Craig Gartman clearly is my first pick in our city council race.
Originally a prot
égé of former mayor and council superstar, Tom Springer, Craig
immediately set himself apart from his mentor.
Craig Gartman clearly is my first pick in our city council race. Originally a protégé of former mayor and council superstar, Tom Springer, Craig immediately set himself apart from his mentor. Today Craig is truly the most detail-oriented and prepared member on the council. In addition, he has been on the right side of nearly every issue, including being the lone dissenter on eminent domain which the council used to take private property away for a non-critical use. That makes him the only current councilmember to keep his oath of office which was to uphold the Constitution.
My second pick is the guy with the biggest and baddest tow truck in town, Dion Bracco. Dion is my kind of candidate. “Give me the bottom line,” “Don’t spin me,” “Let’s do it!” He is able to be thorough and thoughtful as demonstrated by his outstanding work as Chair of the Gilroy Planning Commission. Dion is also the only candidate who runs a business with numerous employees and I think this gives him a great perspective for the city.
My final pick is Bob Dillon which would have been a no-brainer except for his vote in favor of eminent domain for the cultural center.
In a recent conversation, Bob also said he had no problem with joining the Open Space Authority. This organization levies a tax on every parcel in Gilroy and then embarks on land grabs which thrill the tree huggers. This group should strike terror in the hearts of those who own, or want to own, property in Gilroy. The OSA is just another large government bureaucracy.
I hope Bob will break out his Constitution and try to follow the ideals of limited government.
Finally, one need only go back through the archives of council meetings to see how ineffective Peter Arellano and Charlie Morales can be.
Arellano has often showed up unprepared for meetings, causing them to be long marathons. He was anti-business, anti-growth, anti-Wal-Mart and was part of Gilroy First which was a front for the United Food and Commercial Worker’s union.
Morales’ votes have been inconsistent. He has voted yes on issues, then after being pressured by his cronies, he has re-agendized settled items and forced the council to go through the entire process a second time. He often goes on lengthy dissertations, making little or no sense on issues.
Mark Zappa, Gilroy