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There are 57 comments on the The Reporter story from Oct 6, 2010, titled Harris, Hunt, Fortney lead way in Vacaville City Council campaign f.... In it, The Reporter reports that:

Vacaville mayoral hopeful Dilenna Harris has the campaign financial lead heading into the final weeks of the race for Vacaville mayor, according to official campaign reports filed Tuesday.

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David at the Beach

Coos Bay, OR

#22 Oct 19, 2010
Give me a break wrote:
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There's nothing interesting here. I'd call it amusing - your attempt to discredit based on fear. Not to worry - Harris will do a good job as Mayor for you too.
Break, you're right, but, to add, it's not even "news"...it's not even an issue. It is completely baseless.

Has Steve Hardy stopped beating his wife yet?
RWitzlsteiner

Vacaville, CA

#23 Oct 19, 2010
Apparently, someone has been trashing Fortney and Harris signs. I hope the hunting cameras that were borrowed will bust those who are doing it. C'mon, these are supposed to be grown folks, not kids. Good Luck to Harris & Fortney.
Blah

Vacaville, CA

#24 Oct 19, 2010
Dean of Mean wrote:
Not counting a loan to himself, all Mashburn could do was raise about $1,100 for his campaign? That's not a sign of a serious candidate if you ask me.
Where is the money for Steve Hardy? Again, minus the loan he made to himself and the large union contributions, he's hardly raised any money from citizens and he's apparently spent it all with a month to go until the election. Apparently Harris doesn't seem to be having much of a problem raising cash for her campaign. Interesting.
so your saying its inspiring Harris is spending so much freaking money....thousands and thousands of dollars to litter the city with signs? yes...oh yes this means she knows how to run a city...haha NOT!...it just means she is good at advertising...and spending...not anything we need as a mayor right now!

we need to conserve, save, and not be wasteful!
Blah

Vacaville, CA

#25 Oct 19, 2010
the smart vote for Vacaville right now is Hardy, Hunt, and Mashburn...once len and pauline leave hunt will be the senior of the council...only 3 years!!! We need a mayor with experience...real world experience...

I got a door hanger for Harris with bullet points stating...

'responsible spending'...yeah right...she's dropping thousands of dollars on her signs and door hangers...why don't you lead by example and actually try saving money? Also...she ran into some trouble with her own company when it came to finances?!?!?!?!..

'creating new jobs'...well we all read what the cab guy posted earlier in the thread...and she voted to lay off police and cut from almost every other union in the city...and she use to own a pool company which went bankrupt?!?!?! Once she see's an easy way to solve a problem she jumps on it like its the only solution...she follows the other city council members say and does whatever the city manager wants...

and last but not least 'keeping our streets safe'.....JOKE! how does she do this...does she put on 20lbs of gear every night , bullet proof vests and a gun? goes out in the middle of the night on a traffic accident where three people are dying and trapped in a car....??!?!? i don't think so...instead she bashes the real people that keep this city safe (public works, first responders, ect.) and votes to lay off!?....sounds pretty shady if you ask me!!!

we need leaders who make promises the can keep...I have personally spoken to each of the candidates (minus Fortney cause he is just a joke)....the only ones who are up front and honest about the situation Vacaville is facing is Hardy, Hunt, and Mashburn...

whatever you do...remember...Vacaville is in its worst economic state any of us have seen...we cannot risk our city to the freshmen team...we need the varsity players in there...I don't want to see my city turn into Fairfield or Vallejo...because believe me people...its all coming our way; the only way to preserve our way of life is to make smart safe choices...
Really

Vacaville, CA

#26 Oct 20, 2010
Blah wrote:
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so your saying its inspiring Harris is spending so much freaking money....thousands and thousands of dollars to litter the city with signs? yes...oh yes this means she knows how to run a city...haha NOT!...it just means she is good at advertising...and spending...not anything we need as a mayor right now!
we need to conserve, save, and not be wasteful!
I sense sign envy. Support envy too...
Really

