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Gus Mattammal to challenge Berman in race for Assembly

Original post made on May 24, 2023

Gus Mattammal, a Republican entrepreneur who last year ran for the U.S. Congress, announced Tuesday that he will vie for a state Assembly seat that is currently occupied by Marc Berman.

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Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 24, 2023 at 10:56 am

Consider Your Options. is a registered user.

Sooo...what I'm getting from this story is that Mattammal has ZERO experience working in government, but he wants to START in the State capitol? Wow. That's chutzpah.

Start at your city level. I want to see how you vote as a commissioner or Council Member. Demonstrate your values through government service. I won't even look at you for this role without seeing a record of government experience. I have watched too many business executives implode in government roles which call for completely different skills sets.

I would like to see a more moderate and EXPERIENCED contender run against Marc Berman. I'm not happy with his support of radical Scott Weiner's poorly written legislation. I'm watching to see how he votes on SB423. Though we needed incentives to build more housing, extending the housing legislation to 2036 without allowing time to understand its effects on public schools, transportation systems, community service, public works would be irresponsible. It is far too soon for SB423. It would be better to wait to understand the impacts of the still-very-new housing legislation on communities and to create legislation to tie funding for the support systems mentioned above to construction of new housing.

Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 24, 2023 at 12:00 pm

What Will They Do Next is a registered user.

Many in Sacramento got there with no local government experience prior to their election to office. Given that California is in a downward spiral that is gaining momentum every day due to one party rule for decades, what we need are moderate Republicans and Democrats with real world problem solving experience in the business sector to work together to save the state. It's time to reset and vote out every leftist Democrat and every Liberal/Progressive holding office and not vote in any replacements with the same ideology during the next election cycle. Hopefully, it's not too late.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 24, 2023 at 1:22 pm

Anonymous is a registered user.

Fresh input in our political scene is surely welcome. Let’s keep an open mind. Otherwise, we have fully entrenched “representatives” who don’t seek to represent a range of views.
The state assembly is the lower house in the CA legislature. It’s fine to “start” with this office.
Those who go (first) on PA city council and aspire to higher office are then accused of using the council as a “stepping stone” to bigger and better things.
- So criticism happens no matter what.
Hillary Clinton held no elected office prior to becoming a US Senator in New York! That’s a very high status position. They moved to New York and planned closely with Democratic party leaders to make this happen. Obama later wanted her to be Sec of State for obvious political reasons - not necessarily congruent with voter opinions (as we later found).

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