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Hi again from Robin Epley at The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board. It’s almost election day again, are you ready?
Your favorite local editorial board has been busy, talking to contestants and gauging promoters for nearly every race on the slate this November 8and we began rolling out our endorsements before mail-in ballots were mailed to homes statewide.
Here are some of the recommendations we’ve made so far:
For Rocklin City Council: “Dave Bass is a mild-mannered military veteran and lawyer who has defended abused elders and wildfire victims. So there is Matthew OlivierControversy Placer County preacher and restaurateur who defied public health measures during the pandemic. When The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board met with both candidates recently, Oliver made clear his general contempt for politicians – a curious stance given he’s running for office. He also followed up Bass’ closing statement by repeatedly writing “lol” in the chat feature.
For Sacramento City Council North Natomas headquarters: “Long duration Natomas school board member and lawyer Lisa Kaplan, the top voter in the primary, has decades of relevant experience as an elected official overseeing a public budget. In an interview with the editorial board of The Bee, she has demonstrated an indisputable advantage when it comes to her mastery of the issues facing Sacramento. In a second round against the real estate agent Alyssa LozanoKaplan is the obvious choice for the job.
For the California Equalization Board, 1st District: “The seat representing the council’s 1st district, which includes Sacramento, Modesto and Fresnois owned by Hills of El Dorado Republican Ted Sheath, a former state senator who failed to gain traction as a candidate for gubernatorial recall last year. His upstart opponent is a Democrat Jose Altamiranoa manager at California State Indemnity Insurance Fund who sat on municipal commissions in West Sacramento… Unlike his opponent, who declined to meet with the editorial board, Altamirano was ready to answer questions about why he is the best candidate for the job – and we think he is.
Read about these endorsements and everything to come, leading up to Election Day on The Bee’s election website.
“So much dishonor before you”
Sherri Papinithe Shasta County ‘super mom’ who falsely claimed she was kidnapped in 2016 by two Latinas who ‘tortured’ her with loud music was convicted this week, and Metro Columnist Melinda Henneberger was in the courtroom when it finally happened.
Henneberger argued that Papini was lucky to live in California, “where the public is less bloodthirsty than in some other parts of the country.”
“It is not without consequence that (Papini) has contributed to the cynicism of generous people and given those who never believe anyone anyway one more reason not to care”, she wrote. “Here’s a sentence I don’t get to say so often, in a world where so many bad people are incarcerated: I agreed with the judge.”
Papini was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Review of the week
“No, nein, no, nyet – and in 22 other languages.” — Jack Ohman on Governor Gavin Newsom denial in as many languages as it takes to protest that he is not running for president in 2024…or at least, to protest the timing of his announcement.
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