There’s Something About Nadia

SUPERVISOR CANDIDATE SHINES OUTSIDE THE SPOTLIGHT 

By STEVEN TAVARES
The Citizen

In front of a crowd, Nadia Lockyer appears uncomfortable. She shifts. Her eyes dart with some unknown worry. The further she steps to the right of center stage, the more her anxiety seems to subside. That was the observation as she opened her campaign headquarters Thursday night in Hayward. But that’s only half of the story.

The well-funded candidate hoping to replace the retiring Gail Steele on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors spares no expense. Boxes of slick black and red lawn signs sit at the front of the rather large A Street office. The real estate is honestly more befitting of a campaign for U.S. Senate than the board of supervisors. The spread laid out for supporters is a typical selection of party platters along local pols gulping down glasses of white wine. Lockyer’s campaign has vastly outraised and outspent her three rivals for the seat so much that one of her opponents, Hayward Councilman Kevin Dowling said in jest, she’s singlehandedly boosting the local economy by hiring so many high-priced consultants.

Yet, on the surface, there is very little known about Lockyer’s opinions on the issues confronting the county. Her website only offers a quick bio, while other candidates in both open races for the board list reviving the local economy with jobs and health care, in addition, to boosting funding for education as part of their vision. Frankly, the political answer is she doesn’t have to talk about the issues when she has the Lockyer name, powerful financial and political contacts and a pretty face. Here, though, is the intriguing part of Nadia Lockyer, when the spotlight is not blaring like klieglights in her eyes a different candidate shows up. The dynamic is not if we’re looking at an empty pants suit, but possibly a candidate some will wistfully look back and remember the first time Nadia Lockyer ran for office and what she later became.

Lockyer is hard to peg. She has a quite charisma. She’s thin yet strong. Has focused, but kind round eyes and flashes a sometimes uncertain toothy half-grin. As opposed to her opponent, former state Sen. Liz Figueroa, who tends to flash a coy smile that make men gush, Lockyer pulls an uncanny ability to connect with women. Standing in the crowded campaign office, it’s clear women of every age and color simply adore Lockyer. It’s really no different than the generation-busting cadre of female supporters of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, who while shouting encouragement at rally’s in Oakland two years ago, were really shouting for the advancement of women in general. Older women view her as their successful younger sister and young women look at her as the person they want to be. Lockyer’s female supporters were, for the most part, uninterested in snacking on the policy details, they just wanted to shake her hand, embrace her or, as one person did, merely said goodbye and blew a kiss. The exuberant group at one point had Lockyer holed up in the doorway of a storage area for nearly 30 minutes.

On the whole, Lockyer’s nervousness in the spotlight could point to a disenchantment with the standard operating procedures of politics. Her luster shines far less when she is asked to play the role of politician than performing the duties of being a politician. When Bill’s “friends” show up the party changes from a hipsters paradise to old dudes breaking out card tables, sipping on Highballs and telling old war stories from their days in Sacramento.

When the former chairman of the California Democratic Party Art Torres stood in front of the throng, he along with Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi sucked the genuine air out of the room. The slicked silver-haired Torres performed a standard cocktail hour schtick replete with references to his once-black pate while explaining why Lockyer was the candidate for the job. The scene bore more in common with the opening remarks at a meeting of the Loyal Order of the Moose than the introduction of a possibly tranformative local politician. Hayashi made note of the dignitaries in attendance and said she was the person who urged the former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass to run along the current Speaker John Perez. Of course, the implication was we should thank her for her personnel decision as if she was the plucky baseball scout in wool overcoat and fedora who discovered a young Willie Mays playing stick ball in rural Alabama. I think Bill found her first.

So, maybe Lockyer doesn’t need the name or the backing in the Democratic Party that is attached to her famous surname. It sure doesn’t hurt, but once she plays by her own rules, there’s no tempering the enthusiasm she generates. She says her campaign is about families. It’s for the mom’s. As the event wound down, volunteers gathered up the leftovers and straightened up the kids room in the center office. Nadia was gone, but Bill stayed around to help clean up. If that isn’t a sign of the times-they-are-a-changin’, I don’t know what is.

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Categories: Art Torres, Bill Lockyer, Mary Hayashi, Nadia Lockyer, supervisor

79 replies

  1. PS. George W. Bush is not President.

    PSS. When George W. Bush was President, William Jefferson Clinton was not President…and so on.

    Show some class and stop blaming someone else. SOME Presidents have been able to do that.

