Thursday, March 01, 2007

Patty Berg drops the ball?

OK. I am not a big Patty Berg fan. I think I have made that clear in the past. I feel she has not come anywhere close to the job Virginia Strom-Martin did in her 6 years at the 1st District Assembly helm. But my Sacramento lobbyist sources with local ties are blaming the Willits bypass failure at the feet of Patty. They said she underestimated the push from Southern California way too late to counteract the inevitable. (Her and Patricia Wiggins just found out on Tuesday?) Times-Standard Online - Berg sends out bulk e-mail urging residents to back Willits project We are talking about hundreds of jobs that were tied into this project also. Good paying jobs!

I think she has been way too busy with her assisted suicide bill that I think is going to die on the floor either way no matter how it is written. I really think her focus these last 5 years should have been toward diversifying our economic base by identifying all resources and maximizing our North Coast assets. Good riddance next year.

Who do you think Patty and Patty will blame? They ask working people on Tuesday to protest a vote on Wednesday. Man. Are these people living in the real world?

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Richard, you're way off base on this one.

samoasoftball said...

How so?

samoasoftball said...

I would like to debate this, but in the last 7 days I have worked nearly 90 hours and will be working tomorrow another 8 overtime. Last week I did 64 hours in a five day period.

I know. Whinning wiener!

Evergreen needs to hire help!

Anonymous said...

The Willits bypass pass portends the furure of the railroad.

Anonymous said...

Richard, somethings really wrong with your company. 90 hours is excessive. They probably dont want to hire more workers because of union benefits. After all, its not as though they are doubling your health coverage, or whatever else your fringe benefits are. They actually are saving money by doing this.

My question is, can you say no?

samoasoftball said...

12:26- As I check on e-mail and stuff this morning, I am asking myself why I am doing it.

I have two boys in school in Sacramento. That is a big reason.

There is always a need to hire clean-up help. I will be shoveling, wheel barreling, air hosing and sweeping sawdust all day. At around $30 an hour.

Anonymous said...

What exactly has Patty accomplished these last few years? For the life of me, I can't think of anything.

Anonymous said...

She got needles for the junkies that they leave all over the place!

Stu said...

Screw the freeway bypass. The State should give back all the money they have stolen from the cities and counties so that we can fix our local roads.

Anonymous said...

Richard, thats over half of your week you're at work. How do you take care of personal business? Avoid heart attacks? play softball with your elderly friends?

Anonymous said...

At least Berg has done a better job than that do-nothing careerist Chesbro. Wes actually thinks we want him back in office, again?

Anonymous said...

Its no more off base than all the politicos saying that railroad is going to get Prop 1B money.

RMostranski said...

Richard, you do what you do for your work ethic is by far---who you are....

The first day that I met you, way back in March of 2006, was just, well------the best thing that has happened to me in a long time...

You are a guiding light. A light that will always burn with heart and compassion for what you believe in. That in its self is hard to find in this day and age...

samoasoftball said...

Other Richard- Funny we already had ties together through family members.

You were a witness to the fiasco that my first Marks for Supervisor Committee meeting turned out to be at Angelo's. 30 people arguing heatedly over the direction the campaign should go. Hey the battle was uphill but fun. Look at all the new people we met.

It was a good year. Glad we shared it.

Anonymous said...

The big three Zeros:Berg, Wiggins and Chesbro. Finally a chance to get a small crumb from a giant state transportation bond measure and our current and past legislators get snookered again. Or maybe now we really know who controls our future and it's the big city legislators. With this result on what should have been a slam dunk issue I guess we can forget about future railroad funding and any return of Eel River water.

mrsb814 said...

Richard I agree 110% that Patty Berg dropped the ball and I appreciate that you've joined the Central Committee. I hope you'll go after Virginia Strom Martin early-do you think she'll try to run again (I hope so).

I also have to agree with the anon poster who said this doesn't bode well for railroad funding...sad but true.

Not a Berg fan myself-obviously.

Anonymous said...

This one had a real chance. When the Socal interests realized that infighting wasn't going to get them anywhere, they went after the few rural recommended projects.

After all, to those chumps....$177 mil is small change.

The point is that the Director of the Trans dept was lobbied by those legislators in the Bay area and LA and he testified, against his own staff recommendation that "Willits is too expensive for a rural project" The dude knew where his budget votes came from and he would have been in deep sh*t if he didn't go along with the power play.

Probably Patty and Patricia couldn't do a thing about it. Neither of them has the political clout to stand up for the district....so it became last minute, face saving, damage control. Once again these districts get sold out for metro-political expediency.

Berg's righteous indignation is a contemporary version of crocodile tears. She knew the deal was going south....and it did.

It's the all too often manifested trade off between party support and the needs of the district.

In short...she sold us out again.

Want some extra irony? Mendocino County deferred all of its other transportation projects to make a priority of Willits. Thanks to Patty...they are screwed. They....like the whole north state...get virtually nada.

