Cabaldon Formally Announces His Run For 8th AD

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At the Train Station in Davis, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon with more members of the media than supporters and more elected officials than members of the public announced his bid for the Democratic Nomination for the 8th Assembly District of California.

Flanked by several of his early elected official endorsements, Cabaldon was introduced by Davis Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Asmundson. Also speaking were two County Supervisors Helen Thompson and Mike McGowan, two West Sacramento City Councilmembers Oscar Villegas and Wes Beers, Woodland Mayor David Flory, and Davis City Councilmember Don Saylor.

Woodland City Councilmember Jeff Monroe was there briefly in his Sheriff’s Uniform, but he was on duty and could not be on stage. However, he too has formally endorsed Cabaldon’s candidacy.

The most interesting statements made by Mayor Cabaldon came in response to questions from the press.

Beth Curda of the Davis Enterprise asked what issues were most important to him. Interestingly his first response was controlling sprawl. This seemed a bit ironic considering his growth policies while Mayor of West Sacramento. Not to mention he was flanked by several of the more pro-development elected officials in the county including Davis Mayor Pro Tem Asmundson and Councilmember Don Saylor–both of whom were strong proponents of both Target and Covell Village.

Secondly, Josh Fernandez of the Woodland Daily Democrat asked him who was the consultant working on his campaign. His response was that he hadn’t hired a consultant and that had not been determined. This runs against the reported information that Richie Ross would be his campaign consultant. Ross was his campaign consultant in his previous race for the Assembly in 2002.

Finally, (and someone will have to forgive me because I do not know the reporter who asked the question), he was asked how long he had considered running for the Assembly. He mentioned that he ran for the Assembly in 2002 and that it was basically a good thing for his city that he lost and that Lois Wolk had won. Which was somewhat of a reprise of the statement he made during the Davis Democratic Bean Feed last fall–but was a rather striking statement coming from an elected official and prospective office seeker.

Meanwhile the anticipation and speculation will continue to mount as to who else will run for office. Clearly neither Don Saylor nor Mike McGowan will be candidates for the Assembly.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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104 thoughts on “Cabaldon Formally Announces His Run For 8th AD”

  1. Anonymous

    Cabaldon’s announcement shows the Machiavellian side to his candidacy. He is one of the most pro-urban sprawl politicians in the region, yet he states the biggest issue facing the region is controlling urban sprawl and he is the guy who can do it.

    His campaign sign illustrates the deception even further using a deep rich green color with a crane wading in the delta flyway to imply his candidacy is pro-environmental. He is a big time pro-development politician masquerading as a defender and protector of the environment.

    At his staged announcement pro-development politicians from West Sac, Davis and Woodland are the only ones to surround and endorse him.

  2. Anonymous

    Cabaldon’s announcement shows the Machiavellian side to his candidacy. He is one of the most pro-urban sprawl politicians in the region, yet he states the biggest issue facing the region is controlling urban sprawl and he is the guy who can do it.

    His campaign sign illustrates the deception even further using a deep rich green color with a crane wading in the delta flyway to imply his candidacy is pro-environmental. He is a big time pro-development politician masquerading as a defender and protector of the environment.

    At his staged announcement pro-development politicians from West Sac, Davis and Woodland are the only ones to surround and endorse him.

  3. Anonymous

    Cabaldon’s announcement shows the Machiavellian side to his candidacy. He is one of the most pro-urban sprawl politicians in the region, yet he states the biggest issue facing the region is controlling urban sprawl and he is the guy who can do it.

    His campaign sign illustrates the deception even further using a deep rich green color with a crane wading in the delta flyway to imply his candidacy is pro-environmental. He is a big time pro-development politician masquerading as a defender and protector of the environment.

    At his staged announcement pro-development politicians from West Sac, Davis and Woodland are the only ones to surround and endorse him.

  4. Anonymous

    Cabaldon’s announcement shows the Machiavellian side to his candidacy. He is one of the most pro-urban sprawl politicians in the region, yet he states the biggest issue facing the region is controlling urban sprawl and he is the guy who can do it.

    His campaign sign illustrates the deception even further using a deep rich green color with a crane wading in the delta flyway to imply his candidacy is pro-environmental. He is a big time pro-development politician masquerading as a defender and protector of the environment.

    At his staged announcement pro-development politicians from West Sac, Davis and Woodland are the only ones to surround and endorse him.

  5. Anonymous

    The design of the Cabaldon campaign sign and theme is done in the classic style of a pro-developer political consultant. Cabaldon and his consultants know that protecting the environment and limiting urban development is a winning issue in the 8th assembly district.

    They have determined it to be the number one issue, hence they introduce into the campaign materials both a flora & fauna theme and the environmental green color to send the disingenuous message that Cabaldon is against urban sprawl and for reducing our human footprint on the remaining open spaces and agricultural lands of our region.

    This was the same strategy used by the Yes on Covell Village Campaign consultants when their theme, brochures and lawn signs used “new urbanist” and environmental friendly language along with shades of green and brown to appear in all aspects respectful stewards of the land and promoters of sustainable communities.

    Even Cabaldon’s brown suit and green tie is color coordinated to match his campaign sign and theme.

  6. Karen

    Democrats in Name Only supporting “Democrats in Name Only.” Seems fitting. My vote will go elsewhere. We’ll wait and see who else runs. I hope the Democrats don’t give this seat away. If I recall correctly, Mike McGowan voted for Prop 187 and Prop 209…I never understood why he calls himself a Democrat.

