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We Didn't Vote

by: Brian Leubitz

Tue Nov 25, 2014 at 14:54:23 PM PST

Turnout hits dismal records

by Brian Leubitz


With almost every vote counted across the state, it appears about 42 percent of the state's 17.8 million registered voters cast ballots. That shatters the previous low of 50.5 percent set in 2002, when Gov. Gray Davis won re-election over Republican businessman Bill Simon.(SF Chronicle)

It was something of a perfect storm here in California. No major statewide contests and nothing national to draw voters in combined with some rather boring statewide measures. But still, yikes.

It is hard to argue that California has made it hard to vote, but we could still make the process smoother. Same-day registration comes to mind first, but there are certainly several other measures that could be considered.

I suppose I'm preaching to the choir here, but come on people, democracy is a use it or lose it proposition.

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Register to Vote While You Get Health Insurance

by: Brian Leubitz

Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:13:15 AM PDT

Health insurance exchange will facilitate voter registration

by Brian Leubitz

When I moved to California, I got my driver's license and registered to vote at the same time. Super convenient, except for the written driver test and couple of hours waiting. But, as long as you have folks walking through the door of a government building, why not get them voting?

Well, it turns out that is actually a federal law from back in the Clinton era, and SoS Bowen will be making sure the health care exchanges help register voters too:

Secretary of State Debra Bowen made California the first state to designate its health exchange as a voter registration agency Wednesday but others are expected to follow suit, said Shannan Velayas, Bowen's spokeswoman.

"This is about making sure that all eligible Californians are offered the chance to register to vote," Velayas said Thursday.

A 1993 federal law requires states to designate their agencies and offices that provide public assistance or disability services as voter registration agencies, Velayas said.(SacBee)

I don't think there is any other comment to make other than, "good work all!"

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Skelton Joins Chorus Pushing for Lowering Vote Thresholds

by: Brian Leubitz

Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:42:14 AM PST

Sen. Mark Leno's bill would lower vote requirement for tax increases to 55%

by Brian Leubitz

The lowering of the vote threshold for local taxes has been an early subject of conversation since the Democratic supermajority appeared on the horizon. Sen. Mark Leno's bill was introduced in early December to do just that.

Today, George Skelton, joins the call to do just that:

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to help inner-city schools at the expense of suburbanites. But there must be a better way to assist the disadvantaged than to trigger class warfare.

And there is. It is to give school districts a better opportunity to raise their own tax revenue.

That could involve reducing the voter threshold needed for levying parcel taxes from two-thirds to 55%. ... California needs all types of school reform, including how we generate money for classrooms - without starting an education civil war.

The idea is certainly getting a lot of attention, but it seems anything but certain that Sen. Leno will be able to muster the 2/3 of both houses to get the measure to the ballot. Both Gov. Brown and the legislative leaders are a bit worried about putting anything else on the statewide ballot that smells of tax increase after the success of Prop 30. But, in the end, the measure just evens out taxes with bond measures and allows communities the right to self-govern.

It just seems like common sense to allow communities to choose their own tax rates.

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Vote or Be Sorry!

by: Brian Leubitz

Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:19:17 AM PST

This is it! Today is the day! Now is the time! And every other cliche

by Brian Leubitz

A quick reminder to be sure to vote if you have not yet done so. Some of these propositions could end up being quite close. And if you haven't seen it, this is how I voted on the props:

30 - YES!
31 - No
32 - Hells NO!!!
33 - No
34 - YES
35 - No
36 - Yes
37 - Yes
38 - No
39 - Yes
40 - Yes

Anybody see any long lines to vote? Everything running smoothly?

Note: I work for the No on 32 campaign

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Gov. Brown Signs Same-Day Registration

by: Brian Leubitz

Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 19:43:31 PM PDT

Allows more flexibility for new and moved voters

by Brian Leubitz

This is very good news for democracy:

Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation allowing residents to register to vote up until and on Election Day, though the provision will not be implemented at least until 2014.

