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Monday, March 14, 2005

Let The Next Race Begin

PhilOur beat is City Hall, but once in a while we touch on the statewide scene. We hear that California State Treasurer Phil Angelides will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor tomorow at an elementary school in the Bay Area. The former Democratic Party head and real estate developer will likely go up against actor/director Rob "Meathead" Reiner and Attorney General Bill Lockyer for the opportunity to run against a still unannounced Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Is this guy Gray Davis II?

14 Comments:

Anonymous Bart from Canoga Park said:

Who cares which moron is running for governor? All clowns!

March 14, 2005 7:55 PM  

Anonymous Another cynic said:

I appreciate the cynicism, Bart, but who in your mind would make a good candidate?

March 15, 2005 1:00 PM  

Blogger Big "O" Hahn Job said:

We are all screwed because the gov's ratings are still in the 50's.

March 15, 2005 1:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rob Reiner, in comments in the Los Angeles Times several months ago, indicated he had no interest in running for Governor; perhaps because of the Arnormous amounts of money it would take to launch a campaign, the article intimated.
Jim Hahn is attending a school board meeting to speak on Small High Schools so there are new pages to be filled in mayoral election 2005, which isn't over till it's over. Miguel Mena

March 15, 2005 1:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Woof, a meathead (or not), a beanpole bean-counter, and another boring bureaucrat just asking to be Terminated. Not much of a contest for Arnold.

March 15, 2005 4:35 PM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

Miguel, I don't how much of a factor the school situation (including the "small schools" focus), will play be in the mayor's race, but I do know for a fact that when Attention-Deficit Villaraigosa VERY recently had an opportunity to actually DO something practical to help an existing small school (and save open space in an increasingly congested CD14 community at the same time), he was AGAIN, A-W-O-L and the community and school were S-O-L. ADVĀ® and his impotent, imported, field staff gave repeated lip service to protecting the site of a 100-year-old small private high school in CD14 -- keeping the location AS a school or other non-developed location (of some kind... charter, magnet, small LAUSD site etc.), to stop the historic 8-acre hilltop location (and site of the state's first junior college) from becoming yet another overcrowded housing tract. True to form, however, neither has lifted a single actual finger to stop the hilltop campus from being bulldozed (which will probably happen any day now). Here's the listing:

http://www.loopnet.com/xNet/MainSite/Listing/Profile/Profile.aspx?LID=14097287&Intcpt=false

LABJ had a story (2/28) about how the attention-deficient one was "supporting" keeping a small school there (but, as with so many things he "supports" in CD14, thats the E-O-S*). Here's a small portion of that Biz Journal story:

"An El Sereno charter school intends to bid on part of the property, according to the neighborhood group, which has also alerted the California Charter Schools Foundation and the Los Angeles Unified School District of the parcel's availability.

Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa, whose 14th District includes the site, told the (Arroyo Seco) neighborhood council that his office has been contacted by parties interested in subdividing the parcel but that he supports a use of the campus that he feels benefits the community, such as a church or school."

*E-O-S = "end-of-story." Maybe it's time to change his blog ID from ADVĀ® to ISV ("impotent-support Villaraigosa")?

Hahn: 51.5; ISV: 48.5 -- on May 17...

March 15, 2005 5:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That is SO typical of Tony V. During the 6-12 months he's campaigning it's all, " will do this, I will do that!"
I will.
I will.
I will.
THEN, after he's elected it's, "I can't do that!"
I CAN'T.
I CAN'T
I CAN'T (or won't). I'm sure some supporter will bop in here with some lame excuse, and say "he couldn't do anything about that school, because of..." (XYZ -- rules, laws, funding, zoning, any excuse -- so then what even "say" I support something else happening?).

Because when he's RUNNING for office, all you hear is "I'm so well connected at state, federal level, etc. I can fix ANYTHING."

Riiiiiight!

March 15, 2005 5:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Angelides, like all candidates, has both positives and negatives. Arnold is strong right now, despite a recent dive in the poll numbers. This doesn't mean he'll still be strong by November of 2006. There's also no guarantee that Arnold will run for reelection either.

Now Angelides has some strengths. He's a successful businessman, he understands public policy well, he's run successfully statewide before, he can fundraise like crazy (and any California race especially one against Arnold will require a ton of money), and he was very successful at Democratic strategy as CA Democratic Chairman in the 1992 elections. However, he has some big negatives. He's not well known, he looks like a nerd, he's not warm and fuzzy, and I fear he will rub people the wrong way.

So now, my feeling is, if Angelides is to beat Arnold, he has to loosen up a bit and take some acting lessons on how to seem friendlier and nicer (and not an egghead). If he can do that and fundraise, he could make it a race. Otherwise, I think Arnold will probably win reelection with the other 7 seats going to the Democrats (except for maybe Secretary of State.)

One more thing, turnout will effect things. Seems to me that most Democrats and Independents, still upset over Bush's reelction, are sitting around moping and feeling sorry for themselves. I find it to be the WORST in self pity and it irritates me to no end. In November of 2006, in order to win, Angelides or whichever Democrat gets nominated, is going to have to reach out and get those John Kerry (and Barbara Boxer)voters on his side in order to win.

