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According to the Milpitas Police Officers' Association PAC, these candidates are "promising to reduce your water rates with Tiered Rates":
Anthony Phan, Jennifer Strohfus, Mark Tiernan, and Richard Tran
Where candidates stand on local measures
As you can see in the following table, most candidates have publicly shared their view on various local measures facing voters this year. Although not on the ballot, At the Chamber Forum, mayoral candidates were asked their opinion of implementing a $15/hour minimum wage in 2018, 5 years before the State mandate starts in 2023.
If you have questions about why a certain candidate supports/opposes a specific measure, please follow the links to their website, find their phone number, and call them to ask. Candidates want to hear from voters, and share their reasons behind their choices. (Mayoral candidates are grouped first, followed by Council candidates.)
Measure B I J K L $15/hr in 2018 Debbie Giordano (R) Y Y Y Y Y N Robert Marini (D) Y Y Y Y Y Y Carmen Montano (D) Y Y Y Voltaire Montemayor (D) Y Y Richard Tran (D) Y Y Y Y Y Y Gwan Alisantosa (R) Y Y Y Y Y Evelyn Chua (R) N Y Y Y Y Bob Nuñez (R) Y Y Anthony Phan (D) Y Y N N N Y Jennifer Strohfus (R) N Y N Y Y Mark Tiernan (D) Y Y Y Y N Y
Rob Recommends for Local Elective Offices:
- Milpitas Mayor: Carmen Montano demonstrated during her years as Council member her compassion and commitment to community values* that will serve us well.
- Milpitas Council member #1: Mark Tiernan exhibits the knowledge, skill set, and wisdom to represent our interests and avoid predictable legal problems.
- Milpitas Council member #2: Jennifer Strohfus tackles big problems facing our community with energy and commitment that has rocked City Hall and will be needed for The Great Turning.
- [If we had a 7-member Council with a third open seat, I would support Gwan Alisantosa for his environmental record and implementation of modern-management practices.](The Sierra Club endorses Carmen Montano for Mayor, and Mark Tiernan and Gwan Alisantosa for City Council.)
* One community value is our democratic process. Ms. Montano supported that process when residents qualified a water-rate measure for this year's ballot; Ms. Giordano (illegally?) stopped that process.
Videos of the Candidates Forum held at City Hall on Oct. 13 can be found here.
Mayoral candidates: http://youtu.be/ErdFc3cqXBE
City council candidates: http://youtu.be/OaGD4Lg4iNM
(Measure L about the disposal contract was posed to all the candidates.)
Rob Recommends for State and Federal Elective Offices:
- State Assembly (25th District): Kansen Chu - his first term shows we elected the right guy.
- U. S. Senator: Kamala Harris - fought the banks - and won.
- U. S. Representative: Mike Honda - progressive, dedicated, effective, represents the 99%.
- U. S. President: Hillary Clinton - recommended by Bernie Sanders, campaigning on a progressive platform.
(On issues important to you, see which presidential candidate best reflects your viewpoint.) If you are thinking of voting for Libertarian Gary Johnson, please listen to the first 2 minutes of this 11-minute segment from the 9/28/2016 Thom Hartmann Program.
Propositions and Measures
YES NO Prop. # Description (longer description/analysis)
Same old funding system for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. - Rather than fund a broken system, let's ask for new rules. YES
State Fees on Hospitals. Federal Medi-Cal Matching Funds. - Extend the 2009 rules that are working well.
New Revenue Bond Rules. - Billionaire-backed measure that will substantially limit government effectiveness. YES
72-hour notification requirement will end back-room middle-of-the-night political deals. YES
Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare. - Continue tax on the rich, prevent a sales tax on the rest of us, and fund schools; what's not to like? YES
Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law Enforcement. - Tobacco kills 400,000 Americans yearly; let's reduce that death rate by increasing the tax rate. YES
Criminal Sentences. Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing. - Less punishment, more rehabilitation, save money, and make a poor system better. YES
English language education. - Allow bi-lingual education to better compete in a global market and help children learn. YES
Campaign finance: voter instruction. - We need a Constitutional Amendment that says money is not speech and corporations are not people so we can overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics.
Adult Films. Condoms. Health Requirements. - Rather than solving an existing problem, this measure will likely create a new one.
State Prescription Drug Purchases. - This half-baked solution would be totally unnecessary in a single-payer health care system that covers everyone (like Medicare for All) - but it is a step in the right direction. YES
End the Death Penalty. - End a failed policy that is racially unjust and costs too much. YES
Firearms and Ammunition Control. - Increase safety for all of us. YES
Marijuana Legalization. - The politically-motivated War on Drugs is bad for Americans and an expensive failure; let's end it.
Carry-Out Bags. Charges. - Sponsored by the plastic bag industry; opposed by environmental groups.
Death Penalty. - We civilized people refuse to keep killing people. YES
Maintain Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags. - Deliberately deceptive measure sponsored by the plastic bag industry; supported by environmental groups.
Measure A: Provide affordable housing for the most down-trodden among us. YES
Measure B: Transportation/Sales Tax. Opposed by the Sierra Club (too much for cars) and Rob (BART Boondoggle http://meansfordemocracy.org/transit.html ) NO
City of Milpitas Measures
Measure I: Continue enforcing our Urban Growth Boundary? YES
Measure J: Continue requiring that any proposed changes to our Hillside Ordinance (which governs land use beyond our Urban Growth Boundary) be approved by the voters? YES
Measure K: Reduce the City's flexibility in rezoning public parks, parklands or open space? NO
Measure L: Stick it to the operator of Newby Island Landfill (Republic Services)? YES
(I choose the lesser of 2 evils: the imprudent, politically-motivated decision by the City Council over the interference in our democracy by a monopolistic corporation.)
Measure X: Shall we repair, restore, and rebuild parts of Evergreen College? YES
Who do you trust? Since you and I don't have time to read and understand the 17 state-wide ballot measures, we often depend upon the recommendations of others. The table below shows the endorsements of some better-known organizations.
Organization 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 California Democratic Party Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y California Republican Party Y Y Y Y N N N N N N N N N N N Y California Libertarian Party N N Y Y N N Y N N N Y N N N N N Green Party of California N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y California Sierra Club Y Y Y Y California Labor Federation Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y California Chamber of Commerce Y Y N Y N N Santa Clara County Democratic Party Y Y Y N Y Y N Santa Clara County Democratic Club Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y League of Women Voters (Calif.) Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y SF League of Pissed Off Voters Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y Progressive Election Forums Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Craig Dunkerley Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Milpitas Post N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Rob Means Recommends N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y Asian Americans Advancing Justice (CA), Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice, California Calls,Other trust-worthy organizations with information:
California League of Conservation Voters, Common Cause, Courage Campaign, Equality California,
Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, Our Revolution, Planned Parenthood.
Contact Webmaster Rob Means at 408-262-8975, Rob@MeansForDemocracy.org
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