Inks, Clark are top spenders in council race Around Town, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Nov 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm
Developers, unions and advocacy groups are making their presence felt in the latest round of campaign contributions in the City Council race. According to the latest campaign finance reports, covering Oct. 1 through Oct. 20, Chris Clark is leading in fund-raising and spending so far, amassing a war chest that's just under the city's voluntary campaign expenditure limit of $21,388.
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Posted by Voter, a resident of the Castro City neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm
Jim Neal lost the election when he posted that picture of himself on his campaign signs. Not knowing the man as an individual (he may be the greatest guy since Superman) the picture makes him look like a bit of a kook.
Posted by Don, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm
How much did Prometheus builders contribute to Mike Kasperzak's campaign?
He is a real favorite of real estate developers, with $250 from one builder and one real estate investor. Let's see what kind of giant eyesores like the Prometheus projects go up in the next few years from Classic Communities and the Morley Bros. That's a cheap buy for companies that stand to reap millions of dollars of profit.
Posted by Voter, a resident of the Castro City neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm
@@voter, Stand down. Where did I say who _I_ was voting for. Look at my post again, I'll wait.................................................
Yes, as you can see I never did say I would or would not for any candidate. I simply predicted defeat of one candidate and gave the reason why. My prediction was based on an understanding of how importance appearance can be in an election. Not that it should be that way, but realistically it is that way. I will base my vote on many things, not appearance, but unfortunately for looks matter. The people who heard Nixon debate Kennedy on the radio thought Nixon won. Those who watched it on TV thought Kennedy won. Neal made a bad call by putting that pick on all his signs. You can have the best ideas in the world, but if you botch a campaign you will still lose the election.
Posted by Rob, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm
I'm curious to see if Inks get re-elected.
I'm sure most people have forgotten how he received his "free" flight from Google on a fighter plane. It's something that is very unique and should have been offered to a resident of Mountain View through a lottery. Instead, Inks helped himself; I guess I shouldn't be shocked.
How can Inks adequately represent the interest of the ordinary Mt View citizen when deciding how much more the city should give Google? How can Inks be objective with respect to Google?
Posted by Jim Neal, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Nov 2, 2012 at 1:31 am
Voter, I am not sure why dressing in western garb makes me look like a kook, but if that is the opinion of most of the people of Mountain View, the so be it. I dress that way every day and I'm not about to change. As I said in the OMVNA forum at the Library, "If I'm willing to sell out and change who I am just to get elected, I'll sure as heck sell you out!".
Changing my appearance won't change who I am or what I stand for. Part of what I am fighting for is to have a more informed electorate and make sure that people in this city know what's going on and how the council's decisions will affect their lives.
I don't have a pressing need to be on the City Council and I am not so desperate as to be willing to do anything. If I lose, my life will go on. I don't make my living from the Government. I am running to make a difference and just maybe the difference will be that people will start to look past their prejudices and start judging people based on what they say and do, and not on looks. If City Council is nothing more than a beauty contest, then I would never get elected anyway. But if it's about energy and ideas, then I would argue that I am far better qualified than anyone else.
Posted by Don, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Nov 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm
I agree with you that the City Council status quo will most likely continue. They will continue to line their election campaign funds and who knows what else with developer $$. And irrational, rampant, ugly crowded "affordable" housing will continue to be built (at $3000+ a month, I'm not sure it qualifies for 98% of the folks)...Unless
Unless we continue to fight them every step of the way in City Council itself, so no more mistakes, slip ups, oversights and secret deals continue to be made at our expense. We've done our bit for democratizing housing access. Crowded housing for apartments adds nothing to the tax revenue, costs $$ for services, including SCHOOLS!!, and siphons the profit dollars out of town to builders and developers who live elsewhere.