Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Pressed for Press

Everyone would have to agree that the big news of the week is the surprisingly close results of the Merc/KNTV11 poll. But fresh news is coming out moment by moment...

Yesterday, both candidates held press conferences to cover two very different issues.

Cindy Chavez held a press conference discussing her pro-environmental platform. The event featured U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer who announced her endorsement of Cindy Chavez and echoed her plans for helping San Jose "go green". Say what you will about Cindy, but you have to respect an endorsement coming from one of the most progressive voices in United States politics.

The center of Cindy's plans focuses on the following priorities:

"the city should create a special committee focused on environmental goals, buy
more clean-energy cars and plant 18,000 new trees"

"Chavez's priority list also includes converting 35 percent of city government energy use to energy derived from renewable sources by 2014; hosting an urban environmental summit and citywide town-hall meetings on the issue; and designating a deputy city manager as point person on conservation in city building procurement, contracting, operations and maintenance."

Reed responded to Chavez's platform by claiming that many of her ideas he had already endorsed - "such as buying clean-energy city cars, connecting the cities' trails and maintaining the city's 'green line' between San Jose and Morgan Hill."

However, Chavez added at her press conference that Reed hasn't even endorsed Measure A - the litmus test for many environmentalists. The Merc explains:

"Reed has not endorsed the measure because he's concerned about its complexity and its potential for unintended consequences."

The League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Chavez but the Sierra Club has not endorsed either.

Meanwhile, Chuck Reed held a press conference attacking the local Democratic Party for accepting donations from Indian gambling interests. Since the local Dems have endorsed Cindy, they are now allowed to jointly conduct electioneering activities.

Cindy Chavez responded to Reed's offensive by calling it "disingenuous" because Governator Arnold has outlawed placing new casinos in certain areas, including near and around San Jose. It is unclear what the impact of Reed's attacks are. It's a little vice-baiting but it probably will end up being effective. The odd thing is that this money will be used to help Phil Angelides - someone Reed allegedly supports. Reed's claims that he truly is a Dem are becoming less and less believable by the day.

The debate less night was somewhat uncontentious. However, Reed brought up his gambling allegations in that forum once more.

Reed used his opening time to accuse his opponent of receiving money from gambling interests through her political party's United Democratic Campaign. 'Arts and education will suffer if gambling money takes over,' he said.

It really was an illogical attack. It makes very little sense and sounds like Reed is hoping to build a buzz about Indian gambling money. Even if (and that's a HUGE "if") casinos were brought to San Jose, it is ridiculous to think that that would somehow preclude improving and investing in arts and education.

But given the tightness of the election, you can't blame Chuck for pulling out all the aces of up his sleaves.


At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Ben Watson said...

Now that Reed is backed up into a corner, he's trying to make this another Norcal scandal. I can't wait for Compac's new hit piece with a picture of Cindy in a feather head dress smoking a peace pipe with Phaedra. One thing's for sure, Chuck is starting to feel the heat, maybe it's time he get out of the kitchen?

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this the same crack polling group that predicted that Measure A would win (it lost)and Cindy would lead in the June Mayor's primary (she came in a shocking second)?

At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Larry Hughes said...

Indian gambling donations that are indirectly benefited Cindy!


That's probably the most desperate play Chuck can make....

At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Larry Hughes said...

Excuse the grammatical mistake...

Hopefully nobody pulls a JMOC on me!

At 3:29 PM, Anonymous mr mortar said...

No two ways around it: Cindy is the environmental candidate.

Chuck is a one trick pony - all he can talk about is Reed Reforms and now that he's become the Cheapskate his pony has been put to rest. The one dimension of his campaign is dead.

At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

will this site continue to "watch" the mayor after the election?

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous d.h.k. said...

Hey anonymous:

I appreciated your comment the first time I read it...

on san jose inside when you were calling yourself Pete Campbell

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No love, no love.

At 4:12 PM, Anonymous 49er guy said...

Both Chavy and Reed are incredibly dirty. Why did we choose them again?

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently had a chance to see the SMART VOTER site, produced by the League of Women Voters.

I was saddened to see that only Chuck Reed responded to their questions on GROWTH, MAYOR VS. MANAGER, PUBLIC SAFETY, and CITY FINANCES.

I cannot understand why Cindy Chavez would ignore such a noble group. Can someone here encourage her to answer their questions and get them posted? It doesn’t make sense. There is not reason for her not to answer them It looks bad for her.

A different anonymous.


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