Tony Santos Says Stark Served San Leandro

Former Mayor says don't overlook Congressman Pete's Stark long years of service and many accomplishments.


Recently, local newspapers have had derogatory articles about Congressman Pete Stark. The Chronicle's editorial staff endorsed Eric Swalwell, Congressman Stark’s chief opponent. While the Chronicle noted Congressman Stark’s first campaign against Congressman George Miller, its editors failed to note (nor did the ANG newspapers) Congressman Stark’s achievements serving his district over the past 40 years.

I would like to note a few of the things Rep. Stark did for seniors, his district, his constituents and veterans.

Over the years he saw to it that his district received its fair share of federal dollars. While I cannot speak for all of the cities within Congressman Stark’s district, I know what he did for San Leandro as a result of my 18 years of service on the city council, including four years as Mayor.

Congressman Stark provided millions of dollars to the City for street maintenance and for the Cops program. In my last year in office, Congressman Stark assisted the city in obtaining $5 million dollars which allowed the City to hiring five officers over a period of four years. In all deference to Mr. Swalwell, I do not believe he would have enough clout in Washington to be in position to do what Mr. Stark recently did.

More than anything else, I want to note Pete’s efforts in assisting veterans. I do not know if any member of either the Chronicle or ANG papers served, but I do know Congressman Stark served in the US Air Force.

I want to provide you with one instance on how Mr. Stark helped one veteran. Mr. Leo Trimble a young soldier at the time was captured on Anzio Beach in Italy and became a prisoner of war for over a year. Mr. Trimble was liberated weighing just 80 pounds. He had been abused while a prisoner of war in Poland and later Germany. After Mr. Trimble’s service, he was unable to receive veteran benefits. After 30 years of trying, Mr. Trimble finally found and ally in Mr. Stark. Mr. Stark was able to get Mr. Trimble’s service recognized and finally Mr. Trimble received the benefits he had coming. Today Mr. Trimble is buried at Arlington Cemetery thanks to Mr. Stark.

While you can criticize Congressman Stark, it is your right to do so; I ask that you do not forget the service Congressman Stark provided to his Country, His Community and to all of us in his district.

