Charlie Brown and Other Key Electeds Highlight the Yolo County Democratic Bean Feed

Last night, was the 31st Annual Democratic Bean Feed at the Davis Veteran’s Memorial building. Just over 100 people gathered at this annual event that serves as a prime fundraiser for the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee. The audience included a large number of Democratic elected officials as well as a number of candidates for political office for November as well as for 2008.

The event also featured four main speakers. It was Christopher Cabaldon who noted the relatively small number of attendees this year as compared to previous bean feeds.

“I know we need a rah-rah speech but first I have to tell you, we’ve got to do better. We have a very important election coming up, not just the one in both of our cities in West Sacramento and Davis and elsewhere in the county, but next November is critical and we have to do better than we did tonight. I’ve been on the central committee now for almost 15 years and if we don’t turn out to vote more people next November than we brought to the bean feed tonight, we are not going to win back the White House and we are not going to win the most contested senate race in all of California.”

The highlight of the evening came from a guest to Yolo County, but certainly one of its adopted sons, Charlie Brown who will be waging a fierce battle in the foothills as he attempts to unseat incumbent and embattled Congressman John Doolittle. Charlie Brown, a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and then remarked:

“I thank you for letting me lead the Pledge of Allegiance and I would like everyone, when you say the Pledge of Allegiance, to stop and think about what it means to you. You get too used to saying these things by rote, but I view this as when I, 35 years ago, became an Air Force Officer and I took my oath of office to support and defend the constitution of the United States, and when we say the Pledge of Allegiance — I Pledge Allegiance to the flag and to the republic for which it stands — it is everything this country stands for and that is liberty and justice for all. It is not to a political party, it is not to special interest groups, it is not to large donors, but it is for everything this country stands for. Now the trick here is to get people to think about that because when they think, they are going to realize it is the Democrats who upholding those values.”

County Supervisor Mariko Yamada who is running for the 8th Assembly District offered this moment as a call to action for local Democrats.

“This is the annual call to action for all good Democrats, as was mentioned earlier, we may not always agree, we may not always exactly come to the same point of view, or support the same candidates, but in the end we are all Democrats and we all know what we stand for, and we all know what is the left thing to do in our country not the right thing to do…”

State Assemblywoman Lois Wolk will soon be facing a tough battle for the State Senate against Republican Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian.

“My opponent will likely be Greg Aghazarian from Stockton. [Crowd boos loudly]. And you don’t even know him yet. But I’ll just give you a hint, virtually every single piece of legislation for which I’ve been recognized statewide–mandated reporting of elder financial abuse by banks and by financial institutions, the wild and scenic river designation of Cache Creek, the flood protection of our region, he’s voted against all of those things and plenty of others. So I’m looking forward to the race, I know you’ll all be there, it’s going to be a great November I can feel it.”

But again it was West Sacramento Mayor and candidate for the 8th Assembly District Christopher Cabaldon who really embodied the call to action as he juxtaposed his success as Mayor of West Sacramento against the realities of the limitations of his lifestyle and sexual orientation in this country.

“I know many of us feel it here, but we may be leading comfortable lives in prosperous communities, doing very well, but we know something is fundamentally wrong with our country and with our state and we know we should be doing something about it. Maybe we just become numb, all of the lies about the war and weapons of mass destruction, or clear skies, or arsenic’s not so bad in the water supply really, the patriot act… And time after time after time, I think Americans and so many of us in our own communities become numb to what this whole Republican arrogance has done to our nation and to our society and to our government. To our expectations about what democracy and justice are all about.

I certainly feel it every day, I have an opportunity to lead an exciting city, and during the daytime I make decisions about what happens to our police department, but in this country I don’t get the opportunity when I go home after figuring out what we do with the police force of the city and marry the person that I love. And when I get up the next day, and try to figure out whether or not we need save levee breach number 8 or levee breach number 9 in West Sacramento first, those are the kind of decisions that I’m charged with in our community, fundamental issues of public safety, but if I go to the Davis Blood Bank tomorrow to offer to donate blood to save someone, I will be turned away. And anyone like me will be turned away for the rest of our lives. So the paradox of what it means to be in this country, to be successful, to have some amount of power and prosperity and yet to know that there is something still fundamentally wrong with who we are as a nation and who we are as a society is compelling, it’s powerful. For me it’s what motivates the work that I do in public service. It’s why no matter how dynamic and exciting my little town gets to me, I know that the challenges that we’re facing in California and across this country that we step up and that we get serious about what’s facing us.”

The Yolo County Democratic Bean Feed has been a hallmark event for a number of years. It serves as a rallying point for the local Democratic leadership as well as a key fundraiser for the party to engage in critical activities. There are key races facing this community and this nation. We all know about Measure P and Measure Q which will help to fund libraries in Davis as well as the schools. West Sacramento has a critical bond measure for its schools as well, funding nearly $60 million, it will be critical for that school district to obtain those funds as well as Davis to be able to sustain the high level of services that this community is accustomed to. But the two-thirds threshold is very high and it will require mobilization and coordination to pull that off.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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96 Comments

  1. tansey thomas

    Many people are talking about the decline of the Yolo County Central Committee. It is being strangled by petty politics. It was not that way when Bill Ritter ran the Central Committee. He built it up from nothing and then it started dedlining when he left. Chris knows that.

  2. tansey thomas

    Many people are talking about the decline of the Yolo County Central Committee. It is being strangled by petty politics. It was not that way when Bill Ritter ran the Central Committee. He built it up from nothing and then it started dedlining when he left. Chris knows that.

  3. tansey thomas

    Many people are talking about the decline of the Yolo County Central Committee. It is being strangled by petty politics. It was not that way when Bill Ritter ran the Central Committee. He built it up from nothing and then it started dedlining when he left. Chris knows that.