March 15, 2005 9:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Angelides, like all candidates, has both positives and negatives. Arnold is strong right now, despite a recent dive in the poll numbers. This doesn't mean he'll still be strong by November of 2006. There's also no guarantee that Arnold will run for reelection either.

Now Angelides has some strengths. He's a successful businessman, he understands public policy well, he's run successfully statewide before, he can fundraise like crazy (and any California race especially one against Arnold will require a ton of money), and he was very successful at Democratic strategy as CA Democratic Chairman in the 1992 elections. However, he has some big negatives. He's not well known, he looks like a nerd, he's not warm and fuzzy, and I fear he will rub people the wrong way.

So now, my feeling is, if Angelides is to beat Arnold, he has to loosen up a bit and take some acting lessons on how to seem friendlier and nicer (and not an egghead). If he can do that and fundraise, he could make it a race. Otherwise, I think Arnold will probably win reelection with the other 7 seats going to the Democrats (except for maybe Secretary of State.)

One more thing, turnout will effect things. Seems to me that most Democrats and Independents, still upset over Bush's reelction, are sitting around moping and feeling sorry for themselves. I find it to be the WORST in self pity and it irritates me to no end. In November of 2006, in order to win, Angelides or whichever Democrat gets nominated, is going to have to reach out and get those John Kerry (and Barbara Boxer)voters on his side in order to win.

March 15, 2005 9:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Angelides, like all candidates, has both positives and negatives. Arnold is strong right now, despite a recent dive in the poll numbers. This doesn't mean he'll still be strong by November of 2006. There's also no guarantee that Arnold will run for reelection either.

Now Angelides has some strengths. He's a successful businessman, he understands public policy well, he's run successfully statewide before, he can fundraise like crazy (and any California race especially one against Arnold will require a ton of money), and he was very successful at Democratic strategy as CA Democratic Chairman in the 1992 elections. However, he has some big negatives. He's not well known, he looks like a nerd, he's not warm and fuzzy, and I fear he will rub people the wrong way.

So now, my feeling is, if Angelides is to beat Arnold, he has to loosen up a bit and take some acting lessons on how to seem friendlier and nicer (and not an egghead). If he can do that and fundraise, he could make it a race. Otherwise, I think Arnold will probably win reelection with the other 7 seats going to the Democrats (except for maybe Secretary of State.)

One more thing, turnout will effect things. Seems to me that most Democrats and Independents, still upset over Bush's reelction, are sitting around moping and feeling sorry for themselves. I find it to be the WORST in self pity and it irritates me to no end. In November of 2006, in order to win, Angelides or whichever Democrat gets nominated, is going to have to reach out and get those John Kerry (and Barbara Boxer)voters on his side in order to win.

March 15, 2005 9:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Angelides, like all candidates, has both positives and negatives. Arnold is strong right now, despite a recent dive in the poll numbers. This doesn't mean he'll still be strong by November of 2006. There's also no guarantee that Arnold will run for reelection either.

Now Angelides has some strengths. He's a successful businessman, he understands public policy well, he's run successfully statewide before, he can fundraise like crazy (and any California race especially one against Arnold will require a ton of money), and he was very successful at Democratic strategy as CA Democratic Chairman in the 1992 elections. However, he has some big negatives. He's not well known, he looks like a nerd, he's not warm and fuzzy, and I fear he will rub people the wrong way.

So now, my feeling is, if Angelides is to beat Arnold, he has to loosen up a bit and take some acting lessons on how to seem friendlier and nicer (and not an egghead). If he can do that and fundraise, he could make it a race. Otherwise, I think Arnold will probably win reelection with the other 7 seats going to the Democrats (except for maybe Secretary of State.)

One more thing, turnout will effect things. Seems to me that most Democrats and Independents, still upset over Bush's reelction, are sitting around moping and feeling sorry for themselves. I find it to be the WORST in self pity and it irritates me to no end. In November of 2006, in order to win, Angelides or whichever Democrat gets nominated, is going to have to reach out and get those John Kerry (and Barbara Boxer)voters on his side in order to win.

March 15, 2005 9:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey guys, sorry about that. I didn't mean to post so many times. Mayor Sam, Cheif Parker, would you guys mind removing a few of those duplicate posts?

March 15, 2005 9:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Attention everyone who blog on this site. I ask that you to disregard any posting by Big O Hahn Job because he or she is a fraud. I'm the real Big O and I can careless about state politics.
I do not need to hide behind a computer posting a bunch BS.

March 18, 2005 12:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Angelides is a far better speaker than Davis was. When I heard him speak, he seemed to have somewhat of a plain speaking, straight talking Howard Dean sort of appeal without the temper. Davis, OTOH, was one of the dullest politicians whom I ever heard speak. Arnold's appeal is falling ; for all we know he might be quite vulnerable next year.

March 19, 2005 9:50 PM  

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