Leone passes out flyers at Concord High

September 29, 2010 12:24 pm · 83 comments

We don’t mean to keep writing about Concord City Council candidate Ron Leone, really, but him and his campaign are giving us no choice.

Here’s a note from a student at Concord High School….

I am a Senior at Concord High School. This past Thursday we had our annual Back To School Night. On many of the car windshields in the school parking lot, Ron Leone fliers had been placed. After checking with a couple of adults, I was told that it is infact illegal to have political fliers like these on a school campus.

Seriously, quit with the illegal passing out of flyers/campaign signs!

Didn’t all the candidates sign a “fair campaign pledge” which said “I shall conduct my campaign for city office openly and fairly.”?

Being “fair” also means playing by the rules!

1 NiteMom September 29, 2010 at 12:48 PM

He should be disqualified for not following rules!

2 Heat September 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM

There are plenty more illegal activities (and people) in Concord and THIS is a big deal?


…and don’t vote for him.

3 Anon E. Mouse September 29, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Maybe actions like these are why he always loses? And is categorized as “creepy”. He have a kid in that school? …Why was he there that night??

Maybe it’s the two hours of English I just endured and I’m usually not a ‘knit’ picker… “but *he* (is giving…) and his campaign (they) are giving…” Where’s the rage page!! :D

OMG I feel so much better now! Plus this heat is keeling me!

4 The Anonymous Student September 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM

I’d would like to see the CA law that says that election fliers can not be distributed on a school campus/parking lot… If anyone knows what code/section it is in please share it…

5 SD September 29, 2010 at 1:04 PM

People of Claycord…Be aware, this man thinks we can all be brainwashed by his signs and fliers…Should you come across any of this propoganda, shield your eyes immediately to avoid burning this impression in your brain. It will take a minimum of 4 YEARS to be released from your brain.


6 AnotherAnon September 29, 2010 at 1:18 PM

I hope you didn’t REALLY mean to advise the student to litter by throwing that paper on the ground. How about tossing it in the trash, instead.

7 KJ September 29, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Heat (#2) — NO! Do not “throw it on the ground”!!! That’s littering, for heaven’s sake. There’s already too much trash thrown on our streets.

I’m sure there is a garbage can nearby. Garbage belongs in a garbage can.

But, yes, do NOT vote for Leone.

8 the Shi ite September 29, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Maybe it was to sabotage his campaign. Did anyone stop to think that Yes – this exists in politics.

9 Leone Watcher September 29, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Is there a way to bring a lawsuit against Mr. Leone regarding this (alledged) breaking of the law?

10 Noj September 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM

From Concord’s Muni Code Sec. 122-1028. Political signs:
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this article, the following provisions shall apply only to political signs erected out-of-doors. With the exception of this section, nothing in this article shall apply to the regulation of political signs.

(2) Placement.

a. No political sign shall be erected earlier than 75 days before the election to which it relates.
(Code 1965, § 7417; Ord. No. 758; Ord. No. 900; Ord. No. 974; Ord. No. 1110)

b. No political sign shall be erected or maintained within the public right-of-way or UPON ANY PUBLIC PROPERTY.

e. No political sign shall be erected or maintained upon the property of another WITHOUT FIRST OBTAINING PERMISSION to do so from the owner or tenant of said property.
(Code 1965, § 7417; Ord. No. 758; Ord. No. 900; Ord. No. 974; Ord. No. 1110; Ord. No. 93-1)

(3) Removal.

a. Political signs shall be removed within ten days after the election to which they relate. Political signs placed on behalf of candidates who have been successful in primary elections shall not remain posted for general election purposes.
(Code 1965, § 7417; Ord. No. 758; Ord. No. 900; Ord. No. 974; Ord. No. 1110)

b. Political signs posted by a person or corporation duly licensed to erect and maintain commercial outdoor advertising signs and billboards, provided that the sign or signs as posted are in a location and manner authorized or permitted under the planning and zoning provisions of this Code.
(Code 1965, § 7417; Ord. No. 758; Ord. No. 900; Ord. No. 974; Ord. No. 1110)

