Federal Glover – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:17:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Rotary Report: County ‘committed to Martinez’ https://martineztribune.com/2017/04/28/rotary-report-county-committed-to-martinez/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:17:37 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7191 By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune Federal Glover represents Martinez on the Board of Supervisors. He’s currently the Chair of the Board. Glover explained to Martinez Rotary that the County budget is in good shape, but there is no shortage of issues. One big issue is that Washington, D.C., is such a mess that …

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Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover, during a recent visit to Martinez Rotary. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)
Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover, during a recent visit to Martinez Rotary. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)

By PAUL CRAIG
Special to the Tribune

Federal Glover represents Martinez on the Board of Supervisors. He’s currently the Chair of the Board.

Glover explained to Martinez Rotary that the County budget is in good shape, but there is no shortage of issues. One big issue is that Washington, D.C., is such a mess that no one knows what they’re going to do. In the meantime, the County is working on the waterfront, potholes and the homeless problem. Plus many others.

Supervisor Glover sees a revitalized waterfront as providing up to 18,000 new jobs. Plus lots of new recreation opportunities. To move people around will require fixing roads. He sees ferries coming. The BART extension to Antioch is almost done and will open soon. Keeping the urban limit line is a priority. So too is careful planning for the Concord Weapons Station land.

Supervisor Glover made it very clear that the County is committed to Martinez. He talked about the new County Building and new parking garage. These will anchor the East end of Main Street. The obsolete tall County Building at 651 Pine St. will be torn down.

The “new” (1944) part of the old jail will be demolished. The old jail dates to the first years of the last century. It was built with granite imported from Maine. The Board of Supervisors has given the old part of the jail a two-year reprieve. My take is that it will probably ultimately be preserved. Dean McCloud and Kris Carlock gave a summary of their activities on behalf of the old jail. Supervisor Glover made it clear that he is on top of the old jail issue, and respects the active – and effective – lobbying by Dean and Kris on its behalf.

Supervisor Glover has a Martinez office on the 4th floor of the County Building. His lead local staff person, Vincent Manuel, is accessible and knowledgeable. Contact the office at (925) 335-8200.

The future for Martinez looks bright! Thanks, Federal.

Rotary Report is an update about featured speakers at Martinez Rotary Club meetings. Rotary meets once a week at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir Station Road. For meeting times and other inquiries, visit www.martinezrotary.org.

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County issues $99.8 million in bonds https://martineztribune.com/2017/03/10/county-issues-99-8-million-in-bonds/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:53:17 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=6721 Contra Costa County has closed a $99,810,000 lease revenue bond transaction as the result of an innovative agreement with Wells Fargo Bank. Roughly $9.7 million will fund capital projects within the County’s health services department, including its hospital and clinic system.  The remaining $90.1 million will be used to refinance existing County bond debt at …

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Contra Costa County has closed a $99,810,000 lease revenue bond transaction as the result of an innovative agreement with Wells Fargo Bank. Roughly $9.7 million will fund capital projects within the County’s health services department, including its hospital and clinic system.  The remaining $90.1 million will be used to refinance existing County bond debt at historically low interest rates. Ultimately, the County and Wells Fargo negotiated a 10-year term at an interest rate of 2.33 percent, saving taxpayers more than $9.1 million in today’s dollars.  The transaction closed on Friday, March 3.

Supervisor Federal D. Glover, Chair of the Board of Supervisors, praised the County for continuing to monitor the credit markets for cost savings opportunities.

“The County’s ‘AAA’ bond rating through Standard and Poor’s has allowed us to take full advantage of the low interest rate environment and maximize cost savings for our taxpayers,” said Glover. “Ultimately, this means more tax dollars are available to provide services to our residents.”

County Administrator David Twa said the County’s “high credit ratings and reputation for financial prudence” has paid dividends.

“Through the strong leadership of the Board of Supervisors and the assistance of our employees, the County has been able to emerge from the Great Recession on a sound financial footing,” Twa said. “The willingness of Wells Fargo to purchase close to $100 million of our bonds directly at such a favorable interest rate is evidence of that.”

