Reaching Across the Aisle: Vote Marc Levine for Assembly

We don't tolerate bullying on the playground, and we shouldn't tolerate adult bullying from the California Democratic Party, either.

Everyone knows Sacramento is polarized and that nothing gets done because our "representatives" are galvanized in their positions. Polarization and ideology have ruined Sacramento. We need someone who wants to reach across the aisle and take steps to understand people.

That's why I voting for and endorsing Marc Levine, a Democrat running for Assembly. I've been with him when he's attended meet & greet functions that are packed with Republicans and Democrats. And guess what? Everyone appreciates his centrist views and his desire to reach across the aisle.

But what does his opponent, fellow Democrat Michael Allen, do? Brands Levine a "Republican." The California Democratic Party is sending multiple slanderous fliers full of inaccurate statements about Levine to your mailbox.

We don't tolerate bullying on the playground, and we shouldn't tolerate adult bullying from the California Democratic Party, either. I guess we know how Mr. Allen works with opposing voices in the Capitol. Indeed, for Allen it appears it's not about anything except dividing people.

Will the Allen camp be able to buy this election by outspending Levine by 5 to 1 from donations from outside sources? About 80 percent of Levine's donations are from locals.

If you buy into smearing and polarizing individuals, vote Allen. But if you want to take positive steps to fix Sacramento's divided and broken system, vote for Marc Levine for Assembly on Nov. 6.

