Election 2011: Who's Running?

A list of individuals who are running for Newark City Council.

Here is a breakdown of who is running. These are the candidates for mayor and city council in the November, 2011, election. Citizens have until Aug. 17 to file their intent to run for office. 

Individuals are listed in alphabetical order by last name. 

Mayor of Newark:

  • Ana Apodaca
  • Alan Nagy
  • Ray Rodriguez

City Council (two open seats):  

  • Rick Bensco
  • Mike Bucci
  • Sucy Collazo
  • Jack Dane
  • Luis Freitas

Last update: 10:30 a.m., Aug. 18

Margaret Jean Mikel August 01, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Good posting Rob, and nice seeing you yesterday!
Mona Taplin August 01, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Thank you for your more positive comments Rob. I also have had no trouble when calling police or animal control right up till these more troubled financial times which brought about so many cut backs. Yes, it does sometimes take what seems forever to get a neighbor to clean up,- especially back yards,- but police have laws they must follow too. But it's true that just one bad neighbor can attract all kinds of wild animals into the entire neighborhood. A major problem is people who feed wild animals or feed their pets outdoors deliberately, as well as those who "forget" to mow for months on end and toss trash around their yards. Other culprits are those with fruit trees who fail to harvest the ripened fruit and/or fail to pick up fallen fruit several times a day. We really do need to appeal to our City Council to find a better solution so that bad neighbors can't make it so hard on the rest of us.If we don't have a city ordinance against open compost piles, then we need one.
Mona Taplin August 01, 2011 at 08:44 PM
That is the one and only reason I wish we had a strong HOA in every neighborhood NAdja. They have a relatively small area to take control of, and can be more effective than any other method. Impossible to start one after the fact because of course the present owners can be "grandfatherd" in and not compelled to join.
James August 01, 2011 at 09:09 PM
That's the only thing I hate about HOA's is telling me what Paint I can or cannot throw onto my Walls, what I can or cannot put onto my Balcony etc. Of course I did it anyway and got penalized royally for it. These days I keep the outside facing stuff as bland as possible and "Normal", while on the inside I have broken about 61 "Rules" stated in the HOA's Policy book. Drilled holes in walls, ran wires and cords through them into other rooms etc, even installed some Professional grade Fluorescent Lights in the room I've designated "Computer Lab". If the HOA ever came inside I'd be in a world of hurt. Luckily they don't get to see what's on the Inside. The only thing that sucks is at the end of the year when Alarm people come to test the Fire Alarms and what not. Gotta tear everything down, rearrange it back to Normal then put everything back up. It's a pain, but luckily is only once a year!
Mona Taplin August 02, 2011 at 12:26 AM
James, I realize there are probably more complaints against HOA's for petty things that shouldn't be regulated in the first place,- but It sure would be nice to have an organization that could legally force someone out of their home for real nuisance problems like littering yards with trash, attracting wild animals by feeding them and all sorts of things like that. It's more than a little anoying to have to put up with conditions like that. People complain loudly about too many regulations,- but I think we don't have enough when it comes to things like this. I'm not half as concerned about the way it cuts property value as I am in the way it cuts into the quality of life.There are some people who think that just because they own a property they can do any thing they want whether neighbors like it or not.
Michael McClary August 02, 2011 at 06:42 AM
Nancy: "Edifice Complex" is from _The Peter Principle_, a book on things that go wrong with bureaucracies, especially in corporations. The basic "Peter Principle" is that people "are promoted to a position of incompetence". Those who do well in their current position are promoted and those who do poorly (but not badly enough to be fired) are not. So people are promoted until they end up in a job they can't do well and get stuck there. Eventually most of the positions are filled by people who do them poorly. The "Edifice Complex" - a pun on Oedipus complex - is the observation that a young and growing organization tends to have people stuffed all over what office space they could find, while one that is moribund (typically due to advanced Peter Principle systemic incompetence) often spends time and effort designing a fancy building around their current operations - and then doesn't outgrow it. So if you find a pretty building with a place for everyone and everyone in his place, you can figure the organization occupying is ossified and/or dying.
Michael McClary August 02, 2011 at 06:56 AM
(In this case, though, Nadja seems to be referring to our civic leaders' desire to build an overly-fancy and expensive showpiece rather than something simple and less expensive that performs just the originally intended function. That's a factor in _Peter Principle_'s Edifice Complex, too.)
James August 02, 2011 at 08:18 PM
