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Bauer-Kahan takes oath of office

Assemblywoman's goals include transportation, environment, women's rights

The Tri-Valley's newest state legislator, Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, has started her first term after being sworn into office during a ceremony in Sacramento earlier this month.

A political newcomer and attorney by trade, Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) defeated two-term incumbent Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) in one of the closest State Legislature elections in all of California, ending with a victory margin of 51% to 49% when the Assembly District 16 vote totals were finalized nearly four weeks after Election Night.

"I am so honored that the people of AD16 chose me to be here representing them, and I am just so privileged and excited to work to represent all of my constituents. So I am here to deliver for my district," Bauer-Kahan, 40, said in an audio statement on her district website.

Buoyed by the blue wave seen at polls across California this fall, Bauer-Kahan reclaimed for the Democrats one of the more moderate regions in the Bay Area, a district that consists of the Tri-Valley and Lamorinda communities along with a portion of Walnut Creek.

During the campaign this fall, Bauer-Kahan presented herself as a Democrat who would always represent the voice of District 16 residents while criticizing Baker for not acting in line with constituents' priorities 100% of the time, despite the Republican incumbent's bipartisan reputation.

Bauer-Kahan's victory -- to earn her first-ever elected position -- marked a remarkable turnaround after finishing well behind Baker in the June primary (56.6% to 43.4%) and after trailing by 2.4% after early returns on Election Night on Nov. 6.

But the Orinda Democrat continued to gain ground each subsequent day as more vote-by-mail and provisional ballots were counted in Alameda and Contra Costa counties before taking a lead she would not relinquish Nov. 16.

Her final margin of victory was 4,539 votes, among the nearly 218,000 registered voters who cast ballots.

Bauer-Kahan was sworn into office during a ceremony Dec. 3 at the State Capitol, with the oath administered by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Los Angeles). Her husband and three children were among the supporters on-hand for the event.

"I'm excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work and deliver on transportation and education and the things we really need, but also to work to represent the values of our district. To make sure we're getting the voice we need on the environment, on a woman's right to choose, on gun violence prevention, on the things that my constituents elected me to come here and do," she said on her district website.

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9 people like this
Posted by Leaving California
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 26, 2018 at 7:32 pm

The unions ballot harvested the mid-term election. California is no longer a democracy as the candidates are no longer beholden to the voters, they are beholden to the ballot harvesters. How disgusting.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 27, 2018 at 8:52 am

MichaelB is a registered user.

"I'm excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work and deliver on transportation and education and the things we really need, but also to work to represent the values of our district. To make sure we're getting the voice we need on the environment, on a woman's right to choose, on gun violence prevention,..."

I'm not excited at all.

The state already has too many environmental regulations,there is not enough taxpayer money to fund programs that Democrats "need", and there is no such thing as "gun violence" (firearms do not commit acts of violence). I didn't always agree with Baker but at least she didn't just tow/vote the party line while spinning it as "representing the values of our district".


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Posted by tim
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Dec 27, 2018 at 10:09 am

there is no difference (ideology) between bauer kahan and baker.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 27, 2018 at 5:21 pm

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@MichaelB,

Gun violence is violence where a gun was used. There is no such thing as gun rights. Guns don't have rights. :-)

I agree that California environmental regulations can go too far. For instance, a legal firm threaten to sue a number of banks because their outdoor ATM machines didn't have warning stickers that cautioned against breathing outdoor air.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 27, 2018 at 7:14 pm

tim,
If true im more concerned about those that voted baker out - she did, and was doing a good job. So if they are the same from an ideology perspective and baker was doing a good job, why would anyone in their right mind vote them out?


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 28, 2018 at 9:35 am

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"Gun violence is violence where a gun was used. There is no such thing as gun rights. Guns don't have rights. :-)"

Not really. "Gun violence" is a political propaganda term used by so called progressives to shift the debate away from individuals who practice violence (already illegal and with any type of weapon) and on to society (guns) for supposedly "causing" it to take place. Anyone/anything associated with firearms is deemed "collectively guilty" of violence.

This is why we are getting misguided (and authoritarian) legislation to ban guns with folding stocks/pistol grips, wanting the CDC to study "gun violence" as a "public health problem", restrict magazine size, force law abiding people to turn in their legally owned property, sue gun manufacturers for the actions of criminals, ban gun shows at the Cow Palace, not allow gun shops to open/operate in communities, not issuing CCWs to trained applicants, etc. Bauer-Kahan (ignoring the 2nd Amendment like most members of her party) just wants more the same while erroneously referring to it as "safety", "prevention", "common sense","reasonable", etc.

Actually it lacks common sense, it's not reasonable, and none of it will "prevent" anything. It will not be complied with by criminals nor will it deter them from practicing violence.It's about about making private gun ownership socially unacceptable/prohibitive for the law abiding despite claims to the contrary.


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Posted by Anaon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 1, 2019 at 5:46 pm

The only reason Baker lost was she had an (R) next to her name.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 1, 2019 at 7:04 pm

My opinion, Rebecca Bauer-Kahan is a democratic carper bagger, post Donald Trump election as president.


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