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Decision 2010: Hitting the campaign trail

Submitted by on 1, February 26, 2010 – 5:45 am2 Comments

Another year, another set of electoral contests – and another regular feature on The Island to try to help all you local political junkies keep up with our wild and crazy local political scene. Welcome to Decision 2010!

We’ll start things off with just a couple little tidbits to whet your appetite:

Web master: I was trolling our mayoral candidates’ websites last night to gather some string about their positions on the future of Alameda Point when, I confess, I got hung up at Frank Matarrese’s pretty, pretty website. I was wooed by all the colorful buttons, checked out the endorsements (the list includes both state Assemblyman Sandre Swanson and Matarrese’s camapign manager, Debra Turnage) and viewed Matarrese’s Alameda Point video (and the vid of the late Elliott Smith singing his “Alameda” that for some weird reason is attached to the site). Matarrese also has a pretty active blog – as does Tony Daysog, who trotted out an interesting stat about the amount of traffic the Posey Tube can handle.

Incidentally, Matarrese has had a number of parties since he announced his candidacy, and he’s hoping to have a little luck o’the Irish this Monday, March 15 when he holds a St. Patty’s Day fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pappo, 2320 Central. It’s fifty bucks to get in, and while I can say as a person of Irish descent that corned beef is, uh, not good, I’m sure chef John Thiel will work wonders.

Status symbol: Lena Tam’s status line in Google Chat has always showcased her Island pride. “Alameda is the best!,” it said. But in the aftermath of Tam’s announcement that she is running for Alice Lai-Bitker’s Alameda County supervisor seat, it appears she’s expanding on that sentiment. Her new message: “Alameda County is the best!”

Social networking: This evening, the folks from MoveOn.org East Bay Councils, Organizing for America-Alameda, The Democratic Club of Alameda and Democracy for America are hosting a gathering from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pasta Pelican,2455 Mariner Square Drive. Doesn’t look like there’s an admission charge, and I think there’s a band there halfway in.


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