Contra Costa County is rated “AAA” by Standard and Poor’s and “Aa2” by Moody’s Investor Service. Both credit rating agencies have attributed their high ratings for Contra Costa County to very strong financial management, with policies and practices well-embedded in County operations. They have also pointed to a strong local economy with a large, diverse tax base.

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Several spots open on commissions https://martineztribune.com/2017/01/27/several-spots-open-on-commissions/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:34:48 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=6407 MARTINEZ, Calif. – District V Supervisor Federal D. Glover announced the opportunities for Dist. 5 residents to make decisions affecting their communities. “A lot of policies begin in these county commissions and boards,” said Glover. “This is a great opportunity for people who have a desire to make difference.” Glover is seeking to fill openings …

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MARTINEZ, Calif. – District V Supervisor Federal D. Glover announced the opportunities for Dist. 5 residents to make decisions affecting their communities.

“A lot of policies begin in these county commissions and boards,” said Glover. “This is a great opportunity for people who have a desire to make difference.”

Glover is seeking to fill openings on the following advisory bodies: Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board; Contra Costa County Mental Health Commission; County Service Area R-10 Citizens Advisory Committee; County Service Area M-16 Citizens Advisory Committee; Crockett-Carquinez FPD Fire Advisory Commission; First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission; Library Commission; Pacheco Municipal Advisory Council; and West Contra Costa Unified School District, Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.

Commissions are appointed by the Board of Supervisors based on the recommendation of the Dist. 5 Supervisor. Interested individuals should contact Supervisor Glover’s office at (925) 335-8200 to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be received in Supervisor Glover’s office by close of business Friday, Feb. 10.

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Humanitarian of Year Award ceremony to commemorate legacy of Dr. King https://martineztribune.com/2017/01/13/humanitarian-of-year-award-ceremony-to-commemorate-legacy-of-dr-king/ Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:29:53 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=6297 MARTINEZ, Calif. – For the 39th time Contra Costa County will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who coincidentally lived to age 39. Every January a local adult and student are honored for actions that best echo the spirit of Dr. King, as a way to commemorate his Jan. 15 birthday, and inspirational …

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MARTINEZ, Calif. – For the 39th time Contra Costa County will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who coincidentally lived to age 39.

Every January a local adult and student are honored for actions that best echo the spirit of Dr. King, as a way to commemorate his Jan. 15 birthday, and inspirational impact on the non-violent, equality, justice and humanitarian movement in the United States.

The public is invited to the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Awards event honoring Adult Humanitarian of the Year Jim Noe, and Monte Vista High School student Paige Godvin, whose actions exemplify elements of Dr. King’s legacy.

Board of Supervisors Chair Federal Glover will emcee a program revealing why they were chosen. The event will include Superior Court Judge Diana Becton as keynote speaker, entertainment by award-winning Gospel singer Terrance Kelly and free a buffet lunch to follow in the Board of Supervisors chamber, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m.

A Nobel prize winner and Baptist minister, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 “I Have a Dream” speech helped inspire a multi-racial coalition of civil rights groups that effectively furthered the interests of minorities and the poor in the United States.

King said, “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”

Christopher Columbus and George Washington are the only other Americans honored by a legal federal holiday in the U.S.

To learn more about past Humanitarian Award programs and winners, visit www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/5307/Dr-Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Ceremony

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Unofficial election results in https://martineztribune.com/2016/11/11/unofficial-election-results-in/ Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:01:15 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5778 Mark Ross, Noralea Gipner lead in Martinez City Council race By E. CLARK Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – The nation wasn’t alone Tuesday night as unexpected results from the 2016 General Election also poured into Contra Costa County. Of special local interest were results from the Martinez City Council, Dist. 5 County Supervisor and Martinez …

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Mark Ross, Noralea Gipner lead in Martinez City Council race

By E. CLARK
Martinez Tribune

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The nation wasn’t alone Tuesday night as unexpected results from the 2016 General Election also poured into Contra Costa County. Of special local interest were results from the Martinez City Council, Dist. 5 County Supervisor and Martinez Unified School District races.

