Top-of-ticket candidates for president and governor long have penned memoirs to endear themselves to voters.
Now a book detailing Assembly candidate Darrell Fong’s life has hit mailboxes from Lodi to Sacramento. The author: Assembly candidate Darrell Fong.
The table of contents in “The Challenger” captures lessons the Sacramento councilman says he learned from local politics and his years as a city cop. Among them: “Learning to respect people and be respected as a cop,” “Keeping grounded as a cop,” and “Getting promoted but staying in touch.”
Fong campaign manager Bill Wong said his boss spent about 16 hours telling his life story to a transcriptionist. Then Fong boiled it down to 61 pages.
“These are definitely his words,” Wong said. “It’s definitely Darrell.”
The campaign spent $50,000 to print and mail 30,000 copies.
Fong and four others are vying to represent the Assembly’s 9th District, which runs from the northern San Joaquin Valley to Sacramento’s Greenhaven.
The paperback book “was something we thought would stand out,” Wong said.
– Jon Ortiz
State legislators heard a heavy litany of complaints from school officials last week about Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to make the State Teachers Retirement System solvent. The plan aims to close a $70 billion-plus unfunded liability by eventually raising contributions to $5 billion-plus a year, with the lion’s share coming from school districts. School officials told a joint legislative hearing that the sharp increases would wipe out much of the gains in state aid they are scheduled to receive during the remainder of the decade.
– Dan Walters