A Progressive Alamedan
Various writings from a resident of Alameda regarding the political scene. The local perspective of local, state and national politics and a few other odds and ends of local concern. May not be particularly interesting to people outside of the Alameda area.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
My Endorsements for Alameda Mayor and City Council
For Mayor I recommmend Marie Gilmore. This decision does not come lightly; I like several of the other candidates, so this was hard — at first. But I have noticed of late how Ms. Gilmore is one of the only two people on the City Council that seem to really give a darn about the terrible abuses of power that have been going on by our (current) Mayor, our City Attorney, and our Interim City Manager. Of the mayoral candidates, Gilmore is the only one who has spoken out, publicly and privately, against these abuses of power. I was really hoping that we would hear more, proactively, out of the other candidates, but the others have been disappointing.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
New Poll! Maybe just a bit pushy...
I had read about the robo-call anti-Matarrese push-poll making the rounds; I didn't get to hear it myself. But this evening, mere minutes ago, I got to participate in a call (made from a call center in Utah) about local politics. It was a bit more detailed, but I still think it had a "pushy" demeanor to it.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Alameda Democratic Club Endorsements
I couldn't be more pleased with the results.
From a very crowded field of candidates for City Council, Rob Bonta and Lena Tam reached the 60% threshold needed to get an endorsement. Bonta's endorsement was not a great surprise, considering he has been such an integral part of the club for several years; Lena Tam's endorsement showed that most of the club's members are ready to move on from the "hit job" that she was subjected to this summer, and let her get back to work in a new term.
Marie Gilmore got the endorsement for mayor. I had expected there to be too much competition (especially from Frank Matarrese and Doug DeHaan) to reach the 60% threshold, but there you go. Gilmore is a great choice; while I like and respect many of the other candidates, I think that Gilmore has shown tremendous leadership over the years; she is also the only mayoral candidate who has really stuck her neck out to try to expose "Paradegate."
Robert Raburn got the endorsement for BART board. This is a huge victory and a great step in bringing down the juggernaut incumbent Carole Ward Allen (whom I recently discovered was once a major Republican activist during the 1990's)! While Ms. Allen seems to be getting endorsements from elected officials in the area, showing that she has a lot of powerful friends, Robert Raburn and his message seems to resonate with ordinary citizens who are interested in stopping BART's Airport Connector Boondoggle and actually improving the status quo.
School Board endorsements were Mike McMahon (a long-time pillar of the club) and Margie Sheratt (the only other serious candidate for the position, from what I could tell). For Hospital Board, Stewart Chen and Leah Williams were given the nodd. For AC Transit, Elsa Ortiz (whom I supported when she was first running for the position) and Joel Young were endorsed.
All in all, a good show. The fact that so many endorsements were able to happen shows that Alameda Democrats are actually unified pretty well. Still, it will be a big fight come November— there are many supporters of DeHaan (at least, judging by the number of signs around town); I expect that many Measure-A-or-die fanatics will be supporting Jean Sweeney (who is, outside of the political arena, a very nice woman, but just doesn't seem to be able to deal with anybody who even slightly disagrees with her).
Monday, September 13, 2010
Great Editorial about BART Fare Reduction
Did you see the editorial in the Alameda Journal last Friday? Here it is online.
The BART board of directors — Our representative is Carole Ward Allen — have so blatantly come up with this election-year scam. They think we are stupid enough to fall for it.
Maybe they think a nickel fare reduction (for a six month period) will make people forget about their boondoggle Oakland Airport Connector.
Well I'm not, and I'm sure you aren't going to fall for it either.
Carole Ward Allen, it's time for you to step aside.
(Later, I'll be posting a bit of information about Robert Raburn, my choice to replace her.)