California is a big state with more than its share of big cities. So it makes sense for a candidate for governor to open campaign offices in as many of those cities as possible. They do it to establish a presence and to attract campaign volunteers.
This candidate doesn't have to worry about a return on investment. Whitman has plenty more where that first $104 million came from. She has set up a campaign office in the shopping district of Lakeshore Avenue.
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Being the business woman she is, it was all about location, location, location. But this is the business of politics and how much walk-in traffic will there be when only six percent of the registered voters in the community happen to be Republicans?
Apparently, the Whitman camp sees Oakland's unemployment rate of nearly 18-percent as a sort of welcome mat.
According to Brown spokesman Sterling Clifford, "It's all front, no store. We have a bigger substance campaign."
A campaign spokesman told the Chronicle that Whitman wants "to make sure that everybody hears Meg's universal message of job creation."