Friday, November 03, 2006

Actions speak louder then words

Yes, I am back. Have been very busy these last few weeks, family, work and volunteering on local elections. Of course I have been reading this blog daily, and posting a comment every so often, and today just wanted to weigh in with some observations on the San Jose Mayoral race.

It has become clear to me that while Reed wants to be known as the candidate that will "change the culture at city hall," his actions during this campaign have shown otherwise. You see, Reed has a problem, it is a problem easily observed in other public officials as well, officials like George W. Bush. What is the problem exactly? The problem is that Reed thinks his judgment is above reproach. In the case of George W. Bush we see that there is a tendency to "dig in" once a decision has been made, irregardless of the results of that decision. Reed has shown some of the same "dig in" tendencies as Bush. For instance when Reed was questioned about his use of tax payer money for questionable expenses he insisted he had done nothing wrong, and until the issue clearly became a campaign problem for him, he refused to see how his actions were wrong. I am still not convinced that Reed, even though he repaid the money to the city, understands the error of his initial judgment.

Secondly, we see that Reed ok'd the use of city money (our money) for religion. Reed sees nothing wrong with using "state" money to fund the religious education of one of his staffers. I do see something wrong with this, as do many people, because there should be a separation between church and state. Reed not only fails to see what the problem is, he refuses to accept the fact that his judgment on this issue might have been wrong.

What really got me thinking about this issue was a mailer Reed sent out yesterday, a mailer that touted all of his local endorsements, fair enough. However, below the page with the headline of how Reed was going to "change the culture at city hall" we see a half page of political cartoons that personally attack Cindy Chavez. How is this any type of change in culture at city hall? Change starts not with words, but with actions, and clearly Reed sees nothing wrong with the culture of personal attacks, which, sadly, does not bode well should he be elected mayor.

Should Reed be elected mayor there are clear indications that he may not easily see the error of any of his judgments, and as he has already shown by his actions, his judgment is not above reproach.

Yes, I am clearly a Chavez supporter, for many reasons. One reason is that Chavez knows how to work with people, she finds ways to bring everyone together, discuss issues and work towards a solution. Chavez has worked hard for our city, and while some here may not agree with her decisions as a council member, her intention has always been to try to do what is best for the city of San Jose and all of us who live here.

Reed, in my opinion, isn't up to "restoring pride" or "reforming" the culture at city hall, especially given his personality which is to make decisions, stick to them and attack anyone who dares to question his actions, even when his decisions are clearly questionable. Chavez, on the other hand, has not only apologized for some of her decisions, such as the last minute vote on the Grand Prix, she has vowed to make sure that she does not repeat the same mistake. No one is perfect, and it is no "flaw" in a personality to admit that you were wrong in a decision and would do things differently a second time, rather a more worrisome flaw is the personality that cannot, will not, see the mistakes in their judgment.

San Jose is a great city, a wonderful place to call home. We are one of the safest largest cities in the nation, we enjoy some of the best weather in the nation, and we are home to some of the brightest and most innovative minds in the country. It is my opinion that Chavez is the best candidate to lead our city forward, however, should Reed be elected mayor, my hope is that he reaches out to those who did not support him and show by example that we can and need to work together for the benefit of our city.


At 8:17 AM, Blogger Mr. 408 said...

Welcome back!

We hope you continue to post during the stretch run and thereafter as well!

At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope regardless of who wins that this site remains up and continues to "watch" the mayor.

judging by the last couple years, i have a feeling that (no matter who wins) we'll need it.

At 8:31 AM, Anonymous mr mortar said...

Glad to have you back, SJL.

Actions do speak louder than words. What actions have Chuck taken?

And before you start rattling off a bunch of votes AGAINST things he did, can you just show me one thing he did? ONE thing? Please!

Oh and a link to it would be nice.

All I see on his voting record on his website is "voted NO", "voted NO", and "voted NO".

At 8:43 AM, Blogger SanJoseLady said...

I hope to continue blogging on this site after the election, especially given the number of issues that will come up for the next mayor and city council.

As a side note: today is a "sick day" for me, came down with a horrid cold, and doubt that I will do much more then read, blog and blow my nose between sneezes and coughs....sighhhhhhhhhhh

At 8:47 AM, Anonymous D3 Resident said...

Go Cindy!

Manny Diaz in District 3!

And don't forget to vote for Manny Diaz in District 3! Manny Diaz has MANY of the same endorsements that Cindy has.

They'd make a great team!

Vote Manny!

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous larry hughes said...

I didn't know President Bill Clinton and Senator Barbara Boxer endorsed Manny Diaz???

Cute attempt at trying to indirectly, indirectly bash Cindy Chavez.

Remember Tom McEnery's pathetic attempt at joining Ross Perot's party?

At 9:58 AM, Blogger SanJoseLady said...

Sorry D3, Sam is my guy, talk about TRUE reform! I used to live in D3, and know the district well, Sam is best suited to represent EVERYONE who lives there.

Many people who are supporting Cindy are also supporting Sam, take a close look and you will see for yourself.

Nice try though!

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous D3 Resident said...

Manny is the Democratic choice for D3 with practically all of the endorsements from the Democratic Party in Santa Clara County, and a majority of respected sitting councilmember (all of whom support Cindy).