    If this is the kind of support Cabaldon has then all I can say is think of the old saying, “The best way to tell a person’s character is by those that he/she associates with.” That is very telling in this case.

    Karen

  7. Anonymous

    The design of the Cabaldon campaign sign and theme is done in the classic style of a pro-developer political consultant. Cabaldon and his consultants know that protecting the environment and limiting urban development is a winning issue in the 8th assembly district.

    They have determined it to be the number one issue, hence they introduce into the campaign materials both a flora & fauna theme and the environmental green color to send the disingenuous message that Cabaldon is against urban sprawl and for reducing our human footprint on the remaining open spaces and agricultural lands of our region.

    This was the same strategy used by the Yes on Covell Village Campaign consultants when their theme, brochures and lawn signs used “new urbanist” and environmental friendly language along with shades of green and brown to appear in all aspects respectful stewards of the land and promoters of sustainable communities.

    Even Cabaldon’s brown suit and green tie is color coordinated to match his campaign sign and theme.

  8. Karen

    Democrats in Name Only supporting “Democrats in Name Only.” Seems fitting. My vote will go elsewhere. We’ll wait and see who else runs. I hope the Democrats don’t give this seat away. If I recall correctly, Mike McGowan voted for Prop 187 and Prop 209…I never understood why he calls himself a Democrat.

    If this is the kind of support Cabaldon has then all I can say is think of the old saying, “The best way to tell a person’s character is by those that he/she associates with.” That is very telling in this case.

    Karen

  9. Anonymous

    The design of the Cabaldon campaign sign and theme is done in the classic style of a pro-developer political consultant. Cabaldon and his consultants know that protecting the environment and limiting urban development is a winning issue in the 8th assembly district.

    They have determined it to be the number one issue, hence they introduce into the campaign materials both a flora & fauna theme and the environmental green color to send the disingenuous message that Cabaldon is against urban sprawl and for reducing our human footprint on the remaining open spaces and agricultural lands of our region.

    This was the same strategy used by the Yes on Covell Village Campaign consultants when their theme, brochures and lawn signs used “new urbanist” and environmental friendly language along with shades of green and brown to appear in all aspects respectful stewards of the land and promoters of sustainable communities.

    Even Cabaldon’s brown suit and green tie is color coordinated to match his campaign sign and theme.

  10. Karen

    Democrats in Name Only supporting “Democrats in Name Only.” Seems fitting. My vote will go elsewhere. We’ll wait and see who else runs. I hope the Democrats don’t give this seat away. If I recall correctly, Mike McGowan voted for Prop 187 and Prop 209…I never understood why he calls himself a Democrat.

    If this is the kind of support Cabaldon has then all I can say is think of the old saying, “The best way to tell a person’s character is by those that he/she associates with.” That is very telling in this case.

    Karen

  11. Anonymous

    The design of the Cabaldon campaign sign and theme is done in the classic style of a pro-developer political consultant. Cabaldon and his consultants know that protecting the environment and limiting urban development is a winning issue in the 8th assembly district.

    They have determined it to be the number one issue, hence they introduce into the campaign materials both a flora & fauna theme and the environmental green color to send the disingenuous message that Cabaldon is against urban sprawl and for reducing our human footprint on the remaining open spaces and agricultural lands of our region.

    This was the same strategy used by the Yes on Covell Village Campaign consultants when their theme, brochures and lawn signs used “new urbanist” and environmental friendly language along with shades of green and brown to appear in all aspects respectful stewards of the land and promoters of sustainable communities.

    Even Cabaldon’s brown suit and green tie is color coordinated to match his campaign sign and theme.

  12. Karen

    Democrats in Name Only supporting “Democrats in Name Only.” Seems fitting. My vote will go elsewhere. We’ll wait and see who else runs. I hope the Democrats don’t give this seat away. If I recall correctly, Mike McGowan voted for Prop 187 and Prop 209…I never understood why he calls himself a Democrat.

    If this is the kind of support Cabaldon has then all I can say is think of the old saying, “The best way to tell a person’s character is by those that he/she associates with.” That is very telling in this case.

    Karen

  13. Stonegate Dem

    Yes, I’m an unbiased person. I spend my free time going online and beating up candidates over the color of their tie.

    But seriously…

    If you look at Cabaldon’s campaign from 2002 it was all about his service on the Delta Protection Commission. I don’t think any of this is new.

    Yeah, his endorsers in this picture are kinda white and boring, butif he is getting endorsements from the people we’ve elected – then it’s not his fault that they’re white and boring… it’s ours!

    And I don’t know if others from Davis ever get off the freeway and actually drive through West Sacramento, but it has really cleaned up in the past decade. That place used to be a pit.

  14. Stonegate Dem

    Yes, I’m an unbiased person. I spend my free time going online and beating up candidates over the color of their tie.

    But seriously…

    If you look at Cabaldon’s campaign from 2002 it was all about his service on the Delta Protection Commission. I don’t think any of this is new.

    Yeah, his endorsers in this picture are kinda white and boring, butif he is getting endorsements from the people we’ve elected – then it’s not his fault that they’re white and boring… it’s ours!

    And I don’t know if others from Davis ever get off the freeway and actually drive through West Sacramento, but it has really cleaned up in the past decade. That place used to be a pit.

  15. Stonegate Dem

    Yes, I’m an unbiased person. I spend my free time going online and beating up candidates over the color of their tie.

    But seriously…

    If you look at Cabaldon’s campaign from 2002 it was all about his service on the Delta Protection Commission. I don’t think any of this is new.

