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Editorial: Our election recommendations

A voter fills out a ballot at the Palo Alto Art Center in Palo Alto on Nov. 3, 2020. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

With California's open primary rules, established when voters approved Prop. 14 in 2010, the top two vote-getters in all partisan races, regardless of party affiliation, will face off in the November general election. For non-partisan county offices such as district attorney, sheriff and assessor, however, there won't be a runoff in November if one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in the primary.

For Mountain View voters, that means there will automatically be a runoff election In November for the congressional seat held by Democrat Anna Eshoo and the state Assembly seat held by Democrat Marc Berman, and it's highly likely in the Santa Clara County sheriff's race, where four major candidates are running with no incumbent.

In the county district attorney and assessor races, it is likely that incumbents Jeff Rosen and Larry Stone will exceed the 50% mark.

We are concerned that two incumbents, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and County Assessor Larry Stone, have been in office for 30 and 27 years respectively. These two have been reelected by overwhelming margins over the years because they are competent, hardworking and have served their constituents well. They are all but assured of being reelected again this year, in part because their continued service discourages others from running because of the advantages of incumbency, especially in fundraising.

But at ages 79 and 81, they should be creating opportunities and encouraging new candidates to follow in their footsteps and allow a new generation of leaders to represent us. If reelected, we hope that each will announce after the election their intention to retire when their new terms end so that there is plenty of time for good and diverse candidates, including women and people of color, to step forward to run for these important positions.

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In the neighboring congressional district to the north, Rep. Jackie Speier is retiring at age 71 after serving for a distinguished 20 years in Washington. Her decision should serve as a model for others who are inclined to hang on to their offices, unconstrained by term limits.

For non-partisan offices such as sheriff, district attorney and assessor, we would strongly support the adoption of term limits that cap those officials' tenures to four, four-year terms.

Congress — Anna Eshoo and Ajwang Rading

Incumbent Rep. Anna Eshoo and Ajwang Rading, an attorney at the Palo Alto-based firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, are among the candidates vying to represent Congressional District 16 in the 2022 election. Photo of Eshoo by Magali Gauthier. Rading photo courtesy of the candidate.

As noted above, Anna Eshoo has been one of the most popular and successful elected officials ever to serve this region. In 14 reelection campaigns since her initial election in 1992, she has never faced a serious challenge. That is a tribute both to her excellent service and attentiveness to her constituents and the close alignment of her views with her Democratic district.

This year, perhaps because of an increasing belief that it may be time for her to step aside, or that she will do so in two years, Eshoo has seven challengers — three Republicans, three Democrats and an independent. With Eshoo almost certainly set to be the top vote-getter, the second-place finisher who will compete against her in November could get as little as 15% to 20% of the vote in the primary depending on how evenly spread out the voting is.

We hope Eshoo's opponent in November is Ajwang Rading, a Democrat and attorney at the Palo Alto-based firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati who has sparked a strong local following in support of his first bid for public office. Rading, 30, embraces a liberal Democratic platform that revolves around issues of social justice, climate change and universal health care.

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A former staff member for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, Rading's background includes a stint at the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative, the national organization founded by Bryan Stevenson. Rading, who is Black, was born in poverty in Los Angeles and says his childhood included spending nights in a 2001 Dodge Neon with his single mom, who immigrated from Kenya. He went on to graduate from college and law school at UCLA. He believes his upbringing and background would make him an effective advocate for boosting affordable housing, tackling income inequality in District 16 and championing other progressive issues.

His message and youthfulness is not unlike those of Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna, 45, a progressive Democrat who was elected in 2016 on his second try to unseat eight-term incumbent Democrat Mike Honda. In four years, Khanna has become a prominent member of the progressive wing of the party.

The other leading candidates in the race are Rishi Kumar, a tech executive who serves on the Saratoga City Council and who lost to Eshoo two years ago with 37% of the vote, and Peter Ohtaki, a Republican who served eight years on the Menlo Park City Council, is a financial executive for a tech firm, and ran unsuccessfully against Marc Berman in the 2020 Assembly race.

A general election campaign between Eshoo and Rading would be an inspiring match-up between an accomplished representative nearing the end of her career who has paved the way for countless other women to seek higher office and an idealistic and passionate young man of color just starting his political journey.

Kevin Jensen. Courtesy Kevin Jensen.

Santa Clara County Sheriff — Kevin Jensen

Facing a unanimous vote of no confidence last year by the Board of Supervisors, mounting investigations and possible removal from office, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith spared herself almost certain defeat this year by choosing not to run for a seventh term. So the good news is that a much-maligned and poorly managed sheriff's department will finally have a new leader.

