Oakley Dem Frazier takes big money lead in AD11 race

Assembly District 11 Democratic candidate and Oakley Councilman Jim Frazier has outraised and outspent his five opponents by a large margin.

In the latest campaign finance report, Frazier reported contributions of $160,429 since January and expenses of $296,383.

Republican and Suisun City Councilman Mike Hudson is in a distant second. He received $64,177 and spent $62,226.

Arguably, Frazier needed to raise and spend the most money. He is the only Contra Costa candidate running against five Solano County opponents in new district dominated by Solano County. It’s a large field and only the top two finishers will advance to the general election,

The numbers for the other candidates are: Democratic labor negotiator Patricia Hernandez of Rio Vista received $34,894 and spent $64,807; independent and ex-Vacaville councilman Len Augustine received $31,759 and spent $26,473; Democratic retired Benicia fire chief Gene Gantt received $22,364 and spent $49,930.

Democratic programmer and artist Charles Kingeter of Suisun City did not file a report, which presumably means he didn’t raise enough money to trigger the filing requirement.

Assembly District 11 is a newly drawn district that includes Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, Knightsen, Byon, Discovery Bay and Bethel Island plus the bulk of Solano County.

Assembly District 11, map by Redistricting Partners



New fundraising figures in hot House races

Candidates have filed campaign-finance reports to the Federal Election Commission for the first quarter of 2012. Here’s a round-up of the news from the more vibrant races in or near the Bay Area:


Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, raised $60,255 and spent $90,299 in the first quarter, and had $551,341.79 cash on hand with no outstanding debts as of March 31.

Dublin City Councilman and Alameda County prosecutor Eric Swalwell, also a Democrat, raised $100,930.24 and spent $96,592.16 in the first quarter, and had $93,311.05 cash on hand with $8,572.50 in outstanding debts as of March 31.

A report from Hayward businessman Chris Pareja, a conservative independent, wasn’t available Monday. “We filed last week, but noticed some of our supporting documentation was not included in the package,” he said. “I have notified the FEC that we identified the situation and are amending our report. It may be tomorrow or the next day before I can email you the info.”

Attorney and former Obama Administration official Ro Khanna of Fremont – who’d raised a startling $1.2 million in the last quarter of 2011, but said he wouldn’t run this year if Stark did – raised $15,929 and spent $41,266.10 in the first quarter of 2012, and had $1,109,715.90 cash on hand with $58.50 in outstanding debts as of March 31.

State Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro – who had explored a run in the 15th Congressional District this year but instead chose to finish her state Senate term in 2014 – raised $7,800 and spent $51,585.51 in the first quarter, and had $103,947.94 cash on hand with no outstanding debts as of March 31.


Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, raised $264,592.85 and spent $108,140.08 in the first quarter, and had $937,802.55 cash on hand and $20,694.46 in unpaid debts as of March 31.

Lodi law student Ricky Gill, a Republican, raised $308,070.08 and spent $104,035.41 in the first quarter, and had $988,585.80 cash on hand with $179,151.91 in unpaid debts as of March 31.

Tech executive John McDonald of Mountain House, another Republican, raised $6,695.98 and spent $13,467.06 in the first quarter, and had $28,736.48 cash on hand and $25,300 (the amount he personally has loaned his campaign) in unpaid debts as of March 31.


Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, raised $261,183.09 and spent $308,387.76 in the first quarter, and had $255,448.26 cash on hand with $14,324.18 in outstanding debts as of March 31.

Colusa County Supervisor Kim Vann of Arbuckle, a Republican, raised $120,504.99 and spent $93,967.47 in the first quarter, and had $216,646.14 cash on hand with $5,409.97 in outstanding debts as of March 31.

United Airlines pilot and Air Force reservist Rick Tubbs of Vacaville, another Republican, raised $16,492.44 and spent $23,591.01 in the first quarter, and had $5,391.41 cash on hand and $11,622.23 (all of which he personally loaned his campaign) in outstanding debts as of March 31.

Retired U.S. Marine Charles Schaupp of Esparto, another Republican, raised $610 and spent $27,792.78 in the first quarter, and had $5,223.75 cash on hand and $50,179.32 (including $50,000 he personally loaned his campaign) in outstanding debts as of March 31.


Independent AD11 candidate enters the race

Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine announced today he will run for Assembly District 11 as an independent candidate.

That pits him against Oakley Mayor Jim Frazier, who has been busy locking up most of the major Democratic endorsements. Also running is Democrat Patricia Hernandez of Rio Vista, an attorney for Union of American Physicians and Dentists.

The new 11th District is a particularly attractive seat because it has no incumbent and could easily see a big field of candidates vying for one of those top two finisher spots in the open June primary.

The newly drawn district encompasses eastern Contra Costa and much of Solano County. See the map here at Redistricting Partners’ web site.

Here’s Augustine’s announcement:

Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine has announced his intention to run for the newly created 11th State Assembly District seat, covering most of Northern Solano and Eastern Contra Costa counties. The seat, which lacks an incumbent, was created by the California State Redistricting Commission in late July.

What makes the announcement somewhat out of the ordinary is that Augustine, who served on the Vacaville City Council from 1996 until his retirement in December 2010, is running as a nonpartisan candidate.

