Commentary: Outsider Money Throws Wrench in 8th Assembly Race

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A month ago, if you would have asked me, it was a simple calculation as to who would win the 8th Assembly District. West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon had more money, more endorsements, a bigger campaign team, and had been saturating the district for weeks with literature both from himself and his surrogates. But that simple calculation has been turned on its head the last month.

The Sacramento Bee reports this morning that independent groups have raised nearly $1.2 million for Cabaldon and Yolo County Supervisor Mariko Yamada. And contrary to previous reportings, the amount of money between the two sides is becoming more and more equitable. $640,000 in IEs for Cabaldon while Yamada has attracted $540,000. Compared to previous numbers or to direct contributions and that is almost even.

Both sides have drawn criticism. The Cabaldon campaign has been criticized for a carpet bombing campaign. The Yamada campaign for going overly negative on seemingly minor issues such as parking tickets.

Yamada defenders have suggested that this is her only recourse, since they are nearly identical on the issues. However, Yamada is well known in Davis circles having serving five years as County Supervisor, for most of the rest of the district, she is just now introducing herself. While these are IEs, each attack initiated with the campaign itself.

For instance the day that Cabaldon’s car was booted, the Yamada campaign sent out a press release. The picture of the booted car on front of campaign brochures was taken by Campaign Manager Brian Micek himself.

At the time, Mr. Micek told the press that he “couldn’t believe his luck.”

He went further:

“This is evidence that Mr. Cabaldon feels he doesn’t have to play by the same rules the rest of us do.”

The Bee covers the issue this morning:

“The campaign took an odd twist with disclosures that Cabaldon’s car had been booted for failure to pay $567 in parking tickets and that he was eight months late in paying a $195 boat tax.

“Let’s just say I believe it’s important for leaders to follow the rules, as long as the rules are equally applied and are fair,” Yamada said.

Cabaldon dismissed the delinquencies as gaffes made during a hectic time when he was juggling a full-time job, a campaign and West Sacramento city business.

Cabaldon said campaigns should be more than “gotcha games over issues that make no difference whatsoever in our fulfillment of the public trust.””

Last year, the candidates met for a debate sponsored by the Northern Solano Democratic Club, at that time Mariko Yamada pledge to run a clean race without attacks. A year later at the same venue, Yamada was bringing up these “character” issues.

Are these candidates close on the issues? Yes and no. A mere examination of who is backing whom reveals that there is a big difference in emphasis.

The Bee writes:

“But they don’t always agree:

• Exit exam: Cabaldon supports it, while Yamada wants other yardsticks also to be used in awarding high school diplomas.

• Budget vote: Both support dropping the requirement that state budgets be passed by a two-thirds vote of each legislative house. Cabaldon supports a simple majority, Yamada a threshold of 55 percent to 60 percent.

• Peripheral canal: Cabaldon opposes it, while Yamada said more study is needed on Delta, water and other issues.”

However, the bigger story lies below it:

“The California Teachers Association opposes Cabaldon because of his ties to EdVoice, a big supporter of charter schools. Cabaldon has butted heads with labor groups in years past on community college issues, by opposing a proposed West Sacramento casino, and by supporting a Wal-Mart Supercenter. Wal-Mart’s founding family has been a major EdVoice donor.”

However at the end of the day, should we not be more interested in the following:

“Cabaldon’s priorities include regional transportation, including improvements on the congested Interstate 80 corridor, hourly train service, revival of the Benicia ferry and completion of a regional bikeway from Sacramento to Solano County.

Yamada supports more social workers in schools, wider use of camera technology to deter crime, improved food labeling, long-range planning for a health pandemic, and better integration of health, mental health, housing and other services.”

That is really what these candidates are–Cabaldon a strong supporter of a variety of regional issues, Yamada a strong advocate of social issues.

Then there is the issue of growth which was inserted back into the race by the Working Families for Progressive Leadership group on behalf of Yamada.

They quote former Fairfield Mayor and purported “slow growth leader.”

“I’m supporting Mariko Yamada for State Assembly. Mariko is someone I trust to stand with you and me against big developers’ interests. On issues I care deeply about–more open space and smart growth–Mariko will fight to preserve the quality of life that residents of Yolo and Solano counties currently enjoy. I feel confident Mariko has the integrity to do the best job.”

This comes less than a year after Yamada was carrying the water of not one but three peripheral projects on the edge of Davis. Projects led by the definition of “big developers’.” Projects so big even people like Don Saylor opposed them.

It is an appalling misrepresentation of the course of recent history where Mariko Yamada and her colleagues proposed projects on Davis’ city edge and people in Davis were talking recall.

Regardless of the facts at hand however, the dynamics of this race has shifted dramatically in the last few weeks, muddying the waters severely. I still think Cabaldon has an edge, but he is no longer a foregone conclusion.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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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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92 thoughts on “Commentary: Outsider Money Throws Wrench in 8th Assembly Race”

  1. parallel universe

    “…he is no longer a foregone conclusion.”

