No shuttles for CA delegates

Sadly the only thing that’s been constant the past two days for our delegation is the lack of shuttle service. While the convention center isn’t completely super far away, maybe six long blocks, it is a hot and humid 6 long walks with a lots of blockages between streets and buildings.

Yesterday, I didn’t even bother to try and wait for shadow though I later found out none showed up. This morning, delegates are trying to get to the convention center for caucus meetings. It has now been at least 45 minutes with delegates waiting and nothing has shown up. One bus did come but continued past us and went to the block further down but no one knew why. A DNC volunteer later came to tell us that though she didn’t know what’s happening either they were working to fix it. Blame is being put on our hotel, which notably has been having a lot of issues and not making any delegates happy.

While on a whole we are enjoying Charlotte and the hospitality, our service at the Blake hotel has been anything but nice. I hate to see what the yelp and Travelocity reviews will be once the several hundred delegation return home to write about it.

In the meantime I really hope the shuttle situation improves. It will be a great shame to think that the one obstacle we had as delegates was the inability to not get to where we need to go.


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Tuesday morning breakfast session

No shortage of speakers:Valarie Jarret, John Perez, Betty Yee, Barbara Boxer, Sandra Fluke, Debra Bowen, Kamala Harris.

Standing ovation was given for Gray Davis.

Sen. Boxer, “Are we better off than in 2008? YES WE ARE!”

Kamala Harris: “being a woman is not a pre-existing condition.”

Sandra Fluke, “What I’m fighting for is equality of opportunity.”





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Tuesday’s schedule

Just read tonight’s schedule of events. Tell me what you think 🙂

Caucus and Council Meetings
Charlotte Convention Center

9AM – 10AM Morning Prayer Gathering (Room 211AB/212AB)
10AM – 2PM Caucus Session #1
Women’s Caucus (Ballroom ABCD)
12PM – 2PM Caucus Session #2
LGBT Caucus (Room 203AB)
Senior Council (Room 211AB/212AB)
2PM – 4PM Caucus Session #3
Rural Council (Room 203AB)
Small Business Owners Council (Room 211AB/212AB)

Podium Schedule at Time Warner Cable Arena
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (LOCAL)

Call to Order

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida


His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas

Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit

Presentation of Colors

Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard

Pledge of Allegiance

3rd Grade Class, W.R. O’Dell Elementary School

Concord, North Carolina

National Anthem

Amber Riley

Singer/songwriter and ‘Glee’ actress


Stephen J. Kerrigan

Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee

Welcome Video

Presentation of Credentials Committee Report from Co-Chairs

Bishop Vashti McKenzie

First woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Honorable Julián Castro

Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs

The Honorable Kamala D. Harris

State Attorney General of California

The Honorable Martin O’Malley

Governor of Maryland

Appointment of Convention Officers

Gaveling-in of Permanent Chair

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California


The Honorable Steny Hoyer

Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention

Democratic Whip and Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland

Andrew Tobias

Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee

Alice Germond

Secretary of the Democratic National Committee

Roll Call for Attendance

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (LOCAL)

Platform Committee Remarks

The Honorable Barbara Lee

Member of the US House of Representatives, California

Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (Retired)

First woman to reach rank of three-star general in the US Army

Platform Video and Remarks

The Honorable Cory A. Booker

Mayor of Newark, New Jersey


The Honorable Bev Perdue

Governor of North Carolina

American Hero Video: Education

American Voices Remarks

Ryan Case


Mary Kay Henry

International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Remarks from Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

The Honorable Charles Gonzalez

Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas

Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

The Honorable Nydia M. Velázquez

Member of the US House of Representatives, New York


The Honorable Pat Quinn

Governor of Illinois


Doug Stern

Cincinnati, Ohio Firefighter


The Honorable Tim Kaine

Candidate for the US Senate, Virginia

Former Governor of Virginia

Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (LOCAL)