Unofficial results will be updated till 5 p.m. every Friday until the election is certified, Elections Department Community Education and Engagement Specialist Paul Burgarino said in a release prior to the election. The County has until Dec. 6 to certify the Presidential Election and until Dec. 8 to certify all other items on the ballot.

As of presstime, County election results showed 50.22 percent voter turnout, with 305,123 ballots cast. There are 607,515 registered voters in Contra Costa County.

While the results are still unofficial, by Wednesday morning few results were too close to call. Most should likely stand till certification.

In the race for two open seats on Martinez City Council, hairdresser and businesswoman Noralea Gipner will join incumbent Mark Ross on City Council. As of Tribune deadline Thursday, unofficial results showed Ross in the lead with 30.20 percent of the vote, or 5,237 votes. Gipner was close behind with 29.07 percent, or 5,041 votes. Attorney Courtney Masella-O’Brien received 21.56 percent, or 3,740; and businessman/CEO John Stevens came in with 18.77 percent, or 3,256 votes.

“I’m honored to have been allowed to re-enlist as a public servant in my hometown, and that Measure D was passed by the voters as well,” Ross said of the victory. “I look forward to swiftly implementing road improvements, and making our City the best it can be. Thanks to the voters, congratulations to Noralea for her victory, and Courtney and John for a vigorously contested election. Let’s get to work on paving, progress, and open space!”

Gipner said after the successful campaign: “I’m overwhelmed, thrilled, tired, in love with my city. Martinez is my only agenda; I truly intend to work very hard for our city and want so much to get the citizens involved. We truly deserve the best we can give ourselves. My goal is to be a voice for the citizens of Martinez. Let’s just see how this all works out.”

Incumbent Federal Glover took the lead in the Dist. 5 Supervisor race, with 54.81 percent, or 24,049 votes. Martinez local AnaMarie Avila Farias, who surrendered her City Council seat to run for County Supervisor, showed with 44.75 percent, or 19,633 votes.

For Martinez Unified School District, Jonathan T. Wright led with 26.48 percent, or 3,916 votes. Close behind was longtime school board member John L. Fuller, with 25.35 percent, or 3,750 votes. Kathi McLaughlin will also join Fuller and Wright on the board, having received 24.70 percent, or 3,653 votes.

In the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, a much larger district that encompasses part of Martinez, Joanne Durkee took the lead with 31.07 percent, or 27,733 votes. Brian Thomas Lawrence also won a seat with 26.96 percent, or 24,069.

The race for Contra Costa Board of Education Area 3 is a very tight race that could well change before certification of the ballots. Daniel A. Gomes took a very narrow lead with 33.71 percent, or 15,476 votes. Vikki Janeen Chavez received 33.18 percent of the vote, or 15,230 votes. Leon Raymond Sloan was close behind with 32.44 percent, or 14,890 votes.

Lone candidate for Martinez City Clerk, R. Gary Hernandez, received 98.44 percent of the vote, or 8,022 votes in total. About 127 voters chose a write-in candidate, comprising 1.56 percent of the vote.

Incumbent Carolyn L. Robinson took a strong lead in the race for Martinez Treasurer, with 65.49 percent, or 6,180 votes. Accountant and tax preparer Charles Martin followed with 34.27 percent, or 3,234 votes.

Vying for three seats on the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Board, Paul Herbert Causey led with 28.09 percent, or 52,341 votes. Close behind was James A. Nejedly with 27.77 percent, or 51,739 votes. The third seat will go to Tad J. Pilecki with 25.77 percent, or 48,015. Susan Noe Welsh trailed with 17.97 percent, or 33,476 votes.

In the race for BART Director in Dist. 1, Debora Allen took a huge lead with 64.03 percent of the vote, or 67,922 votes in all. Gail Murray trailed with 35.58 percent, or 37,748 votes.

In the State Assembly race, Martinez falls within Dist. 14. Voters chose Tim Grayson by a wide margin, with 62.28 percent, or 48,586 votes. Mae Cendana Torlakson followed with 37.72 percent, or 29,431 votes.

Then in the Dist. 7 race for State Senator, voters chose Democrat Steve Glazer with 67.23 percent, or 136,063. Republican Joseph Alexander Rubay followed with 32.77 percent, or 66,324 votes.

