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Televised election forums coming to a TV to you

By asoglin
Thursday, September 28th, 2006 at 10:59 pm in election 2006.

Forgive my absence these past few days. I have been in the CCTV studios taping 29, half-hour segments on three ballot measures and 26 Contra Costa County races headed for the Nov. 7 ballot.

Over the course of three days, I will have traveled, via the magic of television, from Discovery Bay to Pittsburg to Moraga to Danville to Richmond and all points inbetween. Please take the time to tune into your public access television station in the next five weeks and listen to the candidates seeking office in your town or hear the pros and cons about Contra Costa County’s urban llimit line, the state housing bond and public financing of campaigns.

The Times is publishing a full line-up in Sunday’s newspaper. It will also appear in our special election section on Oct. 8. And you may have already seen a few stories about the forums in the pages of the daily paper.

But here’s a full rundown:

Contra Costa County voters have the opportunity to see and hear many of their local candidates on public access television in a series of moderated round-tables set to air up until the Nov. 7 election.

The forums include all of the county’s contested city and town council and mayors’ races, Mount Diablo and West Contra Costa school boards, and the Discovery Bay Community Services District and Ambrose Park and Recreation District.

Voters may also hear debate between proponents and opponents of statewide Proposition 1c, the housing bond; Proposition 89, public financing of campaigns; and Measure L, the Contra Costa’s urban limit line.

Moderated by Times political editor and columnist Lisa Vorderbrueggen, the 29 half-hour segments have been funded and organized by the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley, Contra Costa Newspapers, Contra Costa Council, Contra Costa TV, Contra Costa County Election Department, Comcast and the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation of Walnut Creek.

The shows air on CCTV and Comcast public access stations up until the election.
Contra Costa TV, or CCTV, can be viewed countywide on Comcast Channel 27 and Astound Channel 32.

Forums can also be seen on your Comcast public access Channel 26. Only races affecting the community will be shown within that community, however, they may be viewable to each of the communities served within the cable company’s systems line-up.

Comcast central Contra Costa airs in Martinez, Lamorinda, Danville, Blackhawk, Clyde, Pleasant Hill, and portions of Walnut Creek including Rossmoor. The balance of Walnut Creek airs on Channel 6.

Comcast’s East Contra Costa County line-up airs in Bay Point, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Discovery Bay.

Comcast’s West Contra Costa County line up airs on El Cerrito, Pinole and Richmond.
Comcast’s Tri-Valley line-up airs in San Ramon and Dublin.

Here are the forums and viewing times:
State and regional

Assembly 11th District (DeSaulnier, Simonsen, Nott) CCTV: 7 p.m., Oct. 8 and Oct. 22; and 8 p.m., Oct. 18 and Oct. 30.

Assembly 15th District (Houston/Coleman) CCTV: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8 and Oct. 22; and 8:30 p.m., Oct.18 and Oct. 30. Comcast Tri-Valley: 9 p.m., Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.

BART, District 2 (Keller/Gomes) CCTV: 8 p.m., Oct. 11 and Oct. 23; and 7 p.m., Oct. 15 andOct. 29. Comcast West County: 5 p.m., Oct. 18 and Oct. 25; 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 and Oct. 27.

Measure L (Contra Costa, urban limit line) — CCTV: 8:30 p.m., Oct. 11 and Oct. 23; and 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15; and Oct. 29. Channel 26, Comcast West County: 5:30 p.m., Oct. 15 and Oct. 22; 6 p.m., Oct. 17 and Oct. 24.

Proposition 1C (Statewide, housing bond) — CCTV: 9:30 p.m., Oct. 11 and Oct. 23; 8:30 p.m., Oct. 15 and Oct. 29. Comcast West County: 3 p.m., Oct. 15 and Oct. 22; 5:30 p.m, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24.

Proposition 89 (Statewide, public financing of campaigns) — CCTV: 9 p.m., Oct. 11 and Oct. 23; 8 p.m., Oct. 15; and Oct. 29. Comcast West County: 10:30 a.m., Oct. 15 and Oct. 22; 5 p.m., Oct. 17 and Oct. 24.

CENTRAL CONTRA COSTA

Concord City Council — Comcast Central Contra Costa: 6 p.m., Oct. 31; 2 p.m., Nov. 5

Clayton Town Council — Comcast Central Contra Costa: 5:30 p.m., Oct. 31; 1:30 p.m., Nov. 5

Martinez City Council — Comcast Central Contra Costa: 7 p.m., Oct. 31; 3 p.m., Nov. 5

Martinez Mayor — Comcast Cantral Contra Costa: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 31; 3:30 p.m., Nov. 5

Moraga Town Council — Comcast Central Contra Costa: 8 p.m., Oct. 31; 4 p.m., Nov. 5

Mt.Diablo Unified School District — CCTV: 8 p.m., Oct. 8 and Oct. 22; 9 p.m., Oct. 18 and Oct. 30. Comcast Central Contra Costa: 8:30 p.m., Oct. 31; 4:30 p.m., Nov. 5.

