The Trib has churned out another civic-minded piece comparing the two candidates vying to replace Don Perata in the state Senate, and once again, the differences are few and far between. Let's roll the tape!
In this corner, we have Loni Hancock, outgoing state Assemblywoman, former Berkeley mayor, and longtime Berkeley politico dating back to the 1970s. Her hobbies include reinstating the vehicle licensing fee and exempting commercial properties from Proposition 13. Her biggest fear: failing to support and educate parolees before the re-offend.
And in the blue trunks we have former state Assemblywoman Wilma Chan, seeking to make a comeback after term limits blew out her knee. Like Hancock, Chan just loves her some vehicle licensing fees and would cast commercial properties out of the Eden that is Prop. 13. When it comes to crime, this gal just says "zero tolerance atmosphere," although it's not entirely clear what that means in policy terms.
Let's face it: both candidates have strong liberal positions on the things they can control (i.e., the state budget) and well-meaning but vacuous emotionalisms about the things they can't (i.e., crime). Neither will be the power broker Don Perata is; we'll leave it up to you to decide whether that's good or bad.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, there's a Republican and a Peace and Freedom candidate on the ballot as well.