Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Figueroa and Lockyer Duel Over Experience

By Steven Tavares

The two candidates for Alameda County Supervisor barely acknowledged each other Monday night in Hayward. As Nadia Lockyer and Liz Figueroa sat next to each other answering questions against the backdrop of an increasingly bloody campaign, both tried to grab the mantle of experience from each other.

Lockyer told the near capacity city hall chambers she is the only candidate with experience managing a county program. As executive director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center since 2007 Lockyer says she has saved the county over $1 million during her tenure. "We can be more efficient," she said. Asked how she would retain services amid extremely large deficits Lockyer said, "I will not cut vital services unless those inefficiencies have been met."

The former state Sen. Liz Figueroa, has been in public service for nearly as long as Lockyer has been alive--39 years--and she attempted to use her expertise in South Alameda County and Sacramento to differentiate herself with the less experienced Lockyer. "These are not times we can start with inexperienced personnel," said Figueroa, who later followed with a similar jab, "It's about experience, not on-the-job training."

The experience question came starkly into play when each candidate was asked how they would balance the concerns between cities and unincorporated areas in the district. Figueroa said, "You have to understand the uniqueness of each city, understanding sometimes they work against each other" and took credit for smoothing over concerns with the nearly completed Highway 238 on-ramp at Jackson Street. Lockyer answered the same question saying, "I never pretend to know it all" while adding she would create "leadership teams" to keep her abreast of situations in the district.

With less than two months before election day, the hallmark of this campaign has been tersely-worded press releases and document-laden exposes from both campaigns largely overshadowing what is a very important and rarely open seat on the board of supervisors. Times are tough for Alameda County, which recently reconciled a $152 million budget deficits through excruciating cuts to services. Figueroa said she believes the county's budget situation will only get worse next year. When asked if she would pledge to not makes cuts, she declined, calling it a "false promise" and faulted lawmakers in Sacramento for repeatedly dipping into the coffers of local communities.

Figueroa said her experience as a lawmaker in the state senate would help her keep tax dollars in the county. "I know what goes on in Sacramento," she said. "I know the language." In her closing statement, Lockyer countered saying, "Sacramento is not Alameda County" and shot back at Figueroa's earlier comments regarding her resume. "It's not about titles and tenure," Lockyer said. "It's about tangible accomplishments." In addition to her experience at the county-level, she said she would rely on her experiences as a mother and as an advocate. She said voters are yearning for a new voice. "I want to break down the disconnect between people and government," said Lockyer. "Government can and will restore hope."


  1. I posted the following on another tread:

    On this race there is a diference between the two candidates.

    1. One candidate appears to not pay her house. Liz Figueroa was in foreclosure. See the link:


    2. One Candidate owes the State of California back taxes. Liz Figueroa has a unclear lien recorded with the county for taxes:


    3. One candidate does not pay her Alameda County Taxes. Liz Figueroa tax lien to the county:


    4. One Candidate does not pay the taxes for HER REAL HOME in SAN MATEO COUNTY. Liz Figueroa has a tax lien filed in Alameda County by the Tax Collector of San Mateo County where she lives:


    5. One Candidate does not live in the County in violation of law. Liz Figueroa is a liar!:


    and do not miss Liz Figueroa is a tax cheat:


    So, it appears to me that we have a choice in our next Supervisor. It will not be the tax cheat, liar Liz Figueroa.


  2. How old are the last 2 posters, 4?

    Having financial hardship in this economic climate is nothing to be ashamed of, Liz has made arrangements to pay what she owes get over it.

    Hey guess what Nadia slept with Bill also, she got $500,000 for her campaign for it.

    I guess Liz was shortchanged

  3. Same ole' mantra .... all from the Lockyer playbook .. which is getting no traction. please tell your bosses it's not working. move on ... maybe if your candidate, Nadia, did have the best expertise and ability and able to communicate that without her handlers coddling her, you could all espouse that. Instead it's the same negativity against your opponent.

    Is this all that $1 million can buy? same ol' same. go back to college you lil paid minions.

  4. Liz did get shortchanged. Nadia got $500k and Liz got to fight for a job and her life. If she has no job she will not be able to pay the State and two counties. And if she has financial issues why does she not sell her "vacation" home in San Mateo County.

  5. Liz is like us, has financial issues, EXCEPT that she owns a Beach Front Home in San Mateo County.

    But apart from that, she is like you and me.

  6. Funny how the Lockyer minions keep up with the "Liz is breaking the law" mantra ... Nadia works for the County DA. And Bill is the former Attorney General. So if any laws were indeed broken, you would think the Lockyer camp would be able to have charges pressed. But how many months (or years) has it been?

    Think about it, there's only two possibilities:
    1) Your mantra has no substance meaning for you Lockyer strategists, you charges against have NO legal merit.


    2) Nadia (or her handlers) are highly ineffective in communicating these alleged charges to her boss and/or hubby.

    Either way, to continually spout this ineffective campaign strategy against Liz only shows how idiotic Nadia's campaign has become.

  7. I think the prior post about Liz owning a Beach Front in San Mateo County is something you Liz should answer and put it to rest.

    You have past due taxes but own this property in Half Moon Beach.

  8. Neither of these two appear to have much in the way of positve virtues for me to want to vote for them. The jock straps for each are as crusty and unpleasant as their candidates. Time to move on and ask for a re-do or begin impeachment of the loser we elect because there are no decent alternatives. Mel

  9. What I propose is that both sides create leadership teams and work this all out, write some TPS reports and have it done with. Umkay.

  10. You and John Kyle will be happy.

  11. There's nothing happening between the two.

    Elizabeth Figueroa was a total failure as a state Assemblywoman and Senator. She obviously can't hold a real job so she wants to go to the Board of Supervisors where she can stay for a long time.

    What does Nadia Lockyer have to offer? Not, much, never heard of her, and her husband is another loafer who did nothing as School Board Trustee, Assemblyman, Senator, Attorney General or Treasurer.

  12. Why do you consider Figueroa to have been a failure? Have you looked at her legislative record? Or simply going off hearsay?