Posts tagged ‘Michael Dalesandro’

November 30, 2013

Heywood’s Underserved Patting Himself on the Back

by lewwaters

Back Pat 2Never ones to forgo boasting and bragging, Democrats, through local party chair Mike Heywood are once again engaging in some undue boasting and even a bit of obfuscation in the recent dismal election results.

Heywood, who was “allowed to retire quietly” from his position as Lazy C editorial page editor after 27 years, caught using their time and computers to view pornography back in December 2002, makes some boastful claims in the December 2013 newsletter about the latest election. And, as Democrats are often noted for, seems to take a few liberties with the truth.

First off, Heywood labels the parties effort in this last election as “the organization’s first venture into the nonpartisan arena.” It would be more accurate to state it is their first OPEN venture into the nonpartisan arena since they have actively involved themselves in promoting nonpartisan candidates several times in the past, just as the Republicans have.

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July 16, 2012

The Power of One Voice

by lewwaters

How many times have we heard that one person can’t make a difference? Or, you can’t fight City Hall? Even when it comes to voting, many feel their one lone vote will not make any difference in an election and opt not to vote at all.

The non-actions of the complacent within our country and community is why we now have the lousy government we have and why nothing it getting done, far too many just throwing their hands up and letting whoever sits in office do as they please.

I’m here to tell you that the notion of one lone voice not making a difference is very wrong. One voice is making a big difference out in Battle Ground, Washington. It’s not a major policy shift or anything that will ever make National News, but is an excellent example of how one voice is making a big difference in Battle Ground.

A little over two months ago, a young Democrat and former candidate that I once opposed for office and who I now consider a friend, approached me to ask about an idea he had. It seems a road that sees quite a bit of traffic through neighborhoods has been in disrepair and through several years, nothing was done.

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January 24, 2010

Anne McErney-Ogle Should Be Appointed To Vancouver’s Open Council Seat

by lewwaters

I often receive emails from citizens active in Vancouver or Clark County matters. It isn’t always that I agree with them, but I always appreciate seeing what others think about the goings on in our community.

One such person I often receive email from is retired Navy Commander Larry Patella who many elected officials look upon as a “thorn in their side.” While they may scoff at Larry, politicians need those “thorns in their sides” if we are to remain a free nation of “We The People.”

As we all know, Mayor Royce Pollard was defeated by challenger Tim Leavitt this past November and his being worn in to office has left an opening on the city council for Vancouver. Current council members have won their elections for their seat, either this past year or in years past.

To fill the seat now a replacement for Leavitt must be selected, but it will be by council members, not an election. This is by design and the process our nation and community has set-up.

The danger in this process is council members who may ignore the voices of the people and choose a replacement based upon an agenda or someone who they fell will just rubber stamp proposals of the mayor or the council.

It is in regards to this selection process that Mr. Patella was addressing those on his email list this morning as he sent out the following,

“Finalist for Vancouver City Council;

In reading the article in today’s copy of the Daily Fish Wrapper, I must take issue will some of the criteria for who will be selected.

Having been advised that some applicants were not nominated to fill the seat vacated by the current mayor because there was fear among current council members that they would not be team players or that they had the audacity to challenge some council members’ positions and decisions I am concerned that whomever gets elected will be just another Bobblehead.

Didn’t we just throw out of office a dictatorial administration that not only ignored the voice of the People but in almost every instance passed every piece of legislation brought before it by a 6 to 1 or 5 to 2 vote. Comments such as “it’s going to be spirited dialogue about who the six of us believe will be the best fit”

Ladies and gentlemen of the council, need council members who will Listen to the people, ask probing question, and above all vote on the merits of what is placed before them, not just another vote in someone’s pocket. It is not the best fit that “We The People” are seeking, it is someone who will represent “We The People”.

In my most humble opinion, Anne McEnery-Olge is the people’s choice.
She has the Experience, the Backbone and the Will to represent us.

L. M. Patella
CDR USN (ret)

P.S. Let The Council Know your choice and let me know. I will tabulate the people’s vote and compare it to what the council vote and let you know if they are listening to us..”

Finalists are, if you don’t already know, Anne McErney-Ogle – Active in Neighbor Association, Member of Planning Commission, served on City Budget Review Committee, Ran for council in 2009 and came in second.

