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Two On Council Threatened With Recall

Efforts target Gomez, Polanski. Voters could decide in November.

Two city residents announced their plans Tuesday to try to unseat council members Armando Gomez and Althea Polanski. 

Linda Windisch and Dan Manassau, both of Milpitas, gave City Council the 20 signatures per candidate required by state law to move ahead with the recall. Now they need to gather signatures from 20 percent of Milpitas’ registered voters — or about 5,000 residents — within 120 days to place the recalls on the November ballot.

Both Gomez and Polanski end their terms in 2014.

Windisch, who is leading the campaign to recall Polanski, said she is doing so because “it’s clear that she’s not longer committed to the voters.”

Windisch and Manassau said they are concerned about Polanski and Gomez’s potential support of medical marijuana dispensaries, among other issues.

Mayor Jose Esteves voiced his support for both council members.

“I always support council members who think independently,” Esteves said.

After the meeting, Gomez said he suspects the recall might have more to do with his and Polanski’s votes earlier this year supporting a moratorium to stop converting land zoned for business within Milpitas into residential areas. Developers hoping to build homes on the land did not agree with that decision.

“There are no coincidences in politics,” Gomez said.

Robert March 12, 2012 at 10:57 PM
First of all I am not leading this effort, so it is not about me. Yes I disagree with their view or I would not have run against them. Both Polanski and Gomez have researched, organized and passed an ordnance that was unconstitutional because it limited our First Amendment Rights. Only after voters signed a measure to over turn the ordnance did they change the ordnance. Some people think denying citizens their freedom of speech is illegal and I am one of them. The city, the city manager, mayor, lawyer and Gomez were sued by another council member for denying citizen freedom of access to city records. Polanski and Gomez, along with others decided to fight the suit which cost the tax payers just under $50,000. They lost the suit and now have to pay the defendants attorney all his fees on top of the $50,000. Illegal - well a judge agreed it was illegal. Now they have but together an other unconstitutional ordnance to limit citizen access to public information called "Balance Test" which is anything but balanced since the council is the ones doing the balancing. This ordnance will end up in the courts or on the ballot to be overthrown.
Summer Hemphill March 13, 2012 at 05:07 AM
The views of Robert & Linda Windlsch were considered & rejected by Milpitas voters by an overwhelming majority in 2010. Now these conservative Republican operatives & contributors are trying to remove the two councilmembers who gave them a through beating at the polls. This is nothing but a matter of sour grapes & anyone signing the recall petition is either stupid,misinformed or both. Besides what kind of right-wing Christian lunatic would name the GPS business he operates out of his garage "Fast in Service for His Eternal Rewards" anyway ? These laughable political gadflys & their repugnant rhetoric have been dismissed by Milpitas voters once already & an expensive recall effort isn't needed to remind them that nobody cares what they think !!!
Norm March 13, 2012 at 05:51 AM
"Just what are you getting at?" - Maxwell Smart
Robert March 13, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Nice Summer - when you can not win on the issues go to the personal attacks. The Christian one is a real winner - keep it up. I am sure you have more hate that you can lay on us to avoid the real issues. Bring it on - it just shows the the kind of people that the retention of politicians that want the ill and poor to support the greedy grass big business political contribution machine. Think about it and put that in your pipe and smoke it. Some people do actually work for a living - novel concept to you. LOL
Summer Hemphill March 13, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Robert - Only your piosity exceeds your pompousity ! I just think that Milpitas voters should get to know you & your real motivation for spearheading a recall campaign against those who so throughly vanquished you & Gary Roope in the last election !! This is all about furthering your own political career,can't you wait until the next election to be humiliated again ?!? You're just a sad & pathetic political wannabe who's right-wing ideals have been dismissed by Milpitas voters,but can't deal with the reality of the situation ! Don't try to impose your "Christian values" on others because "God fixation won't fix our nation" !! Wouldn't your time be better spent joining your fellow Republicans to obstruct women's reproductive rights,attacking gay people or suppressing minority voters ? I'm sure they need your assistance far more than do the people of Milpitas !!! It sure is infuriating when your political stance is repeatably dismissed by more intelligent progressive voters,isn't it ?!?
Summer Hemphill March 13, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Robert - Only your piosity exceeds your pompousity ! I just think that Milpitas voters should get to know you & your real motivation for spearheading a recall campaign against those who so throughly vanquished you & Gary Roope in the last election !! This is all about furthering your own political career,can't you wait until the next election to be humiliated again ?!? You're just a sad & pathetic political wannabe who's right-wing ideals have been dismissed by Milpitas voters,but can't deal with the reality of the situation ! Don't try to impose your "Christian values" on others because "God fixation won't fix our nation" !! Wouldn't your time be better spent joining your fellow Republicans to obstruct women's reproductive rights,attacking gay people or suppressing minority voters ? I'm sure they need your assistance far more than do the people of Milpitas !!! It sure is infuriating when your political stance is repeatably dismissed by more intelligent progressive voters,isn't it ?!?
Robert March 13, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Got under your skin and made you mad Summer? Trying to take away the peoples right of freedom of speech and shut down dissent from the minority? Your funny. Here fishie, fishie, fishie...noticed how i play with you and call you and you jumped right in....I know you like the back of my hand. All personal threats and no substance on issues. Good Summer go chase this ball..can not stop yourself can you summer? .ROFLOL. .
Summer Hemphill March 13, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Robert - The backs of hands should be familiar to you as that's what the voters gave you in the last election ! No one wants to take your right to free speech away,it's just that no one is even remotely interested in what you have to say ! And insofar as whom is playing whom you can be sure that I'll be constantly reminding Milpitas voters of your scurilous & vindictive motives for the recall initiated by you & your wife Linda !!! That's no threat,that's just the facts !!! I just wish I had balls so I could rest them on your chin !!! LMFAO !!!
Robert March 13, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Wow - I must have hit a sore point. Got you so mad you want a sex change operation and your hands were shaking so bad you made a double post. Quick - delete the double post before someone sees it!
Bobby Nguyen March 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Respect my opinion please: The citizens of Milpitas and myself will find out sooner or later that the recall efforts is surround by a handful of misleading residents, one honorable Giordano and her "puppeteer" of a consultant who has his hands in her cookie jar"Literally"....Mr. Windisch...if you and the people mentioned above succeed...which will not...Who are you recommending to replace honorable Polanski and Gomez?
Robert March 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Bobby - The Recall measure is in two parts. The Recall which is plain yes or no, is a treated like any ballot initiative. I support the Recall because of the fiscal disaster that that our current council, all of them, have failed to address in the past years. The second part of the Recall process is the election on two council member - which could be the two recalled. I have no replacements in mind nor am I looking for one or looking in the mirror at one. Hopefully this answers your question. OBTW - I have no love lost for the "puppeteer" either. He served me with a "promise" of great harm if Gary and I did not back off our ads against Gomez and Polanski 2010. I believe it was Gomez who stated "In politics it is not always as it appears". The "puppeteer" was Gomez Consultant and got him elected in the first place and keeps in office. Respectful enough?
George Quentin Baker April 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
How you can blame any council members for the dire fiscal problems faced by Milpitas and many other communities (Stockton for one) is a very big mistake. You only say they are responsible for the disaster, but you don't even know what the disaster is all about. I think before you go off with statements like this you should begin doing a little homework. Okay?