(5) Violations; penalties. ANY person violating this section 122-1028 shall be guilty of an infraction and, if convicted of such infraction, shall be punishable by: (1) a fine not to exceed $100.00 for the first violation; (2) a fine not to exceed $200.00 for the second violation within one year; and (3) a fine not to exceed $500.00 for each additional violation within one year.
(Code 1965, § 7417; Ord. No. 758; Ord. No. 900; Ord. No. 974; Ord. No. 1110; Ord. No. 93-1)

11 Ian September 29, 2010 at 1:51 PM

The littering took place when his campaign put the flyers on the car. It’s better if you throw it away, but I won’t heckle anyone that doesn’t. Blame Ron Leone.

12 BUSY September 29, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Leone Watcher, don’t you have anything better to do with your time than to raise questions if you can bring a lawsuit on Mr. Leone?? I just think there ought to be many more productive things you could do with your time….

13 Anon E. Mouse September 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Noo, not the garbage can! Recycling can, it’s paper!
It can be composted where it belongs with the rest of the sh*t and trash! :D

14 blogginngoogln September 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Whoever does his marketing/campaiging is an idiot. Most of the kids at Concord can’t vote…they’re under age…

15 blogginngoogln September 29, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Met Ed Birsan at the Earthquake Preparedness volunteer Day…neat guy…like his format and like that he donates his time to his community!

16 Mad Mom September 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I truly don’t have an opinion either way on Mr. Leone, but I still feel a little bad for what I said to him at CHS on back to school night. I tried to act totally involved in conversation with my neighbor so he wouldn’t hand me a flyer. That didn’t work, so when he offered me the paper, I responded “No thank you. You already left one on my doorstep. Sorry I missed you” His awkward expression is still in my head. Sometimes my mouth gets the better of me.

17 anonamom September 29, 2010 at 2:09 PM

STOP: Don’t throw them away. Killjoy is out of kindling. Save them for him!

18 SK September 29, 2010 at 2:26 PM

@Mad Mom, I’m confused as to why you feel bad for Mr. Leone. From the way you described it, he interrupted a conversation that you were having with someone else, and when you told him no thank you, he looked awkward, as he well should have. I fail to see why you feel bad about that. It seems to me that it was rather impolite of him to have interrupted you in the first place.

My first thought when I saw this is what blogginngoogln said: most of these students are too young to vote anyway. Plastering all the cars in the parking lot was mostly a waste of time. Perhaps he was trying to make sure all the teachers’ cars got them.

19 MikeyV September 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Ron Leone was a teacher of mine in at California High School. I was in one of his history classes my senior year. He was a little “off” back then, but franky, I’m surprised at the way he’s conducting his campaign.

Thanks to Ron, I still know that Guglielmo Marconi invented the telegraph because Marconi sounds like macaroni, and telegraph wires look like macaroni (spaghetti, really)

Thanks Ron!

20 Rebel September 29, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Unless Leone has a child attending the school, he has no business being on school grounds.

21 Panic September 29, 2010 at 2:55 PM

If he was trying to make sure all of the seniors got them, I’m pretty sure a good portion of them live outside of the area, therefore defeating the purpose. |:

22 anon September 29, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Most of the time when students get flyers on their cars, they read them and then throw them on the ground. That’s why most Principals, with common sense, don’t allow it.

23 Bob September 29, 2010 at 3:03 PM

I don’t know who I am going to vote for, but I know one I am not voting for–Ron Leone–his signs are polluting the City!

24 El Diablo September 29, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Maybe we should have fined Obama cuz of all of the bumperstickers on all of the CTA kool-aid drinking teachers!

25 the Shi ite September 29, 2010 at 3:24 PM

They need this:

I’m NEITHER republican or democrat, so don’t get your panties in a twist.