    Yeah, his endorsers in this picture are kinda white and boring, butif he is getting endorsements from the people we’ve elected – then it’s not his fault that they’re white and boring… it’s ours!

    And I don’t know if others from Davis ever get off the freeway and actually drive through West Sacramento, but it has really cleaned up in the past decade. That place used to be a pit.

  16. Stonegate Dem

    Yes, I’m an unbiased person. I spend my free time going online and beating up candidates over the color of their tie.

    But seriously…

    If you look at Cabaldon’s campaign from 2002 it was all about his service on the Delta Protection Commission. I don’t think any of this is new.

    Yeah, his endorsers in this picture are kinda white and boring, butif he is getting endorsements from the people we’ve elected – then it’s not his fault that they’re white and boring… it’s ours!

    And I don’t know if others from Davis ever get off the freeway and actually drive through West Sacramento, but it has really cleaned up in the past decade. That place used to be a pit.

  17. Anonymous

    “We” may have elected some of those people standing with Cabaldon, but other than Thomson, I didn’t vote for any of them. They don’t represent my views. Neither does Cabaldon on a lot of local issues.

  18. Anonymous

    “We” may have elected some of those people standing with Cabaldon, but other than Thomson, I didn’t vote for any of them. They don’t represent my views. Neither does Cabaldon on a lot of local issues.

  19. Anonymous

    “We” may have elected some of those people standing with Cabaldon, but other than Thomson, I didn’t vote for any of them. They don’t represent my views. Neither does Cabaldon on a lot of local issues.

  20. Anonymous

    “We” may have elected some of those people standing with Cabaldon, but other than Thomson, I didn’t vote for any of them. They don’t represent my views. Neither does Cabaldon on a lot of local issues.

  21. Anonymous

    What exactly is wrong with him? I know very little about him. He was elected twice in West Sacramento – a city that I believe has way more challenges than any other city in Yolo County. He is gay – which matters nada bit. To win he will need broad bipartisan endorsement so that will be something he will need to work on. He didn’t have anything to do with Target or Covell Village. He may have been interested in Walmart at one time, but what did come is IKEA. That he is endorsed by Saylor and Asmundson is interesting – that precludes them from endorsing Yamada, Davis’ representative to the Board of Supervisors.

  22. Anonymous

    What exactly is wrong with him? I know very little about him. He was elected twice in West Sacramento – a city that I believe has way more challenges than any other city in Yolo County. He is gay – which matters nada bit. To win he will need broad bipartisan endorsement so that will be something he will need to work on. He didn’t have anything to do with Target or Covell Village. He may have been interested in Walmart at one time, but what did come is IKEA. That he is endorsed by Saylor and Asmundson is interesting – that precludes them from endorsing Yamada, Davis’ representative to the Board of Supervisors.

  23. Anonymous

    What exactly is wrong with him? I know very little about him. He was elected twice in West Sacramento – a city that I believe has way more challenges than any other city in Yolo County. He is gay – which matters nada bit. To win he will need broad bipartisan endorsement so that will be something he will need to work on. He didn’t have anything to do with Target or Covell Village. He may have been interested in Walmart at one time, but what did come is IKEA. That he is endorsed by Saylor and Asmundson is interesting – that precludes them from endorsing Yamada, Davis’ representative to the Board of Supervisors.

  24. Anonymous

    What exactly is wrong with him? I know very little about him. He was elected twice in West Sacramento – a city that I believe has way more challenges than any other city in Yolo County. He is gay – which matters nada bit. To win he will need broad bipartisan endorsement so that will be something he will need to work on. He didn’t have anything to do with Target or Covell Village. He may have been interested in Walmart at one time, but what did come is IKEA. That he is endorsed by Saylor and Asmundson is interesting – that precludes them from endorsing Yamada, Davis’ representative to the Board of Supervisors.

  25. davisite

    Calbadon’s efforts to “clean up” West Sacramento by cuddling up with the developer interests may have short-term local positive results.
    Most Yolo communities are quite wary of politicians who are so patently “in bed” with these special interests.

  26. davisite

    Calbadon’s efforts to “clean up” West Sacramento by cuddling up with the developer interests may have short-term local positive results.
    Most Yolo communities are quite wary of politicians who are so patently “in bed” with these special interests.

  27. davisite

    Calbadon’s efforts to “clean up” West Sacramento by cuddling up with the developer interests may have short-term local positive results.
    Most Yolo communities are quite wary of politicians who are so patently “in bed” with these special interests.

  28. davisite

    Calbadon’s efforts to “clean up” West Sacramento by cuddling up with the developer interests may have short-term local positive results.
    Most Yolo communities are quite wary of politicians who are so patently “in bed” with these special interests.

  29. Patrick

    I would say most reasonable people would consider Cabaldon to be about on par with Wolk. Núñez and Perata want him in there so it’s clear he’s the establishment candidate.

    I’d vote for him but I saw him cut a blade of grass in front of his house so he’s clearly anti-environment. Che for AD8!

  30. Patrick

    I would say most reasonable people would consider Cabaldon to be about on par with Wolk. Núñez and Perata want him in there so it’s clear he’s the establishment candidate.

    I’d vote for him but I saw him cut a blade of grass in front of his house so he’s clearly anti-environment. Che for AD8!

  31. Patrick

    I would say most reasonable people would consider Cabaldon to be about on par with Wolk. Núñez and Perata want him in there so it’s clear he’s the establishment candidate.

