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Blackmail in Martinez?

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, October 11th, 2010 at 5:25 pm in 2010 election, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics.

Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald

Martinez mayoral candidate John Fitzgerald has accused incumbent Mayor Rob Schroder of stealing his signs and posted a video claiming that Councilwoman Lara DeLaney is blackmailing him. (See both videos below.)

Sigh. Why is it always Martinez?

On the sign-napping case, Fitzgerald sent Schroder an invoice for signs the challenger insists the mayor pinched from the property next to Home Depot where the landlord usually sells pumpkins and Christmas

Schroder

Schroder

trees. Fitzgerald made a video, where he admitted removing Schroders’ signs in retaliation.

But according to an email from Jerry Kilma, the property owner, Fitzgerald failed to obtain permission to place his signs there and they were removed. Schroder had nothing to do with it. (Fitzgerald subsequently removed the video from his website but one of Schroder’s supporters recorded it, which I have provided below.

The pair have also sparred over the placement of signs outside LeBeau’s restaurant in downtown Martinez. When Schroder saw Fitzgerald’s signs affixed to the outside railing, he told the bartender he was disappointed. He and his wife, Suzanne, eat there often but she told the staff she had no desire

DeLaney

DeLaney

to dine next to Fitzgerald’s signs. The bartender took down the signs and the owner later apologized to Schroder.

Now, about the blackmail allegations.

The flap emerged after the publication of a quote from Fitzgerald on Oct. 3 in the Martinez Gazette:  “I think the City Council is tied to money outside of this community, I can’t prove it but I believe they are tied to Gus Kramer and are on the take.”

DeLaney was furious. She confronted Fitzgerald at a recent candidate event and asked him to retract  his “baseless and false statements.”

Fitzerald  refused, she said. After talking over the situation with a few supporters, DeLaney left what she nows agrees was an ill-advised phone message on Fitzgerald’s phone on Oct. 7, which he saved and posted on his website:

“John, this is Lara DeLaney. I have not seen your apology in the paper as yet, so I guess what I need to do is to just give you a deadline and I’ll give you 48 hours to send me a copy of your apology to the council and to Mr. Kramer and a retraction of your comments or not only will I contact your wife but I’m afraid Mr. Kramer who knows about, uh, your, your interest in me and your, ah, your stalking me, ah, is going to contact the papers himself and I really don’t have control over him and what he does, so, um, 48 hours, I’d like you to send me, you can email me a copy of your apology and your retraction. Thank you.”

It was not blackmail, DeLaney says. She simply wanted him to “step up and do the right thing, which was to retract a statement which is totally untrue and for which he has no facts to base them upon.”

It particularly galled DeLaney to read accusations of unethical behavior from Fitzgerald, a man she says she met two years ago at Armandos, a music club in downtown Martinez.

She says Fitzgerald pursued her for weeks. He dropped by her house unannounced. He left her CDs of artists he thought she would enjoy. He called her at work. He said he was unhappy in his marriage.

“There is no doubt he was interested in me, and if I had given him the green light, he would have had an affair or left his wife,” DeLaney said. “But I had zero interest in John Fitzgerald, especially after I began to hear so many of his crazy conspiracy theories.”

Fitzgerald’s attentions waned and she says she didn’t hear from him again until earlier this year when he filed to run in the Congressional District 7 Democratic primary against Rep. George Miller. He dropped by her house and brought her some of his campaign literature, she said.

“I knew he didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning, especially after people heard some of his conspiracies,” DeLaney said.

But now, DeLaney says she intends to file a police report outlining her encounters with Fitzgerald, particularly after a friend and supporter received anonymous phones calls from individuals who described themselves as his supporters and said something to effect of, “How can you associate with someone like her (DeLaney?)”

I sent two emails to Fitzgerald mid-day and as yet, I have received no answer to my questions about DeLaney’s assertion that he pursued her romantically. I also asked him on what information he based his statement that the City Council and Gus Kramer are “on the take.” I’ll update this post as soon as I hear from him.

