CADEM CONVENTION//ROUND UP | Being an off year in California and East Bay politics does not normally elicit much news. In fact, last weekend’s Democratic state convention was more about likely 2014 candidates making important first impressions and building a network of support. Like most conventions, the real news was more likely made outside the men’s bathroom on second floor than inside the convention hall. Here are some news and notes and observations from the Democrat’s annual gathering in Sacramento (sans literal fisticuffs on the streets.)
ALCO Supervisor Wilma Chan
ALCO DELEGATION STILL NOT 'SWALLOWING' State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett was seen all over the convention center shaking hands with delegates inside and outside the main hall. Curiously, though, each time we saw Corbett she was glad handing with delegates from the Southland. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Corbett’s opponent in the 15th Congressional District next year, attended the convention, but when his name was called among a list of 11 new California congressman during the general session by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the cheers were noticeably more quiet than others. To be fair, the delegation from the 18, 20 and 25th Assembly Districts are not the most wild and crazy group of people on earth. However, it is another raw glimpse into the minds of Alameda County Democrats following Swalwell’s upset of Pete Stark.
NOTES Assemblyman Rob Bonta told me his bill allowing non-profits to distribute condoms in state prisons looks promising, but he noted its main opposition may be criticism the proposed law will condone sex between inmates, an act he notes is illegal...Assemblyman Bill Quirk’s supporters were sporting stickers that read, “I’m Quirky for Quirk.”…Apparently, Quirk’s reputation for being a man of science and arithmetic is coming in handy in Sacramento when he noted a scientist’s faulty equation during a recent committee hearing.