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Letter to the Editor: Gilroy Council Needs Liberal Armendariz

Dom Payne argues that a conservative city council is pointing Gilroy in the wrong direction.

Dom Payne submitted the following letter to the editor in support of Rebeca Armendariz's run for Gilroy City Council.

Dear Friends,

I attended the "Meet The Candidates Forum" in North West Gilroy, on the evening of Friday, Sept. 28, and it was an eye opener. My friend  had the opportunity to share her vision for Gilroy. She did a great job, with the women in the crowd of around 50 people seeming to respond in particular.

When I left after the event was over, she was still there with people gathered around to talk to her. It was an exciting night.

If we have a city council comprised of ultra-conservative candidates, it really hurts the long-term vision of a Gilroy that cares about its entire community; that recognizes the idea that the school district is an integral partner whose success correlates to the City's success, that the growth of Gilroy should include protection of our open spaces, and that our small downtown businesses should be given priority over big box stores and their interests.

They will actively work against the support of those issues. Also, perhaps more moderate, but conservative leaning councilmembers will not help without a council that has the presence to move forward on these issues.

Let's make sure that presence is there, or we will regret a crusading city council, when they attempt to protect the interest of the few, and shut the majority of us out.

Please help, and let's change the status quo in Gilroy. And really, if it is at all possible, when all is said and done, how can we not?

In Community Spirit,

Dom Payne

Do you agree with Dom? Does Gilroy need a less conservative council? Will you vote for Armendariz? Or are you on the other side of the fence? Do you like the council the way it is? Tell us in the comments!

To submit your own letter to the editor, send an email to jacob.bourne@patch.com.

Cedric Elg October 02, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I find Dom Payne's reasoning for voting for Ms. Armendariz to be rather weak. Is the current city council against good schools in Gilroy? Is the current city council against preserving open space? And what kind of priority should downtown business be given? When I here liberal, all that comes to mind is increased spending and higher taxes. If elected, I'd be willing to bet that one of the first things on Ms. Amendariz's agenda would be raising taxes in Gilroy. Cedric Elg Gilroy, CA
APIGCA October 02, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Mr. Payne, what makes you think that conservatives don't care about OUR schools, open space and other issues? Just because we happen to believe in personal responsibility and accountability instead of opening our check books and blindly giving our money to irresponsible government employees to spend however they see fit doesn't mean we don't care. I believe conservatives care just as much about our schools. Take the schools for instance. They just NEVER get enough money. Only one problem, the money never reaches the children. Why do think that happens? So instead of figuring out how to make sure the money gets to the kids, a liberal will just dump more money in and hope it works. It makes sense to fix the problem instead of hoping more money fixes the problem. What say you?
Tamara C. October 03, 2012 at 01:55 AM
*I think the same old blow-hards are creating new accounts with new user names* Before the responders on this board huff and puff, they should visit the Gilroy Unified School District's website and online budget that ITEMIZES where each cent of our tax dollars would go if tax increases like Proposition 30 and 38 are passed. And likewise, what would happen if they don't pass. Fiscal accountability is important, but conservatives are hemming hawing about protecting those that make over $250,000 a year. These high earners shouldn't be given special privileges. If Armendariz does support raising taxes in Gilroy, it might actually help this town leap into a new century and compete. As a transplant, I can't reconcile the median income of this town with the such a lack of funding in education, the arts and public services. It's a little embarrassing. Where is your responsibility to the community???
Tamara C. October 03, 2012 at 01:55 AM
*I think the same old blow-hards are creating new accounts with new user names* Before the responders on this board huff and puff, they should visit the Gilroy Unified School District's website and online budget that ITEMIZES where each cent of our tax dollars would go if tax increases like Proposition 30 and 38 are passed. And likewise, what would happen if they don't pass. Fiscal accountability is important, but conservatives are hemming hawing about protecting those that make over $250,000 a year. These high earners shouldn't be given special privileges. If Armendariz does support raising taxes in Gilroy, it might actually help this town leap into a new century (or catch up at any rate) and compete. As a transplant, I can't reconcile the median income of this town with such a lack of funding in education, the arts and public services. It's a little embarrassing. Where is your responsibility to the community???

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