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San Ramon singing the blues

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, February 25th, 2008 at 1:50 pm in 2008 presidential election, Contra Costa politics, Democratic politics.

Party registration in San Ramon has tipped for the first time in favor of Democrats, going the way of Lamorinda where all three of its cities have flipped in the past several years from red to blue.

The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club reports that based on the latest registration figures it obtained from Contra Costa County, as of Jan. 25, Democrats now outnumber Republicans by 131 voters. Last March, Republicans held a 3 percentage point lead over Democrats in San Ramon.

Interestingly, the largest Assembly district in the San Ramon Valley, District 15, has also shifted leftward. In January 2006, Republicans held a 3 percentage-point registration advantage. By January 2008, Democrats actually held a tiny lead — one-tenth of one percent — over the GOP.

What’s happening?

Unquestionably, the hotly contested Democratic presidential contest is attracting new voters. Democrats see the opportunity to win the White House in November, and they are showing up to the polls all over the United States in far greater numbers than Republicans.

Local Democrats have also been busy registering voters, said San Ramon Valley Democratic Club President Ray Link. They have a booth at the Danville farmer’s market every Saturday and politically minded folks must be doing something more than stocking up on fruits and vegetables.

Anyone have other ideas about why Lamorinda and San Ramon are trending blue? (FYI, Alamo, Danville and Diablo have remained consistently Republican at 51, 47 and 63 percent respectively.)

Here’s are the registration numbers the club provided for San Ramon:

– In March 2007, San Ramon had 10,430 Democrats, or 36 percent of the registered voters. By Jan. 25, it rose to 11,138 voters or 37 percent.

– Republicans had 11,286 voters or 39 percent in March 2007, but dropped by Jan. 25 to to 11,007 voters or 36 percent.

– Decline to state voters rose from 22 percent of registered voters to 23 percent in the same time period.

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  • formerorindarepublican

    sounds like the county republican central committee has dropped the ball big time.

  • formerorindarepublican

    sounds like the county republican central committee has dropped the ball big time.

  • Renegade GOP

    This is part of the general decline of the GOP. It is sad for grassroots Republicans who have worked so hard for so many years to watch what our elected Republican officals have done to the reputation of the GOP.

    We used to be for balanced budgets, small government and fiscal responsibility. Now we are headed for the wilderness.

  • Renegade GOP

    This is part of the general decline of the GOP. It is sad for grassroots Republicans who have worked so hard for so many years to watch what our elected Republican officals have done to the reputation of the GOP.

    We used to be for balanced budgets, small government and fiscal responsibility. Now we are headed for the wilderness.

  • Patty O’Day

    Formerorindarepublican says, “sounds like the county republican central committee has dropped the ball big time.”

    Unlike Former, I don’t hide behind some fake name. I am proud of the work that I and all the wonderful grassroots volunteers of the Contra Costa Republican Party Central Committee and all of our local affiliated Republican Clubs have done over the last several elections to help register voters, recruit volunteers, educate the public, get out the vote, and generally support our Republican candidates.

    The drop in registration is NOT due to the failure of the Contra Costa Republican Party’s grassroots efforts. We have one of the largest and most effective grass roots efforts in the State. Rather, it is due to at least three other factors.

    First, and foremost, the politicians themselves are to blame. Allegations of improper behavior, earmarks, and dirty campaigns, made against politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, are thoroughly disgusting the voting public. The difference is that Republican voters refuse to back people that are accused of this type of behavior. If the politicians can’t clean up their act, they will lose voters.

    Secondly, many voters believe that if they don’t register for either the Republican or Democrat party, but instead register as Independent or Decline to State, they will not get the calls and the campaign literature in the mail. Of course, they are sadly mistaken. Naturally, these are EXACTLY the people that are targeted because they are “undecided” and might be able to be persuaded to vote for our candidate. I personally have made thousands of calls to these very people. I believe their mistaken beliefs are the reason for the large number of people leaving both parties and registering as Decline to State.

    Thirdly, the large exodus of families from San Francisco to the outlying areas (especially Contra Costa) has greatly changed the demographics of our county’s voting public. People were so sick of the whacky politics and the crime in San Francisco that they are moving themselves and their families into our neighborhoods. San Francisco has consistently had a very heavy Democrat majority. Now that they are moving into our county, our demographics will naturally change.

    I resent insults against our very dedicated volunteers who are the ONLY people doing any work in this county to register voters, man the phone banks, and walk the precincts and get out the vote. If you are so chicken that you can’t even give your name, then I don’t really care what your opinion is. Why don’t you try to be part of the solution instead of being part of the problem? Try showing up once in a while and helping out.

  • Patty O’Day

    Formerorindarepublican says, “sounds like the county republican central committee has dropped the ball big time.”

