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Editorial -- David Haubert: The best experience, knowledge, temperament for County Supervisor

Fremont City Councilman Vinnie Bacon and Dublin Mayor David Haubert are on the November ballot vying for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 1 seat in a runoff election. The two finished in the top two places in March, but well short of the 50%-plus-one required to win the board seat outright in the primary.

The BOS has weighty responsibilities. This board, with guidance from the county health department, is addressing the economic repercussions and recovery of the current COVID-19 crisis. Also, the county’s General Plan dictates the zoning for parcels in the county, like where the mega solar farms are proposed for North Livermore. It is a taxing body as well, with a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot.

In other words, voters should take care in who they elect to this position.

Haubert is the best candidate to replace retiring Supervisor Scott Haggerty because he brings more governance experience and proven ability to lead.

Through his years of service to Dublin on the school board, council and now as mayor, along with roles on regional boards and associations, Haubert has shown he can work collaboratively with people who at times have competing interests. That attribute will be especially important in the vast District 1, which spans Livermore, Dublin, parts of Sunol and most of Fremont.

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Haubert also knows how to balance priorities of the local government and desires of the residents -- such as weighing environmental protections with housing development.

In Dublin, Haubert has led the effort to help create affordable housing while maintaining open space, and he will bring that knowledge and experience to the county seat, which will be important when the new regional housing needs allocation (RHNA) obligations are announced.

His opponent Bacon, on the other hand, blames developers -- and by extension, elected officials -- for the lack of affordable housing. Bacon’s campaign website says “ … developers know that money talks in politics, and time and time again, they’ve pushed the sprawl line, resisted affordable housing commitments, and created housing for speculators and the super rich.”

Affordable, workforce housing is imperative for small and medium-sized businesses to survive and, if it is not planned on a local level, the state will do it for us. It is highly unlikely they will take residents’ concerns or their desires for beautiful hillsides and open space into consideration. We don’t want to lose that local control.

Taking a stance of victimization by developers and questioning the ethics of current electeds is not the best approach for this -- but it will make Bacon’s supporters happy.

Speaking of making supporters happy, Bacon’s opinions on special interest groups donating to candidate campaigns gives us pause. He thinks developers donating is an attempt to “buy interest,” but donations from labor unions isn’t?

Campaign contributions seem to be a problem for Bacon all the way around. On Sept. 29, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) opened a new investigation into alleged ethics violations by Bacon. The investigation, which includes 35 possible misdemeanor charges and is in addition to the nine ethics charges he was found guilty of in 2019, alleges failure to report all loans and contributions, failure to provide an accurate accounting of donations, and failure to properly identify his advertisements. So much for the “clean money candidate.”

There is also the issue of Bacon’s questionable judgment in, essentially, threatening a member of Fremont’s Sikh-American community, Tejinder “TJ” Dhami, for “working against the party” by supporting Haubert’s campaign.

In a since-publicized voicemail, Bacon said to Dhami, “I hope you know this will have severe repercussions as far as your ever wanting to work with the Democratic Party again.”

Yes, there is no question our politics have become polarized, even in contests that should be nonpartisan. But Bacon’s use of threats as opposed to, perhaps, having a civil conversation with someone with opposing views does not bode well for his ability to navigate the collaborative nature of politics on a county level.

David Haubert has the experience, knowledge and temperament to represent Alameda County's District 1. Vote for Haubert on Nov. 3.

Editor's note: The Pleasanton Weekly editorial board reached its decisions based on the candidates' performances at the Weekly's forum, email interviews on endorsements, and our review of past reporting and research.

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Editorial -- David Haubert: The best experience, knowledge, temperament for County Supervisor

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Fremont City Councilman Vinnie Bacon and Dublin Mayor David Haubert are on the November ballot vying for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 1 seat in a runoff election. The two finished in the top two places in March, but well short of the 50%-plus-one required to win the board seat outright in the primary.

The BOS has weighty responsibilities. This board, with guidance from the county health department, is addressing the economic repercussions and recovery of the current COVID-19 crisis. Also, the county’s General Plan dictates the zoning for parcels in the county, like where the mega solar farms are proposed for North Livermore. It is a taxing body as well, with a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot.

In other words, voters should take care in who they elect to this position.

Haubert is the best candidate to replace retiring Supervisor Scott Haggerty because he brings more governance experience and proven ability to lead.

