Blogging Bayport Alameda

September 26, 2006

Have you gotten your campaign schwag?

Filed under: Alameda, Bayport, Election — Lauren Do @ 4:42 pm


Monday, Bayport was hit up by the “Slate” and we got our very own doorhanger and a pad.  And not just any old pad, one that has little checkboxes next to the slatemate names so in case you had forgotten, you need to vote for these three people.  The pad tells you to. 

If you click on the yellow doorhanger, you will see written in blue ink a special “message” written to us, it says:

Ben & Lauren[,] Sorry I missed you[.]  Doug [punctuation added]

Okay, so, I was actually home when the person rang on my door bell and I crept downstairs to see if it was anything important.  The guy looked like a salesman, and if you have never lived in a new community before you would not believe the number of solicitors we get.  He was wearing a blue windbreaker type jacket and a baseball hat.  So, since I was in, what we call “comfy clothes” (e.g. pajamas), and I was sick and the baby was upstairs napping, I decided to not answer the door.  But when I reflect back, I don’t think it was Doug deHaan after all.  I’ll have to check around this weekend and see if some of the stay-at-home moms answered the door and whether they can confirm if it was him or not. 

The odd thing is the time when the slatemates decided to hit up Bayport.  I don’t know if they deliberately planned a time when the neighborhood would be practically empty, because it was around 2:00ish on a Monday afternoon, most people I know are at work.  Was it so that they wouldn’t have to actually talk to anyone?  I am curious who made that call at Action Alameda headquarters.

And…I noticed something conspicuously missing from the two pieces of collateral I received.  And no, the answer is not “a coherent and relevant message.”  What was missing was a union bug. Sure the doorhanger says “Printed in Alameda,” but I guess it was done by non union labor.  Clearly they paid for the pieces since it doesn’t say “Labor Donated.”   I always assumed it was de rigeur to have all campaign materials, regardless of how big or small the race to either have “Labor Donated” which pretty much equals your Aunt Marge making photocopies herself or get it printed in a Union shop.

And there is something on the door hanger that reminds me of a Heineken label.  Must be the stars.

Hey, I just noticed, is Pat Bail wearing an Adidas warm-up suit in this photo?  I guess she is trying to appeal to a hipper, younger audience.  The only thing she is missing is her bling.



  1. The self-proclaimed organizer of The Slate, Pat Bail, is a former president of Alameda Republican Women, Federated (whose Web site features the plea, “Help further President Bush’s Agenda for America”), and a strong supporter of Governor Schwarzenegger and the recall campaign that swept him into office (she talked about this at great length in appearances on the Don Roberts Show). Something tells me that she does not lose much sleep over whether or not her campaign fliers are printed with union labor.

    Comment by Michael Krueger — September 26, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

  2. But, Doug deHaan – the supposed “leader” of the slate, is a Democrat. As far as I know, it’s rare for a Democrat to print materials without the union bug.

    Comment by Jim O. — September 26, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

  3. This is wonderful, Lauren! So you are not the forgoten subdivision after all!

    Don’t forget to report when Beverly Johnson hits your neighborhood (or not).

    Comment by NIMBY — September 26, 2006 @ 7:10 pm

  4. Mr. deHaan may be the first name on the signs, but to hear Ms. Bail herself tell it, she was the organizer of The Slate. Unfortunately (or is it fortunately? ;-)), I don’t have a complete collection of tapes of the Don Roberts Show (and there are no archives), but here’s how she put it on the May 3, 2006, episode:

    Don Roberts: “And how are you coming on your attempt to get a slate, or people to run for city council in the November election?”

    Pat Bail: “Well, you know, I think there are people who are going to emerge, and I’ve talked to several people — I don’t think any of them are ready for me to name them at the moment — I think that we will have a couple of people who fall in that category of being young people who are willing to make a change.”

    Her original plan was to recruit a few fresh faces from the Alameda Theater battle, but it doesn’t appear to have worked out that way.