"Voting - the sacred right of every citizen - should be simple and convenient," the Democratic governor said in a prepared statement. "While other states try to restrict voters with new laws that burden the process, California allows voters to register online - and even on Election Day."(SacBee CapAlert)

Combined with online registration, this makes California one of the friendlies states for new voters. The Republicans cried about something they like to call "voter fraud" but haven't shown any evidence of in any state with or without same-day registration.

With luck we will see this implemented for the 2014 election.

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Online Voter Registration Goes Live

by: Brian Leubitz

Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 15:09:25 PM PDT

Just in time for November election, SOS allows online voter registration

by Brian Leubitz

It is a good day for democracy in California. Legislation that allowed for online registration was enacted last year and today online voter reg kicked off.  The first Californians to register online did so even before the official announcement:

California's new one-click, online voter registration went live early Wednesday, but before Secretary of State Debra Bowen could officially make that announcement at an 11:30 a.m. news conference, 3,000 new voters already had used the system to register.

That response, Bowen said, was triggered only by "a few tweets" from some county elections officials who spread the news via Twitter earlier in the morning. ...

"This is great news for democracy," she said. "One of the main reasons people don't register to vote is because they are never asked to do so. Now, someone can ask them with an email that includes a link to online registration."(VCStar)

Online registration requires that your signature be on file with the DMV, but is otherwise smooth sailing.

Register online today at RegistertoVote.ca.gov. The deadline to vote in the November 6 election is Oct. 22, so get those e-forms in right away.

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Vote Early, Very Early

by: Brian Leubitz

Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 14:46:00 PM PDT

Closure of mail processing centers means mail could take days longer in some locations

by Brian Leubitz

In case you haven't watched the dramatic saga that is the US Postal Service, well you should check in on that. There is the sensational story of the members of Congress that are super excited that their union employees will be laid off, and are fighting the pension overpayment issue. But, for electoral purposes, this message from SoS Debra Bowen is important:

Unfortunately, a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) plan to shut down 223 big mail processing hubs across the country and 14 here in California - including the one located in Redding - threatens to disenfranchise millions of Californians who vote by mail. ... By law, late ballots can't be counted; postmarks aren't enough.

The USPS asserts the closures won't affect your ballot, but its future best hopes do not coincide with the current reality voters and elections officials have already witnessed in California. When mail facilities closed last year in Monterey, Ventura, and Yuba counties, officials conducting small local elections there reported mail that used to take one to three days to deliver was instead taking five to seven days. (Redding.com)

Many voters use the last weekend to vote their ballots. If the closures go ahead, there is a strong chance that these voters will be disenfranchised.  No matter which side of the political spectrum on which you reside, this is seriously troubling.  The post office, Congress, and the State need to find a way to ensure that voters aren't losing their votes because the post office is having some money issues.

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Brown Signs Bills to Move Ballot Measures to Novembers & Online Voter Reg

by: Brian Leubitz

Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 15:50:41 PM PDT

Measure would put signature initiatives on November elections

by Brian Leubitz

First, let's say one thing, SB 202 is not a simple stroke of genius that makes initiatives all of a sudden a great system. But, it is a fair reform that lets the full electorate vote on important measures.

In short, SB 202 moves all future (so doesn't apply to measures already qualified for the ballot) initiatives placed on the ballot through signatures to general elections.  In other words, gubernatorial and presidential elections.

Of course, the Right is pretty livid about this, as this June was going to be their dream election to put a bunch of right-wing crap on the ballot. With low turnout on the Democratic side, we would basically have the electorate of Arizona or something.

You can read Governor Brown's signing message for SB 202 here or below the fold.  He refers to a rainy day fund measure that will be on the ballot that is moved by SB 202, in the context of wanting to avoid putting additional money into a bank account when we are broke.  (Makes sense, huh?)

In other news, the Governor also approved finally allowing people to register to vote online. Which, if you think about it makes perfect sense. So, apparently Jerry has some of that common sense thing. Hooray!

