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Potential House rivals to share podium at dinner

Butter the popcorn and get ready for some interesting viewing: Potential rivals for an East Bay House seat will share the podium at a Democratic Party event next month in Hayward.

Eric SwalwellState Treasurer Bill Lockyer – who’s had a tough year of his own – is scheduled to keynote the Eden Area United Democratic Campaign’s annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, but Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton, and state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, are among the other speakers.

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, was among the speakers at last year’s dinner, and he had the Eden Area UDC’s support in last year’s 15th Congressional District election; his campaign manager even worked out of the UDC’s office in Hayward for a while. Swalwell succeeded in unseating Stark, after Corbett – along with former Obama administration official Ro Khanna – declined to challenge Stark.

Ellen CorbettKhanna is now considering a 2014 run for the 17th Congressional District seat now held by Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose. But Corbett – who is term-limited out of the state Senate in 2014 – has left open the possibility that she’ll challenge Swalwell: “I would be honored to serve in Congress, but it’s too early to discuss 2014,” she said in November.

So Swalwell will be addressing a room full of people who just months ago were working hard to defeat him, and he’ll share the podium with someone who might challenge him next year. Fun for everyone!

The event is scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Carpenters’ union hall on Mattox Road in Hayward; tickets are available online.

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A few upcoming political events

A slew of interesting things to see, hear and do in the next 10 days, including several this Thursday…

Thursday, March 12 – Noon-1 p.m., Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will address the Commonwealth Club of California on what he believes it will take to get California back in the black as California’s fiscal melodrama heads to voters in a special May election, at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, 999 California St. in San Francisco. Tickets are available online at a cost of $15 for club members and $25 for non- members, or for premium seating in the first few rows, $45 for members and $65 for non-members.

Thursday, March 12 – 7-9 p.m., State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord; Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo; and Jewish Public Affairs Committee lobbyist Cliff Berg will discuss the state’s budget and finances, and their impact on Jewish issues and the broader community, at a forum hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council in the Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd. in Walnut Creek. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 12 – 7-9 p.m., Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas will speak about the intersection of politics and technology and the impact of the Internet on our democracy, in Room 250 of McLaren Hall at the University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St.; the entrance is on Fulton between Clayton and Parker. The event is free and open to the public.

More, after the jump…
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