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  2. I live in Alameda County's District 3.

    It is unneccesary to address “points” which are slurs or cannot be substantiated by facts. Policy implementations need to be judged on their realities, successes and failures. No-fact statements that a movement's supporters are fools, bastards, big mouths, crybabies, low-lives, etc. are not points worthy of debate. Being in the arena is good; drawing people into the mud pit is not.

    What were the real economic policies put into place by Ronald Reagan, and what were their results? Here are some facts:

    – With increases in Social Security and Medicare taxes, and an expansion of the Alternative Minimum Tax into lower incomes, middle-class tax levels were increased in six of the eight Reagan budgets.

    – The national debt was tripled during the Reagan years to nearly $3 trillion. Major factors in Reagan's debt spending were massive slashes of income tax rates for the very wealthiest (from 70% to 28%), and total government spending increases of over 11% during these years. These changes were not paid for under Reagan, resulting by far the largest increase in gross debt relative to Gross Domestic Product of any post-World War II President.

    In comparison, during Clinton's eight years government spending increases were held to slightly over 6%, and the national debt was meaningfully reduced in Clinton's last budget.

    – According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment during the Reagan years peaked at 9.7% in 1982, the second year of his Presidency; the average unemployment rate was 7.5% during his terms.

    Clinton once again compares favorably; the highest unemployment rate in Clinton's 8 years was his first, 1992, at 7.5%; the lowest was his last year, 2000, at 4.0%. The unemployment rate went down every single year of Clinton's Presidency.

    This evidence shows that the hallowed “Reagan Principles” of low taxes and smaller government are more fabrication than fact, and that trickle down economics do not work as well as other, more equitable policies.

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  3. Ok, so we know that Doug Jones CAN NOT vote for Nadia Lockyer, however, he will forever endorse her on anything. Good to know your opinion on someone you can't elect; lucky for you two women are running for Lai-Bitker's seat.

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  4. Any idiot, other than the leftists on this page knows that fact that revenues to the Federal Government increased because of the Reagan Ecnomonic policies and that it was the liberal Congress, headed by that old drunk Tip O'Neil who increased spending. Give those leftists points a rest, no one believes such garbage.

    Interest rates were over 20% under Jimmy Carter and unemployment over 12% both were slashed under Reagan. bhahahahahahhaah Liberals continue to repeat the same lies over and over. No wonder they welcome mundane, illegals who are gullible and don't understand English.

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  5. Some how that 20% interest rate will be anyone but a Democrats fault. “Oooh that President Washington, he messed it all up for its!”

    Listening to Dems, Liberals or Progressives talk economics (especially those who use talking points) is like watching a dog chase his tail. Or an ass-hat trying to sound smart. It's cute.

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  6. Reagan signed every one of his eight budgets which increased Federal spending by over 11% and tripled the national debt. None of these budgets passed with a veto override.

    Unemployment during the Carter Presidency's four years were 7.1, 6.1, 5.8 and 7.1%. No Carter year had as high an unemployment rate as the average unemployment rate of 7.5% during Reagan's eight years.

    These issues should be discussed without making up wild lies which are easily discovered.

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  7. I'm not sure I get the big concentration on interest rates. The Federal Reserve has lowered the rate to near zero for a lengthy period of time now, but few of us other than the rich would say our current economy is made healthy by these microscopic rates.

    The Fed, not the President, controls the Reserve's interest rates. At the beginning of Carter's Presidency, the Fed's rate was 4.7%; it did rise to nearly 19% at the end of his term. The rate bounced between 15 and 19% well into Reagan's first term, and did not exit double-digits until 19 months into Reagan's first term; it went back up over 10% for six months in the middle of 1984. Obama has now been in office for 15 months.

    The Fed has never implemented an interest rate which reached 7% since the end of 1990. It is obvious that the Fed has used a different policy in regards to the interest rate in recent years, as the rate range has stayed small whether economic conditions during these 20 years were good or bad. In fact, the rates both before and after the Carter and Reagan Presidencies were similarly low; the 1978-1984 era was the aberration.

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  8. bahahahahahahahha 7.1% unemployment under Carter???? Please, just because this blog is centered in Alameda County, Ground Zero for ethnics who overexaggerate everything, I repeat, please don't insult us. If it were 7.1% Carter wouldn't have been tossed out. So why are you making up lies about Carter?

    I haven't seen anyone here on this board defend low interest rates here. These low rates are weakening the dollar. If anything, we need to take steps to strengthen the dollar.