The sheriff oversees a budget of more than $188 million and 711 staff members (and an additional 1,080 staff and $200.6 million for the Department of Corrections).

Four major candidates, including Palo Alto Police Chief Bob Jonsen, a retired county Sheriff's Office captain and two current sergeants, are vying for the seat. Jonsen's primary appeal is that he has the administrative experience of having led both the Menlo Park and Palo Alto police departments.

Jonsen, 59, was police chief in Menlo Park for five years until being hired by Palo Alto in 2018. Jonsen may be a good administrator, but his consistent lack of transparency regarding police misconduct and routine police policy matters has cast a shadow on his ability to innovate and reform. Actions speak louder than words, and Jonsen has not shown the leadership that will be needed within the Sheriff's Office.

Former sheriff's captain and assistant chief of the Department of Corrections, Kevin Jensen, 58, retired in 2013 after 29 years with the Sheriff's Office. He ran unsuccessfully against Smith in 2014 and has since been doing law enforcement consulting, including training new recruits and managers. The two sergeants are Sean Allen, 51, a 32-year veteran, and Christine Nagaye, 50, who has been with the department for 20 years.

We recommend Kevin Jensen, who has had the benefit of rising through the ranks over 30 years in the sheriff's office but the perspective of his consulting work and being away from the troubled department for the last eight years. As a high-ranking administrator in the department who was willing to run against his boss and challenge her record, Jensen was not one who sat back and toed Smith's line.

During his tenure he was the liaison to the Stanford Department of Public Safety, county jail administration commander, court security division commander and administrative coroner. He was also the risk and information-sharing program manager for the Urban Area Security Initiative and was tasked with terrorism prevention, mitigation, response and recovery for the 12-county Bay Area region. In late 2012, he served as the initiative's statewide risk-program manager.

He has the support of the Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriffs' Association, Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers' Association, and multiple fire and police groups and individuals, including retired Palo Alto police Chief Dennis Burns.

He is best suited to take on the task of rebuilding the department and restoring the public's confidence in its operations. He sees an urgent need to reform the culture of the organization, a view that makes his support from the two unions all the more important.

The next sheriff will face a monumental challenge to improve transparency, accountability and communication after Smith's years of mismanagement. Jensen is clearly the best qualified candidate to succeed.

Santa Clara County District Attorney — Jeff Rosen

Jeff Rosen. Courtesy Jeff Ronsen.

The county district attorney's office has over 600 employees and almost 200 attorneys, making it California's largest DA's office north of Los Angeles.

Jeff Rosen, 54, has served three terms as district attorney and ran unopposed in the last two elections, making this election the first time he has had to defend his record in a campaign. He has cultivated a reputation as a reformer, jumping at opportunities to be visibly associated with popular progressive initiatives to step up prosecutions of sexual assault, increase the use of diversion programs to reduce the number of offenders in jail, reduce prosecutions in cases that create racial inequities and engage in more public outreach and education about the criminal justice system.

He is being challenged by two progressive candidates who don't think Rosen has gone far enough to implement reforms that recognize the vulnerability of the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system and is too focused on traditional models of incarceration.

Sajid Khan, 39, a public defender for the last 14 years, says he is the "true progressive" in the race and has focused on how racism permeates the system, the importance of ending the money bail system, not ever trying juveniles as adults and increasing diversion programs as an alternative to incarceration. His support of probation for Brock Turner, reflecting his belief that justice should be empathetic and not be measured by jail time, drew sharp criticism last year after Khan posted on social media about his concern for the survivors of sexual assault and the secondary trauma they suffer by the legal system.

Rosen's other opponent, is a prosecutor who was demoted and then fired by Rosen after writing an opinion piece in the Mercury News criticizing progressive prosecutors who would seek short sentences for violent crimes. Daniel Chung, 33, is now suing the county and seeking to unseat his former boss at the ballot box. He said criminal justice reforms are creating a revolving door for repeat offenders and the department's "hot potato" method of handling cases, by which cases get handled by multiple DAs, has led to long delays and is a disservice to crime victims.

In spite of these criticisms, Jeff Rosen has modernized the operation of the DA's office and implemented many important reforms. His greatest accomplishment may be the diversification of his prosecutors so they better reflect the community. Half the attorneys are women and more than 40% are people of color or LGBTQ individuals. He has implemented numerous programs to divert non-violent offenders from jail, especially in drug cases, supported reclassifying minor drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and created a conviction integrity unit to investigate innocence claims.