    …sounds like Hillary after Super Tuesday. The Cabaldon coronation is definitely faltering and all the Cabaldon mailers that our mailboxes are stuffed with every day cannot change this shift in momentum. There ARE definite parallels between the Obama/Clinton and Yamada/Cabaldon primary contests.
    ….and Saylor opposed supervisor Yamada’s suggestion to “open the door” to allow Sacramento-developer Takopoulous to present his plans for developing his property for consideration in the next County general plan, NOT because he necessarily opposed it in principle but rather because he did his usual “finger in the
    Davis “political wind” assessment. In addition, and not of little consequence, these properties being considered were NOT owned by his Yolo-based developer financial patrons.

  2. parallel universe

    “…he is no longer a foregone conclusion.”

    …sounds like Hillary after Super Tuesday. The Cabaldon coronation is definitely faltering and all the Cabaldon mailers that our mailboxes are stuffed with every day cannot change this shift in momentum. There ARE definite parallels between the Obama/Clinton and Yamada/Cabaldon primary contests.
    ….and Saylor opposed supervisor Yamada’s suggestion to “open the door” to allow Sacramento-developer Takopoulous to present his plans for developing his property for consideration in the next County general plan, NOT because he necessarily opposed it in principle but rather because he did his usual “finger in the
    Davis “political wind” assessment. In addition, and not of little consequence, these properties being considered were NOT owned by his Yolo-based developer financial patrons.

  3. parallel universe

    “…he is no longer a foregone conclusion.”

    …sounds like Hillary after Super Tuesday. The Cabaldon coronation is definitely faltering and all the Cabaldon mailers that our mailboxes are stuffed with every day cannot change this shift in momentum. There ARE definite parallels between the Obama/Clinton and Yamada/Cabaldon primary contests.
    ….and Saylor opposed supervisor Yamada’s suggestion to “open the door” to allow Sacramento-developer Takopoulous to present his plans for developing his property for consideration in the next County general plan, NOT because he necessarily opposed it in principle but rather because he did his usual “finger in the
    Davis “political wind” assessment. In addition, and not of little consequence, these properties being considered were NOT owned by his Yolo-based developer financial patrons.

  4. parallel universe

    “…he is no longer a foregone conclusion.”

    …sounds like Hillary after Super Tuesday. The Cabaldon coronation is definitely faltering and all the Cabaldon mailers that our mailboxes are stuffed with every day cannot change this shift in momentum. There ARE definite parallels between the Obama/Clinton and Yamada/Cabaldon primary contests.
    ….and Saylor opposed supervisor Yamada’s suggestion to “open the door” to allow Sacramento-developer Takopoulous to present his plans for developing his property for consideration in the next County general plan, NOT because he necessarily opposed it in principle but rather because he did his usual “finger in the
    Davis “political wind” assessment. In addition, and not of little consequence, these properties being considered were NOT owned by his Yolo-based developer financial patrons.

  5. Ann Dee Shaw

    This last week flood of negatives against Cabaldon are crazy. I am expecting him to have horns and a tail on the next mailer.

    While the less-engaged and most unlikely voters are swayed by this negative junk, the engaged participant makes their decision very differently. And, for the most part, the engaged voters have already turned in their ballots. These groups wasting another half-million in the last week (a guess based on what has been spent to date and the increased volume in the mail) has a declining marginal benefit.

    Does someone know how many absentees have been cast to date? How many more votes are expected on election day? I think our Democracy is best served if we cast our ballots before ever looking at the hit mail.

    Can anyone here remember a time that they voted and thought “Gee, I am glad that my vote came after the swift boat ads,” or “Golly, the quality of my civic participation was greatly increased by my understanding of the Willie Horton issue?”

    Throw this junk out.

  6. Ann Dee Shaw

    This last week flood of negatives against Cabaldon are crazy. I am expecting him to have horns and a tail on the next mailer.

    While the less-engaged and most unlikely voters are swayed by this negative junk, the engaged participant makes their decision very differently. And, for the most part, the engaged voters have already turned in their ballots. These groups wasting another half-million in the last week (a guess based on what has been spent to date and the increased volume in the mail) has a declining marginal benefit.

    Does someone know how many absentees have been cast to date? How many more votes are expected on election day? I think our Democracy is best served if we cast our ballots before ever looking at the hit mail.

    Can anyone here remember a time that they voted and thought “Gee, I am glad that my vote came after the swift boat ads,” or “Golly, the quality of my civic participation was greatly increased by my understanding of the Willie Horton issue?”

    Throw this junk out.

  7. Ann Dee Shaw

    This last week flood of negatives against Cabaldon are crazy. I am expecting him to have horns and a tail on the next mailer.

    While the less-engaged and most unlikely voters are swayed by this negative junk, the engaged participant makes their decision very differently. And, for the most part, the engaged voters have already turned in their ballots. These groups wasting another half-million in the last week (a guess based on what has been spent to date and the increased volume in the mail) has a declining marginal benefit.

    Does someone know how many absentees have been cast to date? How many more votes are expected on election day? I think our Democracy is best served if we cast our ballots before ever looking at the hit mail.

    Can anyone here remember a time that they voted and thought “Gee, I am glad that my vote came after the swift boat ads,” or “Golly, the quality of my civic participation was greatly increased by my understanding of the Willie Horton issue?”

    Throw this junk out.

  8. Ann Dee Shaw

    This last week flood of negatives against Cabaldon are crazy. I am expecting him to have horns and a tail on the next mailer.

    While the less-engaged and most unlikely voters are swayed by this negative junk, the engaged participant makes their decision very differently. And, for the most part, the engaged voters have already turned in their ballots. These groups wasting another half-million in the last week (a guess based on what has been spent to date and the increased volume in the mail) has a declining marginal benefit.

    Does someone know how many absentees have been cast to date? How many more votes are expected on election day? I think our Democracy is best served if we cast our ballots before ever looking at the hit mail.

    Can anyone here remember a time that they voted and thought “Gee, I am glad that my vote came after the swift boat ads,” or “Golly, the quality of my civic participation was greatly increased by my understanding of the Willie Horton issue?”

    Throw this junk out.

  9. parallel universe

    “That is really what these candidates are–Cabaldon a strong supporter of a variety of regional issues, Yamada a strong advocate of social issues.”

    DPD: Your Commentary today strikes a rather overheated tone as Cabaldon’s election appears increasingly threatened. ALL assembly candidates support a Cabaldon-like standard campaign list of regional issues for their constituents. Yamada’s message is the DIFFERENCE between her political vision and Cabaldon’s.
    It is of no importance that she does not repeat Cabaldon’s “shopping list” which our Assembly representative, whether Yamada or Cabaldon, will advocate for their 8th district constituents.

  10. parallel universe

    “That is really what these candidates are–Cabaldon a strong supporter of a variety of regional issues, Yamada a strong advocate of social issues.”

    DPD: Your Commentary today strikes a rather overheated tone as Cabaldon’s election appears increasingly threatened. ALL assembly candidates support a Cabaldon-like standard campaign list of regional issues for their constituents. Yamada’s message is the DIFFERENCE between her political vision and Cabaldon’s.
    It is of no importance that she does not repeat Cabaldon’s “shopping list” which our Assembly representative, whether Yamada or Cabaldon, will advocate for their 8th district constituents.

  11. parallel universe

    “That is really what these candidates are–Cabaldon a strong supporter of a variety of regional issues, Yamada a strong advocate of social issues.”

    DPD: Your Commentary today strikes a rather overheated tone as Cabaldon’s election appears increasingly threatened. ALL assembly candidates support a Cabaldon-like standard campaign list of regional issues for their constituents. Yamada’s message is the DIFFERENCE between her political vision and Cabaldon’s.
    It is of no importance that she does not repeat Cabaldon’s “shopping list” which our Assembly representative, whether Yamada or Cabaldon, will advocate for their 8th district constituents.

  12. parallel universe

    “That is really what these candidates are–Cabaldon a strong supporter of a variety of regional issues, Yamada a strong advocate of social issues.”

    DPD: Your Commentary today strikes a rather overheated tone as Cabaldon’s election appears increasingly threatened. ALL assembly candidates support a Cabaldon-like standard campaign list of regional issues for their constituents. Yamada’s message is the DIFFERENCE between her political vision and Cabaldon’s.
    It is of no importance that she does not repeat Cabaldon’s “shopping list” which our Assembly representative, whether Yamada or Cabaldon, will advocate for their 8th district constituents.

  13. Anonymous

    With all of Cabaldon’s funds and organization, they must have been doing extensive polling. The public silence on polling suggests that the results do not strongly favor Cabaldon’s election.

  14. Anonymous

    With all of Cabaldon’s funds and organization, they must have been doing extensive polling. The public silence on polling suggests that the results do not strongly favor Cabaldon’s election.

  15. Anonymous

    With all of Cabaldon’s funds and organization, they must have been doing extensive polling. The public silence on polling suggests that the results do not strongly favor Cabaldon’s election.

  16. Anonymous

    With all of Cabaldon’s funds and organization, they must have been doing extensive polling. The public silence on polling suggests that the results do not strongly favor Cabaldon’s election.

  17. Anonymous

    For all of their talk about unpaid parking tickets, how about the Yamada’s campaign failure to pay their former campaign manager, to be sued, to have it settled, and then to fail to disclose it in their filings per the Sacramento Bee today. That would seem to be far more serious a transgression than unpaid parking tickets.

  18. Anonymous

    For all of their talk about unpaid parking tickets, how about the Yamada’s campaign failure to pay their former campaign manager, to be sued, to have it settled, and then to fail to disclose it in their filings per the Sacramento Bee today. That would seem to be far more serious a transgression than unpaid parking tickets.

  19. Anonymous

    For all of their talk about unpaid parking tickets, how about the Yamada’s campaign failure to pay their former campaign manager, to be sued, to have it settled, and then to fail to disclose it in their filings per the Sacramento Bee today. That would seem to be far more serious a transgression than unpaid parking tickets.

  20. Anonymous

    For all of their talk about unpaid parking tickets, how about the Yamada’s campaign failure to pay their former campaign manager, to be sued, to have it settled, and then to fail to disclose it in their filings per the Sacramento Bee today. That would seem to be far more serious a transgression than unpaid parking tickets.

  21. Anonymous

    Are the unions completely self-destructing? First, they endorse the Davis City Council candidates who stonewalled living wage and supported Target, then they spend inordinate resources trying to elect a Democrat in a primary where the policy differences are minimal and their candidate supported a charter school anyway.

    Why not save the money to fight a Republican in a general election?

    No wonder the unions have lost all power in the country.

  22. Anonymous

    Are the unions completely self-destructing? First, they endorse the Davis City Council candidates who stonewalled living wage and supported Target, then they spend inordinate resources trying to elect a Democrat in a primary where the policy differences are minimal and their candidate supported a charter school anyway.

    Why not save the money to fight a Republican in a general election?

    No wonder the unions have lost all power in the country.

  23. Anonymous

    Are the unions completely self-destructing? First, they endorse the Davis City Council candidates who stonewalled living wage and supported Target, then they spend inordinate resources trying to elect a Democrat in a primary where the policy differences are minimal and their candidate supported a charter school anyway.

    Why not save the money to fight a Republican in a general election?

    No wonder the unions have lost all power in the country.

  24. Anonymous

    Are the unions completely self-destructing? First, they endorse the Davis City Council candidates who stonewalled living wage and supported Target, then they spend inordinate resources trying to elect a Democrat in a primary where the policy differences are minimal and their candidate supported a charter school anyway.

    Why not save the money to fight a Republican in a general election?

    No wonder the unions have lost all power in the country.

  25. 無名 - wu ming

    i continue to find it amazing that any reference to “all the money pouring in on both sides” does not simply lay out who is laying the money out on both sides.

    go check out the independent expenditures on behalf of yamada and cabaldon. while the two candidates appear to be fairly close in terms of positions, their backers are pretty starkly different. for a site that has over and over again drawn a connection between developer donations and davis/yolo county land use/development decisions, it is stunning to me that the subject is not treated the same when the donations come in batches tens of thousands of dollars instead of hundred dollar caps.

    unions are backing yamada. real estate, health insurance, edvoice, apartment owners are backing cabaldon. one assumes both groups did their homework, and sided with the one they felt would be most willing to serve their interests in office.

  26. 無名 - wu ming

    i continue to find it amazing that any reference to “all the money pouring in on both sides” does not simply lay out who is laying the money out on both sides.

    go check out the independent expenditures on behalf of yamada and cabaldon. while the two candidates appear to be fairly close in terms of positions, their backers are pretty starkly different. for a site that has over and over again drawn a connection between developer donations and davis/yolo county land use/development decisions, it is stunning to me that the subject is not treated the same when the donations come in batches tens of thousands of dollars instead of hundred dollar caps.

    unions are backing yamada. real estate, health insurance, edvoice, apartment owners are backing cabaldon. one assumes both groups did their homework, and sided with the one they felt would be most willing to serve their interests in office.

  27. 無名 - wu ming

    i continue to find it amazing that any reference to “all the money pouring in on both sides” does not simply lay out who is laying the money out on both sides.

    go check out the independent expenditures on behalf of yamada and cabaldon. while the two candidates appear to be fairly close in terms of positions, their backers are pretty starkly different. for a site that has over and over again drawn a connection between developer donations and davis/yolo county land use/development decisions, it is stunning to me that the subject is not treated the same when the donations come in batches tens of thousands of dollars instead of hundred dollar caps.

    unions are backing yamada. real estate, health insurance, edvoice, apartment owners are backing cabaldon. one assumes both groups did their homework, and sided with the one they felt would be most willing to serve their interests in office.

  28. 無名 - wu ming

    i continue to find it amazing that any reference to “all the money pouring in on both sides” does not simply lay out who is laying the money out on both sides.

    go check out the independent expenditures on behalf of yamada and cabaldon. while the two candidates appear to be fairly close in terms of positions, their backers are pretty starkly different. for a site that has over and over again drawn a connection between developer donations and davis/yolo county land use/development decisions, it is stunning to me that the subject is not treated the same when the donations come in batches tens of thousands of dollars instead of hundred dollar caps.

    unions are backing yamada. real estate, health insurance, edvoice, apartment owners are backing cabaldon. one assumes both groups did their homework, and sided with the one they felt would be most willing to serve their interests in office.

  29. 無名 - wu ming

    as for polling, i think our household must have been polled something like 10 times in the past week. hard to tell by which side, although a couple sounded like they were testing the CNA flyers’ themes, and one which was obviously a cabaldon push-poll.

    it should be an interesting race. my hunch is that solano county decides this thing, but i have not got a clue as to how they’ll vote.

  30. 無名 - wu ming

    as for polling, i think our household must have been polled something like 10 times in the past week. hard to tell by which side, although a couple sounded like they were testing the CNA flyers’ themes, and one which was obviously a cabaldon push-poll.

    it should be an interesting race. my hunch is that solano county decides this thing, but i have not got a clue as to how they’ll vote.

