04/26/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Come on Home, Van Jones

Oakland is your home. We need you here. Can you ride to the rescue?

Oakland needs a mayor. The recycled ideas and personalities of the past are not working in the present.

Come on home.

The globe is shifting to solar power and you are a widely-recognized patriarch of that movement.

Remember when you said this?:

"The green economy should not just be about reclaiming throw-away stuff. It should be about reclaiming thrown-away communities. It should not just be about recycling things to give them a second life. We should also be gathering up people and giving them a second chance."

If there is any community in need of a second chance, it's your hometown.

Here's another quote from you, Van Jones:

"A green economy begins to replace some of the clunking and chugging of ugly machines with the wise effort of beautiful, skilled people. That means more jobs."

You are not alone in thinking those big thoughts.

BrightSource, an Oakland-based company, is in a race with China to build the world's largest solar grid.

The race is on, and the finish line could be right here in the East Bay.

All politics is local.

Come on home to the city where you grew up.

Let's make the world green with envy.