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Editorial: Our election recommendations

Original post made on May 12, 2022

The editorial board offers its recommendations in the races for Congressional District 16 and Santa Clara County sheriff, district attorney and assessor, plus Measure A.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 12, 2022, 10:16 AM

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Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 12, 2022 at 2:04 pm

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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 !

Posted by Bob
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 12, 2022 at 3:11 pm

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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.

Posted by Lousie Gu
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 12, 2022 at 4:36 pm

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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.

Posted by Randy Guelph
a resident of Cuernavaca
on May 12, 2022 at 4:58 pm

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

Posted by SRB
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on May 12, 2022 at 7:06 pm

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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-.

Posted by ivg
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 12, 2022 at 7:45 pm

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

Posted by CC
a resident of Gemello
on May 12, 2022 at 9:52 pm

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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.

Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 13, 2022 at 10:12 am

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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.

Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 13, 2022 at 10:12 am

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@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."

Posted by Lousie Gu
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 17, 2022 at 2:09 pm

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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.

Posted by SRB
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on May 17, 2022 at 2:39 pm

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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.

Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 18, 2022 at 2:57 pm

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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)

Posted by Randy Guelph
a resident of Cuernavaca
on May 18, 2022 at 3:10 pm

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

Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 18, 2022 at 4:23 pm

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@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.

Posted by Randy Guelph
a resident of Cuernavaca
on May 18, 2022 at 5:08 pm

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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.

Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 19, 2022 at 12:20 pm

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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.

Posted by Randy Guelph
a resident of Cuernavaca
on May 19, 2022 at 12:29 pm

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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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