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Monday, November 7, 2016

EBCampaign NOTEBOOK – 1 day from ELECTION DAY IN THE BAY

Latest attack ad charges Alameda's Tony Daysog
with pay-to-play.
ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL -
-- ANOTHER NASTY HIT --
Assuredly somebody has it in for Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog. Over the weekend, a second scathing attack piece hit mailboxes. And like the first, no group has taken credit for the negative mailer. After linking Daysog to Donald Trump last week, this latest mailer alleges the incumbent recently engaged in pay-to-play politics. Although, the piece clumsily shows Daysog recently received campaign contributions from three local donors. It then goes on to assert Daysog called for a project review on Nov. 2 that is favorable to a donor who had just given him a contribution one week prior. Neither mailer contains a "paid for by" disclosure. Both could be illegal under the state's election rules depending on the number distributed to Alameda voters.  

BERKELEY MAYOR -
-- GAVINATOR GOES BERZERKELY --
Berkeley councilman and mayoral candidate Jesse Arreguin turned heads a few months back after he received the backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders. With a day to before Election Day, Arreguin's campaign received a large jolt with the endorsement of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. "As a former mayor myself, I am thrilled to see someone of Jesse Arreguin's caliber step forward to lead his city," Newsom said Monday. Arreguin is locked in a close race with fellow Berkeley Councilmember Laurie Capitelli to replace the retiring Mayor Tom Bates.

16th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT –
-- GHOST OF ACAP --
The Spirit of Democracy California PAC backed by state Republican grandee Charles Munger, Jr. is running an television ad that links 16th Assembly District Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio to the fall of the Associated Community Action Program (ACAP). The former Alameda County program serving the severely poor was shuttered in 2011 following a systemic breakdown in local social services and widespread apathy from public officials. ACAP, though, is never mentioned by name in the spot. While it is true that Cook-Kallio sat on the ACAP board while serving as a Pleasanton city councilmember, she was a bit player, but also one like many on that board who routinely skipped its meeting. Part of the downfall of ACAP was its foundering occurred during a year when meetings were often canceled due to a lack of a quorum. Munger’s PAC also spent heavily for Cook-Kallio’s opponent, Assemblymember Catharine Baker in 2014. The ACAP television ad appears part of Spirit of Democracy California’s nearly $1 million expenditure on behalf of Baker, posted Oct. 29.

9TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT –
-- A LITTLE HELP FOR MY FRIENDS --
Perhaps, like U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris, Nancy Skinner’s prospects in the East Bay’s Ninth State Senate District appear extremely rosy. So much so that, like Harris who campaigned for various other candidates on Friday, including with BART board candidate Lateefah Simon, Skinner is lending a hand down ballot. Skinner posted a short video on Twitter Sunday espousing support for Oakland City Council at-large candidate Peggy Moore, who is challenging incumbent Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. It’s been a big past 48 hours for Moore, who received a surprise over the weekend with an endorsement from President Obama.

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