It ain’t just a river in Egypt.

The “Budget Reform Now” campaign for the six state-budget-related measures on the May 19 special election ballot issued a news release last night quoting Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner, the California State Sheriffs’ Assocaition’s president, on the Public Policy Institute of California’s latest poll:

“It is clear from this poll that Californians are less than satisfied with the status quo when it comes to our economy and our government – Props 1A through 1F are aimed at putting an end to the dysfunctional business as usual in Sacramento. As a county sheriff charged with protecting my community I know first hand the harm our budget rollercoaster does to the resources law enforcement needs to do our jobs. We are confident that as voters learn more about how Props 1A through 1F work together to address California’s budget problems both in the short and long term they will join us and the hundreds of thousands of teachers, seniors, workers, taxpayer advocates and many other Californians in voting yes on Props 1A-1F on May 19.”

It’s nice to be confident. The poll, however, showed not only that a majority of voters aren’t in favor of five of the six measures, but also that the Legislature’s and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s popularity are near or at record lows. And with the election looming seven weeks from this coming Tuesday, there’s not much time left in which to find somebody high-profile and popular who can effectively make a case for these measures.


Pleasant Hill vice mayor to run for county supervisor

Pleasant Hill Vice Mayor Karen Mitchoff

Pleasant Hill Vice Mayor Karen Mitchoff

Pleasant Hill Vice Mayor Karen Mitchoff says she will run next year for Contra Costa County supervisor in District 4.

Mitchoff hopes to succeed Contra Costa County Supervisor Susan Bonilla, who has said she will run in 2010 for the seat held by soon-to-be-termed-out Assemblyman Tom Torlakson.

Mitchoff was elected to the Pleasant Hill City Council last November.

But she has been a fixture in local politics for years both as a member of Pleasant Hill advisory boards and as the former chief of staff for three elected officials  including former Contra Costa County Sheriff Richard Rainey, former Contra Costa County Supervisor Sunne Wright McPeak and then-supervisor Mark DeSaulnier. (He is now a state senator.)

She currently works for Contra Costa  as an administrative analyst where her duties include monitoring legislation affecting human services, special projects and fiscal issues.

Mitchoff tells me she has been thinking about running for supervisor ever since Bonilla expressed a desire to run for the Legislature. But Mitchoff held off based on the decision of another potential candidate, Concord Councilman Guy Bjerke.

“Guy called and told me he is not running,” Mitchoff said today.


Camp Parks to receive stimulus money

Camp Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin will receive more than $8 million in federal stimulus funds, according to the office of Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.

The funds will be used for two projects at the station.

Approximately $4.7 million will be used to renovate barracks for soldiers who are on short-term training assignments at Camp Parks.  Another $3.2 million will be dedicated to renovating housing for personnel assigned to Camp Parks on a more permanent basis.

“At a time when increasing demands are being placed on our troops, we need to make sure their housing needs are met,” McNerney said in a prepared release.  “The soldiers at Camp Parks are often far away from their families and homes.  These funds will help make sure they are provided for while serving our country.”

The funds made available to Camp Parks Reserve Forces Training Area were allocated from the stimulus package signed into law on February 17, 2009 and are administered by the Department of Defense.


State Senators honor slain Oakland Police

These floor speeches were made Monday, but the videos just became available today.

From state Sen. Mike DeSaulnier, D-Concord (reading from our article in Monday’s editions):

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Rep. Miller schedules second town hall meeting

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, will give constituents another chance to query him directly about the nation’s troubles.

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez

Miller will host a second town hall meeting in so many weeks on Saturday (March 28) from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the DeJean Middle School’s multipurpose room, 3400 MacDonald Avenue in Richmond.

The veteran congressman will talk and take questions about the hot issues of the day including economic recovery, unemployment, the mortgage and banking crisis and healthcare.

For more information, call Miller’s office at 925-602-1880.


Uhuru Movement praises cop killer

From the Web site of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, a notice of a gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, March 25) at the Uhuru House at 7911 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland:

“Uphold the Resistance of the African Community as Represented by Brother Lovelle Mixon

“Gather at 6pm at the Uhuru House
7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
6:30 March to Eastmont Town Center
Rally & Return to the Uhuru House

“Just like the resistance of Nat Turner and Gabriel Prosser, enslaved Africans once vilified and today considered heroes, African people in Oakland have a right to struggle against this government-imposed terror. Like the missiles launched from Gaza and the Iraqi resistance forces, African people will rightfully fight to free themselves against oppression in every form.

“We call on the citizens of Oakland to unite with the demands raised by the Uhuru Movement for genuine economic development to the African working class community, for reparations for the families of victims of police violence, for a community controlled police review board with subpoena powers and for an immediate end to these failed public policies of police containment which have brought so much suffering to the African community for so long.

“We call on Oakland citizens to join us in rejecting the knee-jerk criminalization of the oppressed African community by the city and state governments, and in recognizing that in order to go forward as a city we must unite in the quest for economic and social justice for the African community.”

I don’t think many Oaklanders have a problem with calls for economic development and tight citizen oversight of police, but I’d think most Oaklanders do have a big problem with trying to justify and show solidarity with the murder of police officers.

UPDATE @ 4:50 P.M.: Right after posting this item at about 9:30 a.m. today, I e-mailed spokespeople for Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland; state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley; Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Alameda; and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums to see if they would comment on this. As of now, only Lee’s office has responded: “The focus of the office is on the four officers and their grieving families and members of the OPD. We know nothing about this group at all.”