    Unlike Former, I don’t hide behind some fake name. I am proud of the work that I and all the wonderful grassroots volunteers of the Contra Costa Republican Party Central Committee and all of our local affiliated Republican Clubs have done over the last several elections to help register voters, recruit volunteers, educate the public, get out the vote, and generally support our Republican candidates.

    The drop in registration is NOT due to the failure of the Contra Costa Republican Party’s grassroots efforts. We have one of the largest and most effective grass roots efforts in the State. Rather, it is due to at least three other factors.

    First, and foremost, the politicians themselves are to blame. Allegations of improper behavior, earmarks, and dirty campaigns, made against politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, are thoroughly disgusting the voting public. The difference is that Republican voters refuse to back people that are accused of this type of behavior. If the politicians can’t clean up their act, they will lose voters.

    Secondly, many voters believe that if they don’t register for either the Republican or Democrat party, but instead register as Independent or Decline to State, they will not get the calls and the campaign literature in the mail. Of course, they are sadly mistaken. Naturally, these are EXACTLY the people that are targeted because they are “undecided” and might be able to be persuaded to vote for our candidate. I personally have made thousands of calls to these very people. I believe their mistaken beliefs are the reason for the large number of people leaving both parties and registering as Decline to State.

    Thirdly, the large exodus of families from San Francisco to the outlying areas (especially Contra Costa) has greatly changed the demographics of our county’s voting public. People were so sick of the whacky politics and the crime in San Francisco that they are moving themselves and their families into our neighborhoods. San Francisco has consistently had a very heavy Democrat majority. Now that they are moving into our county, our demographics will naturally change.

    I resent insults against our very dedicated volunteers who are the ONLY people doing any work in this county to register voters, man the phone banks, and walk the precincts and get out the vote. If you are so chicken that you can’t even give your name, then I don’t really care what your opinion is. Why don’t you try to be part of the solution instead of being part of the problem? Try showing up once in a while and helping out.

  • Arne Simonsen

    Patty O’Day wrote everything that I was going to write.

    As a fiscal conservative and social moderate I bump heads with the Republican leadership at the State and Federal level all the time.

    But my father explained to me long ago that you can only change an organization from within, not from the outside casting stones.

  • Arne Simonsen

    Patty O’Day wrote everything that I was going to write.

    As a fiscal conservative and social moderate I bump heads with the Republican leadership at the State and Federal level all the time.

    But my father explained to me long ago that you can only change an organization from within, not from the outside casting stones.

  • http://halfwaytoconcord.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/New_Paradigm_Review.pdf Bill Gram-Reefer

    Sounds like Patty and Arne agree that making excuses is the only way to make positive organizational change.

    That’s too bad, since most organizations in both public and private sectors agree that good leadership usually helps organizations produce results despite challenging opportunities Patty describes as insurmountable negative trends.

    Patty clearly blames candidates and peoples’ “mistaken ideas” for leaving the party. How typical to blame others rather than oneself, and then shush the rank and file who should be so bold as to question the brilliant leader and his sycophants. That’s a shame. For this sort of knee-jerk response to ANY CRITICISM of the current chair and committee, I don’t blame people for wanting to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal from the mullahs of republicanism in our county.

    Tirades, threatening phone calls, pouting, bullying, picking sides, using executive session to voice personal attacks, aren’t exactly top shelf managerial tactics, let alone the failure, after repeated requests, to produce regular, verifiable financial and accounting statements to document one’s stewardship. Sounds more like an unaccountable clique circling the wagons when their sinecure is discovered and challenged.

    Both Patty and Arne complain that people should step up instead of complain. Well I have, in deciding to run for the Central Committee out of Supervisoral District 4.

    Here’s a typical reaction I get when knowledgeable people learn of my decision: “WHAT??? Have you ever BEEN to a Central Committee meeting? No responsible Republican I know would step foot in one and some of them used to be on it. They didn’t like sitting there feeling their brains turn to pulp as they listened to the drivel. They even quit going to the Red White and Blue Ball, which some of them used to run — in its successful days. Should you win, I’d predict you wouldn’t last six months before quitting. These people are not rational….” I received basically the same advice from a local elected only it was described as “a snake pit.”

    Patty and Arne, maybe its time to consider that—just maybe—these attitudes from the people who left, as well as other respected voices in our community, are not about their “mistaken ideas” but yours.

    It’s time to get the GOP in Contra Costa County back on the right track.

    Vote for Bill Gram-Reefer for Republican Central Committee (D-4)

  • http://halfwaytoconcord.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/New_Paradigm_Review.pdf Bill Gram-Reefer

    Sounds like Patty and Arne agree that making excuses is the only way to make positive organizational change.

    That’s too bad, since most organizations in both public and private sectors agree that good leadership usually helps organizations produce results despite challenging opportunities Patty describes as insurmountable negative trends.

