Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Letter to the Editor: Enough Is Enough

We recently received an e-mail from a San Jose resident with a concern about the mayoral race. We suggested that he leave a comment, but he wanted a more effective forum to voice his concerns. So now we would like to introduce our first "Letter to the Editor". This article was not edited by us in any way. Enjoy!

"Enough Is Enough.

I can no longer stand idly by while Cindy Chavez’s name is dragged through the mud of political spin and irresponsible misrepresentations. San Jose cannot lose one of the best mayoral candidates the City has ever seen to unfounded rumors and innuendo. Quite frankly, we need Cindy Chavez as our next mayor.

Cindy Chavez is the only choice for mayor with the ability to put us on the map as one of the best cities in the world. Chavez’s ethics are impeccable. Yet her increasingly desperate critics have resorted to deceptive wordplay in order to raise implications that would border on slander if stated forthright. Chavez’s detractors know that she never concealed any information related to the controversial Norcal garbage contract, and that she never orchestrated a secret payout to the San Jose Grand Prix organizers. But instead of presenting the truth, Cindy’s critics simply suggest what they cannot say.

Both candidates actually agree on the substantive issues for the most part. They both want to attract businesses and jobs, ensure our safety, protect the environment, reduce traffic congestion, increase access to quality education, and recognize and celebrate our rich diversity. The question is who has the ability to get it done?

The only answer is Cindy Chavez. There is a reason why she has been endorsed by both of San Jose’s Congressional representatives, and every single City Councilmember who is not running for mayor. I would rather put my safety in the hands of Cindy Chavez who is supported by the San Jose Police Officers Association than any other candidate. And we can trust Cindy Chavez with our children’s education because she led the recent effort to successfully rebuild Horace Mann Elementary School.

The stakes are high. In many ways, San Jose is a city on the brink. We are the tenth largest city in the country, but no one seems to notice us. We thrived during the early internet revolution, but shouldered the brunt of high unemployment rates as our speculative high-tech economy collapsed. We have convention centers, museums, and professional sports teams, but still our downtown businesses struggle.

The actions we take within the next few years will likely determine the city’s ultimate identity, and place in the world. We cannot allow petty politics to squander San Jose’s uncharted potential. San Jose can set an unprecedented example as an attractive destination city with responsible growth balanced against quality of life considerations. Cindy Chavez has the collaborative spirit and proven experience necessary to build a greater San Jose.

It is time for the city between the hills to become the “City upon a Hill.” It is time for Cindy Chavez."

If anyone else would like to submit a "letter to the editor", feel free to e-mail it to the Governator or myself and we will probably include it in our next edition!

9 Comments:

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous jessica1 said...

how do we email you?

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger SJ Rookie said...

Our e-mails are:

sj_rookie@yahoo.com

and

governatorjr@yahoo.com

 
At 10:42 PM, Anonymous FenceHopper1 said...

Cindy for Mayor!!!!. I think governatorjr & sj_rookie....are sexy :)

 
At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chavez's actions in office make her unelectable. No one who works in City government in SJ wants anything to do with her and her staff. She voted for 11.25 mill. amendment and Reed didn't. Also, she referred to the Grand Jury findings that led to Gonzo's indictment as writings out of a "British tabloid." Is this the intelligence you want from the City's leader? No way.

Cindy's lagging in the polls has nothing to do with Reed and his campaigning, Chavez has maligned herself plenty.

Reed in '06

 
At 10:52 AM, Anonymous d.h.k. said...

Wow, "Anonymous", thanks for reposting your identical comments from yesterday:

"Can't say anything bad about Reed, he didn't vote for the amendment that cost SJ residents an extra 11.25 mill., but Chavez did. Facts are facts and she can't hide from them.

Reed in 06!" (seen at: http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=30709906&postID=115562749733238663)

In a very George Bush-like manner, you stick to your rhetoric, even when it makes no sense whatsoever. It's enjoyable seeing you cling to the little ammunition you have. If you keep repeating the same thing over and over again, maybe people will start believing you, right?

