Posts tagged ‘Mike Dalesandro’

February 27, 2016

Are We Past The Point of No Return?

by lewwaters

Wile E. Coyote Hate GOPIt seems to be a saying widely disseminated today, being past the point of no return. We hear it in relation to climate change, economical woe and much more.

But where it may be more truthful than anywhere else is in our political discourse, both nationally and locally.

It seems that although our political discourse has been brutal at times since our country was founded, it took on a new level of vitriol beginning with the announcement of George W. Bush winning the 2000 presidential election, with the false cries of “he stole the election” heard ever since.

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November 4, 2015

Election Hangovers & Gloating

by lewwaters

I VotedWell, we made it through to Wednesday and it’s all over for some candidates while some others remain to be sorted out as ballots continue trickling in and being counted.

In all, I have no complaints on this election, save I was hoping to see Maria Salazar shake things up a bit in Ridgefield and breakup that good old boy club atmosphere out there. Sadly her race went to the incumbent, but Maria ran a good race, facing a whisper campaign of unsavory gossip about her.

The most watched race, Clark County Council Chair remains undecided whether it will go to Battle Ground Council Member Mike Dalesandro of former Clark Commissioner Marc Boldt.

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September 29, 2015

Updated: Look Before You Leap, If Only

by lewwaters

“We should boldly speak the truth without apology, even when it is negative.” – David Madore, October 30, 2011

ConfusedPolitics is said to be a blood sport and all too often, campaigns perpetrate untruths about opponents. Sometimes knowingly and sometimes due to lack of actually looking before making claims about an opponent, not “looking before they leap.”

I think we all remember then candidate David Madore sending out a flyer with claims against then Commissioner Marc Boldt that were easily exposed as not factual and his subsequent flyer apologizing to Boldt, showing that Madore relied on hearsay and did not adequately vet the information he was given.

It appears nothing was learned from then as now we see the same action coming from Madore, Christian Berrigan and a few others involved in the Write-in Liz Pike PAC.

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May 15, 2015

Another Dalesandro Files For Office

by lewwaters

Mike DalesandroI previous posted the News Release of Scott Dalesandro running for Port of Vancouver Commissioner. I was previously told by his son, Mike, current Battle Ground City Council Member, that he too was considering throwing his hat in the ring and run for the newly created position of Clark County Council Chair.

The following information is Mike Dalesandro’s announcement of running and is not to be considered support. As previously stated, this blog will not be supporting nor opposing any candidates this election.

Mike Dalesandro for Clark Council Chair

Friday May 15, 2015

Contact: Mike Dalesandro, (360) 949-6328

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August 15, 2013

Lisa Walters Back In

by lewwaters

Lisa Walters bApparently Battle Ground Mayor Lisa Walters has had a change of heart on resigning her city council position.

Three days ago Ms. Walters wrote on her facebook page: “Wanted to let you all know that today I resigned my position with the city council. Time to move forward in my life and make some serious changes. I will be moving out of the area but will keep in touch as I move through this season. Here’s to better tomorrow’s.”

Lisa was citing strictly personal issues prompting the sudden resignation.

Posted on her facebook page this evening;

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August 12, 2013

Lisa Walters Announces Resignation

by lewwaters

Lisa Walters bSurprising to read on facebook, City Council Member and Mayor of Battle Ground, Washington Lisa Walters announced she has resigned her position with the city.

Ms. Walters wrote: “Wanted to let you all know that today I resigned my position with the city council. Time to move forward in my life and make some serious changes. I will be moving out of the area but will keep in touch as I move through this season. Here’s to better tomorrow’s.”

Lisa is citing strictly personal issues prompting the sudden resignation. I wish Lisa the best with what is happening in her life.

It is also assumed now that Mike Dalesandro, challenger for her City Council seat will win the seat in the November General Election.

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April 10, 2013

CRC Supporters Scurrying Like Cockroaches

by lewwaters

Barking CockroachThis past Sunday, April 3, 2013 saw yet another insulting editorial written by soon to be retiring Columbian Editorial Page Editor, John Laird: We should all live as long as the Third Bridge Cockroach.

Laird, a strong supporter of the Columbia River Crossing has now added “cockroach” to his repertoire of derogatory titles assigned to taxpayers that dare actually look behind the shroud of secrecy long enveloping the CRC and stand against it.

BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything), Ankle Biters, Hounds of Whinerville, NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard), CAVE (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) and now Cockroaches to describe those who they also want to buy their newspaper.

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October 15, 2009

Dalesandro Showing Desperation

by lewwaters

Michael Dalesandro, 28 year-old challenger against Lisa Walters for Battle Ground City Council position 4, appears to be getting desperate in bid. After personally contacting me over my posting in support of Mrs. Walters, including misrepresenting and misquoting what I said, I see that he has updated his campaign site to engage some mud slinging.