    I’d vote for him but I saw him cut a blade of grass in front of his house so he’s clearly anti-environment. Che for AD8!

  32. Patrick

    I would say most reasonable people would consider Cabaldon to be about on par with Wolk. Núñez and Perata want him in there so it’s clear he’s the establishment candidate.

    I’d vote for him but I saw him cut a blade of grass in front of his house so he’s clearly anti-environment. Che for AD8!

  33. Lisa

    Lisa said…

    I will tell you why he will not get my vote.

    1) He’s the same as Lois Wolk, Helen Thomson, Don Saylor, Steve Souza: Pro-developer, pro big-box, pro-sprawl

    2) He is anti-union

    3) If he is pro-sprawl then he is not very pro-environment which is why he is trying to portray himself as such.

    There are many other reasons, but these are the three that stand out.

    Also, Ritchie Ross is serving as his adviser? After all he served as his campaign consultant in 2002.

    Ross has been involved in a number of shady dealings.

    Article on Ross

    My vote will not be in the ballot box for Christopher.

  34. Lisa

    Lisa said…

    I will tell you why he will not get my vote.

    1) He’s the same as Lois Wolk, Helen Thomson, Don Saylor, Steve Souza: Pro-developer, pro big-box, pro-sprawl

    2) He is anti-union

    3) If he is pro-sprawl then he is not very pro-environment which is why he is trying to portray himself as such.

    There are many other reasons, but these are the three that stand out.

    Also, Ritchie Ross is serving as his adviser? After all he served as his campaign consultant in 2002.

    Ross has been involved in a number of shady dealings.

    Article on Ross

    My vote will not be in the ballot box for Christopher.

  35. Lisa

    Lisa said…

    I will tell you why he will not get my vote.

    1) He’s the same as Lois Wolk, Helen Thomson, Don Saylor, Steve Souza: Pro-developer, pro big-box, pro-sprawl

    2) He is anti-union

    3) If he is pro-sprawl then he is not very pro-environment which is why he is trying to portray himself as such.

    There are many other reasons, but these are the three that stand out.

    Also, Ritchie Ross is serving as his adviser? After all he served as his campaign consultant in 2002.

    Ross has been involved in a number of shady dealings.

    Article on Ross

    My vote will not be in the ballot box for Christopher.

  36. Lisa

    Lisa said…

    I will tell you why he will not get my vote.

    1) He’s the same as Lois Wolk, Helen Thomson, Don Saylor, Steve Souza: Pro-developer, pro big-box, pro-sprawl

    2) He is anti-union

    3) If he is pro-sprawl then he is not very pro-environment which is why he is trying to portray himself as such.

    There are many other reasons, but these are the three that stand out.

    Also, Ritchie Ross is serving as his adviser? After all he served as his campaign consultant in 2002.

    Ross has been involved in a number of shady dealings.

    Article on Ross

    My vote will not be in the ballot box for Christopher.

  37. Anonymous

    This is confusing. Per earlier postings, Ritchie Ross is his adviser. Ritchie apparently behaved poorly and abused Wolk’s staff. Wolk is endorsing Cabaldon. Ritchie is pro-union (at least he was lobbying on behalf of the UFW), but Cabaldon is accused of being anti-union.

    Local and regional politics tests the patience of most local folks. Who can keep it straight? Maybe Cabaldon, with his connections to those that can thrive in this work environment, would be the best person.

    Wolk is running to take Machado’s spot. This is going to be a huge battle, probably against some Republican from the Stockton area. Wolk will need Davis’ Democrat votes – all of them – to win. Do we trash Cabaldon because Wolk endorses him and then turn around and urge people to vote for Wolk?

    This makes me feel tired already.

  38. Anonymous

    This is confusing. Per earlier postings, Ritchie Ross is his adviser. Ritchie apparently behaved poorly and abused Wolk’s staff. Wolk is endorsing Cabaldon. Ritchie is pro-union (at least he was lobbying on behalf of the UFW), but Cabaldon is accused of being anti-union.

    Local and regional politics tests the patience of most local folks. Who can keep it straight? Maybe Cabaldon, with his connections to those that can thrive in this work environment, would be the best person.

    Wolk is running to take Machado’s spot. This is going to be a huge battle, probably against some Republican from the Stockton area. Wolk will need Davis’ Democrat votes – all of them – to win. Do we trash Cabaldon because Wolk endorses him and then turn around and urge people to vote for Wolk?

    This makes me feel tired already.

  39. Anonymous

    This is confusing. Per earlier postings, Ritchie Ross is his adviser. Ritchie apparently behaved poorly and abused Wolk’s staff. Wolk is endorsing Cabaldon. Ritchie is pro-union (at least he was lobbying on behalf of the UFW), but Cabaldon is accused of being anti-union.

    Local and regional politics tests the patience of most local folks. Who can keep it straight? Maybe Cabaldon, with his connections to those that can thrive in this work environment, would be the best person.

    Wolk is running to take Machado’s spot. This is going to be a huge battle, probably against some Republican from the Stockton area. Wolk will need Davis’ Democrat votes – all of them – to win. Do we trash Cabaldon because Wolk endorses him and then turn around and urge people to vote for Wolk?

    This makes me feel tired already.

  40. Anonymous

    This is confusing. Per earlier postings, Ritchie Ross is his adviser. Ritchie apparently behaved poorly and abused Wolk’s staff. Wolk is endorsing Cabaldon. Ritchie is pro-union (at least he was lobbying on behalf of the UFW), but Cabaldon is accused of being anti-union.

