Saturday, January 08, 2005

Meeting Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown's people responded and I will be meeting with the mayor the week of the 17th. I plan on giving him a presentation on using the Internet as a way to create a dialog with voters in California. It's time to go beyond what the Dean campaign did and really use all of the community building tools to support a political campaign. I hope Jerry is up to the challenge.

6 comments:

Boris Mann said...

Good luck, Ted. Give us a shout if you need any help with the online tools. The successors to the Dean campaign are the guys over at CivicSpace.

dan said...

I persist in thinking Jerry's campaign should not be encouraged.;-> Maybe suggest that he move to Idaho and run for something there.

Braided Serpent said...

Dan obviously has a beef with Jerry, but his statements debasing Jerry's work in Oakland are absurd. Oakland is experiencing tremendous growth and renaissance. Housing developments are rising, retail market space is at a premium near downtown, restaurants and bars are popping up in droves. Homicide dropped by 25 percent last year, and this town is the birthplace of some dynamic new programs for parolees and probationers.

In the past two weeks, Pete Wilson, Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger have visited Oakland. And Oakland is at the forefront of alternative fuels and solar development. What's more, Oakland's warehouse art scene is getting national attention... Lonely Planet just sent a film crew to document all of the hep stuff going down in Oaktown. What's more, Jerry regularly walks around town, talks to homeless people and business people alike, helps felons get jobs, and guides regular folks to City resources. Whereas some Mayors live on heights among the uber-wealthy, Jerry lives in a relatively run down neighborhood surrounded by real people and real issues. You can dislike the man if you wish, but don't lie. Jerry's past experience, coupled with his current experience, make him the man to beat for AG 2006...and you know it.

dan said...

Braided Serpent, you write as if you're part of Jerry's PR machine. But I digress. Assuming that all the wonderful things you say about Jerry's tenure in Oakland are true -- and as someone who's lived in the area for nearly 30 years and is intimately familiar with the city, I'd say every point you raise is either debatable or irrelevant to life in the city -- that *still* doesn't make a case for Brown as attorney general. By the way, the homicide rate was down in most big cities last year -- does Jerry take credit for that, too.

Braided Serpent said...

Thanks for the compliment.
I live in Oakland and I read the papers. Gavin Newsom had a gay marriage media storm and visited Hunters Point a few times, and that to you is leadership. Maybe, but let's see in three years. Jerry's got a long track record of meaningful leadership, and I don't agree with everything he has done from 1974-2005, but give the guy his due. He's making this town better and safer, and the statistics contradict your negative message. Did you know that the level investment in Oakland is higher now than at any other time since the building boom of the 1920s? Feel free to check that one out...
By the way, show me another city in the U.S. that experienced a +20 percent drop in homicide...

Who do you think SHOULD run for Attorney General?

dan said...

Jacques or whatever your name is:

Where *else* did homicides decline by 25 percent? Oakland is not one of those places; the number of homicides was down by 23 percent in 2004.

Other big cities did experience similar or greater declines. Chicago went from 600 murders in 2003 to 445 last year. That's better than 25 percent. Washington, D.C., was down about 20 percent. Nationwide, the number of homicides was down 6 percent for the year.

Who would I like to see as attorney general. Beyond "not Jerry," I don't know yet.