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October 28, 2018

Dear Residents of Lafayette,

On October 20, we, nine former mayors of Lafayette, expressed our dismay at the negative campaign rhetoric used by two of the five Lafayette City Council candidates. We endorsed Karen Maggio and Teresa Gerringer. A letter expressing such dismay is unprecedented in Lafayette’s history and we did not agree to it lightly. That letter is circulating.

A few days later candidate Ivor Samson wrote a response in which he inferred that the bad behavior was by the nine of us, rather than by him. That was followed by three letters from citizens that were circulated through candidate Samson’s campaign that further lowered the tone of his campaign and suggested that “...decisions are predetermined and citizens ignored...only provides one side of the issue, or hides important facts...The city government works for us, but in recent years it seems to be the other way around."

Most recently, on Friday, an advertisement funded by the Samson and Candell campaigns distributed partial-truths about other candidates.

We stand by our original letter expressing our dismay at the campaigns conducted by two candidates. We are proud to endorse Teresa Gerringer and Karen Maggio. Please remember to vote by November 6!

Sincerely,

Mike Anderson, Mayor 2007-08, 2012-13, 2016-17
Brandt Andersson, Mayor 2009-10, 2014-15
Carl Anduri, Mayor 2004-05, 2010-11
Carol Federighi, Mayor 2002-03, 2006-07, 2011-12 Bob Fisher, Mayor 1970-71, 1974-75
Judy Garvens, Mayor 1995-96
Anne Grodin, Mayor 1993-94. 1997-98
Erling Horn, Mayor 1998-99, 2003-04
Don Tatzin, Mayor 1986-87, 1991-92, 1996-97, 2001-02, 2008-09, 2013-14, 2017-18

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October 20, 2018

Dear Residents of Lafayette,

We are nine former mayors of Lafayette, and we are dismayed by what many see as the negative campaign rhetoric used by two of the five Lafayette City Council candidates. In contrast, Teresa Gerringer, Karen Maggio and Dave Smith are conducting positive campaigns.

Negative campaigns are infrequent in Lafayette’s 50-year history, and voters have always rejected the candidates promoting them. In the past we have had civil discourse and issue discussions during campaigns. When disagreements arose, they were issue-oriented and without personal attacks.

We are upset by the exaggerations, misstatements, and half-truths at candidates’ night and in campaign material and campaign ads. Most especially, we are dismayed by the rhetoric against our volunteer commissioners and our City Manager, Steve Falk, who is one of the most respected city managers in California. Lafayette is run on a balanced budget, with ample reserves and no pension debt. Few cities can boast these facts. After 28 years of exemplary service, no one, especially Steve, should be treated with such disrespect.

The attacks on the Planning Commissioners and the City Manager are an attack on us and the voters who elected us. We hired the City Manager and appointed the volunteers who served on our commissions. We, as Mayors and council members, made the policies carried out by the City Manager and commissioners. We are proud of our decisions and are honored by the service that so many have given. Just look at the improvements to our city since its incorporation, and you will appreciate the hard work that our volunteers and professional staff have accomplished. Lafayette’s meetings adhere to the state “sunshine” laws for open meetings, and we discipline those who have run afoul of these laws. The city works with all our citizens to get their input.

We need council members who can forge agreements with each other and with neighboring jurisdictions. Why is this important? Take traffic as an example. Traffic is a regional issue and we must elect council members who are collaborative in nature, not confrontational, to work cooperatively with the nearby cities whose drivers impact our roads.

We support Teresa Gerringer and Karen Maggio, who are positive, proactive hard- working volunteers whose years of dedication to Lafayette distinguish them.

Teresa Gerringer served 19 years as an elected representative to the Lafayette School Board. She served 17 years on the Lafayette Community Foundation Board and was co-chair of the Lafayette Library Community Campaign, which raised $13 million to build our award- winning library.

Karen Maggio is a former 10-year Planning Commissioner, served on the Vision 2000 Lafayette Library and Learning Center Committee, was a board member of Sustainable Lafayette, was vice chair of the Lafayette Environmental Task Force and a recipient of the Lafayette School PTA Leadership award.

We endorse and urge you to vote for Teresa and Karen. They are the positive, experienced, dedicated, hard-working leaders Lafayette needs on the City Council.

Sincerely,

Don Tatzin, Mayor 1986-87, 1991-92, 1996-97, 2001-02, 2008-09, 2013-14, 2017-18
Mike Anderson, Mayor 2007-08, 2012-13, 2016-17
Brandt Andersson, Mayor 2009-10, 2014-15
Carol Federighi, Mayor 2002-03, 2006-07, 2011-12
Carl Anduri, Mayor 2004-05, 2010-11
Erling Horn, Mayor 1998-99, 2003-04
Anne Grodin, Mayor 1993-94. 1997-98
Judy Garvens, Mayor 1995-96
Bob Fisher, Mayor 1970-71, 1974-75


Paid for by Gerringer for Lafayette Council 2018, P.O. Box 1672, Lafayette, CA 94549, FPPC#1409868
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