    Local and regional politics tests the patience of most local folks. Who can keep it straight? Maybe Cabaldon, with his connections to those that can thrive in this work environment, would be the best person.

    Wolk is running to take Machado’s spot. This is going to be a huge battle, probably against some Republican from the Stockton area. Wolk will need Davis’ Democrat votes – all of them – to win. Do we trash Cabaldon because Wolk endorses him and then turn around and urge people to vote for Wolk?

    This makes me feel tired already.

  41. Richard

    well, lisa, I’m sure you are nice person, but that article you linked aboiut Ross is not the most damning thing in the world

    having grown up in Sacramento, in response to the complainants in the article, I can only emphasize the old Harry Truman cliche, if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen

    for me, the primary revelation of the article is that some people are apparently too sensitive to participate in the legislature, as politics there has always been a contact sport

    –Richard Estes

    P. S. I hope that most people who linked on the article and read it figured out that Ross’ problem at the time wasn’t that he was abusive or autocratic, but that he was using his considerable powers on behalf of the UFW. It is sort of an unwritten rule, I guess, that you are only supposed to utilize such aggressive tactic on behalf of corporate interests or the trial lawyers

  42. Richard

    well, lisa, I’m sure you are nice person, but that article you linked aboiut Ross is not the most damning thing in the world

    having grown up in Sacramento, in response to the complainants in the article, I can only emphasize the old Harry Truman cliche, if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen

    for me, the primary revelation of the article is that some people are apparently too sensitive to participate in the legislature, as politics there has always been a contact sport

    –Richard Estes

    P. S. I hope that most people who linked on the article and read it figured out that Ross’ problem at the time wasn’t that he was abusive or autocratic, but that he was using his considerable powers on behalf of the UFW. It is sort of an unwritten rule, I guess, that you are only supposed to utilize such aggressive tactic on behalf of corporate interests or the trial lawyers

  43. Richard

    well, lisa, I’m sure you are nice person, but that article you linked aboiut Ross is not the most damning thing in the world

    having grown up in Sacramento, in response to the complainants in the article, I can only emphasize the old Harry Truman cliche, if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen

    for me, the primary revelation of the article is that some people are apparently too sensitive to participate in the legislature, as politics there has always been a contact sport

    –Richard Estes

    P. S. I hope that most people who linked on the article and read it figured out that Ross’ problem at the time wasn’t that he was abusive or autocratic, but that he was using his considerable powers on behalf of the UFW. It is sort of an unwritten rule, I guess, that you are only supposed to utilize such aggressive tactic on behalf of corporate interests or the trial lawyers

  44. Richard

    well, lisa, I’m sure you are nice person, but that article you linked aboiut Ross is not the most damning thing in the world

    having grown up in Sacramento, in response to the complainants in the article, I can only emphasize the old Harry Truman cliche, if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen

    for me, the primary revelation of the article is that some people are apparently too sensitive to participate in the legislature, as politics there has always been a contact sport

    –Richard Estes

    P. S. I hope that most people who linked on the article and read it figured out that Ross’ problem at the time wasn’t that he was abusive or autocratic, but that he was using his considerable powers on behalf of the UFW. It is sort of an unwritten rule, I guess, that you are only supposed to utilize such aggressive tactic on behalf of corporate interests or the trial lawyers

  45. Anonymous

    I have to disagree with Richard. I think you are missing out on a serious conflict of interest. Let’s say that Ross gets Cabaldon elected in 2008. Then in 2009, some company hires him to lobby for them. So now he approaches Cabaldon to convince him to vote for something. That is a conflict of interests for both Ross and the office holder.

  46. Anonymous

    I have to disagree with Richard. I think you are missing out on a serious conflict of interest. Let’s say that Ross gets Cabaldon elected in 2008. Then in 2009, some company hires him to lobby for them. So now he approaches Cabaldon to convince him to vote for something. That is a conflict of interests for both Ross and the office holder.

  47. Anonymous

    I have to disagree with Richard. I think you are missing out on a serious conflict of interest. Let’s say that Ross gets Cabaldon elected in 2008. Then in 2009, some company hires him to lobby for them. So now he approaches Cabaldon to convince him to vote for something. That is a conflict of interests for both Ross and the office holder.

  48. Anonymous

    I have to disagree with Richard. I think you are missing out on a serious conflict of interest. Let’s say that Ross gets Cabaldon elected in 2008. Then in 2009, some company hires him to lobby for them. So now he approaches Cabaldon to convince him to vote for something. That is a conflict of interests for both Ross and the office holder.

  49. Richard

    I would agree if that were the issue, but it really, it’s not

    It only became an issue when Ross was pressuring Democrats who didn’t want to support a UFW bill

    I’d love to see the system overhauled significantly, but when the Capitol has rife with conflicts of all kinds, in both the Executive and Legislative branches, to single out Ross for this stuff is ridiculous

    I’ll say it again, if Ross had been lobbying for the UC or Intel, no one would have said a word

  50. Richard

    I would agree if that were the issue, but it really, it’s not

    It only became an issue when Ross was pressuring Democrats who didn’t want to support a UFW bill

    I’d love to see the system overhauled significantly, but when the Capitol has rife with conflicts of all kinds, in both the Executive and Legislative branches, to single out Ross for this stuff is ridiculous

    I’ll say it again, if Ross had been lobbying for the UC or Intel, no one would have said a word