  4. tansey thomas

    Many people are talking about the decline of the Yolo County Central Committee. It is being strangled by petty politics. It was not that way when Bill Ritter ran the Central Committee. He built it up from nothing and then it started dedlining when he left. Chris knows that.

  5. Anonymous

    “…fundraiser for the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee.”

    “Central Committee”?..In political history jargon, this title conjures up something other than an open, democratic system with voter power..a tragically apt name for this organization as it exists today.

  6. Anonymous

    “…fundraiser for the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee.”

    “Central Committee”?..In political history jargon, this title conjures up something other than an open, democratic system with voter power..a tragically apt name for this organization as it exists today.

  7. Anonymous

    “…fundraiser for the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee.”

    “Central Committee”?..In political history jargon, this title conjures up something other than an open, democratic system with voter power..a tragically apt name for this organization as it exists today.

  8. Anonymous

    “…fundraiser for the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee.”

    “Central Committee”?..In political history jargon, this title conjures up something other than an open, democratic system with voter power..a tragically apt name for this organization as it exists today.

  9. Anonymous

    ” but if I go to the Davis Blood Bank tomorrow to offer to donate blood to save someone, I will be turned away.”

    I think that Cabaldon misses the point here concerning the increased risk of HIV blood contamination among homosexual donors, even if they test negative(undetectable for the first 6 months following infection). Ironically, it is not terribly unlike the principle of his Gang Injunction,ie that society can take steps to protect itself from a significantly increased risk
    when it decides that there are “markers” to identify the danger.

  10. Anonymous

    ” but if I go to the Davis Blood Bank tomorrow to offer to donate blood to save someone, I will be turned away.”

    I think that Cabaldon misses the point here concerning the increased risk of HIV blood contamination among homosexual donors, even if they test negative(undetectable for the first 6 months following infection). Ironically, it is not terribly unlike the principle of his Gang Injunction,ie that society can take steps to protect itself from a significantly increased risk
    when it decides that there are “markers” to identify the danger.

  11. Anonymous

    ” but if I go to the Davis Blood Bank tomorrow to offer to donate blood to save someone, I will be turned away.”

    I think that Cabaldon misses the point here concerning the increased risk of HIV blood contamination among homosexual donors, even if they test negative(undetectable for the first 6 months following infection). Ironically, it is not terribly unlike the principle of his Gang Injunction,ie that society can take steps to protect itself from a significantly increased risk
    when it decides that there are “markers” to identify the danger.

  12. Anonymous

    ” but if I go to the Davis Blood Bank tomorrow to offer to donate blood to save someone, I will be turned away.”

    I think that Cabaldon misses the point here concerning the increased risk of HIV blood contamination among homosexual donors, even if they test negative(undetectable for the first 6 months following infection). Ironically, it is not terribly unlike the principle of his Gang Injunction,ie that society can take steps to protect itself from a significantly increased risk
    when it decides that there are “markers” to identify the danger.

  13. Anonymous

    The irony is that Andrew Ramos was installed as chair to facilitate the election of Cabaldon to the assembly over Yamada. But Cabaldon essentially in a polite way called Ramos out last night (as he rightly should have).

  14. Anonymous

    The irony is that Andrew Ramos was installed as chair to facilitate the election of Cabaldon to the assembly over Yamada. But Cabaldon essentially in a polite way called Ramos out last night (as he rightly should have).

  15. Anonymous

    The irony is that Andrew Ramos was installed as chair to facilitate the election of Cabaldon to the assembly over Yamada. But Cabaldon essentially in a polite way called Ramos out last night (as he rightly should have).

  16. Anonymous

    The irony is that Andrew Ramos was installed as chair to facilitate the election of Cabaldon to the assembly over Yamada. But Cabaldon essentially in a polite way called Ramos out last night (as he rightly should have).

  17. Anonymous

    “If you are a monogamous gay person, you have no more risk than if you are a monogamous straight person.”

    True, but not really relevant to the discussion. Both the Gang Injunction and homosexual blood donation ban are not looking at individuals but a GROUP. In both cases, the individual’s declaration that they are not engaged in activities that pose a societal risk are not given weight. Even more to the point regarding the blood donation ban, society does police and document criminal activity but, quite rightly, does not police our bedrooms.

  18. Anonymous

    “If you are a monogamous gay person, you have no more risk than if you are a monogamous straight person.”

    True, but not really relevant to the discussion. Both the Gang Injunction and homosexual blood donation ban are not looking at individuals but a GROUP. In both cases, the individual’s declaration that they are not engaged in activities that pose a societal risk are not given weight. Even more to the point regarding the blood donation ban, society does police and document criminal activity but, quite rightly, does not police our bedrooms.

  19. Anonymous

    “If you are a monogamous gay person, you have no more risk than if you are a monogamous straight person.”

    True, but not really relevant to the discussion. Both the Gang Injunction and homosexual blood donation ban are not looking at individuals but a GROUP. In both cases, the individual’s declaration that they are not engaged in activities that pose a societal risk are not given weight. Even more to the point regarding the blood donation ban, society does police and document criminal activity but, quite rightly, does not police our bedrooms.

  20. Anonymous

    “If you are a monogamous gay person, you have no more risk than if you are a monogamous straight person.”

    True, but not really relevant to the discussion. Both the Gang Injunction and homosexual blood donation ban are not looking at individuals but a GROUP. In both cases, the individual’s declaration that they are not engaged in activities that pose a societal risk are not given weight. Even more to the point regarding the blood donation ban, society does police and document criminal activity but, quite rightly, does not police our bedrooms.

