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Hercules City Council Vote By Precinct

Dan Romero, Sherry McCoy and Bill Kelly won a closely contested race to serve the troubled city.

City of Hercules Member, City Council (Vote For 3) ChoiceElection DayVote By MailTotalPercent PHIL SIMMONS 1,102 796 1,898 11.41% WILLIAM 'BILL' WILKINS (I) 1,398 1,179 2,577 15.49% BILL KELLY 1,497 1,299 2,796 16.81% SHERRY MCCOY 1,751 1,139 2,890 17.37% DAN ROMERO (I) 1,638 1,222 2,860 17.19% HECTOR RUBIO 1,326 855 2,181 13.11% GERARD BOULANGER (I) 722 662 1,384 8.32% WRITE-IN 29 21 50 0.30%
Joseph Catindig November 08, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I wonder what Bill Wilkins brought in to the table when deals were being made? Let's see, Hercules tied up a deal with Safeway on a piece of land where Lucky's had a deed restriction... Only to find out that there's a parcel near this piece of land that could have been Safeway and had no deed restriction. Expertise??? So long Bill, but there's one thing I will remember him by...... robocalls with nothing but misleading information and FPPC violations.
Joseph Catindig November 08, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Ditto Giorgio...lots of work to do! I hope this would be the case. Let's censure everyone who were guilty of the same offense and move the hell on.
Selina Williams November 08, 2012 at 08:19 PM
The citizens are at the top of the organizational chart in a general law city. They must be heard. The council answers to them. We are not giving away our voice and our need to inform the process by electing anyone. The elected need to know that they are our voice, to continue to be that voice, they need to stay close and hear ours. We are not giving away our voice and our need to inform the process by electing anyone. The job of city government includes actually governing. It requires true leadership. A true leadership has qualities and skills that bring folks together. Good governance requires accountability when using of public funds in a way that best provides for public benefit. Good Public policy provides stability in a civil society, and needs to inform all actions of our council. Governing citizens requires listening to the citizens, understanding and caring for their needs. Citizens have legitimate concerns and need to be heard. It is our treasure at stake here. It is the future of our beneficiaries at stake here. . This election, at all levels, is about how we care for each other. .
RJ November 08, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Two years will go by fast and we can put Wilkens back in where he belongs and dump de Vera where she belongs. (oh , thats assuming she'll still be on the council in two yrs)
Selina Williams November 08, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Running a city is not about Real-estate transactions. It is about enacting public policy decisions in all area's of life, including traffic, community services, public heath, protecting the environment, public safety and planning. Public engagement. if you do not engage the public, you do not belong on the council. Our council needs to work on team building, regardless of who sits in the seats.
Phil Simmons November 08, 2012 at 10:17 PM
RJ, It took me a while to learn but I finally did. Since you are a big supporter for Bill you should probably learn that his name is spelled Wilkins.
watching November 09, 2012 at 01:35 AM
This is the biggest loss of all. Bill kept all the councilpeople together in his imitable way. Hercules is going to hell.
watching November 09, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Cantindig, you are such a moron. Elections are over. Though YOU may not think it, the council has just lost a fine person who kept things together. And don't start with me, cause I may stick that megaphone through your ear.
watching November 09, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Umm, I think if you do not engage the deVera's (Manny in particular with his awful race card crap), you do not belong on the council. It is, as Toni Leance once said in public... "Despicable".
Toni Leance November 09, 2012 at 01:59 AM
The problem is the council should not be involved in real estate development they should be crafting public policy. The emphasis should be on PUBLIC policy. That means you include the public in the decision making process. It was clear that the public didn't feel the current council did that very well. Perhaps Myrna had her pulse on the public by voting no to the real estate deals. Looks like the public tossed out two who voted yes!
