In a recent campaign mailer, the Concord Police, thru its union, has smeared Council Candidate and well known community activist Edi Birsan. The ad impugns Birsan’s integrity by actionable defamation, then visits the outskirts of hate speech by calling into question Birsan’s ethnic origin and family name. This action brings nothing but shame to the City of Concord. This POA should be investigated by the District Attorney as a hate crime, and repudiated publicly by all Concord Council Candidates that signed the city’s Code of Conduct Agreement, including Dan Helix and Tim McGallian. The latter two candidates are backed by the Police, City Hall and its allies, and the garbage company which enjoys a no-bid monopoly; all eager to elect a council majority it controls.
The Concord Cops claim Birsan is not a Concord business owner. This is not true and is defamation: a malicious, false, written or printed declaration witnessed by many. See Birsan’s City of Concord Business License v. the “proof” the cops show which is Birsan’s business treasurer’s address in San Francisco.
Setting aside the genuine concern that Concord Cops employ the same flimsy examples of “evidence” when they pursue real criminals, there is also the hate speech issue. The Concord Cops warn voters of Birsan using a false name on the ballot. It calls into question Birsan’s integrity and ethnic origin and adds innuendo that Birsan’s family name from its immigration days (Ersalesi) should be viewed with suspicion and disdain.
It is an open secret that Birsan (and Harmesh Kumar) are just not “white” enough for the aging city fathers and their paunchy middle aged scions, proxies, hangers on, collaborators, grifters of good government, and the bags of money that control it all.
Every election Concord voters put up with the same sham. The garbage company and the POA make sure their interests are protected by backing malleable candidates that will play along when garbage rates or law enforcement contracts are negotiated.
Last cycle it was Ron Leone and Tim Grayson; this year it’s ‘Da General’ and newcomer Tim McGallian. Polling data is shared, the same campaign operative works for the candidates and the special interest organizations backing them. This cozy setup begs the question of brazen yet illegal cooperation between candidates and the PACs that support them, or, in this instance, seek to destroy whoever might get in the way.
But this time, the usual suspects are pouring more into the game. Maybe the poll numbers require this level of nastiness against Birsan, who has done nothing but work to make Concord a better place to live. My guess is Helix is a lock, but McGallian is trailing Birsan. Thus the shameful sleaze from the Concord Cops while Helix, McGallian, and the City of Concord hold the cloaks.
The take away for many is this: unless you are part of the “in crowd” or a suck up that strives to be, you’re a chump to run for Concord City Council; caused it’s fixed.
Forget about it Jake, it’s China Town.