26 Antler September 29, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Anon E. Mouse at #3 and again at #13 ~ ~ ~ You are on a roll, and I am enjoying your banter so much! It’s so veddy British of you to expect people to say, “his campaign ARE giving…”! In this country, words like “campaign” are considered single rather than plural when one is determining the correct verbal plurality to use. On BBC, however, they talk about “the football squad are going back to Manchester” or “the Parliament are adjourned”; that usage still makes my brain lurch, even though in their country that is the correct grammar.

27 I'm The Urban Spaceman September 29, 2010 at 3:54 PM

>>>>Thanks to Ron, I still know that Guglielmo Marconi invented the telegraph because Marconi sounds like macaroni, and telegraph wires look like macaroni (spaghetti, really)

Thanks Ron

Apparently Ron wasn’t that proficient at teaching you if you believe Marconi invented the telegraph.

28 Drvrdadca September 29, 2010 at 4:18 PM

>>>I’m The Urban Spaceman – All the more reason to NOT vote for him. If he can’t teach simple facts how can we expect him to sit on the city council and represent the people of Concord?

Anyone ever see those pics of office cubicles covered in post its? hmmmm the brain is wandering, now what to do with all those illegally placed campaign posters, mailers, etc?

Why has Leone not been called on the carpet for his blatant disregard for City ordinances? He keeps losing my vote every time (I vote early and often) I see one of his signs or an item here that he is doing something else to irk the voters.

29 eight tenticles September 29, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Who cares. Go home and do your homework instead of getting your self rightous panties in a wad. Did your mommy write that post?

30 I saw some Idiot putting flyers on windshileds.... September 29, 2010 at 4:51 PM

…I waited until he got to my car and hit the PANIC button on my remote…..scared the daylights out of him…..

31 Anon E. Mouse September 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Maybe so, those brits are wacky! But he AND his campaign, both of them together, are they combined with and. Would you say “Both of them is giving us..”? On the other hand, if it were phrased “He or his campaign” then you would use “is giving us..” because you use the subject closest to the verb in that case singular. But that’s just my take on the rules of English. What do I know I’m only getting 101% in class.
On the other hand, it’s a passive voice subjunctive mood phrase!
Don’t tell me, I got it! We just learned this… sooo it would be better phrased as direct voice indicative mood: “..but he and his campaign gives us no choice.” *shrug* How we speak and how we write are two WAAAY different things.
We could spend hours dissecting Mr. Mayor’s grammar! :D But I have a doctors appt. in a bit! (then more homework!) Have fun all!

(PS: Leone is still ‘creepy’.)

32 Killjoy September 29, 2010 at 5:12 PM

LOL. Thanks Anonamom. Yes, I’ll take them all and burn those suckers.
That’s the best thing those Leone flyers and signs are for!

33 The Anonymous Student September 29, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Thanks Noj,

So the muni code defines a political sign under 122-1028…
“Political sign. Any board, poster, placard, banner, or other medium, including its structure and component parts, which is designed to influence the action of a voter in voting for or against any candidate or measure on the ballot at any national, state, or local election.”

Okay, so they do fall under the definition of the sign ordinance even though they I would consider them fliers, and not signs.
The elections are on 11/2 less than 35 days away meaning section A doesn’t apply. I don’t believe the sign is considered to be in the public right-of-way so B doesn’t apply. That leaves E, and do we know if he was granted permission from the school district to place the fliers (signs) on the cars in the parking lot?

34 Is it really that big of a deal? September 29, 2010 at 6:03 PM

I was there at back to school night. Yes, it was a little annoying, but hey…at least he included a Jamba Juice coupon with it. Also, those municipal codes state “erecting” a sign. I don’t think “erecting” means putting a flyer on a car. I am more disturbed by the eye sore at Clayton and Treat where there are at least 20 “erected” signs littering the corner!!

35 observer September 29, 2010 at 6:13 PM

And so Noj, perhaps I missed something, but where in your quotings does it say putting a flyer on a car is illegal? This is not a sign that has been “erected”; only a flyer placed on a car as is done millions of times in millions of parking lots. What did Leone do wrong.

I am not a Leone backer, but just speaking to what his supporters did on his behalf.