Let's look at your OTHER point - about "No one who works in City government in SJ wants anything to do with her and her staff". Is that really true? Let's scan some of Cindy's endorsements and you tell me if people want to work with her or not:

Susan Hammer, Former Mayor
Nora Campos, District 5 Councilmember
Judy Chirco, District 9 Councilmember
Linda Lezotte, District 1 Councilmember
Madison Nguyen, District 7 Councilmember
Charlotte Powers, Former City Councilmember
Nancy Pyle, District 10 Councilmember
George Shirikawa Jr. Former City Councilmember
Forrest Williams, District 2 Councilmember
Ken Yeager, District 6 Councilmember
State Government
California State Senators
Elaine Alquist, State Senator
Liz Figueroa, State Senator
Byron Sher, Former State Senator
Joe Simitian, State Senator
John Vasconcellos, Former State Senator and Assemblymember

California State Assembly

Ed Chavez, District 57 Assemblymember
Joe Coto, District 23 Assemblymember
Fred Keeley, Former Speaker Pro Tempore
Hector de la Torre, District 50 Assemblymember
Sally Lieber, District 22 Assemblymember
Gloria Negrete-McLeod, District 61 Assemblymember
Fabian Nunez, Speaker of the Assembly
Cindy Montanez, District 39 Assemblymember
Jenny Oropeza, District 55 Assemblymember
Nicole Parra, District 30 Assemblymember
Ira Ruskin, District 21 Assemblymember
Simon Salinas, District 28 Assemblymember
Alberto Torrico, District 20 Assemblymember
Local Government
Santa Clara County
Liz Kniss, County Supervisor District 5
Cupertino
Dolly Sandoval, Councilmember
Gilroy
Peter Arellano, M.D., Councilmember
Guadalupe Arellano, Former Councilwoman
Palo Alto
Gary Fazzino, Former Mayor
John Barton, Councilmember
Saratoga
Norm Kline, Mayor
Kathleen King, Councilmember Sunnyvale
Dean Chu, Councilmember
John Howe, Seat 3 Councilmember
Buu Thai, Executive Board Member Franklin-McKinley School District
Margie Mitchell, Board Member Campbell Union High School District
Kansen Chu, Board Member Berryessa Union School

Next, how does Cindy's comparison of the grand jury findings to a "British tabloid" render her unintelligent? Just so you know, British tabloids are infamous for printing gossip and trash. I believe her point, therefore, was probably that the GJ findings were unsubstantiated and borderline slanderous. Is it "unintelligent" to scrutinize an overly zealous D.A.'s attempt to prosecute a public official? You're right, maybe she should just keep her mouth shut. D.A.'s never make mistakes, right?

 
At 1:44 PM, Anonymous AJLOUNY WATCH!!! said...

HEY HEY HEY! GUESS WHO'S BACK FOR ANOTHER EDITION OF AJLOUNY WATCH?!?? HERE'S A TASTY TALE ABOUT VIC AND HIS MYSTERIOUS DISAPPAERANCE DURING 1997 FROM SAN JOSE AFTER SOME OF HIS PATENTED SMEAR TACTICS BACKFIRED A BIT PRODUCING A BAD REP THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH BAY. (IS OUR MEMORY REALLY THIS SHORT?!!) CHECK OUT THE WRITE-UP IN THE METRO BELOW:

http://www.metroactive.com/papers/metro/05.29.97/public-eye-9722.html

"Welcome Back And Goodbye

The dispute between the county correctional officers' union and the Deputy Sheriffs Association, now in its second decade, is heating up again. Self-exiled political consultant Vic Ajlouny has returned from the diaspora. The DSA flew Ajlouny out from his new home in Nebraska two weeks ago to lobby county officials and "get their message across," outfitting him with a cell phone and a pager toward that end. Eye-watchers may recall that Vanishing Vic departed without explanation last year when he suddenly resigned as campaign manager for Pete McHugh after the primary and hastily took off for parts unknown. One political operative who saw Ajlouny around that time described him as a nervous wreck. Ajlouny tells Eye he wanted to "get off the treadmill" by selling his Berryessa home and moving to Nebraska. "It sounds strange, but that's exactly how it happened," he insists. While in the South Bay this month, the feisty pol surfaced at a Rotary Club meeting at the Italian Gardens and also stood shoulder to shoulder with attorney and campaign treasurer to the stars Chuck Reed at a Berryessa school board meeting. There he was spotted by nemesis European-American Dale Warner, who fingers Ajlouny for soiling his good name when Warner ran for school board. Sneers Warner, "The man who has done the most to reduce the level of political campaigning has returned to San Jose." Not exactly. Ajlouny plans to return to Nebraska this week, where he says he has enrolled in a local college to study communications."

CHUCK - IT'S TIME YOU STEP UP THE PLATE WITH YOUR ETHICS/INTEGRITY RANTS AND GET THIS GUY OFF YOUR STAFF AND OUT OF SJ POLITICS FOR GOOD!!!

 
At 4:25 PM, Anonymous concerned democrat said...

http://www.crooksandliars.com/posts/2006/08/14/george-allens-macaca/

 
At 10:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

d.h.k.
..you are my new best friend

 
At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vic Ajloony makes Darren Seaton look like a saint. Wake up Merc!

 

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