  51. Richard

    I would agree if that were the issue, but it really, it’s not

    It only became an issue when Ross was pressuring Democrats who didn’t want to support a UFW bill

    I’d love to see the system overhauled significantly, but when the Capitol has rife with conflicts of all kinds, in both the Executive and Legislative branches, to single out Ross for this stuff is ridiculous

    I’ll say it again, if Ross had been lobbying for the UC or Intel, no one would have said a word

  52. Richard

    I would agree if that were the issue, but it really, it’s not

    It only became an issue when Ross was pressuring Democrats who didn’t want to support a UFW bill

    I’d love to see the system overhauled significantly, but when the Capitol has rife with conflicts of all kinds, in both the Executive and Legislative branches, to single out Ross for this stuff is ridiculous

    I’ll say it again, if Ross had been lobbying for the UC or Intel, no one would have said a word

  53. Rich Rifkin

    “Before Wolk runs against the Republican, Wolk may face a strong primary challenger. We’ll see who that is and how that unfolds.”

    Runs for what? State Senate? If Lois runs for that, I would expect that she would be a favorite.

    My take on the Democratic primary is this: if Mariko Yamada runs, and she has no other significant opponents from Davis or Woodland, she will probably beat Cabaldón (regardless of Cabaldón’s accomplishments or his endorsements). I don’t know enough about Steve Hardy to handicap his prospects, but I suspect that Vacaville does not turn out a lot of Democratic primary voters.

    Davis is center of gravity of the Democratic Party in the 8th AD. Being that Yamada is an elected official in Davis (and a bit of Woodland too, no?), and she’s served on the county’s Board of Supervisors, her name recognition alone should be a huge edge in Davis and Woodland in that primary. She’s probably better known in Winters and Dixon, too. Cabaldon has only represented West Sac, which is significantly smaller in population than Davis and Woodland, and I would guess turns out far fewer primary voters.

    So for Yamada, were she running as the only big time candidate from Davis/Woodland, she would only lose if the voters had some strong reason to dislike her for this job. And as far as I know, there is nothing about her or her positions that is out of step with Davis Democrats.

  54. Rich Rifkin

    “Before Wolk runs against the Republican, Wolk may face a strong primary challenger. We’ll see who that is and how that unfolds.”

    Runs for what? State Senate? If Lois runs for that, I would expect that she would be a favorite.

    My take on the Democratic primary is this: if Mariko Yamada runs, and she has no other significant opponents from Davis or Woodland, she will probably beat Cabaldón (regardless of Cabaldón’s accomplishments or his endorsements). I don’t know enough about Steve Hardy to handicap his prospects, but I suspect that Vacaville does not turn out a lot of Democratic primary voters.

    Davis is center of gravity of the Democratic Party in the 8th AD. Being that Yamada is an elected official in Davis (and a bit of Woodland too, no?), and she’s served on the county’s Board of Supervisors, her name recognition alone should be a huge edge in Davis and Woodland in that primary. She’s probably better known in Winters and Dixon, too. Cabaldon has only represented West Sac, which is significantly smaller in population than Davis and Woodland, and I would guess turns out far fewer primary voters.

    So for Yamada, were she running as the only big time candidate from Davis/Woodland, she would only lose if the voters had some strong reason to dislike her for this job. And as far as I know, there is nothing about her or her positions that is out of step with Davis Democrats.

  55. Rich Rifkin

    “Before Wolk runs against the Republican, Wolk may face a strong primary challenger. We’ll see who that is and how that unfolds.”

    Runs for what? State Senate? If Lois runs for that, I would expect that she would be a favorite.

    My take on the Democratic primary is this: if Mariko Yamada runs, and she has no other significant opponents from Davis or Woodland, she will probably beat Cabaldón (regardless of Cabaldón’s accomplishments or his endorsements). I don’t know enough about Steve Hardy to handicap his prospects, but I suspect that Vacaville does not turn out a lot of Democratic primary voters.

    Davis is center of gravity of the Democratic Party in the 8th AD. Being that Yamada is an elected official in Davis (and a bit of Woodland too, no?), and she’s served on the county’s Board of Supervisors, her name recognition alone should be a huge edge in Davis and Woodland in that primary. She’s probably better known in Winters and Dixon, too. Cabaldon has only represented West Sac, which is significantly smaller in population than Davis and Woodland, and I would guess turns out far fewer primary voters.

    So for Yamada, were she running as the only big time candidate from Davis/Woodland, she would only lose if the voters had some strong reason to dislike her for this job. And as far as I know, there is nothing about her or her positions that is out of step with Davis Democrats.

  56. Rich Rifkin

    “Before Wolk runs against the Republican, Wolk may face a strong primary challenger. We’ll see who that is and how that unfolds.”

    Runs for what? State Senate? If Lois runs for that, I would expect that she would be a favorite.

    My take on the Democratic primary is this: if Mariko Yamada runs, and she has no other significant opponents from Davis or Woodland, she will probably beat Cabaldón (regardless of Cabaldón’s accomplishments or his endorsements). I don’t know enough about Steve Hardy to handicap his prospects, but I suspect that Vacaville does not turn out a lot of Democratic primary voters.

    Davis is center of gravity of the Democratic Party in the 8th AD. Being that Yamada is an elected official in Davis (and a bit of Woodland too, no?), and she’s served on the county’s Board of Supervisors, her name recognition alone should be a huge edge in Davis and Woodland in that primary. She’s probably better known in Winters and Dixon, too. Cabaldon has only represented West Sac, which is significantly smaller in population than Davis and Woodland, and I would guess turns out far fewer primary voters.

