POLITICAL PLAY of the WEEK: Political Play Potpourri and the FPPC
(FPPC = California Fair Political Practices Commission).
Michelle Giddens is not displaying her legally required FPPC number (1301067) on her election materials, including the mailings, signs, radio ads, and web site. Her “paid for by” closing voice in her radio ads sounds suspiciously like the voice of “News-Press TV.”
Frank Flamethrower Hotchkiss continues not to have a web site, but his outrageous antics get plenty of coverage elsewhere, as evident when his name combined with this city name is the top hit via a Google search. His FPPC number (1300762) does not seem to appear on his advertising or other election materials. He does, though, have a Union Bug on his printed signs, but will that be common sense for his 953 supporters?
Dale Francisco does not have an FPPC number that can be found, and none appears at his web site or on other advertising materials. He does have a low-budget TV ad that just started and continues with his theme of Vote For Me Because I Am Not Them And That Is All You Need To Know. All the candidates except Francisco finally have an entry of their campaign messages at the Smart Voter web site run by the League of Women Voters. Francisco also is missing from the interviews by Noozhawk and ...wait for it... Casa Magazine, the junk mail shill for real estate ads. UPDATE: Francisco has an FPPC number (1300906) but it still is not displayed in his advertising; Litten and Hansen also did not respond to the interview by Noozhawk.
Dan Litten, a physician who should know something about cranial fragility, does not wear a bicycle helmet when he rides around town meeting videographers. Maybe the open ears helps him hear illegal gasoline powered blowers from farther away?
Bob Hansen drinks Bud Light in the public park and gets his medicinal marijuana from Nature’s Path. Because Hansen and Litten are not raising more than $1000 for their campaigns, they were dissed by the Lodging and Restaurant Association by not being invited to that group's forum last Wednesday. Too bad, as Hansen usually knows more about city happenings and policy issues than the trio endorsed by the News-Press-Mess-Less-Suppress-Depress.
Das Williams has several FPPC numbers, but his ad on page 7 of the latest Shape of Voice newspaper (issue #5) does not include the number. (Yes, one of his FPPC numbers and its associated committee was terminated.) He also accepted an endorsement from an anonymous blog, second-tier or not.
Helene Schneider is using her campaign signs from her original election four years ago, but they will not be any good for next time in 2010. Or, she is trying to convey that she is up for election, not reelection, for the first time this year.
Brian Barnwell has an FPPC number (1256037) but his web site (www.barnwellforcitycouncil.com) is a registry placeholder and has no content since it was created on September 4.
In Barnwell bonus news, the Independent reported this in a web edition article last Friday:
“Barnwell’s relations with the News-Press have grown so sour that it’s tainted his relationships with other elected officials. For example, Barnwell put fellow councilmember Iya Falcone, as well county supervisor Salud Carbajal, on notice that if they maintained any kind of communications with News-Press editorial page editor Travis Armstrong, he and they were through.”
If true, and it must be if it was published in an Independent news article by Nick Welsh, then that Barnwell Hardball is the Political Play of the Season. To mix up some sports metaphors: