My Baby, the New Walnut Creek Library

Living in Walnut Creek and free from the political abstinence required by my former job, in 2005 and 2006 I made a concentrated effort to reshape the runaway Walnut Creek Library project. … When I began my “Save Civic Park” campaign, the proposal threatened massive new taxes, a mega-garage in Walnut Creek’s central creekside park, and the taking of a historic private property. … Through my efforts and those of my friends and neighbors, the project was changed to a grand structure with an underground garage, lower tax load, and no eminent domain. I am very proud of the work we did there. … In these photos, the wooded lot behind the plywood sheathing was saved in part by my campaign. … I miss living in downtown Walnut Creek. Today I saw huge swaths of graffiti behind the Yacht Club restaurant, and the Civic Park bathrooms were a mess. That wouldn’t last on my watch. …

Predicting the local SF races

Just entered the Usual Suspects “Best Political Mind” contest. Some tough picks in the supe races, and I don’t expect to do well. Districts 3, 9 and 11 could all be close for three more candidates. In 11, I have to think the Party endorsement (unofficial link – the Dem ‘s have a very poor Web presence) is going to rule the day. Try your hand. … Good luck!