Okay, that’s a lie. I hate election season. It’s exhausting trying to find time to cover all these races and forums and then just the normal stuff going on in Oakland, plus trying to squeeze in time to volunteer, and of course do my real work. I’m overwhelmed – I just realized yesterday that I haven’t read the comics in weeks – I’ve been trudging through life with no idea of what Mark Trail is up to! And we all know that’s no way to live. Anyway, I mention all this because I want to apologize if you’ve sent me an e-mail and I haven’t responded. I am not ignoring you on purpose, I’m just really behind. And I am sorry, and I will try to catch up on the backlog as soon as possible. My poor best friend is getting married in like two months and I’m supposed to be planning her bachelorette party, and even she hasn’t heard from me in two weeks, so please don’t take my failure to respond personally.
But even though election season means I’m really busy, and even though it starts to get incredibly boring after a while, hearing people say the same things over and over again, I do sort of love it a little bit because it puts politicians on their best behavior. Nancy Nadel has never been so polite and responsive to her constituents, and Jane Brunner all of a sudden wants more police! At the Downtown Lake Merritt candidate forum last night, Nadel even said that she had just that day called Safeway and Trader Joe’s about coming to West Oakland (they’re not interested). Sure, it may have taken weeks of her getting hammered on the grocery store problem at like every campaign appearance to put in that bare minimum effort, and it’s been more than a year now since Eugene Market closed, but hey, at least she finally picked up the phone! It almost makes you wish they had to run for re-election more often.
By the way, if there’s anything election related you’d like to see coverage of here, whether it’s a particular issue or a certain race (several e-mails have expressed interest in school board), please either leave a comment about it or send me an e-mail. I’m not promising I’ll get to everything, but I know there really isn’t much media coverage of these elections at all, and I do want people to be informed.
UPDATE: Now I feel bad. I wrote this really quickly as I was distracted with work and didn’t edit it before I posted, and I did want to apologize to people for not responding to e-mails, but it does seem, reading it now, really whiny. Anyway, I didn’t mean to come off that way. I love my blog, even if election season can be somewhat tiring at times.