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Rob Means is dissatisfied with how the "lame stream" media covers campaigns - and the issues - that affect us all. With knowledge, experience and wisdom equal to many of the talking heads on TV shows, he recommends the following for voters who believe people and families - not giant corporations and the rich - deserve more support. (Voters inspired by progressive values, Bernie Sanders, and Pope Francis take note.)

First, however, here are officials and candidates for public office who have signed the MOVE TO AMEND Pledge to support and work for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that money is not speech and corporations are not people and not entitled to Constitutional Rights. Such an amendment will overturn the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which has unleashed huge amounts of money into our politics. (Candidates have been asked several times to return this Pledge form which mirrors the wording of Prop. 59.)

MoveToAmend Supporters MoveToAmend Non-Responders MoveToAmend Responders
Marsha Grilli (D) Gwan Alisantosa (R) (*)
Robert Marini (D) (**) Garry Barbadillo (R)
Carmen Montano (D) (**) Evelyn Chua (R) (*)
Voltaire Montemayor (D) (**) Jose Esteves (R)
Anthony Phan (D) (*) Debbie Giordano (R) (**)
Jennifer Strohfus (R) (*) Bob Nuñez (R) (*)
Mark Tiernan (D) (*) Richard Tran (D) (**)

Also critical to our future is the proposed BART Loop. The congestion around the Great Mall that is bad now will become severe when the BART station opens next year. The Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association proposes a loop of advanced transit technology (small vehicles, elevated guideway, computer control, electric drive) to connect the BART Transit Hub with 7 neighborhoods, Great Mall, parks, and elementary school. An $8M Pilot Project would answer our questions and concerns before proceeding to a BART circulator loop that mitigates congestion, and provides residents in the area quick/easy/safe public transit over many barriers that inhibit walking and biking.

Officials and candidates for public office who support the effort with at least a $20 contribution to the EIR fund are listed below. (If your favorite candidate or incumbent is not listed in the Supporters column, please urge them to support PRT.)

PRT EIR Supporters PRT EIR Non-Responders PRT EIR Responders
Robert Marini (D) (**) Gwan Alisantosa (R) (*)
Anthony Phan (D) (*) Garry Barbadillo (R)
Jennifer Strohfus (R) (*) Evelyn Chua (R) (*)
Mark Tiernan (D) (*) Jose Esteves (R)
Richard Tran (D) (**) Debbie Giordano (R) (**)
Marsha Grilli (D)
Bob Nuñez (R) (*)
Carmen Montano (D) (**)
Voltaire Montemayor (D) (**)

         * = candidate for Milpitas City Council           ** = candidate for Milpitas Mayor          (D) = Democratic Party          (R) = Republican Party
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

Videos of the Candidates Forum held at City Hall on Oct. 13 can be found here.
Mayoral candidates:
City council candidates:
(Measure L about the disposal contract was posed to all the candidates.)

Propositions and Measures

Statewide Propositions

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.


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.


72-hour notification requirement will end back-room middle-of-the-night political deals.


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?


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.


Criminal Sentences. Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing. - Less punishment, more rehabilitation, save money, and make a poor system better.


English language education. - Allow bi-lingual education to better compete in a global market and help children learn.


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.


End the Death Penalty. - End a failed policy that is racially unjust and costs too much.


Firearms and Ammunition Control. - Increase safety for all of us.


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.


Maintain Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags. - Deliberately deceptive measure sponsored by the plastic bag industry; supported by environmental groups.

County Measures

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 ) NO

City of Milpitas Measures

Organizational Endorsements

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,
California League of Conservation Voters, Common Cause, Courage Campaign, Equality California,
Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, Our Revolution, Planned Parenthood.
Other trust-worthy organizations with information:

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