Sunday, November 27, 2005

Creative destruction

Cartoonists for warThe Michael Ramirez cartoon in the LA Times today inspired me to respond. You can see the original here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

De Lear for Congress website

I just wanted to point you to Byron De Lear's campaign website. He is running in the 28th district against career politician Howard Berman.

Here is a bit of Byron's platform, from the website:

Anti-War / Peace
• End Addiction to War and Oil / Bring the Troops Home Now

Global Warming / Kyoto
• Greatest Long Term Threat to Civilization – Must Sign Kyoto Protocol

Raise Minimum Wage to a Living Wage
• Federal Minimum Wage of $5.15/hr is Way Below Poverty Level at $10,712 per year

Clean Money and Fair Elections
• Get Corrupting Influence of Big Money Out of Politics

Securing Democracy / Open-Source Voting
• Independent Verification of Ballot Results

Doo Dah Parade

guess who at the Doo Dah Parade
Erin and I participated in my first parade ever, the fun and wacky Doo Dah Parade. It was fun, but I would have liked to been able to see more of the other groups. We were with the Los Angeles Greens contingent, of course. Check out some pictures from the LA Greens' entry that I just posted over on

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Congrats to Hilary Bradbury-Huang

Hilary Bradbury-Huang
Newly-elected Green Hilary Bradbury-Huang

I don't usually have any interest in who is elected to the governing board of the Pasadena Community College, but as the only Green up for election in Los Angeles County Tuesday night, Hilary Bradbury-Huang made Southern California Greens proud, pulling out a close victory in Pasadena over the incumbent.

The Pasadena Star-News thinks she benefitted from the governor's negative coattails:
But in the PCC Board of Trustees race for South Pas, San Marino and Temple City, newcomer Hilary Bradbury-Huang stunned Warren Weber, who has easily held onto the office in every election since 1977, with her pro-green vision of a more progressive community college representative who sides with teachers and questions the administration. Weber happens to be a moderate-to-conservative San Marino Republican.

From Michael Feinstein:

Green Elected to Pasadena City College Board of Trustees

Pasadena Green Hilary Bradbury-Huang was elected to the Pasadena Board
of Trustees of Pasadena City College on Tuesday night, upsetting a
well-financed, long-term Republican incumbent to win her seat.

Bradbury-Huang won with 51.12% of the vote (5299-5066) and becomes
seventh Green currently holding elected office in Los Angeles County.

Elsewhere in California, Green incumbents Jim Harvey and Perkovic won
re-election to the Montara Water and Sanitary District Board in San
Mateo County and Nicole Vigeant won her bid to return to the Community
Service Area, Tomales Village, in Marin County.

Statewide, California Greens now have 66 members holding elected office.

California Green Election Results - November 8th

Hilary Bradbury-Huang

Board of Trustees, Pasadena City College (Los Angeles)
Place: 1st, 2 running for 1 seat
5299 votes, 51.12%

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

No times eight

At nearly midnight on election day, every proposition is failing. Although I did not subscribe to the philosophy that one should vote no on every issue as a principled stand against the governor or his special election, I do see the shut out as a positive result. But the result is still mixed. As the governor's ballot measures are going down to narrow or wide defeat--being obliterated and whacked, as Larry Mantle said--the pharmaceutical industry is also a winner tonight.

I was alarmed when I saw the early results, but apparently absentee voters really are much more conservative than the electorate. And despite some predictions, there was no rain today in Los Angeles.

There is one Green running in Los Angeles County, for Pasadena Community College Governing Board (the seat is non-partisan). Hilary Bradbury-Huang is trailing 52-48, although it is too early to call.