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Young doctoral candidate wins third East Palo Alto City Council seat with less than 100 votes

Original post made on Nov 19, 2020

Antonio Lopez will be the youngest and newest member of East Palo Alto's City Council, joining a five-seat governing body with two veteran incumbents who have comfortably secured another four-year term this election season.

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Posted by Johnnie
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 19, 2020 at 2:32 pm

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The taco truck was less than 75 feet from the entrance of the church, if you notice the number that you sited on this posting, there number (Carlos & Antonio) where very close. If this isn’t bribery for votes, then trump doesn’t lie.


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Posted by Johnnie
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 19, 2020 at 2:35 pm

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Pictures that where online on Facebook East Palo Alto Neighbors (that now has been removed) doesn’t lie.


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Posted by John Carter
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 19, 2020 at 3:47 pm

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From the California Secretary of State guide: "Federal law makes it unlawful in an election in which there is a federal contest on the ballot (e.g., President, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative) to knowingly and willfully pay, offer to pay, or accept payment for registering to vote or for voting. (52 U.S.C. § 10307(c).) Violations are punishable by a fine up to $10,000 or imprisonment for up to five years, or both. Any type of incentive is considered “payment,” even things as seemingly innocent as cookies or admission to an entertainment event." Web Link


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Posted by John Carter
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 19, 2020 at 6:14 pm

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At least Lopez admits to offering free tacos to "all those who have yet to vote", but his reasoning for hosting a taco bar at an election center is very weak. As a Stanford graduate student, he should have known better. Offering free food to induce voters to come to an election center on Election Day where you're actively electioneering is very convenient for a candidate in a competitive election. If he really cared about feeding the community, he could have done it in another place, or on another day, with many of the non-profit organization operating in the community. Lisa can always been seen giving away free meals at the boys and girls clubs.

Regardless of the election results, this kind of behavior sets a dangerous precedent for our community; That our leaders are selected by who can offer to feed, or compensate, the most voters at the polls, not by their individual merits or plans for the community. East Palo Alto is already a low-income community and as many people in our community face food insecurity during this pandemic, exploiting free food for your own political gain is disgraceful at best, if not illegal.


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Posted by Mark Dinan
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 19, 2020 at 8:43 pm

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Congratulations to Lisa Gauthier, Carlos Romero, and Antonio Lopez for election to East Palo Alto City Council! A tight race for the third and final spot on council, nice to see the grass root campaign of Antonio Lopez eek out a victory. I'm confident that we have elected good, honest, and smart people to City Council this year.


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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 19, 2020 at 9:24 pm

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@ John Carter - Actually, the title of the ad says "VOTE AND EAT FREE TACOS/VOTE Y COME TACOS GRATIS."

Now, imagine if it said, "VOTE AND GET FREE CASH" or "VOTE AND GET FREE XBOX GAMES!"

Apparently, this has been an issue across the country in this recent election. I suppose that the line in the sand regarding "payment" isn't very clear.

It is better to be safe though. The free tacos should be given out at least 24 hours BEFORE an election -- and certainly without a sign that implies if you vote you'll receive something in exchange.


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Posted by [email protected]
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 20, 2020 at 11:00 am

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As someone with many years serving East Palo Alto youth, I want to salute Larry Moody for his many years of service, leadership, and guidance with community partners like Youth Community Service to meet community needs. Thank you Larry for sharing your heart, hands, and mind and best wishes for your future initiatives.


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Posted by John Carter
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 24, 2020 at 7:33 pm

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@ Nayeli - I believe the Spanish translation is the equivalent to "You vote and you eat free tacos."

Again, from the California Secretary of State Guide to Voter Registration Drives: "You may not offer food, prizes, discounts, or any other form of compensation to encourage voter registration or to encourage people to vote in elections in which there is a candidate for federal office on the ballot (e.g., President, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative)." Web Link

The worst part is this event was hosted and sponsored by a candidate in the election and was held right in front of a polling center on Election Day where the candidate was actively electioneering and soliciting votes.


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Posted by Lee Forrest
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 25, 2020 at 7:05 am

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>"If this isn’t bribery for votes, then trump doesn’t lie."

>"...exploiting free food for your own political gain is disgraceful at best, if not illegal."

^ Perhaps the best way to get around any illegalities would be to conduct a raffle AFTER individuals had proven they had voted.

Prizes could include gift cards, scratcher lottery tickets & maybe even a new car donated by a local auto dealership.

Lastly, were voters who had mailed in their ballots eligible for free tacos as well? If not, then this is yet another example of voter discrimination.

A campaign slogan...'Free tacos for all' would be a useful metaphoric slogan for progressives seeking votes in certain neighborhoods.

>"The free tacos should be given out at least 24 hours BEFORE an election --"

^ Then there would be be no guarantee or assurances that the taco recipient would actually vote.


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Posted by Lee Forrest
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 25, 2020 at 10:19 am

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Just an afterthought...

Given the nature of the questionable details surrounding this recent EPA City Council election, a new political term has possibly arisen...we'll can call it TACOGATE.


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Posted by John Carter
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 25, 2020 at 6:31 pm

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@ Lee Forrest - Taco-Gate or Taco Tuesday? lol


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Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 1, 2020 at 8:13 pm

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Thank you to Larry Moody for all the good things you’ve done as a council member.

As for Tacogate, it’s easy to see the buddies of one of the losing candidates has been commenting here with proven lies. Nice try but we see you!


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