In the Dist. 3 Senate race, which also encompasses Martinez, voters chose Bill Dodd with 66.29 percent of the vote, or 14,784 votes in total. Mariko Yamada received 33.71 percent, or 7,518 votes.

Martizians north of Highway 4 will be represented by Dist. 5 U.S. State Representative Mike Thompson (D), who took a massive lead over Republican candidate Carlos Santamaria. Thompson garnered 76.48 percent, or 18,196 votes, while Santamaria trailed with 23.52 percent, or 5,597 votes.

Those residing south of Highway 4 will be represented in Dist. 11 by Democrat Mark DeSaulnier, who also took a massive lead in the race for U.S. Representative. He received 71.48 percent of the vote, or 137,617 votes; his opponent, Republican Roger Allen Petersen, received 28.52 percent, or 54,908 votes.

In the race for Senator, Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General of California, took the lead with 70.50 percent of the vote, or 183,092 votes. Loretta L. Sanchez trailed with 29.50 percent, or 76,623 votes.

In Contra Costa County, voters favored Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Executive race for President and Vice President. Clinton received 67.22 percent, or 201,936 votes. Donald J. Trump received 25.55 percent, or 76,743. By a huge margin, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson trailed with 3.21 percent, or 9,656; while Green Party candidate Jill Stein followed with 1.54 percent, or 4,638 votes. Next were the write-ins with 2.18 percent, or 6,559 votes, followed by Peace and Freedom Party candidate Gloria Estela La Riva, with .30 percent, or 888 votes.

Ballot Measures

Martinez’s Measure D received the required 2/3rds majority vote with 71.35 percent, or 8,342 voting yes. Naysayers comprised 28.65 percent of the vote, or 3,349 votes. The half cent sales tax of 15 years will provide funds for improvement and maintenance of Martinez roadways.

Measure R, the $120,000,000 bond for Martinez Unified School District, received its required 55 percent, with 66.19 percent voting yes, or 5,784 votes in the affirmative. The funds will go towards renovation of campuses and technology upgrades.

Measure X, augmenting the sales tax by 1/2 percent to raise $97 million for transportation improvements, passed – at least in the unofficial election results. At presstime, the measure received 62.54 percent of the vote, or 175,321. About 37.46 percent voted no, or 105,029.

Measure RR regarding BART safety also required 2/3rds of the vote to pass, but it failed by a narrow margin. About 59.54 percent voted in the affirmative for the measure, or 165,733. But 40.46 percent, or 112,610, voted no.

Propositions

Prop 51 to fund K-12 school and community college facilities passed with 55.12 percent, or 159,120 votes.

Prop 52, a Medi-Cal hospital fee program initiative also passed with 70.03 percent of the vote, or 200,235 votes. Prop 52 will extend indefinitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal.

Prop 53 failed, with 54.83 percent, or 154,718 voting against the measure that would have required statewide voter approval before revenue bonds exceeding $2 billion could be issued or sold.

Prop 54, requiring bills be published online for at least 72 hours prior to a vote, passed with 61.43 percent, or 173,061 votes.

Prop 55 extending temporary personal income tax increases to those earning over $250,000, passed with 63.52 percent of the vote, or 183,449 votes.

The cigarette tax to fund healthcare, prevention, research and law enforcement passed. Prop 56 received 67.78 percent of the vote, or 199,791 votes.

Prop 57 allowing parole consideration for nonviolent felons passed with 69.43 percent, or 198,802 votes.

Prop 58, requiring public school students obtain English language proficiency, also passed with 75.55 percent of the vote, with 215,014 votes.

Prop 59, regarding whether officials may propose ratifying the Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission also passed, with 56.92 percent of the vote, or 154,762. Citizens United deals with the regulation of campaign spending by organizations wherein “corporations are people.”

Prop 60, requiring adult film performers wear condoms during filming of sexual intercourse failed, with 56.90 percent voting against the regulation. About 43.10 percent voted in the affirmative.

Prop 61, prohibiting the state from buying prescription drugs from manufacturers at a price over the lowest price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, passed with 51.39 percent of the vote, or 145,207 votes.