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  9. Weakening the dollar is exactly what will help exports and create jobs. Our anti-American U.S.corporations with production in China will fight tooth and nail to prevent us from increasing exports and jobs and a weaker dollar.Weak dollars now are good.
    Carter was whacked with high inflation starting with the so called Energy crisis, created according to some highly respected energy economists by OPEC working with Big Oil to cut production and knock the small independent companies out of the market. We also were going through de industrialization , we lost 32 to 38 million jobs many were in manufacturing.Disinvestment creating a rust belt and economic wasteland in the Northeast and Midwest. The theory was we would base our economy on finance which eventually created a series of economic bubbles but not apparently a sustainable model.
    Craig

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  10. I love that they are going to resume budget talks AFTER the November elections. As if that will fool voters. What a bunch of ass-hats!

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  11. A weak dollar will create jobs? What opium den is that out of???? A worthless dollar is just that; worthless. Obviously you know nothing about history. “oh just print more money and things will be better”???? Infantile mentality. Carter was hit with inflation because of the weak dollar mentality. Again, a worthless dollar is just that; worthless.

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  12. In Carter's presidency the dollar
    the dollar was too strong in relationship to the Japanese yen, which was great for Japanese exports.”Like the pounding rain of a typhoon”is how they envisioned their exports. A weak currency, according to conventional wisdom means your products become more attractive for other countries to purchase. The big problem is dealing with the Chinese currency which is seriously undervalued in relationship to the dollar. They ain't budging because a stronger Chinese currency means less exports and more unemployment. The opium den of China is a good place to start a discussion about the dollar but we can only pray for something to happen.

    Craig

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  13. And where the hell has a weak yen lead Japan??? Almost zero percent interest rates in Japan and they're economy is stagnant. But, then if someone thinks that just printing more money is the solution we might as well just talk to the wall.

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  14. The yen is very strong now, in Carters day it was weak. That's when they were the manufacturing envy of the world.They were selling us cars and electronics, we were selling them lumber and rice.

    Craig

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  15. bahahahahahahah What hat do you pick these things out of? A Bugs Bunny Cartoon?

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  16. In 1973 the ratio was 301 yen to a dollar, at the end of the Cater years it was closer to 200 . The Reagan administration pushed it down even more to under 200. It is now under 90 yen per dollar.The information is on the Internet.

    Craig

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  17. UH, that means that the yen is now weaker than the dollar, but that hasn't helped their economy. bahahhahahahahahahhaaha Case Closed. bahahahahahaha

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  18. That makes the yen strong being pegged at 90 to a dollar. Strong currency means it buys less in other countries, in the exchange rate. Weak when it was at 200 or 300 yen to a dollar means its less expensive to buy Japanese products. And the Chinese currency is the same thing. When the Remninbi is kept low (or weak) it's great for Chinese exports but not good for U.S. exports or jobs. Support American interest once in a while, conservative leaders betray America , Tea Baggers shouldn't.

    Craig

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  19. Again with the “Tea Bagger”. Someone's head is where it shouldn't be.

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  20. Tea Party is that nicer? Don't you compare Obama to the right wing mad man Hitler? Don't your own members call themselves tea baggers? The Boston Tea Party was about taxation without representation.Don't you have the right to vote? Tea Party members are for the most part WORMs, White Old Rich Males , in the top 5 percent income bracket.The type of people you would hate to work for. For a while I was hoping they were like the Boston Tea Party people dressed as American Indians .Hoping you're not right wingers but pretending to be conservatives, like the Indians at the Tea Party. We can only pray!

    Craig

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  21. We compare Obama to the Left Wing Mad Hitler, because he is just like Hitler; National Socialism, National Healthcare, National Police Force. So far none of the Tea Party Participants have engaged in public acts of sexual deviancy.

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  22. Hitler murdered millions, to compare Obama to him means you can make up shit and say whatever you want. Why not say he's from Mars? Why not say he murdered millions of conservative hard working Americans who just wanted to be good parents.While they were coming out of church. Why not make shit up and say he invented the F.B.I and is listening in on everyone's phone conversations. As conservatives you can say anything because in conservative politics anything works. National socialism whatever. Something like 100 million died in World War II because of Hitler and Obama's like Hitler.

    Craig

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  23. 100 Million? Are also counting all those that Stalin and Hirohito slaughtered? Hirohito's Japan invaded China before Hitler even came to power. Talk about making “profanity” up. And Obama is compared to Hitler because we don't want this great nation turned into another National Socialist pigsty like Hitler did to Germany. Obama wants a “civilian security force” For what? So his crack head followers and be the 21st Century Brownshirts? Obama is a dangerous thug.

