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King withdraws from county supervisor race

Original post made on Feb 1, 2012

Former Saratoga Mayor Kathleen King has withdrawn from the race for Liz Kniss' seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, leaving former Palo Alto Mayor Joe Simitian as one of three candidates vying to replace Kniss.

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Posted by Brent
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I'll vote for Kris or Barry for sure. Simitian has been feeding at the public trough he's forgotten what exactly a representative is supposed to do in Sacramento, namely represent his electing constituents. Instead of real representation, we've had silly there ought to be a law legislation. It's abundantly clear that Joe takes his ques from the groups that fund his elections, big labor, and more specifically, big labor associated with high speed rail. It is inconceivable how a former school board member 'needs another year to evaluate high speed rail' when Gov Moonbeam has made it abundantly clear that high speed rail is a far more pressing need, than educating the youth of this state. And what does Simitian have to say about this? He needs more time to ponder his options: high speed rail = campaign dollars, standing up for education = the right thing to do. It's long past time to vote him out of office.

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 2, 2012 at 8:24 am

Part of what Governor Brown is proposing, is raise taxes, or one of the cuts is 10 days from the school year. Yet what is spent on High Speed Rail this year would fund those 10 days for 200,000 kids. Where is Joe Simitian on this? Missing in Action. Hiding from taking a stand against the special interests who contributed to his campaigns, and who he wants to contribute to his Supervisor campaign.

Same thing with the ABAG housing allocations, demanding Palo Alto, for example rezone property to allow high density housing for 12,000 more units(over 40% increase over what currently exists). Where is Joe Simitian in helping Palo Alto fight this? Missing in Action. Hiding from taking a stand against the special interests who contributed to his campaigns, and who he wants to contribute to his Supervisor campaign.

The state has faced budget deficits for many years now; Joe Simitian has spent 12 years in Sacramento; California is already one of the highest tax states in the country. What has Joe Simitian done to address the spending problem? Again, Missing in Action.

Time for to elect somebody else.

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Posted by say it ain't so Joe
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

Sorry but in this context I have to agree with common sense and Brent.
Joe gives lip service to his constituents only. This gentleman is supposed to serve the public that elected him but he is a Career Politician.

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Posted by Henry
a resident of another community
on Feb 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

The shame about Joe is that he is bright enuf, and connected enuf (part of the majority party) to have actually done something about our state's financial problems, during his time in Sacramento. Instead he dawdled.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Joe didn't dawdle--he was busy pushing "nanny" legislation. After all, Palo Alto politician's know what is best for everyone. The question is, if elected to the Board of Supervisors will he be the puppet of the Committee For the Green Foothills like Liz was????

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Posted by Hazelvue
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm

We would be extremely fortunate to have a politician with Joe Simitian's experience and integrity from his/our hometown in Palo Alto on the County Board of Supervisors. Counties provide the social safety net for all of us and manage resources, public lands, planning and infrastructure. His knowledge of state and local finance and politics will be a plus. His interest in this regional position is a win-win and should prepare him to take on Anna Eshoo's seat when she is finally done!

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Posted by Voter
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 3, 2012 at 1:30 am

Regardless of the merits of the other candidates, I mainly hope that Mayor King's son is OK, and send my best wishes to their family. (I'll make up my mind whom to vote for in due time.)

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