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Sabina Zafar to become first woman of color on San Ramon City Council

Original post made on Nov 7, 2018

Local history has been made as Sabina Zafar will become the first woman of color elected to serve on the San Ramon City Council.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 4:58 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by TL Nelson
a resident of Danville
on Nov 7, 2018 at 11:45 pm

This is a very racist headline. What reporter Ryan Degan does not understand is that every human being in the world is a person of color. The coloration of human skin is due to a brown pigment. Some people have more, some have less. Every human is a different shade of brown all the way from buff to dark chocolate. What difference does it make what color someone's skin is or what gender they are? The insistence of people like Ryan to classify people by their skin color or gender is one of the reasons we live in such a divided country today. Why not just report on the person's character and personal qualities? Skin color and gender should be irrelevant.

Posted by :P
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 8, 2018 at 12:48 am

t l nelson, although i agree that the coloration of a persons skin should be considered an arbitrary trait, the fact of the matter is that it is not. you cannot ignore that since the beginning of society, limits have been placed on people based on gender and skin tone, regardless of their personal attributes. the reason that sabina’s achievements are significant is that she has transcended the long-standing impact of historical limitations on muslim women of color. although measures have been taken against the discrimination that has plagued the united states since its birth, it takes more than enfranchisement and equal rights to reverse an eternity of inequality. racism and sexism were woven into the very fabric of this country. it takes strength and determination to uproot a tree planted hundreds of years ago. furthermore, sabina’s brownness and femaleness are apart of her identity. the world views and treats her differently than it does a white man, giving her a perspective very different from the ones of her new colleagues. i agree with you that acknowledging a candidates’s race and gender before their policies perpetuates the divide that exists in the united states. however, the goal of this reporter was to bring attention to the fact that by entering its council, sabina has helped san ramon take a monumental step towards alleviating the misrepresentation of its population in its government. the point of view that she will bring to the table will be shaped by her experience as a woman of color in america—an experience that the other council members simply could not have had. maybe one day skin color will be irrelevant, but today, against the will of myself and other muslim women of color, it is not.

Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 8, 2018 at 3:20 pm

Congratulations Sabina, you worked hard to get elected.

The writer of the article is probably an understudy hoping to move on up to the Washington Post or Chronicle.

It would be very educational to the electorate in S.R. if the amount Hudson spent on being re-elected was made public & who were his campaign donors. The large multi-page in color brochure he mailed out just before the election would have cost many thousands of dollars. I'm sure all that money came from small donations from the "fired up" electorate here in S.R. that were wildly enthusiastic for Hudson.

Posted by RozRogoff2
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

RozRogoff2 is a registered user.


I voted for Mr. Hudson. He's been on the City Council for years and is highly respected. He has many supporters who contributed to his reelection. So don't be so quick to make accusations you cannot prove!

Roz Rogoff
formerly "The San Ramon Observer"

Posted by Dave Hudson
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 12, 2018 at 6:33 pm

Actually, I liked the flyer so much I put in a lot of my own money to pay for it. I did a terrible job raising money in this election and only did two flyers. As usual I did a lot of walking and talking to as many neighborhoods as time would allow. I am currently on several boards and that took up a lot of time or I would have doubled that effort. Walking Derby Drive on Sunday before the election was not my brightest idea. If you check the 460s you will see that I raised the least amount of money in this election excluding what I put in. Go back and look at the old Measure W race if you want to see big contributions. All the candidates deserve credit this year including the top vote getters. Now the real work starts.

Posted by Dickita P
a resident of Alamo
on Nov 16, 2018 at 11:12 am

I'd like to offer my condolences to TL Nelson's family - how they manage to put up with a brain as degraded as that is beyond me.

Posted by Dawod
a resident of Greenbrook Elementary School
on Nov 19, 2018 at 11:33 pm

Your work is very good and I appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts

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