Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sheila Allen’s the real deal

From page B4 | June 01, 2014 |

I am writing in support of Sheila Allen, candidate for City Council. If you are like me, you are trying to figure out the various candidates in terms of who they really are — not just what they say they are. Having been Sheila’s neighbor for 20 years, I can attest to the fact that she is the real deal — a genuinely caring member of our community who has the best interests of others at heart.

Not only is Sheila an exceptionally intelligent, energetic and effective leader, but she is also a very kind and loving mother, friend and neighbor. She listens to what people have to say and truly “takes you in.” She is always the first to go to a neighbor in need and has served as our neighborhood’s “glue” for 20 years, reaching out in love and support when individuals are suffering, offering her own assistance immediately and organizing the neighbors to help.

She is also the first one to acknowledge the joyful events in our lives, having hosted numerous graduation, farewell and welcome celebrations as our family members reach milestones and our neighbors come and go.

Everyone in our cul-de-sac knows one another and looks out for one another, and I feel that is in large part due to Sheila’s outreach and concern. She is a truly exceptional person, and I am convinced she will serve our city with absolute honesty and integrity as well as heartfelt compassion and concern.

Please do go to the polls on Tuesday and support Sheila Allen!

Lynne G. Rumery


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  • June 01, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Lynne, you clearly haven't been paying attention to Sheila's many failures. She's completely unqualified to sit on the council!

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  • B. WareJune 01, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    I totally agree!! It is clear she is flat out not qualified for this position!

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  • B. WareJune 01, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    It's nice to hear that Sheila is a good neighbor, my neighbors are great as well but I would not elect them to city council. Ms. Allen lacks the leadership to be elected to the council. Her woeful performance on the school board made it clear that she does not deserve to be elected. Vote no on Sheila Allen!! There are plenty of other candidates that are more deserving of a vote!

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  • Donna DJune 02, 2014 - 9:38 am

    B Ware, I frankly don’t know what “failures” you are trolling about. Dr. Sheile Allen navigated the DJUSD through the most painful and complicated budget waters in its history.. She was the voice for the voiceless when Valley Oak elementary got canned. And she was the only trustee to consistently speak up for fair, open, inclusive and transparent process -- regardless of outcomes. On every agenda item. For 8 years. I've known Sheila for 13 years, and watched her in action for every generation in our beautiful local valley. (as leader at Yolo County First 5 defending the interests of our 0-5 year old citizens; as trustee for DJUSD centered on the needs and interests of our young people and families; and at Yolo County Healthy Aging Alliance, focused on positive transitions for our elders). Sheila’s is a leadership quality, born not of bravado but of humility; of the core spoken, yet seldom demonstrated human value that we are each here to serve and elevate one another; that effective leadership is no longer defined by antiquated notions of “in-chargedness” or “know-it-allness”; but good leadership is the noble act of noticing the unique gifts in others, surrounding yourself with people who are smarter than you, and organizing and motivating your people to achieve community transformation, together. Sheila Allen saved my neck during the most difficult year of my life. 2013 would bring the loss of my father AND a diagnosis of breast cancer. When Dad got sick in January, we knew exactly who to call for information about elder care planning, health resources and social agency information; Sheila! She quickly got me dialed in to all the resources the city and the county have to offer families in transition because of natural changes and challenges wrought by aging and disability. My Dad adored her, too. At Dad’s memorial, Sheila would later stand up and testify to my Dad’s special traits, recounting community service he had performed in Davis, that was, until then, even unbeknownst to us. One month later, I would be diagnosed with breast cancer and thrust into a frightening world of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Sheila came over the night I was diagnosed, talked me down, got me centered for the fight ahead and took a lead role in my home care; for no compensation. With her extensive health knowledge (she doesn’t broadcast it, but she holds a doctorate in nursing from UC San Francisco, arguably the finest public medical teaching hospital in the West). For 3 straight months, she came to my bedroom nightly to give me the stomach injections that we couldn’t muster up the nerve to self-administer. Her touch was gentle. Her smile was warm and genuine. She tucked me in, with reassurance – despite my fears and doubts-- that I was indeed coming back better than ever. People who have gone through cancer, know how important this pep work is. Treatment is a marathon, not a sprint. And it is never done well without steady family and community support. Thanks to Sheila’s spirit of stepping up and pitching in for no other reason that because it is right and good to do so (a trait we seldom see in politicians), today I celebrate one year of survivorship and a very promising outlook going forward. I cannot think of a better human being to serve and lead us in City Chambers. She is warm, unpretentious and generous; genuinely motivated by the power of community. She’s has keen social acumen and incredible intellect. Her mind is a steel trap. Her energy and commitment to getting us all out of nuclear family isolation has created a small village culture on our street, where everyone’s kids and pets are known by name, our homes are looked after by one another, and each generation (children, young adults, parents and elders) is valued, respected and included. This is a high stakes election. Many of our core community values, infrastructural perks, and special charactertistics of our beloved Davisville are on the line. I completely agree with Lynne. She’s the real deal. I urge all Davis voters to cast their vote for Dr. Sheila Allen, Davis City Council.

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  • June 02, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    So she's a good friend and a well educated nurse. NOT qualifications for a city councilperson. The disaster known as "Volleygate" was under her helm and demonstrated a clear lack of common sense, good decision making and leadership. There are much better people running for council than Sheila! VOTE FOR ANYONE BUT SHEILA ALLEN!

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  • Dr R.June 02, 2014 - 9:42 pm

    Great testimonies and narratives Lynne and Donna D. Sorry B Ware, but your name makes me WARY of motives because you have no substance or supporting evidence for your statements. VOTE FOR SHEILA and get the facts straight about VolleyGate!

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