‘Hire’ the best candidate
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EDITOR,

Running for county supervisor is not easy. I enjoyed my attempt and felt privileged. It was a learning experience. My competitors had more experience, recognition and contacts. It was a very similar experience to applying for a job and not getting it. I had no trouble moving on. I had to decide who I was going to vote for, and after much thought, I decided on Bruce McPherson. I then got many people telling me they were unhappy with my choice.

That said, I thought it would be a simpler and happier world if voters judged candidates as if they imagined themselves as a boss hiring a manager for their company. That way, voters would agree to disagree and feel their choice would do a better job. Only an unemotional focus on what specifically that candidate would do for the company would be discussed. It all seems so very easy to get distracted by other opinions, myths, bias and prejudice generated from the dysfunctional world of partisan politics.

You may learn some truth from other opinions, but you can also be so easily misled. I feel the voter should focus on what tasks the candidate thinks are important, how that list compares to your list and think how the candidate is qualified about performing these tasks. Especially for a nonpartisan office like this, it seems the best way.

So, I’m choosing the candidate who I feel will solve issues I care about, with no lip service. This was not easy, because I am using what I know a supervisor can do and if he or she will do it. I then weighed positives and negatives of both candidates and made compromises. No one is perfect.

So, Mr. McPherson, “You’re hired.” My single vote cannot hire you, but combined with votes of favorable future bosses, you will be.

Bill Smallman, Felton

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Be nice or go home
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October 17, 2012
McPherson and his principle supporter, now county Treasurer Fred Keeley (and vested member of PERS pension program) were in a perfect position to address the pension issue during their combined total of 20 years in State government, and not one peep on the issue.

I think you've been bamboozled about who represents the status quo.
Amah Nice
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October 17, 2012
No, silly. I don't think anyone would claim that Eric would be capable of great accomplishments. On the contrary. The concern is that he is merely a puppet. Or a tool for the very handlers who have driven Santa Cruz into a financial and structural mess.

See?
Be nice or go home
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October 17, 2012
Seriously?

Do you think you could somehow link Eric Hammer to Watergate too?

I can see the headline now, "while Bruce McPherson was boldly bringing electricity to Felton and planting the San Lorenzo Valley's first redwood trees, 2 year old Hammer was seen running from a darkened hotel room on the east coast..."

burn babyburn
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October 17, 2012
maybe not running from it just setting it on fire. he dose like fire
Paula Gee
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October 17, 2012
I was on the fence after voting for Bruce the first time around and did a little more research. I recently heard Hammer was lying about his education, so I sent an email asking. Here is the thread:

Eric Hammer hammerforsupervisor@gmail.com



11:38 AM (19 hours ago)



to me

Hi Paula,

I would not lie about my education or anything else for that matter. What questions do you have for me Paula?

Thank you,

Eric Hammer

Paula Gee 1:03 PM (17 hours ago)

I'd like to know about your BS from USF - I've been told that is not true.

Eric Hammer 7:32 PM (11 hours ago)

Hello Paula, I do not have a BS; I did attend San Francisco State University;...

Now take a look at his business web site, he says he did earn a BS at SFU.

http://www.erichammerconstruction.com/About.html

also says he has a BS here: http://scottsvalley.patch.com/articles/eric-hammer-democrat-candidate-for-santa-cruz-county-board-of-supervisors

If Eric is so willing to lie about something so inconsequential, do you really think he's honorable or believable?

Not me.
Amah Nice
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October 17, 2012
Maybe he meant that it was BS that he completed college?
Don Tella
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October 17, 2012
In the Santa Cruz Sentinel today is an article which encapsulates definitive reason to vote for Bruce McPherson and against Eric Hammer.

Report Warns Local Pensions Face $1.3 Billion Deficit http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/santacruz/ci_21787647/report-warns-local-pensions-face-1-3b-deficit

Eric Hammer is a tool of the machine which brought this situation.

As someone posted below the article "Keep all this in mind as you vote next month...do you really want to re-elect the people who have run up this huge bill?"

It is clear to me that Eric will mindlessly vote for political special interest groups at the continued ignorance of fiscal repair.
Don Tella
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October 17, 2012
Good letter Bill. It's clear, by far, that the best candidate is Bruce McPherson.
Knock it off
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October 16, 2012
Dear readers,

Look at all the ugliness splayed over these blogs. The contempt, sarcastic, snide comments and insinuations. They aren't coming from the, ---GASP---"Hammer supporters."

Enough with the cyber bullying you creeps.
Don Tella
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October 17, 2012
Please. Measure Hammer supporters and operatives by their tones in cumulative threads, not this tame one. Then measure actions.

For Pete's sake.
Deja Vamu
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October 16, 2012
Is the Boulder Creek Bulletin going to print letters from Bruce McPherson supporters?

Or are they concerned about backlash from Hammer if they do?

Sad state of affairs in Boulder Creek these days.
Downtown BC
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October 16, 2012
Its a great state of affairs in BC now days better than ever actually...Seems you are out of touch with BC. The Bulletin will print what it gets for letters and has. There is no concern of "backlash" thats just silly...
Karen Halle
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October 16, 2012
Wow! That's great news @DowntownBC. That means that the Boulder Creek Bulletin will now print letters and editorials from Bruce McPherson supporter

Whew! Journalism with integrity, back on track. What a relief!
Downtown BC
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October 16, 2012
@ Karen. I just checked with the paper. She has not received any letters in support of Bruce. It should be noted; in an effort to be balanced she also asked Bruce's campaign to submit something. She had no reply from Bruce’s campaign. So your sarcasm is in fact not productive and I propose if you want something printed to merely drop it by the bulletin’s office, and not lead on like something has not been published and that there is some type of hidden agenda. So silly…
Karen Halle
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October 16, 2012
Thank you @DowntownBC! You are so helpful! Can you answer just a quick question...why did the Boulder Creek Bulletin donate ad space to the Eric Hammer campaign? Also, do you know who is vandalizing Bruce McPherson's signs?

You sound like you are hip to the happenings in BC!
Downtown BC
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October 16, 2012
Not donated. Refer to FPPC ID#1342648 I’m not even going to reply to the silly sign comment. End of Convo..Thanks!
Karen Halle
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October 16, 2012
Um, @DowntownBC, do you really think the sign vandalism is "silly"?

I checked the campaign finance report statement and Yep! Sure enough looks like a donation to me.
Beth Bertilliw
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October 14, 2012
Nice letter Bill.


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