Next election.

Remember Mr. Oh’s advice: “…we must vote based on not what they [candidates] say, but from where their money flows. After all, it’s not the puppets we’re voting in but the hands that hold the (purse) strings.”  It’s easy enough to keep track of the money going into each candidate’s pocket, between candidates’ and elected officials’ pockets, and flowing out of special interests pockets, businesses, PACs (Political Action Committee), NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations), etc.  Alameda County Registrar of Voters searchable database is here.  Searchable city database is here.

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Mr. Oh’s Open Letter to Mr. Bonta

Dear Mr. Bonta:

Congratulations in announcing your run for District Assembly in 2012. I’m sure you’ve learned much in your few months in office as Alameda councilmember, such as: relying on the Democratic Party machine and pandering to Asian American voters, as they’ll surely put a check on that box regardless of your actions and campaign funding sources. Negotiating with unions such as the Alameda firefighters while accepting campaign contributions from them. Next time, you’ll learn not to undershoot the amount of kick-back money you could get for your treasury, Rob!

Professing the desire to help one constituency, meanwhile opening the door to the next step up. I’m sure you’ll yet again say, “I’ve always hoped I could serve Alameda for as long as the voters would have me and this is a chance to strengthen and deepen my commitment to Alameda” as you run for U.S. Senate.

I’m sure you’re a real nice fellow. But everything you’ve done while in office has only reinforced my perception that you are simply another politician willing sell your votes for a chance at the next step up the ladder.

Your time in Alameda was well served — for you. You’ve learned that old politician’s tricks are still the most effective at getting elected, and re-elected, over and again. Just keep looking upwards and climbing, baby, because the responsibilities you leave behind may not be so pleasant.

To my fellow Alameda residents, let’s please use our heads instead of our hearts next time election time comes. One’s skin tone, party affiliation, or appealing rhetoric does not mean they stand for our interests. Be it President of the United States or a simple city councilmember, we must vote based on not what they say, but from where their money flows. After all, it’s not the puppets we’re voting in but the hands that hold the (purse) strings.

— Gene Oh

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4 responses to “Next election.

  • T

    Very eloquent, Mr. Oh! Geesh, why are people so ignorant to vote in folks like Mr. Bonta? Makes me cringe. Mr. Bonta, appears to be a puppet alright, an opportunist-Benedict Arnold-narcissistic puppet who jumped on the stepping stone pretty quickly. Besides Mr. DeHaan, the rest of Alameda’s puppets noses seem to be growing really long… especially the nose of Lena Tam.

    “I’m sure you’re a real nice fellow. But everything you’ve done while in office has only reinforced my perception that you are simply another politician willing sell your votes for a chance at the next step up the ladder.”

    Very true and very sad. I suspect the same from some of our other council members.

    I have a friend who recently moved to Alameda who claims to be psychic who recently saw Ms. Tam at the city hall being followed around by a bunch of what he thought were assistants, like baby chicks to a mother hen. He said she had a most negative and dishonest energy about her. It actually scared him! He described her physically, and I knew it was her. He had no idea about her background. I thought it was quite interesting observation. I sure hope he is wrong.

  • Denise Lai

    T: agreed! Alamedans needs to get better at voting. Vote from information and intelligence. (Quit voting obvious corruption into office, and quit being influenced by senseless negative fliers.)

    Regarding your friend, while her subjective reality may be true, we can only work from our collective objective reality.

    It’s obvious to anyone paying attention to the very real facts that those in charge are not optimizing our city or hospital for us, but are focused on their own political or medical careers. That’s wrong. We need people in charge who are focused on our needs, not theirs. In some cases, it’s corrupt.

    In the case of the healthcare board, the FPPC is already looking into Dr. Deutsch’s obvious conflict of interest that’s taken the hospital in directions in his best interest and not in ours. In the case of the Mayor and City Council, the County DA has shown she will not investigate municipal crimes in the City of Alameda like she’s supposed to (the why of that can only be explained by some kind of corruption).

    The only way to change things is to vote good honest people into office and to demand that the mayor and city council quit ‘acting higher rank’ and take a back seat to the day-to-day managing of our city like the city charter requires.

    2012 will be critical if we want to take back our city and ensure our future for the benefit of all residents.

  • Denise Lai

    And in 2014, we must vote Nancy O’Malley OUT of the Alameda County DA’s office!

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