We hope Rosen's next term will bring more attention to police misconduct, which cries out for stronger prosecutorial attention. The police and district attorney's office must work hand in hand to bring criminals to justice, but that relationship cannot result in the type of laissez faire attitude toward prosecuting police misconduct that Rosen has shown.

Santa Clara County Assessor — Larry Stone

Larry Stone. Courtesy Santa Clara County.

Larry Stone has been in office for 27 years, and at age 81 it is time for him to step aside and allow someone of his caliber to take his place. Unfortunately, his name recognition and strong performance in the office has made it impossible for any challenger to mount a serious challenge as long as he chooses to continue in office.

This year is no exception. His opponent, Andrew Crockett, is a CPA working as a financial analyst for the Santa Clara County Health System and doesn't come close to measuring up to Stone's experience or accomplishments.

We recommend Stone's reelection, with the hope that he will then announce it is his last term.

Measure A — Water Board term limit

A 2.25-million-gallon metal holding tank at the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center in San Jose on March 21, 2022. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Measure A is a ridiculous and deceptive attempt by the incumbent directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District to change the current three-term limit of 12 years in office to give themselves an additional four years to serve. Voters imposed a limit of three terms on directors in 2009 and now that some directors are about to be termed out they have placed Measure A on the ballot to change the limit to four terms (16 years).

This is an easy one. Vote no on Measure A.

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Editorial: Our election recommendations

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Uploaded: Thu, May 12, 2022, 10:16 am

With California's open primary rules, established when voters approved Prop. 14 in 2010, the top two vote-getters in all partisan races, regardless of party affiliation, will face off in the November general election. For non-partisan county offices such as district attorney, sheriff and assessor, however, there won't be a runoff in November if one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in the primary.

For Mountain View voters, that means there will automatically be a runoff election In November for the congressional seat held by Democrat Anna Eshoo and the state Assembly seat held by Democrat Marc Berman, and it's highly likely in the Santa Clara County sheriff's race, where four major candidates are running with no incumbent.

In the county district attorney and assessor races, it is likely that incumbents Jeff Rosen and Larry Stone will exceed the 50% mark.

We are concerned that two incumbents, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and County Assessor Larry Stone, have been in office for 30 and 27 years respectively. These two have been reelected by overwhelming margins over the years because they are competent, hardworking and have served their constituents well. They are all but assured of being reelected again this year, in part because their continued service discourages others from running because of the advantages of incumbency, especially in fundraising.

But at ages 79 and 81, they should be creating opportunities and encouraging new candidates to follow in their footsteps and allow a new generation of leaders to represent us. If reelected, we hope that each will announce after the election their intention to retire when their new terms end so that there is plenty of time for good and diverse candidates, including women and people of color, to step forward to run for these important positions.

In the neighboring congressional district to the north, Rep. Jackie Speier is retiring at age 71 after serving for a distinguished 20 years in Washington. Her decision should serve as a model for others who are inclined to hang on to their offices, unconstrained by term limits.

For non-partisan offices such as sheriff, district attorney and assessor, we would strongly support the adoption of term limits that cap those officials' tenures to four, four-year terms.

As noted above, Anna Eshoo has been one of the most popular and successful elected officials ever to serve this region. In 14 reelection campaigns since her initial election in 1992, she has never faced a serious challenge. That is a tribute both to her excellent service and attentiveness to her constituents and the close alignment of her views with her Democratic district.

This year, perhaps because of an increasing belief that it may be time for her to step aside, or that she will do so in two years, Eshoo has seven challengers — three Republicans, three Democrats and an independent. With Eshoo almost certainly set to be the top vote-getter, the second-place finisher who will compete against her in November could get as little as 15% to 20% of the vote in the primary depending on how evenly spread out the voting is.

We hope Eshoo's opponent in November is Ajwang Rading, a Democrat and attorney at the Palo Alto-based firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati who has sparked a strong local following in support of his first bid for public office. Rading, 30, embraces a liberal Democratic platform that revolves around issues of social justice, climate change and universal health care.

A former staff member for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, Rading's background includes a stint at the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative, the national organization founded by Bryan Stevenson. Rading, who is Black, was born in poverty in Los Angeles and says his childhood included spending nights in a 2001 Dodge Neon with his single mom, who immigrated from Kenya. He went on to graduate from college and law school at UCLA. He believes his upbringing and background would make him an effective advocate for boosting affordable housing, tackling income inequality in District 16 and championing other progressive issues.