Prop 62 may be up for questioning as the election goes through the certification process. About 50.22 percent voted yes on repealing the death penalty and replacing it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. About 49.78 percent voted no, or 144,963 votes.

The firearms and ammunition Proposition, or Prop 63 requiring background checks and Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition, passed with 69.50 percent, or 203,920 votes.

California voters also approved the legalization of marijuana for use by adults over age 21, with 60.06 voting in the affirmative for Prop 64.

Prop 65, mandating the sale of carryout bags in grocery and certain other retail stores, failed. About 53.09 percent of voters said no to the statewide sale of bags.

Prop 66, changing procedures governing state court challenges to death sentences, also failed with 51.96 percent of voters casting their vote against the change. That’s 143,215 votes against.

And finally, Prop 67, the ban on single-use plastic bags, was passed with 57.03 percent of the vote, or 165,493 votes in the affirmative.

For weekly updates till the election is certified, visit www.cocovote.us. For updates on how the election will affect Martinez, see following editions or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Deputy Sheriffs Association responds to Glover’s lobbying for criminal leniency https://martineztribune.com/2016/11/11/deputy-sheriffs-association-responds-glovers-lobbying-criminal-leniency/ Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:01:49 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5798 The Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs Association expressed concern at the action of Supervisor Federal Glover to write a letter of leniency for a family friend facing criminal trial. In a recent letter to the court, Glover used his status and office to lobby for leniency from the District Attorney and judge for a family friend …

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The Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs Association expressed concern at the action of Supervisor Federal Glover to write a letter of leniency for a family friend facing criminal trial. In a recent letter to the court, Glover used his status and office to lobby for leniency from the District Attorney and judge for a family friend arrested after a violent crime spree.

In his letter, Glover writes: “It is with a great deal of pleasure that I write this letter of support for (the defendant).” In stark contrast to his jovial tone are the suspect’s violent criminal charges. The Supervisor is calling in favors for a suspect arrested after assaulting a man with a firearm, attempting to rob two women at gunpoint, and threatening to kill his victims.

“For Supervisor Glover to lobby for leniency for a dangerous repeat criminal jeopardizes the public and the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officers throughout the County,” said Deputy Sheriffs Association President Shawn Welch. “The men and women of the Deputy Sheriffs Association have done an excellent job of protecting the people of the County, even during difficult times. Asking a political favor from the District Attorney to be lenient on dangerous criminals makes our job unnecessarily more difficult and dangerous.”

Welch added, “It would be a travesty of justice if Supervisor Glover’s request of leniency resulted in reduced charges for this dangerous criminal. Peace officers did their job in this case, putting a bad guy on trial. A political favor could snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory in the war on crime. Frankly, the mere attempt to use one’s position of political power to gain leniency for a violent criminal is inappropriate and epitomizes the disconnect between Glover and the safety of the public in this county.”

“Every politician who lobbies for special leniency for violent criminals in this county can fully expect to be held accountable by the Deputy Sheriffs Association and its constituents. The truth about political lobbying for leniency is that it puts the public at risk. It does not put the public’s safety first and creates a dangerous situation for deputies,” said Welch.

The DSA is asking for District Attorney Mark Peterson, the Deputy District Attorneys Association, and the Sheriff to address Glover’s letter, and to reassure the public that political interference from a County Supervisor has no place in criminal justice, and that Glover’s letter will not result in more favorable plea terms for the suspect in custody.

This is only one example why the Deputy Sheriffs Association has endorsed Anamarie Avila Farias for Supervisor to replace Glover. Anamarie Farias’ steadfast support of public safety is the primary reason she won the overwhelming endorsement of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Anamarie has also earned the endorsement of police in Pinole, Hercules, Martinez, Antioch, plus the County Firefighters Local 1230.

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McLeod supports Supervisor Federal Glover https://martineztribune.com/2016/11/11/mcleod-supports-supervisor-federal-glover/ https://martineztribune.com/2016/11/11/mcleod-supports-supervisor-federal-glover/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:01:05 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5796 EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was received past deadline for the edition prior to the General Election. Send letters to admin@martineztribune.com by 11 a.m. Wednesday in order to be published in the following Friday edition. *** Elections are difficult for engaged citizens. Truthiness dominates almost all political narrative, especially in the final week, when unsubstantiated …

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was received past deadline for the edition prior to the General Election. Send letters to admin@martineztribune.com by 11 a.m. Wednesday in order to be published in the following Friday edition.

