Rep. Barbara Lee Campaigns In San Leandro

Packs the Zocalo Coffeehouse with backers.


Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), whose congressional district now includes San Leandro, packed the Zocalo Coffeehouse in a Saturday morning campaign event that brought out about 100 supporters of her progressive brand of politics.

Lee was the only member of either house of Congress to vote against the legislation, passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, that authorized the President to use force against any nation or group "to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States."

Relaxed and poised among a semicircle of supporters, Lee referenced the vote Saturday, saying that she could not support what amounted to a blank check letting the President go to war against any nation.

Lee, 66, is considered one of the most progressive members of Congress, and on the flip side is deemed one of the least friendly to conservative causes.

In the June primary election, she will face two conservative opponents: Marilyn Singleton, who advertises no party affilitation, and Justin Jelincic, who describes himself as a conservative Democrat and "Bible believing Christian."

Lee won re-election in 2010 with 84 percent of the vote in her former Congressional district.

Lee, who described herself Saturday as a person of faith, also said she strongly favored the separation of church and state and was concerned with what she described as the increasing intrusion of religion into politics.

"There is a war on women," Lee said, which included attempts to "take us back to the days of back alley abortions."

Local elected officials in attendance included Mayor Stephen Cassidy and Council Members Ursula Reed, Jim Prola and Pauline Cutter.

Patch blogger Craig Williams, who was among those in the audience, raised the issue of income inequality, which he made into .

The event was taped for the San Leandro Bytes web site. A link will be added when the tape is posted.

Zocalo co-owner Tim Holmes published a photo gallery of the event, including many shots of the audience.