His message and youthfulness is not unlike those of Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna, 45, a progressive Democrat who was elected in 2016 on his second try to unseat eight-term incumbent Democrat Mike Honda. In four years, Khanna has become a prominent member of the progressive wing of the party.

The other leading candidates in the race are Rishi Kumar, a tech executive who serves on the Saratoga City Council and who lost to Eshoo two years ago with 37% of the vote, and Peter Ohtaki, a Republican who served eight years on the Menlo Park City Council, is a financial executive for a tech firm, and ran unsuccessfully against Marc Berman in the 2020 Assembly race.

A general election campaign between Eshoo and Rading would be an inspiring match-up between an accomplished representative nearing the end of her career who has paved the way for countless other women to seek higher office and an idealistic and passionate young man of color just starting his political journey.

Facing a unanimous vote of no confidence last year by the Board of Supervisors, mounting investigations and possible removal from office, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith spared herself almost certain defeat this year by choosing not to run for a seventh term. So the good news is that a much-maligned and poorly managed sheriff's department will finally have a new leader.

The sheriff oversees a budget of more than $188 million and 711 staff members (and an additional 1,080 staff and $200.6 million for the Department of Corrections).

Four major candidates, including Palo Alto Police Chief Bob Jonsen, a retired county Sheriff's Office captain and two current sergeants, are vying for the seat. Jonsen's primary appeal is that he has the administrative experience of having led both the Menlo Park and Palo Alto police departments.

Jonsen, 59, was police chief in Menlo Park for five years until being hired by Palo Alto in 2018. Jonsen may be a good administrator, but his consistent lack of transparency regarding police misconduct and routine police policy matters has cast a shadow on his ability to innovate and reform. Actions speak louder than words, and Jonsen has not shown the leadership that will be needed within the Sheriff's Office.

Former sheriff's captain and assistant chief of the Department of Corrections, Kevin Jensen, 58, retired in 2013 after 29 years with the Sheriff's Office. He ran unsuccessfully against Smith in 2014 and has since been doing law enforcement consulting, including training new recruits and managers. The two sergeants are Sean Allen, 51, a 32-year veteran, and Christine Nagaye, 50, who has been with the department for 20 years.

We recommend Kevin Jensen, who has had the benefit of rising through the ranks over 30 years in the sheriff's office but the perspective of his consulting work and being away from the troubled department for the last eight years. As a high-ranking administrator in the department who was willing to run against his boss and challenge her record, Jensen was not one who sat back and toed Smith's line.

During his tenure he was the liaison to the Stanford Department of Public Safety, county jail administration commander, court security division commander and administrative coroner. He was also the risk and information-sharing program manager for the Urban Area Security Initiative and was tasked with terrorism prevention, mitigation, response and recovery for the 12-county Bay Area region. In late 2012, he served as the initiative's statewide risk-program manager.

He has the support of the Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriffs' Association, Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers' Association, and multiple fire and police groups and individuals, including retired Palo Alto police Chief Dennis Burns.

He is best suited to take on the task of rebuilding the department and restoring the public's confidence in its operations. He sees an urgent need to reform the culture of the organization, a view that makes his support from the two unions all the more important.

The next sheriff will face a monumental challenge to improve transparency, accountability and communication after Smith's years of mismanagement. Jensen is clearly the best qualified candidate to succeed.

The county district attorney's office has over 600 employees and almost 200 attorneys, making it California's largest DA's office north of Los Angeles.

Jeff Rosen, 54, has served three terms as district attorney and ran unopposed in the last two elections, making this election the first time he has had to defend his record in a campaign. He has cultivated a reputation as a reformer, jumping at opportunities to be visibly associated with popular progressive initiatives to step up prosecutions of sexual assault, increase the use of diversion programs to reduce the number of offenders in jail, reduce prosecutions in cases that create racial inequities and engage in more public outreach and education about the criminal justice system.

He is being challenged by two progressive candidates who don't think Rosen has gone far enough to implement reforms that recognize the vulnerability of the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system and is too focused on traditional models of incarceration.

Sajid Khan, 39, a public defender for the last 14 years, says he is the "true progressive" in the race and has focused on how racism permeates the system, the importance of ending the money bail system, not ever trying juveniles as adults and increasing diversion programs as an alternative to incarceration. His support of probation for Brock Turner, reflecting his belief that justice should be empathetic and not be measured by jail time, drew sharp criticism last year after Khan posted on social media about his concern for the survivors of sexual assault and the secondary trauma they suffer by the legal system.

