Who’s who in politics

With Feb. 5 fast approaching, residential telephones are ringing with taped messages on behalf of state propositions on the primary ballot. Last week, Bill McCammon, who identified himself as a “fire chief,” left a recorded message backing Proposition 93, which changes existing state legislative term limits. Pleasanton resident McCammon, however, hasn’t been Alameda County’s fire chief since he retired at the end of 2006.

In a related, political helpmate note: McCammon, identified as past president of the California Fire Chiefs Association in a pro-Proposition 93 mailer, was backed by state Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, in the 2006 18th Assembly District Democratic primary. McCammon lost to Mary Hayashi, who won the general election and will be up for re-election this year. Perata also wants to run again, but existing term limits will force him out of his state Senate seat — unless Proposition 93 passes.