Eric Olmsted – Challenged Jeanne Stewart in 2005 and was defeated

Lee Rafferty – Community Volunteer

Bart Hanson – Works For PUD, ran for council in 2009 and came in third.

Larry’s email, if you wish to contact him with your preference is

My choice would be Anne McErney-Ogle to take the seat, as she is very community oriented, she does get out amongst the people and she does have the needed experience to represent citizens of Vancouver, Washington.

This is also why Clark County Conservative strongly supported Lisa Walters in the Battle Ground Council Race against all too obvious Democratic Party choice and supported Michael Dalesandro in last years race.

Lisa, much like Anne McErney-Ogle, when necessary would ask probing questions, oppose a lock-step attitude and actually represent the people.

Anne ran against deeply entrenched incumbent council member, Jeanne Harris, who has been on the council since 1997.

I’m not at all convinced that Vancouver citizens’ voices have been heeded in the past and a burgeoning budget deficit reflects that. All too often, council votes on matters supported by special interests and opposed by citizens, such as light rail and a new I-5 bridge replacement.

Millions of dollars of our tax money has been spent “studying” projects that have been voted down by the people in the past and that the current council will not bring back before the people.

Clark County Conservative proudly supports Anne McErney-Ogle to be selected for appointment to the Vancouver City Council. I feel she would be a much-needed dissenting voice from time to time.

Throughout the history of our nation, opposing views on matters came together for compromises that benefited “We The People” most and not extremes or special interests.

It was dissension that often found common ground and built the nation to greatness, not far left, far right or special interests that sought only obscene profit.

September 5, 2009

Battle Ground Should Keep Lisa Walters For City Council

by lewwaters


Mike, you ran a good campaign and I hope you’ll look upon this as a learning experience.

(October 13, 2009) A Message From Mike Dalesandro

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In reviewing the 2 candidates for Battle Ground City Council Position 4, a non-partisan position, I can find no logical reason long time Battle Ground resident Lisa Walters should be replaced. You have in her a seasoned council member with 7 years on the city council who does not follow along in lock step, but places the interests of Battle Ground residents first. In today’s political climate that is a welcome rarity.

Her opponent has lived here 5 years and lists as his qualifications for city council, a short term volunteer seat on the planning commission, assistant manager of a warehouse and worked in a “small family pizza shop” before that.

Opponents have tried in the past to make hey out of the fact that Lisa Walters came from Portland, Oregon, relying on the anti-Portland fervor we have in Clark County. They ignore that her challenger recently hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which has many more problems than does our neighbor to the south.

In looking over the qualifications of both candidates, I was particularly struck by 28-year-old Michael Dalesandro’s campaign site and a list of endorsements that is a registry of who’s who from the Democratic Party, for a non-partisan position.

His ‘About Mike’ page relies heavily on what his grandparents accomplished and not what he has. His grandparents are an American success story, but what about him? What is the relevance to the hard work they performed and succeeded in have to do with Mike?

My own personal achievements by the age of 28 would likely seem foreign to him and many others, but I am not running for office. We’ll just leave it at by that age, I had accomplished and experienced much more than an assistant manager position in a warehouse or working in a small Pizza Shop.

But mostly, this strong support and flashy web site set up I’m sure with Democratic Party funds and donations should be of concern to all, since partisanship is not a part of the position he runs for.

Is the Clark County Democratic Party attempting to stack the Battle Ground City Council? After all, Lisa Walters and Battle Ground Mayor Michael Ciraulo have had their differences and Ciraulo has openly endorsed Dalesandro for Ms. Walters seat.

Something to think about before you cast your votes, Battle Ground.

In contacting Lisa Walters personally for information on her campaign, she replied, “I do not have any flashy campaign info,” and “I have elected to not seek support from any group.” Again, showing humility and a true desire to serve Battle Ground, not attain the seat as a possible springboard to higher positions.

That alone is impressive as she has a proven track record to stand on. At 44 years old, she is settled in yet still youthful. Lisa lists affiliations with the Association of Washington Cities, the League of Women Voters and the Clark County School Advisory Committee.

Battle Ground voters, I urge you to not be deceived by the “flash,” but retain who has served your interests for 7 years, Lisa Walters, Battle Ground City Council Position 4.