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Live Streaming Tonight Of City Council Candidate Forum

The five candidates will face off at the Performing Arts Center beginning at 7 p.m.

Tonight the Martinez Chamber of Commerce is hosting a City Council Candiate Forum at the Alhambra High Performing Arts Center, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The forum will be moderated by Jim Caroompas, editor of Martinez Patch, and the event will be streamed live on Martinez Patch.

The candidates—incumbent Mark Ross, Anamarie Farias, Dylan Radke, Mike Alford, and Arsenio Escudero—will answer a series of questions prepared by Lisa Vorderbrueggen of the Contra Costa Times and Caroompas, as well as selected questions submitted by the audience. There are two seats open on the council.

The city treasurer is also a race this year, with incumbent Carolyn Robinson facing challenger Charles Martin. 

MIKE ALFORD October 24, 2012 at 06:25 AM
I have Been to 11 of these council Candidate Forums ----- This one was the most Professional of all of Them ! Thanks to the people That put it Together And The Way Jim Caroompas Moderated It ! ------ Really it was done with Class Well Done Martinez Chamber Of Commerce ! Thank You For Putting This On
G. Wilson October 26, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Mike, please stop capitalizing most of the words in your sentences. It is incorrect and distracting. Thanks
MIKE ALFORD October 26, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Well Mr.or Miss, G Wilson if it is so important that my capitalizing the words that Im writing ? you have missed the message in the first place and the importance of what Im saying ! the fact that our marina is falling apart,we as a city have the worst leadership in its history we have spent millions at the marina ! our entire council has failed us ! special intrest groups have run our city for over a decade the people that they are suppose to have a say at city councel meetings are ignored (the citizens of Martinez) well the best thing I ( Mike Alford) can tell you is keep your head in the sand , take your grammer lessons & your spelling lessons and put them where the sun dont shine ! THIS is the real world the future of Martinez is at stake !!! So You Need To Vote For Someone That Doesent care about MARTINEZ ----- I CARE FOR MY CITY AND ITS CITIZENS !!!!
marlene haws October 26, 2012 at 05:49 PM
The debate solidified my suspicions of the intentions of one of the candidates-- Anamarie Avila Farias. How can you have the support and financial backing of Gus Kramer, Earl Dunivan , the Bisio 's, Rob Schroder, Lara DeLaney, Mike Menisini and a powerpac(anonymous supporters) and not be on the same page. Yet, Ms. Farias says she will bring new ideas and vitality to the City Council. Really? With those supporters? It does not seem likely to me. In fact it seems more like the continuation of the last 2 decades. As I listened to Ms Farias, what used to be my suspicions were turned into hard facts. She made it very clear that she wants to go after Redevelopment Agency money. Sound familiar? Apparently Sacramento is putting the RDA back on the market. If you look at her contributors, I think it will be clear to you (as it was for me) that Anamarie Avila Farias clearly has developers and investors waiting in the wings to have their businesses supported by our tax payer money. I don't know about you but I don't want to see our town go down the same slope as Pittsburg, Antioch, Hercules, Vallejo and Walnut Creek (yes, even they are having their own issues). This kind of explains why our current City Council continues to drag their feet in promoting our city. Whats wrong with private enterprise? If it can build a country I think it can improve Martinez. Is Ms. Farias going to bring something new to the table? I think not-- just the same old same old.
MIKE ALFORD October 26, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Thank God & And Comman Sense That we have people like Marlene Haws !! Who ever you vote for if events like this and seeing through all of the lies,and to stand up and see & tell it like it is ----- Now thats what Martinez and its citizens Need !
MIKE ALFORD October 26, 2012 at 06:32 PM
just one more Point ----- You should be running Marlene I MEAN THAT ----
G. Wilson October 26, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Obviously you don't care and don't have the temperament or education to be on the city council. Since you can't even take a small bit of constructive criticism without lashing out.
MIKE ALFORD October 27, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Well (Mr.or Miss) G Wilson --- obviously you didnt get the point of the council candidates forum last tuesday night ! See what I lack in Grammer & Spelling --- You lack in comman sense ! This isnt a Game ! this is about the survival of a community THIS community Martinez ! and if you are so locked into being politicly correct thats your confused left wing problem ! (you sound a lot like a guy here in Martinez he also has a problem with facts & reality) as for me the most important thing is exposing the the lies & and bringing the truth and facts to the citizens ---- so you see the fact is your vote ! save it and give it to the people that can spell right ---- Nothing Is More Important to Me Than Martinez & The People That Live Here ! (I know who you are ! ) Use your Real Name !
