The North Dominates the Political Landscape
California Democrats must be doing something right, notwithstanding the low esteem in which the California Legislature is held.
With the election behind us, and the historic victory of San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris as California Attorney General, Democrats in the Golden State have much to celebrate.
Every statewide officer in California is a Democrat, and the Assembly experienced a gain of one bucking a national trend.
No one from Congress or the State Senate lost his or her seat.
However, in the midst of this Democratic sweep there is an interesting phenomenon that's worthy of analysis. The vast majority of statewide elected officers came from the North.
Here's the breakdown by office:
Diane Feinstein - San Francisco
former Mayor of San Francisco
Barbara Boxer - Marin County
former Congresswoman and Supervisor in Marin County
Jerry Brown - Oakland
His father, Gov. Pat Brown, came from San Francisco
Marvin Newsome - Mayor of San Francisco
His three (3) predecessors came from the North:
Cruz Bustamante - Fresno
John Garamendi - Sacramento
former Insurance Commissioner
Abel Moldanado - San Luis Obisquo (North Coast)
former State Senator
Kamala Harris - District Attorney, San Francisco
Her two predecessors - Jerry Brown and Bill Lockyer came from Oakland
Bill Lockeyer - Oakland
former Attorney General
Bill Jones - Sacramento
His predecessors, Steve Poizner and Steve Westley came from Silicon Valley - North
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson - Pittsburg, CA
born in San Francisco
former State Senator and Assemblyman
John Chiang - Los Angeles
Secretary of State
Debra Bowen - Los Angeles
former State Senator
It is to be noted that the two leading Republican candidates for Governor, Meg Whitman and US Senate Carla Fiorina were from Silicon Valley (North). They both lost to Northern Democrats.
If you stretch your review a bit here's what you find:
Daryll Steinberg - Sacramento
President Pro Tempore
His predecessor was Don Perato from Oakland
Chairman California Democratic Party
John Burton (Ret.) - San Francisco
Former Senate President Pro Tem
San Francisco and the Bay Area lead with ten (10) of the twelve (12) leadership positions.
In other words, of the ten (10) State Constitutional offers eight (8) are from the North and two (2) from the South.
The question which arises about this imbalance is why does the North dominate the South politically? There are those who believe that the answer lies in the conservative and backward political atmosphere which exists in the Southern California counties - Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura and Santa Barbara - and you throw in Kern for good measure - all Republican counties.
The exceptions are big Los Angeles and small Imperial counties with heavy Latino populations.