Mona, I got written up for having a Portable Telescope on my Balcony. The Neighborhood across the way made a stink about how I aimed it at his Window. When the HOA got involved I showed them the Video from said nights, the video Camera mounted upon my Telescope never once was aimed at anyone. As for the Neighbor they exaggerated like hell, eventually he moved. Prior to him moving, I figured, fine I'll take my Astro Binoculars and go stand on a public Sidewalk and look up at the Sky. This time the Cops came because I was "Suspicious" and I got written up for being a "Nuisance" even though I was nowhere near the Buildings. I fought it and got it taken off, but STILL every little thing is regulated and it sucks. I agree as far as Trash accumulation and other conditions regulations would be nice to have. But when one is implemented, then another, and another, etc keep getting added onto the List until everything is regulated. My Parents house was a prime Target by the City. I'm not going to lie, our Neighbors hated out guts. When the Parent's left town, my Older Siblings would throw huge parties or have Bond Fires in the backyard at 2am. Plus they let all their less than legitimate friends crash and spend the night without permission which usually always resulted in the NPD raiding the place. The City loved my Parents house, fines and citations galore.
Mona Taplin August 02, 2011 at 08:54 PM
James, Close your eyes and pretend you are getting hugs from this old lady for all your unpleasant experiences. No, I would not want a tihtly regulated HOA like that. No way! Just some sensible rules that could be enforced to make people shape up or move.
James August 02, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Mona, I agree that there should be some type of Regulation on what all people can place onto their property, after all sometimes it could be dangerous or pose a hazard risk. When it's inside someones home, that's their space and so I wouldn't care much but front yard / back yard needs to be kept tip top shape. BTW - I chalk up all my bad experiences to Life Experience. These days I don't leave my home without a Hidden Camera positioned upon my person so that I am able to record every Interaction i have with people in Public. Not just HOA stuff, but I've been in other Neighbors in Newark where residents had an issue with me and instead of staying cool they just confront me. Then they go and call the Cops and exaggerate about how I did or said something I didn't. One prime example was this guy in my own Neighborhood who had an Issue with me standing on the Sidewalk talking to someone on my Cell @ 8:30PM. He asked what I was doing, Replied I was talking on the Phone and then he Threatens and tells me I better leave before he gets his shotgun. I told him to go right ahead and stood my ground. Less than five minutes later three NPD Cars roll up,LOL. Long Story short, he tried claiming I said or did different things which threatened him but I had been recording everything on Video. Of course I was allowed to go free after as no Crime had been committed and I was "Valid". When out in Public I have my bases covered.
mj August 04, 2011 at 12:58 AM
I agree as a young mom, to use the Silliman Center is a little pricey, when you're paying for a family. Young families now are even lucky to own a home in the bay area, so it'd be nice if entry fees were a little bit cheaper. I will say though their classes are affordable. The wild animals are not much of my concern as is the crime, and the amount of transiets around town. I've lived in Newark my whole life & am happy raise my kids here, but I do worry about the towns safety. The town/parks even look rundown. The whole back of Newark has all those empty buildings, the shopping center where BJ's is located is horrible! Newarks losing its sense of "community" and looks more like any rundown city. I'm really looking forward to a new mayor & hopefully new ideas for our city.
Mona Taplin August 04, 2011 at 01:30 AM
I agree with you Maris that crime and the homeless transients around town are a greater priority than wild animals, but the wild animal problem is not an insignificant one in areas where they are being fed, or are attracted to the debris spread around some yards. The shopping center you referred to is in the process of being upgraded, and it is my understanding that we will be seeing new businesses moving in there in the near future. That should help considerably. I am greatly surprised and saddened to see that only 3 National Night Out celebrations were held in Newark. Neighborhood watch is such a valuable program when it comes to preventing criminal activity that it would be in everyone's best interest to start a program in their neighborhood. Do you have a Neighborhood watch program in your area Maris, or would you be interested in starting one? I would be happy to discuss it with you,- or better yet maybe we could enocourage the Patch to print an article to point out ways that homeowners can get a program started in their area. Do you know of any recreation facilities in nearby locations that are more affordable than Silliman for families with children that offer a variety of activities? We need to come up with some workable ideas for helping not just poor children, but also the average middle class family with children enjoy this facility.
James August 04, 2011 at 02:07 AM
Mona, Where have you spotted Transients in Town? There's one guy who sleeps on the Children's Playground at Lincoln Elementary. I usually find him there on the weekend's after 12:00AM, not sure if he sleeps there any other time. Also I believe I have come up with a way to reduce Crime considerably, and am currently developing it. I expect to have a working Prototype by early December if not earlier.
Richard Watters August 04, 2011 at 02:40 AM