In his email to me, Michael made note of, “My campaign has been positive and issue based,” and “the commitment she has made for the last 8 years is honorable.”

I guess that is why he has decided to begin attacking his opponent over her 7-year performance on the council.

Of particular interest to me was he begins his home page with, “I want to keep Battle Ground a great place to raise a family,” and then condemns Lisa by saying, “My opponent pushed for an ordinance to limit urban chickens. More big government.”

What he neglects to mention is that this effort by Mrs. Walters was in the best interest of Battle Ground residents health as the incident was over a complaint received where a resident had 50 chickens on a 5,000 sq. ft. residential lot.

I live on a similar sized lot, slightly larger and have very little room around a small house in the yard. So, doesn’t 50 chickens pose a health hazard in such a small area?

Hailing from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, maybe Michael has never been exposed to a chicken ranch and the unbelievable odor from the chickens waste, not to mention the hazard to others peoples health from the waste of 50 chickens confined in such a small area.

But he obviously didn’t do his homework before deciding to slam Mrs. Walters for trying to look out for Battle Ground citizen’s health. Had he done his homework he would join Lisa on this one instead of trying to paint her as unsuitable for her seat.

I refer back to his own words of, “I want to keep Battle Ground a great place to raise a family.” With the rapid growth of Battle Ground in the past few years and building lots shrinking to fit more homes in, do you wish your neighbor to have 50 chickens next door to you?

Any sane person knows that chickens can be raised in an urban area but let’s face it, 50 chickens is excessive. That is why other urban areas placed restrictions on having them.

I also find it curious that Michael would state “More big government” as if he feels that is a bad thing.

As acknowledged in the September 2009 Democratic Party Newsletter, Michael is considered a “Democratic activist.” Nothing wrong with that, it is legal and I’m sure many consider me a “Republican activist.”

But, a Democrat complaining about “Big Government?”

The party that wants a government takeover of the Healthcare Industry? The party that recently took over the Auto Industry, Wall Street, Banks and wishes to impose government regulations on food, insurance, vehicles, schools and several other aspects of our lives?

Curiously enough, Michael is featured in both the September and October newsletter from the Clark County Democratic Party. Doesn’t it make you wonder why such heavy biased support from them over a “non-partisan” seat?

Could it be as said in the October newsletter, “County Democratic officers think Dalesandro would be a dandy candidate for the state Legislature in some future cycle?”

Mike has never ran for office or held any elected position, other than precinct committee officer and in his email to me said, “I don’t have plans to run for another office.”

Could it be as Mike mentions on his web page that Mrs. Walters raised issues with the mayor and like many other mayors, he doesn’t like being confronted by council members, so those that do must go?

Of note is Mike’s “revelation” that Mrs. Walters raised a question about the mayor and his relationship with the Cultural Task Force were shared by other council members, not only Lisa, as mentioned in an August 25, 2009 article in the Reflector.

I also find it odd that this “investigation” he mentions is not linked to or shown in his claim, just a condemnation of Mrs. Walters.

I would say Mike should really stick to the issues and his record, but being his first run at office he has no real record to run on, relying on his involvement in the family business instead. No problem there, everybody starts somewhere.

Still, I wonder if he never came under question during his time managing a small pizza shop? If so, he may be the only person alive do have escaped scrutiny.

Michael, since you seem to show such a “High Interest” in my blog, allow me to say to you that this isn’t a “High Interest” in your campaign. It is a “High Interest” in seeing local governments remaining as diverse with council members as they claim and they not be stacked with yes-men in favor of any mayor.

Be mature, Mike. Stand on your own merits instead of trying to sling mud. That isn’t a “positive and issue based” campaign.

October 13, 2009

A Message From Mike Dalesandro

by lewwaters

I am always flattered to be contacted directly by candidates for public office, even when I support their opponent. To think that they take time out of their busy day campaigning, working and caring for their families to compose a letter or email to me, a simple lone citizen in Clark County out of all others is flattering.

I was no less flattered to receive the following email from Mike Dalesandro, running for Battle Ground City Council Position 4 against incumbent Lisa Walters. I wish his comments were a little more accurate, though.

I assume my posting one supportive and unsolicited post for Lisa, one letter to the editor in the Reflector and my one comment in support of Lisa at the Columbian drew his attention to me.

I will post the email in its entirety after this post.

Let’s look at what Mike has to say to me.

1. I have noticed your high interest in my City Council race.

High interest? One post, one letter to the editor and one comment on the Columbian? Puhleeze!