  21. 無名 - wu ming

    if they are interested in getting more people at the bean feed, perhaps lowering the cost of admission might do the trick. i understand that its function is primarily as a fundraiser, but i suspect that there are more than a few who would show up to hear speeches at a lower cost.

  22. 無名 - wu ming

    if they are interested in getting more people at the bean feed, perhaps lowering the cost of admission might do the trick. i understand that its function is primarily as a fundraiser, but i suspect that there are more than a few who would show up to hear speeches at a lower cost.

  23. 無名 - wu ming

    if they are interested in getting more people at the bean feed, perhaps lowering the cost of admission might do the trick. i understand that its function is primarily as a fundraiser, but i suspect that there are more than a few who would show up to hear speeches at a lower cost.

  24. 無名 - wu ming

    if they are interested in getting more people at the bean feed, perhaps lowering the cost of admission might do the trick. i understand that its function is primarily as a fundraiser, but i suspect that there are more than a few who would show up to hear speeches at a lower cost.

  25. Anonymous

    Same cost as previous years and there were 400 people back then, you could not get into the place, literally, you had to wait for people to leave. That does not explain the drop off, what explains the drop off was the utter failure to properly publicize it. Finally, how is it possible that none of Woodland’s three Democratic city councilmen showed up–zero. The event was 90 percent Davis, 10 percent West Sac. That’s very different from how it’s been in the past. And that has nothing to do with cost.

  26. Anonymous

    Same cost as previous years and there were 400 people back then, you could not get into the place, literally, you had to wait for people to leave. That does not explain the drop off, what explains the drop off was the utter failure to properly publicize it. Finally, how is it possible that none of Woodland’s three Democratic city councilmen showed up–zero. The event was 90 percent Davis, 10 percent West Sac. That’s very different from how it’s been in the past. And that has nothing to do with cost.

  27. Anonymous

    Same cost as previous years and there were 400 people back then, you could not get into the place, literally, you had to wait for people to leave. That does not explain the drop off, what explains the drop off was the utter failure to properly publicize it. Finally, how is it possible that none of Woodland’s three Democratic city councilmen showed up–zero. The event was 90 percent Davis, 10 percent West Sac. That’s very different from how it’s been in the past. And that has nothing to do with cost.

  28. Anonymous

    Same cost as previous years and there were 400 people back then, you could not get into the place, literally, you had to wait for people to leave. That does not explain the drop off, what explains the drop off was the utter failure to properly publicize it. Finally, how is it possible that none of Woodland’s three Democratic city councilmen showed up–zero. The event was 90 percent Davis, 10 percent West Sac. That’s very different from how it’s been in the past. And that has nothing to do with cost.

  29. What are you talking about?!

    anonymous 9:52 said “Ironically, it is not terribly unlike the principle of his Gang Injunction,ie that society can take steps to protect itself from a significantly increased risk”

    Yeah, there is a great connection between a person who can’t give blood because he’s gay and the West Sac gang injunction. Blood is like the gangmembers with criminal records that have to go through multiple levels of scrutiny before action can be taken against them. And I guess the blood collectors are like the police.

    No gets the correlation and the metaphor of blood giving and gang injunction.

    Buddy, if you want to talk about the gang injunction and ring it around Cabaldon’s neck, do it when the issue will inevitably get brought up on its own. Try not to obviously force it out of left field.

  30. What are you talking about?!

    anonymous 9:52 said “Ironically, it is not terribly unlike the principle of his Gang Injunction,ie that society can take steps to protect itself from a significantly increased risk”

    Yeah, there is a great connection between a person who can’t give blood because he’s gay and the West Sac gang injunction. Blood is like the gangmembers with criminal records that have to go through multiple levels of scrutiny before action can be taken against them. And I guess the blood collectors are like the police.

    No gets the correlation and the metaphor of blood giving and gang injunction.

    Buddy, if you want to talk about the gang injunction and ring it around Cabaldon’s neck, do it when the issue will inevitably get brought up on its own. Try not to obviously force it out of left field.

  31. What are you talking about?!

    anonymous 9:52 said “Ironically, it is not terribly unlike the principle of his Gang Injunction,ie that society can take steps to protect itself from a significantly increased risk”

    Yeah, there is a great connection between a person who can’t give blood because he’s gay and the West Sac gang injunction. Blood is like the gangmembers with criminal records that have to go through multiple levels of scrutiny before action can be taken against them. And I guess the blood collectors are like the police.

    No gets the correlation and the metaphor of blood giving and gang injunction.

    Buddy, if you want to talk about the gang injunction and ring it around Cabaldon’s neck, do it when the issue will inevitably get brought up on its own. Try not to obviously force it out of left field.

  32. What are you talking about?!

    anonymous 9:52 said “Ironically, it is not terribly unlike the principle of his Gang Injunction,ie that society can take steps to protect itself from a significantly increased risk”

    Yeah, there is a great connection between a person who can’t give blood because he’s gay and the West Sac gang injunction. Blood is like the gangmembers with criminal records that have to go through multiple levels of scrutiny before action can be taken against them. And I guess the blood collectors are like the police.

    No gets the correlation and the metaphor of blood giving and gang injunction.

    Buddy, if you want to talk about the gang injunction and ring it around Cabaldon’s neck, do it when the issue will inevitably get brought up on its own. Try not to obviously force it out of left field.

  33. Anonymous

    What are you talking about said:
    No gets the correlation and the metaphor of blood giving and gang injunction.

    Analogy,I believe, not metaphor
    It sounds like you just didn’t get the ironic point that I was making about Cabaldon’s Gang Injuction and him railing against society placing (blood donation) prohibitions on a sub-group to protect(risk of HIV blood donor contamination) society-at-large. Leave out the above parenthetical parts and you have the Gang Injunction argument.

