The Roseville City Council Race is already captivating insiders. There will be two open seats next year and a variety of suitors are lining up for the race. This update is as of 9/15:
Julie Hirota is out – she has said specifically that she does not want to run in 2016 because 2018 will have a lower voter turnout. A candidate would only say this if they are in the minority in an area. Roseville is a Republican-Leaning City. Hirota has made several public comments that suggest that she is quite liberal.
Krista Bernasconi – she is out and is also eyeing a 2018 run. My vetting shows her to be a Moderate Republican.
Richard Rocucci – various reports indicate that he is lukewarmly pursuing a run. The nexus for said run appears to be bravado according to some circles as in he wants to run headlong in to the conservative buzzsaw that shredded Rene Aggie-lair-uh. I thought Richard was running to serve Roseville, rather than to prove something. By the time I am in my 70’s, I would like to be clogging two-lane highways in my RV seeing the USA.
Phil Ozenick – Phil will be 92 years of age by election day of 2016. He has asked some people for support – unsuccessfully.
Bonnie Gore – incumbent, running. She was involved in some tough negotiations with public employee unions, how much do they play in this race?
John Allard – former councilmember, running. Key issues will be the fact that he is a well-known quantity in Roseville, will he make more friends than enemies? (This is the key reason why I do not run for office and reserve the right to blog)
Tracy Mendonsa – transportation commissioner, running. Mendonsa has picked up several key endorsements that will make him formidable. While somewhat unknown, Mendonsa has very few detractors amongst those that know him.
Scott Alvord – Mod Dem Businessman, running – key issue will be his dem registration and some residual issues from conflicts in his last race.
David Larson – Hard Left planning commissioner, running. He is married to another man – this will be a difficult issue for him in this area, let alone his far-left politics. To Larson’s credit – he has endorsed some conservatives in other races, so this indicates some political savvy on his part.
I do expect a couple more unknown candidates to arrive in the race by next summer.
——- Sutter County ——–
There has been an ongoing drama in Sutter County. Carla Virga, a Tea Party Leader and conservative activist in Sutter County had a dust up with others on the local Central Committee. She was voted off of the Sutter GOP. In an altercation (not physical) one night at a tea party meeting, another Cent Com member, Elaine Miles poured nail polish on the trunk lid of their Cadillac.
— at least that is what the Judge ruled in small claims court when a judgement for the $2500 in damage to the Virga’s car was entered.
In the court proceeding, it appears that Carla Virga made her case and according to accounts from there, Miles brought people from the Sutter County Taxpayer’s Association and some of the remaining members of the Sutter GOP to do nothing other than attack Mrs. Virga personally.
When Miles could not prove she did not do it – the Judge held her liable for the damage. In a twist, the case may well end up back on the desk of the prosecutor for criminal charges. $2500 in damage is felony vandalism.
While on the brink of a historic election, we are having to deal with stuff like this. Larry Virga has been on the agenda of the Sutter GOP for an expulsion vote of his own. The last two months the Sutter GOP Cent Com has failed to make a quorum and has been unable to toss Mr. Virga.
It appears I am not the only one getting thrown out of a GOP group. Seems like a party-wide cancer.
———– Beth Gaines ————
I have written extensively about the self-serving moves of the Gaines family in their quest to keep the government checks coming in. This includes the recent move in to a rental home in El Dorado County to facilitate a run for El Do County supervisor.
Beth Gaines plans to run for State Senate in 2020. In what I believe to be another move to keep her name ID up, she is going to run for CA GOP National Committeewoman. Anyone preparing to support her for said move should ask her pointedly if she intends to parlay that in to a state senate run. The Gaines have added next to nothing to any local GOP so a run for a state GOP position should be viewed with extreme skepticism.
Yes- Gaines has a 100% score from most conservative groups. The point is one of motives and effectiveness.
Consider yourself updated.