2006 Election Endorsements: City of Oakland and Alameda County Contests
It’s that time again! If any of you are in Alameda County, perhaps you give two shits about my politics…
AC Transit District Director: Rebecca Kaplan
She’s got a sensible list of priorities (expanding alternative energy programs, transit-oriented development, and the usual service-oriented blah-de-blah one would expect from any sane and competent transit district) and a Green Party endorsement. I’m not sure it’ll make the buses run on time, but it works for me. Plus, her opponent is invisible to the Internet.
Oakland Measure M (Pension Fund Micromanagement): Yes
Should the city employee pension fund be allowed to invest in non-dividend stocks? Sure. Whatever.
Oakland Measure N (Library Bond): Tentative Abstention
If this were only about spending money on fixing up libraries I’d vote for it in a heartbeat, but the bond measure is in large part devoted to moving the main library to the old Kaiser Convention Center. Is that the best thing to do with the convention center? Is it the best place for the library? I don’t really know squat about the trials and tribulations of downtown Oakland.
Oakland Measure O (Instant Runoff Voting): Yes
Instant runoff voting in Oakland won’t actually happen until Alameda County buys the proper equipment, but it’s a good idea anyway. Up with third parties! Down with having to trek to the polls all the damn time for runoffs!
City of Oakland Auditor: Courtney Ruby
Interviews with several former staff members in Smith’s office paint Smith as a politically-motivated boss with a fierce temper who would frequently berate his employees when they failed to meet his expectations or submit audits that corresponded to his agenda.
All said the office had been paralyzed by bureaucratic infighting and the frequent turnover of office personnel. The former staff members also accused Smith, who has been ill and has trouble hearing, of falling asleep in staff meetings and seminars. In October, a half-dozen members of the auditor’s staff filed an official complaint with Edgerly’s office, saying they had been intimidated, scared and harassed by Smith.
Several members of the office said they witnessed Smith making inappropriate comments to a female member of the staff while requiring her to go to lunch with him.
Despite the noxiously pink campaign site Ruby has compiled an impressive list of endorsements, which I will take as a proxy for basic qualifications.
Superior Court Judge Office 21: Flip a Coin
It’s great that the ideals of impartiality and legal access are so universally esteemed, but it makes judicial elections really boring and difficult.