By the way, has anyone read who the CC Times is backing? Hoffmeister, Obringer and Hoag.

36 Mad Mom September 29, 2010 at 6:14 PM

I felt bad because when I declined his flyer, I couldn’t resist adding “Sorry I missed you” I’m sure he reads Claycord. I think he got the reference because of the look on his face. I’m a smart-mouth at times. Don’t know why I can’t just keep it zipped!

37 Who cares? September 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Is this really THAT big of a deal? It’s obvious that Leone very much wants to be elected. Can’t blame the guy for trying

38 Mr. Mayor September 29, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Observer, It’s illegal to solicit on school campuses unless given permission, and I highly doubt he got permission from the district.

39 Al Nonymous September 29, 2010 at 6:31 PM

MikeV-Marconi invented the radio, not the telegraph. Leone was your teacher, eh? Hmm . . .

40 Watcher September 29, 2010 at 6:44 PM

It’s illegal to solicit in front of Trader Joe’s but people still continue to do it. Mayor, just what specific law was broken by Leone or his campaigners? Just curious?

41 HEAT September 29, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Thank you, Ian (#11) that was my point. It’s already litter the moment it’s stuck on my car.

42 inmotion September 29, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Fairness and politicians are like oil and water,
they don’t mix.
Get out and vote if this is a huge issue for you.

43 Anonamom's an Idiot September 29, 2010 at 6:50 PM

If anyone is upset at anything that Ron Leone is doing call and tell him about it!

925-680-1776 (From his website)

I called twice! Once when someone put one of his signs in my yard and again after receiving not 1, but 2 flyers on my porch. I asked the woman that answered the phone if Ron would come out and pick up his trash. I never received a call back.

44 observer September 29, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Thanks, Mayor.

45 Anon September 29, 2010 at 6:56 PM

If you are upset by Ron’s actions, call him out on it!

925-680-1776 (From his website)

I called twice. Once when someone put on his signs in my yard, and again when someone put not one but two flyers on my porch. I asked the woman whom answered the phone to have Ron call me so he can come collect his own trash…. I have yet to get a response.

46 Leone Watcher September 29, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Am I to understand that Leone was passing out Jamba Juice coupons with his flyers.

If true, that there is a serious offense. It is illegal to buy votes in America.

47 anonamom September 29, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Anon—are you carrying our disagreement about illegal pot shops over to this thread; or was that just a little oops of a quick sign-in?

48 Terry Kremin September 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

@The anonymous student.

First – well reasoned and researched – kudos! But –

The flyers were not put on school property, They were distributed on school property, and place on private property (the cars). So personal property without permission is still relevant. The flyers are signs – clearly visible from a distance. To follow your logic, any candidate could go into any parking lot and paste big signs on people’s cars.

People may CHOOSE to have those signs, but the important part is giving the people the right to choose what is displayed on their property, and not just real property (real estate).

But other than that slip – excellent thinking!

Thought of running for office? I hear people want politicians that think!

49 anonymous September 29, 2010 at 9:04 PM

I swear, give this guy enough rope and he will hang himself. He just keeps doing things that irritate voters. Placing election signs before the specified date, leaving lawn signs at homes when no one is home, his crazy letter to the Police Chief about stolen signs and his fingerprinting kit. Now this. Is someone advising him or does he come up with this on his own? I can’t wait to see what’s next!

God help us if he is elected.

50 Leone Watcher Watcher September 29, 2010 at 9:19 PM

The last politician to buy votes is currently sitting in the White House

51 Mr. Mayor September 29, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Well, I do have a photo of a flyer for a free jamba juice under the windshield and on top of a Ron Leone flyer in the parking lot of Concord High School.

52 Leone flyers / signs a thing of beauty September 29, 2010 at 10:37 PM

All you negetive people need to lighten up on Ron . Maybe you should all put his flyer up up on your frig and his sign up in your yard. I really liked seeing the Birsan / Leone signs together in someones yard on Ayers. Good combo !!!!!

