Endorsement interviews: Margaret Brodkin


Editors note: The Guardian is interviewing candidates for the fall elections, and to give everyone the broadest possible understanding of the issues and our endorsement process, we're posting the sound files of all the interviews on the politics blog. Our endorsements will be coming out Oct. 6th.

Margaret Brodkin's spent her entire adult life as an advocate for children, youth and families. She been a nonprofit director (she ran Coleman Advocates for 24 years), a department manager (running the Department of Children, Youth and Families until Gavin Newsom fired her for refusing to go along with his budget plans) and was the author of the legislation that created the Children's Fund. She has a wealth of knowledge about the school district and is full of ideas about what a 21st century education would look like.

Brodkin talks about big-picture issues -- experiential learning, the problems with the Obama Administration's education policies -- and basic local issues (the need for a central kitchen to make healthy school lunches).

You can hear our interview with her here:

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Is she running for Supervisor?

Didn't she make the incredibly stupid move of supporting that horrible rusting prison passing as a museum we have in Golden Gate Park?

As I recall, she was one of the ones who supported keeping the DeYoung there when it was ready to move downtown!

And, if she's so great, then why did Newsom appoint her at all to anything?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 26, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

I think that's clear if you listen to the interview.

Posted by tim on Aug. 26, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

why isn't the clip working?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 27, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

Seriously, do you guys even read the comments? This sound file has been broken since Aug. 27 when I posted a comment bringing the error to your attention. It's still not working!? Can you fix it please?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 30, 2010 @ 11:06 pm

thanks for your cyberpatience.

Posted by marke on Aug. 31, 2010 @ 10:52 am

She has to stop slapping the tables during interviews, it messes up the recordings.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 06, 2010 @ 8:16 am

I think it's kind of endearing - it shows how passionate she is.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 06, 2010 @ 2:05 pm