Endorses three for City Council

Richmond has seen great strides in recent years in redefining itself.

However, what has been missing on our City Council is ideas for how to bring more business to Richmond, large and small, along with jobs. Yes, we will have the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, but we need more.

Nat Bates will continue his great work on ideas, like what he has accomplished with the revitalization of the Port of Richmond, bringing more jobs. He knows how to get things done and is no-nonsense councilman.

Bea Roberson is a woman of business, having been in the accounting profession. Roberson also knows our city's issues, having served as an officer of the Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council for many years and proven great work on public safety.

Gary Bell is a proven businessman who knows the ropes of the City Council. We need his expertise again.

Let's bring balance again to our city leadership, along with more business (green, traditional and others). Join me in voting for Bates, Roberson and Bell for the Richmond City Council.

Jim Jenkins

Richmond

'Status quo' has served Pinole well

There's a slogan in the Pinole City Council race -- "The status quo must go." Cute. Not original, but still cute.

Candidates often resort to cute slogans when they don't have much else to offer. Here's what the "status quo" has done for Pinole in the past four years:

The status quo has kept the city from going bankrupt. It persuaded all city employees, including police and firefighters, to contribute 100 percent of their employee share to their own pensions. That's real pension reform.

The status quo made sure Pinole still has its own police and fire departments, rather than contract with the county, which would result in reduced public-safety services.

I think the status quo is doing a pretty good job. So does the Times, which glowingly endorsed Pete Murray and Roy Swearingen for re-election, saying their performance was "exceptional."

I prefer proven candidates to those with slogans. I like the status quo in Pinole. That's why I'm voting for Murray and Swearingen.

Jeff Rubin

Pinole

Romick re-election will ensure Oakley's future

It is important that our Oakley city leaders keep a positive attitude and work hard to help our businesses remain here. That is exactly what our Mayor Kevin Romick has been doing. His nickname has become "Mayor Everywhere." He spends every loose minute calling on the businesses here, finding out if there is anyway the city might help them.

Romick is working in a collaborative with Pittsburg, Antioch and Brentwood to bring jobs to East County.

He is also out there painting fences, cleaning up areas such as Marsh Creek, welcoming new businesses to town, etc. Romick and the city staff, and with the help of the East County military families, put on our first beautiful Memorial Day service in our City Park to honor military personnel.

It would be great if every candidate for City Council were to get out there and speak positively about what we are doing and were out there helping to improve our city by putting in constructive hours around town.

I, for one, find Kevin Romick's efforts worth my vote.

Shirley Darling

Oakley

Barbara Oaks for Mt. Diablo board

Among the candidates for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board of Education there is one very clear choice: Barbara Oaks. Oaks has the experience in education that will guide her to focus on programs and policies benefiting all of the children in our district. She has been a special-education teacher, a vice principal and the principal of College Park High School for six years before her retirement in 2011.

I had the privilege of working with Oaks for more than 20 years. We worked closely together on curriculum, programs and school evaluation. From firsthand knowledge, I can tell you that Oaks always puts students first. Their academic achievement and social and emotional growth are her chief priorities.

I also know that Oaks is a good listener and a thoughtful decision-maker. She is open to the voices of parents, teachers and classified staff; recognizing them as essential partners in the education of children. Barbara Oaks will bring a strong, fair, and positive voice to the MDUSD Board of Education.

Lorraine Osborn

Retired teacher, MDUSD Martinez

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