53 MISTERWRITER September 29, 2010 at 10:51 PM

What a loser! The best revenge is that he loses the election. What a blatantly ignorant campaign that relies on illegal activity and misrepresentation to gain traffic. This is exactly what we DO NOT NEED. Vote anything but LEONE and make a statement.

54 Tom Petty September 30, 2010 at 5:33 AM

I bet Leone is going to win. Many of you haters whine about his signs, fliers, him going to Todos Santos, going to Concord High etc. It looks to me that he’s working his butt off.

55 Anon September 30, 2010 at 6:40 AM

Please do your homework before you vote. This guy will do anything for attention. I can’t imagine Leone on the City Council making decisions. If we think Helen goes on and on wait till you hear this guy.

56 Anonymous September 30, 2010 at 6:43 AM

To all the comments about students not being able to vote:

I believe you missed the part where the Mayor said it was Back To School Night. That is the night the parents all come to the school to meet their child’s teachers.

I am not saying this is right and in fact don’t agree with much about the man’s campaign,,, – just putting the facts out there..

57 anonymous September 30, 2010 at 8:03 AM


Can you help clear this up? I have heard that Leone will not be able to vote on CNWS issues because he lives within 500 ft. of the property. There is an candidates article in the Concord Transcript today indicating that is true. I have heard that he will not be able to vote until the CNWS is broken into parcels, some 10-15 years down the road. Then he will be able to vote on all parcels except the ones within 500 ft. of his home. If this is true and he is elected and can’t vote, there could be 2 – 2 votes on decisions. How could the city allow this? Do you have any input on this?

58 sick of it September 30, 2010 at 9:33 AM

i was at CONCORD HIGH before RON LEONE and the JAMBA JUICE flyers were already on the cars. Get your facts straight and stop all this crap!!!!

59 Antler September 30, 2010 at 9:38 AM

anonymous at #57 ~ ~ ~ Important issue! Please will you repost your comment in the “What About Politics” category as well?

60 Saggy Butt September 30, 2010 at 9:43 AM

What is up with all the Leone bashing? The guy is working his tail off so he can get elected. I don’t see the problem or why all the hatred.

There are those who choose to campaign on this blog from the comfort and ease of their homes and there are those who choose to walk the streets, meet the voters, pass out flyers etc. I have to personally wonder about the candidates who choose to spend their time blogging to get their views out to just a few people here versus going out, meeting people and getting the word and their name out

MisterWriter, you are entitled to your opinion but you seem like an opinionated jerk!

61 By the way... September 30, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Was there ever a follow up on the fraudulently placed “No Tresspassing/No posting of campaign signs” sign at Willow Pass Rd and Port Chicago??? I understand the owner of the property lives on the East Coast and denied placing the sign. Again, story on Claycord, got a bunch of people riled up, and no follow up. Funny how this sign has been removed

62 EdiBirsan September 30, 2010 at 9:51 AM

A 2-2 vote is a defeat of the motion. It still would take 3 votes to pass a measure if there were 4 people eligible to vote on the Council.

63 Mr. Mayor September 30, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Sick of It, If the Jamba Juice cards were there first, then why were the Leone signs placed under the Jamba Juice cards?

64 Stop the BS September 30, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Mayor, is it possible, whomever placed the Leone Flyers simply lifted the windshield wiper along with the coupon and then placed the flyer on the windshield??? But, I guess getting people all riled up unnecessarily is not uncommon here.

65 sick of it September 30, 2010 at 10:14 AM

mr. mayor,

who cares!!!! what difference does it make? the jamba juice flyers were on the cars first…. call jamba juice and see who put the flyers on the cars because it was not LEONE!!!

66 Charles-the-cat September 30, 2010 at 10:22 AM

MikeyV – Samuel Morse invented the telegraph. You can easily remember it because Morse Code was used as the carrier protocol on telegraph lines.

Since Marconi invented what (in the day) was called the “wireless” telegraph (aka radio).

67 Mr. Mayor September 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Ron Leone emailed me, he said nobody with his campaign put the fliers on the car.

