Thursday, April 5, 2018

Alameda County Democrats vote to back D.A. Nancy O'Malley's bid for re-election

Alameda County District Attorney candidates
Pamela Price, center, Nancy O'Malley, right,
with Robin Torello, chair of the Alameda
County Democratic Party.
--ELECTION 2018--
At one point during the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee meeting Wednesday in San Leandro, an elected member of the group yelled "bullshit!" in response to one of District Attorney Nancy O'Malley's answers. O'Malley's upstart opponent this June, Pamela Price, later she O'Malley is lying about her record in opposition of a previous statewide initiative to reduce sentencing for some low-level crimes.

But the tense, and often frenetic back-and-forth between O'Malley and Price during the 20-minute forum failed to sway the typically progressive central committee with O'Malley winning the influential endorsement of the county Democratic Party.

There were signs that support Wednesday night for O'Malley's re-election were to be expected. The response to her introduction was possibly one of the most supportive she has received at any other venue during this primary campaign season. Granted, O'Malley said some of those in attendance not only support her candidacy but also work for her in the district attorney's office.

Price, who has won the hearts and minds of progressives in the county, apparently sensed the county's official backing was unlikely. During her opening and closing statements, Price strongly urged the central committee to "level the field" and issue no endorsement in the race. To do so, would have been a striking rebuke to O'Malley, but it did not happen.

The final vote tally was not released, but under the central committee's rules, a candidate must win 60 percent of the vote to gain the endorsement. There will be no runoff in this two-candidate June primary when a simple majority of the vote is needed for victory.

Alameda County Democrats also voted to endorse Phong La for the open Alameda County Assessor seat, but offered no endorsement in the similarly open Alameda County Auditor's race between Melissa Wilk and Irella Blackwood.

In the suddenly contentious race for the only contested Alameda County Superior Court judicial seat, the county Democrats chose incumbent Judge Tara Flanagan over the challenger, retired public defender Karen Katz. Judicial races in Alameda County are almost always highly sedate affairs. Partly, due to the fact the State Bar encourages candidates to avoid attacks on their opponents, both professionally and personal. Katz, however, slammed Flanagan for her record of poor courtroom treatment towards the accused, attorney's and prospective jurors.

In addition, all five of the ballot measures appearing in various jurisdictions across Alameda County also received support. They include the Alameda County childcare and early education tax, Oakland's library parcel tax and the Bay Area Regional Measure 3 that seeks to increase bridge tolls by $3 by 2025.

➤Alameda County Supervisor – District 2 Richard Valle; District 3 Wilma Chan
➤Alameda County Treasurer/Tax Collector – Henry Levy
➤Alameda County Superintendent of Schools – Karen Monroe
➤Alameda County Board of Education Trustee – District 1 Joaquin Rivera; District 4 Aisha Knowles
➤Zone 7 Water District Director – Dennis Gambs, Olivia Sanwong
➤Union Sanitary District Director – Ward 3 Jennifer Toy


  1. By MW:

    While O'Malley most likely will win her battle for re-election, and most likely would have no matter what Pamela Price had said or did, and including since: one, O'Malley is many times better known than Price; and two, Alameda County voters almost always rubberstamp the incumbent - however looking at the bigger picture, the race is a big defeat for O'Malley.

    And that is because Nancy "The Big Windbag" O'Malley for few years now has been selling herself as one of the greatest and most wonderful people in the entire country, and especially based on the fish stories she has been peddling that supposedly she was the first and only DA in the entire country to fight human trafficking. And she obviously intended to use those fish stories as a basis to eventually weasel her way to much higher office, and such as for instance to become California Attorney General.

    However the issues that have been raised lately concerning O'Malley, and including as a result of her battle for re-election, have largely destroyed her aura, and made it much more obvious that she is nothing more than a tenth rate joker and a low level political hack rather than a superstar.

    In other words, O'Malley had been trying to pretend that she was one of the greatest of the major leaguers, but she is no more than a Little Leaguer, and in fact barely even a tenth rate Little Leaguer.

  2. By MW:

    Things sure would get extremely interesting if tenth rate Little Leaguer Nancy O'Malley is foolish enough to follow through on her plans to eventually try for much higher office, and such as for instance to become the California Attorney General.

    Since that would lead to major discussions about the "standards" and "integrity" of the Alameda County DA's office, and including its standard pattern of engaging in phony "investigations," its tolerance of extreme and totally worthless alcoholics in management positions (in fact Nadia Lockyer used to work as both a lawyer and a manager in the AC DA's office), its standard practice of engaging in secret and illegal interviews to script testimony, and it in general being an extreme example of a crooked law firm.

  3. Pamela Price is a bible thumping sociopath. I would never vote for her

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    2. Pamela Price is trying very hard to get elected and get out of private practice as an attorney. She fought hard for Tony Thurmond's seat and lost it. She obviously has lots of backing in her attorney network. Money is no issue for her. She won't win, whether she should or not, she won't.

  4. By MW:

    Concerning the post of 11:17AM, I am not really familiar with Pamela Price, and nor her ethics, honesty, integrity and level of standards, however I am fairly familiar with the ethics, "standards." "honesty," and "integrity" of Alameda County government and most Bay area lawyers and politicians, and including Nancy O'Malley.

    So in the race for AC DA we have two Bay area lawyers, specifically Pamela Price and Nancy O'Malley.

    So if Price, and just like O'Malley, is a sleazeball, it would not surprise me, since most Bay area lawyers and most Bay area politicians are sleazeballs, parasites, and scam artists.