Garamendi brings ‘listening tour’ to CD10

Lt. Gov. John Garamendi brought his “listening tour” to Las Positas College in Livermore today, talking with students and faculty about the importance of community colleges in educating our future workforce and retraining unemployed Californians.

Garamendi has made such visits before – I see he was at CSU Northridge in February – but I’m sure it’s not lost on anyone that Las Positas falls within the 10th Congressional District, where Garamendi recently declared he’ll be a special-election candidate to replace Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, if she’s confirmed to the State Department post to which she has been nominated.

So it’s just happy coincidence that Garamendi got to spend some quality time with an auditorium potentially packed with CD10 voters (though in fairness, I’m sure many Las Positas students live in Jerry McNerney’s CD11), blasting recent higher-education cuts and tuition hikes.

“We have lost our way,” he said, according to a news release issued after the visit. “We have lost our understanding that education is the single most important investment for our future workforce in this state.”

Garamendi toured the campus and saw some new construction projects funded by a local bond measure, including a child development center where instruction and childcare for students will be provided, a college center for the arts, and new sports complexes.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR

    Listen to this: Are you. your excellency, going to run for every open position until you exhaust all your dough?

  • Rew

    Garamendi is a perennial candidate for any office. He’s run for Governor umpteen times, insurance commissioner, Lt. Gov. , the list goes on and on. You’ve heard of guys who will go out on a date with anything that moves? Garamendi runs for any office that moves, and his latest is the CD 10 seat, even though he has zero ties to the district. If elected he’ll start running for another job – probably US Senate – the minute he takes office. Contra Costan’s don’t need this Sacramento based ringer to represent us in Washington.

  • dem insider

    I recently heard a rumor that Garamendi would still run for Governor after the special election for CD10. It seems hard to believe but at this point, I wouldnt put it past him.

  • ted ford

    I am reading on some national political blogs today that this race could be close and that Harmer is polling higher than otherwise would be expected. If there is an upset here and Harmer wins, it would be a huge story.

  • BJD


    that would be a huge story, but it isn’t going to happen.

    Harmer message doesn’t reach moderate democrats and indys. He ran a cookie cutter Republican campaign like he was in west Texas and not the East Bay.

    He will do better than the reg. advantage though…low voter turn out is in his favor.