2. I understand and appreciate your conservative viewpoint and the fact you feel that you are advocating fair and balanced local government.

So, according to Mike, I only “feel” like I advocate a fair and balanced government. I wonder what he thinks those who support his candidacy “feel?” A little judgmental, Mike?

3. I feel as though I need to clear up a few things. My choice to run for Council was my own. I was NEVER approached by Democratic Party officers or Mayor Ciraulo about running for any elected office and I don’t have plans to run for another office.

Good to hear, Mike, but who ever said they did approach you? I said the heavily biased support for you over Lisa appears like a “stacking the deck” on the council in the mayor’s favor. I also know that parties “groom” candidates and even if they begin with no desire for higher office, they are later “encouraged” to by their parties.

And don’t forget, Mike, you are running for a “non-partisan” seat.

Lisa is not seeking endorsements from either party in retaining her “non-partisan” seat.

You do not explain why such a heavily biased support for your candidacy for a “non-partisan” seat is warranted or accepted, in light of Lisa’s stance.

4. My experience managing a small-family business (pizza shop), working 80 hours a week, making very little pay, was a valuable life experience that taught me many important fiscal and work ethic lessons that I plan to bring with me to Council.

I’m pleased that someone of your young age knows the value of hard work, Mike. Do you not think that Lisa also knows of hard work, raising and caring for a family and many years involvement in community activities and programs?

I applaud you for putting in “80 hour weeks,” but ought to tell you that at about the same age, the guys I served with in Viet Nam and myself were putting in 126-hour weeks and you don’t really wish to know the pay we received for the conditions we were in.

5. As for being a “lowly assistant manager”, that’s just not fair, Lew.

I agree, mike. Who said it? I didn’t. I said you were a “lower level assistant manager,” a far cry from a “lowly assistant manager.” In an effort to “clear things up,” couldn’t you at least be accurate in what you claim I say?

I realize you desire to discredit my words, Mike, but misrepresenting what I say will not accomplish that.

6. My campaign has been positive and issue based. Whether or not I agree with Lisa’s performance on City Council, the commitment she has made for the last 8 years is honorable. Please don’t make personal judgments on me and my family.

Thin skinned a little, Mike? Where did I judge either you or your family? Questioning how working in a pizza shop years ago and being a “lower level assistant manager” is hardly judging anyone.

On the campaign news section on your page, you have a headline of “Bringing Credibility.” Are you claiming the council has no credibility without you? Is that an insinuation that Lisa has no credibility? Is that an example of your view of a “positive and issue based” campaign?

7. You don’t know me and you have made no effort to contact me. You admit that you don’t even know my opponent. I suggest you get to know us before endorsing either of us or making accusations and ill-conceived conspiracy theories.

Grow up, Michael. Your words, idealistic as they are, show a level of immaturity I see often on the left. Can you stand out there and tell us that you have personally met every single candidate you supported or voted for?

I’m going to assume you supported and endorsed Barack Obama for president. Tell us how you personally met and got to know him before endorsing him with your vote.

Playing victim doesn’t play well here, Mike. Crying “ill-conceived conspiracy theories” because I notice and point out the excessively biased support you accept from the Democratic Party is hardly a “conspiracy theory.”

I assume you think you are performing your own “fight the smears” campaign with this email, but you are only making yourself look foolish, immature and unsuitable to hold the seat you seek.

8. I do encourage you to contact me with any questions about me or the campaign, in the future. This country is made up of both Democrats and Republicans and there are a few of us out there on both sides that can see beyond political party; not everything is partisan.

Thank you for your encouragement, Mike. But, as a 61 year old addressing a young 28 year-old, allow me encourage you to do some homework and learn some comprehension.

I’m glad you remembered that the country is made up of both Democrats and Republicans. Listening to the news these past 8 years and Democrat candidates, I would have thought Republicans were on the brink of being outlawed.

I just have to ask you a simple question, Mike.

Do you go after all of those who express support for the one you are trying to unseat? Or, did you single me out for some reason?

Grow up, Mike. You chose to run for a political office and if you cannot tolerate a lone blogger commenting in support of your opponent, how will you ever question any of the mayor’s proposals?

That you even felt the need to personally contact me about this and then misrepresent what I said shows me your level of immaturity and yes, not ready to occupy a seat on the council.

You see, Mike, there are many of us out here, on both sides of the political spectrum that wonder why such heavily partisan support for a non-partisan seat is warranted.

There are many of us who feel we still have free speech and may freely support or oppose a candidate for any public position.

Get some more experience, Mike. You are clearly not ready to hold a seat on the council just yet in my estimation.

Full email received in comments section.

UPDATE: Dalesandro Showing Desperation