CoCo DA’s union endorses O’Malley

Dan OMalley

Dan O'Malley

The Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorneys Association last night endorsed Dan O’Malley to replace retiring District Attorney Bob Kochly, said group spokesman Barry Grove:

The Deputy DA’s Association is pleased to announce its endorsement of Judge Dan O’Malley for Distirict Attorney. We believe Judge O’Malley to be, by far, the best qualified of any candidate and fully support his election to lead us in the fight against crime in Contra Costa County. Therefore, once again, the Deputy DA’s Association endorses Judge Dan O’Malley for District Attorney.

Other declared district attorney candidates including Concord Councilman and Deputy District Attorney Mark Peterson and Danville attorney Elle Falahat.

Endorsements are rarely newsworthy. Most are predictable. But in professional occupation offices such as the district attorney or sheriff, support from within the department signals to the public which of the candidates has the most confidence of the employees from within the agency that heĀ  the endorsement from the agency they may one day manage.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    When is the filing deadline?

  • Hi Lisa,
    Here’s a movie review about Where The Wild Things are. Maybe your newspaper can use it to pay up my allegedly delinquent account which you have under the wrong name. I did not change the name on my house because some local lawyers told me that I should not bother to change it since my marriage was not going to last. You can ask Richard Alexander what he meant by that. Howard and I got marrried in 2000.
    Jean Eger Womack

    Movie Review: Where The Wild Things Are

    The movie “Where the Wild Things Are,” which opened at the Century 16 Hilltop, 3200 Klose Way, Richmond, CA, 94806, (510) 758-2345, this morning at 11:30 a.m., is a breathtakingly beautiful film, a feast for the eyes, a calming symphony of neutral colors about a little boy and a bunch of monsters who help him overcome his fears. The film is no less remarkable in its faithfulness to the original story line by Maurice Sendak than in its faithfulness to the visual appearance of the characters also drawn by Sendak. “Where the Wild Things Are” won a Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of the year. When you get out of the movie, you can buy the book right up the street at Barnes and Noble.

    In the book, Max got in trouble for saying to his mother, “I’m going to eat you up.” Just for that, he was sent to his bedroom without supper. His parents really kept a tight rein on Max, didn’t they? How many families would punish a child by depriving him of food just for saying something disrespectful to mom? Not very many, I would hope.

    In the movie, Max gets in a lot more trouble than that, before he is transported in his dreams to that island where he meets the very large beautiful, monsters who look almost exactly like they did in the book. Having been pummeled in a snowball fight with his older siblings, Max dons a costume and climbs on the kitchen counter. His mother gets him down from there, in the process of which, he bites her on the shoulder. This is really the only part of the movie that worried me.

    I think if they are going to show a child biting a grownup, they ought to show some immediate consequences, to make sure that the children watching the movie know that it’s wrong, so don’t imitate it. I don’t know what that would be. They could not show him being sent to his room without dinner. I know that child care providers are not allowed to use that as a punishment. Maybe they could have Max announce to his mother that he was going to do something really bad to her, before he did it.

    If I was taking my child to the movies, I would just put my hands over his eyes for this part where Max bites his mother. I’d say, close your eyes and don’t look at this part, because you have to be over 13 to see it. It was only one little tiny part in a very well done movie that had much less violence than many videos and computer games.

    Maybe Max was a bottle-fed baby and that’s the reason he didn’t know enough not to bite. A baby who nurses from his mother’s breast will lose his dinner when he or she bites down too hard. The mother takes the breast away from the baby, like it or not. So they learn not to bite down too hard or in anger.

    The theme of biting and being consumed by monsters continues in this movie but does not overwhelm it or detract from the gorgeous scenery of the west coast. The monsters show Max some beautiful straw sculptures that appear to be a diorama. One monster says to Max, “This is where our dreams come true.” I think it was an artist’s dream come true, to get paid to make sculptures like that, which one had previously done for free.

    The main monster’s name was Carol, but that was a male monster. So they put a little bit of unisex stuff into the movie, but not too much; just enough to make one wonder about it for a few moments. There was no sexual content, nothing titillating or lascivious (just so you know I can spell those words). I’d say don’t hesitate to take your children to his movie. It will give you something to talk to them about for at least six weeks.

    I think you will not want to miss a minute of this beautiful movie, which has plenty of moral lessons in it, enough for anyone who is fearful about children learning bad stuff at the movie theatre. In fact, you could take your child to see it more than once and discuss the parts of it, like throwing clods of dirt at the owls. Does your child think that a bird that is knocked out of the sky by a clod of dirt really likes having that done to them, as the monster said? Even Max was suspicious that the monster was not telling the truth about that. That incident gave Max a moment of self doubt about whether it was all right to hurt other living things. It was the beginning of moral development.
    When I show movies like this in the public school, which I know most of the kids have seen already, I can stop the movie (over their protests) and ask them a question. For example, do you think it is all right to jump up and down on the edge of the cliff until pieces of it tumble into the ocean, as those monsters did? It looked like to me that a lot of the scenes with the monsters were made right near here at Point Reyes and Mendocino.

    I liked the part where the mom is sitting at her typewriter and asks Max to dictate another book to her. I remember observing a Washington School kindergarten during my early field experience and seeing volunteers who came into the classroom to write down what the kids said about their drawings. Max had a lot of burdens on him indeed, including supporting the family with his book ideas that he got from fighting with his older brothers and sisters, which included them pretending to be vampires, until he bit his mom on the shoulder and finally got in real trouble. Remember the vampire movies of the 1980’s? I guess they had trouble from that, so they quit making them. Reading a book is one thing and seeing it on the big screen is something else–it tends to be hypnotic.

  • George Martin said I could use his name as a job reference, but when I told that to Barbara, she said I better not do that.
    Jean Womack

  • A movie review as a comment on a DA endorsement.
    I have always said that politics is the most expensive form of entertainment that my money is forced to buy, but really now.

  • Elwood

    What the hell?

  • steve weir

    Filing deadline for June 8, 2010 Primary Election is March 12, 2010. If a qualifed incumbent does not file for an office by then, the deadline is extended 5 days to March 17, 2010.