Recently, a small group of Alamedan’s filed paperwork to begin collecting signatures in what is a cynical political maneuver which stands out as a shining example of what is wrong with political discourse in our community and our nation.
One of the official filers of the intent to recall, Carol Gottstein, said this after it was filed: “this is less a sincere attempt to accomplish a recall than to express discontent”
To make matters worse, the recall petition is full of inaccuracies and untruths.
- Rob Bonta never voted to support swapping golf land for housing, and his vote against the idea occurred before citizens collected signatures to change the charter.
- Rob Bonta supported Measure C along with 50% of the voters in the June 2012 election
- The recently adopted Firefighter contract neither provides raises, nor shortens the work week of firefighters, Bonta supported a contract that continues to hold firefighter salaries unchanged for over 5 years. The contract also increased employee contributions for pensions and reduced medical costs. The new contract provides an annual savings to the City of Alameda.
- Bonta voted to approve a housing element that is consistent with required state housing laws. This approval did not approve any project that is counter to the City’s Charter (aka Measure A).
Please take a minute to sign the following statement against this abuse of public process and this attack on civil discourse in Alameda. A show of support by their community will go a long way towards making this all go away, or at the very least, send a clear message that in Alameda: we can disagree without being disagreeable.
At a time when Alamedans should be paying attention to our important local election and working on real issues, a few Alamedans are attempting to obfuscate the issues and drum up concern based on false and misleading information about Vice Mayor Rob Bonta. These actions are shameful. Whether we support all of Bonta’s actions or not, it is clear that as a council member he has acted appropriately and legally and that there is no basis, whatsoever, for recalling him from office.
We the undersigned, affirm our support for civil civic engagement and against political shenanigans that degrade our political and local discourse. We stand in direct opposition to the misuse of Alameda’s election code for political posturing and attempting to inflate the views of a very small group of Alamedans.
197 people have signed to denounce the recall!
Arthur W. Lenhardt
Victoria and Eric Kuhns
Christina cole Kreitz
Bill Dal Porto
Dorie Guess Behrstock
Margaret J. Flynn
Beverly J. Johnson
Jay de los Reyes
jeanette g. lazam
Dr. Barry Arbreton
Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft
Benjamin T. Reyes II
William (Bill) Smith
Susan E. Decker
Michael J. Krueger
John Knox White