  34. Anonymous

    What are you talking about said:
    No gets the correlation and the metaphor of blood giving and gang injunction.

    Analogy,I believe, not metaphor
    It sounds like you just didn’t get the ironic point that I was making about Cabaldon’s Gang Injuction and him railing against society placing (blood donation) prohibitions on a sub-group to protect(risk of HIV blood donor contamination) society-at-large. Leave out the above parenthetical parts and you have the Gang Injunction argument.

  35. Anonymous

    What are you talking about said:
    No gets the correlation and the metaphor of blood giving and gang injunction.

    Analogy,I believe, not metaphor
    It sounds like you just didn’t get the ironic point that I was making about Cabaldon’s Gang Injuction and him railing against society placing (blood donation) prohibitions on a sub-group to protect(risk of HIV blood donor contamination) society-at-large. Leave out the above parenthetical parts and you have the Gang Injunction argument.

  36. Anonymous

    What are you talking about said:
    No gets the correlation and the metaphor of blood giving and gang injunction.

    Analogy,I believe, not metaphor
    It sounds like you just didn’t get the ironic point that I was making about Cabaldon’s Gang Injuction and him railing against society placing (blood donation) prohibitions on a sub-group to protect(risk of HIV blood donor contamination) society-at-large. Leave out the above parenthetical parts and you have the Gang Injunction argument.

  37. Anonymous

    I was saddened to see all these Dems fighting for nominations or nonpartisan seats when we are going to have a very expensive fight to hold onto Machado’s seat. The guy Wolk is running against has already raised hundreds of thousands more than Lois. This is a big deal as we saw this year where the budget got held up waiting for one more republican vote. Last time millions were spent on that seat. Every penny the Dems spend against each other is money that won’t go to fighting the republicans for the state senate or the presidency.

    Ron Glick

  38. Anonymous

    I was saddened to see all these Dems fighting for nominations or nonpartisan seats when we are going to have a very expensive fight to hold onto Machado’s seat. The guy Wolk is running against has already raised hundreds of thousands more than Lois. This is a big deal as we saw this year where the budget got held up waiting for one more republican vote. Last time millions were spent on that seat. Every penny the Dems spend against each other is money that won’t go to fighting the republicans for the state senate or the presidency.

    Ron Glick

  39. Anonymous

    I was saddened to see all these Dems fighting for nominations or nonpartisan seats when we are going to have a very expensive fight to hold onto Machado’s seat. The guy Wolk is running against has already raised hundreds of thousands more than Lois. This is a big deal as we saw this year where the budget got held up waiting for one more republican vote. Last time millions were spent on that seat. Every penny the Dems spend against each other is money that won’t go to fighting the republicans for the state senate or the presidency.

    Ron Glick

  40. Anonymous

    I was saddened to see all these Dems fighting for nominations or nonpartisan seats when we are going to have a very expensive fight to hold onto Machado’s seat. The guy Wolk is running against has already raised hundreds of thousands more than Lois. This is a big deal as we saw this year where the budget got held up waiting for one more republican vote. Last time millions were spent on that seat. Every penny the Dems spend against each other is money that won’t go to fighting the republicans for the state senate or the presidency.

    Ron Glick

  41. long time Dem

    I am not at all surprised by the low attendance at the fundraiser. The Democrats have not distinguished themselves from the Bush administration sufficiently at the National level for folks to get behind them with any enthusiasm. You’ve got Hillary, the Democratic frontruner, calling on the US to attack Iran! During the last election voters turned out in droves to vote for Democrats to end the nightmare in Iraq and they haven’t accomplished what their constituents voted them in for. The if the Dems can’t connect the dots, then they will become increasingly obsolete.

  42. long time Dem

    I am not at all surprised by the low attendance at the fundraiser. The Democrats have not distinguished themselves from the Bush administration sufficiently at the National level for folks to get behind them with any enthusiasm. You’ve got Hillary, the Democratic frontruner, calling on the US to attack Iran! During the last election voters turned out in droves to vote for Democrats to end the nightmare in Iraq and they haven’t accomplished what their constituents voted them in for. The if the Dems can’t connect the dots, then they will become increasingly obsolete.

  43. long time Dem

    I am not at all surprised by the low attendance at the fundraiser. The Democrats have not distinguished themselves from the Bush administration sufficiently at the National level for folks to get behind them with any enthusiasm. You’ve got Hillary, the Democratic frontruner, calling on the US to attack Iran! During the last election voters turned out in droves to vote for Democrats to end the nightmare in Iraq and they haven’t accomplished what their constituents voted them in for. The if the Dems can’t connect the dots, then they will become increasingly obsolete.

  44. long time Dem

    I am not at all surprised by the low attendance at the fundraiser. The Democrats have not distinguished themselves from the Bush administration sufficiently at the National level for folks to get behind them with any enthusiasm. You’ve got Hillary, the Democratic frontruner, calling on the US to attack Iran! During the last election voters turned out in droves to vote for Democrats to end the nightmare in Iraq and they haven’t accomplished what their constituents voted them in for. The if the Dems can’t connect the dots, then they will become increasingly obsolete.

  45. Anonymous

    Ron –

    You have Jim Provenza running against John Ferrera for the County Supervisor seat. Which one are personally going to ask not to run in the interest preserving money so that Lois Wolk can retain Mike Machado’s State Senate seat?

  46. Anonymous

    Ron –

    You have Jim Provenza running against John Ferrera for the County Supervisor seat. Which one are personally going to ask not to run in the interest preserving money so that Lois Wolk can retain Mike Machado’s State Senate seat?