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On Asking Experts, Part Two, Or, What's An LBGT Voter To Do?

by: fake consultant

Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 18:55:34 PM PDT

It's been a few days now since we began a conversation that addresses the issue of how frustrated some number of LBGT voters are with the Democratic Party this cycle; this because they find themselves either frustrated at the lack of progress on the civil rights issues that matter to them, or because they see both the Democratic and Republican Parties as unreliable partners in the struggle to assure equal rights for all.

In an effort to practice some actual journalism, I assembled a version of an online "focus group" at The Bilerico Project ("daily adventures in LBGTQ"), with the goal of gathering some opinions on this subject in the actual words of those frustrated voters.

Part One of this story focused on "stating the problem", and today we'll take on Part Two: in this environment, with Election Day staring us in the face, what is an LBGT voter to do?

As before, there are a variety of opinions, including a very informative comment I was able to obtain from a genuine Member of Congress, Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania's 8th District, and that means until the very end you won't hear much from me, except to help "set the stage" for the comments that follow.

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How Do You Do It?

by: bosborn

Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 13:12:05 PM PDT

In the state that puts most propositions before voters, in the country that puts most questions before the electorate, Liberty Hill asked: How do you decide how to vote? True confessions with cameo appearances by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield and California Common Cause director Kathay Feng.

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How Do You Do It?

by: bosborn

Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 13:10:29 PM PDT

In the state that puts most propositions before voters, in the country that puts most questions before the electorate, Liberty Hill asked: How do you decide how to vote? True confessions with cameo appearances by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield and California Common Cause director Kathay Feng.



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Voting...It's Important

by: Brian Leubitz

Wed Oct 13, 2010 at 16:00:00 PM PDT

From our friends at the LA CDP, a lesson about the importance of voting from the failures of Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina.  

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On Why Voting Matters, Or, Could You Outrun The Toxic Red Flood?

by: fake consultant

Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 09:12:15 AM PDT

It is about a week before early voting begins for a bunch of us around the country, and that means this may be one of the last times I have to convince you that, frustrated progressive or not, you better get your butt to a ballot box or a mail-in envelope this November, because it really does matter.

Now I could give you a bunch of "what ifs" to make my point, or I could remind you how we spent all summer watching oil gush into the Gulf, and how that came to be...but, instead, it's "Even More Current Event Day", and we're going to visit Hungary for a extremely real-world reminder of what can go wrong when the environmental cops are considered just too much of a burden by the environmental robbers-and if today's story doesn't scare you to death, I don't know what will.

It ain't Texas, but we will surely visit a Red River Valley...and you surely won't like what you're gonna see.

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90 Years, How Quickly Meg Forgets

by: Brian Leubitz

Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 17:16:23 PM PDT

Hey do you vote?  Well, if you are reading this, the answer is probably yes.  And you would assume that pretty much anybody who was really interested in politics would have done so for pretty much every election.  Not so with Meg Whitman.  She's less interested in such trivial matters when she can go ahead and just plunk another $104 million into the game.  

But, some really good people fought like hell to give her that right to vote that she has chosen to cast away.  So, a few groups have banded together to remind her of said fight, on the 90th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Whitman's spotty voting record, of course, has been an issue in the gubernatorial campaign, and the candidate herself has called it "atrocious." But the California Nurses Association, the Courage Campaign  and a host of labor groups intend to remind voters again, insisting they'll deliver the largest and possibly most colorful anti-Whitman rally ever on the 90th anniversary of the day the 19th amendment was signed into law. ...

The 4 p.m. rally near the Capitol steps will include folks in period costumes, historical characters, newsboys and Elizabth Jenkins-Sahlin, the great great grandaughter of the women's rights pionner Elizabeth Cady Stanton,says CNA spokesman Chuck Idelson. (SFGate)

Should be fun for the whole family, don your best bonnet if you are in the neighborhood.

