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Some small hope in Red California?

San Bernardino is Red, Red California. It's also one of America's most corrupt cities with constant kickback scandals in city management and a very high crime rate.

Yesterday we had a run-off election for City Mayor. It was supposedly a non-partisan election. Both candidates, James Penman and Pat Morris were basically the same - running on identical platforms of Get Tough On Crime, etc. One was a judge, the other, a "tough-talking" attorney. Personally, I didn't like either candidate, but that's not the point. The main difference between the candidates? Pat Morris was endorsed by the Democratic party. The election was supposed to be down to the wire.

Results? Morris by a landslide. 63% - 37% in a low-turnout special election.

What does this mean to Red California?

I'm not sure. But I did notice that there was a Democratic get-out-the-vote effort that surprised me. This has to be a good sign. Or maybe it means nothing because Morris was also endorsed by our Republican Congressman, Jerry Lewis (hissss). Which is odd because I'm assuming that the Republican party endorsed the other candidate.

Nonetheless, I feel good that there may be some change in our Red heart of California.

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Originally posted to Susan aka pucklady on Wed Feb 08, 2006 at 10:58 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Misleading (none)
    San Bernardino COUNTY is quite red, but the city of San Bernardino is strongly Democratic.
  •  Tips? (3.62)
    We in Red California have so little to be thankful for.

    -7.38, -6.46
    The Truth is the engine of our judicial system. --Patrick Fitzgerald

    by pucklady on Wed Feb 08, 2006 at 11:01:57 AM PST

  •  SoCal v NoCal (none)
    There's something happening here in the Central Valley, east of the SF Bay Area, that I think is happening under the political radar.  Alot of these cities - Tracy, Stockton, Modesto, are becoming bedroom communities of the Bay Area as people move out for the cheaper housing.  Alot of these people, like me, are Democrat voting liberals, and bringing their SF politics to the valley.  It's turning formerly bright red districts into a pretty shade of purple.  I expect suprises out here in 2006.  I'm looking at you Joe Pombo.

    There may be a similar phenomena happening in the bedroom communities of Los Angeles.

    •  maybe (none)
      but not in Orange County at least, which is a bedroom community/suburb of LA, population of about 3 million (more people than many/most states).  then again, no one is moving from Los Angeles to Orange County to save money on housing, so I guess OC wouldn't be in play anyway.  Perhaps we are purpling Riverside and San Bernardino...the cheaper, more conservative parts of SoCal...
      •  Inland Empire (none)
        The inland empire is becoming a bedroom community for LA and OC workers.  I sell real estate and many of my clients have been people selling their homes out in OC and LA and buying two in Riverside County and commuting to work.  I would not be surprised if Riverside started making gains on the Blue side of things as its demographics change from being mostly rural farmland into an extension of the LA/OC sprawl.  
    •  that's been going on for a while (none)
      it just happened earlier in the sacramento side of the delta than the san joaquin side of things. politically, the bay area extends a couple of counties inland. it will be interesting to see if the new UC merced campus will shake things up down there the way that UC davis swings yolo county solidly (D). combined with an aggressive decade-long voter registration campaign in the latino communities in the valley, i think we could put a lot of the south side of the central valley into play in the years to come.

      crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

      by wu ming on Wed Feb 08, 2006 at 12:14:41 PM PST

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  •  How Republicans covered (none)
    the election results of this race:

  •  City Council Runoff in Riverside (none)

    Andy Melendrez, the Democrat in the ostensibly non-partisan City Council Ward 2 race, handily beat the Republican, 60-40.

    I've been meaning to diary this, because Democracy for Riverside (the local DFA group, of which I am a steering committee member) walked and walked and walked two precincts in the ward, and over half of the winning margin came from those two precincts.

    I will write the promised diary (an emergency root canal got in the way, sorry) and present all the wonky data complete with charts and graphs.

    This part of the city probably isn't as "red" as the surrounding areas. UCR is smack in the middle of the ward, which also includes some of Riverside's poorest neighborhoods.

    But the bottom line is: Howard Dean is right. When Democrats go out and talk to other Democrats, we can win.

    Now we only need a few hundred more volunteers to organize their precincts.

  •  Mountain Bears (none)
    They meet in Lake Arrowhead, also on the first monday.

    A President in his own league. The Bush League!

    by Tuba Les on Thu Feb 09, 2006 at 05:38:33 PM PST

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