MIKE ALFORD October 27, 2012 at 05:31 AM
You know what I would really like to see happen before election day ! is once and have a real Candidante Debate Forum ---- Yes once and for all Get Mike alford --- Arsenio Escudero --- Anamarie Avila Farias -- Dylan Radke -- Mark Ross -- Get US all in front of YOU the Voters & Citizens of Martinez ! Have A honest straght to the point Real Debate --- Have the Martinez News Gazette & Jim Corrampas give us a chance to have a real Debate ! See just what would come out & how they would fair with questions that their big money backers couldnt hide from YOU the citizens & voters ------- You The Taxpayers Have a Right To See The Truth Live and in Color (so To Speak)
G. Wilson October 27, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Mr. Alford, once again you made my point for me. You are rude, nasty and thin skinned. I made one constructive comment to help you better communicate with people and you feel this gave you cause to personally attack me. Sad. According to you; I "lack in comman sense", I should "keep your head in the sand", I should put my input "where the sun dont shine" and proper spelling and grammer is "your confused left wing problem" and I somehow have "a problem with facts & reality", all because you don't use proper spelling and grammer. Well I just printed out 200 flyers with some of your nasty exchanges with people on the Patch along with a request that nobody vote for you and I will be distributing them today. Maybe more tomorrow.
Mark Sparacino October 27, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Mr. Alford. The use of CAPS on community bulletin boards is considered SHOUTING and RUDE. And it is VERY DISTRACTING for HALF WITS. YOU"VE BEEN WARNED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MIKE ALFORD October 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
yes ! I understand ! i wont do it agane ,i will write in little teny,tiny words so they can take their cuped hands off their very sensitive ears, -- See you have to understand there is a special (and i do mean very special) group out there ! you have to be extra sensitive with these people! see they are follow the people that cant handle the truth they usually live at home with their parents they cant take the real world and what is really going on . therefor you must be much more sensitive with them see this type of person needs to have special attention , they have special needs they have to be reassured constantly (uasually by there mommies) they lack any kind of responsabilty, they go along with the hype that we need more low cost houseing (you know the kind that r,c,d,is suppose to put in down on berrealessa) it gives them a false sense of security . thats so you and the rest of the taxpayers can take care of them when momie & daddy throw them out and they cant afford to move to canada no you have to understant and feel quite sensitive towards these people --- they have special needs doesent this give you a strong sense of well just how strong America has become! so be kind to these people they need to feel some kind of worth ! if I were going to give them names --- well for the boy I would call him chris for the girl I would call her linda -- and i want to thank Mark Sparacino for makeing me see the error of my ways ! ssssshhhhhh dont shout remember they are special
MIKE ALFORD October 27, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Im sorry did I have A moment there ! No way in Hell ! mabey I Cant spell that good & mabey my grammer isnt the best but I do know what is real I have been to 240 straght meetings Where have these Special deadbeats Been ? as long as there are special interst groups & corruptition going on right in Martinez Im going to bring it out in the open ---- quick cover your ears if you cant stand the Truth !
Linda Meza October 27, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Sorry Mike but as you yourself like to point out, my hands are firmly clasped around my knitting needles. I can hear perfectly and all I and anyone has heard from you for years is, they lie! Your only claim to fame is "I've been to ____ meetings". Your candidacy is as distracting as your never ending prattling at the podium. Its an annoyance but hardly worth anyone fretting over. I certainly don't.
Chris J Kapsalis October 27, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Wow Mike so what probelm do you have with me this time exactly? I am not even running for office. YOU ARE.
MIKE ALFORD October 28, 2012 at 08:28 AM
you know the best way to show everyone the facts from the marina to how much money we are spending on our water bills and how with just switching to contra costa water district we could be saveing the citizens of martinez 3,300,000 a year now see its things like this the city counsel does not want you to know --- and there is much more some of these facts will be in the gazette tuesday -- and when you read how these special intrest groups work and who they back you will be able to understand & see who they are and why they are doing it. ------------ i can assure you its not for the taxpayers & citizens brst intrest
Dave Thomas October 29, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I have a vision problem. LARGE letters are easier for me. It seems fair if I can not read as well as young people that ALL CAPS should be required. i WROTE IN UP DOWN CASE BUT IT WAS HARD BECAUSE MY FINGERS DO NOT WORK WELL MOVING FROM PRESSING CAPS LOCK TO SOME OTHER APPROACH. JIM... PLEASE TELL EVERYON WHEN THEY WANT TO YELL USE LOWER CAPS. NORMAL IS ALL CAPS. THANKS
Chris J Kapsalis October 29, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Go to control panel on your computer. Then go to display. You can make your text larger and easy to read. Also you can use the magnifying tool to enlarge text. There are other options. It would be like everyone having to shout in real life for the hearing impaired, or them getting a hearing aide. Also capital and lower case letters are an integral part of the English language. To understand what is written.
