Politics and Policy:

    Big news from California!!! Here is a report from the California Green Party on their stunning success in this week’s elections:



      CA Greens win 26 races; Governor candidate polls record 5.3%

      GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS: Greens win 26 races on November 5; all six statewide candidates finish between 3.9% and 5.8%

      SUMMARY: In California, 26 Green Party members were elected to office on November 5, including eleven City Council members. The 5.3% received by Peter Camejo (the Green’s Governor candidate) set a record going back to 1934; and in San Francisco Camejo came in second (ahead of Republican Bill Simon) with 15.9%!

      RECORD NUMBER OF CALIFORNIA GREEN PARTY CANDIDATES & VICTORIES IN 2002

      November 2002: 67 candidates 26 victories

      Calendar 2002: 79 candidates 30 victories

      Complete GPCA election highlights can be found at

      http://www.cagreens.org/elections

      RECORD NUMBER OF CALIFORNIA GREENS NOW HOLDING OFFICE

      62 California Greens hold elected office after November elections

      http://www.feinstein.org/greenparty/electeds.html

      THERE GREENS REMAIN ON THE SEBASTOPOL CITY COUNCIL

      THREE GREENS ARE NOW ON THE BERKELEY RENT STABILIZATION BOARD

      THREE GREENS ARE NOW ON THE TWIN RIDGES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BOARD

      For more info. on the Green Party, see: http://www.cagreens.org

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      CITY COUNCIL VICTORIES

      November 2002:

      11 victories, including eight of eight incumbents re-elected

      November incumbents re-elected

      Larry Barnett, City Council, Sonoma (Sonoma)

      Alan Drusys, City Council, Yucaipa (Riverside)

      Tim Fitzmaurice, City Council, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz)

      Kevin McKeown, City Council, Santa Monica (Los Angeles)

      Larry Robinson, City Council, Sebastopol (Sonoma)

      Mark Shoup, City Council, Apple Valley (San Bernardino)

      Lauren Sinott, City Council, Point Arena (Mendocino)

      Dona Spring, City Council, Berkeley, District 4 (Alameda)

      New City Council seats won, November:

      Beth Ingalls, City Council, Truckee (Nevada County)

      Dave Meserve, City Council, Arcata (Humboldt)

      Landon Neustadt, City Council, Buellton (Santa Barbara)

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      NATION’S FIRST GREEN SCHOOL BOARD MAJORITY

      Nevada County Greens now host the nation’s first Green School Board majority. Incumbents Greens DeOnne Noel and Sandra Ventura Scott were re-elected to the Twin Ridges Elementary School Board. They are joined by newly elected Cindy Foxtrot. Two Greens are now contesting the remaining seat. This means three out of five seats will be held by Greens.

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      GREEN STATEWIDE SLATE FINISHES BETWEEN 3.9% AND 5.7% AND ALSO FINISHES AHEAD OF ALL OTHER CALIFORNIA SMALL PARTIES IN ALL STATEWIDE RACES

      In previous elections, the highest percentage any statewide Green candidate received was 3.9% – Ralph Nader for President in 2000 and Margaret Garcia for Secretary of State in 1994. In 2002, all statewide candidates received at least 3.9%.

      Peter Miguel Camejo, Governor

      5.3%

      Donna Warren. Lt. Governor

      4.2%

      Larry Shoup. Secretary of State

      3.9%

      Glen Mowrer, Attorney General

      4.0%

      Jeanne Marie Rosenmeier, State Treasurer

      5.0%

      Laura Wells Controller

      5.8%

      David Ishmael Sheidlower, Insurance Commissioner

      3.9%

      Peter Camejo’s statewide 5.3% of the vote was the highest “third party” percentage for a California Governor contest against Democratic and Republican candidates in 67 years — since 1934! (In 1978 Libertarian Party Governor candidate Ed Clark received 5.5% of the vote running as an “Independent”, without having a party listing on the ballot). In San Francisco, Camejo received 15.9% of the vote, thereby beating the Republican (Bill Simon)! Other counties where Camejo exceeded 10% include: Mendocino, 16.3%; Sonoma, 13.1%; Santa Cruz, 12.3%; Marin, 12.1%; Humboldt, 11.9%; and Alameda, 11.1%.