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Nunn responds to mailer criticisms

Contra Costa supervisor candidate Erik Nunn has reponded via email to my blog entry earlier today criticizing a mailer he funded that targets challenger and incumbent Supervisor Federal Glover.

Here’s what Nunn had to say and I have also included at the bottom my return email:


As a property owner and Section 8 landlord it’s Federal Glover’s responsibility to make sure bills are paid and if his tenants move out, he should obviously be aware of that and take appropriate action, which he has failed to do over and over, for seven years.

One lien, OK, two, fine, but seven and three are outstanding. Either Federal Glover thinks he doesn’t have to follow the same rules as other Section 8 landlords or he is uninformed and doesn’t care.

It sounds like Federal Glover is blaming his Section 8 tenants, the garbage company or the U.S. Postal service for not paying his bills, and they are his bills, he owns the property.

The fact that Federal Glover was alerted to these unpaid bills as a result of a campaign mailer is actually disturbing, especially considering how important of an issue Section 8 is to East County voters.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2008
Under: 2008 June primary, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics, Election 2008 | No Comments »

False and misleading mailer targets Glover

An opponent-funded campaign mailer (see images below) targeting Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg contains major misstatements and false impressions.

Erik Nunn of Oakley, one of five people running June 3 for the District 5 seat on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, paid for the four-page glossy brochure.

The Contra Costa Times periodically examines campaign literature and informs voters of the facts.

Here’s a breakdown:

What it says: “Federal Glover makes thousands of dollars a month as a Section 8 landlord.”

Is it true? No.

Glover has tenants in one Oakland triplex unit who qualify for federal housing assistance. The rent on the unit is $1,600 a month. The tenants pay a portion of the monthly rent, usually between 20 to 30 percent, and the Alameda County Housing Authority uses federal funds to pay the difference.

In addition to the triplex, Glover owns three rental properties with addresses in Pittsburg, Sacramento and Elk Grove.

Read on to see the rest of the mailer and the explanations. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2008
Under: 2008 June primary, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics, Election 2008 | 25 Comments »

Political Haiku, Vol. 1

McClellan pans Bush,
a book we all saw coming.
Yet Karl Rove is shocked.

McCain banks more cash
both in Reno and SoCal –
none for GI bill?

Barack said Auschwitz
but really meant Buchenwald

A gaffe? Do we care?

Gay marriage starts soon
unless court stays its own hand.
Must we cast votes first?

C’mon, everybody – five syllables, then seven, then five (yes, I know that’s oversimplified, but I don’t speak Japanese). Bring it on!

Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2008
Under: Barack Obama, Elections, haiku, John McCain, President Bush, same-sex marriage | No Comments »

Same-sex marriage a boon for tourism?

Watch for those flights and hotels to fill up quickly starting next month. From the Associated Press, via the Washington Post:

ALBANY, N.Y. — Same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere will be recognized in New York in response to a state court ruling this year, Gov. David Paterson’s spokeswoman said Wednesday.

State agencies, including those governing insurance and health care, must immediately change policies and regulations to make sure “spouse,” “husband” and “wife” are clearly understood to include gay couples, according to a memo sent earlier this month from the governor’s counsel.

Gay marriage is not legal in New York, and the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, has said it can only be legalized by the Legislature. But the memo, based on a Feb. 1 New York Appellate Division court ruling, would recognize the marriages of New Yorkers who are legally wed elsewhere.

The appellate judges determined that there is no legal impediment in New York to the recognition of a same-sex marriage. The state Legislature “may decide to prohibit the recognition of same-sex marriages solemnized abroad,” the ruling said. “Until it does so, however, such marriages are entitled to recognition in New York.”

Massachusetts is currently the only U.S. state that recognizes same-sex marriage, but its residency requirements would bar New Yorkers from marrying there.

New York residents could instead flock to California, where gay couples will be able to wed beginning June 17 _ unless that state’s Supreme Court decides to stay its own ruling. Upon their return home, in the eyes of the state, their unions would be no different from those of their heterosexual neighbors.

Our county clerks’ offices are gonna be jammed

Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
Under: same-sex marriage | No Comments »

Your roundup of roundups

So much news, so little time.

Same-sex marriage: The new Field Poll finds 51 percent of Californians favor allowing same-sex marriage; a Los Angeles court research attorney opines that the constitutional amendment proposed for November’s ballot might have fatal legal flaws; same-sex marriages might begin as soon as June 17; and the San Francisco City Attorney files a motion opposing a conservative group’s request that the state Supreme Court stay its ruling until after November’s election.

Marijuana: The Assembly passes a bill which would prevent California employers from firing a worker solely because he or she uses medical marijauna, in compliance with the state’s law, outside the workplace. Meanwhile, the DEA raids at least one marijuana-growing operation in the East Bay, maybe more.

The Legislature in action: The Assembly says no to gun shows at the Cow Palace and yes to paid sick leave for California workers. On the state Senate side, President Pro Tem Don Perata is glad to be alive.

Coming up on Thursday: The Commonwealth Club hosts U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in San Francisco, and antiwar icon Cindy Sheehan debates a military recruiter in Berkeley.

Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
Under: Assembly, California State Senate, Cindy Sheehan, Civil liberties, Don Perata, General, Harry Reid, marijuana, same-sex marriage, U.S. Senate | No Comments »

Supervisor candidate accidently self-funds campaign

UPDATE 5:03 P.M. Deputy District Attorney Steve Bolen has determined that Contra Costa County supervisor candidate Erik Nunn is a self-funded candidate and as a result, his opponents qualify to collect $5,000 per person rather than $1,675.