    Patty clearly blames candidates and peoples’ “mistaken ideas” for leaving the party. How typical to blame others rather than oneself, and then shush the rank and file who should be so bold as to question the brilliant leader and his sycophants. That’s a shame. For this sort of knee-jerk response to ANY CRITICISM of the current chair and committee, I don’t blame people for wanting to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal from the mullahs of republicanism in our county.

    Tirades, threatening phone calls, pouting, bullying, picking sides, using executive session to voice personal attacks, aren’t exactly top shelf managerial tactics, let alone the failure, after repeated requests, to produce regular, verifiable financial and accounting statements to document one’s stewardship. Sounds more like an unaccountable clique circling the wagons when their sinecure is discovered and challenged.

    Both Patty and Arne complain that people should step up instead of complain. Well I have, in deciding to run for the Central Committee out of Supervisoral District 4.

    Here’s a typical reaction I get when knowledgeable people learn of my decision: “WHAT??? Have you ever BEEN to a Central Committee meeting? No responsible Republican I know would step foot in one and some of them used to be on it. They didn’t like sitting there feeling their brains turn to pulp as they listened to the drivel. They even quit going to the Red White and Blue Ball, which some of them used to run — in its successful days. Should you win, I’d predict you wouldn’t last six months before quitting. These people are not rational….” I received basically the same advice from a local elected only it was described as “a snake pit.”

    Patty and Arne, maybe its time to consider that—just maybe—these attitudes from the people who left, as well as other respected voices in our community, are not about their “mistaken ideas” but yours.

    It’s time to get the GOP in Contra Costa County back on the right track.

    Vote for Bill Gram-Reefer for Republican Central Committee (D-4)

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  • Renegade GOP

    Glad to hear that Arne and Patty are agreeing with me about the vapidity of our elected Republicans.

    Don’t be so critical of alias’s Patty. Without alias’s you would never have had the federalist papers.

    As for the folks moving out here from SF and swamping out Republicans. Don’t be so paranoid. I would take the attitude that either you are a Republican or a potential Republican. There is always hope for a conversion if the party becomes more appealing to real people.

    I also think Graham-Reefer makes some valid points.
    I am glad to hear he is running for the Central Committee.

  • Renegade GOP

    Glad to hear that Arne and Patty are agreeing with me about the vapidity of our elected Republicans.

    Don’t be so critical of alias’s Patty. Without alias’s you would never have had the federalist papers.

    As for the folks moving out here from SF and swamping out Republicans. Don’t be so paranoid. I would take the attitude that either you are a Republican or a potential Republican. There is always hope for a conversion if the party becomes more appealing to real people.

    I also think Graham-Reefer makes some valid points.
    I am glad to hear he is running for the Central Committee.

  • http://halfwaytoconcord.com/why-i-am-sticking-to-my-republican-values/ Sean Ackley

    I moved to CCC in 2002 and am just getting around to getting involved with the Republican party internals. From the events I have gone to it seems there are a lot of really good conservative people out there. I just don’t think the direction of the Republican party on a state-wide or national level has promoted traditional conservatism (and it always flows downhill). We need to “get back to basics” of the Republican party and remember why people sign up and vote for our party.

    As a long-time party member told me, “compromise” is the key to politics. I am certainly willing to compromise, but not the core beliefs of what our party is supposed to be and what made us a great party. I will fight for those conservative values the best I can.

    The central committee should be more focussed on who is running in our district, are they running with our parties best interest, and then guide them in that race. Lets just not sit back and let them run simply because they are “Republican”. Our candidates should exhibit our values and our party platform first.

    Once we can start showing the county what Republicans are really about, voters will start flocking back to our party and want to contribute money to the cause. We just need to provide a stable platform and quality people to represent us.

  • http://halfwaytoconcord.com/why-i-am-sticking-to-my-republican-values/ Sean Ackley

    I moved to CCC in 2002 and am just getting around to getting involved with the Republican party internals. From the events I have gone to it seems there are a lot of really good conservative people out there. I just don’t think the direction of the Republican party on a state-wide or national level has promoted traditional conservatism (and it always flows downhill). We need to “get back to basics” of the Republican party and remember why people sign up and vote for our party.

    As a long-time party member told me, “compromise” is the key to politics. I am certainly willing to compromise, but not the core beliefs of what our party is supposed to be and what made us a great party. I will fight for those conservative values the best I can.

    The central committee should be more focussed on who is running in our district, are they running with our parties best interest, and then guide them in that race. Lets just not sit back and let them run simply because they are “Republican”. Our candidates should exhibit our values and our party platform first.

    Once we can start showing the county what Republicans are really about, voters will start flocking back to our party and want to contribute money to the cause. We just need to provide a stable platform and quality people to represent us.