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T. Allen October 24, 2012 at 03:14 PM
And Levine is totally inexperienced. He's been in politics all of two years as a City Councilperson. Have you ever watched a meeting? He flip flops all over the place and basically follows whatever Damon Connelly does. He won't be respected in the Assembly and Marin would nd up with no representation. I'm voting for experience, and smarts with Michael Allen. He knows how to get the job done.
Tina McMillan October 24, 2012 at 04:59 PM
If experience means laws that prevent police from creating DUI checkpoints because Allen didn't want constituents in his former district to be sited for driving drunk and driving without a license then I will take a chance and support the candidate that protects my community. Allen is bought and paid for by special interests. http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2011/06/15/sobriety-checkpoints-under-attack-in-ab-1389/ "With the passage of Assembly Bill 1389 in the General Assembly and its imminent consideration by the State Senate, I feel compelled to set out a few facts that may have been lost in the discussion. The bill’s sponsor, Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa), and other supporters of the proposal argue that the state’s sobriety checkpoint program is specifically targeting undocumented persons by siting checkpoints in heavily Latino areas and unfairly impounding vehicles for driver license violations. Checkpoint locations are based on the degree of DUI violations and crashes. These can be easily tracked now, thanks to our recently launched crash mapping Web site for California, http://www.tims.berkeley.edu. The second argument states that because there are relatively few DUI arrests, the checkpoints are not truly targeting DUI offenders. Quite the opposite. A comprehensive checkpoint program such as the one run by our California agencies combines education with enforcement: by raising motorists’ awareness of the risk of arrest for DUI, they prevent DUI from happening."
Tina McMillan October 24, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Assembly Speaker Perez, decided that democrats had to keep Allen. So now, when we get an opportunity to vote and there is only one party represented, rather than allow a free election, we are being told by our party which of the two we should support! This is what is wrong with CA Democratic party. We may as well have a dictatorship if we can't be allowed to pick a representative that actually lives in our district and is willing to promote what he believes are our needs. Allen has no loyalty to principles. His legislation on DUI checkpoints was condemned by MADD, local police, local sheriff's and every citizen concerned with the effects of drunk driving. In Novato we have lost too many lives to drunk drivers. Our DUI checkpoints save lives. This single piece legislation lets voters know exactly how smarmy Allen is.
Rick Fraites October 24, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Some of you may want to know that Michael Allen received the 'official' endorsement from the California Democratic Party during their state convention several months ago. The endorsement process was open to the Marin/Sonoma delegates who attended the convention. Allen's endorsement did not come from 'party bosses.' It came from those who are active in the local Democratic Party.
Arlyn October 24, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Got to admit, I hate the fliers - from both sides! Gotten quite a few bullying ones from Marc's side. I just toss them. And by the way, your point about reaching across the isle has not proven very successful when you are reaching to the party of "NO." Reaching usually means conceding. I'd rather have someone that will stand up for progressive ideals.
Jonnnathan October 24, 2012 at 07:55 PM
The Republican Party LOVES Michael Allen because he is polarazing the California Democrats. Interfighting at its best. Allen's club is doing a great job at destroying our party. I am voting for Levine because I don't want another election bought by the bullies. For the rest of the ticket which I was going to vote Democrat, I will now be voting Libertarian...which of course makes the Republican Party stronger, which I feel badly about, but I need to stand up to this garbage from the California Democrats.
Tony Gardner October 24, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I am kind of disgusted with the negativity of both candidates' information and flyers. Is there a viable alternative to both? Could we start a "write in" campaign for an alternative?
Lord Byron October 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Levine seems fine except for the whine he serves up with his cheese while asking for a fee.
Tina McMillan October 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Tony I am afraid that the only viable option is Levine. If you vote for Allen he will continue to implement Sacramento politics that favor the folks that support him. Just follow the money to understand what is happening. The redistricting pushed Allen out of his Napa district. He rented an apartment in San Rafael to take over our district. Perez told the top democrats to push for Allen. Now as democrats we aren't even allowed to pick our own representative. Pretty soon they will eliminate voting all together when they decide that they know what is best for everyone. I don't want that day to come but it sure feels like it is around the corner. If Levine wins it would be a miracle. It would drive home the statement that we are prepared to vote anyone out of office that doesn't do their job. We need politicians prepared to do what is necessary to bring back the economy, to stop holding education hostage and to eliminate costly legislation that makes one of the ten worst states in which to open a business. The people support the state, they should have a say in how it is run.
Lukas October 24, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Received another hit piece against Levine today in the mail. Disgusting that The California Democratic Party and the Allen supporters think it is ok. It's not. I was going to vote for Allen, but now I will vote for Levine because of all the negative campaigning. How much is Allen and the California Democrats spending on this campaign? 1 Million dollars when parks and schools are closing? GO LEVINE! GO Dude!
Lukas October 24, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Thank you Tina. Thx
Dotty LeMieux October 25, 2012 at 12:56 AM
That's what Allen is, a true progressive, but one who can get the votes needed to pass his progressive legislation. Not all the time. That's why farmworkers stilll don't have access to clean drinking water or overtime. Because the corporate ag interests who support Levine (to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat Allen) stonewalled that legislation. And Allen has endorsed Prop. 37 - the GMO labeling bill. Levine refuses to.
Tina McMillan October 25, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Dotty If Allen defines a progressive then I rather go back to the days of traditional democrats that are able to cooperate within and without the party. A lot of folks are not supporting the GMO bill because it excludes to many products, increases food costs and still allows GMO as a part of our food chain. What would be really radical is changing the face of Sacramento politics one person at a time. You may be able to afford increases to food but the folks I know on fixed incomes don't have the money. Let Sacramento take a stand and eliminate GMO from the food chain. That is a bill I could wrap my self around. Allen, against both MADD, the Sherrifs and the Police, created a bill to make it harder to have DUI stops in Napa. Do you really want that kind of legislator running our district??
Bob October 25, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Arlyn, when government worked it was because the politicians reached across the aisle. The parties are so polarized now that nothing gets done, unless one party controls both houses. Then only half of the people are represented. Neither the Democrats or the Republicans have all the answers, the best for all of us lies somewhere in the middle. Michael Allen is supported because he will fall in line with the polarized parties. I want someone that can think for themselves. Vote Levine.
Scott October 25, 2012 at 07:10 PM
The state is in utter and complete shambles and has been so for years due to the politicians we keep sending to Sacramento. They are not concerned with what the public wants, only what the special interests who fund their campaigns want. Voting to send anyone back there is nutz.
Kimberly Osheroff October 26, 2012 at 07:15 AM
