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Atherton: DeGolia files candidate papers, Ruggeiro takes them out in City Council race

Original post made on Jul 26, 2013

Two residents who each came within one vote of taking a seat by appointment on the Atherton City Council earlier this month may be rivals on the November ballot: Rick DeGolia filed his candidate papers, and John Ruggeiro took out papers from the city clerk's office today (July 26).

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 26, 2013, 4:41 PM

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Posted by Travesty
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm

"Mr. DeGolia is vice chair of the Community Center Advisory Committee, established in January. He subsequently was appointed chair of that group's library subcommittee. Those memberships represent his first forays into Atherton civic affairs."

"Mr. Ruggeiro…has been a regular attendee of council meetings since 1982. He has served on the Transportation Committee for 10 years, and is its current vice-chair. An Atherton resident since 1979, Mr. Ruggeiro is a director of the Atherton Civic Interest League, a 25-year member of the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation, and a 20-year member of the Friends of the Atherton Library."

HOW DARE ELIZABETH LEWIS AND CARY WIEST blackball John Ruggeiro, a 30-year regular presence at council meetings and committee assignments, from becoming an appointed council member and forcing Atherton to have another expensive election.

Instead, they insist on someone whose "first foray" into Atherton's affairs was this past January...

…simply because they were bought by a police union, and John Ruggeiro made a statement to the San Mateo paper that he would make sure Atherton taxpayers aren't overpaying for the police department.

In other words, exactly what a representative is supposed to do: protect taxpayer money.

Two council members are following instructions from a police dispatcher who is head of the APOA instead of ensuring he is fired for his repeatedly belligerent, rude, and generally disdainful behavior towards Atherton residents.

What a travesty and shame.

And then they and/or their supporters come to these blogs to say Bill Widmer and Jim Dobbie are not being "collaborative."

This would be funny if it weren't so sad.

One thing...John Ruggiero is heavily respected in San Mateo County and has many high-level supporters. Cary Wiest, you're done in terms of further political aspirations. Put a fork in him. Your behavior has been noticed.

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Posted by Candidates
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 27, 2013 at 4:55 am

There was already going to be an election this November.
The council seat is just one more item.

Mr. Ruggerio deserves thanks for the years of meetings he attended and the donations he gave to the Atherton Library and Park.

Mr. DeGolia's background and experience can represent Atherton residents well:

From Mr. DeGolia's Linked-in Profile:
In 2012, I joined the Board of Directors of Little Pickle Press, a highly innovative children's book and electronic media publishing company. LPP has recently been recognized as the Independent Publisher of the year by a highly regarded trade organization in its 15th annual review and awards ceremony.

From 2011 to 2013, I was a partner at Exigen Capital, investing in opportunities in industries engaged in significant IT transformation. In 2013, I left Exigen to focus on providing consulting services to high tech companies, including Exigen portfolio companies, and to pursue more community-based activities.

In 2010, I joined Cimbal, Inc. as its Executive Chairman. Cimbal has developed and markets a mobile promotions and payments network.

In 2007, I joined The Angel's Forum, a VC partnership of 25 ex-CEOs and senior executives. I focused on the cleantech area. TAF invests in early stage companies.

In February 2002 I launched Apptera. On my watch, we raised $14.5 million in three VC rounds. Apptera defined a new market and proved that the speech self-service can be as easy to manage as a web site. Apptera has since redefined itself to provide speech-based advertisements as part of its speech self-service solution.

In 1996, I joined Genesys Telecommunications and managed Strategic Planning and Business Development for 6 years. We grew Genesys from $1.5m revenue and 60 employees to $250+ million annual revenue and 1500 employees in 2001. We took Genesys public in 1997 and ultimately sold it to Alcatel for $1.9 billion in January 2000. Today, Genesys is the largest call center software company in the world.

From 1985 to 1996, I was a business attorney with Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto, CA. I represented many early stage companies and several venture capital funds on more than 100 private financing transactions and three investment banks on their technology and retail/consumer IPO's (Goldman Sachs, Robertson Stevens and Alex Brown).

Specialties:In specific:
Launching a highly innovative technology solution in an old school industry (training and education) where technology-driven change is clearly happening, but companies implement that change slowly; managing people to build a supportive and interesting work environment.
In general:
Advising early stage companies; Negotiating and managing mergers, acquisitions and equity transactions; Structuring strategic partnerships.

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Posted by Travesty
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 27, 2013 at 8:21 am

How about posting Cary Wiest and Elizabeth Lewis' resumes also?

Mr. DeGolia has a nice business and educational background, but we all know that's not what was driving this decision.

First, John Ruggeiro's thirty-year career in police management is what Atherton needs right now, since the police take up most of the budget, there is currently what is supposed to be an adversarial contract negotiation, and the parcel tax to pay for the police is up for renewal.

Second, if education and business background are the gating factors, Cary Wiest, who is a real estate appraiser with a high school education, should have dropped out of last year's race in favor of Greg Conlon, who holds a CPA and JD. Elizabeth Lewis also lacks a college degree and has been a real estate agent.

No, that is all about who is willing to hold his or her nose and let the police have more money than taxpayers are supposed to pay. Mr. DeGolia fits that bill admirably.

John Ruggeiro's thirty years of active participation trumps everything. He was blackballed by Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 27, 2013 at 9:46 am

Front page of The Daily Post today.

230 apply for 5 new Police Jobs in Mountain View.

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Posted by Travesty
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

Great find from Michael Stogner. The APOA has been putting out plenty of propaganda that if Atherton cops are not given raises, they will simply be scooped away by other police departments in the bay area. What a farce.

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Posted by Agreed
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm

While Travesty states his opinions strongly, I must agree. Both Mr. Ruggeiro as well as Mr. Stogner made the commitment that if appointed, neither would run for that office next year. Thus, the fear that the appointment process would be used to shoe-horn a candidate was eliminated.

While Mr. DeGolia has good credentials, he lacks the experience in Atherton's civic affairs of Mr. Ruggeiro (or for that matter, Mr. Stogner).

I would suggest the council revisit this issue and make an appointment. By November 2014, Mr. DeGolia can gain additional experience working in Atherton's civic affairs and run for this office. To take care of the job for the next 16 months, a trusted and experienced participant such as Mr. Ruggeiro was the logical choice.

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Posted by Politico
a resident of another community
on Jul 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

This race will all come down to endorsements and money.

Given the credibility of WMD following the library debacle, it's safe to say that Ruggeiro will have an albatross around his neck with them backing him. Kupperman owes him an endorsement too.

Ruggeiro has also been quite critical of the APOA. I'd bet they come out swinging. Even if Degolia doesn't want the APOA's endorsement, you can bet they'll work to defeat Ruggeiro.

When do the yard signs come out? This is going to be fun.

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Posted by Travesty
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Yeah, it only seems reasonable that the APOA should try to control this election as well. After all, one member almost lives in Atherton, and has parents living in Atherton. That's close enough to qualify for Atherton constituency.

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Posted by Candidates
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 28, 2013 at 6:59 am

This has been an interesting debate since Ruggerio has yet to file his papers. Will he file or is this a tactic to pressure Lewis to change her vote to appoint?

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Posted by Candidates
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 28, 2013 at 8:05 am

There a recent comment that was deleted? Any reason why?

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 28, 2013 at 11:26 am

I think appointment is not an option at this time.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

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