Community & Government Relations Report Oct. 20, 2008
Contact Tim Farley, director of government and community relations
The U.S. presidential election is in the home stretch. Just a few weeks to go before the conclusion of one of the longest presidential elections in modern times.
I won't begin to predict a winner but have some telltale indicators. If a candidate begins to reference Harry Truman and the come-from-behind campaign of 1948, that's a sure sign he is in deep trouble. Bob Dole in 1996, George H.W. Bush in 1992 and Walter Mondale in 1984 famously referenced the 33rd president just before they suffered defeats.
The election has generated great interested among the Saint Mary's community and voter registration is high.
Important voter reminder: If you plan to vote absentee, Contra Costa County Clerk Recorder Steve Weir strongly urges you to mail your ballot no later than Thursday, October 30 to ensure that it is in his office by Election Day and is counted.
If you miss the Thursday mailing date, YOU CAN DROP YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT OFF AT THE POLLING PLACE ON THS SAINT MARY'S CAMPUS AT THE SODA CENTER ON ELECTION DAY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOU LIVE IN MORAGA. The polling place is required by law to accept your ballot.
After the election, if you really want to know what happened in 2008, please join me and Father Mike Russo of the Disney Forum for a post-election analysis. Top political reporters that covered the campaigns will provide their insight on the election. Lisa Voderbruggen, political editor of the Contra Costa Times, Carla Marinucci from the San Francisco Chronicle and Marc Sandalow from KCBS, as well as Professor Steve Sloane will share their insights on this amazing election year. The League of Woman Voters and the Contra Costa Times will be co-hosting this event.
When: Mon., Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
Where: Soda Center
Eighty-five days after the deadline, the state legislature finally passed a state budget. The good news for higher education is that the governor funded the Cal Grant program. The maximum Cal Grant award was not cut (it remains at $9,708). Also, the Competitive Cal Grant Program was restored.
The bad news is, we are now just 12 weeks away from when the governor releases his 2009 state budget. As the economy continues to suffer, there will be tremendous pressure on state services while the revenue declines. Expect the 2009 budget battle to be just as contentious as the 2008 battle.
Even though the new legislature will have just started in 2009, the 2010 election will already be on the minds of the legislators. Add to the fact that those state senators elected in November will have a four-year term and thus partipcate in the 2011 redistricting. Because the California legislature is term-limited and the U.S. House of Representatives is not, look for term-limited state senators to create congressional districts that they can run for in 2012.
In addition to the state and national elections, the Town of Moraga is holding an election for the Town Council. Three seats are open. Only one incumbent, Mike Metcalf, chose to seek another term.
Here are links to the various candidates' websites:
Mike Metcalf http://www.mikemetcalfformoraga.com/index.htm
Howard Harpham: http://www.howardharpham.com/issues1.html
Karen Mendonca http://www.karenmendonca.com/
Janice Kolbe http://www.janicekolbe.com/
Brad Kevederis '03 http://www.savemoraga.org/background.html
Candidate Dennis Wanken does not have a website.
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Director of Community and Government Relations