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Boo-hoo: George Runner is Very Sad that Jerry Brown Said Mean (But True) Things

by: Brian Leubitz

Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 13:12:05 PM PDT

A while back, I mentioned Sen. George Runner's idiotic VoteSAFE initiative. It is pretty much an effort to disqualify some pretty Democratic-leaning constituencies from voting. Basically, it is a law to require photo ID and disqualifies voters with a felony conviction, even after they have completed parole. Here's how Jerry Brown titled the previous draft Runner submitted:

Limits On Voting. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 04/09/09 Failed: 09/21/09

Proponent: George Runner c/o Elizabeth Hansel (916) 648-1222

Prohibits citizens from voting at the polls unless they present a government-issued photo-identification card. Establishes provisional voting for citizens at the polls who fail to present government-issued photo-identification. Requires that provisional ballots and mail-in ballots be deemed invalid unless the accompanying envelope is marked with the last four digits of a citizen’s California driver’s license, state identification card or social security number. Eliminates the right to vote for citizens on probation for a felony offense. Establishes that ballots from absent military personnel are timely if postmarked by election day. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Some increased government costs associated with voting in elections. These costs probably would not be significant. (09-0005.) (Full Text - PDF)

 See, all of this is designed to make voting harder, at precisely the time when we should be making voter easier. We should be providing new ways for voters to register, and breaking down barriers. We should be allowing same-day registration so that there aren't any artificial barriers to entry based upon some silly arbitrary deadlines.

But that's not the way George Runner would like to see it. So, he's gone and sued Jerry Brown for telling it like it is. Surely, Runner would prefer some incendiary anti-immigrant language, but the description is completely valid and describes the initiaitve to a tee.  This kind of litigation happens frequently, and usually it gets tossed pretty quickly. The AG has substantial latitude on how to write these. This case will also get tossed pretty quickly.

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Meg Whitman Goes on the Offensive...Sort of...Not Really

by: Brian Leubitz

Wed Oct 07, 2009 at 15:42:33 PM PDT

Meg Whitman has taken a beating over this whole not voting for twenty years.  But now it seems that she's been totally vindicated! She was registered to vote in Santa Clara County in 1999 for eight months.  Now, she didn't vote in any elections during this period, but I'm sure she was very civically active.  

It turns out that Santa Clara County had lost some data on old registrations, including Whitman's. Whitman's campaign is triumphant!

"Meg is adamant about her recollection of voting in San Francisco in the 1984 and 1988 presidential elections, and the Sacramento Bee ran with a misreported item they let through their editing process," said Tucker Bounds, Whitman's deputy campaign manager. "Meg's voting record could certainly be better, but it should have been accurately reflected, and that's all we have been arguing for." (CoCo Times 10/06/09)

But as San Jose State Professor Larry Gerston points out in the above article, this is hardly about voting once or twice. The campaign is trying to make this into another opportunity to attack the media.  The damnable liberal media is always out to get the good conservative and all that jazz.

If they were concerned with the underlying issue, they would probably try to ditch the whole "her voting record has no excuse line."  The only possible reason to keep this story alive is try to get some base conservative support by making the press the boogeyman.  And, honestly, given her electorate, it isn't a bad idea.

This story will never go away for Whitman though, no matter how many times she explains the voting deficiencies, at every debate this issue will come up. It has to, it goes to the very heart of civic engagement, and whether politics is important enough to take 5 minutes to vote.

For a long time, Meg Whitman didn't really feel that voting was really worth her time, save for a few occasions. Many Californians, particularly the ones who vote in gubernatorial elections, feel differently.

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You Have to Vote!

by: Brian Leubitz

Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 18:43:40 PM PST

With so many important California matters on the ballot, everybody needs to vote.  Even if you are hearing anything about the presidential race, Obama is not enough!  Please go out and vote for the propositions: Yes: 1A, 2, 3, 5 &12. No: 4, 6 - 11.  

Vote for the legislature, vote for your local elected offices.  Also, please [rec this dKos diary Yes: 1A, 2, 3, 5 &12. No: 4, 6 - 11] that has a similar message.