    Comment by Michael Krueger — September 26, 2006 @ 7:18 pm

  5. A good way to avoid getting knocks on the door from the Slate people: Put campaign signs for Lena Tam & Frank Mataresse up on your front yard! (Seriously!) You should be able to pick some up at the Democratic Club HQ (in the strip mall off of the high street bridge) since they endorsed both candidates.

    Regarding the union bug — If a candidate is courting the union endorsement or has a union endorsement, or is interested in support from union members, they had better print union; it’s pretty clear that this slate isn’t concerned about that. (A quick check shows union bugs on both the Lena and Frank signs I have.)

    Comment by Dan Wood — September 26, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

  6. Municipal politics are non-partisan. Anyway, municipal issues are too, well, municipal, to be indirectly partisan anyway. I don’t know why you are all wasting your time harping on various candidates’ registered status.

    Comment by keepmeasurea — September 27, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

  7. Because if they (the people wasting their time harping on candidates’ registered status) manage to paint the slate as republican/anti-union/etc. they’ll be able to set uninformed democratic voters against it, without having to get into any issues. The fact that probably the majority of people who support the slate are democrats too is not to be divulged as it may blur the line where they are trying to drive the wedge.

    BTW, I have heard from several old-time Alamedans familiar with the Follraths that Beverly Johnson was a registered republican and changed to a democrat before she ran for office. (See reason above.) I did a quick google search and I couldn’t confirm that, but if anybody has an idea how to find the former status of someone, I’m open.

    PS. That isn’t to say I would vote for her whatever her registration, former or present.

    Comment by NIMBY — September 27, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

  8. If Mayor Johnson, or anyone else for that matter, sees the light and becomes a Democrat, it’s something that should be celebrated, not denigrated.

    As far as “harping on status,” the slate seems to making a big deal that it contains a Democrat (deHaan) and a Republican (Bail). I take it, then, that the slate is wasting their time harping on their own registration status???

    Comment by Jim O. — September 27, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

  9. Local races are always about partisan politics. Where do candidates for State and Federal office come from? Your local city council, school board and Mayor. So the majority party within the city works to elect their party. And then there is additional benefit of the State and Federal office holders providing assistance to the city, solidifying their reelection chances as well the local candidates. Can not wait to see how Sandre Swanson will help the local Democrats come election time.

    Comment by Alamedan — September 27, 2006 @ 10:50 pm

  10. Harping on a persons registered status is one thing, and I haven’t seen anyone do it here or anywhere else. I have seen no discussion on Ms. Thomson’s affiliation.

    Harping on the fact that someone held a leadership position in a local political party (as canadidate Bail proclaimed during the past election) is quite another thing. It speaks loudly to the attitudes, beliefs and likely voting habits of that candidate and are certainly worthy of consideration.

    The fact is, Pat Bail has been out of touch on the issue on every major vote put to the local electorate (hospital, library, school bonds, bay area transportation bonds and bridge tolls). In each case, over 2/3 of voters passed these measures and afterwards Ms. Bail took to the Don Roberts show to talk about what idiots the voters are.

    Comment by John Knox White — September 28, 2006 @ 10:14 am

  11. Local races are always about partisan politics. Where do candidates for State and Federal office come from? Your local city council, school board and Mayor.

    Well, if your candidate is Lena Tam, with her long list of state-level politico endorsements, that’s true. You Forget to Mention county level as well.

    But that’s also why the deHaan slate specifically indicate they don’t seek higher office outside of Alameda. Unlike some of the other candidates, they don’t aspire to higher office outside of the City of Alameda.

    Comment by keepmeasurea — September 28, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

  12. Well, Tony “higher moral street cred” Daysog (a favorite of the Measure A folks) is constantly running for one higher office or the other (oh wait, the AC Transit board is actually a consolation prize, should he win …) So much for keepmeasurea’s grand unification theory.

    Comment by Ed McBain — September 28, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

  13. I have one thing to say to John Knox White and Michael Krueger. Keep up the good battle you guys are young smart and right on track. John Piziali

    Comment by John Piziali — September 28, 2006 @ 4:33 pm

  14. Campaign schwag update: The 300 block of Haight have just received their notepads and door hangers.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — September 30, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

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