UPDATE 10/12/2010, 1:37 p.m.: Fitzgerald sent me this response, which I have posted in its entirety:

Dear Lisa:

Lara and I have spoken several times about city matters: the noise issues

with the motorcycles, why police aren’t walking the streets, the need to

revitalize the marina and many others – she’s a city councilwoman. There’s

nothing romantic in city ordinances, and her attempts to inflate that into an

interest in her is absurd.

In my comments in the Martinez News-Gazette, I merely expressed the widely-

held concern about the council’s ties to Mr. Kramer, a view shared by countless

Martinez residents.

That obviously touched a nerve with Ms. DeLaney, otherwise why would she

risk her political career by attacking my family and committing felony

blackmail? The powers that be seem desperate to maintain business as usual

at City Hall, as evidenced by the Le Beau’s sign incident.

Thank you for the opportunity to respond.

Sincerely,

John Fitzgerald

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  • Ralph Hoffmann

    It ain’t always Martinez. It’s the bipolar politics brought about by the down economy nationwide. What this County needs after Nov 2 is someone who has served in both the GOP and Dem Central Committees. Know anyone?

  • http://none Dejah Dorantes

    Martinez is the County Seat….it’s much bigger than a little hamlet like Crockett or Port Costa, where everybody knows everybody and this type of soap opera political intrigue would be more du jour, but, Martinez?? Really?? We are 150 years past when the white ranchers bought tracts from the the Mexican governors and bands of horsemen fought over which town would be California’s State Capitol, yet, here we are with this sprawling, affluent, and considerably grown county’s seat of government squabbling over silly scandal like some tiny town of yesteryear. Get over it, Martinez, somebody qualified, not some old-money politico bunch of power-hungry wannabes, should step up and run for (very) public office, and all these power-players should step aside from public scruitiny.

  • Chris Kapsalis

    I was at La Beau’s the night in question, an eye witness to the whole thing. Mayor Rob bullied La Beau’s to take Johns sings down or else he would never eat there again. With two phone calls before he would eat there. The lady cutting down John’s signs said she could not afford to lose his business. She was very upset. I also wonder about other places that took John’s sings down. And who and why they put up Rob’s, a liar and bully. Using his power as Mayor to pressure businesses to not publicly support John. I saw it first hand, and will testify under oath of what I saw.
    He blatantly took away someone’s right to support who they want for Mayor or pay the price. Now people are afraid for obvious reasons. This is unconstitutional. He lied about the incident. He twisted it , spun it like I knew he would. I used to support him. I saw it first hand and I will guarantee you that if you put up a John sign you will not be a friend to Mayor Rob and you will not be on his Christmas mailing list to put it lightly.
    This kind of person must not be Mayor of our city, or any city.
    As to Lara Delaney. Is there any police report, anything to back up any of her claims about John? no. However, John has evidence in a Grand Jury report about possible corruption at our city hall. Lost monies. In 1999, 4 million was earmarked for the Marina. The money was lost. Where is it? Three people on the Martinez City council today, were on the Martinez city council in 1999. All legitimate concerns . He did not name Lara by name in the accusation. And also Lara’s message she will tell his wife? That is low. And with lies? This person must not be on the city council. Period. She will tell Gus? Why on earth tell Gus? Unless she is in bed with him so to speak. If someone said I am one the take I would say prove it, then I would say I am taking this matter up in the COURTS, a court of law, not tell your wife you have feeling for me. And that you stalked me? I would first laugh if someone said I was on the take and I was not. I would say that’s absurd. But to mess with a marriage, 2 years after she claims this all took place? And never filed a police report of a person stalking her? If someone is stalking me, Came to my House, I would CALL THE POLICE. If you file a false police report, then that is a crime right. Did she file a police report? A possible first step to a restraining order? If she did, she needs to make that public. If she did not, well, why not?. Anyone on the council who is actively being stalked, with the tuff anti stalking laws on the books, who does not file a police report, is foolish to say the least. I call you know what on Lara.

  • Caroyn Hill

    Chris is correct. If someone feels they are beig stalked, especially a city council member, I would think the police would be notified, as many of these people have a lot of enemies. Laura was way off base by leaving the message on Johns voice mail. As for Gus Kramer, take time to review the “supporters” (financially) on all the incumbents financial forms. They all are mainly supported by BUILDERS, DEVELOPERS, ETC. Now, look at the challengers financial forms, they are mainly supported by MARTINEZ RESIDENTS AND MARTINEZ CITIZENS that care about Martinez and do not want redevelopment. The people to cast your votes for are obvious!

