Elections 2012: Phil Arth, Candidate for Moraga Town Council

Moragan Phillip Arth is running for a seat on his town council.

General Information

Name : Phillip Arth
Age : 72
Place of residence : Moraga



Attended college : Yes
College : Northwestern University, Evanston; University of California, Berkeley
Degree : Bachelor of Arts
Year of graduation : NA

Grad school

University : Golden Gate University
Degree : M.B.A. in Taxation
Year of graduation : NA

Ph D.

University : NA

Employment Information

Job titles held : CPA
Employers :
Arthur Andersen & Co.; Arth & Associates

Political Information

Party affiliation : NA
Running for a:
Local office
Running for position:
Moraga Town Council
First elected:
Previous elective offices :
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices :

Party HQ

Address PO Box 6034, Moraga, CA 94570-6034

Campaign Manager

Name : Self
Title :
Campaign Manager


Website : http://moragansforarth.org/index.html
Facebook :
Youtube : N/A

Other facts

I am running for the Town Council to share with that body my accounting knowledge, analytical ability, and listening skills developed during forty years as a CPA, during which I counseled, audited, and prepared returns for clients engaged in diverse undertakings. Presently there is no member of the Town Council that comes from a career in accounting. Wouldn’t you like to have a CPA in the mix as the Town Council considers annual budgets of some $6,000,000 and deliberates other matters, most of which have financial consequences? For over 45 years I have been a resident of Moraga where all three of my children have matriculated through the schools. My academic background consists of a BA in political science from UC-Berkeley and an MBA in taxation from Golden Gate. In the US Army I served in the 82nd Airborne Division. I am presently a member of the Town’s Audit and Finance Committee. But after having sold the accounting practice in 2010 I’m hoping to be permitted with your vote to more brightly polish this jewel named Moraga. Kindly honor me with your vote. I’ll listen carefully, think sensibly, work hard, and do my very best!

Chris Gerding November 07, 2012 at 04:35 AM
2Gen, you just can't let go of that cookie, and it kills you not to be able to pull it out of the jar. Time and maturity will make this pain subside. As for your other, deeper issues, I can't help you there. Maybe Bailey will have some ideas when we throw down some drinks and munchies at happy Hour. We will be sure to do it in a Moraga establishment (to soothe your ongoing apoplexy over my mysterious domicile).
2nd Generation Moraga November 07, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Mr. Gerding, its clear that you are not used to people calling you on your actions, I'm not a psychologist so I will leave the diagnosis to others. I'm not sure what "pain" you are referring to (Mr. Arth, President Obama, and Measures K and 30 were victorious), so Mrs 2GM and I were celebrating last night. Finally, there is nothing "mysterious" regarding your Lafayette address.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop November 07, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Before we sink into the rapture of the denouement, keep in mind a recent misguided, successful candidate that switched horses (in return for the grandeur of the 'Vice Mayor' title) after courting the dog folk to get elected. This ill-fated tyranny started a chain of events that I am sure he came to regret. Suddenly, a large contingent of citizens were embroiled in a contest of wills with a pair of recalcitrant Councilpeeps and the new Vice Mayor. The stonewallers claimed they were supported by a phantom, 'silent majority', so they dug in their heels, wasted untold cycles of time, which was desperately needed for other issues, and spent a lot of money the Town could ill afford. The election failed to surface that 'silent majority' and we are left with a new and improved Council, of which the aforementioned turncoat is no part. And the town has yet one more embarrassing faux pas to add to a growing list. And no apparent Mayor! The take-away lesson for local candidates, new and not-so-new: Do not make promises you do not intend to keep. People take these topical concerns to heart and do not take kindly to being lied to or politically stabbed in the back. If he had stayed true to his promise to leave the park 'as is', the now infamous battle would not have occurred, we would have saved a good deal of money and acid-indigestion, and instead of fleeing politics the turncoat would likely be the new Mayor.
2nd Generation Moraga November 08, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Mr Home & Fritz: Last time I checked this was the Phil Arth thread, and I believe he was elected.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop November 09, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I believe Mr Arth ia an intelligent, skilled CPA. His functional value as a Council member remains to be seen. He may understand the value of consensus building as opposed to stonewalling as exemplified by our own Legislative and Executive branches of government. It is never too late to turn the tide of bickering and inaction toward cooperation and compromise. Our community relies on the TC to keep the Town fully funded and the infrastructure healthy. This Council is not quite complete, one last adjustment is necessary and that we will accomplish in 2014, either by default (failure to run) or by the election process. Moraga has proven that it does not abide by broken promises and the disrespectful treatment of legitimate constituency building. We all want the same basic thing.


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