Saturday, April 11, 2009

Local officials, volunteers come out in support of Measure D

It was a beautiful morning to kick off Measure D!

Many people came to meet their fellow "feeder pattern" volunteers, and it was a very exciting vibe! Each week volunteers will be able to coordinate with their site captains, or just head to the campaign office, and pick up a packet to go and talk to their neighbors about Measure D.

Even if you've never been "political," this can be a lot of fun! It's simple. There is a script included in the packet, there are specific addresses/people you will want to go see and you'll be armed with FAQ's and leave behind flyers. The campaign needs your help to get the YES vote out in force on May 19th. Sign up to help at

So today, we heard from Superintendent Dr. Dick Nicoll, Gary Eberhart, President of the MDUSD Board of Education, MDEA President, Mike Noce, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, and Kish Rajan of the Walnut Creek City Council and more.

Milling about were several Mayors, City Council members, County Board of Education members, MDUSD Board members and other prominent community supporters.

Thanks to Craig Cheslog of Assemblyman Tom Torlakson's office for posting the video of the event on youtube: MEASURE D KICK OFF

Specifically we also saw:

Senator Mark DeSaulnier
Assemblyman Tom Torlakson -Craig Cheslog
CCC Supervisor Susan Bonilla - Luis Quinonez - Chief of Staff
Daniel Gomes, CCC Board of Education, President
Glenn Ruley, CCC Board of Education
Kish Rajan - Walnut Creek City Council
Bob Simmons - Walnut Creek City Council
Cindy Silva - Walnut Creek City Council
Guy Bjerke - Concord City Council, Vice Mayor
Bill Shinn - Concord City Council (former Concord Mayor)
David Durant - Pleasant Hill City Council
Mark Celio - Pleasant Hill Treasurer
Judy Dawson, Bay Point Municipal Advisory Committee
A.J. Fardella - Pittsburg Planning Commission
Pam Aguilar, Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County

MDUSD Board of Education
Gary Eberhart - President
Dick Allen
Linda Mayo
Sherry Whitmarsh

Dr. Richard Nicoll
- Superintendent
Rose Lock - Assistant Superintendent, Elementary
Robert Humphrey - Principal, El Dorado MS
Shelly Bain - Principal, Pine Hollow MS
Katie Gaines, Director, Alternative Education
Mike Noce, President, Mt. Diablo Teachers Assn.
...and many other teachers and Principals from throughout the district


Also in attendance today was one of our local favorites, Rocco Biale, of Rocco's Ristorante Pizzeria. Rocco is always giving back to the community and in his support for Measure D, he has offered his restaurant for a few days of Measure D fundraising efforts. Come visit Rocco's for lunch or dinner on any of the dates below, and Rocco will donate a portion of your bill to support the campaign for YES on Measure D.

Tuesday, April 28
Wednesday, April 29
Thursday, April 30

Just tell them you support Measure D, and they'll do the rest!

Just in case you don't know :

2909 Ygnacio Valley Road (nr. Oak Grove)
Walnut Creek, CA



11am - 10pm


  1. I've just posted the video of today's campaign kick off on YouTube. You can see it here:

  2. Thanks Craig, I just added a link to the youtube video. Great job. Thanks!