  • Janet Jones

    Lara Delaney lives with Gus Kramer. It’s common knowledge that she has an apartmentin order to maintain an address in Martinez, but is never there. John Fitzgerald hit a nerve when he mentioned Gus Kramer’s name. He’s her paramour.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    To Janet Jones:

    God love the rumormill in Martinez but none of what you have written is true.

    Granted, Gus would love it if Lara moved in with him. I called Gus about it and he said, “Hope springs eternal.”

    And she doesn’t need to have an apartment to maintain a Martinez address. In fact, Lara lives in a house in Martinez she has owned since 2002. Gus lives in Martinez, too, so there would be no reason for Lara to maintain an apartment if she really lived with him.

    Gus would be a very lucky man if only all the rumors about his personal life were true.

  • Chris Kapsalis

    I would like to add that a cease and desist order should be made when someone is harassing you, bothering you, or stalking you. Calling you. A No Contact Order. Is there any proof Lara served or tried to serve John such an order at anytime before calling John with a threat of exposing an alleged what? INterest in her? Tell everyone he stalked her? With no police report ever? Until now she claims, when John would not do as she demanded? Blackmail pure and simple.
    And what about when he showed up “unannounced” at her home? As I understand it that if after you serve them such an order, by certified mail or email etc. , that after three more contacts by phone, email or in person, or any other contact not directly related to business etc., that a restraining order can be served. Does she have proof she mailed John a certified letter to leave her alone back then? I would like to see it. If not, again, why?
    I had an incident when I mailed someone a certified letter to stop all contact with me. They did not accept it or sign for the mail. But I left it unopened as proof I tried to serve them with such an order. Does Lara have any proof? I am sure we would have seen it by now. She is trying to assassinate his character.

  • Anne Mobley

    I don’t believe the pumpkin/Christmas tree seller at all. He is providing a cover-up. How convenient. What the mayor did was wrong about having LeBeau’s Restaurant remove a competitor’s political sign. It does not show fairness in his campaign.
    I do believe this phone message from Lara was blackmail because she mentioned she was going to John’s wife. What does that have to do with what John said about the City? Granted, Lara is a very pretty lady, but so is John’s wife. I don’t believe for a minute that John came on to Lara. Because many men must hit on her, she perhaps misunderstood him or created a scenario to try to destroy his bid for mayor. I heard she also said she would ruin his campaign and maybe this story is what she is trying to do.
    This was a an unfortunate mistake for Lara. She is smarter than that. John is a good family man.
    While I like Lara personally, I do not agree with her vision about Martinez and the need to bring debt to Martinez via redevelopment, so I would be unable to support her or anyone whose vision I do not share. Voting should not be about popularity. It should be about issues.
    Shame on the Contra Costa Times to endorse only those incumbents who want redevelopment. Why would the Times do that when it impacts fire, emergency medical services, and other services from special districts. Did they not read how diversion of tax dollars to RDA’s contribute to the reduction of facilities, manpower and equipment? Just check out http://www.contracostalafco.org/view_agenda/10132010/. Also check out RDA problems at www3.senate.ca.gov/portal/site/senoversight, Reports – 5/3/10. There were seven findings which were: no assurance, lax records, loose law, messy data, questionable spending, unreliable audits and code enforcement, recommending stronger oversight of RDAs.
    Martinez voters need to JUST SAY NO TO A RDA and not vote for anyone who supports it. More RDA information can be found at: http://www.redevelopment.com.
    Lisa, I think you are pretty hard on John by the way you write about him and your treatment of him at the candidate’s forum. I don’t know what your history is with John in his former political campaigning, but you usually are fair and impartial. This election is so ugly that you are even wrapped up in it.
    There are lots of rumors about many people who are in power in the City and the County. People are just so good at cover-up, only those in the inner circle really know the truth. The losers are the citizens of Martinez.

  • Chris Kapsalis

    But according to an email from Jerry Kilma, the property owner, Fitzgerald failed to obtain permission to place his signs there and they were removed. Schroder had nothing to do with it. (Fitzgerald subsequently removed the video from his web site but one of Schroeder’s supporters recorded it, which I have provided below.

