The Contra Costa Times endorsed CATHARINE BAKER for State Assembly today. Here's what they had to say:
"We endorse Baker because she would bring a fresh, outsider perspective to a state Legislature needing change. She comes with an R behind her name that would add a bit of partisan counterbalance to the Democratic Bay Area delegation...[T]his district deserves an independent representative...[and] we give our support to Baker. "
I urge all of you to vote for Baker. Newell Arnerich, Danville Town Council member, has betrayed the voters by his blatant failure to honor Ballot Measure S, passed by Danville voters in 2000 by a whopping 75%. Measure S, put on the 2000 ballot by Newell, Mike Doyle, and the other 3 Danville Council members then, promised voters they would get to vote on whether residential developments on Agricultural-designated land in Danville would be approved. Then when Measure S first applied, Newell denied voters rights on approval of the hideous 100-unit Elworthy Ranch development now being built by KB Homes along SRV Blvd. Just last July, he again denied those rights on the 69+ unit SummerHill Homes project on Magee Ranch. SOS-Danville is now suing the Danville Town Council for denying voters' rights on the SummerHill approval. Simply put, Newell Arnerich can't be trusted.
Steve Glazier, an Orinda Council member, is a lackey for the high-density housing construction industry and real estate speculators. He is bringing more and more high-density housing to Orinda, despite local opposition. His campaign is mailing out many expensive flyers and even running TV ads paid for by a real estate association. He does not have the our interests at heart.
Dublin Council member Sbranti is a union lackey, bought and paid for by the AFL-CIO and the teachers union. Nothing against union workers, but having someone bought and paid for by the unions is not a neutral position.
In contrast, Catharine Baker has not held public office before, and as far as I can tell, is not directly bought and paid for by any particular monied interests. She is a very smart lawyer, and knows her way around government.
CA is virtually a one-party state, a very dangerous situation. To preserve some debate in the Assembly, we need different views, and someone not in the pocket of any particular constituency. I think Catharine meets those requirements.