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Take Back Red California – Detailed Norcal Volunteer Edition – GOTV

(Thanks for the info! If anybody else has similar information for other areas, please post it. And hey, don’t forget about Jerry McNerney’s virtual phone banking. You can do it from home, and Skype provides free long distance calling. – promoted by SFBrianCL)

Take Back Red California Volunteer Bulletin


GOTV Special Bulletin



Four days til the election, folks–and it’s all coming down to turnout, getting voters to the polls.

The Republicans have a well-funded, well-oiled machine to Get Out The Vote. The Democrats have
YOU . . . the grassroots volunteers…You’re the key!

Every single voter contact is critical right now–every knock on a door, every phone call.

Four days are key for GOTV:

Saturday, November 4
Sunday, November 5
Monday, November 6
and Election Day, November 7

It’s crunch time. Pick a day, pick a campaign, and let us know how you can help. Here are some of the jobs that might be part of GOTV:

        Canvassing, knocking on doors
        Literature drops
        Distributing door hangers
        Phoning voters, either from campaign headquarters or closer to home
        Poll checking on Election Day (visiting the polls to see who has voted)
        Getting voters to the polls, by knocking on doors, calling, driving
        Visibility activities–signs, waving, showing support

The first order of business? Go to the candidate’s web site and sign up as a volunteer, so you’ll get all the news of activities, needs, and updates by email, directly from the campaign. Second, talk to one of the TBRC or Project BlueBridge coordinators listed below–we will do our best to organize carpools when possible, so people can travel in groups. (If you are traveling on your own, call the campaign directly to let them know you’re coming and to see what they need that day.)

Jerry McNerney for Congress

Latest polling gives Jerry a 2-point lead, but countering the Republican GOTV machine will be tough. Jerry needs you! It’s going to take 5700 hours of volunteer help over the next four or five days to win this race–but we can do it!

Sign up to volunteer at, for whatever you can do–4 hours all day, all weekend. On the web site, see the TeamMcNerneyActionCenter, and click on Get Out the Vote. You can sign up for specific times and locations.

TBRC is focusing our GOTV activities on Brentwood, for purposes of carpooling. Other campaign priorities are Stockton, Tracy and Manteca. Drivers are needed!

McNerney headquarters is in Dublin; 925-833-0643.

The organizer for Brentwood activities is Oscar Gonzales, 323-388-6383, [email protected].

For carpool arrangements to Brentwood from Marin/SF, contact TBRC volunteer coordinator Bill Sims, [email protected], 415-331-3899., for details and carpool arrangements.

Other carpooling contacts, from Project BlueBridge:

To Stockton:
     from Oakland: Raphael at [email protected], 408-203-0934
     from San Leandro: Leah at [email protected], 510-636-1756

To Brentwood from the East Bay:
     Kari at kariham@earthlink, 510-207-7257 or
     Heather at [email protected], 510-531-6075

To Tracy: Laura at [email protected], 510-525-5355

Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5
Canvassing in Brentwood, Tracy, Stockton.

Monday, Nov. 6
For canvassing and literature drops in Brentwood, call Oscar Gonzales, 323-388-6383, for times and details.

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7
Need poll checkers, phoners, drivers, and other helpers
Call Oscar Gonzales, 323-388-6383, for times and details for Brentwood.

Or sign up for another location on the web site.

Phone Banking
Thanks to a new predictive dialing system, you can now make calls for the McNerney campaign from the comfort of your own home or in the company of neighbors or friends without paying long distance charges or burning inordinate amounts of fossil fuels. Visit…  to get started.

Phone Banking in Oakland – EastBay for McNerney
Nov. 4-7: expanded hours–all day, every day**
SEIU Local 535
447 29th St. (between Broadway and Telegraph)
You need to RSVP, to help the organizers plan.
To RSVP, please send an email to
[email protected] and type OAKLAND PHONE BANK in the subject line or call Eden at 510-499-4862

Phone Banking in San Francisco, Nov. 5
Sunday evening, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Come anytime, stay as long as you can.
Bring your cell phones, campaign is providing computer-assisted dialing and call scripts.
You must RSVP to Alec Bash, [email protected], 415-999-6273

Charlie Brown for Congress

Another close race that’s really heating up. MajorityWatch’s latest poll shows Charlie surging, to within the margin of error–a statistical dead heat! Boots on the ground can send Charlie Brown to Congress! Sign up to volunteer at

TBRC is focusing our activity on Roseville, for purposes of carpooling, but there are also GOTV activities in Auburn, South Lake Tahoe, and other parts of the district. The Roseville office is at 342 Lincoln; call 916-78-BROWN.

