On the way up to Oakland for the Green
Party election night party, it was hard to miss the Giant victory
celebration. Everywhere I saw orange people. Even the electric station
signs were celebrating their (our?) World Series victory over Texas in
five games. It was one of those rare occasions when the election was
playing second fiddle to more important news.
It wasn't long after I got there that
the speaker section of the meeting kicked off. Greg Jan was the master
of ceremonies, introducing the speakers and tying the event together.
Don was one of the candidates for Mayor of Oakland. He said "If I'd
have known that I could have this much fun and cause this much trouble
by running for office before I would have done it years ago." The
campaign had made him a much better speaker than he'd been at Laura's kick off event last winter
Dave Heller explained that he had run
for Congress against Barbara Lee to make public his opposition to her
votes on some of the Iraq war issues. Two years ago he had run as a
write in candidate, and this time he was proud to get many more votes
as a ballot qualified candidate.
William Balderson talked about running
for Insurance Commissioner as part of a long term strategy to bring
change to the health care system. He wants to see a viable single payer
health care system. He thanked all of us for our help with his campaign.
Peter Allen talked about the many
interesting things that had happened during his campaign for Attorney
General. He said that "probably the biggest hit of visibility came from
the twelve seconds I spent on Michael Krasney's Forum Program."
Laura gave a nice speech. She thanked
the many people that had helped her, including especially her husband
Charles (shown sitting next to Peter Allen). She promised to continue
working for progressive change in California.
After that we spent some time talking
and analyzing the results and waiting for more information to resolve
from the details. The vegetarian food was good and there was plenty of
it. The bar served a fine selection of beers including a fine local one
that I enjoyed. There wasn't much surprise at the outcome of the
partisan races. We knew that Brown and Whitman were much closer to
household words than any of the other names on the ballot.
There was good news on some of the propositions. For example, 23 (Texas
Oil's baby) was going down.
The big non election news I heard was that Walmart is planning to build
a lot of 5,000 square foot stores all over the place. They are taking
aim at grocery stores like Mi Pueblo with that strategy. We are going
to have to think about how to fight that.
The nearest thing I had to a horse in
the race was prop. 19. I'd given out something like 600 buttons for it.
Unfortunately that one lost.
The only winner who came by the event
to thank us for our support was Robert Raburn, who got elected to the