Sounds like you have bad karma. Perhaps you need to focus your energy on the positives in your life, unless, of course, you don't have any.
Janet Drews August 04, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Say James.... just wondering... do you happen to have light brown hair and wear it in a very long ponytail? I live near Lincoln as well.
James August 04, 2011 at 04:07 AM
Janet, Until a couple of days ago I resembled my Caricature pic only with a longer Beard. When people you know start referring to you as a "Terrorist" and Strangers make Wookie sounds when they see you it's time to shave it off,LOL. My is hair is Brownish with a red tint in the sunlight though. I don't live near Lincoln, but I often hit the area up several times a Month. You can usually spot me because I'll have a Police Scanner attached to my Hip, and be sporting a DSLR around my neck. Always ready at a moments notice to Capture Action. The School Parking Lot is also a Rapid Response Location (Place to sit and wait) for something to happen crime wise nearby. When I'm at the School during the Night Hours I'm flying Experimental Aircraft. I find it to be quite peaceful usually and rarely anyone comes along to interrupt my Test Flights. In the grand scheme of things it's the only real place in Newark to fly Unmanned Drones without catching attention.
Margaret Jean Mikel August 04, 2011 at 04:45 AM
Mona, We either had National Night Out, or went to the Rizotta's right down the street from us. Then, when police stopped it a few years ago we were saddened. If we weren't planning a wedding this coming weekend for my son I would have surprised Tony and Noey and showed up . She told me she was having it. I really wanted to go to School Board meeting to hear more about bond as I attended the meeting at district office day before, but last minute wedding plans. I just want to tell you your postings on here are gold to me and hopefully others. You see this town as I do and we all are part of it and we all need to do our share to keep it as it used to be! I know you feel you have a hard time getting around, but you do have Noey and Tony, and if ever you need someone to run around for you, don't hesitate to email me or call me.
Margaret Jean Mikel August 04, 2011 at 05:13 AM
James, it seems you have a very inferior complex, or you are making yourself "look" like a terrorist for what unknown reason. I have alot of friends whom you describe as yourself that I have no problem with, but you seem to think "people think you suspicious of something" all the time. What I see in your character role is that you are the one looking for trouble. You think this city is against you, neighbors, police, etc. I don't think they are but something in your actions suggests this. Maybe you need to get out and meet some Newark people. Come to one of the election events to meet the people. You may get a different vibe! Newark is a good place, with good people, To me, hopefully Al Nagy, our new mayor, city council, great Alameda County fireman, police, Dan, dog catcher, schools, hopefully, uplifting with our new superintendent, Dave, who I feel is going to really enhance our whole district and bring our house values back. He is right, Newark does not make our schools, our schools make our city prosper! If you would ever like to meet with any of us on here and have coffee, just maybe we could lift your feelings about our city a little!
James August 04, 2011 at 07:11 AM
Margaret, Thanks for the analysis,lol. I'm not going to lie, I do have Issues but none of them are remotely close to an Inferior Complex. I'm a Counter, I find that by more or less going with the flow that it becomes less intense so I grab a Camera and go out. I'm aware that I may come across as Odd to people and I'm fine with that. The problem is, people fear what they don't understand. I don't believe the world is out to get me, however certain Individuals Actions speak for themselves. I surround myself with Projects, some are simple others are so elaborate that a lot of people have trouble keeping up with the thought process behind them. I don't look for trouble, I just don't flinch when Trouble finds me. Not all Cops are good just like not all People are good.I've had my fair share of dealings with both and perhaps I don't particularly like people but I still give a effort towards Co-Existing. As for the NUSD, well it's too long of a Story to post here but I got burned and I never fully recovered. Sure it's all in the past and I can't change any of it but it's always going to be in the back of my mind. This is why I am Biased toward the School District. I also got a smart mouth and am overly sarcastic but just consider it an endearing quality.
Margaret Jean Mikel August 04, 2011 at 02:20 PM
James, thanks for being so honest. I think I understand where you are coming from as I have a brother that it sounds to me has gone through the same past times as you. He is a good person but still gets hassled. As far as the police go, you hit it right, alot of them are not good people. And it is hard when you call them and really need them they come an hour later, to late then. I don't mean dialing 911. It is good to see you keep going with your projects, that is great. Maybe I am reading you wrong. Thanks to cell phones with camera, we can capture alot of wrong doing. As for NUSD, I think probably half our city thinks lowly of, as we've had to watch our schools and education go downhill so badly in the last years, with the wrong people being brought in over and over. I hope someday you put your bad feelings about our schools behind and blame the past people in your story because this may be one of the only ways to help our city. And that is by having a new superintendent who is enthusiastic and bringing in better administrators to ensure our stability and accountability. Sorry, I came on so strong to you but thanks for answering, as I think I understand where you are coming from now and why.
