TRI VALLEY DEVELOPERS Swalwell’s win was an even bigger for Tri Valley developers and other business interests hoping to cash in on the growing region. They now have their guy in Congress, but at what cost? Interests like Charter Properties and Amador Valley Industries are now on the map for being possibly being unscrupulous business entities. In addition to their sullied images, their conduct and ties to other Tri Valley politicians may force their connections underground. My story on Swalwell’s tendency for pay-to-play politics last month revealed something very interesting to me. Just about every elected leader in the Tri Valley could be the focus of a similar story just like the one I wrote on Swalwell for the East Bay Express. They are seemingly all in bed with developers and so are the city staff’s. In addition, good luck in finding any paper trails at City Hall, because if you’re like Dublin, the documents seem to simply disappear. The corruption is so engrained in the Tri Valley that you can’t even discount council members who oppose developer’s plan are not merely ringers feigning protest just to make the whole enterprise believable.
Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg
OPEN PRIMARY/DEM VS. DEM The open primary put a moderate into office in the 15th Congressional District. However, electing someone who might potentially play nice with obstructionist House Republicans is not what we had in mind. If the results of two Dem vs. Dem races for the Assembly in the East Bay are any indication, the likelihood of producing moderates is very unlikely and the offshoot may be more about creating divisions and negative campaigning. Rob Bonta versus Rob Guillen in the 18th Assembly and Bill Quirk versus Jennifer Ong in the 20th did not exactly produce many policy disagreements. It did, however, produce a pretty chippy last few weeks of the campaign that would not have occurred under the old system. The format will appeal to Bonta and Quirk in this cycle because they won, but opponents in 2014 for these seats and for local races for state senate will figure out all Democrats in the East Bay are quite progressive and the only weapon available is to get real nasty. In the end, it eventually chips away at the Democratic Party. If you’re a Republican without any statewide power, why not let the opposing party beat itself up for you?