LENA TAM WITHDRAWS FROM SUPES RACE
Gotta run, so here’s the announcement:
Lena Tam has made the decision to withdraw her candidacy for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 3 in this upcoming primary election.
I am very honored to have the support and endorsement of Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker and many community leaders in Alameda, San Leandro, Oakland Chinatown, San Lorenzo, Ashland and Hillcrest Knolls. Although my experience as the Vice-Mayor of Alameda, President of the Alameda Health Care District Board and Chair of the Alameda County Planning Commission would serve the County during these difficult economic times, the City of Alameda needs my experienced leadership more at this time.
During the last few weeks, it seems that every member of the Alameda City Council is running for some office, either mayor or board of supervisors and actively campaigning. I believe that the time needed for me to campaign can be best dedicated to running the City of Alameda.
As the City and County of Alameda face unprecedented economic challenges with budget cuts, job losses, union contract negotiations, revitalization of Alameda Point, program cuts and declining revenues, we need “all hands on deck” with experienced elected officials to lead. It has become even more clear to me that campaigning for the Board of Supervisors at this time is distracting my attention from taking care of business and governing the City of Alameda. I need to finish the job that the voters of Alameda elected me to do, and that is to provide strong, thoughtful leadership on the City Council.
Similarly, at the East Bay Municipal Utility District, where I am employed as the Manager of Water Resources Planning, my department is short-staff because of hiring freezes and retirements and declining revenues because of the recent drought. I am a key expert witness in an upcoming State Water Resources Control Board hearing, and will need to devote significant time to protecting the water rights of the East Bay.