(Op-Ed) Vote for Reason, Intelligence Nov. 6

Reader Jon Spangler writes about who he plans on voting for and why for the upcoming elections for Assembly, City Council, Board of Education, and the Healthcare District.

From Jon Spangler:

Alameda is facing significant choices for Assembly, City Council, Board of Education, and the Healthcare District.

Rob Bonta is best qualified to find legislative solutions for Alameda’s school funding deficit and California’s governmental quagmires.

Stewart Chen, DC, and Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft are the most experienced City Council choices for Alameda’s transportation, land use, and environmental future. The Sierra Club liked their records.  

Ron Mooney, Niel Tam, and Mike Robles-Wong will bring reason and intelligent analysis to solving Alameda Unified School District's complex problems. Mooney and Tam steadfastly supported expanding AUSD's anti-bullying efforts in our schools. As a Franklin volunteer for three years, I saw firsthand the need for Lesson 9—which helps ALL students. Mike Robles-Wong always brings an intelligent, independent, and logical perspective to the table. Taking on the State of California shows this former police officer’s courage and determination. 

Trustee Spencer repeatedly opposed the anti-bullying curriculum and aligned herself with conservative political groups like S.E.R.V.E. and the Pacific Justice Institute, which promoted bigotry under the guise of "family values." I cannot fathom why.

Incumbents Jordan Battani and J. Michael McCormick have worked hard to take Alameda Hospital in the right directions amid a fast-changing health care environment. They deserve your vote.

Alameda needs more reasoned solutions — not inconsistency or partisanship — in this often emotional and overheated atmosphere. Please vote for Bonta, Chen, Ezzy Ashcraft, Mooney, Tam, Robles-Wong, Battani, and McCormick next Tuesday to bring reasoned and intelligent analysis to bear on Alameda’s many complex problems.

Soccer Dad November 02, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Mr. Spangler, I do not know you, but I must note that yours is the most rational, well-reasoned argument I have seen on this site or any other this election season as they regard the Alameda school board. What boggles my mind is that Barbara Kahn and Jon Murphy are running on a ticket with Spencer. Does that mean they tacitly endorse her abominable position on the anti-bullying curriculum? If not, why would they hitch their star to this particular wagon, so to speak?
Jon Spangler November 02, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Soccer Dad, If I knew the answer to questions like yours--or why the AEA would endorse candidates who opposed school funding measures like Measure E and the Lesson 9 curriculum that they supported and worked for--I would not be editing high-tech press releases for a living and could retire a wealthy man... :-) As it is, I am just an involved citizen and try to stay informed on the issues in our community. And I make decisions in the most rational way I can after I understand the issues and the facts involved--not easy during election campaigns... :-)
alameda vigilante November 05, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Remember that, in most cases, the "experienced" incumbents are responsible for the sorry, near-bankrupt, over-taxed state Alameda is in now! Be very careful who you return to office! Trish Spencer is an exception, a gem in the gravel pit.
alameda vigilante November 05, 2012 at 09:10 PM
By the way, Jon, your ability to identify "reason" & "intelligence" is rendered suspect by your perpetual endorsement of status quo incumbents. It takes no original thinking to rubber-stamp those backed by traditional political machines. I wonder why you bother?
joel November 05, 2012 at 11:54 PM
We voted for Spencer , Kahn they opposed the AUSD leasding costly offices whiles they do have excess of properties , it does not make any sense . AUSD is a waste .


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