UPDATE: TEA party tax day event draws 400-800 to Alameda County Fairgrounds Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Apr 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm
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
Posted by TEA Party Patriot, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Apr 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm
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 West Side Observer, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, 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 Sebastian, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, 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 Sebastian, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, 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 Which is it, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood 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 the Mohr Park neighborhood, 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 the Parkside neighborhood, 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 the Siena neighborhood, 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 Sebastian, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, 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 the Another Pleasanton neighborhood 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??
Posted by Sebastian, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, 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.