[UPDATE by Julia] No on 8 leadership is worried.  Key voting locations are deserted.  Go drag everyone you know to the polls.  Put down the laptop and go call your friends and knock on your neighbor's doors.

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Tuesday Open Thread: One Week Left

by: Brian Leubitz

Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 20:00:00 PM PDT

• AD-10: Alyson Huber gets some earned media for her paid media in a "Ad Watch" column.

• There are tons of stories today about increases in voter registration. San Bernadino County, Santa Clara County, and Sacramento County.  These are numbers we've been expecting. Much of this registration is Democratic heavy. In fact, San Bernadino County now reports 10,000 more Dems than Republicans on the voter rolls.

• One of Arnold's vetoes could quite literally kill people. He vetoed a bill to increase the size of the medically uninsurable risk pool, against the advice of his own appointees on the board that oversees the pool. Arnold's reasoning: we can't do anything if we don't do everything.

The governor said "the only solution for our healthcare crisis" is a complete overhaul of the state's healthcare system along the lines of his $14.9-billion plan that the Legislature rejected last January as too expensive.

"We supported wholesale health reform, but this is a population that has nowhere else to go, and he's leaving them high and dry," said Elizabeth Landsberg, legislative advocate for the Western Center on Law & Poverty, a Los Angeles nonprofit. (LA Times 10/28)


• A fascinating legal case is going to trial in San Francisco. A group of Nigerian villagers are suing Chevron over a protest on one an oil rig in the Niger Delta. The plaintiffs accuse Chevron of drastic human rights violations. Oh, and Chevron is now the #3 oil company in the world.

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Dan's Nov. 08 Ballot Recommendations

by: DanKalb

Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 18:55:23 PM PDT


This will be a close race!  Phone-banking to swing states-including Colorado-continues at your local Obama or United Democratic Campaign headquarters.  Go to http://my.barackobama.com/page... to find the Obama office near you.  

U.S. Congress - C.D. #s 1-53 - Vote for the Democrat in your district!  
IF you live in one of these two districts, please volunteer/contribute to your candidate's campaign:
 ~  C.D.  #4 - Charlie Brown  [www.charliebrownforcongress.org] - This district is our best chance to turn a red district blue in California this year.  He is running against Tom McClintock, the most ideologically conservative legislator in the state and a carpetbagger from Southern California.  Charlie Brown, he's "a good man."
 ~  C.D. #11 - Jerry McNerney  [www.jerrymcnerney.org] - The Democrats, with tremendous grassroots activism, took this seat two years ago, but the Republicans are spending huge amounts of money to take it back.  Let's make sure we send Mr. McNerney, a leader in renewable energy, back to Congress.  

California State Senate:
~ S.D.  #3 - Mark Leno
~ S.D.  #5 - Lois Wolk [www.loiswolk.com] - This is an open seat that we must keep in the Democratic column.
~ S.D.  #7 - Mark DeSaulnier
~ S.D.  #9 - Loni Hancock - Since I live in this district, I will take this opportunity to say that we are very fortunate to have Loni representing Oakland and other East Bay communities in the St. Senate.  Among her accomplishments, she was successful this year in getting passed and signed into law a 'Clean Money' pilot program.
~ S.D. #11 - Joe Simitian
~ S.D. #19 - Hannah-Beth Jackson [www.jackson4senate.com] - This district is our best hope at picking up a Democratic seat in the St. Senate.  Please do what you can to help her win against a very conservative opponent who is misleading voters about his own record.  
~ S.D. #23 - Fran Pavley
~ S.D. #27 - Alan Lowenthal
~ S.D. #39 - Christine Kehoe

California State Assembly - A.D. #s 1-80 - Vote for the Democrat in your district!  IF you live or work in one of the following districts, please volunteer/contribute to your candidate's campaign.  These are expected to be very close races.  
~ A.D. #10 - Alyson Huber - www.alysonhuber.com
~ A.D. #15 - Joan Buchanan - www.joanbuchanan.com - If you live in the Bay Area and want to help the Democrats gain seats in our state legislature, please contact the Buchanan campaign and help in any way possible.  925-806-0560
~ A.D. #26 - John Eisenhut - www.johneisenhut.com
~ A.D. #65 - Carl Wood - www.wood4assembly.org
~ A.D. #78 - Marty Block - www.martyblock.com
~ A.D. #80 - Manuel V. Perez - www.manuelperezforassembly.com