Vacaville, CA

#27 Oct 20, 2010
Blah wrote:
the smart vote for Vacaville right now is Hardy, Hunt, and Mashburn...once len and pauline leave hunt will be the senior of the council...only 3 years!!! We need a mayor with experience...real world experience...
I got a door hanger for Harris with bullet points stating...
'responsible spending'...yeah right...she's dropping thousands of dollars on her signs and door hangers...why don't you lead by example and actually try saving money? Also...she ran into some trouble with her own company when it came to finances?!?!?!?!..
'creating new jobs'...well we all read what the cab guy posted earlier in the thread...and she voted to lay off police and cut from almost every other union in the city...and she use to own a pool company which went bankrupt?!?!?! Once she see's an easy way to solve a problem she jumps on it like its the only solution...she follows the other city council members say and does whatever the city manager wants...
and last but not least 'keeping our streets safe'.....JOKE! how does she do this...does she put on 20lbs of gear every night , bullet proof vests and a gun? goes out in the middle of the night on a traffic accident where three people are dying and trapped in a car....??!?!? i don't think so...instead she bashes the real people that keep this city safe (public works, first responders, ect.) and votes to lay off!?....sounds pretty shady if you ask me!!!
we need leaders who make promises the can keep...I have personally spoken to each of the candidates (minus Fortney cause he is just a joke)....the only ones who are up front and honest about the situation Vacaville is facing is Hardy, Hunt, and Mashburn...
whatever you do...remember...Vacaville is in its worst economic state any of us have seen...we cannot risk our city to the freshmen team...we need the varsity players in there...I don't want to see my city turn into Fairfield or Vallejo...because believe me people...its all coming our way; the only way to preserve our way of life is to make smart safe choices...
Desperation is coming across loud and clear... Fear of losing too... It's going to be just fine to have Harris as our Mayor! Relax. You are way to intense and uninformed.
Blah

Vacaville, CA

#28 Oct 22, 2010
Its mostly frustration! I fear what will happen to this city if she is elected...I truly love this city; work hard everyday to maintain the way of life here...

Harris has done nothing but ride coat tails and use good rhetoric to get to where she is at...her campaign states:

"Indecision and slow processes impede job growth."....how many times have we heard her on the council say "I don't know..." or "I agree with the Mayor"...INDECISIONS!!!! Seriously; if you have ever watched a city council meeting where a real decision is being made...this is what she does

"Over the last two years I have made the difficult decisions to stabilize city spending."....what difficult decisions...oh yeah she attempted to take money and bodies from public safety in Vacaville...

"We cannot afford to duplicate services; itís simply a waste of resources."....what is she talking about?! Why couldn't she have fixed this while she is on City Council...why does she have to be Mayor to make a difference? If she saw a problem with duplicating services she should have addressed it on the spot!!!

"My commitment to public safety is unwavering, even in the midst of budget challenges."....then why does she REFUSE to meet with any bored member of our public safety associations?!?!?!

and her 'non-profit organization' she is always using as an example of how she will save the city from gangs....we all know she is talking about her church...DONT GET ME WRONG...I am a strong supporter of the church being involved in our neighborhoods and think the 'adopt-a-block' is a great idea for the church...BUT...church does not belong in politics (again with her rhetoric)...why are you leaning on the success of your church? sounds like she might have some 'special interests' as she said in her own commercial!

"I will also insist that our resources focus community attention on the most troubled crime/gang areas of our city.".....insist all you want Harris...but when it comes down to it you can try to aid public safety with programs like your suggesting...but you cant replace it...

Vacaville needs its Fire, Police and Paramedics...Did anyone happen to notice not a single person who is currently on city council is supporting or endorsing Harris?....Why don't you look around!

Vacaville needs a leader who is willing to AT LEAST talk about issues...not avoid them and avoid making decisions!

Again I will ask the public to consider all the options before voting....don't just do whats popular (and colorful)....do whats right for our city!....WE are the ones who pay in the long run...NOT the city manager, NOT the city attorney...and NOT city council!!!
David at the Beach

Coos Bay, OR

#29 Oct 22, 2010
Blah wrote:
Its mostly frustration! I fear what will happen to this city if she is elected...I truly love this city; work hard everyday to maintain the way of life here...
LOL at the spew...