  31. 無名 - wu ming

    as for polling, i think our household must have been polled something like 10 times in the past week. hard to tell by which side, although a couple sounded like they were testing the CNA flyers’ themes, and one which was obviously a cabaldon push-poll.

    it should be an interesting race. my hunch is that solano county decides this thing, but i have not got a clue as to how they’ll vote.

  32. 無名 - wu ming

    as for polling, i think our household must have been polled something like 10 times in the past week. hard to tell by which side, although a couple sounded like they were testing the CNA flyers’ themes, and one which was obviously a cabaldon push-poll.

    it should be an interesting race. my hunch is that solano county decides this thing, but i have not got a clue as to how they’ll vote.

  33. Clarence Darrow

    My wife got push polls from both sides. Her response was to tell the pollsters that their call made her more sure of the candidate they were pushing against.

    This is getting down and dirty but for me the final straw is the edvoice thing. A person who touts their educational advocacy and ends up drawing massive inflows of cash for his opponent from the California Teaching Association can’t be the kind of educational advocate we need in the legislature.

  34. Clarence Darrow

    My wife got push polls from both sides. Her response was to tell the pollsters that their call made her more sure of the candidate they were pushing against.

    This is getting down and dirty but for me the final straw is the edvoice thing. A person who touts their educational advocacy and ends up drawing massive inflows of cash for his opponent from the California Teaching Association can’t be the kind of educational advocate we need in the legislature.

  35. Clarence Darrow

    My wife got push polls from both sides. Her response was to tell the pollsters that their call made her more sure of the candidate they were pushing against.

    This is getting down and dirty but for me the final straw is the edvoice thing. A person who touts their educational advocacy and ends up drawing massive inflows of cash for his opponent from the California Teaching Association can’t be the kind of educational advocate we need in the legislature.

  36. Clarence Darrow

    My wife got push polls from both sides. Her response was to tell the pollsters that their call made her more sure of the candidate they were pushing against.

    This is getting down and dirty but for me the final straw is the edvoice thing. A person who touts their educational advocacy and ends up drawing massive inflows of cash for his opponent from the California Teaching Association can’t be the kind of educational advocate we need in the legislature.

  37. Anonymous

    Yamada attacking Cabaldon makes me more sure of Cabaldon as my vote.

    Voters who don’t know either aren’t going to vote for Yamada because of her (or her IE’s) attacks on the opponent.

  38. Anonymous

    Yamada attacking Cabaldon makes me more sure of Cabaldon as my vote.

    Voters who don’t know either aren’t going to vote for Yamada because of her (or her IE’s) attacks on the opponent.

  39. Anonymous

    Yamada attacking Cabaldon makes me more sure of Cabaldon as my vote.

    Voters who don’t know either aren’t going to vote for Yamada because of her (or her IE’s) attacks on the opponent.

  40. Anonymous

    Yamada attacking Cabaldon makes me more sure of Cabaldon as my vote.

    Voters who don’t know either aren’t going to vote for Yamada because of her (or her IE’s) attacks on the opponent.

  41. Rich Rifkin

    My prediction* on this election:

    Cabaldon 59.32%
    Yamada 40.68%

    * I am, sorry to brag, brilliant at predicting election outcomes. I had Measure X winning 55-45% and had Huckabee facing off with Clinton in this year’s presidential election. Yamada, therefore, should take heart in my prediction.

  42. Rich Rifkin

    My prediction* on this election:

    Cabaldon 59.32%
    Yamada 40.68%

    * I am, sorry to brag, brilliant at predicting election outcomes. I had Measure X winning 55-45% and had Huckabee facing off with Clinton in this year’s presidential election. Yamada, therefore, should take heart in my prediction.

  43. Rich Rifkin

    My prediction* on this election:

    Cabaldon 59.32%
    Yamada 40.68%

    * I am, sorry to brag, brilliant at predicting election outcomes. I had Measure X winning 55-45% and had Huckabee facing off with Clinton in this year’s presidential election. Yamada, therefore, should take heart in my prediction.

  44. Rich Rifkin

    My prediction* on this election:

    Cabaldon 59.32%
    Yamada 40.68%

    * I am, sorry to brag, brilliant at predicting election outcomes. I had Measure X winning 55-45% and had Huckabee facing off with Clinton in this year’s presidential election. Yamada, therefore, should take heart in my prediction.

  45. Anonymous

    Someone who is an educational leader, with support from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Democratic Party gets my vote.

    While I love teachers, the CTA sometimes gets off on tangents – like opposing the community college fee initiative this last february.

  46. Anonymous

    Someone who is an educational leader, with support from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Democratic Party gets my vote.

    While I love teachers, the CTA sometimes gets off on tangents – like opposing the community college fee initiative this last february.

  47. Anonymous

    Someone who is an educational leader, with support from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Democratic Party gets my vote.

    While I love teachers, the CTA sometimes gets off on tangents – like opposing the community college fee initiative this last february.