Oakland City Council (at-large seat) - REBECCA KAPLAN -
Rebecca is exactly the type of person we need on the Oakland City Council.  She is smart, progressive, experienced and accomplished.  She will shake things up on the city council and move it in a more progress-oriented direction.  She is a former civil rights attorney, policy advocate, environmental activist, and yes, a 'community organizer'.  She understands the array of issues facing Oakland residents and will work hard to make Oakland a more safe and livable city.  She is well-known for being able to work with a broad cross-section of people and personalities.  Currently, she's an elected member of the A/C Transit Board of Directors.  She is endorsed by the Alameda County Democratic Party, the MGO Democratic Club, the Sierra Club, East Bay Young Dems, Assembly Member Sandre Swanson, Supervisors Keith Carson and Nate Miley, and a wide array of organizations, elected officials and community leaders.  www.kaplanforoakland.org

Mayor, City of Berkeley - TOM BATES - Mayor Bates has shown leadership and brought people together to get things done in Berkeley.  He's endorsed by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the Sierra Club, and a broad range of organizations, public officials and community leaders.  See www.tombates.org/index.htm for details on his priorities.  

Judge - Superior Court (Alameda County seat #9) - DENNIS HAYASHI -
Dennis, a public interest attorney, is highly qualified to be a superior court judge.  He is a former attorney with the Asian Law Caucus, and was director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Clinton.  He was also the director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.  We desperately need more public interest attorneys as judges.  He is endorsed by the Sierra Club, the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club, former Attorney General Bill Lockyer, and numerous state and local elected officials, as well as several judges.  Dennis will make a superb Superior Court judge.   www.dennishayashi.com

San Francisco County Supervisors:
   District  #1 - ERIC MAR - Eric is an elected member of the S.F. Board of Education, a civil rights attorney, college lecturer, and long-time progressive political activist.  He's been recognized for his civic involvement, leadership, and passionate advocate for human and civil rights.  He is committed to working at City Hall and in the Richmond district for working families, thriving neighborhoods, and responsive local government.  To volunteer on his campaign, go to www.ericmar.com.
   District  #3 - DAVID CHIU (rank #1) - As a former civil rights attorney, counsel to a U.S. Senate subcommittee, neighborhood activist and leader, former deputy district attorney, member of San Francisco's Small Business Commission, affordable housing advocate, and Democratic Party activist, David has the breadth and depth of experience to be an excellent supervisor-responsive, innovative, smart ideas. http://votedavidchiu.org  
TONY GANTNER (rank #2) - Experienced neighborhood and environmental activist, Tony would also be a good Supervisor.  
   District  #4 - CARMEN CHU - She's moderate-to-conservative by San Francisco standards, but this is the Sunset district and her principal opponent is even more conservative.  
   District  #5 - ROSS MIRKARIMI - Ross has been a very good supervisor for this district and he deserves reelection.  He reaches out to groups of people in his district and strives to develop and support innovative and compassionate ideas and proposals.  
   District  #7 - SEAN ELSBERND - Has only token opposition and will be reelected easily in this relatively moderate-to-conservative district.
   District  #9 - no recommendation - Many good progressive candidates in this district, including David Campos and Mark Sanchez.
   District #11 - JULIO RAMOS (rank #1) - Julio is an attorney, elected member of the San Francisco Community College Bd. of Trustees, an experienced trial lawyer, and former Coro Fellow.  I've known Julio for nearly 10 years and I'm confident that he would be an excellent county supervisor.  He's progressive, compassionate, and is committed to focusing his energy on crime prevention, services to seniors, helping at-risk youth, improving neighborhoods and creating clean streets, and expanding educational opportunities for local residents. www.julioramos.org
JOHN AVALOS (rank #2) - Former supervisorial aide, Avalos would also be a good county supervisor.  

