Elections 2012: Linda Delehunt, Candidate for Orinda City Council

Orindan Linda Delehunt is in the race for one of two available seats on her city's City Council

General Information

Name : Dr. Linda Delehunt
Also known as : Linda
Place of residence : Orinda



Attended college : Yes
College : UC Berkeley (B.A.), Cal State East Bay (M.S.), University of the Pacific (Doctorate)
Degree : Ed.D.
Year of graduation : 2002

Grad school

University : Cal State East Bay
Degree : Educational Leadership
Year of graduation : 1993

Ph D.

University : University of the Pacific
Area of research : Leadership characteristics and their effect on student achievement
Year of graduation : 2002

Employment Information

Job titles held : NA
Employers : State of California, Self-Employed Business Owner, Berkeley Unified School District, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Alameda Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, Orinda Union School District

Political Information

Party affiliation : Independent
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Orinda City Council
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

Party HQ

Address 91 Overhill Road

Campaign Manager

Name : Michael Delehunt
Title : Attorney


Other facts

Moving Orinda Forward I am a fiscal conservative and a sophisticated budget analyst. I have spent my career in the public sector advocating for targeting public money efficiently and effectively. I believe that people are best served by public budgets that are carefully crafted to support their needs. Orinda is in dire need of infrastructure repair and its budgets are "past due" in supporting that goal. If Humpty Dumpty were to sit on an Orinda wall, he would be in great danger of falling into a bottomless Orinda pothole. Orinda needs to move forward to correct its infrastructure deficiencies, and engage the ENTIRE community in a discussion of how best to re-configure its downtown while at the same time, honoring its general plan to support its legacy as a charming, small and unique city.

Chris Nicholson October 15, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Sales tax on cars always depends on address used to register the car. DMW doesn't care where you bought the car. I am not 100% sure that local taxes get passed to localities, but that seems to be a logical corollary.
Carol Penskar October 20, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Linda: You or someone on your behalf are placing flyers in mailboxes. Did you know that this is illegal? Specifically, it is illegal to place unstamped items in mailboxes. The USPS's website (PDF) : "Except under 2.11 [dealing with newspaper boxes attached to mailboxes], the receptacles described in 1.1 may be used only for matter bearing postage. Other than as permitted by 2.10 or 2.11, no part of a mail receptacle may be used to deliver any matter not bearing postage, including items or matter placed upon, supported by, attached to, hung from, or inserted into a mail receptacle." Note that "door slots and non-lockable bins or troughs used with apartment house mailboxes" are excluded from this prohibition, and can be loaded up with as many flyers as they can hold. "
Linda Delehunt October 21, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Carol, Thank you for your clarification of the USPS rules regarding flyers. These rules are important for all of us to understand and know as we participate in the democratic process. Just to reassure you, I am aware of these rules and have been following them as have those wonderful KNOWN individuals who have chosen to distribute on my behalf. As you might know, I have no official campaign committee; I have chosen not to take donations so as to avoid any conflicts of interest which might potentially cloud my decision-making in the event I am so fortunate to become a Councilperson. Thus, I really have no one with whom to share this USPS message. I guess what I'm trying to say is that there may be folks out there distributing on my behalf with whom I am not acquainted and so your sharing these rules is helpful to them and all. Thank you for taking the time to look up the official legal citation.
Carol Penskar October 23, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Linda: re: "I have chosen not to take donations." For this reason, you have not formed a campaign committee and not filed disclosure statements regarding who is supporting you with monetary and nonmonetary donations, as required by state law. Please confirm that you have paid for everything - your signs, your newspaper ads, your fliers - yourself. Thank you.
Linda Delehunt October 23, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Yes I certainly have paid for everything myself. I have accepted no donations.


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