    The pair have also sparred over the placement of signs outside La Beau’s restaurant in downtown Martinez. When Schroder saw Fitzgerald’s signs affixed to the outside railing, he told the bartender he was disappointed. He and his wife, Suzanne, eat there often but she told the staff she had no desire

    REPLY> LIE. I was there. Rob is Lying. Period. And John is honest about what he did, Rob is not. Rob bullied La Beau’s to remove his signs or else, and is he lying about the Pumpkin Patch lot? Did Rob also say take John’s signs down from there or else? I believe so. I saw him do it first hand at La Beau’s. He is a Bully, and a liar. And plays dirty.
    And as I said, it makes no difference to John, or to me, a John’s Fitzgerald supporter, if someone has a Rob sign up or not. I still shop there, eat there. So does John. Rob does not. You decide who to trust and who is the better man to be Mayor. John Fitzgerald is.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Anne: I’ve been a journalist for many years now, and I have a pretty accurate read on people. (My now-grown children hated it so much that they wouldn’t bring home their dates too soon because I could assess in the first 10 minutes whether or not their selections were losers!) I have known Rob Schroder for 10 years and while he is not exactly Mr. Dynamite, I have never observed the type of behavior his critics ascribe to him, i.e., cover-ups, lying, intimidation, etc. In my first conversation with John Fitzgerald early this year, after he entered the Democratic congressional primary, he was excessively aggressive with me on the phone and he promoted some pretty far0out-there national-level conspiracy theories. I met Fitzgerald in person for the first time at the Election Preview taping, where he proceeded to try and verbally run over me. He behaved similarly at the chamber forum. I don’t like bullies and I will not allow myself to be bullied.

    Frankly, I don’t believe all the conspiracy theories swirling around Martinez about members of the council being “on the take.” I never confuse conspiracy with plain old incompetence. Moreover, it is flat out wrong to accuse anyone, elected or not, of committing felonies without evidence to back it up. If someone has actual proof, I would love to see it. But in all these years I have covered Martinez, no one has ever produced anything except rumors and speculation.

  • John W

    There she goes again. Lisa V. standing up for truth and accuracy. How boring!

  • Anne Mobley

    And why have people not come forward? Maybe it is because they are AFRAID. I have talked to merchants and they are very afraid. Is this what Martinez has come to? People are afraid to speak their minds for fear of retaliation. I witness that first hand nearly every day.
    Believe me, the smiles on people’s faces hide their dark side. You are in the media. Most politicians or would-be politicians don’t want to get on your bad side. You will only see what the want you to see. There are other sides to people that you have not seen. Believe the intimidation. It happened.
    John is honest. So honest that he does not display the smiling face with the dark side. He lets it all hang out like a real person does. He is not propelled by his ego. Maybe his approach is less than subtle, but you get what you get without wondering where he is coming from. AND, he is not bought and paid for. How refreshing. No special interests. Wow! This is why I like him and other candidates who have no special intersts behind them.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Anne:

    Afraid of what? This isn’t Russia. What on earth could the members of the Martinez City Council actually do to anyone? This notion that Schroder goes around intimidating people just doesn’t match up with my experience in Martinez.

    What retaliation have you personally witnessed and who was behind it? Name some names. Give me some specifics. Call me and talk to me off the record, if you want. I know you. We’ve bowled together, for heaven’s sake. You’re not someone I associate with wild, unproven accusations nor are you an individual with a sketchy background.

  • Chris Kapsalis

    I saw it at La BEau’s. They would not even give there names when GReta interviewed them about that incident. However she told me that Rob called twice and demanded the signs dcome down or he would never eat there again. Read what Greta Reported on in the MArtinez Gazette. http://www.martinezgazette.com/news/story/i1520/2010/10/07/emotions-flare-over-campaign-signs
    (Two Le Beau’s staff members, who asked not to be identified by name for this story, confirmed on Wednesday that after candidate John Fitzgerald requested permission to place his campaign signs along the restaurant’s patio fence, frequent diner and incumbent Rob Schroder personally threatened the management with permanent withdrawal of his patronage unless they immediately removed the signs.)
    Now read that anmd read what mayor rob said happened.
    As he told you?
    (The pair have also sparred over the placement of signs outside LeBeau’s restaurant in downtown Martinez. When Schroder saw Fitzgerald’s signs affixed to the outside railing, he told the bartender he was disappointed. He and his wife, Suzanne, eat there often but she told the staff she had no desire

    DeLaney
    to dine next to Fitzgerald’s signs. The bartender took down the signs and the owner later apologized to Schroder.)