Summer Hemphill April 05, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Linda & Robert Windisch are angry,bitter people whose inane right-wing agenda was repudiated by a vast majority of Milpitas voters in the last election !!! Now they're spearheading an effort to recall the candidates that the voters overwhelmingly preferred !!! Don't give these conservative Christian crusaders a forum for their hateful attack on Councilmembers Gomez & Polanski !!! Tell your friends & neighbors not to sign the recall petition,don't encourage their reprehensible behavior !!! This vindictive & childish effort is to be expected from those who lack integrity like Linda & Robert Windisch !!! Just say no to their power grab !!!
Tim April 05, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Summer's just angry that CA voters denied her legalization of her recreational marijuana use. She's taking her frustration out on anyone who doesn't believe in her Marxist ideology.
Summer Hemphill April 06, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Big fan of the Marx Brothers !!! Loved Groucho,Tim should emulate Harpo !!! I'm sure a shrill horn would be easier on the ears & much less annoying !!! Enjoying my doctor recommended medication as I type,only in America !!! I'm living la vida loco,Tim's just loco !!!
James Rowen April 08, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Victor Atallah sure as the Windys fooled.
Norm April 08, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Perhaps it's the "smoking" part of the dispensaries the Windischs don't like. Maybe issuing marijuana ground-up like oregano for sprinkling over their spaghetti would be more palatable. Or maybe some tasty recipes like brownies or cakes. Or in pill form. [Just look how many drugs the pharmaceutical companies peddle on TV]. Is it as effective that way? Attempting to recall two councilpeople for just considering dispensaries in the city is silly.
KMD April 08, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Robert, Summer aka Brash. One in the same.
Bobby Nguyen April 16, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Windischs, Roope, good ole "Vic-Deb" are tie to Mr. Riffle. Who is Mr. Riffle and why is he calling Milpitas citizen DUMB. Is Mr. Riffle stating that the Windischs, Roopes, Debbie & good ole Vic are DUMB too? "Ed Riffle has been the producer of a website that refers to the "Filipino Tribe" and the "Dumb White Tribe" as running Milpitas.A Secretary of the Silicon Valley Republican Party and a leader in the movement to recall council members in Milpitas is using words like "tribe" and "dumb whites?Diversity among white people is a known fact as is diversity among all ethnic groups and races. To attack white people for a lack of intelligence is an attack on diversity and also on the idea of mulit culutralism.To attack Filipinos as well is even a more cowardly maneuver....Indeed we are sending a copy of this post to Riffle with the simple question, aren't white people entitled to the same respect as Latinos and AsiansEd Riffle has been the producer of a website that refers to the "Filipino Tribe" and the "Dumb White Tribe" as running Milpitas. Riffle is heading a recall in Milpitas, time there should be a recall on such a supremacist." Posted by James Rowen at 4:46 PM
James Rowen April 16, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Ed Riffle published a newsleter in 2002 claiming that "tribes of blacks and Filipinos along with dumb whites are taking over Milpitas." Windisch is a big backer of this racist attitude, and the recall effort is nothing more than the game playing of two klansmen using the political process to burn a stake out front of the lawn of City Hall.
Bobby Nguyen April 29, 2012 at 08:02 AM
BREAKING NEWS. RECALL backer Riffle's, Windisch's, Debbie & Vic are so lonely that the are trying to save Children in Australia from Medical Marijuana dispensaries in Milpitas???? See attached: See picture on the bottom. http://knitonesaveone.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/who-will-win-the-schools-competition/ That is so sad that they can't use real Milpitas Citizen to support the Recall. Adding text at the bottom to this picture is misleading. A quick email to Born to Knit and Save the Children's Office would be happy to find out lies are spread and their picture is been added to the lies.
Althea Polanski April 29, 2012 at 04:31 PM
It is so sad when people use children to spread lies.
James Rowen April 29, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Victor Ajlouny uses photos like this all the time. In Sunnyvale, he dressed up a candidate in a firefiighters outfit.
Bobby Nguyen May 02, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Great job Althea & Armando. Somebody had to put them in check on May 1 council meeting. To sum up the recall effort. Debbie again doesn't read her agenda or doesen't understand again. It looked like she was told to say NO then backed off because her colleagues had her read the report five times for her to understand. Riffle and Windisch's have no clue what they are doing or saying. More lie's are being spread by those Recall backers. The greatest thing was to see Debbie's face when she changed her mind last minute and said YES. It's called note, receive, and file Debbie. And YES the carriage needed to be in front of the horse on future laws on medical marijuana dispensaries in Milpitas. Althea and Armando are being proactive on protecting the Citizen of Milpitas from any corrupted laws of California that may pass causing city's to accept dispensaries. I am still laughing about this....recall efforts are crumbling in the eyes of Riffles, Windisch's, Debbie & Vic.
