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Johnny Edwards and the California campaign


The Insider paid a visit to the Green Building Exchange Tuesday, not only to buy some pervious concrete and cork flooring for the Chateau d’Insider, our secluded compound, but also to check out a new effort, spearheaded by PG&E and Sustainable San Mateo County, to help people go “green.”

And who should we run into but our old friend* Jeffrey Anderson, co-chair of the John Edwards for President campaign here in California.

Anderson said he stopped by to say hello to his buddy, Bill Coleman, president of the Green Building Exchange and former chief operating officer of Planktos Inc., a Foster City company that aims to reduce carbon dioxide levels by expanding the growth of the ocean’s phytoplankton.

“This is a chance to see old friends and meet new ones,” said Anderson, adding that the Edwards campaign is deeply invested in energy and environmental issues.

So what did the California co-chair think of Edwards’ performance at the San Mateo County Democratic Straw Poll (which the former vice presidential candidate won with 29 percent of the vote)?

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Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2007
Under: 2008 Presidental Race, Aaron Kinney, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Environment, Political Campaigns, Redwood City | 1 Comment »

Philanthropy in the highest Digre


Our sincerest apologies for the huge gap in postings. The Insider went off the rails following the San Diego wildfires and continuing through the elections. We’re now back to our regular schedule.

Speaking of San Diego, when the Insider tagged along with a special California Medical Assistance Team in late October on its mission to help thousands of residents who were turned out of their homes by wildfires, we encountered several members with Bay Area ties.

Among them was Erick Digre, 55, husband of none other than Sue Digre, a member of the Pacifica City Council. (Erick is pictured above with fellow Cal-MAT worker and San Rafael resident Crystal Wright, whose husband is a firefighter for the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department.)

Erick Digre, who works as a ranger patrolling the Crystal Springs watershed, serves with Cal-MAT as a medic. He also volunteers with the Red Cross when he gets a chance.

Digre is highly self-effacing and doesn’t like to talk about his work helping others. Asked why he works for Cal-MAT, he said simply, “I don’t see me not doing this.”

But he was happy and proud to talk about his children. Erick and Sue have one son, a San Francisco firefighter, who’s been to Iraq twice with the Marine Reserves.

Their other son is training to be a combat medic with the U.S. special forces, while their daughter is an emergency room nurse. Oh, and Sue works with handicapped children.

The Insider feels insufficiently altruistic.

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
Under: Aaron Kinney, City Council, Pacifica | No Comments »