Speak Up: Questions for Local Election Candidates

Pose important questions for the candidates for Danville Town Council, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Board.

With Election Day less than two months away— and sooner for you early voters —it's becoming increasingly important to know more about these candidates and their plans.

For Danville Town Council, seven candidates — Newell Arnerich, Mike Doyle, Bob Nealis, Renee Morgan, Jim Jelincic, Deanna Sullivan, Lori Hock — are vying for three seats.

For San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education, three candidates — Greg Marvel, Dwight Winn, Mark Jewett — are vying for two seats.

And for San Ramon Valley Fire District Board of Directors, five candidates — Matthew Stamey, Jay Kerr, Gerardo Peniche, Stephen Mohun, Gordan Dakin — are vying for three seats.

In order to make your decision at the polls just a little easier, we'll be reaching out to all candidates to have them answer your questions. So ask away!

Post questions in the comments and tell us what race (Town Council, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, San Ramon Valley Unified School District) it's directed to. After we've racked up enough questions, we will relay them to the candidates in an interview.


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Mark Becker September 21, 2012 at 02:43 PM
For SRVUSD Board Of Education Candidates: One of the most important requirements in my mind is for a candidate to have daily involvement in the schools; feedback from children and staff. How do you have your "finger on the pulse" of what's happening in our schools at this level?
Charles Fenner September 23, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I would like to know from Stephen Mohun, San Ramon Valley Fire District Board, if he disclosed in his candidate statement that he is the brother of the local union president, and if not, why not disclose a direct conflict of interest?
John S September 24, 2012 at 04:50 PM
This question is regarding one of the candidates for San Ramon Valley Fire District Board of Directors (Stephen Mohun). I noticed that candidate Stephen Mohun has the same last name as Mike Mohun, who is President of the San Ramon Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 3546 (the firefighter’s union) is he related to Mike Mohun? If so, how is he related to Mike Mohun? If he is related, how can he avoid a perception of a conflict of interest on any issue affecting the firefighters union and this relationship? Regards, John Sweeney Civil Engineer, Small Business Owner, Resident of Alamo, CA
Frida October 26, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I noticed that the I-phone app that was developed by San Ramon Fire is now a separate tax-exempt company called Pulse-point. I also notice that Matt Stamey is now the Chairman of this company. I would like to know from Matt Stamey if there is any plan reimburse the Fire District for cost of developing and marketing this company?
R Story October 29, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I would like to know from Matt Stamey, if he would have allowed his Pulse-point business partner and Fire Chief to double his salary last year, had the firefighters not protested Board meetings?
Matt Stamey October 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM
There was no plan to "double" the salary of Chief Price and the other fact is PulsePoint is not a business, but a non profit foundation which we both volunteer our time without compensation.
Tom October 30, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I thought Mr. Stamey did a good job of explaining his qualifications. I hope whoever wins for once and for all stands up and puts a stop the the madness that is pensions. May I ask Mr. Stamey where he falls on this important issue? Regards, Tom
Matt Stamey October 30, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Good question Frida, PulsePoint is not a company, but a non profit foundation. Unlike "for profit" companies that sell a product and generate revenue, PulsePoint, a non profit foundation, provides the app for free, and generates no revenue from (free) downloads. The app was conceived and developed by the District for our citizens so lives can be saved by dispatching nearby citizens trained in CPR to a cardiac arrest victim prior to the arrival of trained first responders. The sooner CPR is applied, the better the outcome. The Foundation was established to make the app available in other communities. The program requires support and maintance to allow it to work and those funds are provided by the PulsePoint Foundation from grants received, not from our citizens. All of our Board members are volunteers, we receive no salary for our time. There is no revenue stream from "sales". In summary, PulsePoint is not a company, it is supported by grants and donations, and all board members are volunteers. If a city wants to install the app they have to purchase a CAD interface from an outside vendor just like our District paid to have one installed for our citizens. In addition, the software support and delivery for the app is being provided for free to our District as well as to other dispatch centers who may install the app. Thanks to our District's people and programs, we have the highest survival rates of a cardiac event in the United States.
Matt Stamey October 30, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Tom, As noted in my candidate statement I stand for a balanced budget, no parcel taxes, and a sustainable retirement & healthcare plan. The editors of the Contra Costa Times have endorsed me for the same reasons. The link follows http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_21814471/contra-costa-times-editorial-vote-only-kerr-stamey Thank you for your interest. Matt Stamey


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