We've had some recent elections here in OR where there were females running for Mayor, and, curiously, the rhetoric was the same. "It's The End Of The World! Women can't lead, they're too passive, they can't make decisions, they don't know how to do things", on and on.

They got elected, however, and none of the dire predictions came to pass. In fact, it all worked out nicely. What people began to realize is that women lead differently...not better, not worse, but differently.

Please feel free to continue with the alarmist rhetoric, though. It is more damaging to "others" campaigns than they themselves could ever be.
Blah

Vacaville, CA

#30 Oct 22, 2010
I NEVER said anything about it being because she was a woman?! where did you come up with that?....I AM A WOMAN....and strongly believe we need more STRONG woman in leadership roles...I think you need to re-read my post...

It is the opinion of THIS woman...Harris is not a leader; she is a follower!....she has shown it time and time again...I would never lump a single female into the group of 'woman leaders'....

and if you consider my attempt at asking people to educate themselves 'alarmist rhetoric' you need to look up some definitions...

Her rhetoric states she has made so many tough decisions in the name of MY/OUR city....I'm just asking for some backing to these statements...

and why put 'others' in quotations?!
David at the Beach

Coos Bay, OR

#31 Oct 22, 2010
Blah wrote:
I NEVER said anything about it being because she was a woman?! where did you come up with that?....I AM A WOMAN....and strongly believe we need more STRONG woman in leadership roles...I think you need to re-read my post...
It is the opinion of THIS woman...Harris is not a leader; she is a follower!....she has shown it time and time again...I would never lump a single female into the group of 'woman leaders'....
and if you consider my attempt at asking people to educate themselves 'alarmist rhetoric' you need to look up some definitions...
Her rhetoric states she has made so many tough decisions in the name of MY/OUR city....I'm just asking for some backing to these statements...
and why put 'others' in quotations?!
Well then, pardon me, ma'am. I couldn't tell by your typing that you have girl parts.

=)

That said(!)...

I have known Harris for 36 years (now that I actually count them). She is a strong and capable person in her own way...she always has been. Just because it is your opinion that "she is not" does not make it so. Her style may not be the style that YOU prefer, but that does not mean she is incapable of doing what is necessary as Mayor.

I have seen her criticized here in the forums for not being assertive enough. What do people expect her to do...burst in upon the scene, take no prisoners and slay all? Not her style. If you agree with someone there is no particular need to go on and on about it. Some politicos enjoy the sound of their own voice...Harris is not like this. I find it refreshing that when she does not know about something, she says so. How many lying, glad-handing POS politicians that think they know everything have we had to endure??

People that expect politicians to have all the answers are living in a delusion. I have a far more realistic expectation. I expect elected leaders to take the time to understand what the problems are, gather the relevant information, consult with others as necessary and appropriate, and THEN arrive at the correct decision. I deal with people all day long that have made snap decisions and believe me, that rarely works out as well as a carefully considered and reasoned approach to problem-solving.

Having known her for so long, I have seen Dilenna face some very tough situations over the course of her life...ones that go far and beyond what most people have to face. It speaks to her character and inner fortitude that she was able to arrive at the correct solutions to those various issues.

I am sure she will continue to do the same in the future. She is fully capable of leading Vacaville.
Blah

Vacaville, CA

#32 Oct 23, 2010
Beach Boy...

I haven't known Harris for 36 years...but from what I have seen of her the past two years...I cant see what you do...and I tried...like I said before...I am a female (jerk) and I supported her initially because it was refreshing to see a female so involved...I actually looked up to her...

All that changed this year when I found out she straight up lied to me about a topic last year...since these elections started I have watch her tactics and I am so let down...You shouldn't have to lie to get your way to the top...She says things for votes; and has contradicted herself several times...

"I expect elected leaders to take the time to understand what the problems are, gather the relevant information, consult with others as necessary and appropriate, and THEN arrive at the correct decision."....

She was flat out avoiding to meet with anyone from public safety about their concerns last go-around...and with the Fire Department currently under negotiation contracts, she did it again...straight up said NO to a sit down with their board members...

She is refusing to work with public safety...how can that be good for Vacaville? Vacaville needs leaders who will have an open line of communication with their employees (all employees)...