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Elections are difficult for engaged citizens. Truthiness dominates almost all political narrative, especially in the final week, when unsubstantiated “gotchas” pop from opposition research mills.

One of the difficult dichotomies is the argument between long experience v. new blood.

The 5th District Supervisor’s race between incumbent Federal Glover and challenger AnaMarie Avila Farias is an exceptional example.

District 5 is geographically huge and economically complex, covering the entire waterfront area of the county and multiple communities and cities. Mrs Faria’s primary claim to experience is a stint as a low income housing advocate, presence on the small town Martinez City Council, and three generations of ancestors in Martinez.

Federal Glover has grappled with major county-wide issues, as well as one of the most heavily industrial districts in the Bay Area for 16 years.

The CCC Northern Waterfront Development Initiative, one of the most ambitious projects in decades, will bring thousands of high paying jobs to CCC. It will require a leader with deep experience to balance industrial growth along the waterfront with concerns for the natural environment.

– Dean L. McLeod

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Avila Farias responds to ‘attack’ regarding pay, vacation time https://martineztribune.com/2016/11/04/avila-farias-responds-attack-regarding-pay-vacation-time/ Fri, 04 Nov 2016 17:50:24 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5738 EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a direct response from Dist. 5 Supervisorial candidate AnaMarie Avila Farias regarding the letter published above alleging Avila Farias misused taxpayer funds. “When the political machine is threatened, they strike out like a cornered snake. This filing with the District Attorney is an attempt at an October surprise, trying to …

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a direct response from Dist. 5 Supervisorial candidate AnaMarie Avila Farias regarding the letter published above alleging Avila Farias misused taxpayer funds.

“When the political machine is threatened, they strike out like a cornered snake. This filing with the District Attorney is an attempt at an October surprise, trying to entice this law enforcement agency to back up their bogus claims.

“Tom Powers [is] a longtime Contra Costa County power broker who is actively defending the incumbent, Supervisor Federal Glover, because he fears the loss of control if the Board of Supervisors is governed by the people and for the people.

“False and misleading attacks like this have no place in our county’s campaigns.

“I am an Independent Contract Employee. My job demands a non-traditional, flexible schedule. My hours are my own to determine. End of story.

“My commitment, integrity and dedication to my job and hours worked to provide housing options for Contra Costa families has never been questioned by my employer.

“This is a non-story generated by the sleazy political machine in this county desperate to protect their longtime champion – Supervisor Federal Glover. They want to talk about anything other than Federal Glover’s vote to increase his own pay 33 percent, lack of engagement in the District and his consistent support for insider deals for Contra Costa County contractors.”

– AnaMarie Avila Farias, candidate for Dist. 5 Supervisor

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‘Martinez deserves honesty, transparency’ https://martineztribune.com/2016/11/04/martinez-deserves-honesty-transparency/ Fri, 04 Nov 2016 17:45:12 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5734 For weeks, Federal Glover’s camp has been sending out false information about AnaMarie Avila Farias. Whether you support her or not, you should not accept lies about any candidate in a campaign. Such deceit simply makes the participating perpetrator(s) unworthy of public service. The Glover camp has promoted that AnaMarie illegally took $40,000 from the …

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For weeks, Federal Glover’s camp has been sending out false information about AnaMarie Avila Farias. Whether you support her or not, you should not accept lies about any candidate in a campaign. Such deceit simply makes the participating perpetrator(s) unworthy of public service.

The Glover camp has promoted that AnaMarie illegally took $40,000 from the City of Martinez. Mark Ross knew this was untrue and did NOTHING to set the record straight. That makes Mr. Ross a clear co-conspirator in the lie.

The truth was not revealed until Martinez citizens showed up at a City Council meeting and called the statement lies. Mayor Schroder and Mark Ross were both confronted and forced to admit the truth.

They only admitted the truth when another hit piece came out with their picture on it – further associating them with the false statement.