  47. Anonymous

    Ron –

    You have Jim Provenza running against John Ferrera for the County Supervisor seat. Which one are personally going to ask not to run in the interest preserving money so that Lois Wolk can retain Mike Machado’s State Senate seat?

  48. Anonymous

    Ron –

    You have Jim Provenza running against John Ferrera for the County Supervisor seat. Which one are personally going to ask not to run in the interest preserving money so that Lois Wolk can retain Mike Machado’s State Senate seat?

  49. Anonymous

    That’s for them to work out. We also have two good candidates running for the assembly.

    It is interesting that you mention the Supervisor race since both candidates have day jobs at the state capitol so I would think they understand exactly what I am talking about.

    It seems that the differences between the candidates in both these races are not that great, that the people they will represent will be well served by any of the dems running. The infighting or ego involved in making them intraparty races is detrimental to the party regionally. I am just worried about that senate seat being lost. One seat in the senate can be a huge deal. The dems need to save their money for where its needed.

    Ron

  50. Anonymous

    That’s for them to work out. We also have two good candidates running for the assembly.

    It is interesting that you mention the Supervisor race since both candidates have day jobs at the state capitol so I would think they understand exactly what I am talking about.

    It seems that the differences between the candidates in both these races are not that great, that the people they will represent will be well served by any of the dems running. The infighting or ego involved in making them intraparty races is detrimental to the party regionally. I am just worried about that senate seat being lost. One seat in the senate can be a huge deal. The dems need to save their money for where its needed.

    Ron

  51. Anonymous

    That’s for them to work out. We also have two good candidates running for the assembly.

    It is interesting that you mention the Supervisor race since both candidates have day jobs at the state capitol so I would think they understand exactly what I am talking about.

    It seems that the differences between the candidates in both these races are not that great, that the people they will represent will be well served by any of the dems running. The infighting or ego involved in making them intraparty races is detrimental to the party regionally. I am just worried about that senate seat being lost. One seat in the senate can be a huge deal. The dems need to save their money for where its needed.

    Ron

  52. Anonymous

    That’s for them to work out. We also have two good candidates running for the assembly.

    It is interesting that you mention the Supervisor race since both candidates have day jobs at the state capitol so I would think they understand exactly what I am talking about.

    It seems that the differences between the candidates in both these races are not that great, that the people they will represent will be well served by any of the dems running. The infighting or ego involved in making them intraparty races is detrimental to the party regionally. I am just worried about that senate seat being lost. One seat in the senate can be a huge deal. The dems need to save their money for where its needed.

    Ron

  53. Anonymous

    Considering West Sacramento’s Dem Club folded, isn’t it a bit hypocritical of Cabaldon to single out the Central Committee? Maybe if he actually cared about forwarding Democratic ideals and empowering people other than LARGE political donors he’d have a right to point fingers.

  54. Anonymous

    Considering West Sacramento’s Dem Club folded, isn’t it a bit hypocritical of Cabaldon to single out the Central Committee? Maybe if he actually cared about forwarding Democratic ideals and empowering people other than LARGE political donors he’d have a right to point fingers.

  55. Anonymous

    Considering West Sacramento’s Dem Club folded, isn’t it a bit hypocritical of Cabaldon to single out the Central Committee? Maybe if he actually cared about forwarding Democratic ideals and empowering people other than LARGE political donors he’d have a right to point fingers.

  56. Anonymous

    Considering West Sacramento’s Dem Club folded, isn’t it a bit hypocritical of Cabaldon to single out the Central Committee? Maybe if he actually cared about forwarding Democratic ideals and empowering people other than LARGE political donors he’d have a right to point fingers.

  57. Anonymous

    From what I heard from a good source was that Cabldons talk was a pretty horrible speech that angered everyone in the room and not the inspirational gift from god speech that the blogger is posting about. I heard that he was specifically pointing out Andrew Ramos because he refused to give in to the Yolo Political Machine and endorse Cabldon publically and the only reason why Doug Paul Davis change his tune about Cabldon is because he’s probably on Cabldon’s payrole. Cabldon is a borderline Reep who should be running in the Republican primary. Come election day in February people will choose the real Democrat on the ballot for this race.

  58. Anonymous

    From what I heard from a good source was that Cabldons talk was a pretty horrible speech that angered everyone in the room and not the inspirational gift from god speech that the blogger is posting about. I heard that he was specifically pointing out Andrew Ramos because he refused to give in to the Yolo Political Machine and endorse Cabldon publically and the only reason why Doug Paul Davis change his tune about Cabldon is because he’s probably on Cabldon’s payrole. Cabldon is a borderline Reep who should be running in the Republican primary. Come election day in February people will choose the real Democrat on the ballot for this race.

  59. Anonymous

    From what I heard from a good source was that Cabldons talk was a pretty horrible speech that angered everyone in the room and not the inspirational gift from god speech that the blogger is posting about. I heard that he was specifically pointing out Andrew Ramos because he refused to give in to the Yolo Political Machine and endorse Cabldon publically and the only reason why Doug Paul Davis change his tune about Cabldon is because he’s probably on Cabldon’s payrole. Cabldon is a borderline Reep who should be running in the Republican primary. Come election day in February people will choose the real Democrat on the ballot for this race.

  60. Anonymous

    From what I heard from a good source was that Cabldons talk was a pretty horrible speech that angered everyone in the room and not the inspirational gift from god speech that the blogger is posting about. I heard that he was specifically pointing out Andrew Ramos because he refused to give in to the Yolo Political Machine and endorse Cabldon publically and the only reason why Doug Paul Davis change his tune about Cabldon is because he’s probably on Cabldon’s payrole. Cabldon is a borderline Reep who should be running in the Republican primary. Come election day in February people will choose the real Democrat on the ballot for this race.

