Garamendi visits CD10 again today

Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, a University of California Regent and California State University trustee, will be the keynote commencement speaker – emphasizing “the important role California’s community colleges play in educating our future workforce and retraining unemployed Californians” – at the Solano Community College graduation ceremony, 7:30 p.m. tonight in Fairfield.

Which, coincidentally, falls within the 10th Congressional District, where Garamendi has declared himself a candidate should Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, be confirmed to the State Department post to which she has been nominated.

And I’m sure the fact that this comes after Garamendi has made official visits to or near the 10th District over and over in the past two weeks is coincidence as well.

Meanwhile, two other 10th District candidates — state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and Adriel Hampton of Dublin — are scheduled to speak at a Memorial Day vigil honoring the nearly 5,000 servicemen and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lafayette Crosses on Deerhill Road, facing the Lafayette BART station.

UPDATE @ 3:01 P.M.: The Solano Community College gig tonight may be in Garamendi’s official capacity, but it comes at the start of a weekend-long campaign blitz in and around the district. Tomorrow, starting around 10 a.m., he’ll join residents in Vacaville (just outside the CD10) along the route of the annual Fiesta Day Parade. At 10 a.m. Monday, he’ll join Walnut Creek’s mayor and city council for that city’s Memorial Day service at the Civic Park gazebo, at the corner of North Broadway and Civic Drive. And at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday he’ll address the El Cerrito Democratic Club in the El Cerrito United Methodist Church, 6830 Stockton St.

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.

  • JK

    I wonder if Garamendi will explain his role in the Enron case of the 1990’s: Executive Life.

    What happened to the millions spent to supposedly assist policyholders to recover the billions lost in this blatant case of fraud? Why did Garamendi charge the policyholders millions of dollars for consulting fees with top investment bankers to set a value on Executive Life’s junk bonds, when he never disclosed their finding? This allowed him to tell the court that ‘he didn’t know the value of the bonds’ and to sell them to Credit Lyonnais and Leon Black at fire sale prices. What happened to a report that his own department staff completed that set a face value to the bonds but was never made public?

    John Garamendi accepted big bucks campaign contributions from law firms that the Department of Insurance retained to litigate the Executive Life case. Was the money a gratuity or an incentive?

    Annuity holders of Exec Life lost $5B. They
    lost their homes and retirements.

    When will Garamendi answer these questions?

  • RR

    Hope he doesn’t get lost if the GPS is out of date.

  • REW

    Garamendi’s needs to visit the CD 10 district a lot -especially Contra Costa County – because he doesn’t know the voters, or local elected officials, nor is he familiar with local issues. Basically he’s a Sacamento based out-of-town ringer trying to get himself elected to the CD 10 seat, despite weak ties to the district, Contra Costa in particular. The bulk of the voters in this district are from Contra Costa, a place Garamendi flies over from time to time when he’s landing at the Sacramento air-port. If he’s familair with our county it’s only from looking out the window of a jet. He has spent much of his time recently campaigning for Governor in LA, a campaign he gave up on because nobody was taking his run for Governor seriously. Inasfar as this CD 10 seat is concerned, Garamendi is basically a central valley politician trying to horn in on a bay area based congressional seat.

  • thepolity

    John Garamendi is a kind-hearted person and eloquent public speaker. Great to read that he spoke at the Solano Community College commencement yesterday because his advocacy for higher education and career technical education is unsurpassed.

  • Well said, Thepolity. The Lt. Gov. is the most experienced candidate in the race and has clearly articulated his reasons for running and vision if he is elected. I hope that his candidacy will force the race to be about issues and vision and not simply who has which endorsements. The voters deserve rigorous debate and real choice.

  • Rich

    I agree the voters deserve choice, but I don’t think it makes sense to elect John Garamendi a guy from the Sacramento Valley to be the Congresman from Contra Costa. The Sacramento County region is known for sprawl, smog choked air, mediocre schools, weak transportation links, and low wages. Garamendi has to be reponsible for some of this, he represented Sacramento County in the legislature for much of the 70’s and 80’s. Contra Costa County, in contrast, is known for it’s high wages, good schools, and very good transportation links, good parks, and the like. We have this progressive tradition in the county, a direct result of all these progressive politicians we’ve had like George Miller, Tom Torlakson, Tauscher and so on. I find it sort of laughable that Garamendi is coming to Contra Costa County to tell us how we need
    do things here. If we just had big John Garamendo running the show in contra Costa, things will improve here locally. I mean he should stay in Sacramento and try and fix the air quality in the Sac Valley, in my view.