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  24. Nadia Lockyer was given her job as Executive Director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center through the manipulations of the now-Distrct Attorney, Nancy O'Malley. The actions taken by O'Malley were probably illegal, violating the Federal Grantee rules that ACFJC is supposed to follow, and the state laws forbidding the Attorney General, which Bill Lockyer was at the time, from using his influence to help his family financially. I have explained some of it on http://www.indymedia.com but email me for more information, boatbrain@aol.com

    Steve White

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  25. Steve White at boatbrain@aol.com do not mistake this guy for some crusader for justice.

    Steve is a felon, by my guess a dangerous felon who cares as little for justice as he understands about fairness.

    This guy stalked judge miller for decade or more? according to him , supposedly took her underwear and personal effects after she was dead. The underwear was turned in but who knows if thats what really happened.

    He addmitted in open court to molesting his own 7? yr old sister.

    I could go on and on, but suffice it say, whatever this woman is or is not, this guys only motivation is hate for the DA office becuase when he did crimnal acts. he was treated like a criminal. BOO HOO

    he may have some jealousy as he has never had any job any esteem , accomplished little to nothing in life while these people actually made something of themselves.

    I know its sad pitifull even, but no sympathy is warranted to a person with no moral compass and so much hate for everything, in my estimation.

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  26. Bill Lockyer is closeted homosexual and Nadia Lockyer is a cocaine addict.

    They need to get their personal lives together before they inflict any more damage on the public.

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  27. By MW:

    The previous post asserts that Nadia Lockyer is a cocaine addict. While she is almost certainly both a meth addict and an alcoholic, however as to whether she is also addicted to one or more additional other drugs, and such as for instance cocaine, I have no idea.

    However based simply on her alcoholism and also addiction to at least one other drug, I think all us residents of Alameda County should chip in and rent a truck to move her and her belongings to San Francisco, since with her resume and background she would be absolutely perfect for that insane asylum.

    For instance that word class demagogue, phony, and charlatan Jim Jones, and later of Jonestown fame, was a big hero to most SF politicians, and especially to Willie Brown and SF mayor George Moscone, while he was residing in the Bay area. And Willie Brown and Moscone even arranged testimonial dinners for Jim Jones, and at which they praised him to the skies and reassured the general public that Jones was an extremely wonderful, honest, and trustworthy person.

    In fact based on the “standards” of SF, Nadia Lockyer would fit in perfectly on the SF Board of Supervisors, and perhaps could eventually even be elected DA or mayor.

    Or if she decided she wanted to be a lawyer in private practice in SF, anytime she needed additional money to buy drugs, she could just use that old standby crooked lawyers use to rip off clients and former clients by going to a judge and declaring that there are “oral understandings” superseding the written contract, and therefore supposedly the client or former client owes her additional money. (As long as she provided the judge with a percentage of the additional money she ripped off from the client, a lot of judges, and virtually all SF judges, would pretend to believe her lies, garbage, and nonsense that there are “oral understandings” superseding the written contract.)

    In fact, the crooked lawyers and corrupt judges who play that game are basically engaging in counterfeiting and inventing money out of thin air. And it's much safer for them than if they used a printing press in their own basement to print money, since the Secret Service does not go after and imprison crooked lawyers and corrupt judges who play that game of using phony and fraudulent declarations that insist “oral understandings” existed so as to basically invent money.

    In fact as an example of the “standards” of SF and SF's legal profession, one of the crooked SF lawyers who played that game of using “oral understandings” so as to further rip off clients is now not merely a SF lawyer but also serves as a special master for SF Superior Court. (A special master is a lawyer who has supposedly proven to be even far more “honest” and “trustworthy” than the typical lawyer, and who therefore assists judges in performing certain special functions that require a person of the very highest honesty, ethics, and trustworthiness.)

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  28. I have to reply to this one. I do wish the Lockyers well, but we “hardly ever” get a candidate like this? Because of the meth, the porno, or the (formerly) good looks?

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  29. This is Steve White writing. I only wish to point out here, I do not think this post was made by anyone in the Alameda County power structure trying to discredit me, I believe it was a mentally ill family member who is obsessed with hatred because of delusional beliefs, for example that I killed a local judge who was proven to have died of natural causes. There is no truth to any of the rest of it either.

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