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Mike April 16, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Justin: Indeed I DID grow up in San Leandro. *LOL* ... and I do remember when schools were segregated... and blacks could only use Farrelly pool in the mornings and the pool was closed for an hour at lunch so they could leave. If you don't know about Conservative Democrats then you don't know US history.
Rochelle Conner April 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Amen Justin!! Why do these Democrats think they can get a free ride on the work of Republicans? Were it not for the Republicans NO CIVIL RIGHTS LEGISLATION WOULD HAVE EVER PASSED!!! The 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were all passed by REPUBLICANS! Furthermore, Democrats FOUGHT the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. 89 years after the first civil right bill of 1875 passed during Reconstruction - the REPUBLICANS passed the 1964 Civil Rights legislation. The Democrats filibustered it in the Senate to keep it from passing. Republican Everett Dirksen brought in the Republican vote and politically maneuvered its passage.. Democrats are carpetbagger of the civil rights movement!!!
Rochelle Conner April 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Democrats Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. (Al Gore's dad) and KKK Robert Byrd all voted against the 1964 Civil Rights bill. Furthermore, the KKK was started by the DEMOCRATS - how many people know the real truth.
Dan April 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Does anyone know where and when Barbara Lee's next campaign event will be held? I didn't see the Zocalo Coffeehouse event advertized in the newspapers or on her website. There is nothing on her website now about upcoming events. I would like to attend the next one. Can someone please help?
Rochelle Conner April 16, 2012 at 10:34 PM
East and West Oakland are drug infested killing zones which testify to the failed socialist policies of the Democrats. From the local level up, instead of leading the City into prosperity with its major transportation infrastructure, the ruling elite allows the streets to deteriorate lined with potholes. Oakland reminds me of inner cities run by Democrats - unhealthy, impoverished, high crime, and a real lack of business and job opportunities. Throw the bums out!!!
Charles Gonzalez April 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM
It interesting that you feel the need to attach a party affiliation to those who introduce or cosponsor bills that support a vibrant Postal Service. The NALC does not care about affiliation, as long as they favor legislation the will keep a vital institution afloat. While the 2006 legislation was passed by both the House and Senate, the Postal Service was doing well financially back then, but the recession and the collapse of the housing market impacted the economy as well the mailing industry. Reductions of payments into the fund for the future retirees health benefits made perfect sense, since it is already fully funded (over 42 billion dollars). Legislation in both the House and Senate that would reduce the number of delivery days, closie 3700 offices, eliminate 250 processing plants, and eliminating door-to-door delivery is not the answer. These changes would hit the elderly and the rural customers the hardest. Many elderly customers still get their medications through the mail. If Saturday Mail is ended these customers could go three days without mail. Many senior citizens home-bound and have no access to the internet. Often times the only contact outside of their homes is with the letter carrier. Small businesses still rely on Saturday delivery of their products to their customers. These cuts to service standards would eliminate nearly 80,000 jobs; (25%) are held by military veterans. Both Democrat and Republican representatives should care about these issues.
Tom Abate (Editor) April 16, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Dan, I heard about it from a person who posted on the Estudillo email list, and then a couple of other places. Stephen Cassidy put it in his blog post. I put it on the Patch FB page. But when I tried to get info from the Lee campaign number, I got no call back. I guess, like most incumbents, Lee only has to run a perfunctory campaign. Especially given her 84 percent margin of victory last time around, which is high even by the standards of the de-facto single party system by which we elect our House of Representatives.
Mike April 16, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Well Rochelle if you want the truth many of those Democrats were southern democrats who have since become republicans, the republican party of Lincoln disappeared a long time ago as did the southern democrats of that time. Which is why today in modern times the largest minority group, hispanics have 12% favoring the republicans and 40% thinking the democrats favor their needs.
Justin Agrella April 17, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Schools were not segregated! Where do you get that tripe?! Give me one true piece of evidence that you can point to that proves it. And do not give me some heresay for someone you know. I have never heard of that Farrelly pool episode and my family has been here for five generations now. They weren't Conservative! They were Dixiecrats. That is not Conservative---merely racist. Old Sheets Byrd NEVER changed his party and still used the N word until he died---as a committee chairman.
Justin Agrella April 17, 2012 at 12:14 AM
What Mike? Sheets Byrd stayed a Democrat until he died so did ALgore's father. They never fit into the Republican party. We are not the Plantation Party that is going around always trying to keep people down on the plantation. Are you serious? So Hispanics are racist now because they favor the Republican party? You need to get your story straight. Hispanics favor the Republicans because of the family platform that the Democrats ignore. Yeah, making fun of stay at home mothers is really going to endear you to the hispanic population. I won't even mention abortion and other issues....
Justin Agrella April 17, 2012 at 12:16 AM
84 percent---wow, she really has grit to walk around in such a hostile area to her candidacy. rofl
Mike April 17, 2012 at 12:52 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/16/gop-latino-candidates_n_1427296.html?ref=politics Justin you really should read and research before you comment
