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Letter: Candidate Responds to Journal Article on Campaign

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I'm writing regarding an article in the Albany Journal.

I thank the Journal for covering my campaign.

However, it should be noted that my interview was conducted in early August and it references events happening at that time. Much has changed since then. In particular, I do not support the referendum that has come out of Keep Albany Local and I do not support Eric Larsen's lawsuit.

--Nick Pilch, Albany, CA

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Peggy McQuaid September 25, 2012 at 03:04 PM
You must support the law suit filed by Albany Strollers and Rollers and Carbon Neutral Albany since you are on the governing bodies of both of those groups. Yet, you signed the petition to bring back Whole Foods. Were the consequences of your actions (the law suit) different, less popular, and more damaging to Albany than you anticipated?
Greyson September 25, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Great clarification and question Peggy. Thank you for asking. I hope the candidate will respond.
don September 25, 2012 at 07:54 PM
NO ON WHOLE FOODS GO TO ANOTHER CITY IF YOU WANT TO SHOP THIS STORE LEAVE ALBANY ALONE WE HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THE STORES WE NOW HAVE NO TRAFFIC FROM OTHER CITYS COMMING HERE NO TROUBLE FROM OUTSIDERS AND SUPPORT MONEY STAYS HERE FOR SAFEWAYS AND OTHER MOM AND POPS MAKES US A FRIENDLY CITY DONT WANT TO LOSE THAT DON
Brian Parsley September 25, 2012 at 08:24 PM
The headline makes it sound as though The Journal made an error, when that is not the case. Maybe it should say "Candidate changes his position on University Mixed Use Project." Nick said in then "As for the University Village development, Pilch said at this point, he doesn't have a position on it, but added that Keep Albany Local, the group backing a referendum on the project, has raised some valid concerns regarding the proposal. "I agree with some of the concerns and disagree with other concerns," He had no position then, even though AS&R was suing the City and he agreed with some of Keep Albany Local but not all. This is,IMO, a text book version of flip flopping. Seems this article raises more questions than answers.
Make It Right September 26, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Nick is in trouble. Hearing that he is losing lots of support over his being involved in the lawsuit.
Donald N. Mangravite September 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM
if Whole Foods opens on Gilman street, Albany will still get the traffic, the pollution, etc BUT BERKELEY will get the tax revenue. Also, keep in mind, Safeway is building a new store @ Shattuck & Rose, Safeway's bottom line is not in good shape, so no one should be surprised if they decide to close the Solano store.
Nick Pilch September 26, 2012 at 06:04 AM
I did not create the headline. I sent the letter to Albany Patch with the subject "Letter to the Editor". At the time of the Albany Journal interview, no lawsuit had been filed.
Nick Pilch September 26, 2012 at 06:28 AM
I have stated support. Immediately after the Environmental Impact Report certification by the City Council, Albany Strollers and Rollers (AS&R) and Carbon Neutral Albany (C0A) tried to negotiate a way to right the mistake (last minute language changes without public comment). However, when timely response was not forthcoming, they had to act within the 30 day window to contest in order to make sure they continued to have the ability to negotiate to reverse the language changes. I was gone for most of August, the last half of which I was completely without electronic communication. Upon opening my email on return, I saw a different landscape than when I left on my trip. Another lawsuit had been filed (Id did not know this would happen), and hundreds of signatures had been gathered for two referenda (I did not know the signature gathering would be successful). I did not anticipate this. Alone, I believe the AS&R and C0A lawsuit would have been easily and quickly settled without impacting the project. It's impossible to know, but I believe the referendum is the straw that broke the camel's back. Whole Foods departed the same week that the one referendum was certified. That said, I am concerned the the AS&R and C0A lawsuit is still pending in the current climate. I intend to increase my involvement in the lawsuit effort by doing everything I can to bring it to a quick conclusion.
don September 26, 2012 at 06:38 AM
I TALKED TO PRINCIPLES SAFEWAY WILL NOT GO HOWEVER CITY OF ALBANY WITH THERE PROGRESSIVE WAYS HAD PUT PRESSURE ON THEM TO MAKE MANY CHANGES WHICH I HEARD ALBANY WOULDNT PASS SO WHATS UP CITY PEOPLE DO YOU WANT SAFEWAY OR OTHER TELL THE TRUTH DON
Emilie Raguso September 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM
I came up with the headline myself. If I got it wrong, I apologize. I have changed it to something more general.

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