march, 4, 2002 archives

it must not be very much fun to be bill gross these days, as 25 new plaintiffs join the idealab suit. i still believe that at its core, idealab is a great idea, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired (especially if the allegations in the suit are true). attending the shareholder's meeting on march 14 could be entertaining.

and i guess it's worth mentioning that my former employer is being acquired by loudcloud—for $12-13 million in stock, but they had $10 million in cash on hand.

finally, the state offices. there's one non-partisan election (superintendent of public schools), and i'm going to be voting in the republican primary so i can cast a vote for riordan.

for superintendent, i'm going to have to go with lynne leach, although i may still change my mind. her website is the least embarrassing. (it isn't great, but compare with those of katherine h. smith and jack o'connell. the fourth candidate, joe taylor, goes right out for listing himself as a political consultant. that's supposed to be appealing?) the la times recommended jack o'connell.

for lieutenant governor, the choices are ellie michaels and bruce mcpherson (no website). downloaded the song, i'll be voting for bruce.

there's three candidates for secretary of state: mike schaefer, barbara jean marr, and keith olberg. i like what keith olberg has to say, so he looks like my guy.

dick ackerman is running unopposed for the republication nomation for attorney general. i'll skip this race.

there's four candidates for the always-exciting position of controller. w. snow hume, dean andal, tom mcclintock, and nancy beecham. andal almost had me until he touted his support for the defense of marriage act. beecham's right out for using frames (and supporting term limits). snow's out for having a silly name (and being a little too anti-things-i'm-not-anti). that leaves mcclintock, who doesn't seem all too objectionable.

there's just two candidates for treasurer, greg conlon and mary a. toman. conlon wins for most obtuse domain name, but i can't discern any real reason to favor one of these two, so i'll take a pass.

finally, there's three candidates for insurance commissioner: stefan “watchdog” stich, gary mendoza, and wes bannister. again, i can't really discern a reason to pick somebody, so i won't.

to summarize:

finding good information about the various candidates and issues has been hard. all of the newspaper websites have little-to-no information and it is impossible to find. i wish i'd taken more time to follow the money (not just on the propositions, but all of the races).

i also wish i had discovered jim dimov's website earlier. he has the scientific data to convert garbage into gasoline!

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