Some words of inspiration for those who still haven’t cast a ballot today:
“Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own.”
— Daniel Webster
“I know nothing grander, better exercise, better digestion, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election.”
— Walt Whitman
“We preach the virtues of democracy abroad. We must practice its duties here at home. Voting is the first duty of democracy.”
— President Lyndon B. Johnson
“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
— George Jean Nathan
“Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.”
— Laurence J. Peter, formulator of “the Peter Principle”
It’s Election Day – get out there and vote, if you haven’t already!
California’s polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you haven’t put your vote-by-mail ballot in the mail yet, DON’T – it won’t be counted unless it reaches the registrar’s office by 8 p.m. tonight, and postmarks don’t matter. You can drop it off by hand at any polling place in your county, or at the registrar’s office; don’t forget to sign the outside of the envelope.
If you have any questions about your ballot, your polling place or anything else having to do with this election, contact your county registrar:
Alameda County, www.acgov.org/rov, 510-267-8683
Contra Costa County, www.cocovote.us, 925-335-7800
Marin County, www.marinvotes.org, 415-473-6456
Monterey County, www.montereycountyelections.us, 831-796-1499
Napa County, www.countyofnapa.org/Elections, 707-253-4321
San Francisco, www.sfgov2.org/index.aspx?page=599, 415-554-4375
San Joaquin County, www.sjcrov.org, 209-468-2885
San Mateo County, www.shapethefuture.org, 650-312-5222
Santa Clara County, www.sccvote.org, 408-299-8683
Santa Cruz County, www.votescount.com, 831-454-2060
Solano County, www.solanocounty.com/depts/rov, 707-784-6675
Sonoma County, vote.sonoma-county.org, 707-565-6800
To report election fraud, call the California Secretary of State Office‘s voter hotline: 800-345-8683
Election Preview 2012 is online! Watch televised round-tables with Contra Costa mayoral, city council and school board candidates plus an hour-long debate on the fire safety parcel tax for Contra Costa Fire Protection District here.
Measure Q, fire parcel safety tax, Contra Costa Fire District: http://bcove.me/yw5ksh1l
Antioch mayor: http://bcove.me/qwanlnl0
Antioch City Council: TK. (We’re having some technical difficulties with this one!)
Antioch Unified School District: http://bcove.me/syoeerun
Brentwood City Council: http://bcove.me/lfiwnofn
Brentwood mayor: http://bcove.me/d8zhg8lt
Brentwood Union School District: http://bcove.me/zzlf28hv
Clayton City Council: http://bcove.me/lsrdrh5b
Concord City Council: http://bcove.me/bpyxrwvy
Danville Town Council: http://bcove.me/uq8vfiiz
Lafayette City Council: http://bcove.me/clrqqp0s
Lafayette School District: http://bcove.me/6j7fqfu8
Martinez City Council: http://bcove.me/it81cf48
Martinez Unified School District: http://bcove.me/jbncw58l
Moraga Town Council: http://bcove.me/2l8sc11w
Mt. Diablo Unified School District: http://bcove.me/a8oydwmq
Oakley City Council: http://bcove.me/56tn3kie
Orinda City Council: http://bcove.me/zisd0lo5
Orinda School District: http://bcove.me/sx7vsfey
Pittsburg City Council: http://bcove.me/j73gfj23
Pittsburg School District: http://bcove.me/wj5yxqan
Pleasant Hill City Council: http://bcove.me/fxmg09tk
Richmond City Council: http://bcove.me/njjftkd7
San Ramon Valley Unified School District: http://bcove.me/4nirq0sf
Walnut Creek City Council: http://bcove.me/trrmfbq2
West Contra Costa Unified School District: http://bcove.me/eykpqn8k
ConFire Chief Daryl Louder will walk through a wall of fire to rescue women, children and kittens.
But is he brave enough to speak at a breakfast of the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association, whose members have been asking tough questions about his agency’s drive to put a parcel tax measure on the November ballot?
Yep. I saw it for myself. And you can watch it, too. Contra Costa Taxpayers Association Executive Director Kris Hunt is acting as the moderator.
Click here for the main part of his speech.
Click here for the Q&A segment that followed his comments.
What comes through loud and clear in the chief’s presentation is that he views his role as that of an expert on fire protection. And he is giving the district’s elected officials and its residents his best professional advice about how to protect the community from loss of life and property due to fire.
The reasons behind district’s financial woes are numerous, pre-date his arrival two years ago and largely outside his control but what he does know, he told the taxpayers, is that without more money, he will have to shut down seven to 10 out 28 fire stations.
“I cannot protect the community with 10 fewer fire stations,” Louder said.
The county board of supervisors is looking at placing on the November ballot a fire safety tax. The details are still being worked out but supervisors directed staff to look at a $75 annual parcel tax. It would expire in seven years. Seniors age 65 and older would be exempt. The money would be used to keep open the district’s 28 fire stations but not much else.
The board has set a public hearing to vote on the tax measure for July 31, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the supervisors’ chambers at 651 Pine St. in Martinez.