco-extremist and union backers.

Posted by What???, a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

I understand what you are saying. Every Tea Party member is a racist and anyone who is religious is a racist. Doesn't matter what their ethnicity is, they are racists.

Posted by Real Patriot, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

RIP Tea Party

Posted by Steve, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

My wife and I walked through the rally about 2 p.m. I'm not sure what Glen was looking at but there were at least 500 people of all races in attendance.

Posted by Spudly, a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Apr 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

The issue is not the tea party. It is simply that our federal gov. takes in 2.6T and spends 3.6T or so. Tax the rich more and it will not make a dent in those numbers.

Posted by Sebastian, a resident of Parkside
on Apr 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

I trust Steve's word over, some biast reporter.

I agree with Spudly's superb reasoning. Taxing the rich won't help. The top 10% only own over 80% of the wealth in this country. So, see, they don't have much money, and taxing them won't help one bit. A more logical solution is to reduce public school teachers' salaries. That's the more reasoned solution. And stop refugees from entering this country and eating our pets.

Posted by None of the Above, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 18, 2012 at 10:21 am


Surely you weren't counting the 500 people who were attending an ethnic event that way outnumbered those at the Tea party "rally."

Posted by Life long Dem, a resident of Gatewood
on Apr 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

I am a life long registered Democrat and have voted every election for 25 years. I find I am voting Republican out of necessity more often lately. I have a lot of respect for the TEA Party movement.
I was there at 3:00 and I would say there were 500+ people. Given that people come and go throughout the day, I would guess 800 is realistic. It was a nice event.

Posted by Sebastian, a resident of Parkside
on Apr 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

I too WAS a life-long member of the Democrat Party. And I voted for Obama last election because I didn't know he was a Stalinist statist who has totalitarian ambitions to take over the world and raise my taxes (I smoke, and I own a tanning salon -- first they came for the smokers, then they came for the sunscreen crowd, and finally they'll come for you). That's why I intend to vote for Mitt Romney this time around.

I was there, but all 17 of us packed things in about 2:55 and headed off to spend the rest of the day living it up at KFC. It's possible that at 3:00 another 500+ showed up. But we left a note telling everyone to join us for some finger-lickin' patriotic splendor at the Colonel's, and no one came. Could be explained maybe because my fellow Tea Party Patriots know Colonel Sanders doesn't serve barefooted people. I don't know. (We got our wings and mashed potatoes first before we kicked back and took off our shoes.)

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Apr 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

My, my. The orientation of this article is quite different from the its previous version, highlighting the need to check the direction of spin before making a judgment.

Thanks, PW, for the reminder.


Posted by Sal, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

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Posted by Which is it, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

That's a big range...which was it? 400 or DOUBLE at 800. It's not like anyone had to count to tens of thousands.

In any case like Real Patriot said... RIP TEA Party. It's not like anyone they have elected has helped change anything, if anything things have gotten even more stalled...nothing gets fixed or solved. Just loads of partisan crap flying everywhere.

Nothing will ever begin to change until there is compromise between the isles. Politian's are elected to public service to represent the people not just themselves. Being unmovable in their position has actually been harmful. The more they stand their ground the worse things are getting. Not saying anyone needs to fold...just bend a little. I'm also tired of those voters who vote officials out for "waivering" when it is called COMPROMISING.

Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of Mohr Park
on Apr 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Some of the talented folks making comments on this post, appear to be using the same type of hateful speech that is polarizing America's political parties! Perhaps our "left-wing" and "right-wing" elected officials really do represent our views after all!

Posted by seabastard, a resident of Parkside
on Apr 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

(Comment deemed inappropriate by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff) Typical dem looking at race first, then deciding to assess the persons human value later. It serves you party and it's masters well, along with the class warfare B.S. that obama has made so fashionable. That's becasue he needs a distraction from his failed record, which is part f the purpose of the Tea Party.
The 2010 election's outcome was driven in large part due to the actions of the Tea Party educating mind-numbed former dem voters and apathetic R's and independents.
The 'compromise' citied above will occur when there's not a 2/3 dem leaning voting majority in power (obama and the senate, versus the house). For now, the least amount of damage can be done to the country by the house blocking the leftist agenda.

Posted by Joe, a resident of Siena
on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

I would believe the crowd estimate done by the fairgrounds staff more than I would the spokesperson for the police department. PPD is a small department that has ZERO experience in calculating the numbers at a crowd, whereas the fairgrounds deals with large numbers on a regular basis.

I'm bummed that I didn't know about this event. I've been to TP events in the past, and they are a lot of fun. You people trashing the TP crack me up. Such vitriol and hatred---I love it! It just shows me how effective the TP has been (think 2010 elections).

Posted by ca94566, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:30 am

THANKS PREZ, you have succedded in dividig the country even more

Posted by Sebastian, a resident of Parkside
on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:55 am

Unlike many of the posters here, I was actually at the event. The fairgrounds people always overestimate numbers to legitimate the "work" they did in set up, parking, etc. The police always overestimate because the union stiffs use the inflated numbers to justify more overtime for themselves. Like I say, at approx 2:55 all 17 of us galivanted over to KFC where we continued the freedom fest with wings, mashed potatoes, and there scrupteoous corn on the cobs. We all succedded in bilding a bridge over our dividig country.

Posted by Mr. Geeneyuss, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

20 smelly homeless-hippie-anarchists with a bullhorn show up with a tent, tarp & bag of dope and all three major local news networks have a remote broadcast team on site 24/7.

400-800 American flag waving disgruntled tax payers show up to an organized event, are courteous, clean up after themselves, do a little social networking and drive peacefully home and the local newspaper can't even get the initial crowd estimate correct??

Agenda??? Nah, there's no media agenda!

Posted by Gina Channell-Allen, president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Apr 19, 2012 at 11:46 am

Gina Channell-Allen is a registered user.

Mr. Geeneyuss,
If you have photos showing more than the 100 attendees Glenn estimated and has photos of, please send them to me at, or post them here.

Posted by Sebastian, a resident of Parkside
on Apr 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I don't have photos of the event, but I do have photos of me and my four cuzzins standing in front of my Pappy's pick-up truck back in Tennessee. We were all at the event.

Next year, everybody be sure to bring along shoes! You don't have to wear them, but if we go to KFC again, you need em to go in and make a order. Once you get your order theirs plenty of outside places where's you can take your shoes off again.

Posted by Enzo, a resident of California Reflections
on Aug 26, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Hey Joe, do you have a facebook?

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