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Endorsement Time: State Office Edition

Governor: We endorse Phil Angelides because of his dedication to smart growth. As state treasurer, he commendably redirected investments toward urban in-fill development. We like Schwarzennegger’s (recent) moderate, consensus-based approach to government, and are underwhelmed by Angelides’s campaign. He’s a putz, but he’d be better for Oakland.

Lt. Governor: We whole-heartedly endorse John Garamendi partly because of his good record as Insurance Commissioner. Tom McClintock, while respectable and dedicated, is far too conservative for California. We agree with the LA Times editorial that this office should be abolished.

State Treasurer: Bill Lockyer, from Hayward, is a long-time advocate of gun control and urban public safety. We are very disappointed by his recent publicity stunt of suing automakers for perfectly legal, highly-regulated car production.

Attorney General: We heart Jerry Brown! He has been a wonderful mayor of Oakland; we have really turned the corner under his administration, and his influence will be felt for decades to come. As Attorney General, he will attack the problems cities like Oakland face: unrehabilitated parolees dumped in our ghettos, a lack of institutional support and public focus on juvenile offenders, and a severe shortage of police services.

Secretary of State: Debra Bowen is too partisan and too extreme for this important, independent position. Bruce McPherson, a former State Senator from Santa Cruz, has behaved more moderately and more independently in his campaign, while Debra Bowen rode a bus with the other statewide Democrats, speaking to public-employee unions about the evils of voting machines. Computerized voting is not only appropriate in the twenty-first century, but provides an important service to disabled and non-English-speaking voters. There are clearly problems with the existing machines, but the emphasis should be on fixing those problems, not a return to paper ballots.

State Controller: John Chiang, why not?

Insurance Commissioner: Steve Poizner is backed by consumer groups, while Bustamante, who completely stunk up the recall election, accepted major contributions from the insurance industry. Additionally, we like South Bay resident Poizner and want to encourage culturally-liberal Republicans to be prominent within their party.

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