Sunday, December 17, 2006

Progressive 11th News Round Up - Pombo Lost Tracy But Tracy Hasn't Lost Corruption


Tracy Press: Tracy turns out for McNerney

"Fewer than three out of every 10 adults living in Tracy voted in the Nov. 7 election, with 8,915 of them voting for Congressman-elect Jerry McNerney and 6,779 voting for hometown incumbent Richard Pombo, according to newly released county election figures." (source)

ANG: McNerney expresses goal of BART extension to Tracy McNerney dreams of BART train to Tracy

"Incoming Congressman Jerry McNerney hasn't even taken his seat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and he's already thinking big.

At a groundbreaking at Dublin City Hall on Friday for a $9 million Tri-Valley traffic management project, McNerney said he hoped to secure federal money for a Bay Area Rapid Transit extension down the middle of Interstate 580 — all the way to Tracy. " (source)

Record: McNerney helps unveil new SJ transit center

SFChron: 'Mr. Smith' home from Washington Congressman-elect already looking toward next run in '08

"The words were like gold to Jerry McNerney, the Democratic congressman-elect from Pleasanton who beat a powerful GOP incumbent and is back in his district briefly before he takes the oath of office.

"I'm not old enough to vote for you,'' Ryan Rubin, a 17-year-old Foothill High School student, told McNerney at a fundraiser Friday night in Pleasanton, "but I'll be old enough to vote for you in two years."

McNerney, who won by six percentage points, wants to hold on to his margin. But Rubin's remarks, made in a short receiving-line conversation, also served as a reminder of the pressure he'll face as a U.S. representative. " (source)

After Pombo

Human Events: Pombo Aide Moving Up in the House

"Soon-to-be House Minority Leader John Boehner (R.-Ohio) named Brian Kennedy his new spokesman today. Kennedy previously worked for defeated Rep. Richard Pombo (R.-Calif.) at the Resources Committee and before that served as a spokesman for Rep. George Radanovich (R.-Calif.).

Boehner had this to say about his new flack:

"As we work to earn the majority back, Republicans will need to effectively
communicate our positions on the most critical issues facing the American
public. Brian is a proven communications professional and I'm pleased he is
joining our team to help us achieve these goals."

Kennedy will take the place of popular spokesman Kevin Madden, who is heading to Gov. Mitt Romney's (still unofficial) presidential campaign." (source)

Hill: GOP drops late-hour effort to push Indian casino bill

LOE: Pombo Plays the Black Knight

AP: Incoming chairman pledges new agenda for House environment panel

"The incoming Democratic chairman of the House committee that writes environmental laws on Friday promised a new focus for the committee - starting with a new name.

Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia wants to change the Committee on Resources back to the Committee on Natural Resources, the name it had before Republicans took over the House in 1994. Democrats won a majority in November and will be in control when a new Congress convenes next month.

The name change is meant to reflect a departure from the industry-friendly policies of current Chairman Richard Pombo, R-Calif., who tried to increase oil and gas drilling, reduce protection of endangered species and privatize public lands.

Rahall's goal will be "not to engage in the wholesale destruction of pristine federal lands, sacrificing them on the altar of energy development," he told a press conference, but instead to "protect those resources which Americans cherish as places to recreate, hunt and fish."" (source)

LasVegas Sun: Mining industry worried about Democrat-controlled Congres

Hill: GOP drops late-hour effort to push Indian casino bill

More 11th CD News

Record: Conflict of interest question arises over Tracy mayor’s 2002 vote
Tracy Press: Ives once paid as consultant by several local businesses
Tri-Valley Herald: Tracy mayor may have violated state code and government regulations

Tri-Valley Herald: Records: Mayor failed to recuse - Documents show Ives took part in discussions on Tracy car dealership he served as consultant

"In what could be a violation of the state Fair Political Practice Commission regulations and California codes, Tracy Mayor Brent Ives failed to recuse himself from discussions in 2001 and 2002 involving a local car dealership to which he provided consulting services, according to city records.

In documents filed annually with the city — including Form 700, a statement of economic interests — Ives has declared his business, BHI Consulting, as part of his investments, income and assets, with him as the sole proprietor, since 1998.

In 2000 and 2001, Ives listed San Ramon-based Community Concepts Inc. as a company for which he provided human resources consulting services, according the documents. He also provided a manager-training session for Tracy Toyota in 2001.

But according to the minutes of Tracy City Council meetings in 2001-02, three issues involving Tracy Toyota appeared before the council, and Ives voted all three times." (source)

Record: Tracy council overruled
InsideBayArea: Ruling ruffles some council members
Record: Bilbrey bows out after 12 years as mayor of booming Tracy
Record: Appointments reshape councils
Tracy Press: Twelve apply for council seat

KCRA: McFall Sentenced In Corruption Scheme
Tri-Valley Herald: McFall receives 10 years in prison
Lodi News: 'McFall was clearly in the driver's seat'

Tri-Valley Herald: Lawrence Livermore's Site 300 wants to be home of National Bio and Agro-defense Facility
ANG: Weapons plan draws criticism despite trim at Livermore Lab
CBS13: Explosive Controversy Heats Up In Tracy


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