This is a little tangential, but regarding drunk drivers, Jared Huffman proposed Melody's Law, and Mark Leno was one of the Senators who rejected it. Leno actually abstained to 'show respect' for the Osheroffs, but in reality he was not in favor of Melody's Law. Senator Roderick Wright voted against Melody's Law, too, but Wright is likely corrupt, as he was indicted for 8 felonies! But, of course Wright's vote was counted because he had not yet been indicted and is still awaiting trial 2 years later. Huffman is a Democrat , a good guy. I have nothing good to say about Leno and Wright, who feel sorry for drunk drivers. Sure, alcoholism is a disease, but plenty of alcoholics do not drive drunk. Plenty of non-alcoholics take public transit, but Leno and Wright felt sorry for alcoholics and felt they deserved to get back on the road, thinking they should have more chances. This is why people like Edward Scahaefer with his 9 DUIs was on the road the day he killed my daughter. I, too, am registered as a Democrat, but will never vote again for Leno.
Michael October 26, 2012 at 05:50 PM
enough with all of this childish use of word 'bullying'. But I do get the point of it. This is smash mouth politics at its most visible (during election time). Sorry but to me Michael Allen looks like the poster boy for a career politician with that fake forced smile of his. I do not like the use of the negative propaganda used by any politician or party. The flyers that Allen's handlers are sending should offend all citizens. We have so many problems that need to be addressed by our representatives yet they (politicians) focus on what the other guy isn't doing. Our system has been corrupted by the 2 main parties. Look at all of the redistricting manipulation as an example. Allen is a perfect example. He does not represent us in Marin because he is not from Marin. Allen is a modern day carpetbagger (definition: an opportunistic or exploitive outsider). Marin is Santa Rosa nor Sonoma. This is not what we need. I wish we had a viable candidate who was not controlled by the democrat of republican party machines.
Dotty LeMieux October 26, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Please note that redistricting was done by a citizen committee, not favored by either party.
Tina McMillan October 26, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Dotty The end result has been to favor the dominant party. I don't think that was the intent but it has been the result. In this case we have two democrats, one from our district and one that lost his Napa district but is looking for a new playing field. I don't need the democratic party to tell me which democrat to vote for. I can look up Allen's record which is what I did. Take a look at his DUI legislation. We have had enough harm done in Novato due to drunk drivers killing children. I will not support a man that wants to limit DUI stops. DUI stops in Novato save lives.
Pete Adams October 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Did anyone else think Michael Allen's smile looked Photoshopped? Maybe a bad cut & paste job on those flyers?
John Parnell October 26, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Tony - If you aren't happy with your choice of candidates I would recommend that everyone write-in Farhad Mansourian, for every office. Actually, the SMART issue is quite a difference between these two candidates. At the Marin Grassroots debate in Marin City a few weeks before the Primary, both Michael Allen & Marc Levine said that if elected, they would introduce legislation to make a directly-electable SMART board. A few weeks later after winning the Primary, Mr. Allen reneged on that promise, saying that things had changed (although nothing had actually changed at SMART). I think that Mr. Levine meant what he said about this issue, and will follow through on it. Mr. Allen just told the audience what he knew they wanted to hear, but had no intention of fulfilling that promise.
Norman Gonser October 26, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I thought Allen's smile was lifted from an in-flight magazine ad for Orthodontics... then I remembered where I'd seen it: http://www.futurity.org/top-stories/dont-bring-your-fake-smile-to-work/
John Parnell October 26, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Thanks for the kind words. I am very proud of my parents. To clarify, I don't think Mr. Allen has ever questioned me, and personally, I think he is a nice guy. He had no reason to do so. I first met him about a year ago, when he was meeting with some Democratic Central Committee members, looking for their endorsement. I was asked by a couple of them to sit in to present the other side of the SMART issue. It was his replacement Exec. Director of the North Bay Labor Council, who falsely told everyone I was the leader of a "Tea Party jihad". I have to say, seeing "John Parnell is a liar & a Tea Party shill." tweeted to the world, and on the Press Democrat site threw me for a loop & gave me quite a chuckle. To be totally fair, I would like to share a story about Michael Allen that most people don't know. Mr. Allen is very pro-SMART & used to lead the Friends of SMART group, as well as being a member of the Smartrider Coalition to fight our petition. Earlier this year, some of them were protesting us, and went over-the-line & a few of them illegally blocked people from signing our petition - it was Michael Allen that set them straight & made them clean up their act. In fact, one of the incidents happened to Toni Shroyer at Costco. So for that, whatever his reasons may have been for intervening, I remain very grateful.
John Ferguson October 26, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Because we live in California, it doesn't make a dime's worth of difference whom you vote for President. The Democratic party cares not, unless you're going to stop giving them money (assuming you're already giving them money). I'm voting for Stein too, but not because of anything the Democrats are doing..
John Ferguson October 26, 2012 at 08:03 PM
DUI stops save jobs - lives I'm not so sure about. Why not solve the problem by installing breathalyzers in all vehicles? It would be cheap and very effective, but the police unions would never allow it. We need LOTS of police in Marin so that we can all feel safe & secure.
Bob October 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Redistricting was not the issue. The fact that Michael Allen rented an apartment in San Rafael to establish residency in our district so he could continue his political career is the issue........"Carpetbagger" is the correct term. One who packs some clothes into a bag and moves to where the political opportunities are..........He is so in debt to the Democratic committee, for the sleezy fliers, that they bought him to vote party lines.
Jennie Garthe October 28, 2012 at 05:13 AM
When is Michael Allen going to stop sending garbage to our mailboxes? How many trees has he wasted? His group is spending 1.4 million to try to buy this election? Levine is going to win. Go to the polls everybody on Nov. 6!
Jim Lammers October 31, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Is Mr. Levine supporting President Obama this year, 2012?
Tina McMillan October 31, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Dotty I also reject Prop 37. It doesn't go far enough and we can't afford to screw this one up. California can reject all GMO's including those in cattle feed that would not be identified by Prop 37 because Dairy, Meat, Alcohol and prepackaged foods served in Restaurants are on the exclusion list. Why exclude these; why exclude anything? If the cattle that I eat or that I get milk from is being fed genetically modified grain, I should know about it, particularly if the food produced from the cattle is being sold as organic. This is a law that hurts because it doesn't go far enough. It will create yet another beaurocracy that will increase food costs and still not do what is necessary to stop GMO's from contaminating the food chain. The push to keep Allen at all costs is yet another example of Sacramento old style politics. Now that redistricting has essentially eliminated all but one party in California, we will also be told who to vote for within the party and later what to vote for. I am tired of being told what to do. In a democracy we have a right to choose. It is time we took it. No to Measure A, no to Prop 37 and no to Michael Allen.
Bob Silvestri November 05, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Michael Allen? I live in Mill Valley one block from my polling place at the Redwoods. Today Michael Allen's supporters put a flyer on my front door telling me to go to "Pleasant Valley School, 755 Sutro Avenue in Novato" to vote, indicating that this is "your polling place." Of course, they endorsed voting for Prop 30, against Prop 32, and for Michael Allen. So guess how I'm going to vote?


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