Orinda City Council — Comcast Central Contra Costa: 9 p.m., Oct. 31; 5 p.m., Nov. 5

Pleasant Hill City Council — Comcast Central Contra Costa 9:30 p.m., Oct. 31; 5:30 p.m., Nov. 5

Walnut Creek City Council — Comcast Central Contra Costa and Walnut Creek’s Channel 6: 10 p.m., Oct. 31; 6 p.m., Nov. 5

EAST CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Ambrose Park and Recreation District — Comcast East County: 5 p.m., Oct. 9; 4:30 pm., Oct. 10; 10 p.m, Oct. 12 and Oct. 16; 6 p.m., Oct. 17; 9 p.m, Oct. 20; 6 p.m., Oct. 24; 10 p.m., Oct. 30; 8 p.m., Oct. 31; 9 p.m, Nov. 3; 6:30 p.m., Nov. 6

Antioch City Council — Comcast East County: 6 p.m., Oct. 10; 9 p.m, Oct. 12; 9:30 p.m, Oct. 13; 10:30 p.m, Oct. 16; 8 p.m., Oct. 17; 8 p.m., Oct. 20; 9:30 p.m., Oct. 27; 6:30 p.m., Oct. 28; 11 p.m., Oct. 30; 9 p.m., Oct. 31; 8 p.m., Nov. 3; 6:30 p.m., Nov. 4; 10 p.m,. Nov. 6.

Brentwood City Council — Comcast East County: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 9; 7:30 p.m., Oct. 11; 5:30 p.m, Oct. 12; 7:30 p.m., Oct. 16; 7:30 p.m, Oct. 18; 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23; 4:30 p.m, Oct. 24; 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25; 5 p.m., Oct. 26; 7:30 p.m, Oct. 30; 7:30 p.m., Nov. 1; and 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6.

Brentwood Mayor — Comcast East County: 8 p.m., Oct. 9; 8 p.m., Oct. 11; 6 p.m, Oct. 12; 8 p.m., Oct. 16; 8 p.m, Oct. 18; 8 p.m., Oct. 23; 5 p.m, Oct. 24; 8 p.m., Oct. 25; 5:30 p.m., Oct. 26; 8 p.m, Oct. 30; 8 p.m., Nov. 1; and 8 p.m., Nov. 6.

Discovery Bay Community Services District — Comcast East County: 8:30 p.m., Oct. 9; 8:30 p.m., Oct. 11; 6:30 p.m., Oct. 12; 8:30 p.m., Oct. 16; 8:30, Oct. 18; 8:30 p.m., Oct. 23; 5:30 p.m., Oct. 24; 8:30 p.m., Oct. 25; 6 p.m., Oct. 26; 8:30 p.m., Oct. 30; 8:30 p.m., Nov. 1; and 8:30 p.m., Nov. 6.

Pittsburg City Council — Comcast East County: 5:30 p.m, Oct. 9; 9:30 p.m, Oct. 12; 9 p.m., Oct. 13; 10:30 p.m., Oct. 16; 8:30 p.m., Oct. 17; 8:30 p.m., Oct. 20; 9 p.m., Oct. 27; 6 p.m., Oct. 28; 10:30 p.m., Oct. 30; 8:30 p.m,. Oct. 31; 8:30 p.m., Nov. 3; 5:30 p.m., Nov. 4; 10:30 p.m, Nov. 6.

SAN RAMON VALLEY

Danville Town Council — Comcast Contra Costa: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 31; and 2:30 p.m., Nov. 5

WEST CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

El Cerrito City Council — Comcast West County: 11:30 a.m., Oct. 15 and Oct. 22; 6 p.m., Oct. 19 and Oct. 26.

Hercules City Council — Comcast West County: Noon, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22; 6 p.m., Oct. 20 and Oct. 27

Pinole City Council — Comcast West County: 7 p.m., Oct. 4; 12 p.m., Oct. 7; 5 p.m., Oct. 8.

Richmond City Council — Comcast West County: 1 p.m., Oct. 15 and Oct. 22; 5 p.m., Oct. 16 and Oct. 23

Richmond Mayor — Comcast West County: 1:30 p.m., Oct. 15 and Oct. 22; 5:30 p.m., Oct. 16 and Oct. 23.

West Contra Costa Unified School District — CCTV: 8:30 p.m., Oct. 8 and Oct. 22; 9:30 p.m., Oct. 18 and Oct. 30. Comcast West County: 12:30 p.m, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22; 7 p.m, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24.

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