Dave Thomas October 29, 2012 at 04:33 AM
這是大寫字母或小寫 INTERNATIONALLY IT IS THE MESSAGE. thank you. THANK YOU as you claim: "Also capital and lower case letters are an integral part of the English language. To understand what is written" LET ME UNDERSTAND thank you and THANK YOU are different because if in caps it means something different....BECAUSE ... as you say " are an integral part of the English language. To understand what is written" UNTIL YOU HAVE A HANDICAP or understand such stay off the PATCH. When a person magnifies it also creates a new PROBLEM. SCREEN size. What can be seen on the screen. If I can only see a part then I have to find the thingy on the bottom to move the words across the SCREEN. It is still the issue CAN I SEE the caps lock key ten times in ONE post and MUST do so because YOU... YOU have an issue as to caps or no caps. It is YOU and not other people who have such an issue. YOUR ISSUE IS THAT YOU DO NOT CARE WHAT PEOPLE SAY. IT IS much MORE IMPORTANT that they do not yell. What they have to say is of LESS IMPORTANCE. .
Chris J Kapsalis October 29, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I will assume that sense you used capitals and lower case in your comment back to me that you were in fact yelling at me half the time? Am I correct?
Jim Caroompas (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Thank you, Mark. You are absolutely correct in your observation that all caps are considered shouting. For everyone. Even you.
Jim Caroompas (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 05:57 AM
As the moderator of this site, I will say this: posting in all caps is considered shouting throughout the world-wide online community, not just on this site. It is rude and distracting, just as it would be if one were constantly shouting on the street, in another person's home, or at the podium at City Hall. This site is supposed to be a place where everyone can come and weigh in without being intimidated. Speak your "truth," but please don't feel the need to scream it at people, because they won't hear it that way anyway. All they hear is the screaming. Thank you.
MIKE ALFORD October 29, 2012 at 08:05 AM
mr. thomas --- i understand you compleately but unfourtenly when you have people like that have nothing to do in life but follow people that really try and point out the real world and do try and stick up for our city and stand up for people well you get this kind of element. i write in only small letters like this for only one reason jim has let me back on this patch to have my say also so i will respect that and i wont use caps like i use to. its not because of any pain in the rear that goes out of their way to follow people around to constantly to try and get attention see im not the only one it does this to but you have to understand that most of us have lives and have forgotten more than it will ever know .you can probley see that that element is like a hope to be --- that never was -- so i have learned to ignor this misguided and confused person of absoulty no intrest in the reality of what the real everyday lives & responsibilty that the rest of the real world and people like ourselves so the best thing any of us can do is to keep on writing about what is important,keep using this patch to just tell the truth it wont understand anyway just pretend that its not there without even responding to it . and to just have conversations it will go away in time .think of it as well a little nat or gadfly a little gust of wind it will just go away its really nothing in the first place
Chris J Kapsalis October 29, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Yes I'm sure voters are really concerned right about now with your issues with me Mike. And I am only one little gnat on a message board who gave my opinion of someone running for City council. And what is funny is this was my exact question to you if elected. Can you rise above this kind of pettiness and handle the job of being on the City Council. Again, no I don't think you could. You seem to get into it with people all the time. Insulting people and bullying them if they disagree with you. This has been a long pattern for you. I say this because I believe you have no business on our City Council.
Linda Meza October 29, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Mike, I have no idea to whom you're referring with your latest babbling post. As I stated your candidacy is nothing more than a distraction. But since you choose to name me personally I will engage you directly. If people are interested in voting for a candidate who makes a job out of running his mouth and running for office, you're their man. If people are interested in a candidate who chooses to babble on and on at every council meeting while saying nothing, adding nothing, doing nothing, then you're their man. If people believe the best use of public comment is to rant about your fellow citizens or whine that you weren't invited to a private event, or complain that you were being denied the pleasure of carrying your semi-public rants onto the world-wide-web, you're their man. Every election has it's own special little Ralph Nader, apparently your Martinez's.
