So who made it out to last night’s Mayoral forum?
I went back and forth for a long time about whether to go or not, and finally I decided that since it was in my neighborhood anyway, I should just go, and I’m so glad I did. This is the fourth Mayoral forum that I’ve been to, and it’s the first one where I didn’t find myself bored out of my mind after about 20 minutes.
This one had a different format than previous ones, and OMG was it such a refreshing change of pace. There is nothing more pointless than spending like 20 minutes listening to a string of people all say that crime should be lower or that the budget is the most important issue facing the City. Martin Reynolds did a great job moderating, the questions in this one were overall more interesting, and having questions directed at individual candidates instead of all to the group minimized the time spent on nonsense repetition and having to listen to people who clearly don’t have the faintest idea what they’re talking about. I also thought the “lightning round” of questions, where the candidates were supposed to answer with only a “yes,” “no,” or “undecided” was fun.
Obviously it would have been better with fewer candidates on the stage, so we could have gotten more time for questions, but I think the forum organizers did a really exceptional job adapting to the constraints they were under. I hope that the organizers of some of the other upcoming forums follow their lead and try for something a little more creative with their formats.
For those who couldn’t make it last night, you can watch my video of the event below.
If you’re confused by Jean Quan’s answer to the lightning round question about the parcel tax, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Every single person I talked to afterwards was like “What the hell?” So no, you didn’t hear wrong. She did, in fact say that she does not support her own parcel tax.
BART Board Forum on Monday!
And of course, we’ve got more forums on the way. Monday, September 27th at City Hall Hearing Room 1 at 6 PM, the League of Women Voters is hosting a second round of candidate forums. This one will include Superior Court Judge, Peralta Community College District 3, Peralta Community College District 5, BART, and AC Transit District 3.
That’s right! It’s a BART Board forum! Come on down to City Hall to show your support for Robert Raburn (who I am delighted to say recently earned the endorsement of the MGO Democratic Club) and submit tough questions to ask of incumbent Carol Ward Allen.
For those who couldn’t make it to Monday’s forum with the Auditor and District 2 candidates (among others), it will be rebroadcast on KTOP this Wednesday at 6:30, Thursday at 4, Friday at 7, and Saturday at 5. I’ll put up the video online once I get the DVD from KTOP.
Finally, I know you guys are just dying to know what’s happening in the fictional political worlds of Mark Trail and Rex Morgan, MD.
Well, since it’s the comics and the only get three panels a day, not much has happened since when I wrote about them two weeks ago.
Mark Trail’s neighbor is still planning on kick-starting his political career by hosting a hunting party in his backyard, and his wife is still upset about it, so now she’s leaving him, which he’s concerned will ruin his career before it even gets started because voters like to see a family man.
Mark, meanwhile, wants to expose his neighbor’s evil plan by writing a story about it, but his editor is skeptical because he finds the whole thing implausible. Which…well, you have to admit, it kind of is.
I’m hoping that today’s little disagreement between Mark and his editor will be the start of a major plot twist, where Mark quits his mainstream media job in disgust and starts a crazy blog detailing how evil his neighbor is, www.notfrank.com. How awesome would that be?
Meanwhile, in Rex Morgan-ville, the Mayor has basically spent the last two weeks running around yelling about how he’s going to find out eventually who leaked the news about his cancer diagnosis and when he does he’s going to like, waterboard them or something. He seems kind of unbalanced and paranoid. I don’t think I’d vote for him if I lived in this town.
One of the Councilmembers wrote an op-ed in the newspaper last week criticizing the Mayor’s budget, and now the Mayor is screaming at him and saying he’s corrupt. I hope it turns out he is, because this storyline is starting to get kind of repetitive and dull.
Okay, that’s all for now, folks. Have a good weekend! See you at the forum on Monday!