For the benefit of some of the readers of this blog – Yountville is a study in real corruption. Take notes.
You have a hotel – the Villagio that is used as a primary destination for Democrat Party Fundraisers. The owners of the Villagio have a vested interest in having only their own cronies on the local City Council.
Enter Robert Stryk.
Mike Thompson and Nancy Pelosi both live within 5 miles of Yountville – and they are freaked out over Robert Stryk running for Mayor.
As I have written before – they have paid two private investigators to try and turn up dirt on Stryk.
If Yountville was the size of Rocklin – their City staff would be over 500. Rocklin currently sits in the 250 range.
The Owners of the Villagio along with reporters from the Yountville Sun and the Napa Valley Register flew an employee of Stryk’s across the country thinking they would get some dirt of Stryk.
They got more than they bargained for.
The Napa Sentinel references documents that show people who are desperate to keep Stryk out of office and people who are trying with everything they have to prevent ordinary questions from being asked.
Read here and here for the latest on the City of Yountville Mayor’s race and the ensuing drama.
Remember – Yountville is in Mike Thompson and Nancy Pelosi’s Back Yard.
They tried to invalidate Robert Stryk’s signatures…
Imagine you’re running for Mayor of Yountville. The Signers on Stryk’s nomination papers didn’t put cities and states on the papers – the Napa County registrar said they were ok, but the people at the City office rejected them.
It is obvious that they are nervous. They should be: Stryk forced a runoff
Two hours later – Stryk returned with signatures they could not reject.
Sound assinine? Mike Thompson and “Republican” John Dunbar have spent $100,000 thus far attempting to stop Robert Stryk.
Police officers in Yountville have harassed Stryk over the placement of his campaign signs and have shadowed him while he is walking door-to-door campaigning.
The Yountville Sun – an illegal corporation that has not paid their taxes since 2007 continues to collude with Mike Thompson.
And so it goes.
Meantime – Stryk is self-funding his campaign. He does not want to be beholden to anyone when he wins.
It shows his nomination to DTAG – a prestigious Defense related group in Washington D.C.
Most importantly – it shows has plan in bold, clear type of what he wants to bring to Yountville.
That should scare Mike Thompson and his hired PI’s more than anything.
The site is simple and straightforward. It matches Robert to a tee, if you read his Bio and story on the site – you’ll realize the real reason why he scares the establishment. He owes no one a thing and is self-made.
The ideal person to be in politics.
Now that is more than Pelosi and Thompson can handle.
And now there is a Website – Yountville Exposed. While some complain that this derides Yountville – it is about the people that infest government in Yountville.
This is not a Danielle Steele novel – this is Yountville, CA.
The Town Manager set me straight – telling me that Yountville is a Town of 3400 people with 24 City employees (not 30 as I had written). He insisted that none of them were related to the City Councilmembers. I forgot to ask him to define related.
If my home town of Rocklin had the same ratio of population to staff – we’d have 396 City Employees. Ouch. (That doesn’t include Police and Fire, either)
A friend on the Rocklin City Council emailed to tell me that Rocklin has 260 total employees – including Police and Fire. This seems to suggest that Yountville does indeed have a bloated bureaucracy for a Town of 3400.
He also went on to tell me that it was a Town Center, not a visitor center that was built and they sold bonds (aka raised everyone’s property taxes) to finance the project. Nice.
Yountville does not have its’ own police force – they contract with the Napa County Sheriff’s department. Enter Mike Thompson again – his son is a Sheriff Deputy who does not like Robert Stryk very much.
Say what you want about the spat between Stryk and the Napa County Sheriff’s department or the story from the local paper that was not complementary about Mr. Stryk… Yountville’s establishment is in an uproar.
This is a classic Democrat vs. Republican race – in the middle of Mike Baghdad Thompson’s district… end of story.
Remember how the local congressman hired a Private Investigator? The local paper is an illegal business with a expired corporation?
Well, the local hotel owners are sparing no expense to stop Robert Stryk from getting elected. They flew someone across country to stay in their resort for free because they thought they were going to get some dirt on Mr. Stryk.
Problem – the “informant” was still a friend of Stryk’s. Problem 2 – the Congressman, Mike Thompson (who voted for socialized medicine tonight) hired a new PI and got embarrassed again.
Stryk is a rookie at a political campaign – but I will credit him for being one tough cookie. The powers that be are fighting like hell to keep their power…
This is Robert’s latest campaign email (unedited)-
Less then 48 hours ago, a secret meeting was adjourned in the offices of David Shipman, the G.M. of the Villagio Properties. The participants in the meeting were Kerry Egan, Owner Representative of the Villagio, David Shipman, Dawn King (Private Investigator hired by Kerry Egan) Sharon Stennas of the Yountville Sun and Jillian Jones of the Napa Valley Register.
They were all coming together for what they thought was a Confidential Informant from Washington D.C. that Dawn King the Private Investigator had contacted weeks prior and communicated to the group that this Informant would be able to provide “Dirt” on myself.
This alone was enough to entice Kerry Egan and David Shipman to pay for him a Suite at the Villagio, provide him a bottle of free wine in the room and leave him a welcome note containing the hand-written signature of David Shipman.
Email records will show that these individuals (minus Jillian Jones of the Napa Valley Register) as well as many others, most notably a member of the Napa Valley Sheriff’s Department are part of a massive effort to discredit and spread lies about myself.
Upon entering the lobby of the Villagio, Sharon Stennas introduced herself to the groups Informant whom she mistakenly indentified as a member of the Napa Valley Sheriff’s Department who she expected to also be in attendance and said, “I think we are going to the same meeting.”.
During this meeting, Kerry Egan confidently asked the reporters when he was going to see his articles.
After the meeting adjourned, Sharon Stennas of the Yountville Sun placed a an emergency call to David Shipman that there supposed Informant was actually a friend of mine. The individual was threatened over the phone by David Shipman in the middle of the night and then promptly escorted out of the hotel, again, in the dead of the night.
This action alone shows the Sharon Stennas, Kerry Egan and David Shipman have been colluding to use her “Suspended Corporation” the Yountville Sun as a tool to spread vicious lies about me. Mrs. Stennas has been corrupted and for the second time I ask her to quit printing this illegal newsletter.
Friends, for months I have been telling you that Yountville needs new leadership. I have been telling you that Yountville needs a leader who has the power and the vigor to stand up to these enemies of change. Well my friends, I am that person.
This is an urgent plea. I am asking you to spread the word to all of your friends and family about what is going on. Over the next few weeks I am organizing an event where all of the citizens of Yountville can hear and see for themselves what is going on. The people of Yountville need to know and deserve to know what is going on in there community.
Please tell your friends that no matter the level of intimidation, lies and threats I will not give up. Come June 12th, my name, Robert Stryk will be on the ballot to earn your vote to be the next Mayor of Yountville.
Until then all of us must start asking the following questions.
What is Kerry Egan and others hiding?
What are they trying to protect?
Why are they spending all this money and time?
Why are they having “Secret Meetings” about my candidacy?
Why are they spreading lies?