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Marga Lacabe May 04, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Rep. Stark has done a lot of things for the people of San Leandro and America. Whatever we can think of his behavior in the last few years, he has fought for programs for the poor, children and seniors and has stood up against the war and much of the Republican agenda. What Rep. Stark has not done is have any involvement on the COPS grant that San Leandro got a couple of years ago. To get this grant, cities were given scores based on several factors (size, police force, etc.) and grants were given to the cities that had the highest scores. San Leandro's scores weren't high enough in 2009 and 2011, but were in 2010 when we got it. Mike wrote more about this at: http://www.sanleandrobytes.com/archives/012134.html
Tom Vallejos May 04, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I was born and raised in San Leandro. I gave up my "life-long" resident status since I moved to Oakland, three years ago. Pete Stark may have had "something" once but that has left him long ago. I have friends who remember the Congressman helping them with assistance. However, since 9/11/01 he has become increasingly irrational, rude, and wrong in his pronouncements. It's time for him to accept retirement. Mayor Santos is correct is that without Stark's seniority, San Leandro won't get the help if Stark loses. I say adapt. Find other ways to get what the city needs. Don't rely on a aging Congressman who is clearly losing his grip on reality.
Fran May 05, 2012 at 12:58 AM
He's not our guy anymore, but if he were, I'd vote for him in a second over this Stalwell creep. While one can argue Pete is losing his reality, at least he had some to lose, unlike this Stalwell hack. The Chronicle and Carla Marinucci, in particular clearly have an agenda, and after endorsing Arnold, they lost their credibility with me.
Richard Taylor May 05, 2012 at 06:49 AM
It is past the time that Stark needs to go. He may have done things for the community in the past, but the past is the past. He has become an embarrassment.
tony santos May 06, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Thanks to Patch for printing this article on congressman stark. Marga is wrong about the Congressman's involvement in our getting "COPS" money. I should know who was involved in the process since it was I who negotiated with the Director of the Cops program; also assisting was Len Simon who set up meeting between myself and the director in DC in January 2009. Pete was kept informed on all of my efforts. Don't say anything unless you know what your talking about-or at least check with me who was in center of discussions. We only wanted three officers and we got five.
Ken Briggs May 06, 2012 at 02:37 PM
yes we need more people like Pete Stark what we do not need is people like Nadia and that other woman that were screw up .
Richard Taylor May 06, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Pete Stark is not a screw up? Yeh right. It is time for him to go.
Bong Sativa May 07, 2012 at 12:24 AM
While the divinely delusional will never give Pete Stark their blessing,I'd just like to say thanks to Pete for forty years of serving the best interests of his constituents. As the only admitted agnostic in Congress he's an inspiration to many. Pete has been in the forefront of the effort to remove federal penalties for marijuana leaving it up to the states to decide what's in the best interests of it's residents. Pete's seniority & another term to push the unfinished business on his agenda are valid reasons to return this honorable man to Congress. Pete's certainly made his share of enemies over the years,as they say "if you're looking for a friend in politics buy a dog". And while "money can buy you a good dog,only love can make it wag it's tail". - Kinky Friedman. We love Pete & Pete loves us too ! When he's ready to retire there will be plenty of qualified candidates waiting to succeed him,but Swalwell's name won't even make the list !
Marga Lacabe May 08, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Let's see if I understand what you are saying, Tony. The COPS grants are supposed to be given based on objective criteria to those cities in most of need of them. You are saying that Stark improperly intervened in this process, using his political weight to do what exactly? Did he make the officials evaluating the grant applications change the values they gave to each criteria, so as to benefit San Leandro? Or did just decide they'd approve the grant and then give San Leandro an arbitrary number? In either case, this is a pretty serious accusation you are making, Tony. It might merit an ethics investigation on Stark.
Cindy Corrello Hilke May 08, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Let me see if I get this right - Pete Stark is 80 so he should retire. At what point do we define, with an arbitrary line in the sand, that a person can no longer serve. Is it age, disability, illiness, number of children, sexual orientation - what is the defining line? I believe that each person independently chooses how they live, where they live, and the work they do. It is what the Independent Living Movement is all about - SELF DETERMINATION plain and clear.
Michael Allen May 09, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Marga, I believe Mr. Santos simply rebuffed your statement that Stark had no involvement in the COPS effort as you asserted. Given that we have just about the lowest officer-to-citizen ratio in the area, wouldn't it be possible that we would qualify for additional funds above and beyond what was first requested? Your reply is really, quite..... Well frankly I don't think anyone understands your leap from "He didn't help" to "Ethics Investigation", but... Ok. What ever makes you happy and floats your boat.
David May 09, 2012 at 02:00 AM
No, Pete Stark is a fool. Now that he is 80, he is an old fool.
Marga Lacabe May 09, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Michael, I'm sorry if I was too cryptic. Sometimes sarcasm doesn't work in print. As I mentioned above, the COPS grants are given based on the particular needs of cities. There are a number of criteria (like size of population, number of cops, crime rate) and cities are scored based on those criteria. Those that score the highest, get the cops. Yes, we got 5 cops rather than 3, because that's what we qualified for under the criteria. The city applied for the grant in 2009 and in 2011, but did not get it in those years, because at those times it did not qualify. My point to Tony was that these are /objective/ criteria, they are not earmarks. The only way to make a city qualify when it wouldn't do so otherwise, would be by either changing the scoring system or falsifying the score the city received. Either would be highly improper, and most likely against Congressional ethics rules. So no, I don't think for a second that Stark did anything about this other than nod (and maybe nod off to sleep) while hearing Tony.
Bong Sativa May 09, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Typical name calling once again by David who couldn't get elected dog killer & won't live to see 80 years old ! Pete Stark has done more for the people who have repeatably sent him back to Congress than David could do in 3 lifetimes ! You know what they say about fools,it takes one to know one ! Fortunately I've never had the displeasure or misfortune of making your acquaintance !
David May 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I may well be dead before 80. I've posted elsewhere on SL Patch Fortney Stark's racist, sexist and homophobic rants. On top of it, he's profoundly ineffectual. That's what you support. Be proud.
David May 09, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Oh, and let's not forget his profound ignorance of the Constitution he's supposed to uphold.
Fran May 09, 2012 at 02:07 PM
David, even if he is those things you proclaim him to be, so what. His voting record speaks for itself. No on illegal occupations, no on the unfair trade agreements that, no on the bank bailouts, and I could go on and on. If anyone is ignorant of the constitution, it's those that voted for the patriot Act, and Pete wasn't one of them. I'd rather have a hundred Pete Starks, then a bunch of political correct hacks that are sell us out down the river.
Michael Allen May 09, 2012 at 04:02 PM
haha, that's how I read his comment later in the day... "kept informed" =) Maybe I'm over the hill, I'm ready to nod-off myself... and it's only 9am.
Tim May 09, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Hey Bong, why don't you go back to the Wisconsin Patch sites you've been ranting on today. I know you hate the GOP so it must be frustrating for you that Scott Walker got as many votes last night as all four Democrats combined. Oh and what happened to Obama in the WV Democrat primary... Obama got just 59% of the vote... yes, that's right, the other 41% went to an inmate in federal prison, LOL. I can't wait for November to rub your nose in Obama's defeat. Keep it up with your overconfidence. Ignore James Carville who is trying to wake you libs up. It's looking more and more like the Democrats are going down in a landslide that will make the Nov 2010 elections pale in comparison.
Tim May 09, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Fran, he voted for Obamacare with a mandate that I buy health insurance? How does that pass Constitutional muster? Don't take my word for it.... the Supreme Court will rule soon. I'd bet my house that at a minimum they overturn this mandate that your "Constitutionalist" Stark supported. Pete Stark has ZERO clout in the House. He's ignored by the GOP majority and moderate Democrats alike. Swalwell would be infinitely better to represent the district and would be able to work with the GOP majority (yes, the Dems have ZERO change to retake the House).
Marga Lacabe May 09, 2012 at 11:05 PM
The fact that a Republican like you, Tim, likes Swalwell, says quite a lot about Swalwell.
Tim May 09, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I don't know enough about Swalwell to "like" him but I'd vote for him because he's NOT Stark.... just like 41% of DEMOCRATS who voted in the primary in WV last night voted for an inmate in federal prison simply because he's NOT Barack Hussein Obama, get it?
Fran May 09, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Haha, exactly Marga. This guy doesn't have a chance in hell anyway :) His whole platform is Pete Stark is senile. Big whoop, so was Ronald Reagan, but everyone loves him, right? If you want someone who will vote to start another war, say in Iran, then Swalwell is your man!!! If you want someone who will fund faith-based organizations and big business tax breaks, then Swalwell is your man! Might as well be a Republican. The D after his name must stand for Dick. LOL
Leah Hall May 10, 2012 at 01:07 AM
The "R" brand around Californ-I-A state borders.... No, I will not rant!
jeffrey olsen December 11, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Santos has the same moral values as Stark's ones,


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