  48. Anonymous

    Someone who is an educational leader, with support from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Democratic Party gets my vote.

    While I love teachers, the CTA sometimes gets off on tangents – like opposing the community college fee initiative this last february.

  49. Thomas

    Ah but which Superintendent do you support. Delaine Easton is supporting Yamada, she was the previous Sup. Current one, Jack O’Connell is supporting Cabaldon. I know both of those people, they are excellent leaders in education.

  50. Thomas

    Ah but which Superintendent do you support. Delaine Easton is supporting Yamada, she was the previous Sup. Current one, Jack O’Connell is supporting Cabaldon. I know both of those people, they are excellent leaders in education.

  51. Thomas

    Ah but which Superintendent do you support. Delaine Easton is supporting Yamada, she was the previous Sup. Current one, Jack O’Connell is supporting Cabaldon. I know both of those people, they are excellent leaders in education.

  52. Thomas

    Ah but which Superintendent do you support. Delaine Easton is supporting Yamada, she was the previous Sup. Current one, Jack O’Connell is supporting Cabaldon. I know both of those people, they are excellent leaders in education.

  53. Anonymous

    The BEE said the unions don’t like Cabaldon because he opposed a Casino in West Sacramento. So what did Yamada promise vis-a-vis casinos? What did she promise to get the firefighers endorsement? Makes me shiver to think.

  54. Anonymous

    The BEE said the unions don’t like Cabaldon because he opposed a Casino in West Sacramento. So what did Yamada promise vis-a-vis casinos? What did she promise to get the firefighers endorsement? Makes me shiver to think.

  55. Anonymous

    The BEE said the unions don’t like Cabaldon because he opposed a Casino in West Sacramento. So what did Yamada promise vis-a-vis casinos? What did she promise to get the firefighers endorsement? Makes me shiver to think.

  56. Anonymous

    The BEE said the unions don’t like Cabaldon because he opposed a Casino in West Sacramento. So what did Yamada promise vis-a-vis casinos? What did she promise to get the firefighers endorsement? Makes me shiver to think.

  57. buckminsterfullerine

    CTA on a tangent? Eli Broad funds Ed Voice and Cabaldon. Broad is against teachers unions and pro- voucher. Fairfield hired Woodrow Carter as Superintendent, a Broad foundation trained ex-colonel with no experience in education and he was terrible. He told the district office staff they couldn’t have personal effects at their work stations. This meant they couldn’t have pictures of their families. He tried to move teachers around without planning or reason just to shake things up. He couldn’t negotiate a contract with the teachers. Morale was as bad as it ever was. Classes of 38 were not unusual. Teachers left the district in droves. If that is the kind of education policy you want vote Cabaldon.

  58. buckminsterfullerine

    CTA on a tangent? Eli Broad funds Ed Voice and Cabaldon. Broad is against teachers unions and pro- voucher. Fairfield hired Woodrow Carter as Superintendent, a Broad foundation trained ex-colonel with no experience in education and he was terrible. He told the district office staff they couldn’t have personal effects at their work stations. This meant they couldn’t have pictures of their families. He tried to move teachers around without planning or reason just to shake things up. He couldn’t negotiate a contract with the teachers. Morale was as bad as it ever was. Classes of 38 were not unusual. Teachers left the district in droves. If that is the kind of education policy you want vote Cabaldon.

  59. buckminsterfullerine

    CTA on a tangent? Eli Broad funds Ed Voice and Cabaldon. Broad is against teachers unions and pro- voucher. Fairfield hired Woodrow Carter as Superintendent, a Broad foundation trained ex-colonel with no experience in education and he was terrible. He told the district office staff they couldn’t have personal effects at their work stations. This meant they couldn’t have pictures of their families. He tried to move teachers around without planning or reason just to shake things up. He couldn’t negotiate a contract with the teachers. Morale was as bad as it ever was. Classes of 38 were not unusual. Teachers left the district in droves. If that is the kind of education policy you want vote Cabaldon.

  60. buckminsterfullerine

    CTA on a tangent? Eli Broad funds Ed Voice and Cabaldon. Broad is against teachers unions and pro- voucher. Fairfield hired Woodrow Carter as Superintendent, a Broad foundation trained ex-colonel with no experience in education and he was terrible. He told the district office staff they couldn’t have personal effects at their work stations. This meant they couldn’t have pictures of their families. He tried to move teachers around without planning or reason just to shake things up. He couldn’t negotiate a contract with the teachers. Morale was as bad as it ever was. Classes of 38 were not unusual. Teachers left the district in droves. If that is the kind of education policy you want vote Cabaldon.

  61. 無名 - wu ming

    more to the point, what is it about cabaldon that the real estate interests, apartment owners, and insurance companies liked so much (edvoice is sort of a different case, in that they’ve been his political patron for a long, long time)?

    this isn’t just bandwagon frontrunner stuff, they’ve been doing the IEs in the past couple months in great earnest. and most notably, they’re not playing both sides (which is what i expected to find when i looked around the campaign finance files), yamada’s getting none of that money.

    one would think that if yamada’s such a developer shill, the real estate lobbyists wouldn’t throw tens of thousands in IEs against her.