  61. Anonymous

    “the only reason why Doug Paul Davis change his tune about Cabldon is because he’s probably on Cabldon’s payrole.”

    I heard he was funneling DPD money in a potatoe.

  62. Anonymous

    “the only reason why Doug Paul Davis change his tune about Cabldon is because he’s probably on Cabldon’s payrole.”

    I heard he was funneling DPD money in a potatoe.

  63. Anonymous

    “the only reason why Doug Paul Davis change his tune about Cabldon is because he’s probably on Cabldon’s payrole.”

    I heard he was funneling DPD money in a potatoe.

  64. Anonymous

    “the only reason why Doug Paul Davis change his tune about Cabldon is because he’s probably on Cabldon’s payrole.”

    I heard he was funneling DPD money in a potatoe.

  65. Anonymous

    Funny that Marikonauts are talking about HIV again. It’s like some LaRouche elements have invaded Davis politics and are drumming up the old 90s scare tactics about gays and AIDS.

    As for the blood donor issue, I do think it is totally insane that the FDA has effectively banned gay men from donating blood, even if they are in a risk-free environment. (see exclusions below)

    A sexually active heterosexual has an infinitely higher chance of contracting HIV than a gay man in a monogamous relationship with another non-HIV positive man.

    This isn’t about health – this exclusion is about politics.

    From the FDA:


    Those who may be deferred include:

    * Anyone who has ever used intravenous drugs (illegal IV drugs)

    * Men who have had sexual contact with other men since 1977

    * Anyone who has ever received clotting factor concentrates

    * Anyone with a positive test for HIV (AIDS virus)

    * Men and women who have engaged in sex for money or drugs since 1977

    * Anyone who has had hepatitis since his or her eleventh birthday

    * Anyone who has had babesiosis or Chagas disease

    * Anyone who has taken Tegison for psoriasis

    * Anyone who has risk factors for Crueutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) or who has an immediate family member with CJD

    * Anyone who has risk factors for variant CJD

    * Anyone who spent three months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980 through 1996

    * Anyone who has spent five years in Europe from 1980 to the present.

  66. Anonymous

    Funny that Marikonauts are talking about HIV again. It’s like some LaRouche elements have invaded Davis politics and are drumming up the old 90s scare tactics about gays and AIDS.

    As for the blood donor issue, I do think it is totally insane that the FDA has effectively banned gay men from donating blood, even if they are in a risk-free environment. (see exclusions below)

    A sexually active heterosexual has an infinitely higher chance of contracting HIV than a gay man in a monogamous relationship with another non-HIV positive man.

    This isn’t about health – this exclusion is about politics.

    From the FDA:


    Those who may be deferred include:

    * Anyone who has ever used intravenous drugs (illegal IV drugs)

    * Men who have had sexual contact with other men since 1977

    * Anyone who has ever received clotting factor concentrates

    * Anyone with a positive test for HIV (AIDS virus)

    * Men and women who have engaged in sex for money or drugs since 1977

    * Anyone who has had hepatitis since his or her eleventh birthday

    * Anyone who has had babesiosis or Chagas disease

    * Anyone who has taken Tegison for psoriasis

    * Anyone who has risk factors for Crueutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) or who has an immediate family member with CJD

    * Anyone who has risk factors for variant CJD

    * Anyone who spent three months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980 through 1996

    * Anyone who has spent five years in Europe from 1980 to the present.

  67. Anonymous

    Funny that Marikonauts are talking about HIV again. It’s like some LaRouche elements have invaded Davis politics and are drumming up the old 90s scare tactics about gays and AIDS.

    As for the blood donor issue, I do think it is totally insane that the FDA has effectively banned gay men from donating blood, even if they are in a risk-free environment. (see exclusions below)

    A sexually active heterosexual has an infinitely higher chance of contracting HIV than a gay man in a monogamous relationship with another non-HIV positive man.

    This isn’t about health – this exclusion is about politics.

    From the FDA:


    Those who may be deferred include:

    * Anyone who has ever used intravenous drugs (illegal IV drugs)

    * Men who have had sexual contact with other men since 1977

    * Anyone who has ever received clotting factor concentrates

    * Anyone with a positive test for HIV (AIDS virus)

    * Men and women who have engaged in sex for money or drugs since 1977

    * Anyone who has had hepatitis since his or her eleventh birthday

    * Anyone who has had babesiosis or Chagas disease

    * Anyone who has taken Tegison for psoriasis

    * Anyone who has risk factors for Crueutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) or who has an immediate family member with CJD

    * Anyone who has risk factors for variant CJD

    * Anyone who spent three months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980 through 1996

    * Anyone who has spent five years in Europe from 1980 to the present.

  68. Anonymous

    Funny that Marikonauts are talking about HIV again. It’s like some LaRouche elements have invaded Davis politics and are drumming up the old 90s scare tactics about gays and AIDS.

    As for the blood donor issue, I do think it is totally insane that the FDA has effectively banned gay men from donating blood, even if they are in a risk-free environment. (see exclusions below)

    A sexually active heterosexual has an infinitely higher chance of contracting HIV than a gay man in a monogamous relationship with another non-HIV positive man.

    This isn’t about health – this exclusion is about politics.

    From the FDA:


    Those who may be deferred include:

    * Anyone who has ever used intravenous drugs (illegal IV drugs)

    * Men who have had sexual contact with other men since 1977

    * Anyone who has ever received clotting factor concentrates

    * Anyone with a positive test for HIV (AIDS virus)

    * Men and women who have engaged in sex for money or drugs since 1977

    * Anyone who has had hepatitis since his or her eleventh birthday

    * Anyone who has had babesiosis or Chagas disease

    * Anyone who has taken Tegison for psoriasis

    * Anyone who has risk factors for Crueutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) or who has an immediate family member with CJD

    * Anyone who has risk factors for variant CJD

    * Anyone who spent three months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980 through 1996

    * Anyone who has spent five years in Europe from 1980 to the present.

