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Monday, April 28, 2008

Murky, Faux Green Ballot Designation for Tony Strickland Rankles...

Interesting article in the Ventura County Star the other day on former Assembly Member Tony Strickland calling himself an Alternative Energy Executive for his ballot designation when he has either worked for, ran or served in the State Legislature for his entire working life. This is just so wrong on so many different levels....

Based on a $5,000 investment that Strickland hasn't even made as of yet for a not yet proven technology -- he is using this au courant, rather green title in his effort to overcome former Assembly Member Hannah Beth Jackson. Strickland's environmental record is less than stellar and he in fact has voted against several alternative energy-related bills. Jackson, on the other hand, co-authored two bills to expand markets for green companies (SB 1038, SB 1078 in 2002).

I think I might be able to come up with $5,000 and call myself an Alternative Energy Executive as well. With the sweat equity I've put into BlogaBarbara, maybe I could call myself an Owner/Publisher or maybe better yet a High Tech Executive. At least with the latter two, I've actually made some decisions, put up some money, time and thought into what I would be claiming to be.

Give me your own faux ballot designations when you comment on this one!

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Anonymous Don Jose de la Guerra y Noriega said...

Dear Blogabarbara:

Anybody... JUST NOT Hannah-Beth Jackson. Spare me please....

4/28/2008 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Don Jose de la Guerra y Noriega said...

Vote for me.
Don Jose de la Guerra
Dead Community Pseudo

4/28/2008 8:34 PM  
Anonymous J said...

Fear not. There is a reason Hannah Beth did not challenge the ballot title. Strickland is being too clever by half. I think the Dems are going to hang that ballot title around his neck like an albatross. They will rip him on his support for off shore oil drilling and all his other bad enviro votes and the big lie will be apparent to everyone when they look at the ballot.

4/29/2008 4:16 AM  
Anonymous xyz said...

"J said" is too optimistic. People read the ballot labels and believe there is some truth, if not in advertising - but people do believe ads! - then in official state of california labelling.

Is there no elections oversight to verify the ballot descriptions?

Although a Democrat, I think Hannah-Beth Jackson is going to have a tough fight. She has antagonized many with her self-promoting, abrasive in-your-face style/persona.

4/29/2008 6:35 AM  
Anonymous the Tiger is made of Paper said...

Letter in Ventura County Star today:

Strickland anything but an environmentalist

By Louis J. Pandolfi
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Re: your April 23 article, "Candidates' designations on ballots can be murky":

Coverage of Hannah-Beth Jackson's race for California State Senate (District 19) in The Star recently included a careful look at Jackson's opponent's ballot designation as an "Alternative Energy Executive."

Turns out he's the president of GreenWave Energy Solutions, a newly created company that is designed to develop wave-energy technology. The staff is basically made of Strickland's Senate campaign workers, and his avowed interest and faith in alternative energy is belied by the fact that he hasn't even put up the $5,000 investment that his four partners have.

In fact, Strickland, when he was a member of the Assembly, voted against legislation that required energy companies to supply more of their energy from renewable-energy resources, which would have created a real market for GreenWave Energy (and many other green technology companies). Ironically, his opponent, Jackson, was a co-author of the two bills in 2002 designed to expand markets for just such companies (SB1038, SB1078). Strickland's real environmental record is less than stellar. He voted against air-quality standards, emissions caps, greenhouse-gas standards, strengthening penalties for air-quality violations, incentives for low-emission vehicles, environmental regulation of Mexican trucks, reduction in diesel and port pollution, a ban on oil tanking along the California coast. He voted to protect agricultural burning and offshore waste incineration. He opposed a ban on the sale and manufacture of items (including children's toys!) that contained mercury. He even voted against a Jackson-authored measure to prevent pesticide spraying next door to schoolchildren.

Jackson has long been regarded as an environmental champion, receiving the endorsement of the California League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club in every election in which she's run. As an Assembly member, she chaired the two key environmental committees and authored more than 30 pieces of legislation designed to promote alternative energy sources, protect air and water quality, reduce coastal pollution, preserve open space, protect against pesticides and toxics in our daily lives, and protect the Coastal Commission and the California coast against overdevelopment and pollution.

Jackson will be the Democratic Party nominee for the open seat, which includes most of Santa Barbara County, most of Ventura County and stretches down into Los Angeles County to include Santa Clarita. Strickland is attempting to repackage himself as an environmentalist, when in fact he is anything but. Strickland will be bad for Ventura County.

— Louis J. Pandolfi lives in Simi Valley.

4/29/2008 8:16 AM  
Anonymous rescuer of endangered children, successful entrepeneur, global warming savior said...

well, who would want to put `career politician' as their occupation?

Or, in the case of HBJ, `Tough Divorce Lawyer'...

4/30/2008 8:08 AM  
Anonymous ES said...

Tony Strickland's choice to call himself an "alternative energy executive" is not a matter of casual whimsy. Strickland ran a poll a few months ago in which he tested various descriptions of himself and various ways to misrepresent and attack his opponents. If the survey respondents had said they preferred "hot dog salesman," I expect he would have invested in a hot dog stand (or at least promised to invest in a hot dog stand soon).

Strickland is not describing how he sees himself. He is saying what his pollster told him to say. That is dishonest.


4/30/2008 10:12 PM  

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