I'm for Messina for Solano County Supervisor http://www.timesheraldonline.com/letters/ci_2...
Read Page 9 of "Solano County Combined Sample Ballot." Linda Seifert states, "Government only works when elected officials listen." Thrilling words, but not a description of Ms. Seifert's own practices.
She does not listen. I know from personal experience. I worked for many years for a small nonprofit in Benicia. I had occasion to contact Ms. Seifert's office for some information for my board of directors. In fact, I called three times, but never received an answer.
I am sure with the funds she has available, she has state-of-the-art phone equipment, but there could have been a mechanical failure. Once, but not three times.
Over-worked and understaffed? Again, possible one time, but she is a very well-to-do woman who can easily afford to reduce her supervisorial stipend. I doubt that she is understaffed.
How about name recognition? Who is this woman? What organization is this? Can she/it be of use/contribute to me? I think this is why I never received a call back, even though I called over a period of several months.
Name recognition seems important to our supervisor. Her list of financial supporters reads like a who's who of such lists. In politics, as we all know, he who subsidizes you, owns you. I would much rather that choices for Solano County's well being were decided in the county.
Speaking of support lists, why does Seifert have the names of private individuals from other counties on her support list? Are they also financial contributors? If so, what is the investment value to them?
I have been old long enough to vote for many decades. I have never missed an election and have always educated myself about candidates and issues. Of course, I have been seriously concerned many times, but never to the point where I wanted to stand on a mountain and shout to my fellow voters: "Where is all her money coming from?"
Never have I received so many political advertisements from a single candidate. Her mailings alone far exceed all the material I have received from candidates for all offices, plus propositions and measure material combined. From post cards to full-page, double-fold, four-page brochures, letters, invitations and requests for funds, this material costs thousands upon thousands of dollars.
At first I was amused, and then annoyed. Now I am seriously concerned. Where is all this money coming from? Can it be freely given, no returns expected? Not in politics.
And finally, please look at her favorite campaign photo -- requisite little black dress, perfect hairdo, string of pearls, carefully folded American flag (is she running for president?). Now cover up the teeth and look at the eyes only. What is there? Nothing. No emotion what so ever. All show and no substance.
I am voting for Messina.