Why did they not say so before? Because they are supporters of Glover and would do anything to see him win – even if it meant misleading the public.

Mark Ross has intentionally misled the public – putting him on the level of Richard Nixon. Martinez deserves honesty, transparency and leaders who put the public before self.

Clearly, Mark Ross cannot be trusted.

It is time for a man of such low ethics to go. Time to go Mark, TIME TO GO!

– Robert Miller

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Stand up to outside interest mudslinging https://martineztribune.com/2016/11/04/stand-up-to-outside-interest-mudslinging/ Fri, 04 Nov 2016 17:40:32 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=5730 Like you, I’ve received a bunch [of] mailers filled with mistruths about AnaMarie Avila Farias in the mail. It infuriated me to see that independent expenditures on behalf of Federal Glover would stoop to the lowest level of mudslinging and tied three council members to the piece. At the last City Council meeting, numerous residents …

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Like you, I’ve received a bunch [of] mailers filled with mistruths about AnaMarie Avila Farias in the mail. It infuriated me to see that independent expenditures on behalf of Federal Glover would stoop to the lowest level of mudslinging and tied three council members to the piece. At the last City Council meeting, numerous residents stood up to voice their utter dismay with the piece and time after time, Mayor Schroder and Councilmember Ross had to reiterate that the information wasn’t true and they in no way had anything to do with it nor endorsed its content. I applaud them for standing up to defend AnaMarie from the specious charges. Conspicuously absent, and yet to say a word about it is Councilmember Delaney … but that’s probably because she was too busy parading Federal Glover all over the city in an effort to help him look like he’s always been here for us and maybe because the only part of Martinez he knows is the County building where he attends BOS meetings.

Interestingly enough, I worked side by side with Lara in 2014 helping to get Gay Gerlack and Lara elected. In many of our conversations, she told me just how bad the good ‘ole boys worked to defeat her and how these people and groups used a political hack, Mary Jo Rossi, to flood the mail with slimy, mudslinging pieces to ensure she wasn’t re-elected. She was constantly anxious about the next “hit piece,” fearing it would come at a time when she didn’t have time to respond. She despised the good ‘ole boys and Mary Jo Rossi! Now, two years later, she is saddled up to the good ‘ole boys and she sides with them and her new found political guru, Mary Jo Rossi. Politics sure makes strange bedfellows!

Early on in this race, I got a call from AnaMarie and she said something to the effect, “I know you don’t like me much, but I have no idea why and I’d like to have a cup of coffee with you and talk more so I can understand.” It wasn’t until I spent 1 1/2 hours with AnaMarie that I realized that much of my disfavor came simply from anecdotal stories from Lara. The fact was, I felt completely different after actually talking with her one on one. It was at that point I consciously made a choice to support AnaMarie.

Once you look closely at who is behind the slimy negative mailers to see who is supporting Glover/opposing Farias, you see what really is fishy! Once you look past the individuals and the unions, you quickly see there are 3-4 major corporate donors pouring over $200,000 into the negative mailers. Who are these corporate sponsors? Candy Properties, LLC, an innocuous sounding company until you realize it’s part of the HUGE Garaventa empire. Garaventa is the garbage company in many parts of East county and the owner/operator of the huge, completely unwanted Keller Canyon Landfill which Glover helped make possible. Player #2 is Hall Equities Group/ZMC Hotels, a developer/property owner in Walnut Creek … yes, W.C., which is NOT in District 5. So I have to ask … why is it these two corporate sponsors would spend over $200,000 combined to sling mud slimily and do everything they can to keep AnaMarie from winning and keep their beloved Federal Glover on the B.O.S.? Funny thing is I have sent requests to Glover to ask just that question. Nope, never got a reply!

This election, I ask you to stand and say NO to these slimy, negative mailers and say enough is enough. Federal Glover has had 16 years to help Martinez and has failed to do it yet. What makes you think that giving him another four years will make a difference? I’m voting AnaMarie because I want a homegrown Martinez resident representing us on the Board of Supervisors! I’m tired of NOT having representation at the County level!

Bill Schilz, Concerned Martinez Resident

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