Selina Williams November 09, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Public policy. The most radical policy decision by the previous administration was to pursue the completion of Sycamore North, originally presented to the home owners of bayside as an development of affordable for sale units with specialty retai, to an all rental, all low, low (including section 8) income housing project in what should be the dynamic center of town. That would have created a complete stampede of homeowners from Bayside and transformed the center of town to a waste land. That equals votes lost. Same goes for hideous flashing neon signage. As property values in other communities are rebounding, Hercules is still bottoming out.
Selina Williams November 09, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Threatening people with violence is not acceptable in civilized society. Period.
Susan D.Keeffe November 09, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Hercules PitBull - brand new anonymous poster whose main purpose appears to insult? Enough already. You know Joseph but of course he has no idea who just threatened him because you hid it behind a pseudonym making you a cyber troll. Can't we please stop this type of online behavior? Many folks, me included, are disappointed our candidates lost. But the election is over and the people have spoken, Let's give the new Council a chance and not damn them before they have even started. Lets heal the breach and welcome them. The recall is finally over.
Giorgio C. November 09, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I don't think it is fair of some people to expect folks like me to not have gotten spooked by the Hercules Voice PAC endorsement of Boulanger, along with Bill Wilkins. After that, I couldn't separate the two, as much as I wanted to. Yes, it is a small town, but most of us do not know these candidates personally. We can only go by what we see. I probably should have taken my own advice and asked to meet with Bill, but I never did. I'm not sure if that would have allayed my concerns. I wanted to support Bill in a big way. In fact, I always saw him as the beacon of integrity on the city council. But again, I got spooked by Mr. Jungherr's PAC. And being a small town, it was even more difficult to separate Mr. Wilkins from this PAC and Mr. Jungherr. At least with our Mayor, there was no question. He openly supported both incumbents (including Boulanger), so I openly showed my lack of support for our Mayor. Bill should have made more of an effort to distance himself from Boulanger if he wanted my vote. I believe I communicated this to him, but he chose not to. He stuck to his principles. I stuck to mine.
Billy Vogele November 09, 2012 at 02:23 AM
RJ: But not as fast as the how-many-months-since "Wilkens" was mistakenly voted in. Saw Bill last week on the Jack-In-The-Box corner with, guess who, only Bolanger by his side. They were waving signs. Bill had only his own, and Gerard had only his own multiple Bolanger-for-council signs arrayed across his body; guess that he had excess signs due to a lack of volunteers on his team present to wave them. As I sat at the traffic light, I noticed they were engaged in jovial conversation, standing shoulder-to-shoulder. I suppose that Bill was unaware, or didn't have the foresight to realize that Gerard's running had the potential for diverting potential votes away from him. Maybe Romero realised this and developed smarts enough to distance himself; but I could be reading more intelligence into that than Dan is capable of. What a waste of votes for all more worthy to run that Bolanger's running created. Still perplexed as to who in Sam Hill in this city voted for Bolanger?!
Selina Williams November 09, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I believe it is appropriate to alert the authorities when threats of harm are made against citizens. If the patch moderators have access to the computer id's they should share them with the police.
Joseph Catindig November 09, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Oh darn it....I took the bait! I had to erase my response. I am much more classier than their PitBulls! Obviously, this guy knows that I was using a megaphone so he had seen me before. I don't know this person...or do I? Whoever you are, let's exchange opinion in a civilized way. After all, Selina has just reminded that we all live in a civilized society. Sadly, these are the kind of supporters these soon to be ex-council members have.
Joseph Catindig November 09, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Selina, and I think I will explore that option.
Giorgio C. November 09, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Hercules Pitbull is Shannon S.
Joseph Catindig November 09, 2012 at 05:20 AM
You know Giorgio, HerculesPitBull knew I was using a bullhorn...he even threatened to shove it through my ear(words you can say behind an alias are amazing). I had been called Cantindig before(usual suspect) and for the sake of unity, I won't name names. But you all are welcome to take a guess. HerculesPitBull knew Toni Leance and what she had said before-using quotes even('despicable'). We might have seen this guy before, I'm afraid! I don't know if filing a police report to see if HPD could look into accessing Patch server just like what Selena had suggested, is worth looking at. Clearly, I was physically threatened.