James August 04, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Good Afternoon Margaret, Truthfully, I am unsure if I will ever be able to get past my Biased for the NUSD. It's a decade later for me and yet a lot of stuff has stayed the same including Attitudes so it's given little comfort. But like you said, there's a New Superintendent so perhaps things will get better under his Leadership. Given my background with Technology and my past Career as an Electronics Technician, I often come up with some pretty good Idea's, things to better my Community, others way of life and generally help someone. So I create a Project, and go to work on it until I have produced something absolutely useful. My current Project is my most ambitious one yet, involving a Custom Built Unmanned Drone which Patrols an Area looking for Threats. Thanks to the onboard GPS, it can be programmed to fly a pre-determined Flight Path, once spotting a potential Threat, it can intervene. The goal of this Project is to produce a Useful Tool for personal Security which is Affordable, Simple to use, and Quality built. Because of FAA Regulations, it will be limited to an Altitude no greater than 375 Feet (400 Max). As for capturing Police Action on Camera, I don't do it to try to discredit the Police for something. I cover these Incidents because I have a Curious mindset and I like to know what's going on in my Region. When I do Capture something of Interest I usually post it to my Site for the few Locals who appreciate my work.
Margaret Jean Mikel August 04, 2011 at 08:38 PM
James, I would like to check out your site. This sounds like a beneficial project for sure. Let me know how it ends up. Technology is a wonderful subject! Thanks
James August 07, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Margaret, I have Updated my Profile and included a Link to my Website.
Nadja Adolf August 18, 2011 at 07:11 AM
I'm sure you also believe rape victims "ask for it." That dog don't hunt. What I have is a lot of wonderful neighbors with one or two bad apples determined to drag the rest of the area down to their level.
Nadja Adolf August 18, 2011 at 07:13 AM
We already have those laws - they are the building, health, and safety codes. They just need to be enforced.
Nadja Adolf August 18, 2011 at 07:16 AM
Well, for one thing the Newark PD didn't notify anyone that this year they had the funds to participate. For the last three years they told me we couldn't do it because of a lack of PD funds - apparently the police have to check it out or something. It just sounded like the usual unimaginative bureaucratic approach to things characteristic of the Newark City government. I suspect it happened this year because the candidates from the Lake Area (who are already in city government) wanted to look like they were doing something. Next year, once again, only those privileged few in certain neighborhoods will hear about it and be able to plan something. I suspect, though, that this was a one-off for election year.
Nadja Adolf August 18, 2011 at 07:18 AM
A group of them camp on the landscaping around CA 84, close to the Safeway Parking lot from time to time. They come in and panhandle; one familiar face has a wheelchair.
James August 18, 2011 at 08:19 AM
Nadja, Not many people know this, but there's a Hidden Entrance to a Tunnel in that area. A lot of Homeless know about it and live within the confines of the Security barrier. I don't want to give specifics for fear PD will go hassle them further, but let's just say they have it made over there!
Julie September 23, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Dear Candidates: Please make the safety of our streets a priority, especially for students getting home from school. Could you help high school students by working with the city police to improve security on the streets near the high school after school? The problem I witness and hear about is the traffic congestion with students walking over to the mall and toward the Lion Market center, as well as lack of security for the safety of these students. Yes, there are monitors and cameras on the school grounds but as soon as the students exit the campus, they are put in jepardy. Last year after school, there was a student MURDERED in December on Cedar in broad daylight. I know of students who have their bus money snatched out of their hands by other students while waiting for the AC transit bus. Students shout profanities at one another on Cedar/Mowry. Also, while cars are trying to get into the parking lot and students are trying to walk past on the sidewalk, there is a big risk of somebody getting hit. There needs to be some security in this block after school to manage traffic and student congestion during this very busy time. I would also like to see City Leaders, Public School Leaders and Law Enforcement Leaders working together as a team and improving communication with each other to make our city safer for all citizens (young and old). Thank you!
Jacob M. September 24, 2011 at 05:21 AM
All of the candidates will say that "public safety" is their first priority. You should all ask what specific plans they have to address these issues. I'll bet that none of them have anything of substance.


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