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Friday, May 26, 2006

Open Thread for Friday

Jackie Speier is a Democratic member of the California State Senate representing San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. As a congressional staff person for Congressman Leo Ryan, she was part of the November 18, 1978, fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by the Reverend Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple followers in Jonestown. While the investigative team was boarding the plane to leave, they were fired at by Jones' followers. Five people died, including Ryan. Speier was shot five times but survived. That same day many of the remaining members of Jim Jones' cult committed mass suicide.

Speier's political career began with an unsuccessful run to fill the vacancy left by Congressman Ryan after his murder in Jonestown. Speier was first elected in 1980 as a San Mateo County Supervisor. After two terms there, she won her bid to the California State Assembly by several hundred votes. Speier relinquished her seat in the State Assembly when her husband was killed in an automobile accident. She worked two jobs in the private sector, to support her two children and in 1998, she returned to public service, elected as a California State Senator.

Born in San Francisco, Speier earned a B.A. from the University of California, Davis and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1976. Speier will be termed out of the California State Senate in 2006, and she is running for the office of Lieutenant Governor.

(Source: Wikipedia)


Anonymous Anonymous said:

OK, why is AV saying that Horowitz should sell the land for what he paid for it? What a crock of shit! Doesn't someone buy assets that they hope will appreciate one day and sell when the time is right? So should AV's salary be tied to what we (citizens) think he should make?
Another AV song and dance. I bet if the farm was in downtown L.A. and the land was needed for development where AV can list a minor accomplishment, he wouldn't be saying that.
What a perfect place to build a homeless shelter. Right along the train tracks and around a metro stop. That way, the homeless can catch the metro to a job during the day and return in the evening and not have to walk far back home.
Or maybe the city can buy it and let the farmers farm it. But if they did that, i'm sure that one of us taxpayers would sue the city for squandering our dollars on an asset that the city is not going to benefit from.
The Marshall's office should show up with an INS truck and we'll see who's left. Maybe there won't be people to evict.

May 26, 2006 5:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ladies and Gents, meet our next governor!

May 26, 2006 7:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

wow, and i thought bustamante was impressive

May 26, 2006 8:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:




May 26, 2006 8:56 AM  

Blogger El Santo said:

¿Que paso Alejandro?

¡Looks like Cindy got another endorsement!

"But when it comes to passion, leadership and commitment to the Valley and all its communities, Montañez clearly has the edge....Montañez is the better leader, and the right choice in this race."

-Daily News

¡Three more years for El Gordo!

May 26, 2006 9:46 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:


I definately agree.

May 26, 2006 10:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Check Padilla's reports. Edvoice & the other pacs has been polling for the last 2 weeks, and pouring MORE & MORE money into his efforts...SOunds like they're in trouble.

May 26, 2006 11:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


wow. padilla can't break away and now his money is sucked up...and as a matter of fact neck n neck.

Edvoice & Car Dealers..., keep on pouring.

May 26, 2006 11:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I guess you guys haven't seen the Mellman poll that has Alex up by 20 points, huh? Looks like Cindy will be out of a job. Maybe she'll have time now to go back to school and get the degree she doesn't have.

May 26, 2006 1:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

if they were up by 20 pts, they wouldn't be pouring mad money into this race over the last week or so.


that daily news endorsement sounded like a hit-piece.

May 26, 2006 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Cindy staffers-get off the blog and do something productive with your time. That poll is not old idiot, it just came out last week. Get with it.

May 26, 2006 2:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Like I'd listen to anything those freaks at the Daily Screed..I mean, News have to say. In fact I didn't have a dog in this fight but since The DN picked Montanez I'm now going with Padilla. The DN is a bunch of Republican leaning fascists. I had the great displeasure to meet their publisher once and she was a self-absorbed rude bitch. Alex, you just gained a supporter - my check is in the mail!

May 26, 2006 4:14 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

Look , let's get real.

In SOuthern California it is about looks .

Looks to me like Poor ALex Padilla aint good looking.

AM I right?

I should stay out of this one and I am .

But seriously I am voting more and more for women. Now a days .

Does anyone see a correlation here?

May 26, 2006 5:54 PM  

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