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Johnson declares candidacy for supe seat

Submitted by on 1, March 11, 2010 – 1:33 pm5 Comments

Mayor Beverly Johnson has announced she is running for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat that is being vacated by Alice Lai-Bitker at the end of this year.

“I am running because I feel I am the best prepared to tackle many of the serious problems facing the people of District 3 and the county as a whole,” Johnson was quoted as saying in a press release announcing her candidacy that was released Thursday afternoon.

A native of Alameda, Johnson is completing her second term as mayor this year and had served as a term as a City Council member and did some time on the Planning Board before that. The onetime Alameda County prosecutor (now in private practice) also serves on a bevy of regional boards and is the current president of the Alameda County Conference of Mayors.

Johnson will head to the June 8 primary for the seat with endorsements from state Senator Loni Hancock, D-Oakland; state Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, D-Alameda; and former state Senate President and native son Don Perata.

Johnson said in her release that her first priority if elected to the seat would be to find a way to keep San Leandro Hospital open.

Her campaign officially kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Blue Dot Café, 1910 Encinal Avenue. Johnson’s campaign website is here.

Johnson enters a field for the District 3 supervisor seat that includes City Councilwoman Lena Tam, who has earned Lai-Bitker’s endorsement; and former supervisor and state Assemblywoman Wilma Chan. Former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young has also reportedly thrown her hat in the ring for the seat.


  • Barbara Thomas says:

    That would be Shelia Young. Just curious, when did Mayor Johnson work in the DA’s office?

  • ct says:

    Mayor Beverly Johnson is a perfect example of the career politician. Instead of basing her mayoral decisions on a solid belief in what is best for Alameda, Johnson has proven herself to be indecisive and easily influenced — her flip-flop on Measure B illustrates this — because she prefers to throw her support behind what is considered to carry popular opinion to keep her constituents’ future votes.

  • Barbara Thomas says:

    Michelle I have received no response on “The onetime Alameda County prosecutor (now in private practice)”

    The above quote seems to infer that Beverly Johnson was an Alameda County prosecutor before entering private practice.

    There are very higly qualified law school graduates who are vetted, interviewed and finally hired after meeting very stringent criteria to work as Deputy Alameda County District Attorneys. They dedicate their careers to prosecuting those arrested for crimes, and deserve our utmost respect and thanks. On the other hand, there are attorneys or law school graduates who do not undergo the hiring process, or do not succeed. They may volunteer their time without being paid (or foregoing their private incomes) for a short period of time (a few days a week for a month or two) in order to gain jury trial experience.

    Can you please be specific about which Mayor Johnson is claiming? And if the latter, what level and how many cases did she try and when?

    It seems from the comment that Mayor Johnson is claiming to have equal experience of someone like former Alameda County Deputy District Attorneys Kamela Harris and Russ Giuntini. They are Nos. 1 and 2 at the SFDA’s office. If this is the case, then she should certainly stand up and acknowledge her commitment. But if the main reason was to gain jury trial experience, the voters should be told this in a manner more forthright and less misleading.

    • Barbara,

      I just got off the phone with the mayor, and she said was a Deputy DA on a pro bono basis for a year in the mid 1990s in order to gain trial experience. She said she served at juvenile east, juvenile west, and on the felony preliminary hearing and misdemeanor trial teams.

  • Barbara Thomas says:

    I spoke with the custodian of records for the DA’s office, and long time DA employees, who said that Mayor Johnson worked pro bono for the DA’s office, but was NEVER an employee of the DA’s office. She prosecuted cases, for a short period. It is misleading to state it the way that it was said. “The onetime Alameda County prosecutor (now in private practice). She did prosecute cases for the DA, but was never hired by the DA. She did so part time while ostensibly receiving her salary and benefits from her employer.

    Since I have been practicing criminal defense in all of the areas in which she said she worked, at the very time that she said she was working there, I am curious. I know most if not all of the DA’s and never had the privilege of seeing Mayor Johnson actually work in a criminal courtroom. Though I did see her go to the RCD Courthouse for a family law matter some 8-10 years ago.

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