Through his years of service to Dublin on the school board, council and now as mayor, along with roles on regional boards and associations, Haubert has shown he can work collaboratively with people who at times have competing interests. That attribute will be especially important in the vast District 1, which spans Livermore, Dublin, parts of Sunol and most of Fremont.

Haubert also knows how to balance priorities of the local government and desires of the residents -- such as weighing environmental protections with housing development.

In Dublin, Haubert has led the effort to help create affordable housing while maintaining open space, and he will bring that knowledge and experience to the county seat, which will be important when the new regional housing needs allocation (RHNA) obligations are announced.

His opponent Bacon, on the other hand, blames developers -- and by extension, elected officials -- for the lack of affordable housing. Bacon’s campaign website says “ … developers know that money talks in politics, and time and time again, they’ve pushed the sprawl line, resisted affordable housing commitments, and created housing for speculators and the super rich.”

Affordable, workforce housing is imperative for small and medium-sized businesses to survive and, if it is not planned on a local level, the state will do it for us. It is highly unlikely they will take residents’ concerns or their desires for beautiful hillsides and open space into consideration. We don’t want to lose that local control.

Taking a stance of victimization by developers and questioning the ethics of current electeds is not the best approach for this -- but it will make Bacon’s supporters happy.

Speaking of making supporters happy, Bacon’s opinions on special interest groups donating to candidate campaigns gives us pause. He thinks developers donating is an attempt to “buy interest,” but donations from labor unions isn’t?

Campaign contributions seem to be a problem for Bacon all the way around. On Sept. 29, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) opened a new investigation into alleged ethics violations by Bacon. The investigation, which includes 35 possible misdemeanor charges and is in addition to the nine ethics charges he was found guilty of in 2019, alleges failure to report all loans and contributions, failure to provide an accurate accounting of donations, and failure to properly identify his advertisements. So much for the “clean money candidate.”

There is also the issue of Bacon’s questionable judgment in, essentially, threatening a member of Fremont’s Sikh-American community, Tejinder “TJ” Dhami, for “working against the party” by supporting Haubert’s campaign.

In a since-publicized voicemail, Bacon said to Dhami, “I hope you know this will have severe repercussions as far as your ever wanting to work with the Democratic Party again.”

Yes, there is no question our politics have become polarized, even in contests that should be nonpartisan. But Bacon’s use of threats as opposed to, perhaps, having a civil conversation with someone with opposing views does not bode well for his ability to navigate the collaborative nature of politics on a county level.

David Haubert has the experience, knowledge and temperament to represent Alameda County's District 1. Vote for Haubert on Nov. 3.

Editor's note: The Pleasanton Weekly editorial board reached its decisions based on the candidates' performances at the Weekly's forum, email interviews on endorsements, and our review of past reporting and research.

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Ken mano
Registered user
Willow West
on Oct 7, 2020 at 10:01 am
Ken mano, Willow West
Registered user
on Oct 7, 2020 at 10:01 am

Unfortunately, I won't be voting for David Haubert, sure wish I could, since I live in Pleasanton and due to weird zoning, Pleasanton isn't in his district, which includes Dublin and Fremont, but not Pleasanton which is between the two. David is such a great guy, I'd vote for him no matter what his politics were. We need honest, good people in government, and David is one of those. My wife thinks he's great too, but she won't be voting for him either.


stephen
Registered user
Stoneridge
on Oct 7, 2020 at 12:56 pm
stephen, Stoneridge
Registered user
on Oct 7, 2020 at 12:56 pm

Haubert's mailer says it all. Not offering anything except . . . . "Where's Vinnie?" . . . . and then trying to spin a TWO YEAR OLD sequence of absences - over a sixty day period of time (over the holidays no less!) dating back to 2018. Clearly Haubert has nothing constructive to offer. He clearly thinks little of the intellect of his constituency. If you're a fan of special big money interests - vote Haubert.


Joyce
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Joyce, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Oct 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Dear Neighbors,

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Joyce
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2020 at 10:40 am
Joyce, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Oct 9, 2020 at 10:40 am

Dublin has built up with sprawl under Mr. Haubert's time as mayor.

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I'm voting for Vinnie Bacon, the clean money candidate with integrity, community advocacy, and a background in affordable urban planning.


Joyce
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2020 at 1:15 pm
Joyce, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Oct 9, 2020 at 1:15 pm

Fact: In 2016, while serving as the Mayor of Dublin, [portion removed because, again, it is misleading.]

