The Daily Journal has cemented its position as the only real local paper for San Mateo county. The Times and the Daily Post are interesting at times, but the DJ is truly local and plugged into the facts and the undercurrent of events especially in B'game. The paper has upped the ante for this city council election by not only issuing its endorsements (like it has in the past), but also soliciting and publishing answers to a prescribed set of questions to the candidates.
You can read the candidates' answers here. But more importantly, the endorsement of the two incumbents (Brownrigg and Keighran) along with Cohen for the open seat deserve to be taken seriously given the paper's connectedness with B'game. Click through and read the whole endorsement, but the Cohen selection is particularly noteworthy. It says
The other candidates bring unique points of view and ideas. We were impressed with Ricardo Ortiz’s moderate stances and ability to understand city finances and welcome the input of Andrew Peceimer when it comes to emphasizing the need to make the best decisions when it comes to the public’s money. However, former councilman Russ Cohen also holds those abilities and brings a unique perspective as someone who has already served on the council, been involved in the community through countless projects and understands the need to retain certain amounts of the city’s charm and character. Baylock has long been known as the member of the council who would stand up for the city’s history and character and Cohen would carry that mantle with ease.
Cohen has also demonstrated a willingness to stand up for what he believes is right whether it be stopping high-speed rail or ensuring the city’s historic buildings are preserved. Additionally, because of his experience both off and on the council, Cohen is extremely knowledgeable of city issues and would hit the ground running. There have been times in which Cohen has been too strident with misplaced levity, but we sense a new maturity from him that comes from the passage of time.
The city as a whole is the beneficiary of such a large number of candidates and the discussion created by them. However, the city will be best served with Brownrigg, Cohen and Keighran on the council.
To no one's surprise at this point in the campaign, I agree.