Patty has just proved her ability to (as she says) "fight" for her constituents and once again...she got in a fight she couldn't win. I can't wait to hear her condemnation of Fabian Nunez (ha)...the Speaker was the architect of this debacle. (Not going to happen) If She bucks the status quo, she loses her office and committee assignments...not that she does a damn thing with either of them. That's the tragedy for us and the why of this....she's controlled by a ward healer from East LA. He owns her....we don't.

Maybe that's he theory of the 'compassionate choices' bill....not only does it get her some headlines around the state....but it removes a lot of the long term performance memory from the district.

That might help if they ease term limits....as they surely will.

She says she'll run for another term....or get this....run for Insurance Commissioner...

The teat of political power is filled with the hunger for....more of the same.

Patty is a disappointment.

Someone....anyone...articulate one damn thing she's done for you or this district.

I'd love to know about it.

Anonymous said...

Insurance Commissioner - good choice - another do nothing could be elected. Seems the only ones to run for Insurance Commissioner are just trying to keep an elected job after they termed out from something else.

Maybe this sell out should be called a "pick your battle" issue as she certainly wouldn't buck So. Cal and doesn't have enough clout to do so if she wanted to.

We need some new elected officials to represent the rural counties. We should remember one of the "deals" that reportedly was made was Neely "guaranteeing" Chesbro Patty's seat. There has to be someone else out there.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Some great Democrat you are Mr. Marks. I am sending this off to the committee for review. I told you we had eyes in Samoa, now you will believe me.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Some great Democrat you are Mr. Marks. I am sending this off to the committee for review. I told you we had eyes in Samoa, now you will believe me.

So what are they going to do make Richard drink the koolaide? What an idiot to think all Democrats must be in lock step with identical brain wave patterns!

If the HDCC wants more support from a broader audience-they will need a lot more like Richard Marks!!

samoasoftball said...

4:58am said "Wow. Some great Democrat you are Mr. Marks. I am sending this off to the committee for review. I told you we had eyes in Samoa, now you will believe me."

Am I being threatened with sensorship here? Say it ain't so!

I am a life long Liberal Democrat that happens to be pro-choice, pro-worker, pro-environment and believes in free speech.

I feel I can express my thoughts and opinions freely if I happen to disagree with a fellow Democrats position or political job preformance.

I know others on the HCDCC who have diverse ideas that they openly express. That is why my wife and I joined again. We have the same core values as most Democrats but we will disagree at times.

Anonymous said...

Run Richard Run!!! No mo Chesbro!!! It's time to replace the Dem's for Republicans club with some good , honest hardworking folks who will be stepping up shortly. The top of the list needs to be Richard Marks for 1st district assbly.

mresquan said...

Hey,I certainly can't be blamed.I wrote Richard in against Patty in Novemer.At least I know he got one vote.

samoasoftball said...

After I made this post I had a conversation with a few Cal Trans workers that were upset. Then I heard from Northern California labor building trades people who were contacted on the 11th hour...and 59th minute to try to stop this from happening. It looks like Patty and Patty were just trying to wash their hands of any kind of blame. Wiggins is new to the Senate seat, so I can see how this might slip by her, but Berg has been in office for 5 years and had no contacts to warn her before the fact?

Anonymous said...

The local so-called "leaders" of the Democratic Party are running scared from their constituents. They can't handle the truth. All it takes is 20 signatures to get on the ballot to run for the HCDCC (or Repub Cent Comm, for that matter) in June 2008. Richard needs some backup, people.

Eric V. Kirk said...

I don't think you can blame Berg. There's a limited amount of money, and quite frankly if I consider the big picture I would agree that the addition to the Cauldicott Tunnel and the construction to cure the bottleneck where the Richmond bridge traffic hits 101 at San Rafael are greater priorities effecting exponentially more people, including north coast people.

It is sad however that Mendocino County had to expend 32 million before learning it was a waste.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the prior posts about Chesbro. He can't seriously think the people of the district will vote for him again after the lousy job he did as State Senator?

samoasoftball said...

Eric: I can agree with you to a point. But when you have a project that was supposed to be a slam dunk with no major opposition yanked out from under you, a last day effort to correct the issue is pretty weak. You can not argue that, can you? I am still waiting a good rebuttal.

I voted and supported Berg in the past. I am not happy with this outcome. Nor are many people in Northern Cal.

Maybe Wes Chesbro will come out with a public statement explaining the process and how Northern California was left out and what a great job Berg and Wiggins did to address our local concerns. No. That is not going to happen.

Accountability has left the house! Oh, unless I do something wrong on my job! Then it counts again! Why do we balk at holding our political representatives responsible? Mystery to me.

Anonymous said...

If you've ever read Eric Kirk's blog or heard him on the radio, he without fail backs the establishment centrist Democrats at every possible opportunity. But when the topic of progressive populists comes up, Kirk runs for the hills! Too much reality for Eric.

Anonymous said...

Patty only came to Willits'aid after a hot tip about possible extension of term limits.Then she sent her side kick The cunning Connie to labor to kiss a little ass and take their temperature.Butt it all came out O.K. because most of the trades leadership finds Patty so sphincter licking good!