I'm not even saying she has to agree with what is being said or asked of her...but as a representative of this city she should AT LEAST be willing to hear what is being said...

I have had sit downs with the candidates I am supporting...SEVERAL ACTUALLY...Steve Hardy, Mitch Mashburn and Curtis Hunt...they are open and honest...when asked about the budget they all said...we cant guarantee 'no layoffs' and we cant guarantee 'no pay cuts'...what they did guarantee and show throughout the past year is that they all have an open door policy for anyone with a concern...They don't push people away because they don't like what they are saying....

Steve Hardy has real world experience (he was mayor before)...Len Augustine is supporting him...and if you actually talk to him you will see 'special interest groups' and 'non-profit organizations' are not his concerns...his concerns are the citizens (all) who live in the city of Vacaville....it takes a rare person to have a heart like his and the back bone to match...

Steve Hardy is a PUBLIC servant; has been his whole life...he is not flashy; he is simple...do whats right because its right!!...not a "burst in upon the scene, take no prisoners and slay all" kind of a guy...well actually he has taken a few prisoners ;)

"She is fully capable of leading Vacaville." Harris I am sure could do the job...anyone could fumble their way through it...but I think Vacaville needs someone who is going to go above and beyond for the city...

I am sure since you are so close to Harris you have seen her go through the ups and downs; however....look around!!! EVERYONE in this city is going through it!!!....MONEY is tight for everyone and we are all feeling the pinch...(except Harris' campaign of course)! it makes me sad to see the city I live in and work every day for in this state...

as far as Harris facing tough situations in her life...'ones that go far and beyond what most people have to face...' has she ever seen a person die? has she ever had to lay her life on the line in place of someone else? has she ever had to tell a parent their child is dead???...has she ever had to run inside a burning building to save someone she didn't know?....what about looking into the eyes of a child who has been sexually assaulted by someone they trusted?....THESE are tough situations no one should ever have to face...but guess what hundreds of the citizens of Vacaville do that every day...and she cant sit down and talk with them????

Public Safety is a thankless job some of the time...but I don't expect my city officials or government to act that way....

Have you even sat down and talked with Steve Hardy? or are you letting your personal feelings decide your vote?
Blah

Vacaville, CA

#33 Oct 23, 2010
Steve Hardy is rare...he has the heart and the back bone to do whats right...not a flashy politician....his policy is do whats right because its right...I honestly didn't think the choice to not order thousands of signs was going to matter...money shouldn't win an election...the facts should...

If you haven't yet I invite you to talk with him...He has a great open door policy and is willing to actually listen!! www.hardyforvacaville.com has all of his contact information (including a direct line)!!! He has great ideas and has tons of real world experience (REAL WORLD)!!!

Just this morning Steve Hardy (with Mitch Mashburn and Curtis Hunt) spent 4 hours downtown just talking with people...it is truly refreshing to see such open and honest politicians...

I know that Steve Hardy is SO MUCH MORE that 'fully capable' of leading Vacaville...He is willing to go above and beyond for our city...

Steve Hardy's concerns lay with ALL citizens of Vacaville and not with 'special interest groups' or 'non-profit organizations'....

**********
Beach boy...

as far as Harris goes...I use to be a supporter...My involvement in city politics started two years ago...she told me several things...I believed her...actually looked up to her because she seemed to be a rarity...a female who was so involved was inspiring...

HOWEVER;

This year I found out all of the things she said to me last year were a lie...she contradicted herself several times and stumbled over her lies several times this year when speaking with me directly...

Since then I have watched her closely....her tactics are so disappointing...in the beginning she might have been a decent politician...now I just see her falling in line with the other 'do whatever I can to get to the top' politicians.

I believe being in politics it is so important to be up front about your opinions....and keep your word!

