Who do you support for U.S. House in California (District 2) in 2010?

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Old Vet

Penn Valley, CA

#1 Oct 14, 2010
I don`t vote for Democrats.
Transparency

Walnut Creek, CA

#2 Oct 14, 2010
Which Democrat or Republican will address the UC Berkeley furor of Chancellor spending $3,000,000 on consultants but no money for student sports? UC Berkeley’s recent elimination of popular sports programs highlighted endemic problems in the university’s management. Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians in Sacramento, since they stopped giving him every dollar he has asked for, and the state legislators do share some responsibility for the financial crisis. But not in the sense he means.

A competent chancellor would have been on top of identifying inefficiencies in the system and then crafting a plan to fix them. Compentent oversight by the Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him to provide data on problems and on what steps he was taking to solve them. Instead, every year Birgeneau would request a budget increase, the regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, and the problems just piled up….until there was no money left.

It’s not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste and inefficiencies in the system. Faculty and staff have raised issues with senior management, but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3 million) consultants, Bain & Company, to tell him what he should have been able to find out from the bright, engaged people in his own organization.

From time to time, a whistleblower would bring some glaring problem to light, but the chancellor’s response was to dig in and defend rather than listen and act. Since UC has been exempted from most whistleblower lawsuits, there are ultimately no negative consequences for maintaining inefficiencies.

In short, there is plenty of blame to go around. But you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. An opportunity now exists for the UC president, Board of Regents, and California legislators to jolt UC Berkeley back to life, applying some simple check-and-balance management principles. Increasing the budget is not enough; transforming senior management is necessary. The faculty, students, staff, academic senate, Cal. alumni, and taxpayers await the transformation.
Another Old Vet

Chico, CA

#3 Oct 15, 2010
Wally Herger is a Republican obstructionist to doing what's right in America.

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#4 Oct 16, 2010
Herger is a has-been.

“Who is John Galt?”

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#5 Oct 16, 2010
Normally I won't vote for Wally but it is imperative to defeat the Obama agenda.
Doris Duncan

Berkeley, CA

#6 Oct 17, 2010
dbski4it wrote:
Normally I won't vote for Wally but it is imperative to defeat the Obama agenda.
I won't vote for him either. This will be my first vote for a Democrat.
D Jacoboni

Paradise, CA

#7 Oct 19, 2010
Great job
Old Man

Durham, CA

#8 Oct 21, 2010
I don't vote for Republicans. They are ruining my country.
time

United States

#9 Oct 23, 2010
time to go
Superdadu

United States

#10 Oct 23, 2010
I think Jim Reed is qualified and has good ideas. Herger needs to go.
Betsy Ross

United States

#11 Oct 24, 2010
Herger toes the line for whomever the Republican in charge happens to be. He doesn't represent us. Never has.

“Who is John Galt?”

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#12 Oct 24, 2010
Betsy Ross wrote:
Herger toes the line for whomever the Republican in charge happens to be. He doesn't represent us. Never has.
Obama and Boxer don't represent us either.
LK

San Jose, CA

#13 Nov 1, 2010
Are you kidding? I have more reasons to vote for Reed than I could list in a bible!! Suffice it to say that Herger has done nothing to help his constituents. He's helped a few billionaires elsewhere, but pitifully little more. We in the 2nd congressional district of CA want a true congressional rep, one who will REALLY represent us here. Reed's the ticket!

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#15 Nov 3, 2010
WALLY HERGER GOT RETIRED?

I wish the media would not post results as final until 100% of the precincts have reported...

LOOKS LIKE HERGER IS RETIRED!
JIM REED DEM 23357 50.39%
WALLY HERGER REP 22843 49.28%

For final election results> http://clerk-recorder.buttecounty.net/electio...

PEOPLE CAN YOU READ ALL RESULTS YOU READ WERE NOT FINAL!*sigh* ALL RESULTS IN NEWSPAPERS WERE NOT REPORTING ALL PRECINCTS....read the fine print LOL

I wish the media would not post results as final until 100% of the precincts have reported...

For final election results> http://clerk-recorder.buttecounty.net/electio...

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#16 Nov 3, 2010
OOPS, LOL... I was looking only at Butte County results, bummer! Wally wasn't retired:(
http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/us-congress/di...

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