Political Pugilism for Breakfast


AROUND THE EAST BAY BLOGOSPHERE If candidates suddenly began to pull political punches, how dull would campaigns really be? The Halfway to Concord blog features a seemingly mundane Rotary breakfast this week in Walnut Creek that erupted into a classic grudge match between the two of candidates for Contra Costa district attorney. Don O’Malley and Mark Peterson, who previously tussled over each others ballot designation similar to the kerfuffle between Alameda County supervisor candidates Nadia Lockyer and Liz Figueroa, both came out punching according the account. At one point, the tone of the debate sounded somehting like, “neener, neener, neener, I’ve got five police endorsements!” to which, the other responded with something akin to, “you’re stinky!”

Alameda Mayor and county supervisor candidate for District 3 thinks the people of her city are very similar to the demographic and attitudes of residents in San Leandro. But there is one similarity, San Leandrans would rather not have in common with their neighbor on the island. According to The Island blog, the city’s board of education just approved over $7 million in brutal cuts and layoffs to their schools, something San Leandro’s school board will likely face in a month or two. Most alarmingly, a majority of those cuts will remain even if the city approves Measure E, the parcel tax initiative on the June ballot. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget revise announced Friday will not alleviate budgetary woes, either.

Is a small, Berkeley non-profit on the radar of conservative groups looking for the next ACORN to demonize? The Berkeleyside has a post today with links about Greenlining, an organization committed to fighting for disadvantaged groups against economic redlining. It seems the non-profits support of the Community Reinvestment Act has conservative groups alarmed. As the post points out, the CRA has been a significant government intervention against the quaint practice of forcing low-income and minority groups to housing in less desirable areas.

In the end, we’re all citizens. The San Francisco Citizen blog has a post on the East Bay Citizen and the Bay Area News Project’s Bay Citizen. The answer to the post is no, the Bay Citizen did not ask me about the name, but the name the all-encompassing name of the news site slated to debut at the end of the month could be instructive. The Citizen covers the East Bay and more narrowly politics. The Bay Citizen seeks to cover the entire Bay Area as a general interest site. I don’t mind any confusion over the names since the Bay Citizen has $5 million and the East Bay Citizen has a $20 Starbucks card and the first Star Wars trilogy on VHS.

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