    Rob is lying. Rob bullied them to take down the sings or else. There is your proof our Mayor is lying and a bully. You hate bullies? Right?

  • Chris Kapsalis

    The truth> Rob Schroder personally threatened the management with permanent withdrawal of his patronage unless they immediately removed the signs.)

    Rob’s lie>he told the bartender he was disappointed.

    (He “Threatened” them to “immediately” removed the signs.)”

    No it is not Russia Lisa, it is Martinez. People are hanging by a thread, going out of business. Now read above the truth of What Rob did. If supporters of Rob Boycott a business that dares support John, they can go out of business. That is wrong. I have and will shop and eat if they have a John sign up, A Rob sign, an Alford sign, Rob will not. John will and has.
    You are entitled to your opinion Lisa, but I gave you proof positive Rob lied to you. Do you still trust him?

  • Janet Jones

    Lisa,
    You ask Ann “What retaliation have you witnessed and who was behind it?” I saw it on a YouTube video: Lara Delaney blackmailing John Fitzgerald, and threatening him with retaliation from Gus Kramer, who she says she can’t control what he does. As though she has the control to unlease Gus Kramer on John Fitzgerald. My impression of Lara Delaney: she’s vicious, ambitious, arrogant and blinded by her own self-delusions, as witnessed in the video firsthand.
    Janet

  • Philip Zilcher

    Lisa does not seem to think Lara’s threatening phone call is ‘a bad thing’ as she has not mentioned the phone call once in her comments…only ‘what a lucky man Gus Kramer would be if all the rumors about his personal life were true.’ This statement of course is a very unsubtle way for Lisa to kiss up to Lara by saying saying Gus would be lucky if it were indeed true Lara and he were living together. Lisa is not a high level journalist. Once you realize this its hard to be too upset.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Philip:

    Why would I need to kiss up to Lara DeLaney? What could I possibly need or want from Lara DeLaney? Elected officials come and they go, but I’ll still be here.

    Lighten up. It was a joke. DeLaney is way out of Kramer’s league, and he knows and she knows it.

    As for DeLaney’s phone call, it was stupid or “ill-advised,” as I wrote at the top of this post. But it was not a felony nor was it blackmail, per my discussion with the District Attorney’s Office. You’ll have to read my Sunday column to read all the details.

  • Philip Zilcher

    Lisa. This isn’t working. I’m going to give you 48 hours to admit you were kissing up to Lara, or I’m calling your husband and telling him about your obsession with me.
    OK I lightened up. Thanks. Also thank you for being so high level and not being grumpy about me saying you were not a high level journo. I will read your Sunday column. I just don’t like crooked behavior…especially by those that are in place to serve the citizenry. This Gus and this Lara are clearly not cool peopl. They are burning with compassion and love for the people they serve. They are the bad guys. And I guess I felt they didnt deserve to be spoken about in terms of being lucky and whose is out of whose league. Light talk like that should be reserved for those that care about their fellow man more than their own ego, wallet and hold on power.

  • Philip Zilcher

    (I needed to repost this as I left out a very important ‘not’ when I posted this a minute ago)
    Lisa. This isn’t working. I’m going to give you 48 hours to admit you were kissing up to Lara, or I’m calling your husband and telling him about your obsession with me.
    OK I lightened up. Thanks. Also thank you for being so high level and not being grumpy about me saying you were not a high level journo. I will read your Sunday column. I just don’t like crooked behavior…especially by those that are in place to serve the citizenry. This Gus and this Lara are clearly not cool people. They are not burning with compassion and love for the people they serve. They are the bad guys. And I guess I felt they didnt deserve to be spoken about in terms of being lucky and whose is out of whose league. Light talk like that should be reserved for those that care about their fellow man more than their own ego, wallet and hold on power.