To contact the campaign directly, call Nick Shepard, field director, in Roseville: 916-782-7696, or email [email protected].

Contact TBRC volunteer coordinator David Hyams, [email protected], 415-924-8828, for directions to the Roseville office or carpool arrangements.

There will also be joint GOTV activities with Rob Haswell’s campaign for California Assembly.

Saturday, Nov. 4, Sunday, Nov. 5, and Monday, Nov. 6
Canvassing and literature drops in Roseville
Three shifts: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m.
Phone banking 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7
Need poll checkers, phoners, drivers, and other helpers
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or 3:30 to 8 p.m.–or all day!
Call Nick Shepard, 916-782-7696, to see how you can help.

Sunday, Nov. 5
Weekly phone bank for Charlie Brown every Sunday
10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. in San Francisco
Contact [email protected] or 415-921-0743 for directions and details

Sunday, Nov. 5
Phone bank in San Rafael
3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
You’ll need to bring your cell phone and charger, with free minutes; we will provide lists and scripts.
For address and directions, RSVP to Tamra Peters and Bill Carney, 415-457-7656, [email protected].

Bill Durston for Congress

Hundreds of volunteers are working all around the district, and Bill is steadily gaining ground. Contributions hit a record last week, and TV ads are on the way. The excitement is palpable. But nothing can replace those volunteers! Sign up to volunteer at, and get those voters to the polls!

TBRC is focusing on GOTV activities in Fair Oaks and Elk Grove. On election day, there are also activities in Rancho Cordova.

To volunteer for canvassing or phoning, contact TBRC volunteer coordinator Stephanie Friedman, [email protected], 510-841-3861, for details about these and other events and for carpool arrangements.

To contact the campaign directly, call campaign manager Cathlyn Daly, 916-479-5961, [email protected]. To reach the Elk Grove office, call 916-421-0202. To reach the Fair Oaks office, call 916-961-2866.

Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5
Canvassing and phone banking in both Fair Oaks and Elk Grove
Noon to dusk; you can pick a time

Visibility Events, Sunday, Nov. 5, Monday, Nov. 6, Tuesday, Nov. 7
Join the crowd with Durston signs during commute and heavy traffic hours in various locations
Call the campaign office for times and locations

Monday, Nov. 6
Phone banking from the Elk Grove office
and from other locations
Call 916-421-0202, for details.

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7
Need poll checkers, phoners, drivers, and other helpers
Call Cathlyn Daly, 916-479-5961, for times and details.

Massive GOTV efforts from several locations on Election Day! Visibility and phoning from several locations–phone Stephanie, 510-841-3861 for details.

Phone banking in Marin, Sunday, Nov. 5
Phone bank in San Rafael
3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
You’ll need to bring your cell phone and charger, with free minutes; we will provide lists and scripts.
For address and directions, RSVP to Tamra Peters and Bill Carney, 457-7656, [email protected].

the above is reprinted with permission from the Founder of TBRC

CA-04 Live Debate Tonight – Brown/Doolittle

(blogswarm is live bloggin’ it – promoted by SFBrianCL)

Fourth District Congressional Candidate Charlie Brown will square off in his first debate with incumbent Rep. John Doolittle Wednesday night, at Starstream Communications studios in Rocklin (4120 Citrus Ave, Rocklin CA 95677).


The event will be moderated by Gerry Lyons, and will be aired live from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. for Starstream’s cable subscribers in Placer County—which includes residents of Rocklin, Granite Bay, Penryn, Newcastle, Loomis, Lincoln, Auburn, Colfax, Pinebrook, and Lakeside.

For those who do not have Starstream Cable, will stream the debate live starting at 7:30 pm (pst).

David Whitney of McClatchy Newspapers, General Manager Deric Rothe of Gold Country Media, and Mike Raffety, Editor of the Mountain Democrat, will each serve as panelists.

The format for the debate will include candidates directly responding to questions from panelists followed by a moderated discussion, as well as a segment where candidates will respond to call-in questions from viewers watching at home.