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False and misleading mailer targets Glover

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, May 29th, 2008 at 12:34 pm in 2008 June primary, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics, Election 2008.

An opponent-funded campaign mailer (see images below) targeting Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg contains major misstatements and false impressions.

Erik Nunn of Oakley, one of five people running June 3 for the District 5 seat on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, paid for the four-page glossy brochure.

The Contra Costa Times periodically examines campaign literature and informs voters of the facts.

Here’s a breakdown:

What it says: “Federal Glover makes thousands of dollars a month as a Section 8 landlord.”

Is it true? No.

Glover has tenants in one Oakland triplex unit who qualify for federal housing assistance. The rent on the unit is $1,600 a month. The tenants pay a portion of the monthly rent, usually between 20 to 30 percent, and the Alameda County Housing Authority uses federal funds to pay the difference.

In addition to the triplex, Glover owns three rental properties with addresses in Pittsburg, Sacramento and Elk Grove.

Read on to see the rest of the mailer and the explanations.

What it says: “Federal Glover receives over $8,123 from Contra Costa County taxpayers each month.”

Is it true? Yes. As a Contra Costa County supervisor, Glover earns $95,000 a year in salary plus benefits.

What it says: “With all that money, why won’t Federal Glover pay his garbage bills on his Section 8 rentals? We pay him plenty.”

Is it true? No.

Glover’s tenants are responsible for paying their garbage bills.

But in the seven instances since 2001 at his property on West Street in Oakland listed on the mailer, Glover said tenants moved out and failed to notify Waste Management of Alameda County, which continues to bill the residents.

When they don’t pay, the company files liens against the property owner, who may or may not receive a notification of the action. The filer has the option to pay the county to send a copy of the document but it is not required.

Glover said he learned of the unpaid garbage bills when he received his Alameda County property tax assessments. He has paid all the past due amounts, which add up to $1,396.

What it says: The mailer’s second page lists eight properties under the banner of “Section 8.” The implication is that all listed properties are rentals for low-income tenants.

Is it true? No.

Only one property on the list has a Section 8 tenant. Several of the rentals have had Section 8 tenants in the past but that is no longer the case, Glover said.

The other homes listed include Glover’s personal residence, the homes of his son and another relative. One property near Clear Lake is undeveloped and has no living quarters.

What it says: “When it’s all said and done, taxpayers literally end up paying for Federal’s garbage service.” And “But when Federal Glover doesn’t pay his bills, we have to.”

Is it true? No.

Glover paid the liens with his own funds, which may have come from a portion of his salary.

But under this argument, taxpayers are also paying Glover’s electric bill, buying his gasoline and covering his drying cleaning tab. Once public employees earn their salaries, the taxpayers no longer have a claim to the money or how an individual spends it.

What it says: Quoting Glover, “It pi@*#* me off to sit here today and for someone to say, ‘Forgive me, I didn’t know what the code was.’ “

Is it true? Yes, Glover made this statement at a June 18, 2003, Board of Supervisors meeting.

But it bears no relevance to the question of his tenants’ unpaid garbage bills.

At the time, Glover was speaking at a hearing where the board ordered 30 families to tear down vacation homes constructed illegally on Salisbury Island in the Delta.

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  • Cara

    Eric Nunn will do anything and say anything to get elected even if it means lying to voters. Exactly the kind of person WE DON’T NEED on the Board of Supervisors.

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  • http://DonParscal Don Parscal

    Eric Nunn is the second most desperate candidate next Glover give limo rides to anyone that will vote for him.
    They are clones.

  • M. Yaz

    Pathetic attempt by Nunn’s camp to go negative. Lisa, thank you for clarifying. I also appreciate the balanced approach you take by informing the voters about the limo idea (although in my opinion, it’s harmless).
    Sal Evola and Seeno should have financed Gary Agopian. He is by far, the stronger candidate to take on the incumbent, Glover.

  • M. Yaz

    Pathetic attempt by Nunn’s camp to go negative. Lisa, thank you for clarifying. I also appreciate the balanced approach you take by informing the voters about the limo idea (although in my opinion, it’s harmless).
    Sal Evola and Seeno should have financed Gary Agopian. He is by far, the stronger candidate to take on the incumbent, Glover.

  • Steve Marston

    Glover still has two outstanding liens on his properties. Glover does receive those funds each month, as a Supervisor, because he gave himself a 60% pay raise! M.Yaz, where do you see that “Sal Evola and Seeno” are financing Nunn’s or anyone’s campaign? Check the campaign finance reports. Nunn nor hasn’t received any funds from Seeno.

  • Steve Marston

    Glover still has two outstanding liens on his properties. Glover does receive those funds each month, as a Supervisor, because he gave himself a 60% pay raise! M.Yaz, where do you see that “Sal Evola and Seeno” are financing Nunn’s or anyone’s campaign? Check the campaign finance reports. Nunn nor hasn’t received any funds from Seeno.

  • M. Yaz

    Steve,
    You are foolish if you don’t believe that any money coming out of Reno or Nevada (Peppermill Casino) isn’t being backrolled by Seeno/subcontractors. Your loyalty to Nunn is commendable but when Evola endorsed Nunn and Albert III went with his friendship for Erik over common sense/logic, they made a mistake.
    Agopian was the stronger choice.

  • M. Yaz

    Steve,
    You are foolish if you don’t believe that any money coming out of Reno or Nevada (Peppermill Casino) isn’t being backrolled by Seeno/subcontractors. Your loyalty to Nunn is commendable but when Evola endorsed Nunn and Albert III went with his friendship for Erik over common sense/logic, they made a mistake.
    Agopian was the stronger choice.

