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Former East Palo Alto City Council candidate loses election contest lawsuit

Original post made on Mar 11, 2021

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge on Wednesday ruled that City Council member Antonio Lopez did not violate election laws during his campaign, further cementing his seat on the council.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 11, 2021, 9:49 AM

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Posted by Mark Dinan
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 11, 2021 at 11:37 am

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This is the right decision. Good luck to Antonio Lopez moving forward!


Posted by edward
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 11, 2021 at 3:27 pm

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So, candidates in the future can have a carnival very near the poll station with free rides and food? This is a malignment of the voting process.


Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 11, 2021 at 8:49 pm

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This is just sour grapes on the part of Webster Lincoln. Big deal there were some tacos out there. Guess what? I was there and I actually had a couple of those tacos by the church that day and they were delicious. It didn’t make me vote for your opponent. No one said “thanks for the tacos, you have my vote Lopez.” That’s ridiculous. You lost by 69 votes Webster Lincoln. It had nothing to do with those delicious tacos. It’s time to get over it and move on. You lost fair and square and this ruling proves it.


Posted by We Are The People
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 13, 2021 at 10:42 am

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@ The Voice of Palo Alto.
Read again. The Article above states that it was "due to a mistake made by County election officials."
There are Other discrepancies' also. Let's have them play out in Court.


Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 16, 2021 at 1:02 pm

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It’s good to see a new branch of the corrupt old power structure in East Palo Alto vanquished.
Remember when you interact with city leaders or vote for council members who among them supports the Lincoln/Loudd family and the old guard.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 17, 2021 at 1:41 pm

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Okay - the Voice of Palo Alto is showing an address in Crescent Park but going over to vote in EPA for a EPA city job. Has the Voice just blown their cover? I don't think that a Santa Clara County person can vote for a San Mateo, EPA specific job. Those jobs are specific to address of person, city and county.


Posted by Danny Walters
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 17, 2021 at 1:43 pm

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° Okay - the Voice of Palo Alto is showing an address in Crescent Park but going over to vote in EPA for a EPA city job.

Not necessarily. Everyone likes a good taco and besides, Crescent Park is very close to EPA.

The sour-grapes loser of the election could have countered with barbequed ribs and sweet potato pie.


Posted by Roberto Villareal
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2021 at 4:06 pm

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If the tacos were really good, I'd vote for the candidate as well.

It was a nice gesture to offer a bite to eat whether before or after voting.

There is no law against such a practice.


Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 17, 2021 at 6:20 pm

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We watched this trial and some of it was off the hook. The losing side had some nutty and prejudiced witnesses who didn’t help their side, the over focus on the handicap parking spot, insistence on what the drop box is for was questionable, so not surprised they lost.


Posted by We Are The People
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 17, 2021 at 11:55 pm

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We also watched the Hearing and to be "Fair and Balance" We would be remiss in allowing Optimist to let slide through with the comments. [Portion removed.] Nutty and prejudice Witnesses were not lost on either side. The Taco Vendor could not remember how much he was paid or when or if he was paid. The Handicap parking is the most puzzling of all the issues. The Handicap Disability Act of 1990 explicitly have regulations regarding blocking Handicap spaces? Why the Police were not called is amazing. A witness was asked why they didn't park in the back of the Church. One witness that sat there most of the day claims She did not see anything? Not even 1700 Tacos being given away? She stated that the Police Dept. did not care about Handicap spaces being blocked? She did remember taking the pictures that were used as evidence.
The question about the (nearness) of the Box lay with the State. This is a point that should be taken up with the State of California. This is what determined Lopez's innocence. The unclarity issued out by the State.
As to the fact that the Election official allowed (some) electioneering, but not the entire open hours. It was testified to that The City Clerk, instead of making the Candidates move, he moved the box. Lopez dodged a bullet. Hopefully this will be his last brush with cutting corners? Danny Walters above, who in my opinion may have made a unconscious remark? Maybe Sour Grapes will return. Because of this new precedent, and give out "Ribs and Sweet Potato Pie?" In that case He would be attracting takers far from the Palo Alto radius.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 18, 2021 at 5:53 am

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I am laughing - sort of. EPA is in San Mateo County. PA is in Santa Clara County. Driving around to visit taco trucks is interesting - but for the purposes of voting they have a different slate of issues and people / jobs they are voting on. If the Voice is voting in two different counties for two different slates of offices then there is a problem - it is called voter fraud.

Danny must be new in town since he takes positions which do not recognize any boundaries and does no research on the topic before expounding with his opinions.
RWC is also in San Mateo County with different people in charge and different issues.


Posted by Terry James
a resident of another community
on Mar 18, 2021 at 6:51 am

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What is the big deal?

The free tacos were available to everyone whether a voter/non-voter, county resident or non-county resident.

That is about as egalitarian as it can get.
No bribery, just some tacos for all.

The loser of this election is blaming his loss on a corn tortilla with lettuce, cheese and a seasoned meat filling?

Seriously?

Is EPA challenging Palo Alto for theater of the absurd?


Posted by R. Cavendish
a resident of another community
on Mar 18, 2021 at 8:03 am

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quote:

"Is EPA challenging Palo Alto for theater of the absurd?"

It appears that way.

Taco-gate is a very serious matter that needs to be thoroughly investigated in order to ensure American democracy.


Posted by Tracy Levine
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 18, 2021 at 8:43 am

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This dispute should be settled in 'food court'.


Posted by Becky Lawrence
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 18, 2021 at 9:56 am

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Tacos have no enjoyment boundaries or voting precincts.

They are to be relished regardless of who one is voting for.

The disgruntled candidate who lost simply should have come up with a clever idea of his own.


Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 18, 2021 at 2:04 pm

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I hope this article is followed with the update that losing council candidate Webster Lincoln filed his objection to the judge’s decision. If you enjoy the absurd give it a read: Web Link


Posted by ariel fleming
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 19, 2021 at 11:44 am

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"The disgruntled candidate who lost simply should have come up with a clever idea of his own."

A simple hot dog cart would have sufficed.

Why not put those campaign contributions to good use?

The whiney complaints after losing an election is starting to get old.


Posted by R. Cavendish
a resident of another community
on Mar 19, 2021 at 11:52 am

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quote:

"A simple hot dog cart would have sufficed."

Or better yet, use the Costco model and offer either a hot dog or a slice of pizza along with a soft drink to wash it down.

Like shopping, a quick bite before or after voting is a welcomed break.


Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 20, 2021 at 8:13 pm

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East Palo Alto residents should crowd fund a taco truck for the next election. The main rule would be no tacos for Webster Lincoln and his friends and family.


Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 2, 2021 at 12:22 pm

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What a relief. The final judgement is in and Webster Lincoln is the confirmed loser of his lawsuit. Looking forward to seeing what he does for the community going forward.


Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 3, 2021 at 2:42 pm

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Will this publication do a story on Webster Lincoln’s lost suit against Isaiah Pekary? His mom and grandma joined in that suit. Please give the public the details.


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