I was really sorry to miss the City Council candidates' shindig last night, but I had a planned-months-ago meet-up with a friend in Santa Monica. Did anyone go? Any reports?
In the absence of face-to-face contact, I got online this afternoon (yes, when I should have been getting work done) and read Primo Castro's new improved webpage. There's nothing to disagree with on it, unless you hate children, want more crime, and believe that our tax base should be smaller. And for the record, I don't.
One thing did bother me, though. The "About Primo" section reads:
The line about "the Manager of the Government Documents library" of Michigan State caught my eye for several reasons. For one thing, hey, I worked in Gov Docs when I was in college! And the guy I worked for now works in Gov Docs at Michigan State!
So I took the occasion to email my old boss (we have kept in haphazard touch since then) and ask if he had worked for Primo.
According to my old boss, the answer is no. He worked *with* Primo, he said, but not *for* him -- because Primo wasn't the Manager of the Government Documents library but a student assistant. Student Assistant IV (which is not the lowest in the pecking order), but still a student assistant.
Maybe I'm being oversensitive, but this is really bothering the heck out of me. I don't agree with everything Paula Lantz believes in (wait for my screed about pay phones and the surveillance state), but I have complete faith in her integrity. And up until now, Primo seemed like a straight-up guy too. Now, however, I worry that District 4 could be home to its own Robert Irvine dust-up or, saints preserve us, Xavier Alvarez.
What do y'all think? I worry that a candidate who fudges items on his resumé will fudge all kinds of other items as well, and our fair town doesn't need any of that. Primo's current position is as "Senate Deputy for the California state senate"... should I be doubting that too? (What does the Senate Deputy do, anyway? I couldn't find anything about it on the web.)
I should also add that perhaps there's an explanation that doesn't involve fudging, and if so, I'd be much relieved to hear it.
Here's a larger screenshot of the page, just for context: