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Profile: Tod Abbott, Candidate for Albany City Council

Local business owner Tod Abbott will make his first attempt at the Albany City Council this fall. Profiles have been posted in the order received. Click the "Keep me posted" button below for election-related email alerts.

General Information

Name: Gregory Tod Abbott
Also known as: Tod
Age: 48
Place of residence: Albany, CA

Education

College

Attended college: Yes
College: UC Berkeley
Degree: BA, Philosophy
Year of graduation: 1988

Grad school

University: Northwestern University
Degree: MA, Philosophy
Year of graduation: 1994

Employment Information

Job titles held: Owner, Senior Web Programmer
Company: Almost Everything Communications

Political Information

Party affiliation: Democrat
Running for: Local office
Running for position: Albany City Council
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices: NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

Party HQ

Address 627 Evelyn Ave., Albany, CA 94706

URLs

Website: http://abbottforcouncil.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Abbott-for-Council/446829858694694
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbbottForCounci

Other Facts

Has served on the Board of the since 2006, serving as president of the board for four years. His two children went through Cornell School and are now at Albany Middle School for 2012-13.

Click the "Keep me posted" button below for future posts related to elections in Albany. See the Albany Patch 2012 election coverage here.

Ross Stapleton-Gray October 29, 2012 at 11:15 PM
You won't get an "A" on that homework, even so: the transfer tax rates are assessed per thousand dollars, so Albany is taking merely $11.50 per thousand (or $5,750 on a half-million-dollar home)... you're off by an order of magnitude.
Kenneth October 29, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Tod, it is great to have a candidate who does some research and thinks about the consequences of a decision. Too many others tell us what they feel about an issue and how they want the world to work.
Ross Stapleton-Gray October 30, 2012 at 02:41 AM
(My comment re "scary numbers" was to a since-deleted Tatter post, not a comment on anything Tod has written. Patch really needs to note where posts have been deleted, whether by author, or moderator, to avoid confusion.)
Stephanie Travis November 03, 2012 at 04:51 AM
I agree with your letter in today’s Journal, where you explained your child’s membership in the Boy Scouts. I think your son should be in the organization. I speak as someone who strongly supports equal rights for all, including the right of gays to marry. I don’t believe the BSA will ever change if those who oppose the positions taken by the national organization boycott the Boy Scouts. As to the sales tax increase, I oppose the Measure. My opposition is based on the fact that neither the existing Council, nor the people running for the Council seats, have a consensus on how the funds would be used in a way that will help the City’s ongoing financial problems. El Cerrito recently raised its sales tax and the group supporting the measure that resulted in the increase pointed out to El Cerrito voters that most of the tax would be paid by consumers not living in El Cerrito. Considering the constant complaints about traffic problems from Albany citizens who reside on the streets allowing immediate access to the El Cerrito Plaza, I assume that a great many of those consumers come from Albany. If it weren’t for Target, and the many good restaurants in Albany, I would hardly spend any consumer dollars in Albany. The irony of that is that we moved here primarily because we wanted to not drive so much in our daily lives and thought Albany actually had a strong base of local shops. I’m an absentee voter and voted for you. I sincerely hope you win.
Tod Abbott November 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Thank you, Stephanie. I very much appreciate your support.

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