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October 9, 2012

You asked, they didn’t answer

That’s all folks, yes it took forever to get through all the questionnaires, but I thought that each person who actually filled out the questionnaire deserved their day in the spotlight since these questionnaires tend to get all shoved on a page even though the candidates put so much time into completing them.   However, there were a few out there that did not complete the questionnaire.

Who are these slackers?

Read on…

Tracy Jensen, candidate for Hospital Board.   Tracy Jensen was a no show at two of the candidate forums so far: Alameda Democratic Club and the Alameda Citizens Task Force one.   Word is that she is not planning on running a campaign even though she has a website up.  Another rumor is that Tracy Jensen might have been banking on a Stewart Chen victory and sliding into the Boardmember seat with his vacancy.  However, the Hospital Board works a bit differently than the City Council because the third place candidate wouldn’t receive an automatic seat, the Hospital Board would get to appoint.

Gerard Dumuk, candidate for City Council.  Based on an early email when I sent out the questionnaire I was sure I was going to get a response, but since he didn’t respond, I’ll just post a snippet of  email that he sent:

Please give me some time to respond to these questions.   As you might know, I work for Cal Fire and  have been pretty busy lately.   It will take me some time to formulate my responses and position on some of these issues.   I don’t make decisions on my own, but seek the advice of a long list of mentors that include members of the community that hold positions or have held positions in their respective professions.

Yeah… that sort of speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

Joana Weber, candidate for City Council.  Based on her posting her answers to a different questionnaire under her profile I set up, I thought she would be answering too.  But alas, nothing.

Tom Lynch, candidate for School Board.   Saw him at the Alameda Democratic Club forum, he seemed to be all right, his website went live before really putting up any sort of real content.   He was part of a truly awkward moment during the candidate forum when another candidate, Kurt Peterson, thought he was “attacked” by Tom Lynch and thereby decided he was owed a 30 second rebuttal.    Although I have to apologize to Tom Lynch, because on my video that I took of the Demo Club forum, his name is misspelled on a few of the slides.

Kurt Peterson, candidate for School Board.   According to remarks during the Alameda Democratic Club forum he thinks he deserves to win because he shows up at School Board meetings to sit in the audience.    Oh and he asks a lot of questions.   That’s why he thinks you should vote for him.  It took all my strength not to roll my eyes out of my head when he announced this several times because the last thing that the School Board needs is Trish Spencer redux: asking questions with no solutions.

If any of these peeps want to submit a questionnaire, always willing to accept them late, the snarky remarks above are the requisite marking down for lateness.

Also, campaign filings are up, check them out here on the City Clerk’s database, more on the specifics some other time.


  1. I hear that Jon Murphy has shown up in the audience at a couple of school board meetings too — and has used the time to take a nice, long nap. Concealing potential conflicts of interest must be exhausting work.

    Comment by Oh the Irony! — October 9, 2012 @ 9:45 am

  2. Hi Lauren. I did not complete the questionnaire because I was not made aware of it.

    Comment by Tracy Jensen — October 10, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  3. Please be aware that I was a “no show” at the Alameda Citizens Task Force forum for the same reason. I was never invited.

    Comment by Tracy Jensen — October 10, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  4. Hi Lauren ,I did not complet the questionnaire because i didn’t get one. About facebook page I have since 2004.Tks

    Comment by Joana D'arc Weber — October 10, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

  5. Tracy what a lame answer. I expect people running for office to be aware of what is going on around town. You don’t have to buy into the blogs, “news sites”, traditional papers etc but if you have time to be on a board you need to be aware of what the public is saying and/or talking about. The hospital is such a hot button issue you can’t live in a bubble and even if you are really that busy that you can’t take 10 minutes each day to look at these things then you should have someone in your corner doing it for you. If you are that busy, you don’t have time to be on the board.

    Comment by voting for people who pay attention — October 11, 2012 @ 5:14 am

  6. Hi Tracy: I emailed all the candidates collectively around Sept 1 and I forwarded you the same email yesterday after your comment with the same email I sent to the Hospital Board candidates. I don’t speak for ACT, but according to the organizer that I spoke to at the ACT Hospital Board forum, she invited all candidates.

    Hi Joana: I also sent you the same questionnaire as the City Council candidates and after you posted a comment on my site I also emailed you again reminding you of the questionnaire.

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 11, 2012 @ 5:47 am

  7. Hi Lauren I am sorry but I didn’t get anything from you,if you sent in September 1, the same you said to Tracy, I am sorry ,but that time I was in Brazil for family emergency(my mom was in Intensive Care).
    Any time if you want to talk to me ,you have my email and we can talking,please don’t attack me without know the reason or situation before.By the way i didn’t get the email you talk about .Thank you .

    Comment by Joana weber — October 11, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

  8. That’s odd, when I was in Brazil I received all my emails just I receive them in the States.

    Comment by Jack Richard — October 11, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  9. Tracy and Joanna…..You have to excuse Ms Doooooo for passing her odiferious gas in your direction… Also her little Sock puppet or as Dooo likes to call it ” voting for people who pay attention” ….Her Idea of Blogging is being a Snarky little biotch somedays… We just see it as a Bad Air Doooo Day.

    Comment by John — October 11, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

  10. John thank you so much,yes I do,excuse her,and I understand her too,work with people it’s a hard work,you never make someone happy ,but I just don’t understand the attack on me,every information about me she can find at City Hall ,or the best and easy way email me we can seat down face to face talk(chat)doesen’t metter what way ,just email me I will send my phone #.John one more time thank,thank you so much.

    Comment by Joana weber — October 11, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

  11. Good for you Mr. Richard,but I believe when you was in Brazil you DON’T have your mom and your daugther at intensive care in two different hospital in the same time.Make judgment to someone it’s easy,right???

    Comment by Joana weber — October 11, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

  12. Well Joana, why don’t you just answer the questions now?

    Comment by Jack Richard — October 11, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

  13. Perhaps you both can send me an email first so that my emails don’t get lost again. Thanks!

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 12, 2012 @ 5:48 am

  14. I suspect candidates not responding to Do actually have worthwhile or important things to do. Bad Air Do has no authority and certainly never had any credibility. Anybody stooping so low as to think this Dodo blog is worth their time automatically loses lots of votes.
    “Bad Air Do” – Nicely put John, I think it is the most accurate comment here..

    Comment by armchair ref — October 16, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

  15. Interesting suspicion, ref, What you’re saying is, those that did respond to Do have no worthwhile or important things to do, which means everyone of them except two are worthless. That may be a good way for you to sift the chaff from the wheat but you’re left with damned little wheat.

    Comment by Jack Richard — October 17, 2012 @ 8:58 am

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