Giorgio C. November 09, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Click on his name. The two of you had discussions previously here on this other thread when he was Shannon S. which now reads Hercules Pitbull. He seems to know you pretty well. A bit unnerving. Your previous discussion with him is here http://pinole-hercules.patch.com/articles/racism-poisons-politics-in-hercules
Selina Williams November 09, 2012 at 07:13 AM
It is time for the people of Hercules to come together and decide what type of town they want. It's not up to the council to read your mind, it is up to us to speak and seek solutions. Help them help us. Please!
Selina Williams November 09, 2012 at 07:30 AM
The vote has shown that the vocal advocates and admitted community leaders are on the path that a majority of Herculeans favors, 2 to 1. A big tent can be a messy place but, it breeds creativity.
Giorgio C. November 10, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Should Hercules citizens dump the Patch and form our own news blog similar to J.W.'s Waterfront Watch. This way, we can get away from the creeps. The website would be invite only, so that would weed out the riffraff. Currently, the Patch only posts what we can find on the CC Times or elsewhere. I don't believe they are doing any reporting. We could have our own "reporters" for council and school board meetings and other standing committees. For the most part, Hercules and Pinole have been dumped by the Patch, so if local news is important to you, this might be the solution, and it provides an opportunity for more civil discussion. We can also advertise local businesses. If anyone wants to try this with me, let me know. This project should represent everyone--no favorites based on political alliances, etc. Two local blogs http://www.waterfrontwatch.org/ http://wccusdqualityimprovementproject.blogspot.com/
Joseph Catindig November 10, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Great idea Giorgio. I think its time to pull the plug on this site. It has not really served this city its purpose the way it did when it just started. It has gone down the drain. Check your email.
Toni Leance November 10, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I agree but think everyone should be invited as long as they use their real name
Giorgio C. November 10, 2012 at 03:42 PM
The El Cerrito Patch is reporting what the CC Times has reported, that close to 100,000 votes in CC County have not been counted yet, that certification of election might not be completed until Thanksgiving. This is only an issue for close races (aka Hercules City Council). Currently, the decision of who shall be Mayor of Hercules has been decided by 31 votes. Any chance that this could change after the final vote count? Did the Hercules-Pinole Patch even report this? No. Yes, Toni, I agree with using ones real name for our own blog. I noticed the Waterfront Watch does not require this, but I'd like to have real discussions with real people, not some mystery person who changes their name on a monthly basis. El Cerrito Patch http://elcerrito.patch.com/articles/105000-uncounted-ballots-in-contra-costa CC Times article http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_21949039/no-official-estimate-ballots-yet-be-counted-alameda?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com
Susan D.Keeffe November 10, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Toni, I agree. Adopting a policy requiring real names might save it, otherwise, it's just a place for folks to air their gripes behind fake names.
Giorgio C. November 11, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Should Councilwoman De Vera be censured? http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_21967701/hercules-council-discuss-possible-censure-member It seems appropriate to me. I'm guessing even Sherry McCoy (a friend of Councilwoman De Vera's?) believes some sort of discipline is appropriate or am I mistaken? I don't think proposing censuring is politically motivated as some might believe. Our council members need to be prodded to keep their cool. At times like this, I like to review the Rules and Procedures and Government Code to ensure that such actions are consistent with documented laws. This helps ensure that no one is being treated unfairly. I noticed the $1000.00 dollar attorney fee they want to slap her with. Why did they need an attorney at all? Seriously. With well-written Rules and Procedures, the City Council would simply point out to the council member, "Yep....says right here on p. 8, thou shall not use my power as an elected official to....." Councilman Boulanger was fined $500.00 which was then donated to the library. They never mentioned any attorney fees. Why the change in policy now? I'm all for a $1000.00 donation to the library or Senior Center.
Giorgio C. November 24, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Sherry McCoy wins by 18 votes (final tally) http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/cc/race/5606/ So, is Delgado our next Mayor, followed by Sherry? That works for me.

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