Election Update: Measure L Goes Down In Defeat & Cooper Heads to State Assembly

Jim Cooper and his supporters were elated to see the Elk Grove Councilman in a commanding lead for State Assembly District 9. Cooper's viewing party was at Paesano's Restaurant in Elk Grove.
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SACRAMENTO – A majority of Sacramento voters made it known during the General Election on Tuesday that City Hall works just fine. With all precincts reporting, Measure L, the initiative known as the “Sacramento Checks and Balance Act of 2014,” was voted down with 31,885 (57.22 percent) votes against 23,835 (42.78 percent) votes. Now that […]

OBSERVER RECOMENDS: ‘Yes’ Votes For Appellate Justices

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OPINION – Most voters will not recognize seven names on their November ballot. They are Elena Duarte, Andrea Hoch, Louis Mauro, William Murray, Vance Raye and Ron Robie — justices currently serving on the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District — who are up for retention. The seventh name is that of Jonathan Renner, who […]

DeLuz Brothers Going at it, Talking General Election 2014

Craig & David DeLuz can be found debating politics and cultural news of the day at www.DeLuzBrothers.com

Craig & David DeLuz are long time political commentators & activists in the Sacramento region. What makes them unique is that David is a progressive Democrat and Craig is a Conservative Republican. Here they discuss their differing opinions on three local races. Craig & David DeLuz can be found debating politics and cultural news of […]

OBSERVER RECOMENDATIONS: Fall General Election 2014

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Below are The OBSERVER Recommendations: GOVERNOR Jerry Brown LT. GOVERNOR Gavin Newsom SECRETARY OF STATE Alex Padilla CONTROLLER Betty T. Yee TREASURER John Chiang ATTORNEY GENERAL Kamala Harris INSURANCE COMMISSIONER Ted Gaines SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION Tom Torlakson BOARD OF EQUALIZATION — DISTRICT 1 George Runner U.S. Representative — District 3 John Garamendi U.S. Representative […]

Obama Turns to Black Radio to Plead for Midterm Votes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don’t want him around in person. African-American turnout will be vital to Democrats’ hopes in states such as Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina […]

THE OBSERVER RECOMMENDS: Yes on Measure L

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OPINION – How is City Hall working for us? That’s the question The OBSERVER editorial staff repeatedly asked itself when reviewing Measure L, also known as the Strong Mayor initiative. The answer is clear: City Hall is not working very well for many of the citizens of Sacramento. That is why The OBSERVER editorial staff […]

THE OBSERVER RECOMMENDS: Dr. Richard Pan for State Senate District 6

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THE OBSERVER is proud to recommend the candidacy of Dr. Richard Pan for the District 6th State Senate seat. Dr. Pan is a family man, pediatrician, entrepreneur, educator and Assemblyman. He will bring to the State Senate a career-long dedication of energy, work, and service to the families of the District. As a legislator Dr. […]

Former Mayor Heather Fargo Flip Flops on Strong Mayor Proposal

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Supporters of Measure L today called on former Mayor Heather Fargo, chief spokesperson for the anti-Measure L campaign, to explain her flip-flop on strong mayor. As revealed in a new analysis, Fargo voted in favor of a strong mayor proposal in June 1990 as part of a 6-2 vote that also included […]

The State of Black Power in The Ranks of Sacramento Policy Advisors & Advocates

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SACRAMENTO – In a rare public discussion of an often-hidden topic, the audience at a recent Sacramento luncheon was treated to a candid and revealing conversation on the influence of Black power brokers in California state government. Hosted by the California Association of African-American Advocacy Professionals (CA4P), the September 10 event was conceived as a […]

Councilmember-Elect Rick Jennings Endorses Strong Mayor Initiative

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SACRAMENTO – Councilmember-elect Rick Jennings today endorsed Measure L, the measure on the November ballot he says will improve Sacramento’s system of government. “Now is the right time for Sacramento to take this important step,” said Councilmember-Elect Rick Jennings. “After listening to my constituents throughout the campaign, it’s clear that the people of Sacramento demand a […]