Jim Caroompas (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Mike, Linda and Chris: You've all had your opportunity to take your personal shots. Now it needs to stop. Further personal attacks won't be tolerated. Please stick to the issues and stop calling each other out by name. It goes nowhere and benefits no one. If you can't adhere to that, you will be suspended.
DONALD E. BARKLEY October 29, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Hay a COWARD Is Here..That is YOU LINDA: Please answer! DONALD E. BARKLEY 8:19 pm on Saturday, October 6, 2012 Linda please enlighten me as to my erroneous assumptions! That may help clarify things... I TY in advance! Now if you are part of an "official" ad-hoc committee to bring in investors/ when was it started? If you have "just gone off on your own" and are making proposals' /// please let us know what you have promised and said!! If the "Essential Component" is a vibrant marina/ as we have never been able to sustain one yet, without TAXPAYER"S footing a bill, "Massively larger than the return"! Again.. is that what you have "facilitated"? also who is the "Responsible Party or Parties" in these delicate negotiations between business to municipality, business to state, business to state agencies? I would love and want "Marina Docking".... but only if it is sustainable! Donald E. Barkley
DONALD E. BARKLEY October 30, 2012 at 04:55 AM
How did a compliment from a. Alford turn into a massive critique on his grammar, spelling and other such truly inconsequential things! That indeed he is the "Jackson Pollack" of typing has merit, however is it not ideas not "cap's and spelling" that are the true essence?? should we do away with Egyptian hieroglyphs, as they "don't follow, what the 25+ years of "Internet speak"! Would you ignore a paper by Stephen Hawking as "Improper"? Get off this elf proclaimed "Maker's of the "new and ...Polite rules of typing"! In Thousands of years of "written communication and language"// Now self proclaimed "INTERNET SNOBS" have redefined what is "Correct"! .. Can you really hear a "CAPITAL LETTER" as compared to "lower case". Get real and be concerned with the...gee what is that.. ohh ... The IDEAS! Donald E. Barkley
DONALD E. BARKLEY October 31, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Mr. Alford:Also Other CANDIDATES If YOU CARE;/ Mike I have known you off and on for years (not odd as we both grew up in martinez) and I have listened to your Know this I consider Jim Busby (Gentleman Jim, and that is how I view him) and Gus Kramer (the toughest election he ever had for County Assessor) was against a man that had already passed away! I supported Gus then and have sense, he play's hard but you know where you stand! So with that in mind and I ask that they not be portrayed as (especially as today is Halloween) some excessive "bogeymen" .. rather one a businessman and the other a politician and Public servant!! As I know these men and won't be swayed please "Let me in on where Martinez as a City stands, and can do better"! Go ahead and mention JIM and GUS if you must,"they can take it" (Gus may enjoy the public discourse)! Also know that if they come up, after I shall still Like them! However if I didn't state my long Liking of both, would be disloyal and a sham! In a sentence I ask..please "Lay out a future for Martinez"/ Take as many posts as necessary! It seem's Other Candidates are simply not addressing the issues! I have two votes so let's get to it! ty Donald E. Barkley
DONALD E. BARKLEY October 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM
L MEZA: Why do you not have the simple decency to answer the statement's you made about me! Also to answer as to just "WHAT THE HECK" You were doing acting.as it becomes clearer as an AGENT of MARTINEZ... with Zero Guidance or Permission from our Elected Officials! Does "ACTING GOOFY" (and people I am sorry that I am talking with what "MAY SEEM" Disrespectful manner's/ However Ms MEZA has attacked ME and then RAN like a Coward)! Plus She seems to have PLEDGED TAX Payer Dollars, On some "Secret Scheme"! She Won't Answer on here To what she said! Maybe MARK ROSS, or any Council Member can tell me, When she was appointed to some AD-HOc, committee..that she was enameled to engage in "very time sensitive matter's"...and when is her next "report due"! Mark This is sure not aimed at you/I Fear it is/a "Black Op? DEAL! so Boooooo /I Was trying To SCARE THE TRUTH FROM OUT OF YOU! Hmm The "Offended Party" in one and TAXPAYER FRIEND in the Second! Please L MEZA don't just change name// and beat and just drone on about Alford's (aka "Pollack Spelling)! Either way.. You also have a safe Halloween just please answer! /no not as Dramatic as the "Sky Writing" In the "Wizard of Oz"!! Just in (Secret ink on here.just as I am using..so nobody else can see..ok) Come on people Humor her Donald E. Barkley:

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