Rosen's other opponent, is a prosecutor who was demoted and then fired by Rosen after writing an opinion piece in the Mercury News criticizing progressive prosecutors who would seek short sentences for violent crimes. Daniel Chung, 33, is now suing the county and seeking to unseat his former boss at the ballot box. He said criminal justice reforms are creating a revolving door for repeat offenders and the department's "hot potato" method of handling cases, by which cases get handled by multiple DAs, has led to long delays and is a disservice to crime victims.

In spite of these criticisms, Jeff Rosen has modernized the operation of the DA's office and implemented many important reforms. His greatest accomplishment may be the diversification of his prosecutors so they better reflect the community. Half the attorneys are women and more than 40% are people of color or LGBTQ individuals. He has implemented numerous programs to divert non-violent offenders from jail, especially in drug cases, supported reclassifying minor drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and created a conviction integrity unit to investigate innocence claims.

We hope Rosen's next term will bring more attention to police misconduct, which cries out for stronger prosecutorial attention. The police and district attorney's office must work hand in hand to bring criminals to justice, but that relationship cannot result in the type of laissez faire attitude toward prosecuting police misconduct that Rosen has shown.

Larry Stone has been in office for 27 years, and at age 81 it is time for him to step aside and allow someone of his caliber to take his place. Unfortunately, his name recognition and strong performance in the office has made it impossible for any challenger to mount a serious challenge as long as he chooses to continue in office.

This year is no exception. His opponent, Andrew Crockett, is a CPA working as a financial analyst for the Santa Clara County Health System and doesn't come close to measuring up to Stone's experience or accomplishments.

We recommend Stone's reelection, with the hope that he will then announce it is his last term.

Measure A is a ridiculous and deceptive attempt by the incumbent directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District to change the current three-term limit of 12 years in office to give themselves an additional four years to serve. Voters imposed a limit of three terms on directors in 2009 and now that some directors are about to be termed out they have placed Measure A on the ballot to change the limit to four terms (16 years).

This is an easy one. Vote no on Measure A.

Comments

Leslie Bain
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on May 12, 2022 at 2:04 pm
Leslie Bain, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on May 12, 2022 at 2:04 pm

I'm puzzled as to why the editorial board would recommend Ajwang Rading over Rishi Kumar, who competed very well against Anna Eshoo in 2020 (with 37% of the vote).

Compare the answers that each candidate provided to a recent Ballotpedia survey: "Please list below 3 key messages of your campaign. What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?"

Ajwang Rading - Web Link

"- In a moment of new and compounding crises in climate, housing, and health, we need a new generation of leadership in Washington.
- As a young, Black man who grew up in poverty, Ajwang has the life experience we’re missing in Congress, and he’ll legislate to give everyone the opportunity to succeed and live out their potential.
- In the heart of the country’s tech sector, we need a representative who understands and will foster the development of technology and business for the public good."

Rishi Kumar - Web Link

"- My Congressional run is about ethics in politics. I will NEVER sell out. America needs leaders with integrity. I operate at the behest of the People and no one else. I will always reject PAC, Big Pharma, and Special Interest Group money. On the city council, I rejected campaign money from land-developers.
- I have taken the “Term Limits Pledge.” When I am knocking on doors in the district, I constantly hear, “We need new blood in political service.” People are tired of politicians who stay too long and do very little. Web Link
- I fight for the people and always win! I will tackle your tough challenges that have not been addressed for decades. In Congress, my agenda will focus on tackling the urgent challenges affecting the people. Web Link

We don't need more LIBERAL Democrats, like Booker. Google "cory booker big pharma" to see why.

We need more PROGRESSIVE Dems, like Ro Khanna + RISHI KUMAR !


Bob
Registered user
Blossom Valley
on May 12, 2022 at 3:11 pm
Bob, Blossom Valley
Registered user
on May 12, 2022 at 3:11 pm

I'll give you a couple of reasons not to vote for Rishi Kumar.

In his latest direct mail piece he quotes Matt Grocott twice. Matt Grocott is a Trump Republican! Is that the only person he could find to endorse him or is the campaign he directs so poorly led that they don't vet whom they quote? Either way - not good.

I have had the need several times in the last few years to ask Congresswoman Eshoo's office for help. They have always been super helpful and no I don't contribute or have a recognizable name. Obviously the office is well run.

