Speak Up: Questions for Local Election Candidates

Pose questions for the candidates for Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board of Education and the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District Board of Directors.

With Election Day less than two months away — and sooner for you early voters — it's becoming increasingly important to know more about these candidates and their plans.

For school board, four candidates — Chuck Rogge (incumbent), Belia Martinez, David Jonas and Thomas McLaughlin — are vying for two seats.

For the park district's board of directors, two candidates — Bob Coomber and Mark Thrailkill — are vying for one open seat. Incumbents Steve Goodman and Beth Wilson are both running unopposed.

In order to make your decision at the polls just a little easier, we'll be reaching out to all candidates to have them answer your questions. So ask away!

Post questions in the comments below and tell us what race (school board or park district) it's directed to. After we've racked up enough questions, we will relay them to the candidates in an interview.

David Jonas October 01, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Thanks for the interest in the School Board election. I hope to have the opportunity to serve our community as a Trustee. Please visit my website www.jonas-on-board.org to learn about my background and positions on key issues, including charter schools and propositions 30 & 38. Also, feel free to contact me at davidjonas@comcast.net or 925.315.6826 with any questions. There are two upcoming candidates' events: The Parent Club Information Council (PCIC) is hosting a candidates' forum on October 9, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the school district board room, located 685 East Jack London Boulevard in Livermore. Livermore Valley Charter Prep (LVCP - Livermore's charter high school) is hosting a "Meet the Candidate Night" on Wednesday, October 17, at 7PM at LVCP, located at 2451 Portola Avenue in LIvermore. Also, Tri-Valley Community Television (TVCTC) recorded a candidates' forum on Saturday, September 29. The program will be aired multiple times starting on about October 8, and will also be available for streaming. Visit the TVCTV website (www.tri-valleytv.org/) for details. Thank you, David Jonas
Darwinian Justice October 01, 2012 at 09:30 PM
That is the biggest load of crap I've heard today, Tom. I volunteer within the community and don't expect my insurance needs to be covered. It's called COMMUNITY SERVICE. If that is what it takes for her to perform this task, she's not in the job for the right reasons. If it truly is a full-time job, by all means post your schedule, Laureen. What are you doing for 8 hours today? Can you tell us that you've performed 160 hours of work in the past month for the city of Livermore? I'm not sure who is the biggest tool here: Laureen person doing part-time work for full-time benefits, or you for bashing someone on the internet while simultaneously using that same term as a pejorative for others.
Laureen Turner October 08, 2012 at 07:02 PM
George, I am sorry to disappoint. When I chose to run for council, I went part time at the hospital in order to have the time to serve the city. I did not know what the time commitment was fully and wanted to do a good job. Due to that, I lost my benefits, knowing full well that as an exempt employee, they were offered through the city. To this day, I struggle with that decision but it is water under the bridge. It is something I did and something I can not take back. I have changed employment and now receive benefits through my employer and have dropped the city benefits. However, the bigger question goes to you, the voter, the citizen and tax payer. Should city government receive full time benefits? That is the question for the citizens. This is a topic that will be discussed tonight at city council. I hope to see many of you there to voice your opinions. I personally am torn. Yes, it is a lot of money. However, in talking with past mayors and council members, these benefits have been invaluable to many. As a voter do you want a city council member with a "part time" mentality or one who sees the position as a full time responsibility ?
Laureen Turner October 08, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Mr Duenas, I have answered your question countless times - as promised. I did not do a blog but addressed your questions as well as offered to meet you in person to discuss city council compensation.
JoAnne October 08, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Since the expense of democracy is on the table in the form of prop W & prop X, maybe this is also the time to evaluate the cost of council and mayor.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »