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Santa Cruz City Council <a href="http://www.santacruz.com/articles/early_start_for_2014_city_council_race.htmlf has called off his official kickoff event, which had been set to take place at the Darling House this Sunday (March 16). The event has been postponed as a result of the Weekly’s investigation into <a href="http://www.santacruz.com/articles/tim_goncharoffs_political_puppet_show.html.

“It would be a mistake to suggest that recent articles in the local media have not had an impact. Some of my close advisors have suggested that we take a break to resolve these issues and make plans for moving forward, and I think that is wise advice,” Goncharoff wrote on his Facebook page Thursday afternoon.

Goncharoff <a href="http://www.santacruz.com/articles/new-links-between-goncharoff-and-facebook-fraud.html, and this week claimed his Facebook page may have been hacked. It was only the most recent Goncharoff excuse for the several years he spent communicating frequently with a collection of steamy, politically progressive lingerie model avatars. He told the Weekly he has changed his Facebook password and security settings, “so hopefully that took care of the problem.”

Asked if he planned to investigate who was behind the accounts himself, Goncharoff said no. “I’m sure there are people who could track down information about these accounts, but I don’t have those kinds of skills or the resources to hire someone who does,” he said via e-mail.

“I want to say clearly that I did not create these accounts and I do not know who did. I would be pleased if anyone who can shed light on this would come forward,” Goncharoff said. “Strange things happen in the online world.”

Indeed. And in the real world, too. On the flier for his campaign kickoff event, State Assembly Member Mark Stone was listed as a “special guest,” but when reached for comment earlier in the week, Stone said he was not planning on going to the event and had not endorsed anyone for city council. County Treasurer Fred Keeley had also been listed as a guest of honor for the party. Keeley could not be reached for comment about whether or not he is still supporting Goncharoff’s campaign.

Despite rescheduling the event, Goncharoff says he is still running for council. “Beginning the campaign so early presents some challenges, but it also provides some advantages. One of these is that we still have plenty of time, and we can take a break to work on our strategy moving ahead without too much concern,” he wrote on his Facebook page Thursday.

  • https://plus.google.com/112095341306774106219 John Colby

    Our City Council has too many anti-homeless bigots. Instead of focusing on valid public safety threats — like teenage gangsters, dangerous drug dealers and sexual violence against women and children — they are vilifying (disabled) homeless people. Most of the current City Council supports outrageous, illegal ordinances criminalizing (disabled) homeless people. This is extremely cruel. It’s bad policy which makes Santa Cruz less safe.

    After watching a video interview of Tim talking about his plans to refocus from making people into criminals, Tim won my vote. I not only endorse Tim for City Council, I think Tim should be the next Mayor of Santa Cruz. This town needs more compassion and less cruelty on our City Council.

    • lydia brown

      John Colby was evicted from Section 8 housing in November for stalking, both on the internet and in person. He was seen peering into people’s windows at night. He continues to stalk, and has long standing, paranoia fueled vendettas with just about everyone. Poor Tim, an endorsement from John Colby. It’s the last thing he needs.

      • Conan T. Barbarian

        John Colby is Santa Cruz Sock Puppet Master extraordinaire. It’s no surprise the Puppet Master endorses a candidate using puppets.

    • http://Gmail Jimmy

      John Colby is NOT who you want endorsing you. You are doing more harm than good to Goncharoff ‘s candidacy. We all know this and chuckle. It’s no surprise you endorse him. Together you both will create your our fictitious world between both yours and his sock puppets. This world is not Santa Cruz. It lies somewhere between Lilliput and Fantasy Island.

  • https://plus.google.com/112095341306774106219 John Colby

    Our City Council has too many anti-homeless bigots. Instead of focusing on valid public safety threats — like teenage gangsters, dangerous drug dealers and sexual violence against women and children — they are vilifying (disabled) homeless people. Most of the current City Council supports outrageous, illegal ordinances criminalizing (disabled) homeless people. This is extremely cruel. It’s bad policy which makes Santa Cruz less safe.

    After watching a video interview of Tim talking about his plans to refocus from making people into criminals, Tim won my vote. I not only endorse Tim for City Council, I think Tim should be the next Mayor of Santa Cruz. This town needs more compassion and less cruelty on our City Council.

    • lydia brown

      John Colby was evicted from Section 8 housing in November for stalking, both on the internet and in person. He was seen peering into people’s windows at night. He continues to stalk, and has long standing, paranoia fueled vendettas with just about everyone. Poor Tim, an endorsement from John Colby. It’s the last thing he needs.

      • Conan T. Barbarian

        John Colby is Santa Cruz Sock Puppet Master extraordinaire. It’s no surprise the Puppet Master endorses a candidate using puppets.

    • http://Gmail Jimmy

      John Colby is NOT who you want endorsing you. You are doing more harm than good to Goncharoff ‘s candidacy. We all know this and chuckle. It’s no surprise you endorse him. Together you both will create your our fictitious world between both yours and his sock puppets. This world is not Santa Cruz. It lies somewhere between Lilliput and Fantasy Island.

  • Gigi

    Looks like another freak to add to Tim’s posse……Hey Robert Finch…. I mean Tim… Interesting how many of the postings and your ‘friends’ have ‘disappeared’…… Don’t worry… I have a sneaky suspicion they’ll come out to play as we get closer to the election. Keep it up John Colby…. Your support is doing wonders!

    • Brad

      I’m sure John Colby endorses Tim’s use of sockpuppets. John is the “King of Sockpuppets” in Santa Cruz. In fact, if Tim had any sense, he’d just blame all the sockpuppets on John Colby. People might actually believe that explanation!

  • Gigi

    Looks like another freak to add to Tim’s posse……Hey Robert Finch…. I mean Tim… Interesting how many of the postings and your ‘friends’ have ‘disappeared’…… Don’t worry… I have a sneaky suspicion they’ll come out to play as we get closer to the election. Keep it up John Colby…. Your support is doing wonders!

    • Brad

      I’m sure John Colby endorses Tim’s use of sockpuppets. John is the “King of Sockpuppets” in Santa Cruz. In fact, if Tim had any sense, he’d just blame all the sockpuppets on John Colby. People might actually believe that explanation!

  • Bojo

    lydia brown is actually SC attorney Jane Becker who has been stalking and slander John Colby on SC topix forum, Facebook groups including Steve Plietch’s Citizens for a Better Santa Cruz. I am sure she also is aware of who actually was part of the Tim G set-up!

    • Jane Becker

      A letter about me from John and Pat Colby. I don’t know whether to be amused or concerned, I am now added to a list of 1,400 people on their “enemies list”. I would urge them both to obtain mental health counseling, and to lead more productive lives than stalking and harassing fellow Santa Cruz residents.

  • Bojo

    lydia brown is actually SC attorney Jane Becker who has been stalking and slander John Colby on SC topix forum, Facebook groups including Steve Plietch’s Citizens for a Better Santa Cruz. I am sure she also is aware of who actually was part of the Tim G set-up!

    • Jane Becker

      A letter about me from John and Pat Colby. I don’t know whether to be amused or concerned, I am now added to a list of 1,400 people on their “enemies list”. I would urge them both to obtain mental health counseling, and to lead more productive lives than stalking and harassing fellow Santa Cruz residents.

  • Joe Kerr

    Colby is a disgrace to our community and cost it Thousands of dollar. Over 600 phone calls to SCPD and they have now ignored them. by his endorsement I know who not to vote for. Thanks King Sockputtet! For having a PHD you are not that bright and could use a class in Common Decency and Respect for our elected officials.

  • Joe Kerr

    Colby is a disgrace to our community and cost it Thousands of dollar. Over 600 phone calls to SCPD and they have now ignored them. by his endorsement I know who not to vote for. Thanks King Sockputtet! For having a PHD you are not that bright and could use a class in Common Decency and Respect for our elected officials.

  • Xanthippe

    Really, Bojo? How would you know who anyone is who comments? Do you work for the Weekly, or do you somehow have sys admin privs?

    Seems problematic to me that a person would be able to somehow discern this without some special access, in which case it would be a breach of protocol. So how would you know?

    • Xenathippe

      Xanthippe Santa Cruz, this is hyper-hypocritical coming from a mega troll you. You are the queen of flaming and nasty attacks all over Santa Cruz forums and Facebook. Wondering what Santa City city or county employee you really are hiding cowardly behind this alt doing attacks on people like John Colby and others all over the internet. Time for you to be unveiled. I think the scandal would push the Tim Scandal out of the forefront. How many tax dollars are being wasted for your time trolling the internet on our dime?

  • Xanthippe

    Really, Bojo? How would you know who anyone is who comments? Do you work for the Weekly, or do you somehow have sys admin privs?

    Seems problematic to me that a person would be able to somehow discern this without some special access, in which case it would be a breach of protocol. So how would you know?

    • Xenathippe

      Xanthippe Santa Cruz, this is hyper-hypocritical coming from a mega troll you. You are the queen of flaming and nasty attacks all over Santa Cruz forums and Facebook. Wondering what Santa City city or county employee you really are hiding cowardly behind this alt doing attacks on people like John Colby and others all over the internet. Time for you to be unveiled. I think the scandal would push the Tim Scandal out of the forefront. How many tax dollars are being wasted for your time trolling the internet on our dime?

  • https://plus.google.com/112095341306774106219 John Colby

    It’s funny when a “sockpuppet” like Xanthippe — an anti-homeless bigot who trolls the Internet anonymously — accuses someone else of Internet hijinks. Who is the wizard behind the Xanthippe fake persona?

  • https://plus.google.com/112095341306774106219 John Colby

    It’s funny when a “sockpuppet” like Xanthippe — an anti-homeless bigot who trolls the Internet anonymously — accuses someone else of Internet hijinks. Who is the wizard behind the Xanthippe fake persona?