SILVER BALL… Squid doesn’t have to worry about money per se, while fending for itself – the sea is an environment to eat or eat. That being said, Squid is also looking curiously at America’s centuries-old experiment with democracy — again, that’s not something Squid needs to worry about.
But Squid understands that in a democracy, money plays a role in the system, even at the local level.
It may not be a predictor of electoral success, but Squid was struck by how much money the District 2 County Supervisor candidate has Kimbley Craig (currently Mayor of Salinas), has raised in this calendar year: $260,887.13, to be exact, though Squid doesn’t know who counts 13 cents. Probably seashells.
One of Craig’s five opponents, Glenn Church, has raised just over $145,000 and recently loaned his campaign $20,000 because, he says, he doesn’t want to be beholden to anyone. He told Squid’s colleague, “I’m not on sale.”
And among the other candidates is Steve Snodgrassformer financial director of graniterock, which raised just under $100,000, including a loan to its own campaign of $29,000. Snodgrass says its main competitors have raised most of their money outside the district, while its count is around 50/50.
Don’t start Squid thinking about how much shrimp flavored popcorn they could have given away for free with all that money. But for now, Squid will stick with shiny shippers and signposts.
NAME GAME… Squid isn’t normally one to brag, but Squid has done a lot for the community. Squid hosts an annual block party and even invites big fish and sharks to attend. Squid makes shrimp flavored treats for every bake sale the Squidlets hold. But despite all of Squid’s contributions, no one has offered to name anything after Squid.
This is not the case for Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado, botanist by profession and night civil servant. Delgado happens to be leading Marina during the construction of a massive 330 acre commercial/residential development, The duneswhich is eventually built on the old Fort Ord years after it was first approved, before the recession, in 2005. The plan includes 46 acres of parks and open space, including Park at the top of the hill, which took years to prepare and is close to the final design phase. But that didn’t stop the member of the city council Cristina Medina Dirksen to propose a last-minute name change. At a May 17 board meeting, she suggested ditching Hilltop for Delgado: “If there’s anyone I can think of who really speaks up for the trees, the botany in our area, it’s our mayor,” she said.
Squid thinks “Squid Fry Park” also sounds very appealing, but Squid isn’t interested in starting a name battle. Whatever his name, Squid plans to bring Squid’s beloved bulldog, Rosco P. Coltranetake walks in the park.