    So for Yamada, were she running as the only big time candidate from Davis/Woodland, she would only lose if the voters had some strong reason to dislike her for this job. And as far as I know, there is nothing about her or her positions that is out of step with Davis Democrats.

  57. Patrick

    John Garamendi’s son is floating rumors that he’s going to run against Wolk in the Democratic primary for state senate. He lives in Merced but he would move back into district 5 if he ran. I would go so far as to say if Garamendi, Jr. got in the race that there would be no clear frontrunner.

  58. Patrick

    John Garamendi’s son is floating rumors that he’s going to run against Wolk in the Democratic primary for state senate. He lives in Merced but he would move back into district 5 if he ran. I would go so far as to say if Garamendi, Jr. got in the race that there would be no clear frontrunner.

  59. Patrick

    John Garamendi’s son is floating rumors that he’s going to run against Wolk in the Democratic primary for state senate. He lives in Merced but he would move back into district 5 if he ran. I would go so far as to say if Garamendi, Jr. got in the race that there would be no clear frontrunner.

  60. Patrick

    John Garamendi’s son is floating rumors that he’s going to run against Wolk in the Democratic primary for state senate. He lives in Merced but he would move back into district 5 if he ran. I would go so far as to say if Garamendi, Jr. got in the race that there would be no clear frontrunner.

  61. davisite

    Where was Steve Souza in this picture? Suddenly, he is no longer in lock-step with Saylor, Asmundson and developer special interests…reinventing himself to appear as the Yamada’s political heir? Question? do we hold our city council members politically accountable ,when they run for higher office, for their decisions when they were supposed to be representing us on the Davis city council? This may be the most potent political arrow that the Davis voters have in their quiver.

  62. davisite

    Where was Steve Souza in this picture? Suddenly, he is no longer in lock-step with Saylor, Asmundson and developer special interests…reinventing himself to appear as the Yamada’s political heir? Question? do we hold our city council members politically accountable ,when they run for higher office, for their decisions when they were supposed to be representing us on the Davis city council? This may be the most potent political arrow that the Davis voters have in their quiver.

  63. davisite

    Where was Steve Souza in this picture? Suddenly, he is no longer in lock-step with Saylor, Asmundson and developer special interests…reinventing himself to appear as the Yamada’s political heir? Question? do we hold our city council members politically accountable ,when they run for higher office, for their decisions when they were supposed to be representing us on the Davis city council? This may be the most potent political arrow that the Davis voters have in their quiver.

  64. davisite

    Where was Steve Souza in this picture? Suddenly, he is no longer in lock-step with Saylor, Asmundson and developer special interests…reinventing himself to appear as the Yamada’s political heir? Question? do we hold our city council members politically accountable ,when they run for higher office, for their decisions when they were supposed to be representing us on the Davis city council? This may be the most potent political arrow that the Davis voters have in their quiver.

  65. Doug Paul Davis

    Souza is doing exactly what he should be doing–staying out of a fight that is not his. He has nothing to gain by endorsing Cabaldon or anyone else for that matter.

    Of course we hold people accountable for what they did as councilmember.

  66. Doug Paul Davis

    Souza is doing exactly what he should be doing–staying out of a fight that is not his. He has nothing to gain by endorsing Cabaldon or anyone else for that matter.

    Of course we hold people accountable for what they did as councilmember.

  67. Doug Paul Davis

    Souza is doing exactly what he should be doing–staying out of a fight that is not his. He has nothing to gain by endorsing Cabaldon or anyone else for that matter.

    Of course we hold people accountable for what they did as councilmember.

  68. Doug Paul Davis

    Souza is doing exactly what he should be doing–staying out of a fight that is not his. He has nothing to gain by endorsing Cabaldon or anyone else for that matter.

    Of course we hold people accountable for what they did as councilmember.

  69. davisite

    I don’t know if you have noticed it or not but Steve Souza distanced himself recently from the Saylor/Asmundson team’s assault on Mayor Greenwald when she was pressing for answers from staff on their water treatment/water option narrative. Usually, all three of them pounce on her togehter but not of late.

  70. davisite

    I don’t know if you have noticed it or not but Steve Souza distanced himself recently from the Saylor/Asmundson team’s assault on Mayor Greenwald when she was pressing for answers from staff on their water treatment/water option narrative. Usually, all three of them pounce on her togehter but not of late.

  71. davisite

    I don’t know if you have noticed it or not but Steve Souza distanced himself recently from the Saylor/Asmundson team’s assault on Mayor Greenwald when she was pressing for answers from staff on their water treatment/water option narrative. Usually, all three of them pounce on her togehter but not of late.

  72. davisite

    I don’t know if you have noticed it or not but Steve Souza distanced himself recently from the Saylor/Asmundson team’s assault on Mayor Greenwald when she was pressing for answers from staff on their water treatment/water option narrative. Usually, all three of them pounce on her togehter but not of late.

  73. davisite

    One more thing.. Doug. Having lived in Davis for over 25 yrs. now, my impression has been that Davis voters who have been unhappy with a council representative, often do not withhold their support for higher office.. their explanation? well.. the issues in the higher office are not so intensely local and better someone from Davis than not. This is well-known and factored into the political equation of those whose focus is on their political futures.