  • Chris Kapsalis

    You are innocent until proven guilty. How can John prove himself innocent? Lara needs to show proof. Anything? John has proof Lara called him and left that Blackmail message. And that is exactly what is was. Does Lara have anything? An email form John? A cell phone message? She today says she has physical evidence. Bring it out. This is no doubt politically motivated, just days before the election. The vote. And John must do this or that or she will tell Gus? Johns wife? Give me a freaken break. If she was afraid, and he was stalking her, why no police report? No “no contact order”? Nothing. I am not buying it. Unless Lara shows us the police report she said she just made, 2 years after the fact, and that she knows filing a false police report is a crime. Let’s see it. I would like to know what she told the police the other day. Then John may be able to defend himself. If not, this is dirty pool and dirty politics. Lies. I only want the truth after all. Show us Lara.
    I know John Well and never heard any of this. I know John has admitted mistakes, been honest about everything he has done relevant to this election. Mayor Rob cannot say the same. And at this point, unless I see a police report, you file charges, and John can defend himself, I am very skeptical of Lara.

  • Chris Kapsalis

    You are innocent until proven guilty. How can John prove himself innocent? Lara needs to show proof. Anything? John has proof Lara called him and left that Blackmail message. And that is exactly what is was. Does Lara have anything? An email form John? A cell phone message? She today says she has physical evidence. Bring it out. This is no doubt politically motivated, just days before the election. The vote. And John must do this or that or she will tell Gus? Johns wife? Give me a freaken break. If she was afraid, and he was stalking her, why no police report? No “no contact order”? Nothing. I am not buying it. Unless Lara shows us the police report she said she just made, 2 years after the fact, and that she knows filing a false police report is a crime. Let’s see it. I would like to know what she told the police the other day. Then John may be able to defend himself. If not, this is dirty pool and dirty politics. Lies. I only want the truth after all. Show us Lara.
    I know John Well and never heard any of this. I know John has admitted mistakes, been honest about everything he has done relevant to this election. Mayor Rob cannot say the same. And at this point, unless I see a police report, you file charges, and John can defend himself, I aint buyng it.

  • Anne Mobley

    My apologies to Lara Delaney for offending her in this issue with John F. I should not have blogged without some proof from either side when I made my statement earlier. However, leaving the phone message was not a smart move and I am sure Lara has regrets on that.
    I could never be a judge because I would not know who to believe in the cases they have to decide upon.
    Lisa, your experience in Martinez is what most people see. Reality is something else. Most of the buildings downtown are owned by a small group of people. One in particular owns 26 properties I have been told. The merchants for the most part do not own their buildings. If they go against their landlord’s projects, or are vocal on issues not popular with their landlords, they worry their rents would go up or worse. They complain to me as if I could help them and then I get asked for their names. I promised them I would not divulge them and I stand on that.
    Ask one of the vocal business owners who ended up being red tagged because she spoke out. Or another who was sent a huge bill for sidewalk repair. You know how to contact me if you need names. They felt it was retaliation.
    A young couple did not want a building close to their backyard fence, but since it was a friend of the City Council who wanted it and a member of MSM, that young couple ended up very upset and disallusioned about our city government because the Council ruled against them.
    Are you kidding me, Lisa, do you really think this does not happen in our happy hamlet? Or are the things that happen merely coincidences? I really thought I was the only one who used to see the world out of rose colored glasses. Power can be corrupt. This is a general statement. There are some good people but there are some not so good.
    Most times I feel like we are living in the town depicted in the movie Road House.
    I think you are terrific and you know me pretty well. I do know what I am talking about. I live it day in and day out and I hear all the stories.
    Why do you think the downtown is not successful? Beautiful little historic towns flourish. Many of us believe the Council does not want a thriving downtown so they could blight it for redevelopment purposes. They keep allowing businesses that do not pay sales tax to occupy Main Street. I heard we just had another Bail Bond company approved when I thought there was a moritorium. We need more retail and restaurants on ground level to bring people here. No big box anchor store will ever want to come to Martinez because we don’t have the demographics. Most people love the little shops.
    Maybe the City should have invested the stimulus money (or grant or whoever they got the money from) that they used for Marina Vista to build a parking garage or at least a parking lot.
    Take the rose colored glasses off, Lisa, darling. It happens. Yes, even in little old Martinez.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Thanks, Anne!