“After 14 years in local government, I learned that we accomplished a great deal more if we weren’t concerned if the person sitting next to us was a Republican or a Democrat. Our focus was always about what’s in the best interest of our community. When I look at what’s happening to our once Golden State, I have to think applying some local government rules couldn’t hurt us.”

Len makes his agenda very clear – getting Californians back to work, strengthening education and correcting the long-broken system of fiscal mismanagement that has left California with a new $13 Billion deficit for the year.

After 14 years on the City Council – eight of them as the Mayor – Len developed an expertise in local and regional government, serving on a wide array of diverse commissions on major policy issues. Len has served as Chairman of the Solano Transportation Authority, Solano County Water Agency, Solano County Mayors Committee and Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee. He has also served in executive positions with the League of California Cities, Association of Bay Area Governments, Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority and most recently on the Board of Directors of the Travis Credit Union.

Among his credits over the years, Len successfully wrote and got the City Council to approve a Strategic Plan for the City of Vacaville, led the charge to move up the schedule for I-80 improvements by two years, initiated the Town Square concept in Vacaville that has revived the downtown area and become a model for others, developed job growth efforts through economic vitality and economic recruitment programs, and chaired the successful bond effort for local schools.

Len’s early supporters include a wide range of Republicans, Democrats and nonpartisan elected officials including Solano County Supervisors Jim Spering, Mike Reagan and John Vasquez, Vacaville Mayor Steve Hardy, Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, former City Treasurer Garland Porter and former Independent State Senator Quentin Kopp and dozens of others.

A native of the Pennsylvania coal mining country, Len lost his father when he was just eight years old. His mother worked two jobs to ensure young Len would have the opportunity to succeed and serve – and he did. After graduating from Lehigh University with a degree in Engineering, Len went on to a distinguished career in the United States Air Force, commanding the 89th Military Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force – best known for its role operating and maintaining the Air Force One fleet. Colonel Augustine retired as a command pilot with more than 5,000 hours, including 700 combat hours.

Len and his wife, Sue, a retired library assistant, have two sons and two grandchildren.

Len on the Issues:

Creating Jobs/Manufacturing:

“For years we’ve ignored manufacturing jobs that have been a mainstay of our economy. We must create incentives for manufacturers to stay, reinvest in trade schools and partner with the trades to ensure that we’re creating both opportunity and revenue.”


“As for education, we struggle under bureaucracy, but I’d like to see us empower the classroom teacher and reward them accordingly. My lifetime in the military and local government has taught me that you achieve more accountability the closer you are to the problem. In Vacaville, we led the community effort to invest in our schools, the administrators responded and the result was improved test scores and sound financial management.”


“California’s single biggest challenge outside struggling families is the crushing debt. In the long-term, the only cure is changing our bad habits. As an Assemblyman, one of my first acts will be to support legislation requiring California to adopt a two-year budget process to make state government more transparent and accountable. Each department will be forced to justify every penny it needs during every budget we adopt. There will be rewards for saving money – not penalties for failing to spend everything, as exists today. In a two-year budget we will be able to better plan for the long-term.”

“We know the reason for California’s long-term financial problems is the inability to resist creating new programs when times are good. As an Assemblyman, I’ll advocate for fiscal responsibility – we won’t create new programs just because we have the money, we will only create them based on need. We must focus on paying down our debt and saving for the inevitable rainy days.”


Bay Area Prop. 8 protest sites

Protestors will gather simultaneously in cities from coast to coast tomorrow — Saturday, Nov. 15 — to decry the passage of Proposition 8, the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. In California, it’s at 10:30 a.m. PST. Here are the greater Bay Area happenings:

  • Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.
  • Berkeley City Hall, 2180 Milvia St.
  • Fairfield City Hall, 1000 Webster St.
  • Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro St. (This event is at 1 p.m.)
  • Napa City Hall, 955 School St.
  • Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
  • San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
  • San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St.
  • San Rafael City Hall, 1400 Fifth Ave.
  • Santa Rosa Courthouse Square, Fourth Street and Mendocino Avenue
  • Sonoma City Hall, Broadway and E. Napa Street
  • Stockton City Hall, 425 N. El Dorado St.
  • Tracy City Hall, 333 Civic Center Dr.
  • Vacaville City Hall, 650 Merchant St.
  • Walnut Creek City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.
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    Governor’s minimum-wage plan is Nut(Tree)s

    About 180,000 state workers might feel under the gun as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pursues his plan to cut their salaries to the federal minimum wage during the state budget impasse, but they can find solace in at least one place: Vacaville’s Nut Tree Theme Park, responding to the governor’s Executive Order S-09-08 with its own Executive Order F-U-N-08 issuing free unlimited ride passes state workers.

    “The Nut Tree Theme Park recognizes the tough times that the state employees are encountering due to the state budget cuts,” the park’s news release says. “The Nut Tree Theme Park would like to reward all state employees for the great job they are doing with a free day of fun.”

    State employees must present an employee ID or badge to get the free pass; family members accompanying them can buy the wristbands at 50 percent off. The offer is valid through Oct. 2.

    No word on whether the Nut Tree offer extends to the governor himself. But in his bodybuilding days, Schwarzenegger was nicknamed “The Austrian Oak,” and oaks bear acorns, and acorns are nuts, and… oh, never mind.