"Our concern is with the process for filling a vacancy caused by an incumbent resigning a few months before an election," said Marion Taylor of the League of Women Voters in Oakland. "By appointing someone now, they create a different race for the office when it comes up for election," Taylor observed. The District Attorney election will be in June 2010.
"The interim District Attorney will have the authority to make key decisions, such as seeking the death penalty rather than permanent imprisonment, which costs the county millions of additional tax dollars," said Stefanie Faucher of Death Penalty Focus. "The Board needs to consider the serious consequences of this decision for the people of Alameda County."Read More