Yes to Eshoo. No to Kumar.


Lousie Gu
Registered user
Waverly Park
on May 12, 2022 at 4:36 pm
Lousie Gu, Waverly Park
Registered user
on May 12, 2022 at 4:36 pm

Leslie, I hear you on the comparison but have you actually looked into Rishi's voting record on the Saratoga City Council? Anti-housing, demonizing communities of color with dog whistling language, bashing people because of their age? I'm sorry, but my experience as an Asian woman when Rishi came door knocking was unbelievable -- really spoke down to me and badgered me in the most hostile manner. I have followed him, trying to have a redemptive lens, but he continues to perpetuate some very disturbing rhetoric. If you are looking for a "progressive," then please look at their actual policies and lived experiences.

I think you are fair to critique Ajwang's association with Cory Booker, but it was to write criminal justice reform legislation. He also helped document over 4,500 lynchings of African-Americans throughout the South. What was Rishi's track record

I met Ajwang briefly when he was canvassing our neighborhood and he reflects both the kindness and smarts I think is needed. Please read his policy platform again as he is for everything you want but as a pragmatist. There is a reason why Ro stays 100 miles away from Rishi within the community, as well as many others who want real change.


Randy Guelph
Registered user
Cuernavaca
on May 12, 2022 at 4:58 pm
Randy Guelph, Cuernavaca
Registered user
on May 12, 2022 at 4:58 pm

Larry Stone's opposition to Prop 15 should be enough for any rational voter to disqualify him.


SRB
Registered user
St. Francis Acres
on May 12, 2022 at 7:06 pm
SRB, St. Francis Acres
Registered user
on May 12, 2022 at 7:06 pm

100% agree with recommendation on the Water District's Measure A: a very easy NO.

And shame on our local rep -Gary Kremen- for putting that deceiving and self serving measure on the ballot .... -wasting over $3M in the process-.


ivg
Registered user
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 12, 2022 at 7:45 pm
ivg, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
Registered user
on May 12, 2022 at 7:45 pm

Rishi, not sell out? Hard to believe, coming from a guy who lives in Saratoga. He represents the interests of multi-millionaire homeowners.


CC
Registered user
Gemello
on May 12, 2022 at 9:52 pm
CC, Gemello
Registered user
on May 12, 2022 at 9:52 pm

Rishi: No thanks. He came knocking door to door. He loves to beat up on biotech and big pharma. I feel like he picks on big pharma because most people also like to bash pharma. Meanwhile he works for big tech. People also like to bash big tech. Also, I don't like that he labels Anna and makes fun of her being 'old'. He doesn't seem like a genuine, authentic representative of the community. I don't think he is great at listening. He seems divisive to me. Generally, he comes across as an amateur.


Leslie Bain
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on May 13, 2022 at 10:12 am
Leslie Bain, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on May 13, 2022 at 10:12 am

Nice to see discussion on the election! Still puzzled as to why the editorial board would recommend Ajwang Rading over Rishi Kumar. If truly concerned with the length of time in office of incumbents, why not endorse the person who “garnered more votes than any other challenger in the last 30 years of this district (37%)”? That's Rishi.

I am tired of Blue Team politicians who speak pretty words, but don't actually do anything. From their statements, it appears that Rading is primarily using Identity Politics and running as a young, Black man; sounds nice, sure, but it's not enough. He mentions “new and compounding crises in climate, housing, and health” but what has he actually promised TO DO?! The Blue Team has been calling for universal healthcare for only forever, but now that we are closer to Medicare For All than ever before, many of them hem and haw and fight on behalf of a status quo system that regularly price gouges Americans. Never forget that Rading's mentor Cory Booker infamously fought on behalf of Big Pharma to keep the cost of medical drugs high.

“It’s devastating, and potentially lethal, when Americans can’t afford life-saving drugs because their elected representatives are in thrall to Big Pharma. It’s disappointing when Democrats offer implausible excuses for their votes, as Sen. Cory Booker and 12 other senators did last week.” - Web Link

Are DEM voters even aware of ACTIVE, stealth efforts by DEM politicians to PRIVATIZE MEDICARE? Outrageous! Web Link

If we want our politicians to fight for us instead of wealthy campaign donors, we need to vote and support politicians like Rishi who run campaigns funded by everyday people.

@Bob, the Blue vs Red struggle is much less important than 0.001% vs the 99% struggle. MANY are dying because they can no longer afford previously cheap drugs! We need M4A now.