The Honorable Anthony R. Foxx

Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina

The Honorable Harry Reid

Democratic Majority Leader and Member of the US Senate, Nevada

An Economy Built to Last Video: Education

Women of the US House of Representatives

Jimmy Carter Video


The Honorable Ken Salazar

Kennedy Family Tribute Video


Joe Kennedy III

Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Massachusetts

Live Performance




The Honorable Robert Wexler

President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace

Former Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (LOCAL)


The Honorable R.T. Rybak

Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Honorable Jared Polis

Member of the US House of Representatives, Colorado

Stronger Together Video: Reproductive Choice

American Voices Remarks

Maria Ciano


Nancy Keenan

President of the National Abortion Rights Action League – Pro-Choice America (NARAL)

Progress for People Video: American Veterans

American Voices Remarks

Nate Davis


The Honorable Tammy Duckworth

Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Illinois

Former Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs

The Honorable Lincoln Chafee

Governor of Rhode Island

The Honorable James E. Clyburn

Assistant Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, South Carolina

Progress for People Video: Health Care

American Voices Remarks

Stacey Lihn


The Honorable Xavier Becerra

Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and Member of the US House of Representatives, California

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (LOCAL)

The Honorable Ted Strickland

Former Governor of Ohio

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius

The Honorable Rahm Emanuel

Mayor of Chicago, Illinois

Former White House Chief of Staff


Kal Penn


Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement


Craig Robinson and Maya Soetoro-ng

Brother of Mrs. Obama and Sister of President Obama

Stronger Together Video: Equal Pay


Lilly Ledbetter

Women’s equality leader and namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

The Honorable Deval Patrick

Governor of Massachusetts

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM (LOCAL)

The Honorable Martin O’Malley

Governor of Maryland

Introduction of Keynote Speaker Julián Castro

Joaquin Castro

Brother of Mayor Julián Castro

Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Texas

Keynote Address

The Honorable Julián Castro

Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

Michelle Obama Video and Remarks

Elaine Brye


Michelle Obama

First Lady of the United States


Jena Lee Nardella

Founder and Executive Director of Blood: Water Mission



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LYFE at the DNC

I had the pleasure of stopping in to Oasis2012 / LYFE Kitchen event at the DNC. They will be here through Thursday. I happily tweeted chef John Mitchell last week about it and was surprised that he recognized me. I’m already a fan of LYFE Kitchen and visit their restaurant in Palo Alto. I also purchase their prepared foods at Costco.

Speaking their marketing team today, a learned that the prepared foods will soon arrive to Safeway stores!

Here are some photos from the event including one with me and Chef Mitchell as well as one with me and Ariana Huffington.











Morning breakfast meeting

CA delegates were addressed by several House Democrats, including congressman John Lewis and former speaker Nancy Pelosi. Their overall message was for us to continue to fight the good fight and continue to defend Medicare and social security as well as the DREAM Act.

Pelosi: “We reject undermining equal pay for equal work. “









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The calm before the storm

The first half of the day was spent visiting with friends here in Charlotte and I got to know when I was in Mountain View. It was some great quality time to be able to see people who helped me become situated in Mountain View in the first place.

After visiting their home and having a leisurely lunch we headed back to the hotel where I could meet up with some of my fellow delegates.

I was invited to have dinner with union members from UFCW. I was able to meet delegates from Michigan New York and Chicago.

Before heading out to dinner California state controller John Chiang greeted us in the lobby and spent a few minutes talking with us as well as taking photos.

Dinner was a delicious success at the Palm restaurant. One of the highlights for me was a surprise visit at the dinner by DNC Executive Director Patrick Gaspard.

After returning back to the hotel other notable California delegates checked in, including San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and attorney Gloria Allred.

Shortly after a few more delicate friends of mine arrived. Jill Chesler and Javier Gonzalez just to name a few. After a celebratory drink in the bar I called it a night because I knew that tomorrow, Monday, would be a full day.






