Bud's Beat

Placer County is out of sync with rest of state
By: Bud Pisarek, Loomis News Correspondent
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Is Placer County topsy-turvy? I’m talking politically. When I first arrived here some four decades ago all was copesetic. All was well with the world. Pat Brown was governor. Alan Cranston and John Tunney were our senators and “Bizz” Johnson represented us in the House. All were Democrats. Then something happened. Placer was invaded by a new wave of thinking. The pendulum swung to the right and we became known as “Orange County North.” The Ronald Reagan Democrats joined forces with the newly found conservatism of the sportscaster, turned actor, turned politician and we were off to the races. The political landscape changed in every way. Members of school boards, city councils, boards of supervisors _– leaning far to the right – were elected en masse. So, you learn to live with it even if you can’t bear it. I guess you might say we “lefties” stay the course and never give-up. When you’re second best you try harder. The struggle has been an uphill one, but, like the little engine, you have to keep telling yourself, “Yes you can. Yes you can.” The California primary election had me wondering. What’s going on? Things look topsy-turvy. A carpetbagger from down south won the Republican nomination for the 4th Congressional District. That’s so un-conservative. In the 5th Supervisorial District, a fiscal conservative, who pledged he would serve with no compensation, came in third. The races for the two other district were not contested. When it came to the statewide ballot measures, Placer once again was out of step with the rest of the state. The eminent domain measure, Prop. 98, was defeated by a 2-to-1 margin. Placer voted “no” only by about a 6 percent margin. Proposition 98, the companion for the eminent domain measure, was approved by voters across the state, again by a 2-to-1 margin. Placer eked out a “yes” vote by only another 6 percent. Topsy-turvy is defined as “with the top downward and the bottom up; upside down.” And: “In a state of utter disorder or confusion.” Did I confuse you?