BART Bd. of Directors
   Tom Radulovich (district 9) - Smart environmental leader.  He's been a very good BART director.  

A.C. Transit Bd. of Directors
   Chris Peeples (at-large)
   Greg Harper (ward 2)

East Bay Municipal Utility District Bd. of Directors
   Doug Linney (ward 5) - Environmental leader on the EBMUD Board.  Certainly deserves reelection.  

East Bay Regional Parks District Bd. of Directors
   Norman LaForce (ward 1) - Norman has shown important leadership as a long-time advocate for parks.  He is currently the chapter chair of the Sierra Club and an experienced attorney for environmental causes.  He will be an excellent EBRPD board member.  

Trustee, Peralta Community College District
   Marlon McWilson (area 2)

San Francisco Community College District -
Several good candidates.  I recommend the following four candidates:
   Natalie Berg
   Milton Marks
   Chris Jackson
   Rodel Rodis

San Francisco Board of Education:
Several good candidates.  I recommend the following four candidates:
   Norman Yee
   Sandra L. Fewer
   Kimberly Wicoff
   Jill Wynns

City Council, Daly City - Judith Christensen - She's a teacher, is supported by the environmental community, and she's been a breath of fresh air on a stale city council.  She deserves re-election.  

Mayor, City of Fremont - Gus Morrison - Former Mayor Morrison would do a far better job as mayor once again than either the incumbent or his other opponent.  Vote to put Gus back in the Mayor's office.  

City Council, Orinda - Victoria Smith - She's done a good job on the Orinda City Council and deserves re-election.  Go to www.voteforvictoria.com for more information.  

Mayor, City of Sacramento - Heather Fargo - Mayor Fargo is running against a former Pro Basketball player who has no experience in government.  Her opponent is being put forth as a candidate by development interests who do not like Ms. Fargo's policies.  She'll do a better job than her challenger.  Vote to re-elect her.  For info on her priorities, experience and endorsements, or to volunteer, go to www.fargoformayor.com

Los Angeles County Bd. of Supervisors (2nd district) - Mark Ridley-Thomas -
Ridley-Thomas is the more progressive of the two candidates.  He is a former L.A. City Councilman and a current State Senator.  We will miss him in Sacramento, but he will make an excellent County Supervisor.  He is endorsed by the L.A. County Democratic Party, Sierra Club, Members of Congress Jane Harmon, Brad Sherman, Howard Berman, Hilda Solis, Planned Parenthood, and dozens of other elected officials and community leaders.  Go to www.ridley-thomas.com to learn more.  

Santa Clara County Bd. of Supervisors (2nd district) - Richard Hobbs - Endorsed by the Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters and the local Sierra Club chapter.  That's good enough for me.    

...Propositions follow...

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Time Off for Voting

by: Brian Leubitz

Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 12:09:09 PM PDT

With the long lines that we've seen in some of these early voting sites, the fact that California law guarantees time off to vote seems worth noting. With the high percentage of vote by mail in the state, we generally don't see as long of lines. However, you never know what might happen.  And conveniently enough, I got an email with a nice little guide on this.  So, know your rights and all that stuff:

If you are planning to vote at the polls on Election Day, and do not have enough time to do so either before or after work, remember that:

   1.  California law guarantees you the right to take off from work as much time, when added to time available to you before or after work, as you need to vote.

   2.  The first two hours of such time off shall be without loss of pay.

   3.  The time must be either at the beginning or the end of your workday, unless otherwise arranged with your supervisor.

   4.  If you think you may need time off to vote, you should talk to your supervisor at least 3 days before the eleciton, so they can make plans for you to be gone.

   5.  If you have enough time to vote before or after work (without taking time off from work), or if you are voting by mail, none of this applies to you.

This law applies to all employees in the state, private as well as public.   (Cal. Elections Code, Sections 14000-14003).

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