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LWV League of Women Voters of California
Alameda County, CA March 5, 2002 Election
 Smart Voter Michael P. Goldstein

Candidate for
Superior Court Judge; County of Alameda; Office 5

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Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • Princeton University graduate, high honors, 1969
  • Stanford Law School graduate, 1973
  • Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, 1995
  • Experience in counseling and mediation
  • 27-year county resident
  • Father of two college-age daughters
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Top Priorities if Elected
  • Protecting our security, dignity, equality, and environment, whether threatened by criminals, corporations, employers, or even overzealous officers
  • Treating all parties with respect and decency, regardless of who seems right or wrong
  • Using advanced mediation techniques to resolve disputes appropriately and promote healing of relationships
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Key Endorsements
  • Green Party of Alameda County
  • Michael Lerner, author of "The Politics of Meaning" and "Spirit Matters"
  • Steve McNamara, Editor and Publisher, The Pacific Sun
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Position Papers
Why We Need a Progressive Judge
Judges have so much discretion and room to interpet the law that their beliefs and values are crucial. For 19 years governors have been appointing conservatives and centrists. Unusual timing of a sitting judge's retirement gives us a rare chance to elect a progressive. Read what Michael Goldstein has to offer.
Looking Deeply Into Disputes With True Neutrality
Courts are one of our mechanisms for resolving conflict, but they can't do that if one party is seen as all good, one as all bad. Read what Michael Goldstein's training in counseling, mental health, and mediation, as well as his personal philosphy, allow him to bring to this crucial aspect of being a judge.
Views on Crime
It is fashionable to be "tough on crime." Yet giving long prison terms to thousands of non-violent offenders causes more crime -- by breaking up families and depriving us of resources needed for schools, drug treatment, mental health care, and jobs. Similarly, it is counterproductive to alienate young people in minority communities by giving police free rein to search them. This paper explains more of Michael Goldstein's views on crime and punishment.
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