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D3 Supervisor: A Case Against Lynn Jefferson?

I have been looking over the candidates for District 3 Supervisor and, at this point, I am leaning toward supporting Lynn Jefferson as my first choice. Joe Alioto is no option, Wilma Pang is out to lunch, Claudine Cheng seems too closely tied to the Downtown developers and I have serious doubts about David Chiu’s readiness (nothing related to the unfortunate swiftboating). From what I have read and heard thus far, Jefferson seems like someone with the right balance. “Moderate” seems to be a nasty word in the City, but thre is a differnce between moderation and Carmen Chiu’s reactionary voting record.

But before I commit to anyone, I need a Devil’s Advocate, someone to make the case against votoing for her. Yes, I know she is a member of the North Beach Chamber of Commerce but I don’t think business is inherently bad. Here is the one message form her website that really stands out.

I strongly support preserving our neighborhood character and have spent countless hours before the Planning Commission fighting to keep our neighborhood character vibrant and unique. But the zoning policies pursued by our current leadership have gone beyond keeping chain stores out and have hurt the very businesses that make District 3 the neighborhood residents and visitors love so much.

When zoning policies are driven by narrow special interests, we end up with vacant buildings and storefronts that no one can afford to operate a business in. We can keep our neighborhood character and ensure the success of small businesses that serve the needs of residents and visitors.

It IS out of hand. Too many building are left vacant because there is always one group ready to object to a certain kind of development and we let the perfect become the enemy of the good. So there it is. Who do you think is the best choice out there?

Bill Durston, A True Progressive for Ca-3

(I love it.  With the Presidential primary out of the way, these House races are the highest-profile races we can impact.  I’ll have a lot more this week, I promise to do a roundup! – promoted by David Dayen)

For those that live in the boundaries of District 3, which contains parts of Sacramento County, Calaveras County, and Alpine Country, you have a chance to elect a real Progressive.

Bill Durston is taking his second run to unseat Dan Lungren, a seven-term member of Congress, and staunch defender of Bush, and his lawless administration. Lungren has been in Congress since 1979, which was in the last century, and yes California, it’s time for a change.  

During the Viet Nam war, while Lungren, whose father was the personal physician of Richard Nixon, received a deferment, Bill Durston served his county by joining the U S Marines. Bill served in Vietnam with the Marines 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, and he received the Navy Commendation medal for bravery under combat. Once stateside, Bill graduated first in his class in Biochemistry at U.C. Berkeley and entered Medical School at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was a Regent’s Scholar. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine and has practiced in Sacramento for over 20 years.

Bill Durston is a man who has shown an unfailing commitment to his community, his state and his country. He is an emergency physician and he served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility from 1999-2003. He helped to re-form the Sacramento chapter in 2003 and served as PSR/Sacramento president until stepping down to run for Congress.


Bill Durston has a list of endorsements from organizations that reads like a who’s who’s of social conscience. Including, but not limited to, California Nurses Association, California Peace Action, Democracy for America, Impeach PAC, Sacramento Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, SEIU Local 535 and SEIU Local 1000. His personal endorsements include General Wesley Clark, The Honorable Max Cleland, and The Honorable Dave Jones (California State Assembly Member). Bill is also endorsed and supported by more than 1,100 other very important people who are actively working on his campaign. These are people just like you and me. (See link below for full list of endorsements.)


As the Representative of California’s 3rd Congressional District, Bill will bring a Progressive voice to the House of Representatives. He will work hard to bring our troops home promptly and safely from Iraq. As an emergency physician he has seen first hand the state of health care in our country, and he will work hard to provide affordable health care for all Americans. Bill Durston is a man who has not forgotten the principles upon which our country was founded and as our Representative, he will work tirelessly to uphold those principles.

Get involved in the real Progressive Movement today. Volunteer for, work for, and vote for Bill Durston. For the many people reading this from outside District 3 in California, take a moment or two, get to know Bill through his website, and think seriously about reaching deep and contributing to this campaign to change the direction of California.

Bill can go to Washington, and represent us all, but he can’t get there, without our help.


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