I am sure being close to her you have seen her go through her fair share of ups and downs....but EVERYONE in this city is feeling ups and downs...jobs are down, the economy suck, people are loosing their homes, everyone is tight for money (well....except for Harris' campaign).

and as for her being in 'situations that go far and beyond what most people have to face.....'

has she ever had to look into a parents eyes and tell them their child is dead...has she ever had to run into a burning building to save someone she didn't even know...has she ever had to risk her own life for a complete stranger...has she ever had to pray that God keep her safe when she goes to work...has she ever EVER seen a person die right in front of her? Was she their during any of the shootings in Vacaville...has seen the cold hard faces of the suspects? Has she ever been spat on, hit, or her life threatened because she was trying to do the right thing?......If so I would love to know...

I know public safety is a thankless job sometimes...but I do not expect that behavior from our city leaders...she should at least sit down with the fire department (who is under current contract negotiations)....

she should at least hear what public safety has to say as a council member....if Harris doesn't do it now...what makes you think she will do it as mayor if elected?!
Really

Vacaville, CA

#34 Oct 23, 2010
Blah wrote:
I NEVER said anything about it being because she was a woman?! where did you come up with that?....I AM A WOMAN....and strongly believe we need more STRONG woman in leadership roles...I think you need to re-read my post...
It is the opinion of THIS woman...Harris is not a leader; she is a follower!....she has shown it time and time again...I would never lump a single female into the group of 'woman leaders'....
and if you consider my attempt at asking people to educate themselves 'alarmist rhetoric' you need to look up some definitions...
Her rhetoric states she has made so many tough decisions in the name of MY/OUR city....I'm just asking for some backing to these statements...
and why put 'others' in quotations?!
Are the hormones raging or what?? You sure are full of venom. What gives? Take a breath already...
Yes 4 Hunt

Vacaville, CA

#35 Oct 23, 2010
Harris is being backed finacialy by the big businesses not us normal citizens. This is not a good thing. Being Mayor is not for sale. We want the best candidate for mayor. That is why Hunt has my vote.
Really

Vacaville, CA

#36 Oct 23, 2010
Blah...

1) I seriously doubt you ever supported Harris for anything or "looked up to her". 2) Steve Hardy was never Mayor. 3) Give us proof that Harris "is refusing to work with public safety".
You can spew if you want, but unless you have facts you come across with zero credibility.
Way to support

Vacaville, CA

#37 Oct 23, 2010
Yes 4 Hunt wrote:
Harris is being backed finacialy by the big businesses not us normal citizens. This is not a good thing. Being Mayor is not for sale. We want the best candidate for mayor. That is why Hunt has my vote.
That's great. Vote for Hunt. He's not running for Mayor. At least learn who is running for what office before you vote - people who don't do their homework make such a mess of our government.
No On Harris

AOL

#38 Oct 23, 2010
You have to be joking if you are voting for Harris, have you been to the city council meetings? Plus, whats up with her disrespecting the city's wishes. I think her power has gone to her head. What would she be like if she was mayor?
Blah

Vacaville, CA

#39 Oct 24, 2010
Really wrote:
Blah...
1) I seriously doubt you ever supported Harris for anything or "looked up to her". 2) Steve Hardy was never Mayor. 3) Give us proof that Harris "is refusing to work with public safety".
You can spew if you want, but unless you have facts you come across with zero credibility.
1...yes I did...I almost joined the Soroptimist group because of her...I still might join...but of course I have to fight the good election fight for our city first ;) and your right I didn't look up...I am taller than her; however like I said before, I admired her as a public figure...UNTIL these elections.

2....STEVE HARDY was on city council from 2002 - 2007 (my mistake for saying mayor...I did mean city council)

3....As Harris your self....any of the city officials (city manager, council)....

or anyone of the firefighters on the Political Actions Comm. or their Association Board...

[email protected] or go here....http://www.iaff3501.or g/index.cfm?Section=7&Page Num=29

Also The Reporter did an article on the Fire/Paramedic negotiations:

http://www.thereporter.com/ci_16384735...
David at the Beach

Coos Bay, OR

#40 Oct 24, 2010
Really wrote:
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Are the hormones raging or what?? You sure are full of venom. What gives? Take a breath already...
LOL

Bonnie Blah...have a nice cup of mugwort tea and relax a bit. It will all be over soon.
YesHunt

Vacaville, CA

#41 Oct 24, 2010
My vote goes to Hunt.

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