Fact: There is an enormous amount of land under Alameda County jurisdiction that developers would love to get their hands on. One General Plan amendment made by the Board of Supervisors could allow the developers to come in and build seas of sprawling housing projects. That is why they are investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in David Haubert's campaign.


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Another Pleasanton neighborhood

Registered user
on Oct 9, 2020 at 3:15 pm
Name hidden, Another Pleasanton neighborhood

Registered user
on Oct 9, 2020 at 3:15 pm

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?


Carol
Registered user
Dublin
on Oct 15, 2020 at 5:18 am
Carol, Dublin
Registered user
on Oct 15, 2020 at 5:18 am

Why has the editor chosen to delete significant portions of the above comments for being "misleading" or "irrelevant"? It appears that the editorial board does not want to entertain any opinions that contradict its own.

The Haubert campaign's specific anti-Bacon website and attack ads are full of lies and distortions. I did my own extensive research on this and even called the FPPC. I wish the WEEKLY had done the same. I would encourage District 1 voters to go to Bacon's website (www.bacon4supervisor.com) to learn more.

I have lived in Dublin for some time and have followed Haubert's career. Many residents--not just the slow-growth contingent--are unhappy with him. Constituents should matter more than other officeholders. Haubert is more show than substance and makes promises that he does not keep. My immediate neighbors in West Dublin are still upset with him about how he handled the recent out-of-control coyote situation. Although he said that he would get back to certain residents, he never did. Nothing was done about the problem until a coyote attacked a child in Dublin Hills Regional Park.

Officeholders should avoid the appearance of conflict of interest whenever possible. Haubert hasn't even bothered to try. The influence of developers is a problem in our city, county, and now even in the White House.


Gina Channell, Publisher
Registered user
Downtown
on Oct 15, 2020 at 10:32 am
Gina Channell, Publisher, Downtown
Registered user
on Oct 15, 2020 at 10:32 am

@Carol - The commenter was implying Haubert was developing houses in Australia. That is not true. The development company was rehabbing a resort and marina. Either the commenter didn't read the story or intentionally tried to mislead readers.


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Downtown

Registered user
on Oct 16, 2020 at 11:13 am
Name hidden, Downtown

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on Oct 16, 2020 at 11:13 am

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?


Kerrie Chabot
Registered user
Dublin
on Oct 19, 2020 at 3:30 pm
Kerrie Chabot, Dublin
Registered user
on Oct 19, 2020 at 3:30 pm

I'm a 21 year resident of Dublin. DO.NOT. vote Haubert unless your want your hills covered in high density housing with no cares for overcrowded schools. Haubert has not denied his plan (if elected) to open measure D (which protects the Livermore hills as open space). This is why the developers have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaigns for his big shiny signs and glossy wasteful brochures. These developers are chomping at the bit to develop your protected open space.


Carol
Registered user
Dublin
on Oct 19, 2020 at 5:55 pm
Carol, Dublin
Registered user
on Oct 19, 2020 at 5:55 pm

I come back and there is another deleted entry. Although there are no expletives deleted, this reminds me of transcripts of the Nixon tapes.

Getting back to the topic at hand, what makes a good supervisor? We want someone who can do a good job (i.e., listen to and address constituents' concerns, work with the other supervisors to make this area a "better place" for all, and be fiscally responsible). It's a tall order.

Our prior supervisor Nate Miley (yes, Miley once represented Dublin) was mediocre at best. The sometimes frumpy and grumpy Scott Haggerty and his superlative staff have worked hard for this district. They have set a high standard. Haubert may look the part, but his record in Dublin and his vicious campaign lie machine show that he is not suitable for the job. Although Haggerty may not yet see it, Vinnie Bacon is a worthy successor.

P.S. Ms. Channell, I would be interested in finding out why Haubert was made CEO of this failed Australian venture in the first place.


Dublin Resident In the Know
Registered user
Dublin
on Oct 19, 2020 at 7:14 pm
Dublin Resident In the Know, Dublin
Registered user
on Oct 19, 2020 at 7:14 pm

Haubert can not wait to get his hands on those hills in between Dublin and Livermore. All those developers are lined up. $400.000.00 invested in him from developers/builders unions (notice the big shiny signs on developer property). His opponent, Vinnie Bacon refuses money from developers, so does Arun Goel who is running for mayor in Dublin. I pray for all of us that Haubert loses. Dublin has been the joke of the Tri-Valley and messes it up for everyone.


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