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Decision 2010: Status symbol

Submitted by on 1, April 22, 2010 – 5:00 am4 Comments

If there’s anything at all notable about the emerging Measure E school parcel tax campaign, it’s the proliferation of Facebook sites relating to the coming election.

The social media outlet hosts active pages for both the “for” side (APLUS) and the “against” (Alamedans for Fair Taxation). Alumni from Alameda schools have also got a site (Alameda Alumni for Measure E, created by the APLUS folk), and there’s a site for Alameda Realtors who support the tax (the Alameda Association of Realtors is not taking a position on Measure E). There’s even a page for Alameda School House Rock, a fundraising event for the campaign.

And don’t even get me started on Twitter.

You can check for those links and more on our Decision 2010 page, which we’ll be updating with … stuff. And while we’re on the subject of Measure E and fundraisers, looks like there’ll be a Yes on E fine art sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Autobody Fine Art, 1517 Park Street. The event will feature donated art from local artists, and the proceeds will benefit the APLUS campaign.

Opponents of Measure E are offering the opportunity to anonymously donate $99 by clicking the “donate” button on their aforementioned Facebook page.

Supes race: Last week, Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker formally endorsed her old boss, Wilma Chan, in the race to replace Lai-Bitker when she leaves the board at the end of this year. Which reminded me to follow up with a little info about who’s backing who.

In addition to Lai-Bitker and fellow supes Keith Carson and Nate Miley, Chan’s endorsement list includes former State Senate president John Burton, Assembly Speaker Fiona Ma, and a fair selection of city council and school board members across what would (again) be her district.

Chan’s list also includes Alameda City Councilmembers Lena Tam (who Lai-Bitker had originally endorsed for the seat), Marie Gilmore and Vice Mayor Doug deHaan, plsu former school board trustee Bill Schaff and Alameda Health Care District Board President Jordan Battani and board members Rob Bonta and J. Michael McCormick.

Mayor Beverly Johnson’s endorsement list includes State Senator Loni Hancock, D-Oakland and State Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, D-Alameda, plus City Councilman and mayoral candidate Frank Matarrese, City Treasurer Kevin Kennedy, school board Trustee Tracy Jensen and longtime backer and former State Senate President Don Perata.

For more on the supes race, you can check out some of blogger Lauren Do’s posts here, or keep it tuned to the East Bay Citizen, which has been following the race pretty closely.

Frank walks: City councilman (and mayoral candidate) Frank Matarrese’s folks sent us a note to let us know he’ll be doing a walking tour this Saturday, through the Island’s Burbank neighborhood (on Burbank between Central and Portola). He’ll be there from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and he’ll be ready to field questions form locals about Alameda’s future. More info is available online or by calling 759-9290.


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