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Memorial Day

Memorial Day has a special significance for John Weed, candidate for Alameda County Assessor, who may be the sole military veteran on the June 5, 2018 ballot. Colonel John Weed retired after 31 years in the United States Air Force (active and reserve duty) in Munitions/Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Civil Engineering. He was awarded the Legion of Merit (immediately below the Silver Star).

John’s first assignment was in Viet Nam, with the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing at Tuy Hoa Air Base. For seven months, he was responsible for night time operations at a large munitions storage area, which was identified as a priority enemy target in the II Corps region.

Later, he was selected for duty with the 14th Special Operations Wing, and was responsible for Weapons Services, AC-119 Gunship Program. This duty was reminiscent of scenes from the book and movie Catch 22. The AC-119 was a vintage aircraft with a legendary history. John notes that as a 2nd Lieutenant he will never again have the intensity of responsibility he experienced commanding a 65 member unit, located at six locations in Viet Nam and Thailand.

John was selected for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Schools, and from a starting class of 40, was one of seven individuals who completed the courses. John left active duty to attend graduate school on a full time basis, earning a Master of Business Administration – Finance and Law degree.
He remained in the US Air Force Reserve as a Civil Engineer Officer.

John Weed, candidate for Alameda County Assessor, stands out for his commitment to improving the community, and his unique qualifications for the position. His family has lived in Alameda County since 1885.

A decorated veteran of foreign wars, John Weed, Colonel, United States Air Force, upon his retirement was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal, which is immediately below the Silver Star. He served as a Civil Engineer and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer. Among his assignments were Augmentee: Civil Engineer, Pacific Air Forces; Air Force Fire Marshal (13,000 fire fighters).

His community service includes elected positions as Director, Alameda County Water District, and Trustee of Ohlone Community College. As a Alameda County Water Board Director for the past 22 years he has kept our drinking water clean, safe and affordable.. As a Community College Trustee he guided the successful development of the Newark Ohlone Campus and the recognition of Ohlone College as a leader in academic achievement.

John is committed to achieving the lowest property taxes on your home or business. The Alameda County Assessor appraises 456,000 parcels and 47,000 business personal property accounts with a total roll value in excess of $300 billion. He has served as a member of Alameda County Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board since 2010, the group that hears your appeal when you think the county did you wrong, John has written legal findings and established valuation for hundreds of properties. His education as Property Tax and Land Use Attorney (California Bar) and his experience has made him an expert in this field.

John served 5 years as a member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee. He has successfully managed large, publicly accountable, organizations. His education includes: Master Business Administration - Finance; Juris Doctor (Law degree); and a Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering.

Paid for by the Committee to Elect John Weed. FPPC ID #1404146.
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