August 16, 2006

School bond measure off to flying start

The kickoff for the school bond brought out a host of local elected officials and candidates to Zocalo Coffeehouse on Monday night, August 14, 2006.

All of the School Board Trustees, and City Council members OB Badger, Tony Santos, and Joyce Starosciak, joined Superintendent Christine Lim, and Assistant Superintendents Cindy Cathey and Michael Martinez in getting the bond campaign off to a running start. County Superintendent of Schools Sheila Jordan and County Board of Education Trustee Felix Elizalde were on hand as the county educational representatives.

Among the crowd were those running for office, including Dennis Hayashi, a candidate for Alameda County Superior Court Judge, School Board candidates Pauline Cutter, Mike Katz, and Peter Lismer, City Council candidate Diana Souza, and member-elect to the City Council Michael Gregory.

After nearly an hour,, Leroy Smith, co-chair of the school bond campaign, gave a stirring speech that had the crowd responding with chants of "Now" to his question of "When do we want it [improved schools]?" Co-chair Deborah Cox followed Smith's speech with brief remarks noting what a difference six month makes, praising those who had already volunteered and asking for volunteers for phone banking and precinct walking.

If the enthusiastic crowd is any indication, the bond measure looks set for passage in November.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at August 16, 2006 11:32 PM | TrackBack
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