News


Supervisor's race: Dave Pine elected

Parcel tax passes in Ravenswood City School District

Dave Pine has been elected to the District 1 seat of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, according to the complete count of ballots by the county Elections Office, released tonight (May 5).

Mr. Pine, a San Mateo Union High School District trustee, received 23,856 votes -- 1,556 more than runner-up Richard Holober, who received 22,300.

In third was Gina Papan with 21,796, followed by Terry Nagel with 8,683; Michael Stogner with 6,269; and Demetrios Nikas with 2,870.

In the Ravenswood City School District, a parcel tax measure just surpassed the two-thirds voter approval required for passage. A total of 782 voters were for it, or 67.9 percent, and 370 were opposed.

Click here for results from the county Elections Office.

A total of 88,739 ballots were cast in the May 3 all-mail election, 26 percent of the registered voters in the county.

The special election was held to fill the District 1 seat on the county Board of Supervisors, vacated when Mark Church was elected chief elections officer, assessor and recorder. District 1 is in the area of San Mateo, Hillsborough, Burlingame, Millbrae, San Bruno and South San Francisco, but candidates for the Board of Supervisors run county-wide.

By winning the most votes, Mr. Pine was elected to fill the remainder of Mr. Church's term, which ends in January 2013. See story, " Budget crisis top issue in supervisor's race" (April 14, 2011).

In the Ravenswood City School District, Measure B asked voters whether to renew an existing tax of $98 a year per parcel and to add $98, bringing the total annual tax to $196 per parcel. Passage of the measure is expected to generate about $1.2 million a year for the district. See story, "Ravenswood faces critical parcel tax decision" (April 28, 2011).

Comments

Like this comment
Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

My Congratulations to Dave Pine


Like this comment
Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on May 4, 2011 at 6:42 am

Congratulations to Dave Pine! Let's hope he can do something about cleaning up the corruption in San Mateo County.


Like this comment
Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on May 4, 2011 at 9:25 am

Congrats to Dave Pine! Looking forward to good changes!


Like this comment
Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 4, 2011 at 11:22 am

Lurker,

Just for the record Dave Pine never said anything about corruption in San Mateo County. He never said he is interested in cleaning up corruption in San Mateo County.


Like this comment
Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on May 4, 2011 at 11:51 am

To Michael Stogner: Who said anything about Pine talking about corruption ON the record? Consider the other possibilities.......


Like this comment
Posted by You got it all wrong
a resident of another community
on May 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Lurker, your post is the best reason why it's a shame Stogner didn't win. We need leaders who are willing to talk about corruption and problems ON THE RECORD, not "OFF". That's Stogner. Apparently Pine does not have that courage. We need a leader with that courage.


Like this comment
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

What a sad commentary on our democracy -"Of the 341,303 registered voters, only 24 percent -- or 81,806 -- cast votes in this all-mail special election. " Even walking to their malbox with a postage paid envelope was too hard for over 75% of the voters.


Like this comment
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I post this from Turkey, a young democracy, where 73% of the registered voters voted in their last election.

I am embarassed; how sad that we take democracy for granted when so many others in the world would give anything to have what we have been given by those who went before us.


Like this comment
Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Lurker, This is what I responded to:


"Congratulations to Dave Pine! Let's hope he can do something about cleaning up the corruption in San Mateo County."

I din't mean to single Dave Pine out, when I said he never mentioned this subject during the campaign. Not one of the other 4 candidates did either.

Now lets get real for just a moment, Dave Pine is a wealthy man who is married and haas 2 children.....He has a lot to lose if he stands up to corruption.

Not likely


Like this comment
Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I meant to say...Not one of the other 5 candidates did either.


Like this comment
Posted by Michael Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Great article on Prosecutorial misconduct.....which was part of my platform

Web Link


Like this comment
Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on May 5, 2011 at 10:57 am

Even in congratulating Pine, all I hear are a bunch of unhappy people who disagree with one another. Not the makings of a good start for Dave Pine.
As for Mr. Carpenter comparing elections in Turkey to SAN MATEO COUNTY, it is hilarious......Peter should be reminded of the differences in incomes of those Turks voting so desperately, while our corrupt politics involve nothing but HUGE money and very secretive operations which will be addressed by someone...in fact,I do know that the "rumor" there is a private investigation happening in this "richest" community for the past two years.The name mentioned as the investigator, is the name I was told may have some of the worst offenders doing time.
My days of being disliked for accusing SAN MATEO COUNTY as one of the most corrupt areas, are over. Now people want credit. I give it to you.


Like this comment
Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on May 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

New election results just out: Pine beats Holober by a bigger margin- 1556 votes.

Michael Stogner saw his numbers go up, too.

Election results released at 4:30 pm today:

Web Link


Like this comment
Posted by observing
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I also congratulate Pine. However, this election just proves once again, that big money carries the day. (exception was Whitman)

Now we shall see if the big Bohannon bucks can buy a seat for Gail Slocum, who seems poised to want a seat at the county level.

With Kelly Fergusson backing her, how can she lose!


Like this comment
Posted by Michael Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I called Dave Pine to congratulate him on his win.


Like this comment
Posted by A neighbor
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

I am always concerned when I here superficial and politically expedient labels applied to community leaders by those who did not support them. I supported Dave Pine, have worked with him and found him to be a person of good conscious, reliable, hard-working, thoughtful and an excellent leader. I feel he will represent my family's interests well (and I am not wealthy.)

There are a lot of wealthy people in San Mateo County. If you have decided that anyone who spends their own money to get their message out in San Mateo County has "bought" their seat, then that's just sour grapes. Perhaps Dave Pine won because, of the folks who actually paid attention to the race and got off of their duffs to vote, felt he was the best candidate. Richard Holober is a good leader and a good candidate, too, and he came in 2nd. I think the best two candidates got the most votes.


