State assembly candidates to meet in forum

California primary election to take place June 3

Three candidates for the 24th State Assembly will meet in a forum Thursday, May 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave.

The candidates are Dian Gabl, an intellectual-property attorney and Republican; Rich Gordon, Democrat and current 24th District assemblymember; and Greg Coladonato, a Democrat and Mountain View resident who chairs the city's Human Relations Commission.

The candidates are competing in California's statewide primary election on Tuesday, June 3. The assembly district includes portions of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, including the cities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Mountain View, Woodside, Portola Valley, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Sunnyvale.

Thursday's free public forum is sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of Palo Alto, Los-Altos-Mountain View Area, Cupertino-Sunnyvale and South San Mateo County. Co-sponsors are the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, Palo Alto AAUW and the Midpeninsula Community Media Center.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Posted by Wayne Martin
a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm

It could not hurt to look up the contributors for each of the candidates—when that information exists.

Here is some info on Rich Gordon—

Web Link

Top 10 Interests Funding

Interest Contributions
General Trade Unions....$101,650
Health Professionals....$49,400
Public Sector Unions....$46,700
Lawyers & Lobbyists.....$34,263
Pharmaceuticals &
Health Products.......$28,650
Telecom Services &
Health Services.........$20,350
Computer Equipment &
Tribal Governments......$17,200
Total: $102,600.

Top 10 Individual Contributors Funding

Contributor Contributions
Cotchett Pitre and
Mccarthy Llp..................$16,000
United Association..............$12,800
California State
Pipe Trades Council.............$12,500
California Teachers
California State Council
of Laborers................... $9,700
Northern California Carpenters
Regional Council.................$9,000
Service Employees Local 1000.....$7,800
State Building and Construction
Trades Council of California...$7,800
California Dental Association....$7,800
California Association of
Total: ..$390,563
Gordon's total for the years being reported upon on the Maplight WEB-site is: $736,771.
It seems that only ten contributors have made up over 50% of Rich Gordon's money—only 10!

It will be interesting to see if Gordon's opponents will be inquiring into Gordon's actions towards any of these high-dollar contributors.

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Posted by Ben
a resident of Barron Park
on May 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Does Rich Gordon still think high speed rail will cure California of it's woes? I don't, but then again, I have not received a 6-figure donation from labor unions either. Coincidence?

Rich's unwavering support of the CA high speed rail project has caused me to never vote for him, and probably not this election cycle either.

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Posted by Mountain View Resident
a resident of Mountain View
on May 8, 2014 at 8:01 am

Does anyone know if the forum is going to be recorded and available online afterwards?

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Posted by Elliot Margolies
a resident of Barron Park
on May 8, 2014 at 10:46 am

This forum will be videotaped. It will be live on cable Channel 27 - 7 PM - 9 PM. It will be available on demand by Monday. The link will be on the Media Center's Election Coverage Page at: Web Link as will be a link for cable TV replays.

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