10th District Election
Now that the dust has settled from last week's primary election, Democrat John Garamendi and Republican David Harmer will be their party's nominee in the November special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher. Three other candidates will also appear on the ballot: Jeremy Denham of the American Independent Party, Mary C. McIlroy of the Peace and Freedom Party and Jeremy Cloward of the Green Party.
As in the summer, Saint Mary's, the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley and the Contra Costa Times will host a candidates forum on the SMC campus. This forum will be held on Thurs. Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Soda Center. The runoff election is scheduled for Tues., Nov. 3. If you are not registered and would like to vote, the voter registration deadline is Mon., Oct. 19. Voter registration forms are around campus and will be available at the forum. You may also pick up forms in my office, 121 Brother Jerome West.
Because this is a special election, the winner of the contest will fly to Washington D.C. immediately after the returns are certified and will be sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives, perhaps as early as Nov. 5.
For more information on these candidates, please visit their websites:
Jeremy Denham: No website
Mary C. McIlroy
Death of a Senator
The death of Senator Edward Kennedy will have many impacts, including changes in Senate committees. Kennedy was the chairman or ranking Democrat of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for many years. Kennedy was a tireless supporter of access to higher education for all. At the time of his death, Kennedy had served longer than any northern member of the Senate. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin accepted the chairmanship on Sept. 9.
Town Hall Meeting on Campus
State Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, will hold a town hall meeting on the Saint Mary's campus to discuss prison reform and its impact on the state budget. Several other statewide leaders will be on the panel. Confirmed panelists include Dr. Barry Krisberg, president of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and author Jeanne Woodford, former warden of San Quentin State Prison and former director of California Department of Corrections. We hope to have a member of the Saint Mary's community included in this panel. The event will be held on Thurs., Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Soda Center.
Briefs from Moraga
As autumn approaches, the Moraga community will celebrate the Pear Festival. This annual event will be Sat., Sept. 26, at the Moraga Commons Park. This festival has become one of the most popular local events in the town.
The East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) recently met with College officials to go over their 2040 drought management plan, which will guide the district on water supply for the next 30 years. Read the full report.