68 sick of it!!!! September 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM

enough is enough…… stop bashing RON LEONE. This is just character assassination. Grow up people and find someone else to insult, not RON LEONE who cares for city. Find someone who doesn’t care for our city….

69 anonamom September 30, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Mr. Mayor; So, Mr Leone is inferring that “someone else,” some mystery policy lover, someone “who is not affiliated with his campaign”, without his approval, copied his materials, spent their own money to print them, and then went around placing the flyers??? I CALL BS!

70 Oh My God! September 30, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Oh my, I have such a headache-anonamom get it straight. Ron Leone did not put the Jamba Juice flyers on the cars!

71 Apologizes Anonamom September 30, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Results of a quick sign in, no harm intended.

72 anonymous September 30, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Now c’mon, does anyone honestly believe that someone else paid to print Ron Leone flyers and put them on cars at Concord High? Mad Mom #16 said she talked with Ron Leone in the parking lot at Concord High that night. This is getting ridiculous!

#70 – I don’t think anyone said that Leone put the Jamba Juice flyers on the cars, they are talking about the Ron Leone flyers.

73 anonamom September 30, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Sorry about your headache, but glad you were able to decipher that Mr. Leone was only responsible for the litter caused by his own signs, and not the Jamba Juice.

74 Anon September 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

sick of it. As long as I live in Concord I will not follow your instructions. You seem to forget we all are allowed to have opinions. It isn’t our fault that Mr. Leone continues to make poor choices and puts his stupid thoughts on paper. By the way how is he doing with his “Official Finger Print Kit”. Need I say more?

75 Wow. September 30, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Wow! It seems like the people bashing Leone have a combined IQ of about 12. READ PEOPLE. READ! If these are our registered voters we’re in real trouble

76 Haha September 30, 2010 at 1:59 PM

I’m sure Mr. Leone appreciates all the free press and name recognition from Claycord!

77 SD October 1, 2010 at 7:37 AM


Get a clue…

Watch this week’s Planning Meeting 10/6 and see how this man handles himself.

Leone was appointed to the PC to fill the seat left vacant when Guy Bjerke was selected to finish Micheal Chavez term. This is your preview of what he will do on the council if you elect him. He doesn’t read his packets ahead of time, cares only about saying the right thing to look like the right person for council and rarely has an original thought of his own. He will disagree with the rest of the commission, but than vote with majority…not willing to stick to what he says.

Make up yopur own mind, but I already have. If he can’t handle being on the PC…WHY would we want him on the City Council?

78 Anon October 1, 2010 at 8:08 AM

SD great suggestion

79 Anon October 1, 2010 at 8:10 AM

anonamom Just a double check was it you who confirmed she spoke with Leone at the High School the same evening the signs were placed on the cars? Very strange he didn’t notice anyone placing the signs isn’t it?

80 Mark A October 1, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Leone is a passionate guy who will work as hard at city hall as he is in his campaign. He actually gives a dam about your city.Did he park for free downtown like your incumbents or just put things on parked cars? Does he identify with school issues being a former teacher of the year or could he give a rip like candidates who “just moved here” Obinger? Please look at track record and passion not a benign campaign action.

81 anonamom October 1, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Anon: It wasn’t me. It was Mad Mom #36. I haven’t been to an Open House at a school since about 1979. Back in those days parents were the “volunteer” Teacher’s Assistants. We were also the “lead” Crossing Guards, and students did the actual guard duties. These days, the school has to hire people to help. I worked full time including weekends and split my days and hours so I could help out. Where are all the caring parents today?

82 anon October 1, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Thank anonamom for the it wasn’t me. So sorry to see the goold old days are gone where parents were able to help at their kids school.

83 anonymous October 1, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Mark A,

Here’s the problem. There has been more than one benign campaign action. He just keeps doing stupid things! And it appears that he lies about it.

Anonamom #81,

It was Mad Mom at #16 and #36 that talked with Leone at the back to school night at Concord High.

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