  62. 無名 - wu ming

    more to the point, what is it about cabaldon that the real estate interests, apartment owners, and insurance companies liked so much (edvoice is sort of a different case, in that they’ve been his political patron for a long, long time)?

    this isn’t just bandwagon frontrunner stuff, they’ve been doing the IEs in the past couple months in great earnest. and most notably, they’re not playing both sides (which is what i expected to find when i looked around the campaign finance files), yamada’s getting none of that money.

    one would think that if yamada’s such a developer shill, the real estate lobbyists wouldn’t throw tens of thousands in IEs against her.

  63. 無名 - wu ming

    more to the point, what is it about cabaldon that the real estate interests, apartment owners, and insurance companies liked so much (edvoice is sort of a different case, in that they’ve been his political patron for a long, long time)?

    this isn’t just bandwagon frontrunner stuff, they’ve been doing the IEs in the past couple months in great earnest. and most notably, they’re not playing both sides (which is what i expected to find when i looked around the campaign finance files), yamada’s getting none of that money.

    one would think that if yamada’s such a developer shill, the real estate lobbyists wouldn’t throw tens of thousands in IEs against her.

  64. 無名 - wu ming

    more to the point, what is it about cabaldon that the real estate interests, apartment owners, and insurance companies liked so much (edvoice is sort of a different case, in that they’ve been his political patron for a long, long time)?

    this isn’t just bandwagon frontrunner stuff, they’ve been doing the IEs in the past couple months in great earnest. and most notably, they’re not playing both sides (which is what i expected to find when i looked around the campaign finance files), yamada’s getting none of that money.

    one would think that if yamada’s such a developer shill, the real estate lobbyists wouldn’t throw tens of thousands in IEs against her.

  65. Anonymous

    If you are going to extrapolate from Broad to Cabaldon, why not also do it from CC Yin to Yamada?

    CC Yin is one of Yamada’s earliest and strongest backers. He runs McDonalds, underpays workers and feeds junk to our kids, contributing to obesity.

    If Yamada gets elected, every kid in the 8th Assembly district is going to have McDonalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Yeah right.

  66. Anonymous

    If you are going to extrapolate from Broad to Cabaldon, why not also do it from CC Yin to Yamada?

    CC Yin is one of Yamada’s earliest and strongest backers. He runs McDonalds, underpays workers and feeds junk to our kids, contributing to obesity.

    If Yamada gets elected, every kid in the 8th Assembly district is going to have McDonalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Yeah right.

  67. Anonymous

    If you are going to extrapolate from Broad to Cabaldon, why not also do it from CC Yin to Yamada?

    CC Yin is one of Yamada’s earliest and strongest backers. He runs McDonalds, underpays workers and feeds junk to our kids, contributing to obesity.

    If Yamada gets elected, every kid in the 8th Assembly district is going to have McDonalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Yeah right.

  68. Anonymous

    If you are going to extrapolate from Broad to Cabaldon, why not also do it from CC Yin to Yamada?

    CC Yin is one of Yamada’s earliest and strongest backers. He runs McDonalds, underpays workers and feeds junk to our kids, contributing to obesity.

    If Yamada gets elected, every kid in the 8th Assembly district is going to have McDonalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Yeah right.

  69. populist

    “…my hunch is that solano county decides this thing, but i have not got a clue as to how they’ll vote.”

    I agree.. Solano will make the difference. My guess is that the Solano voters will go with Yamada. The Yolo County political back-room-boys(remember their comment that it was West Sacramento’s “turn”??). The arrogance of the Yolo Democratic political machine will be Cabaldon’s downfall.

  70. populist

    “…my hunch is that solano county decides this thing, but i have not got a clue as to how they’ll vote.”

    I agree.. Solano will make the difference. My guess is that the Solano voters will go with Yamada. The Yolo County political back-room-boys(remember their comment that it was West Sacramento’s “turn”??). The arrogance of the Yolo Democratic political machine will be Cabaldon’s downfall.

  71. populist

    “…my hunch is that solano county decides this thing, but i have not got a clue as to how they’ll vote.”

    I agree.. Solano will make the difference. My guess is that the Solano voters will go with Yamada. The Yolo County political back-room-boys(remember their comment that it was West Sacramento’s “turn”??). The arrogance of the Yolo Democratic political machine will be Cabaldon’s downfall.

  72. populist

    “…my hunch is that solano county decides this thing, but i have not got a clue as to how they’ll vote.”

    I agree.. Solano will make the difference. My guess is that the Solano voters will go with Yamada. The Yolo County political back-room-boys(remember their comment that it was West Sacramento’s “turn”??). The arrogance of the Yolo Democratic political machine will be Cabaldon’s downfall.

  73. Anonymous

    Just mentioning the phrase “Supervisor from Davis” usually scares the Travis Air Force base Democrats and those from Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield.

    But also the fact that Cabaldon is gay could hurt him big time there too (unfortunate reality)

    Who knows, it could go both ways.

