All about California Assembly District 16

My Assembly district cuts across two counties, Contra Costa to the north and Alameda to the south, and includes about 80% of Walnut Creek. It is shaped like a toilet or somebody sitting on one. I mean really, take a look.  It's an odd shape primarily due to the thousands of acres of open space… Continue reading All about California Assembly District 16

First-timers running for office

When I decided that I was going to run for office the first thing I did was look up the resumes of my current representatives. Most of them began their political careers representing their neighborhoods on city councils and other local organizations. Some were elected mayor or served on school boards.  Even in the age… Continue reading First-timers running for office

Open the gate

I’ve thought a lot about running for office. I studied it in college and in graduate school but I decided to take a detour through the private sector to get some practical experience and financial cushion. Three years ago I started a family and just recently decided that I should prioritize a lifestyle that lets… Continue reading Open the gate

We saw through our bubble and we don’t like it

On election day, instead of looking out and seeing our own reflection, we caught a glimpse of the other side, and we did not like what we saw. I’m reminded of the “Google Bus” uproar, and the open letter by a “tech bro” to the mayor of San Francisco about the Bay Area homeless problem.… Continue reading We saw through our bubble and we don’t like it

Don’t vote your conscience

The essence of my argument is this: don’t expect too much of your public officials. Yes, I say this as someone who hopes to run for office himself some day. Don’t expect the world of me either. I’ll be fallible, influenced by powerful friends, subject to emotional whims, and vote for things I regret. I’ll… Continue reading Don’t vote your conscience