Come to this open public event on Saturday, August 27 for anyone to hear and ask questions of candidates for local races that the El Cerrito Democratic Club takes a position on, like the race for two seats on the West Contra Costa USD Board and the race for the Area 1 seat on the Contra Costa County Board of Education.
I thought Pam Mirabella would finally retire after 28 years as a Contra Costa County Board of Education Trustee for Area 1 (including most or all of the West Contra Costa USD over the years). Then last year I started getting campaign e-mails from her. I was puzzled that she was making such an effort thinking that she could probably die in office if she wanted with little effort. This was seemingly confirmed as she pulled and filed papers to run on the first day of the filing period then stood alone for two weeks as the only candidate. Yesterday, when I checked again, everything changed. Three competitors suddenly appeared to at least pull papers. So, let’s look at this.
The County Board of Education will meet to consider the proposal to put trustee area elections on the ballot, so I guess it’s time to start blogging again.
For considering the trustee area issue for WCCUSD, I have revised my Google map mashup showing the locations of WCCUSD Board members’ listed residences in the District:
(I’m working on integrating the proposed trustee area boundaries directly into the map, but for now here’s the trustee area map for reference: http://districtguide.org/image
The legend in the Google-based map shows what proposed trustee areas the current trustees are in and their term ends. Karen Pfeifer (area 4) and Dave Brown (area 2) are up for re-election this year. There would be many permutations possible if trustee areas were to be implemented, but here’s the basic situation. If anyone from area 2 is elected this year, Audrey Miles would not be able to run in 2010. If anyone from area 4 is elected, neither Madeline Kronenberg nor Charles Ramsey would be able to run in 2010. If no one from area 4 is elected, Madeline Kronenberg and Charles Ramsey could both run in 2010, but only one could be elected in 2010.
As I reported before, we have a group working on reforming the school district at a fundamental level, primarily, at this point, through working towards a system of ward elections for school board members. Our organizing effort was distracted somewhat by the failed parcel tax campaign, but we are still moving along. The next milestone is the completion of a proposed map for the petition to establish ward elections. This should be done by the end of the month. Then I’ll be back with more news.