Leslie Bain
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on May 13, 2022 at 10:12 am
Leslie Bain, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on May 13, 2022 at 10:12 am

@Lousie, Rishi is a brown man, and “anti-housing” is a dog-whistle term itself! Can you elaborate? Rishi was against SB9 and SB10, which are pro-DEVELOPER not pro-housing (they don't provide ANY affordable housing to low income or average workers).

Rishi wrote this editorial:

Guest Opinion: SB9, SB10 are the kiss of death for neighborhoods
Web Link

"This will not end well. There will be more housing, but the price of housing will continue to escalate; the population will spike; and massive traffic gridlock will ensue. The Valley’s quality of life will go kaput. The mess will play out for decades as we try to fix it. In the end, we’ll give up and say “just expand into the outlier cities,” a crude method to deal with an unsustainable situation."


Lousie Gu
Registered user
Waverly Park
on May 17, 2022 at 2:09 pm
Lousie Gu, Waverly Park
Registered user
on May 17, 2022 at 2:09 pm

I hate to point this out but you do realize Rishi's contributions are tied to Hindu nationalist extremism? Before you make claims in his defense, please look at the FEC. See here for background: Web Link

From at least I can tell when looking at the FEC website and scanning donors, the person who has the cleanest record of donors is our young candidate that this paper endorsed.


SRB
Registered user
St. Francis Acres
on May 17, 2022 at 2:39 pm
SRB, St. Francis Acres
Registered user
on May 17, 2022 at 2:39 pm

I wish Eshoo would pass the baton sooner than later. Until she does though, only uncertainty is who else will quaify to the next round and lose. Personally, I'd like Ajwang Rading to make it to the November round so that he can get more experience for 2024. Rishi keeps taking a lot of positions on state/local issues that won't be affected by US Congress. Shouldn't he be running for State Assembly instead?

Seeing the way he mishandled harrasment claims in his office, Marc Berman could have used some challengers.


Leslie Bain
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on May 18, 2022 at 2:57 pm
Leslie Bain, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on May 18, 2022 at 2:57 pm

Lousie, you have a bad habit of using inflammatory language to make your points. Earlier you said, "Anti-housing, demonizing communities of color with dog whistling language, bashing people because of their age?" YOU yourself used the dog-whistle term "anti-housing"; I asked you to elaborate on that, you have not done so. You imply I am not aware of his record, when my support for him is BASED on his record. He is a rare politician who is willing to speak truth to power, and fight on behalf of "we the people". Rishi was a nobody who got 37% against Eshoo; he is much more of a threat to Eshoo than Rading. Of course those in power want to squash him.

One of the hottest issues today is the housing crisis. Sadly, a generational divide around this topic is being fomented because young people especially are in deep pain. A theory has been passed around that older people have been "blocking supply" in order to keep costs high. Where is the EVIDENCE? I haven't seen it. The TRUE cause of high housing costs is the fabulous abundance of high paying jobs here, which has existed here for DECADES. Older people are being scapegoated and "bashed" by those who want to exploit the pain with bills like SB9/10 which do essentially NOTHING to alleviate it. Youngsters are being duped. The truth will out.

Now you reference "the cleanest record of donors" and instead of linking to a site that contains donor information, you link to a site that appears to be a political hit piece from the 2020 election!

Here is donor information from OpenSecrets: Web Link

Top 2 Donors for each candidate (unless noted, totals are from individuals at each entity).

Anna Eshoo (D)
Total = $194,750 (Ascend Clinical; Intuit Inc) $10,00 was Intuit PAC

Ajwang Rading (D)
Total = $42,175 (Carleton Management [apartment management! bien sur!]; Wilson, Sonsini et al [law firm])

Rishi Kumar (D)
Total = $23,200 (Crow Holdings; Digital Cues)








Randy Guelph
Registered user
Cuernavaca
on May 18, 2022 at 3:10 pm
Randy Guelph, Cuernavaca
Registered user
on May 18, 2022 at 3:10 pm

Leslie, a couple of quick questions: what's Crow Holdings? What kind of business are they in? Who else do they give money to?


Leslie Bain
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on May 18, 2022 at 4:23 pm
Leslie Bain, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on May 18, 2022 at 4:23 pm

@Randy, I'll be happy to get back to you on that after you provide substantial evidence that low-income people WANT to routinely park 3 blocks away from their homes, and/or live car-free when their transit alternatives are terrible.

