Big things come in June. It’s time to go back to the ballot box
and also time for the next generation of voters to graduate.
For years Jim Wood has
offered our readers his opinions
on upcoming elections.
IT’S JUNE AND yes, that means summer, graduations and outdoor adventures, but it also means primary elections. I wish I could say I’d already been fully aware, but the realization that I was part of the sludge of inaction suffocating our great states came
to me early one morning in April as I sat in a room with hundreds of fellow Marinites at San Rafael’s Embassy Suites.
We had gathered for the North Bay Business Journal ’s
annual Impact Marin conference, where Stanford professor
and Govern For California founder Dave Crane captivated
the crowd with a riveting (yes, politics can be interesting)
breakdown of the inner workings of California government.
If you’ve never been lucky enough to sit in his classroom,
you can see his TED Talks on You Tube.
For me, Crane’s perspective brought to light how the
people making decisions that affect my life and my kids’
futures are elected into their seats of power. At one point,
he asked the attendees to name our Marin representatives
(they are Rep. Jared Huffman, State Sen. Mike McGuire
and Assemblymember Marc Levine). From my vantage
point in the middle of the room, the only person I could
hear answer the questions correctly was our own senior
writer, Jim Wood. For years Wood has offered our readers his opinions on upcoming elections — usually bring
a greater-than-usual quantity of letters either in support or in passionate opposition. In that tradition, to the
right are his quick picks — for more, including Wood’s
take on Regional Measure 3, which aims to reduce traffic congestion in all nine Bay Area counties, please go to
Speaking of You Tube videos, if you enjoyed getting into Jonah Steinhart’s mindset as he
crafted the graduation speech we’ve published in this month’s features section, I highly suggest
watching it online. I was in the audience on that unusually blustery June day last year and was
impressed by his humility and his message to grads to follow their hearts in life. In the spirit of
that amazing speech, hats off to all of those graduating this year. We are excited to follow your
paths and please do check back in with us once in a while, or tag #MarinGrad or #InMarin so we
can keep track of your adventures.
Mimi Towle, Editor
JIM WOOD’S PICKS
Aren’t we all neighbors in Marin?
Sure we are. So how often can you
vote for a neighbor to become the
top executive in the nation’s largest state? Your chance is Tuesday,
June 5, when Marin resident Gavin
Newsom faces 27 challengers in a
battle to win one of two spots for
governor on the November 6 final
election ballot. Odds are it won’t be
close and Newsom should easily win
a spot. Looking for a real slugfest?
You can find that in the fight for lieu-
tenant governor, Newsom’s current
job. Former ambassador to Australia
Jeff Bleick is squaring off against
former ambassador to Hungary
Eleni Kounalakis; both served under
President Barack Obama. The only
contender who’s experienced in
battling for elective office is State
Sen. Ed Hernandez of San Gabriel
Valley. All three candidates are
Democrats; two will make it to
November’s championship match.
And don’t assume another term for
84-year-old Dianne Feinstein in
the U. S. Senate just yet; she may
have a battle come November with
young ( 51) Kevin de Leon, a scrapper
from the mean streets of L. A. who’s
already served a term as president
of the California State Senate.