  69. Anonymous

    Cabldon is actually Cabaldon, payrole is payroll, and potatoe is potato. Some spelling errors are of little significance, but if you are going to blast someone, at least spell their name correctly.

  70. Anonymous

    Cabldon is actually Cabaldon, payrole is payroll, and potatoe is potato. Some spelling errors are of little significance, but if you are going to blast someone, at least spell their name correctly.

  71. Anonymous

    Cabldon is actually Cabaldon, payrole is payroll, and potatoe is potato. Some spelling errors are of little significance, but if you are going to blast someone, at least spell their name correctly.

  72. Anonymous

    Cabldon is actually Cabaldon, payrole is payroll, and potatoe is potato. Some spelling errors are of little significance, but if you are going to blast someone, at least spell their name correctly.

  73. Richard

    Ron’s a smart guy when it comes to party politics, but I honestly don’t know what he’s talking about.

    There has always been competition between politicians as they try to move up the ladder, unless the financial contributors and elite figures within the party can dicate who goes where.

    And, even an outsider like me can figure out that there are some pretty significant differences between the candidates in some of these races, the Fereira and Provenza one, especially.

    Anyway, it’s like complaining about the heat in the summer, or the fog in the winter. As for the Presidential campaign, if the last debate in any indication, money is going to be the least of their problems.

    –Richard Estes

  74. Richard

    Ron’s a smart guy when it comes to party politics, but I honestly don’t know what he’s talking about.

    There has always been competition between politicians as they try to move up the ladder, unless the financial contributors and elite figures within the party can dicate who goes where.

    And, even an outsider like me can figure out that there are some pretty significant differences between the candidates in some of these races, the Fereira and Provenza one, especially.

    Anyway, it’s like complaining about the heat in the summer, or the fog in the winter. As for the Presidential campaign, if the last debate in any indication, money is going to be the least of their problems.

    –Richard Estes

  75. Richard

    Ron’s a smart guy when it comes to party politics, but I honestly don’t know what he’s talking about.

    There has always been competition between politicians as they try to move up the ladder, unless the financial contributors and elite figures within the party can dicate who goes where.

    And, even an outsider like me can figure out that there are some pretty significant differences between the candidates in some of these races, the Fereira and Provenza one, especially.

    Anyway, it’s like complaining about the heat in the summer, or the fog in the winter. As for the Presidential campaign, if the last debate in any indication, money is going to be the least of their problems.

    –Richard Estes

  76. Richard

    Ron’s a smart guy when it comes to party politics, but I honestly don’t know what he’s talking about.

    There has always been competition between politicians as they try to move up the ladder, unless the financial contributors and elite figures within the party can dicate who goes where.

    And, even an outsider like me can figure out that there are some pretty significant differences between the candidates in some of these races, the Fereira and Provenza one, especially.

    Anyway, it’s like complaining about the heat in the summer, or the fog in the winter. As for the Presidential campaign, if the last debate in any indication, money is going to be the least of their problems.

    –Richard Estes

  77. Anonymous

    Richard can you spell out the differences you see that are so significant in the supervisor race that make a compelling case for spending the 100,000’s this race is going to cost? Maybe there is a reason that some dems want to run Fereira against Provenza but I think they are wrong to do so.

    Actually, both of these guys will be moving down if they win unless they keep their day jobs. My guess is that whoever wins will run for assembly in six years unless term limits get changed. When that happens the loser will work for the winner as counsel or chief of staff unless there is too much bad blood after this election.

    As for the presidency, unless Bill Richardson wins, you may be right. Who wants to vote for four more years of war? It will be a really bitter pill to swallow when if we pull the lever for Hillery or Biden.

  78. Anonymous

    Richard can you spell out the differences you see that are so significant in the supervisor race that make a compelling case for spending the 100,000’s this race is going to cost? Maybe there is a reason that some dems want to run Fereira against Provenza but I think they are wrong to do so.

    Actually, both of these guys will be moving down if they win unless they keep their day jobs. My guess is that whoever wins will run for assembly in six years unless term limits get changed. When that happens the loser will work for the winner as counsel or chief of staff unless there is too much bad blood after this election.

    As for the presidency, unless Bill Richardson wins, you may be right. Who wants to vote for four more years of war? It will be a really bitter pill to swallow when if we pull the lever for Hillery or Biden.

  79. Anonymous

    Richard can you spell out the differences you see that are so significant in the supervisor race that make a compelling case for spending the 100,000’s this race is going to cost? Maybe there is a reason that some dems want to run Fereira against Provenza but I think they are wrong to do so.

    Actually, both of these guys will be moving down if they win unless they keep their day jobs. My guess is that whoever wins will run for assembly in six years unless term limits get changed. When that happens the loser will work for the winner as counsel or chief of staff unless there is too much bad blood after this election.

    As for the presidency, unless Bill Richardson wins, you may be right. Who wants to vote for four more years of war? It will be a really bitter pill to swallow when if we pull the lever for Hillery or Biden.

  80. Anonymous

    Richard can you spell out the differences you see that are so significant in the supervisor race that make a compelling case for spending the 100,000’s this race is going to cost? Maybe there is a reason that some dems want to run Fereira against Provenza but I think they are wrong to do so.

    Actually, both of these guys will be moving down if they win unless they keep their day jobs. My guess is that whoever wins will run for assembly in six years unless term limits get changed. When that happens the loser will work for the winner as counsel or chief of staff unless there is too much bad blood after this election.