  • Ken Hambrick

    While I am not a Glover supporter, this kind of exposure of the false and misleading hit pieces is good reporting and the voters should be informed.

    But I am at a loss as to why the Times hasn’t done the same thing with the hit pieces being sent out about Guy Houston by Piepho supporters doing her dirty work.

    The Times should do the same analysis on the hit pieces on Robert Rao sent out by Judy Lloyd.

    The Times should be fair to all candidates when it comes to analysis of false and misleading hit pieces, not just the ones it supports.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Ken,

    Which mailers are you referring to that contain “false and misleading” information about Houston? The only negative mailers on Houston that I know about, which I’ve written and about and posted on my blog, refer to Houston’s lawsuit. The content of the mailers are accurate although there’s no question there are varying opinions about the significance of the lawsuit.

    As for the Rao mailer, I just saw that one yesterday and I’m including it in my mailer “hit parade” for my Sunday column.

    It would be impossible to analyze every mailer that comes out during a campaign and many of these mailers contain serious exaggerations. I have attempted to write about some of these in my blog, where I am able to post the mailer and let viewers see what I’m talking about.

    But the Glover mailer was particularly egregious and we felt it warranted a story.

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  • Steve Marston

    M.Yaz – an endorsement by Pittsburg Councilman Sal Evola is not the same as financial backing. Where on any candidate’s financial reports does Albert III’s name or his company name show up? You wrote that they “should have financed Gary Agopian,” instead, you implied they were financing Nunn.

  • Ray

    Steve,
    Either you are terribly naive or you are trying to dispense misleading information. We know that Seeno family members, employees and cronies can give political donations with their names even though the source of the money is not from their personal bank accounts.

  • Ray

    Steve,
    Either you are terribly naive or you are trying to dispense misleading information. We know that Seeno family members, employees and cronies can give political donations with their names even though the source of the money is not from their personal bank accounts.

  • Steve Marston

    Ray – I’m just going by the facts – the information in the campaign finance reports. Are you accusing the Seenos of funneling money to employees to contribute to Nunn? That’s illegal. You best be able to back up such a serious allegation. Besides, the employer information is listed on contributions of $100 and more. Are there any listings of Seeno employees in Nunn’s or anyone else’s filings? And who is the “we” in your comment “we know…”?

  • Steve Marston

    Ray – I’m just going by the facts – the information in the campaign finance reports. Are you accusing the Seenos of funneling money to employees to contribute to Nunn? That’s illegal. You best be able to back up such a serious allegation. Besides, the employer information is listed on contributions of $100 and more. Are there any listings of Seeno employees in Nunn’s or anyone else’s filings? And who is the “we” in your comment “we know…”?

  • Ray

    Let’s get back to the original topic shall we? Nice try in trying to twist the discussion around. We(and that’s an all-encompassing “we”, in general)all know that hit pieces will be issued during campaigns. But there is a difference in pointing out a candidate’s shortcomings and out-and-out fabrications. The lies and misleading statements in Nunn’s mailer were so bad, so out of line, so “egregious”, that the newspaper felt that it deserved to be the focus of a story. That Nunn flier was a real doozy, to put it mildly.

  • Ray

    Let’s get back to the original topic shall we? Nice try in trying to twist the discussion around. We(and that’s an all-encompassing “we”, in general)all know that hit pieces will be issued during campaigns. But there is a difference in pointing out a candidate’s shortcomings and out-and-out fabrications. The lies and misleading statements in Nunn’s mailer were so bad, so out of line, so “egregious”, that the newspaper felt that it deserved to be the focus of a story. That Nunn flier was a real doozy, to put it mildly.

  • Steve Marston

    The paper got it wrong. All of Glover’s properties in the mailer are Section 8. It’s just the Oakland one that is rent-controlled. The others are market rate. So don’t always believe what you read in the paper. Glover does get paid over $8,000 a month as a Supervisor and should be able to afford to pay his bills, even if his renters don’t, but he can sure afford some nice cars, can’t he? There are no twists, here. I’m merely challenging you on your false claims such as the one that Nunn is financially backed by Seeno or their employees. Facts are a hard thing to beat.

  • Steve Marston

    The paper got it wrong. All of Glover’s properties in the mailer are Section 8. It’s just the Oakland one that is rent-controlled. The others are market rate. So don’t always believe what you read in the paper. Glover does get paid over $8,000 a month as a Supervisor and should be able to afford to pay his bills, even if his renters don’t, but he can sure afford some nice cars, can’t he? There are no twists, here. I’m merely challenging you on your false claims such as the one that Nunn is financially backed by Seeno or their employees. Facts are a hard thing to beat.

  • Dot

    Erik Nunn works for American Underground Contactors
    who in turn work for Discovery Builders ie Seeno .
    Erik Nunn may not be receiving donations from Seeno personally but how about funneling to thru American Underground, it would just show up as payment for services

  • Dot

    Erik Nunn works for American Underground Contactors
    who in turn work for Discovery Builders ie Seeno .
    Erik Nunn may not be receiving donations from Seeno personally but how about funneling to thru American Underground, it would just show up as payment for services

  • Steve

    Facts are not going to be spoken from the camp that delivers…. US Underground works for all types of construction firms to make sure underground pipes are layed in the safest places. Ignoring facts like Seeno companies supporting Fed in the past is no being honest.

  • Steve

    Facts are not going to be spoken from the camp that delivers…. US Underground works for all types of construction firms to make sure underground pipes are layed in the safest places. Ignoring facts like Seeno companies supporting Fed in the past is no being honest.