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Escape from SFO

I knew that today would be a long travel day but I was even surprised how long it took just to get out of the airport. After several delays where the crew went missing but then found on a flight that hadn’t arrived yet, plus the fog, the flight ended up leaving more than 2 1/2 hours late. If anything cool happened it was the fact that Kamala Harris was also on my flight.

We arrived local time at 11:30 PM here in Charlotte. Every thing was closed. Restaurants, cafés, just about everything except for the car rental places. After an interesting exchange with the car rental agent, I finally arrived at Alamo rent a car to receive my vehicle: the exact same car I drive at home. Even the same color, black. At least I didn’t have to worry about a learning curve driving are driving a rental in an unfamiliar city in pitch darkness.

Check into my temporary hotel, I switch to the California delegate one tomorrow, and asked the agent is there any possibility for food. My dinner as you can see from the photo is a cup of soup. Tastes okay. Remember it’s nearly 12:30am.

One other thing I noted that I thought was pretty cool what’s the water fountain in the airport. You should see a photo of it. I like that it has a water bottle figure we could put the bottle next to it to fill it up. Do we have these in California?






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Sifting through convention speeches

Though I don’t leave for the DNC until tomorrow, I feel like I’m already on delegate duty.  I’ve taken time to listen to some of the RNC speeches this week, with Mitt Romney’s speech coming tonight.   Actually, let me be more accurate: I’ve listened to the beginning of the speeches to catch the tone of the speaker, but once the name calling starts, I tune out.  I then rely on NPR for the written transcripts so I can read what was said.

It’s a bit disappointing when half-truths are spoken and sound bites are used out of context.  As a former aspiring journalism student, I’m reminded why I decided to veer from this career path.  I have remained, however, a fan of fact checking.  Fact checking articles tend to be the ones I read most.

I will approach the speeches at the DNC the same way.  I’ll try my best to mute out the name calling and extreme views by the few delegates that will feel the need to communicate this way.  I plan on breaking all of this down for myself (and you, my lovely readers) once I come back from the DNC and make some side-by-side comparisons.



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DNC Prep Time

In about 73 hours, I’ll be headed to SFO to start my trip to Charlotte.

This week, I’m finding myself making schedule changes and adjustments, which I hoped wouldn’t be necessary.  I didn’t want to necessarily RSVP to dinners and events in hoping I could go with the flow and not be tied down my commitments.  However, I realize that would be near impossible, as every event will have limited space/seating.  It completely makes sense, so I can’t really complain. Still, I hope to maintain some level of flexibility so I can do spur of the moment things.

One event I am looking forward to is this luncheon next Wednesday.

Also, since there will be a sea of people in Charlotte,I wanted to stand out a bit, so some of my fellow CD-18 delegates and I had these shirts made up (with our respective names/cities).


One nice surprise I received in the mail this week was a present from the DNC: airport transfers.  I completely was not thinking about this at all, and nice to know that I don’t have to now.



I’m also taking time to update and consolidate my “technology” for the trip.  Taking an iPad with me instead of a laptop so I can do quick updates during the trip.  I need to practice use of the camera and video functions and their ease of use with the WordPress app.

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Personal bashing is not campaigning

I admit that I have a love/hate relationship with the upcoming elections.  I love the freedom and rights we have to vote, but I hate the level of negativity that has been reached in state and national campaigns.

Why is there a need to make personal attacks?  Why do we need to resort to name calling and making unfounded generalizations about parties and supporters?  There are more scowls than smiles.  More angry shouting than thoughtful debates and conversations.

We have an anti-bullying movement right now centered around our young people.  How about an anti-bullying movement around campaigns?  What kind of an example do we (those who are even slightly politically active) set when we post a video on Facebook or Twitter about how “It gets better…” one minute, then follow it with a mean spirited post/video/meme about a candidate or campaign a few minutes later?

I don’t consider myself above the fray in all of this, as I’ve had to look at what I’ve done in the not too distant past.  Now, however, I can decide not to engage in this behavior even further.  Hopefully others will feel the same way and decide to be consistent in messaging opinions and suggestions.

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