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Voice election recommendations

Original post made on Nov 2, 2012

The Voice's editorial recommendations for local races and state propositions for the Nov. 6 election.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 2, 2012, 1:44 PM

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Posted by Teacher
a resident of Gemello
on Nov 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Pollart is anti-teacher. Vote for Steve Nelson!

Vote yes twice, no three times to raise our taxes? Absurd! Vote No on 30 and 32!

Do we get a pay raise like the head of El Camino hospital to afford those new taxes? No! Vote Yes on Measure M!

And those union dues are not voluntary. You have to pay them! Do some research next time. Vote Yes on 32!

And keep the Death Penalty and the Three Strikes law in place.

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Posted by @ teacher
a resident of Whisman Station
on Nov 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

You certainly can have your opinions that differ from the Voice. However, please do not bash any of the opponents.

If you wish to vote for Steve Nelson - good for you. Tell us, and go ahead and do it.

But, Jim Pollart is certainly NOT anti-teacher. That is ridiculous and mean-spirited.

I am sure many people would like to hear your opinions but not your insults. Keep those to yourself.

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Posted by vfree
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm

The Voice: bought and paid for the Democratic Socialist Party. Love your independent original thought when choosing how to vaote.

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Posted by Teacher
a resident of Gemello
on Nov 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I don't need to keep my opinions to myself when Jim Pollart is the one saying them. Quote from a letter by Jim Pollart:

"I'm sure it's not easy being in education these days, with a constant stream of bad press and budget cuts. Unfortunately, many educators take on a victim mentality and point to funding cuts to justify mediocre performance. Maurice and his team are not about complaining or making excuses."

Sounds pretty anti-teacher to me. He's all about CEO's know better.

Here's the link Web Link

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Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Jackson Park
on Nov 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Maybe you guys should post these election recommendations earlier.

I voted two weeks ago by mail.

It's not like the issues change or the candidates' platforms oscillate wildly.

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Posted by John
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm

The recommendation is to vote for all the tax measures to keep feeding the spending beast. Recommend all the politics that created the beast and keeps the beast going.

Yes on prop 32 to dampen the public employee unions strangle hold in Sacramento. Union dues are not voluntary and members have no say in how they are spent politically.

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Posted by WTF people
a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I can not believe, well maybe now looking back with experience can, understand why a local paper would even get into politics. It is plain stupid and will alienate your subscribers, dip sh*%s! Plus some of the omissions and poor comments on some of the non "recommended" caniidates makes me that much more positive that we are canvising our neighborhood and everyone we know in the city to vote out EVERY SINGLE incumbant!

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Posted by Worried
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 3, 2012 at 7:53 am

@MV Resident:

If you need this paper to tell you how to vote, you shouldn't vote.

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

A correction my dear supporter from Gemello - The Teachers Union endorsed Pollart (along with Chiang and Lambert, but not Darrah or myself). To me, he does seem definitely tilted toward the District Office. That might make him inclined to accept DO recommendations like "efficiency" by class-size expansion, and a teacher "bonus" that is temporary and in place of a small inflationary adjustment. But - that's JUST A GUESS on my part - candidates were never asked that question and I haven't talked to Jim on that!
CI (Continuous Improvement) does not have to be "anti-teacher". Applied in a teacher-led work improvement circle (like Fuji Xerox, Xerox, GE, Monta Loma under Cathy Baur) this is very much like candidate Chiang has noted as "21st Century Schools". Pollard and I both strongly support CI. At least I strongly support the "bottom up" versions! As a worker at Xerox PARC, I felt strongly empowered by this, and I saw the same joy in the story from two Monta Loma teachers!

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Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Jackson Park
on Nov 3, 2012 at 10:05 am


LOL, that's right! But they do it mostly for pageviews, if I understand modern online media correctly.

Clearly, having voted a couple of weeks ago, I am not one who needs this newspaper for voting advice.

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Posted by George
a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Why not change the name of the "newspaper" to PRAVDA WEST ?

Follow the Socialist line, keep the Democrat control, raise the taxes without any benefit to society...

As to the Union Dues... at least the other PACS are all VOLUNTARY MONEY, not blood sucked money from the workers.

Clean up the Judicial Backlog on Death Row Cases and efficiantly go forward with exececutions..

Bye George.

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Posted by Regina
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Prop 37: I can't believe you are endorsing not knowing what goes into our food! In 60 countries labeling GMO products is law.
"Although no studies have found any health impacts, the industry is too young to know with certainty. Labeling isn't a bad idea, but imposing it by initiative in California prior to further studies and absent any evidence of harmful effects seems premature, and better addressed on a national level by the FDA or Congress."
This is an opportunity to NOT wait for FDA and lobbyist deciding what we need and not need to know about what we eat. Demand your right as informed consumer! or is ignorance blissful...?
Monsanto and other food producing multinational are pumping a lot of money into stopping this initiative.
Vote for transparency.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Nov 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I already voted and too late in game. On Prop. 32 deal. Anyway I can deny my dollars being used in the giving to Super PAC's by guess who? CEOs, hedge fund managers and others who will use the system for their private gain. Don't mess with my IRA, mortage industry, S & L's, or whatever will cause hardship and pain to shareholders, stakeholders. Wait they did it already, Carry On Greed.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 5, 2012 at 10:48 am


If non-GMO good producers thought it was important for you to know if your food is GMO or non-GMO, they would label their food non-GMO. Problem solved.

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Posted by kman
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Lovely to see how the social democrats will vote. Maybe the voice needs a change of leadership, it's obvious the current staff are the wrong people running the Voice.

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Posted by curious
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm

The MV Voice is a great negative indicator. Do the opposite of what they say.

Despite the large number of propositions most of them are worthless. Here is my simple rule: Yes on 32 and 33, No on everything else.

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Posted by MV resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

As far as I know, it is illegal to label your food as GMO or non-GMO

If they put swine genes in your broccoli, is it Kosher? Do we have the right to know that?

If the food producers have nothing to hide, why are they spending all that money to defeat the "right to know"? If you remember California Proposition 65 (1986), we now have the right to know what hazardous chemicals may be in the products we use.

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Posted by Jim K
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Nov 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

@MV resident

If they put human genes in your carrots, would that be cannibalism? Who knows what they are doing to our food supply.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

@MV Resident

"As far as I know, it is illegal to label your food as GMO or non-GMO"

Nope. Any other excuses for not solving the problem without legislation?

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