James Rowen May 02, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Every single leader in the recall movement holds a position in the Christ Community Church iof Milpitas. This organization has a non profit exemption, but is conducting political campaigns. Why?
James Rowen May 02, 2012 at 10:48 PM
http://missioncitylantern.blogspot.com/2012/05/milpitas-town-under-siege-by-plot-to.html
Bobby Nguyen May 03, 2012 at 04:52 PM
BREAKINGNEWS.RECALLbackers Riffle's, Windisch'sDebbie& VicGIVE UP.Lies still continue.Althea & Armando's intent was never to bring MMF toMilpitas.Ms.Windisch,the whole reason was to protect Milpitas.Seebottomletter The leader of the movement to recall two Milpitas City Council members sent a letter to the Milpitas Post this morning saying the initiative will be dropped, after a unanimous vote against medical marijuana facilities at Tuesday night's council meeting.The letter: May 2, 2012 Dear Press, Last night at the City Council Meeting, the council voted unanimously to continue the Ban on Medical Marijuana Facilities (MMF) in Milpitas. They agreed to take no action on the proposal from the Subcommittee to put a policy in place regulating MMF. We applaud Mayor Jose Esteves for his strong position and leadership to protect our families and the character of our city.When we started the Recall effort against Althea Polansk1 and Armando Gomez, our intent was to draw attention to and defeat the MMF effort. With the City Council vote to continue the ban, we have accomplished that intent. This is our formal communication that our group is dropping the Recall effort.We want to thank each person who made a phone call or sent an email or had a conversation with any of the City Council members on this topic. It is because of the public opinion that the efforts to allow MMF in Milpitas were stopped. Sincerely,Linda Windisch
Bobby Nguyen May 03, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Case Closed....
Summer Hemphill May 03, 2012 at 05:31 PM
The California Appelate Court ruled recently in a case that the Lake Forest City Council has spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer's dollars fighting. The ruling states that cities can't use nuisance ordinances or zoning issues to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries which are legal under state law. In Washington D.C. the voters approved medical marijuana & marijuana dispensaries with the tacit approval of Congress ! It would appear that over the long term how the Milpitas City Council votes won't make a damn bit of difference ! Obstructing state law & denying "safe & legal access" to cannabis patients may make you feel smug,but mark my words there will be dispensaries in Milpitas much sooner than you think ! How has having over 100 dispensaries in San Jose been in any way a detriment to their community as tax dollars flow into the cities coffers ?? Absolutely none whatsoever ! "There are two kinds of victory,initial & ultimate" - William Churchill The real reason for dropping the recall effort is that you only managed to gather a handful of signatures,how embarassing ! Here's looking forward to your next failure in Milpitas politics,you must really thrive on your crushing losses !! Marijuana smokers may be too high to attend meetings & too shy to appear in a public forum,but they do manage to make it to the polls on election day !! Put that in your pipe & smoke it losers ! You may not be able to acquire your marijuana here,but you can certainly enjoy smoking it here !!
Summer Hemphill May 03, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Let's give these pious morons a little bit of their own medicine every Sunday until the first dispensary opens. If loud boisterous demonstrations are good enough for the divinely delusional worshippers from Topeka,Kansas then disrupting their Sunday services here in Milpitas would be payback they'll certainly understand !!! "God fixation won't fix our nation" !!! Keep religion out of politics or pay for the consequences !!! The Christ Community Church is located at - 1000 S.Park Victoria Dr. & their phone number is 408-262-8000. Sunday Services are @ 9:00 AM & 10:30 AM come on down & tell Pastor Tumney how you feel about the callous members of his congregation Now is your opportunity to let them now how you feel & you won't have to obstruct state law to do so !!!

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