Barry Kane April 17, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Sadly, Barbara Lee is ineffective, she has done nearly nothing for her District as evidenced by the condition of East and West Oakland and the less fortunate living in a constant, repeating cycle of deep poverty and high crime in Oakland, especially sad when you consider her many, many, years in Congress. She is about as effective as Dellums was as Mayor of Oakland (LOL)! Most of her peers do not respect her in Congress and she has no power to get anything done. Irrelevant would be the perfect descriptor.
Justin Agrella April 17, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Mike, I read it the other way around. Makes no difference anyway. I believe nothing from the leftist huffington post. Last time the Obamunist got 67% of the hispanic vote while the republicans got 31%---not 12%. We'll see what happens in a few months with gas at $5 a gallon and taxes at all time highs as tax increases for dividends and other unearned income increases two-fold. The retired seniors who live on fixed incomes supplemented by dividend income and other unearned sources will not be too happy. The races to really watch are for the senate and the house---where Republicans are posed to sweep both and put forth a veto proff majority. Even if your savior is elected---he won't be able to implement the socialism you so readily rely on.
Paul Vargas April 17, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Who was this guy? Name names.
Paul Vargas April 17, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Oh really? What street of fantasy did you live on?
Paul Vargas April 17, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Big deal! Most immigrants are attracted to party of welfare. The Irish and the Italians, hell, most any Roman Catholic immigrant culture is going to flock to the party of Uncle Sugar. Very few first generation immigrants understand the free market and the how and why this Republic was formed.
Paul Vargas April 17, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Tim April 17, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Tom, an assured election victory is no excuse for ignoring your constituents or the media. There are plenty of districts out there that are de-facto single party for the GOP. I have friends in one such district back east and their representative is very accessible. I'm sure many Democrats in some dark blue districts are as well but this Lee could care less about her constituents and is an embarrassment to the US House.
Marga Lacabe April 17, 2012 at 07:25 AM
It's very funny to read Republicans complain that Barbara Lee has pursued Republican policies. Well, duh, she's a liberal democrat. If her constituents wanted their representative to pursue Republican policies, they'd vote for a Republican.
Paul Vargas April 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Thank you for defining her Communism for "liberal Democrat". It doesn't matter one way or the other, Barbara Lee, Little Lord Fortney-roy, Ron Dellums all ineffective, blowhards.
Paul Vargas April 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Oh yeah, whites guy hanging out on 106th Avenue waiting to rob blacks? bahhahahahahahaaha What a joke! I'm pissing my pants laughing at that one.
Paul Vargas April 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM
You obviously don't know Bay Area history. There were less than 10,000 blacks in the ENTIRE Bay Area in the 1930's. Your statement is so false it isn't even justified with any further response.
David April 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM
David April 17, 2012 at 01:08 PM
The corollary is, if she lived in a competitive district, or if Bay Area residents were anything but straight-ticket knee-jerk mindless Democrat automatons, there would be some competition for Bay Area votes and Congressmen. So other Congresscritters would pay attention, which means money and power for local Reps. As Marga would know, this is what happens when you live in a one-party state. But for some reason, she supports that one party.
Rochelle Conner April 20, 2012 at 06:58 PM
So let's vote her out! We the people have the power to change the status quo. I believe it was Mark Twain who said "Politicians are like dirty diapers and need to be changed for the same reason." Hear! Hear!
jan carson April 23, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Let's stop talking about the past and dwell on the present and future, because we need to get off this downward spiral..! We need intelleigence and fairness in the 13th district and Marylin Singelton is the answer, period...! You know when someone has been in office as long as Barbara Lee has, you are bound to be complacient and lose site of what can most help the people in your district and push your own agenda. WE SIMPLY NEED A CHANGE. Give me reason for why not...?
Marilyn Singleton April 24, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Thanks, Jan! It's good to know people are starting to get wise to career politicians. SingletonForCongress.org; marilyn@singletonforcongress.com
Jim Faison April 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Men and Boys Commision is long overdue!! Lee does not realize that 65% of bachelor and masters degree grads are now women!! Realizing (unbelievably) that mostly men go to prison, war, and die on the streets, fairly obvious in Oakland. Her former clerk, Sandre' Swanson went to the Assembly wasting 6 years, voted for spending bills, said he supports 'children', and was against underage female prostitution (who wouldn't) He will spend his war chest to help Lee, and likely other Dems when not 'fundraising' as a lame duck. He often appears with Ms. Lee, grieving at the loss of a parolee (like Oscar Grant, Levon Mixon) even Trayvon Martin was fodder for his 'grief'; the media was eager to put him on the TV News.
Jim Faison February 08, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Then why did Sandre' Swanson drop out of the race against Loni Hancock? And why is he now Vice Mayor of Oakland. Quan people been pushing Sandre for YEARS! as she needs the block vote!! What about his $250K campaign account? He will now go after the Senate seat, and Quan will endorse him. He lives in the nearly lily white Alameda, is over 75 years old, and worked for Barbara Lee's Congressional office in Oakland in the 1990s, like Lee did for Dellums (who might have done something about crime in Oakland rather than closing military bases due to his Left/Socialist cut back on the Military stance as a member of the Armed Services Committee. The military is gone from the BAY AREA, but gang violence, drop out rate, and deaths of the obvious 'less intelligent' with whom Ms. Lee does not share her 'intelligence'. That isn't FAIR, if we want to bandy that word around.


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