Aug 242016
 

election2016jpgThe November elections are approaching, and with that the work of learning about the many candidates for local office. To help you in this task, I am sending in-depth issue-based questionnaires to (almost) all candidates for elective office in Alameda County, and publishing them on this website as I get them back.

To find them, click on the “2016 General Election” tag on the menu above, or go here and select your city or district.  More cities and districts will be added, as I receive completed questionnaires from those areas, so keep checking!

I am still developing questionnaires for Oakland and Hayward School Boards, community college boards, BART & AC Transit board, water and sanitary districts and park and hospital districts. If you have any questions you’d like me to include on those, please e-mail them to me.

May 072016
 

voteThe following are my recommendations for candidates that will appear on the ballots for voters in Alameda county.  The list only includes those races for which I have a strong recommendation.  An asterisk* next to a candidate’s name indicates that s/he was also endorsed by the Democratic Party.  A (B) indicates that they are a Bernie Sanders supporter and (i) indicates incumbent.

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PRESIDENT:  Bernie Sanders

Bernie is the only candidate that actually represents the people rather than corporate interests and Wall Streets. Hillary Clinton has a record of supporting and advocating for wars of aggression, supporting gross human rights violations such as forced disappearance, extra-judicial executions, arbitrary detention and torture, she supports profiting from mass incarceration, supports the death penalty and fought to halve the minimum wage in Haiti to 31-cents an hour so American corporations could make larger profits.

ALAMEDA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Read about the Committee and everyone who is running here.

AD 15 (select no more than 9)

Brette Badelle (B): A young African American father (two demographics the Committee is in dire need of) and Bernie supporter
Vincent Casalaina (B):
Vincent is very progressive grassroots activist, he is with PDA and was an early Bernie supporter.
Andy Kelley (B) (i):
A young LGBT and Democratic party activist with strong leadership potential.
Ces Rosales:
A strong feminist and LGBT activist, Ces is a very independent thinker, even if she supports Hillary.
Len Raphael (B):
Intelligent, thoughtful and has an insurgent streak.

AD 18 (select no more than 10)

Margarita Lacabe (B) (i), that would be me.
Guillermo Elenes (B), a housing rights organizer and staunch liberal
Mike Katz-Lacabe (B), my husband and a privacy rights advocate
Marlon McWilson (i)(B), an appointed incumbent and County Board of Education trustee
Pamela Price, a civil rights attorney

AD 25 (select no more than 3)

Raj Salwan (B), a veterinarian and the nicest and most liberal candidate running

US SENATE: Steve Stokes (B)

Kamala Harris* is pro-mass surveillance,  seems to have strong neo-con tendencies and wants the US to kneel before Israel.  As Attorney General she has failed to address the epidemic of police brutality against mostly people of color.  Loretta Sanchez has accused Muslims of wanting to install a Caliphate and has insulted Native Americans. but she voted against the Patriot Act and against the war in Iraq and has a fairly liberal voting record in Congress.  They are both Clinton supporters.

A better option seems to be Steve Stokes – who has a very progressive agenda, very close to Bernie Sanders’.

US CONGRESS

CD 13: Barbara Lee* (i)
CD 17: Ro Khanna

Barbara Lee is a staunch liberal and an overall good representative.   in CD 17, Democratic incumbent Mike Honda* is in the midst of an ethics investigation.  I’ve written more about Ro Khanna here.  I’m making no recommendations in CD 15, as Eric Swalwell* is a conservative Democrat who supports Hillary Clinton.

CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE

SD 9: Nancy Skinner

Nancy is not only the most progressive candidate in this race, but she is also an extremely effective legislator. And she’s been a great ally on issues ranging from civil liberties to fighting poverty.

CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY

All the Democratic candidates running for Assembly in Alameda County support Hillary Clinton.

ALAMEDA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Judge Office 1: David Lim
Judge Office 2: Jennifer Madden*

I met with David Lim and was very impressed with his openness and honesty and his concerns for the community.  It felt very real and very personal.  I was also impressed on how fair Lim is.  He worked with one of the other candidates and he was very frank that his opponent would also make a great judge.  I reached out to his opponent on several occasions, but I never heard back from him.

The third person in the race for office 1, Barbara Thomas, is a defense attorney (though she’s running as a “victims’ rights attorney) and former City Councilmember with a rather problematic reputation in the legal profession and I fear she would make a terrible judge.  She’s reportedly considering suing the City of Alameda over their rent control ordinance.

I was also impressed with Jennifer Madden, who is running for another judge position.  She has done a lot of work on human trafficking and seems to be committed to be a fair judge.

Judges are not allowed to endorse other political candidates.

ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Area 2: Marlon McWilson* (B)(i)
Area 3: Ken Berrick* (i)

Both incumbents are very knowledgeable and very committed to education, in particular with kids in challenging circumstances. McWilson is my colleague at the Democratic Central Committee and I find him to be a thoughtful, independent and fair voice.

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL (select no more than 3)

The three incumbents, whom I had previously recommended, support Hillary Clinton. I’m making no recommendations on this race.

FLOOD CONTROL ZONE 7 DIRECTOR:  Eric Thiel*

Thiel is a Biology teacher in Pleasanton who is actually passionate about water and the environment. I can’t think of someone better for that job.

MEASURES

Prop AA: YES

We need to restore the Bay. This may not be the best possible way of doing it, but it may be the only way we have.

Prop 50: NO

Prop 50 gives the Legislature the ability to suspend elected members without pay.  I find this problematic, as it could lead to the Legislature suspending members due to purely political disagreements, and by withholding pay, they would make it very difficult on the Member to fight back.  In addition, a suspension would mean that the constituents of that Member would not have representation in the Legislature, which I believe is very undemocratic.  The Legislation already has the ability to expel members.

Print and Take to the Polls

May 062016
 
Information on Candidates Running for Alameda County Democratic Central Committee - June '16 election

A voter contacted me asking for more information on the the different candidates running for Alameda County Central Committee.  To make it easier on voters, here is a list of the candidates, with whatever information I know about them as well as links to public information on them.  If you know of other resources, please share them. Committee members decide on which candidates for local office will get the Democratic endorsement and they pass resolutions on issues of local, state and national interest. They are also members of the California Democratic Central Committee and vote on state-wide and national endorsements. [Continue Reading]

Apr 192016
 
Margarita Lacabe Runs for Re-Election to Alameda County Democratic Central Committee

Plus: Who Else to Vote for in AD 15, AD 18 & 25 Once again, I’m running for re-election to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee.  I’m running for one of the ten seats in AD 18. I am an unapologetic bleeding heart liberal, committed to pushing the Democratic party towards adopting an agenda that includes the respect and promotion of all human rights: civil, political, economic, social and cultural.  I am fully committed to cleaning up the Democratic party from the corrupting influences of money and cronyism. Currently, the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee is suffering from a numbers [Continue Reading]

Feb 082016
 
Bernie is Running for President as a Democrat Because Democrats Asked Him To

In recent weeks, I’ve been hearing from quite a few Democrats that they like Bernie Sanders and what he stands for but they’re not sure that he’s really a Democrat.  After all, Sanders is the longest serving independent in the US Congress.  It’s true that Sanders has always caucused with Democrats and serves in Senate committees accordingly, but is he truly a Democrat at heart? A good person to ask that question might be John Burton, the fiery chairman of the California Democratic Party.  Back in 2011, Burton invited Bernie Sanders to be the keynote speaker at the California Democratic [Continue Reading]