Contra Costa County supervisor candidate Erik Nunn of Oakley and his relatives have contributed or loaned his campaign more than $25,000 and triggered a hike in his opponents’ contribution limits.

Incumbent Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg and challengers Gary Agopian, Mary Rocha and Don Parscal are now permitted under the county’s election law to receive up to $5,000 per person rather than $1,675 for the June 3 election.

But Nunn called it a mistake and said he has refunded the money that pushed him over the limit.

“My family did not know the rules, or how much I had already lent the campaign,” said Nunn, a chief financial office for a general contracting company. “It definitely was something that my treasurer and I missed. … I have already sent the contributions back to my family members and the correction will be made on my next campaign report.”

It may be too late for Nunn change his mind. (It is too late. See update above.)

Glover’s campaign argues that it’s unfair to allow candidates to flip-flop back and forth and put the opponents fund-raising in limbo.

“I think the Glover campaign makes a reasonable argument,” said Deputy District Attorney Steve Bolen. “ I’m going to get the supporting documents, talk to the campaigns and determine whether Nunn can reverse course.”

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Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
Under: 2008 June primary, campaign finance, Contra Costa politics | No Comments »

MoveOn offers ‘The McCain-Bush Challenge’

MoveOn activists all across the nation are taking to the streets today to invite voters to take “The McCain-Bush Challenge,” a pop quiz to see whether voters can tell the difference between the policy positions of Republican presidential candidate John McCain and those of President George W. Bush.

The organization claims half a million voters have visited The Bush-McCain Challenge Web site to take the quiz since it launched earlier this month. But today’s the first day they’re doing it as a man-on-the-street blitz; they’ll be at Market and Powell streets in San Francisco at noon, and between the Safeway and the Trader Joe’s at the Alameda Towne Center at 6 p.m.

mccain-and-bush-at-phoenix-sky-harbor-intl-airport-on-tuesday-ap-photo-charles-dharapak.jpgThis is an extension of Democrats’ effort to paint McCain as a Bush clone, and his candidacy as little more than a “four more years” extension of a wildly unpopular presidency.

McCain’s opponents have made hay of the fact that yesterday’s Bush-headlined fundraiser in Arizona was held at a private residence and was closed to the public and press — perhaps an effort to raise money from the GOP faithful while maintaining a public distance from the president. Actually, McCain typically keeps his fundraisers closed to the press anyway. But this was their first campaign event together since March.

McCain today has a fundraising luncheon in Reno, and then a fundraising dinner in Los Angeles.

Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
Under: Elections, General, John McCain, President Bush | No Comments »

East Bay Assembly candidates raise big bucks

The eight state Assembly candidates in two sharply contested East Bay primaries raised nearly $625,000 between March 18 and May 17, the dates of the most recent campaign finance reporting period.

In the Republican Assembly District 15 primary, where four candidates are battling it out for the chance to go up against the Democratic nominee in November, retired entrepreneur Robert Rao of Livermore has proven he is a man of his word.

Rao said at the start of his race that he would write as many checks as necessary to run a competitive operation. To date, he has given or loaned his campaign $$479,069. He reported $82,683 in the bank as of May 17 and $136,670 in unpaid bills.

Among the other three challengers in order of fund-raising prowess in the last period:

Judy Biviano Lloyd, businessowner and Danville resident: $77,254 in contributions, $177,350 in the bank and $88,650 in unpaid bills. (Total contributions since January other than loans: $114,723)

Abram Wilson, mayor of San Ramon (no web site): $42,313 in contributions, $46,620 in the bank and $101,065 in debts. (Total contributions since January other than loans: $52,938)

Scott Kamena, optometrist from Livermore: $28,276 in contributions, $54,375 in the bank and $67,761 in debts. (Total contributions since January: $78,958)

The four Assembly District 14 Democratic candidates are furiously racing to next week’s finish line, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
Under: 2008 June primary, California Legislature | 1 Comment »

Schwarzenegger video of the week

This week, circa 1985, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in “Commando,” wherein our hero makes many wisecracks as lots of things blow up reeeeeeal good:

“Now — somewhere, somehow, someone’s going to pay.”

Hmmmm. Sounds like a slogan for the state budget negotiations.

Previous SVOTWs: May 20, May 13, May 6, April 29, April 22, April 15, April 8, April 1, March 25, March 18, March 11, March 4, February 26, February 19, February 12, February 5, January 29, January 22, January 15, January 8, January 1, December 25, December 18, December 11, December 4, November 27, November 20, November 13, November 6, October 30, October 23, October 16, October 9, October 2, September 25, September 18, September 11, September 4, August 28, August 21, August 7, July 31, July 24, July 17, July 10, July 3, June 26, June 19, June 12, June 5, May 29, May 22, May 15, May 8, May 1, April 24, April 17, April 10, April 3, March 27, March 20, March 13, March 6, February 27, February 20, February 13, February 6, January 30.

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
Under: Arnold Schwarzenegger | No Comments »

One editorial, four endorsements?

9th State Senate District candidate Wilma Chan put out a mailer recently touting her endorsement by the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times, the Tri-Valley Herald and the Alameda Times-Star:


But in case you were wondering, yes, all those newspapers are owned by the same chain. And yes, all four of those quotations came from a single editorial.

Posted on Saturday, May 24th, 2008
Under: California State Senate, Elections, General, Wilma Chan | 1 Comment »