BTW, where does Ajwang Rading stand on SB9 and SB10? He declared he was running on 10/25/2021, about a week or so after Gov. Newsom signed these bills into law. Did he say anything about them at all? His declaration is full of statements like, "My lived experiences are what this moment and our fight for the future need," but he is short on details. I have voted Dem most all of my life, but recently I noticed that most of them are great at DESCRIBING THE PROBLEMS, and it makes us think, "great, this guy gets it". But then they don't get around to saying WHAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO DO. And then they don't do much at all. Sigh.

He wrote, "Furthermore, our region faces a housing affordability crisis, severe traffic congestion continues to develop along 101 and 280, and our schools are lacking adequate resources that will help prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders. As I talk to the residents of our district, I hear stories of how our political representation is just not doing enough for our families. I want to change that."

It's nice that he wants to change that, it really is. I agree with the problems that he names, they are very real. But he hasn't said what his SOLUTIONS will be. He wants to CHANGE what the politicians are doing, but how? He appears to be positioning himself as a YIMBY, who in my lived experience AVOID DISCUSSION of school funding and improved transit alternatives. So I think he must support SB9 and 10, even though those bills are not going to do much of anything to solve the crisis. They do help developers make $$$ though! Ka-ching!

In short, I think Rading looks like yet another Dem who speaks pretty words, but somehow will not deliver on his nothing-even-promised promises. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.


Randy Guelph
Registered user
Cuernavaca
on May 18, 2022 at 5:08 pm
Randy Guelph, Cuernavaca
Registered user
on May 18, 2022 at 5:08 pm

Fine, if you can't admit it yourself, I'll give the punchline on one of Rishi Kumar's top 2 donors. Rishi received donations personally from real estate developer Harlan Crow, chairman and CEO of Crow Holdings. We all know Leslie's absolute disdain for profit-seeking real estate developers; Crow Holdings is a private real estate investment and development firm that manages almost $20B. Wikipedia: Web Link

What's even more interesting is when you take a look at Harlan Crow Web Link . I recommend looking at the "Political Activities" section, where it notes he's a member of the founding committee of the Club for Growth and serves on the board of the American Enterprise Institute. He's a Republican, a close friend of Clarence Thomas, gave the seed money to start Ginny Thomas's Liberty Central, and funds Republican campaigns and conservative groups. You got bamboozled, Leslie.


Leslie Bain
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on May 19, 2022 at 12:20 pm
Leslie Bain, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on May 19, 2022 at 12:20 pm

Randy, I am one of many who believe Blue Team vs Red Team battles is red meat put out to distract us from our common foe: the 0.001%, who are exploiting the 99%. I used to be a devout Democrat, now I am devoutly Team 99%.

My parents are right-wing Republicans. I am a bleeding heart liberal. I know that my parents are smart, good people who simply hold different frames as being the most important, such as “personal responsibility” and “hard work”. I believe in those values too! Sadly, those frames are drummed into their heads by Red Media. My parents see me as a smart, good person, but think I've been brainwashed by Blue Media. I believe in the importance of a level playing field, and having compassion for those who are less fortunate. My parents do not disagree! To a great extent, I think we are both right. I don't auto-hate Republicans these days, I save my anger for the wealthy elites who are exploiting ALL THE REST OF US!

The wonderful Matt Taibbi wrote a book called Griftopia, it explains how good people on the right are being bamboozled.

“The grifter class—made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding—has been growing in power, and the crisis was only one terrifying manifestation of how they’ve hijacked America’s political and economic life.”

The wonderful Frank Thomas wrote a book called “Listen Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?” - Web Link

“Thomas Frank on How Democrats Went From Being the ‘Party of the People’ to the Party of Rich Elites”

Good people on the left are being bamboozled too!

IMHO, a vote for Rading is a vote for a baby establishment Democrat: all talk and no action.

Kumar is brave enough to be unpopular with the powerful Dems who forced unpopular SB9/SB10 onto us, and who STILL REFUSE TO FIGHT for Medicare-For-All, which would end rampant medical price gouging.


Randy Guelph
Registered user
Cuernavaca
on May 19, 2022 at 12:29 pm
Randy Guelph, Cuernavaca
Registered user
on May 19, 2022 at 12:29 pm

It's a bit funny to watch your reaction based on funding "[apartment management! bien sur!]", with an immediate about face once there's an ultra-wealthy, real estate mogul, American Enterprise Institute board member funding your preferred candidate. I know when I think about Team 99%, the American Enterprise Institute is one of its staunchest supporters.

It's OK to be wrong, Leslie, and reevaluate your choices in light of new information.


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