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CD10: Lawsuit, smack talk and other stuff

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 4:27 pm in General.

Here are some tidbits that crossed my desk today in the special election in the 10th Congressional District to replace Ellen Tauscher.

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ALAMO RESIDENT Jeffrey Gerlach has filed suit in the California Supreme Court against Contra Costa County and the Secretary of State over the nearly impossible deadline to submit signatures in lieu of paying a filing fee in order to become a  nonpartisan candidate in the 10th Congressional District special election.

Gerlach has a point. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called the election on July 3. But due egally mandated election timeline under the truncated special election schedule, the deadline was July 6 — just three days later and during the July 4 holiday weekend — to file 3,000 signatures of registered voters instead of paying the $1,740 filing fee.  During a standard election cycle, individuals have several months to gather and submit signatures in lieu of a filing fee.

That’s not much time. Gerlach wants the Supreme Court to order the county and the state to accept his signatures in lieu of the filing fee and place his name on the Nov. 3 special general election ballot. The special primary will be held Sept. 1.

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Richmond Councilman Tom Butt talked smack today about CD10 candidate and Lt. Governor John Garamendi in the city leader’s widely disseminated email bulletin:

Lt. Gov. John Garamendi

Lt. Gov. John Garamendi

“Richmond residents should remember that Garamendi is one of three members of the California State Lands Commission who, despite pleas from hundreds of Richmond residents and the entire City Council, voted against requiring Chevron to pay for the Bay Trail gap as a condition for renewing the Chevron Long Wharf lease.

“The Lt Governor’s questions indicated that he thought the City of Richmond and East Bay Regional Park District should fund the entire $13 million cost themselves.  Chevron’s lobbyists had been very effective in teaching Commissioners the ABC’s, i.e. Anywhere But Chevron as a source of funds for closing the trail gap.  The Commission’s priority was getting Chevron’s money now for the state’s general fund.”

“Garamendi is no friend of Richmond. He sucks up to big business and is insensitive to the needs of cities. No one in Richmond, or anywhere else for that matter, should vote to send him to Congress.”

Uh, Tom, in case you didn’t know, Richmond is not in the 10th District and its residents cannot vote for Garamendi anyway.

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David Harmer

David Harmer

Republican candidate David Harmer will open his new campaign headquarters on Aug. 1 at 500 Ygnacio, Suite 360, in Walnut Creek. Join him at 9 a.m. for a rally followed by precinct walking. Call Chris Del Beccaro to RSVP at 206-963-3026 or email chris@harmerforcongress.com.

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Democrat and new media guru Adriel Hampton has launched a new website called http://adriel.nationbuilder.com/.

On the site, Hampton says, individuals set their own list of priorities, and they are all added up into one list and tracked like the Nielsen TV ratings or the Billboard music charts.

Adriel Hampton

Adriel Hampton

“On the new site, citizens have already added priorities such as civil marriage equality and local sourcing of aid to developing nations,” Hampton said. “Popular topics include ending the Drug War, fighting for single-payer health care, and providing federal funding for class-size reduction.”

NationBuilder is modeled after the technology behind WhiteHouse2.org, which allows people to send their ideas and views to President Barack Obama.  The open source NationBuilder platform is available in beta for any campaign, business or non-profit, Hampton says.

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Democrat Anthony Woods will host in Fairfield on Thursday the first of a series of town hall meetings to discuss his candidacy and hear from voters. It will be held at 2500 North Texas St. from 7-8:30 p.m. More forums will follow throughout the district. To RSVP, call 707-419-4553.

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Joan Buchanan

Joan Buchanan

DEMOCRAT AND ASSEMBLYWOMAN JOAN BUCHANAN will launch her blog this week on her website, where she says she will focus on the needs of the region’s small business owners and operators. She also announced that she will also continue her small business tour next with tops in Livermore, Dixon and Fairfield. Check her website for details.

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  • Arne Simonsen

    Yep, it looks like Richmond Councilman Tom Butts wants to “butt” in on the CD-10 campaign! Good call on letting him know that Richmond is outside the district.

    Humm, I wonder if Tom Butts is supporting Mark DeSaulnier? My bet is that he is.

  • Pert Buckner

    According to the state Office of Gerrymandering, the 10th CD includes 138 Richmond voters in zip code 94804 and 26 lucky Richmonders (ites?) in zip 94805. For fun, 2, that’s right, t-w-o voters who live in American Canyon (out of 9,900 registered there) are in CD 10.

    Fact Checka

  • Elwood

    Butt is a sphincter.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Okay, now you got me curious: Where did you get the info about the Richmond voters in CD10? I looked at the Senate reapportionment city list and Richmond is not on it.

    lisa v.

  • Charley Cowens

    http://www.sen.ca.gov/ftp/SEN/cngplan/2002_ZIP_BOOK/CD02_ZIP_CODE_ORDER.PDF

    shows the split in those two zip codes. Somehow, I don’t think Tom Butt knew this. He’s not on the DeSaulnier Web site as an endorser yet. Maybe this is just his way of officially endorsing.

  • Pert Buckner

    My source is 2002 Congressional Districts list by zip from state Senate Office of Demographics. This is one of the most bizarre districts I’ve seen.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Thanks, Pert. I’ll check that out.

    I suspect that these folks actually live in an unincorporated area outside Richmond but have a postal zip code of Richmond.