    As for the presidency, unless Bill Richardson wins, you may be right. Who wants to vote for four more years of war? It will be a really bitter pill to swallow when if we pull the lever for Hillery or Biden.

  81. Richard

    the issue in the Provenza/Fereira race is quite simple: development and the process by which it occurs

    if you read the Fereira interview carefully, he couches the issue in terms of a consensus process, especially in regard to the “pass-through” agreement, a process designed to open the door to more projects like the ones just proposed, projects that will emerge out of nowhere at the last minute through political and social connnections, like the last one.

    And consider this comment: I think that we need to have as much conversation as we possibly can with somebody who comes with a proposal like the stem cell research center and find out whether or not it can work for the county. If the only way that it can work for the county is to build 7500 homes in a floodplain, then eventually we would have to say no. But not having the conversation about how otherwise it might be provided for, where revenue might come from, or if there’s another package that could be put together that mutually benefited the cities and the county and the proponents of the project, then why not have the conversation and try to find out the most we can about how we can take advantage of that opportunity and not just dismiss it as some people in our community did.

    Now, Fereira may be a nice guy, but this is just pure nonsense. There was no stem cell research center without the 7500 homes, and he knows it. Furthermore, the last sentence borders on insulting. The community did not just dismiss it, they dismissed the use of the facility as a Trojan Horse for a large housing development. Quite a number of people spoke positively at the BOS of looking into the possibility of developing a stem cell research center in Yolo County, even as they rejected the idea of obtaining through residential development.

    He just probably missed that meeting while working over at the Legislature.

    –Richard Estes

  82. Richard

    the issue in the Provenza/Fereira race is quite simple: development and the process by which it occurs

    if you read the Fereira interview carefully, he couches the issue in terms of a consensus process, especially in regard to the “pass-through” agreement, a process designed to open the door to more projects like the ones just proposed, projects that will emerge out of nowhere at the last minute through political and social connnections, like the last one.

    And consider this comment: I think that we need to have as much conversation as we possibly can with somebody who comes with a proposal like the stem cell research center and find out whether or not it can work for the county. If the only way that it can work for the county is to build 7500 homes in a floodplain, then eventually we would have to say no. But not having the conversation about how otherwise it might be provided for, where revenue might come from, or if there’s another package that could be put together that mutually benefited the cities and the county and the proponents of the project, then why not have the conversation and try to find out the most we can about how we can take advantage of that opportunity and not just dismiss it as some people in our community did.

    Now, Fereira may be a nice guy, but this is just pure nonsense. There was no stem cell research center without the 7500 homes, and he knows it. Furthermore, the last sentence borders on insulting. The community did not just dismiss it, they dismissed the use of the facility as a Trojan Horse for a large housing development. Quite a number of people spoke positively at the BOS of looking into the possibility of developing a stem cell research center in Yolo County, even as they rejected the idea of obtaining through residential development.

    He just probably missed that meeting while working over at the Legislature.

    –Richard Estes

  83. Richard

    the issue in the Provenza/Fereira race is quite simple: development and the process by which it occurs

    if you read the Fereira interview carefully, he couches the issue in terms of a consensus process, especially in regard to the “pass-through” agreement, a process designed to open the door to more projects like the ones just proposed, projects that will emerge out of nowhere at the last minute through political and social connnections, like the last one.

    And consider this comment: I think that we need to have as much conversation as we possibly can with somebody who comes with a proposal like the stem cell research center and find out whether or not it can work for the county. If the only way that it can work for the county is to build 7500 homes in a floodplain, then eventually we would have to say no. But not having the conversation about how otherwise it might be provided for, where revenue might come from, or if there’s another package that could be put together that mutually benefited the cities and the county and the proponents of the project, then why not have the conversation and try to find out the most we can about how we can take advantage of that opportunity and not just dismiss it as some people in our community did.

    Now, Fereira may be a nice guy, but this is just pure nonsense. There was no stem cell research center without the 7500 homes, and he knows it. Furthermore, the last sentence borders on insulting. The community did not just dismiss it, they dismissed the use of the facility as a Trojan Horse for a large housing development. Quite a number of people spoke positively at the BOS of looking into the possibility of developing a stem cell research center in Yolo County, even as they rejected the idea of obtaining through residential development.

    He just probably missed that meeting while working over at the Legislature.

    –Richard Estes

  84. Richard

    the issue in the Provenza/Fereira race is quite simple: development and the process by which it occurs

    if you read the Fereira interview carefully, he couches the issue in terms of a consensus process, especially in regard to the “pass-through” agreement, a process designed to open the door to more projects like the ones just proposed, projects that will emerge out of nowhere at the last minute through political and social connnections, like the last one.

    And consider this comment: I think that we need to have as much conversation as we possibly can with somebody who comes with a proposal like the stem cell research center and find out whether or not it can work for the county. If the only way that it can work for the county is to build 7500 homes in a floodplain, then eventually we would have to say no. But not having the conversation about how otherwise it might be provided for, where revenue might come from, or if there’s another package that could be put together that mutually benefited the cities and the county and the proponents of the project, then why not have the conversation and try to find out the most we can about how we can take advantage of that opportunity and not just dismiss it as some people in our community did.

    Now, Fereira may be a nice guy, but this is just pure nonsense. There was no stem cell research center without the 7500 homes, and he knows it. Furthermore, the last sentence borders on insulting. The community did not just dismiss it, they dismissed the use of the facility as a Trojan Horse for a large housing development. Quite a number of people spoke positively at the BOS of looking into the possibility of developing a stem cell research center in Yolo County, even as they rejected the idea of obtaining through residential development.

    He just probably missed that meeting while working over at the Legislature.

    –Richard Estes

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