"People like candidate, David Curtis of the Green Party who takes no corporate or union monies, are out there but need our support or the greedy money dealers will win again. The media can help us by reporting fairly and equally on all candiates regardless of who finances them and we can vote for men and women candidates like David Curtis. If more people voted like that then we would be getting better people and a more positive ethical government. Please more information on good people."
Secretary of StateDavid CurtisWe are fortunate to have a Green Party choice in the California Secretary of State race, David Curtis.David Curtis is easy to talk to. His cell number is on his website, call him and ask him something. To date, David Curtis has received donations from 62 actual humans, mostly Californians. He has zero obligation to get on his knees for corporate America and has made a career of not being a yes man. If elected, can he certify the results of an election? Yes, but elections? The whole thing has been priced out of our range by the SCOTUS ruling. So a vote for David Curtis is basically a: No, money is not speech.David's goal for the office is to make elections as open and fair as possible. He would remove obstacles to participation so that we can get representatives who are our peers. If elected, David can oversee an office of 500 people. He was an associate of TSA, the Stubbins Associates, a firm that grew from 100 to 700 people when it joined Kling. He can be a trustee of the state archives and the CA Museum. David was a design leader on two Guggenheim Museums and the Nevada State Museum. He has worked in architecture since 1989. He can deliver actual political reform. David's campaign is already doing it. His financials are reported in real-time on his website.David Curtis is a father, he lives with his partner and three children in the Lucas Valley of Marin County. He is a Nevada licensed residential designer.He first registered Green Party in 2000 when Ralph Nader ran for president. David has been working actively with the Green Party since 2006 as they try to become the cleanup crew for a failing two party system.Human activity is stressing nearly every species on earth, Greens in office acknowledge this reality.Duopoly has failed to respond adequately and we are at the point that a replacement crew will be responding to disaster management for the foreseeable future.The Green Party is building an alternative to the duopoly. The Libertarians could not convince someone to run given the "top two" primary structure. A vote for the Democrats, Republican or a fake no-party-preference candidate at this point is a failure to grasp the reality of our situation on this planet.We recommend you vote for David Curtis, the Green, otherwise your vote will go to a "more of the same" duopoly candidate...same rape of the planet, same preloading of the race with cash-on-hand displays, same monopoly interests, same corruption, same inadequate representation of the people (“the people” being whomever is protected by monopoly contracts).
Professor Shaffer, "effect" would seem to require the needed time to certify. That takes more than 24 hrs. I would have the Counties hold until the results are certified (ideally). David Curtis 415 317 4002 cell
On 4/7/2014 9:13 AM, Ralph Shaffer wrote:
Greetings, Mr, Curtis: As Secretary of State, how would you interpret the state constitutional provision on initiatives - Art. II, Sec 10a - that says a winning initiative goes into effect the "day after the election"? You as secretary of state will have up to a month to verify election results. Has an initiative won on the day after the election if you haven't verified the results? Prop. 8 was implemented by several county clerks on Wednesday after the election on Tuesday but at that time there were far more than enough ballots still uncounted so that the election could have gone either way. The results were not certified by the S O S for several weeks. As Secretary of State, what would be your position on the date of implementation of a winning initiative? In the case of Prop. 8, when clerks stopped issuing marriage licenses to same sex couple on Wednesday, would you have asserted the authority of your office and have told them the election wasn't over, or would you have remained silent, as the incumbent did, allowing clerks to do as they saw fit? I have asked the state department of justice for clarification but attorney general Harris has chosen not to respond. The agency that handles initiatives responded that it could not give legal advice. That makes it even more necessary for the S O S to take a stand on this question. What is your position? (portion redacted) Ralph E. Shaffer Professor Emeritus, History Cal Poly Pomona
David will be in the second candidate forum in San Diego:
"The Voting Rights Project of the ACLU of California, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (LWVCEF) and California Common Cause, would like to extend the attached formal invitation. The forum will occur on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 6:30PM to 8:30PM, at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, located at 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114."
"Along with its co-sponsors, the ACLU of CA, the LWVCEF, and California Common Cause are committed to raising awareness of the important role the Secretary of State plays in administering our elections and ensuring transparency in our democratic process." -Dora Rose via email
Though it is (something) to be included in corporate press coverage, if they are merely token mentions it only serves to paint the Greens as not ready for prime time.
Mainstream media has an inherent conflict of interest in that its business model depends on corporate ad money so it mostly focuses on the candidates who are also aligned with the corporate ad money stream.
Since Greens are mostly disconnected from the money stream, the media has no use for us. It is a functional disconnect.
One remedy for this would be public campaign financing that other states have already done.
A corrupt legislature, as evidenced by the three suspensions of State Senators, has no motivation to initiate public campaign financing because it would mean individuals could compete with the Democrats and Republicans on a level field.
I entered this race with no illusions, other than to build the most functional campaign one can as a minor party candidate in the context of the top 2 primary. I set reasonable goals and am both happy and disappointed in the responses.
I'm happy to have been included in the first candidate forums, a basic functional aspect of democracy.
I've interviewed with the LA Times Editorial Board and am about to meet with the SF Chronicle Ed Board tomorrow.
There are 39,000 Greens who vote(d) out there somewhere in California. Are they connecting with this campaign and the campaigns of the other statewide candidates?
Perhaps it is more accurate to say that given 5 statewide campaigns, are there enough engaged Greens to adequately support them?
Is Ellen Brown the (magical) candidate who will get through the top 2 primary and save the Green Party of California?
Is that sentence really all that is left of a political party?
Knowing that the Greens take no corporate money, do the Greens feel any serious obligation to support their candidates?
There remains an opportunity in this race. Thank you to the 59 people who have donated to this campaign.