The political flashover from the voters' torching of the East Contra Costa County Fire District's parcel tax last month is radiating plenty of heat onto neighboring Contra Costa Fire District's fledgling plans for a similar tax measure in November.
We'll save the debate on whether the taxes have merit for another forum.
Looking strictly at the politics, the two tax proposals bear both striking similarities and significant differences. Any or all of these could factor into whether ConFire's voters pour water or gasoline on its parcel tax measure in November:
Finally, there's the campaign itself.
In East Contra Costa, the numbers tell the story best: The measure fell short by a staggering 23 percentage points despite the tens of thousands of dollars the firefighters raised and spent on it.
It's too early to say what ConFire's campaign will look like, but you can bet they are looking hard at how to avoid a similar fate.
FIRST DAY of 'SCHOOL': Just hours after Gov. Jerry Brown appointed former Danville Mayor Candace Andersen to the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, the self-described fiscal conservative cast three votes that may surprise some people:
On Brown's tax, Andersen voiced concern about its potential economic hit on businesses. Since its primary beneficiaries are schools, she said she could support it. The other two involve public safety, her top priority.
Interestingly, Andersen has not -- and says she never will -- sign the "No New Taxes" pledge, a litmus test in some conservative circles.
SILENCE IS GOLDEN: When oft-wordy Supervisor John Gioia urged his colleagues to push through Tuesday's packed agenda -- he had another meeting afterward -- fellow Supervisor Federal Glover had a suggestion:
"If you stop talking the rest of the meeting, John, I think we can make it," Glover said.
GOT POLITICS?: Louder will walk through a wall of fire to rescue women, children and kittens. But is he brave enough to face the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association? Watch the video at the Political Blotter at IBABuzz.com/politics:
AND FINALLY: Jerry, Jerry, Jerry. Wake up and smell the iPad.
When Brown's staff informed Andersen late Monday that the governor had appointed her to the Board of Supervisors, they admonished her to keep the news under wraps until the state made it official in the morning.
No, Andersen didn't spill the beans to the media.
However, word got out. She had to resign from the Danville Town Council. Plans for her swearing in had to be made.
Within minutes, emails and text messages were spreading faster than fog in August under the Golden Gate Bridge. My cellphone started beeping within an hour.
The governor's people sent me an "official" release a few minutes before Andersen took the oath of office.
Thanks, buddy. You only missed today's 12-second news cycle by 12 hours.