  74. davisite

    One more thing.. Doug. Having lived in Davis for over 25 yrs. now, my impression has been that Davis voters who have been unhappy with a council representative, often do not withhold their support for higher office.. their explanation? well.. the issues in the higher office are not so intensely local and better someone from Davis than not. This is well-known and factored into the political equation of those whose focus is on their political futures.

  75. davisite

    One more thing.. Doug. Having lived in Davis for over 25 yrs. now, my impression has been that Davis voters who have been unhappy with a council representative, often do not withhold their support for higher office.. their explanation? well.. the issues in the higher office are not so intensely local and better someone from Davis than not. This is well-known and factored into the political equation of those whose focus is on their political futures.

  76. davisite

    One more thing.. Doug. Having lived in Davis for over 25 yrs. now, my impression has been that Davis voters who have been unhappy with a council representative, often do not withhold their support for higher office.. their explanation? well.. the issues in the higher office are not so intensely local and better someone from Davis than not. This is well-known and factored into the political equation of those whose focus is on their political futures.

  77. 無名 - wu ming

    looking at those pictures, i am struck by the location that cabaldon chose to announce his run at: the davis train station.

    while i suppose that davis is the obvious place to announce in that it’s the single greatest chunk of democratic primary voters in yolo county, you would think that as mayor of west sac that he would have announced it over there.

    and while vacaville (94,000) isn’t a democratic stronghold, fairfield (102,000), suisin city (26,000) and benicia (26,000) are pretty solidly democratic. solano county’s got a fair number of votes, although the turnout isn’t generally as high as yolo county. solano went 62% for lois in ’06.

  78. 無名 - wu ming

    looking at those pictures, i am struck by the location that cabaldon chose to announce his run at: the davis train station.

    while i suppose that davis is the obvious place to announce in that it’s the single greatest chunk of democratic primary voters in yolo county, you would think that as mayor of west sac that he would have announced it over there.

    and while vacaville (94,000) isn’t a democratic stronghold, fairfield (102,000), suisin city (26,000) and benicia (26,000) are pretty solidly democratic. solano county’s got a fair number of votes, although the turnout isn’t generally as high as yolo county. solano went 62% for lois in ’06.

  79. 無名 - wu ming

    looking at those pictures, i am struck by the location that cabaldon chose to announce his run at: the davis train station.

    while i suppose that davis is the obvious place to announce in that it’s the single greatest chunk of democratic primary voters in yolo county, you would think that as mayor of west sac that he would have announced it over there.

    and while vacaville (94,000) isn’t a democratic stronghold, fairfield (102,000), suisin city (26,000) and benicia (26,000) are pretty solidly democratic. solano county’s got a fair number of votes, although the turnout isn’t generally as high as yolo county. solano went 62% for lois in ’06.

  80. 無名 - wu ming

    looking at those pictures, i am struck by the location that cabaldon chose to announce his run at: the davis train station.

    while i suppose that davis is the obvious place to announce in that it’s the single greatest chunk of democratic primary voters in yolo county, you would think that as mayor of west sac that he would have announced it over there.

    and while vacaville (94,000) isn’t a democratic stronghold, fairfield (102,000), suisin city (26,000) and benicia (26,000) are pretty solidly democratic. solano county’s got a fair number of votes, although the turnout isn’t generally as high as yolo county. solano went 62% for lois in ’06.

  81. davisite

    Yamada is still on the fence whether she will take on Cabaldon Coming into her home territory where she has overwhelming support was a message to her- You challenge the powerful developer special interests of the Yolo Democratic machine at your political peril!
    This clear act of political intimidation may raise her hackles enough for her to throw her hat into the ring. Go Yamada!

  82. davisite

    Yamada is still on the fence whether she will take on Cabaldon Coming into her home territory where she has overwhelming support was a message to her- You challenge the powerful developer special interests of the Yolo Democratic machine at your political peril!
    This clear act of political intimidation may raise her hackles enough for her to throw her hat into the ring. Go Yamada!

  83. davisite

    Yamada is still on the fence whether she will take on Cabaldon Coming into her home territory where she has overwhelming support was a message to her- You challenge the powerful developer special interests of the Yolo Democratic machine at your political peril!
    This clear act of political intimidation may raise her hackles enough for her to throw her hat into the ring. Go Yamada!

  84. davisite

    Yamada is still on the fence whether she will take on Cabaldon Coming into her home territory where she has overwhelming support was a message to her- You challenge the powerful developer special interests of the Yolo Democratic machine at your political peril!
    This clear act of political intimidation may raise her hackles enough for her to throw her hat into the ring. Go Yamada!

  85. Anonymous

    We need to rally around Cabaldon. His strength lies in transportation. There are many unfinished projects in this county in which we need his support and strength to ensure their completion.

    If the Dems in Yolo are fragmented then Hardy takes it all. We will then all be up a creek.

  86. Anonymous

    We need to rally around Cabaldon. His strength lies in transportation. There are many unfinished projects in this county in which we need his support and strength to ensure their completion.

    If the Dems in Yolo are fragmented then Hardy takes it all. We will then all be up a creek.

  87. Anonymous

    We need to rally around Cabaldon. His strength lies in transportation. There are many unfinished projects in this county in which we need his support and strength to ensure their completion.

    If the Dems in Yolo are fragmented then Hardy takes it all. We will then all be up a creek.

  88. Anonymous

    We need to rally around Cabaldon. His strength lies in transportation. There are many unfinished projects in this county in which we need his support and strength to ensure their completion.

    If the Dems in Yolo are fragmented then Hardy takes it all. We will then all be up a creek.

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