As if I didn't have enough to do with two lawsuits on my hands, I now find myself taking the lead in the opposition to the renamed "Measure BB" - i.e. the "Measure Y Fix." (It was going to be called Measure Y, but I guess people realized that could get confusing).
On Saturday I attended the Alameda County Central Democratic Committee endorsement meeting, and got less than five minutes to debate City Manager Dan Lindheim. He appeared to have a profound misunderstanding about numerous aspects of my litigation, which I subsequently tried to correct, but I'm not sure how much he cares about those sorts of details. His argument basically boiled down to, the City is broke, there are no other options, and my lawsuit was all about unimportant minutiae. Sorry, Dan, but misspending of $15 million and failure to conduct mandatory audits don't constitute minutiae in my book. And I think considering it as such is exactly why Oakland is in the pickle it's in.
On Monday, Jean Quan had a press conference, to which I was not invited, and she had a group of violence prevention folks, all of whose salaries get paid out of Measure Y funds, extoll their own virtues. Reading her press release, I realized it was time to launch another blog devoted to countering the myriad of misstatements. And so, http://noonmeasurebb.blogspot.com was born.
Thursday, I'll be addressing the Metropolitan Great Oakland Democratic Club. And hopefully, as the campgain season gains steam, I'll have numerous other opportunities to debate the issues. In the meantime, check out the new blog.