Like this comment
Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

Dave Pine and his advisors determined early on that name recognition is very valuable. They felt that Gina Papan's name was worth $300,000, I agree with them in theory I don't know the amount but looks like Dave was right. I support anybody in investing as much of their own money as they want in a campaign.

The media makes it even more expensive when they report to the Voters that there are 4 candidates instead of the 6 candidates.

I know of only one candidate who expressed a negative comment about Dave Pine's spending and that was Richard Holober.


Like this comment
Posted by Council Watcher
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 6, 2011 at 11:59 am

If it weren't for the relentless efforts of a former Menlo Park Mayor it is quite likely that Dave Pine would not have been elected. She is a tour de force and Dave Pine owes her his eternal gratitude.


Like this comment
Posted by Calm Down
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Good grief! I hope these Almanac posts aren't representative of the overall populace. Dissent and debate are key ingredients of a thriving democracy, but once an election is over we should turn to progress. If you have an issue with Dave Pine's positions or a particular point of view on what needs to happen in San Mateo County, email him. He is now your elected representative. He also happens to be extremely smart, well-informed and in touch with reality. The guy understands finances which is going to be important in the current climate. Yes, he has two kids, a house, a car and a job. Is someone suggesting that we need a Supervisor with no family and nothing to lose? That's the description of a vigilante or the Unibomber. If you believe there is real corruption on the Board of Supervisors -- accepting money for favors, etc. -- then that is illegal and you need to speak up by calling the FBI or another law enforcement agency. Otherwise, you should hold Dave Pine up to the same standards you expect of any official -- to make decisions in an unbiased and reasonable way and not for purposes of payback nor enrichment.


Like this comment
Posted by IMHO
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Dave Pine won! I voted for him. I was very dubious about candidates Papan and Holober since they had so much union support and money. Dave is truly a breathe of fresh air. He isn't beholden to anyone or ny special interest group. I read about large campaign donations from nurses (Holober) and firefighters (Papan). When unions make extraordinary donations they have expectations of that candidate.


Like this comment
Posted by peter carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm

peter carpenter is a registered user.

IMHO states:"When unions make extraordinary donations they have expectations of that candidate."

How true!! And this is why voters should never vote for a candidate who accepts donations or endorsements from the very people whose salaries and benefits they will be called upon to approve.

I urge candidates to public office to pledge that they will only accept donations and endorsements from individuals who are actually eligible to vote for them.


Like this comment
Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Every single piece of Pine junk mail had the union symbol on it. I hope he is not a union puppet! I won't know for sure until he starts his term.


Like this comment
Posted by confused
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Joanna, what union symbol. I just went to my recycling and I only saw Pine's FPPC#.


Like this comment
Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm

It is commonly called the "union bug." It is an oval shape and in this case, is placed very close to the addressee. My recycling is gone or I would give more details.

Here is a search link:
Web Link


Like this comment
Posted by confused
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I looked and I think it means that the political materials, which are usually ordered en masse, are printed by a union printer.


Like this comment
Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

confused is right. The union bug is indicative of a union print shop.


Like this comment
Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Dave Pine is the best of the major 4 by far.

His endorsements.

Web Link


Like this comment
Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm

confused: you are right. All it means is that it was printed by a union printer.

I am just wondering out loud if it ends there. I hope I'm wrong.


Like this comment
Posted by ann
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Joanna, simply look at the candidates' endorsements (at their websites) and you will see that the unions lined up their support and money behind Papan and Holober.


Like this comment
Posted by NON sense
a resident of another community
on May 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm

He sounds like a real family man.
Just what I don't give a rat's rear to know.
All of you who voted our last supervisor in would be shocked and dismayed if in an investigation revealed an unsavory past, during the 12 year "heyday" of growth and prosperity for those who were not involved in Wall Street. Hardly likely.
If Wall Street fell with such a gigantic thud and had any of you ever known Bernie, you would have loved him. A great guy who I did not put faith in because of the ways he was moving and my CEO friends who didn't get pulled in by LARGE greed. It does come in many sizes and I have also been privvy to outlandish reclessness with the law..........glad to report that a few of them lost 100's of millions and also had to give up political aspirations.
I just wish all of you would stop behaving as if this area is lily white and an example of how COUNTYS should be run.
Wait and see before the gushing over him causes a mini flood.
Those who were in unions prior to 9/11 and Wall St. made up most of what was the middle class in America. This area has to get over the fact that their shed doesn't stink.
I wouldn't mind seeing the return of unions. Even if the members are not of "our crowd".


Like this comment
Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm

NON sense = R Gordon


Like this comment
Posted by NON sense
a resident of another community
on May 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Rich Gordon is not near this world of tv drama to ruin the plot of even that.
It DOES occur to me the Menlo Voter does more Jr. detective work and has admiration for a handful of kind of weak personalities who he attempts to waterboard all of us into loving as much as he.
The major difference between me and most people here, is that I am of the belief that NOTHING on a large scale (???) is ever going to happen unless Unions across America regroup and force change while being more closely aligned to the CONSTITUTION than most of the corrupt people in small offices in failed COUNTYS.
The list of gripes from the high and mighty here have no place in any union hall town meeting. There, the gavel would sound after something of value was decided.
All we have here is a lot of congratulatory notes being sent by an aging population who have very little to offer their progeny.


Like this comment
Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Non sense. No, not "Rich Gordon", R. Gordon. [Portion removed; please be respectful of other posters.]


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Salt & Straw Palo Alto to open Nov. 23
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 2,298 views

Trials of My Grandmother
By Aldis Petriceks | 2 comments | 1,359 views

Lakes and Larders (part 2)
By Laura Stec | 0 comments | 1,092 views