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Police Union Endorses Wedel For Council

Later endorsement made after incumbent Kish Rajan announced he would not pursue re-election to the Walnut Creek City Council.

The Walnut Creek Police Association has announced a late endorsement of Justin Wedel for City Council.

One of its original endorsees, incumbent Council Member Kish Rajan announced last month he would not pursue re-election because had taken a job in Sacramento as director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.

Wedel is added to Barry Grove and incumbent Bob Simmons in the association's endorsement list with three seats available in the Nov. 6 election.


Ralph Hoffmann October 15, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Yes. However, have you noticed Kish Rajan's Candidate Statement for the City of Walnut Creek, for which he had to pay, that was in the Voter Information Pamphlet, that every voter received.
Milan Moravec October 16, 2012 at 12:25 AM
California election The choices made Nov 6 will determine the state's course for years. Both Prop 32, 30 levy significant taxes on Californians. The wounds that Prop 30, 32 are to heal have been self inflicted largely by elected officials in Sacramento who simply do not say no to any influential interest group (lobbyists) be they public employees, business, teachers or other unions or environmental groups. And now the Sacramento politicians and their lobbyists are using Prop 32, 30, 38 to blackmail us. Vote! Vote No on Prop 32, 30, 38. Save California for our children.
Ralph Hoffmann October 16, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Don't forget to vote No on Measures A and Q. If you think taxes are high now, wait until after November 6 when we'll have lame duck sessions in Congress and the CA Legislature.
Jim October 16, 2012 at 02:06 PM
These picks (Simmons, Grove and Wedel) are solid with or without a police endorsement. It just reinforces my choice. The lack of comment from Haskew on the LCA email blackmailing tactics also reinforces my opinion that she is wrong for Walnut Creek. By the way Milan, since corporations and business interests spend 6 times more on political candidates than all the "unions" combined how would you address that? Since they are the same ones that bankrolled Prop 32 and are except themselves its hard to vote yes and simply hand over the keys to the castle to big oil, the Koch Bros, developers and other Super PAC's.
WC-Independent October 16, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Jim, 32 allows unions to spend money on political candidates if it's passed. It does give working class families that work for unions the option to contribute money that the union can them use to fund political candidates / causes. I'm voting Yes, to allow the workers a choice instead of having big unions grab the money without asking.
michael frederick October 16, 2012 at 08:10 PM
To me, it makes sense for WC voters to make Council selections through the process of elimination. I don't trust Simmons. Grove and Wedel show promise but are somewhat unknown. Having said that, there is one candidate that clearly doesn't fit, Haskew. Haskew's primary claim to "experience" is 9 month service as a COUNCIL appointee. However, no one who knows City Hall best -- the WC employee's union and the WCPA -- endorses this "experience." They pretty much endorse anyone not named Haskew... Conversely, entities such as the Times ediorial staff who endorse Haskew, site 9 month COUNCIL APPOINTMENT as the overwhelming measure of "experience", while completely discounting things like Grove's 20+ years of gov't service... Put another way, Haskew promotes herself as an "independent thinker." Completely undermining this are her principle endorsers -- Regalia, Rainey, Abrams, Skrel, and Silva. This was a Council notorious for 5-0 votes as it pursued the IDIOTIC Regalia doctrine of 5 bodies / 1 brain, aka "COUNCIL UNITY." I'd prefer to see Council continue its current direction. Council members should apply independent, intelligent thought -- not put service to WC aside to prioritize each other. Grove and Wedel, in particular, are running on personal merit, not party affiliation. WC should elect and appoint on merit and not on a special-interest dominated buddy system. Maybe then, WC can reclaim some measure of respect for authority.
Kyle Roberts October 19, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Well said Mr Frederick!

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