  74. Anonymous

    Just mentioning the phrase “Supervisor from Davis” usually scares the Travis Air Force base Democrats and those from Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield.

    But also the fact that Cabaldon is gay could hurt him big time there too (unfortunate reality)

    Who knows, it could go both ways.

  75. Anonymous

    Just mentioning the phrase “Supervisor from Davis” usually scares the Travis Air Force base Democrats and those from Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield.

    But also the fact that Cabaldon is gay could hurt him big time there too (unfortunate reality)

    Who knows, it could go both ways.

  76. Anonymous

    Just mentioning the phrase “Supervisor from Davis” usually scares the Travis Air Force base Democrats and those from Vacaville/Dixon/Fairfield.

    But also the fact that Cabaldon is gay could hurt him big time there too (unfortunate reality)

    Who knows, it could go both ways.

  77. Anonymous

    Cabaldon has a lack of personal integrity. Besides getting 10 parking tickets he received a notice on each one as it became overdue.
    Not paying your taxes due on your boat? It was only $195.00. I don’t care if it was .95 cents, the man has ignored laws that we are all required to abide within.
    It is a shameful thing when how much money you collect can buy an election.

  78. Anonymous

    Cabaldon has a lack of personal integrity. Besides getting 10 parking tickets he received a notice on each one as it became overdue.
    Not paying your taxes due on your boat? It was only $195.00. I don’t care if it was .95 cents, the man has ignored laws that we are all required to abide within.
    It is a shameful thing when how much money you collect can buy an election.

  79. Anonymous

    Cabaldon has a lack of personal integrity. Besides getting 10 parking tickets he received a notice on each one as it became overdue.
    Not paying your taxes due on your boat? It was only $195.00. I don’t care if it was .95 cents, the man has ignored laws that we are all required to abide within.
    It is a shameful thing when how much money you collect can buy an election.

  80. Anonymous

    Cabaldon has a lack of personal integrity. Besides getting 10 parking tickets he received a notice on each one as it became overdue.
    Not paying your taxes due on your boat? It was only $195.00. I don’t care if it was .95 cents, the man has ignored laws that we are all required to abide within.
    It is a shameful thing when how much money you collect can buy an election.

  81. Anonymous

    One or Two weeks ago, Cabaldon was leading by 15-17 points in private polling by IEs. This was before the recent deluge in negative ads, and thats why the CC Campaign and his IEs have been VERY focused on the absentee voters. They wanted to secure him a victory 2 weekends ago so they wouldn’t have to worry about all this stuff.

  82. Anonymous

    One or Two weeks ago, Cabaldon was leading by 15-17 points in private polling by IEs. This was before the recent deluge in negative ads, and thats why the CC Campaign and his IEs have been VERY focused on the absentee voters. They wanted to secure him a victory 2 weekends ago so they wouldn’t have to worry about all this stuff.

  83. Anonymous

    One or Two weeks ago, Cabaldon was leading by 15-17 points in private polling by IEs. This was before the recent deluge in negative ads, and thats why the CC Campaign and his IEs have been VERY focused on the absentee voters. They wanted to secure him a victory 2 weekends ago so they wouldn’t have to worry about all this stuff.

  84. Anonymous

    One or Two weeks ago, Cabaldon was leading by 15-17 points in private polling by IEs. This was before the recent deluge in negative ads, and thats why the CC Campaign and his IEs have been VERY focused on the absentee voters. They wanted to secure him a victory 2 weekends ago so they wouldn’t have to worry about all this stuff.

  85. Anonymous

    Looks like Energizer Battery has joined the campaign for Yamada. Oh, sorry perhaps not.
    It appears that Working Families for Progressive Leadership has hijacked the extremely famous Energizer Bunny mascot in one of their anti Cabaldon pieces.
    I hope that the California Teachers Association/Association for Better Citizenship is not responsible for teaching our children the ills of plagiarism, and copyright infringement.

  86. Anonymous

    Looks like Energizer Battery has joined the campaign for Yamada. Oh, sorry perhaps not.
    It appears that Working Families for Progressive Leadership has hijacked the extremely famous Energizer Bunny mascot in one of their anti Cabaldon pieces.
    I hope that the California Teachers Association/Association for Better Citizenship is not responsible for teaching our children the ills of plagiarism, and copyright infringement.

  87. Anonymous

    Looks like Energizer Battery has joined the campaign for Yamada. Oh, sorry perhaps not.
    It appears that Working Families for Progressive Leadership has hijacked the extremely famous Energizer Bunny mascot in one of their anti Cabaldon pieces.
    I hope that the California Teachers Association/Association for Better Citizenship is not responsible for teaching our children the ills of plagiarism, and copyright infringement.

  88. Anonymous

    Looks like Energizer Battery has joined the campaign for Yamada. Oh, sorry perhaps not.
    It appears that Working Families for Progressive Leadership has hijacked the extremely famous Energizer Bunny mascot in one of their anti Cabaldon pieces.
    I hope that the California Teachers Association/Association for Better Citizenship is not responsible for teaching our children the ills of plagiarism, and copyright infringement.

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