Assemblymember Joe Coto supports Manny, and Cindy Chavez's husband, Mike Potter, is his District Director.

Manny has support from the South Bay Labor Council and will fight for us working families throughout the city.

As a proud Union and Democrat household, I can trust our endorsement processes of both Cindy and Manny.

Vote for the working families

Vote Cindy and Manny

At 12:10 PM, Anonymous d10 resident said...

Reed - shown here speaking at an Arnold Schwarz event - is the best choice for mayor in San Jose.

He and Arnold will do wonders together!

Vote Arnold! Vote Reed!

As a proud homophobe racist, I trust your city to Chuck Reed and our state to Arnold!

At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny how your site has suddenly made Chuck Reed a homophobe and racist. In fact, he said he does not support gay marriage because it is illegal. He said he would march next to anyone to change the law but the law is the law. He believes everyone should have the same rights and the law should reflect that but as SF showed, this is not a local issue but one that needs to changed through the State.

I love how Cindy believes in voting for things that are illegal and get the City sued.

You people need a good dose of reality. Your arguments are not objective, definitely not educational and exagerate the facts to the point of being ridiculous.

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous David Nagel said...

The problem is in the law anonymous, recognizing gay marriage is a step towards social equality. Reed was not willing to make that step apparently. It's like my six year old little brother wearing his rainbow coalition shirt. No one is going to see him and suddenly decide to legalize same sex marriage, but it's a statement. And, it's a statement that the mayor of San Jose should be more than willing to make

At 2:08 PM, Blogger SanJoseLady said...

D3 voter I have endorsed Cindy and Sam, so go figure, as a matter of fact four of the five county supervisors have endorsed Sam as well, some having also endorsed Cindy.

And if you look at the list of community leaders for both Sam and Cindy you will see that many on that list are supporting Cindy and Sam. Don't be so narrow!

Susan Hammer and Janet Gray Hayes have endorsed both Sam and Cindy. And Sam has gotten some of the club endorsements from the Democrats as well. The County Democratic Party decided NOT to endorse in the D3 race, so Manny is NOT endorsed by the County Democratic Party.

Sam is a GREAT candidate and will be a fantastic addition to the city council, he will fight for working families, do what is best for our entire city, and along with Mayor Chavez, our city will move forward in GREAT directions.

At 3:30 PM, Anonymous history teacher said...

Anonymous, would you make the same argument years ago to Rosa Parks? Would you make the same arguments to MLK when he engaged in civil disobedience? Would you make the same arguments against Gandhi?

Whether or not gay marriage is illegal, the city was asked to reaffirm its commitment to the rights of all of its citizens. When asked to step up to the plate, Chuck failed.

At 3:46 PM, Anonymous D3 Resident said...

Liccardo has been Tom McEnery’s choice since the primary, and if you can stand with McEnery after all the vitriol he has thrown at Cindy, well you go girl.

I recall working hard when McEnery’s last Bellarmine boy (Tony West) ran in D3 against Cindy.

Manny has practically the same Democratic Endorsements as Cindy does, and so many of the working families as well.

More than a thousand of us Democrat brothers and sisters will be out walking and knocking for Cindy and Manny this weekend.

I hope you will stand up and support the working class of San Jose and Vote Cindy Chavez and Manny Diaz on election Day. They will bring the right direction to San Jose.

At 5:11 PM, Anonymous d10 resident said...

And remember that the Merc endorsed both Chuck and Arnold!

Take this city back by voting for a true Republican like Chuck and a true Republican like Arnold!

At 5:19 PM, Blogger SanJoseLady said...

D3, Sam is endorsed by so many people, from all walks of life, mainly because of who he is. Look at who supports him in the District, almost EVERY president of every neighborhood association has jumped on the Sam bandwagon, because they know he is the right person for the job and for the district.

I know both Sam and Manny. Manny is a nice person, but he isn't the best person for this seat, Sam is. I have worked with Sam and know him to be above board, honest as the day is long, and one of the smartest people I have ever met, and he doesn't have a mean bone in his body.

In looking to the future of our Democratic party, we NEED candidates like Sam to move forward, young and filled with energy to fight the tough battles we will face in the future.

It isn't that Manny is "bad" it is that Sam is just a better person for this seat. Sam will fight like hell for the working people of this city, he will do all he can, and more, to make sure that WE are represented.

Sam is also endorsed by Jim Beall as well, and Beall is one of the strongest fighters for the working class I have ever seen.

As to the city council members Manny has four out of 10, which is in no way a "majority." And Sam has been endorsed by both Dave Cortese and Ken Yeager.

You will be proud of Sam when he is elected, and when he is on the city council, with Cindy as mayor, our city will benefit.

At 6:15 PM, Anonymous D3 Resident said...

Doesn't in concern you that the Reed Backers are spending tens of thousands of dollars to get Liccardo elected?

Manny has MORE sitting councilmember endorsements than Liccardo.

Just read the responses on the candidate questionnaires on the Santa Clara County Democratic Party Web Site

and you will see why Manny is the best Candidate for the families of San Jose.

I'm sure you think Liccardo is great, but why are all these Republican groups backing him, who have been so anti-Chavez? What do they know that you don't?


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