  • Caroyn Hill

    why did Laura DeLaney hold a Lattes for Laura at Legal Grounds and one of the items on her talking point list was “Revitalization of the Historic Area”? In the past she has been 100%, along with the rest of the council, for Redevelopment. Is she playing a word exchange game??

  • Janet Jones

    If you’ve noticed all the incumbent candidates are for “revitalization”. I have not seen or heard any one of them talk about using a Redevelopment Agency. Or stand up for the use of the RDA. Why? I think it’s because Martinez is one of three cities in Contra Costa County that has managed to avoid creating a RDA.The other two are Orinda and Moraga. And we are better off for it. The mayor brags: Paraphrasing:”We have surplus in our General Fund. We haven’t had to lay off any workers; crime is down; schools are in good shape.” So, why mess it up with a RDA. People don’t realize that the city council’s create the RDA, decide on where and what to level, fund them, and hire developers to build for them. IT’S A RACKET FRIENDS! The incumbent candidates want it to serve and satisfy their friends: consultants, bond brokers and especially the developer friends. Delaney is attached to Gus Kramer (by her own admission), who is attached to Seeno (yesterday’s Times report). It’s one big happy family. And the less the citizens know about it, the better for those who’s pockets are getting lined. So, the incumbent candidates want nothing to do with an RDA while soliciting votes. For this all to go forward, they have to get re elected.

  • http://wearechangesf.org common sense

    my initial comment isn’t appearing. deleted? how surprising =p

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Common Sense: No one has deleted your comments. Sometimes our automated spam filter automated gets a bit zealous, though. (The spam that hits this blog is unbelievable, hundreds in a day.) Try posting again and I’ll watch for it.

  • Rachael

    I say throw them all in a little room and let them duke it out. This is beyond ridiculous. Let’s get back to whats important, like taking care of our city, its merchants and the folks that reside here. Enough of the catty B.S. Move on and do something constructive. Please.

  • Concerned Citizen

    This is a no brainer for me. One candidate has proven experience, has lived here and raised his family here, has kept the books open for all to see, and is easy to talk to and not the least bit aggressive. Another candidate left our town because our school system wasn’t good enough for his children, but now that his house won’t sell in this market, he is back and using martinez as a political stepping stone for his dreams of congress…all the while being aggressive at debates, spreading complete untruths about other candidates, and creating fear and worry with his lies about lost money. The signs, the blackmail, it’s all just ridiculous, but overall, Fitzgerald has done nothing to gain my trust.

  • 26yr MTZ Resident

    Mike Alford for Mayor!
    At least LaBeau’s has that sign out…
    Lara should get her nose out of the air.
    (Not the marrying type, as I would hate to have to talk to her everyday…..)

  • Contra Costa Resident

    With regard to DeLaney…run a Google search for “Borderline Personality Disorder” and read what it says. Lara has had multiple stalkers in the years gone past and they were her lovers. The stalking claim appears to have served two purposes, first to hide the fact that she has cheated on her current lover and also to let the second lover know that is’s over. It would not surprise me if the most recent guy was a lover also. Unless they were sexually involved, there would not be anything to tell the John’s wife or even threaten him with, so the threat itself if pretty revealing. One might also take note of the fact that John knew her well enough to stop by her house unannounced, which is not unusual when there is some form of connection between two people, but the truth is something that only John and Lara know. If they were sexually involved, neither of them would be in a position to release that information for fear of damaging both of their current relationships.

    It would not surprise me if Gus has asked himself multiple times over the course of his relationship with Lara, “Am I being lied to?” Let your intuition serve as a guide for your decisions Gus…those feelings are a human guidance mechanism, so listen closely to them.

    Are there any men out there that have been in a relationship with Lara DeLaney that have not been hurt by her unfaithful and/or dishonest behavior? Anyone?

  • Elwood

    Who are these people who dig up posts months and even years old?

    Re: #32

    Who knows?

    Who cares?

    This thread makes a tempest in a teapot look like hurricane Katrina.