Sleeping with the Enemy

Payback Is A… | San Leandro Mayoral Candidates | Could AD16 Be Flipped?
CHAPTER 16 | How often do you see a Republican operative with a passion to help a Democrat win re-election? A few week’s back, I asked an East Bay Democratic congressional candidate whether they employ any Republicans on their campaign team. They looked quizzically at me as if I had actually identified a mole among their ranks. Typically, they don’t ask about a potential employee’s political affiliation because it’s usually quite obvious from their resume, they told me. Democrats usually want to work for Democrats, but not always, apparently. 

Works for a Democrat, but identifies as
a Republican.

Place this in the file labeled “Reasons why Rep. Eric Swalwell is a closeted Republican”: Swalwell’s campaign field organizer is a young man named Patrick Urbanus. A hawkeyed EBC reader emailed a screen shot of Urbanus’ Facebook page in which he lists his party preference as Republican. It does seem odd for a Republican to want to help a Democrat win re-election even though Urbanus may have some personal link to Swalwell’s family. It’s also who you know when it comes to employment with Team Swalwell. Recall, he hired a rich donor’s daughter for a position in his congressional office. It’s the kind of thing that only adds credence to the argument Ellen Corbett recently made when asserting Swalwell is simply not progressive enough for the 15th District.

And since most primary voters are highly partisan, Corbett’s move is smart. However, Swalwell might later be able to attract conservatives in November. But truthfully, working across the aisle is noble in concept, but most progressives in the East Bay realize placating Republicans in the House is not in this area’s best interests unless the aim is to shortchange unemployment benefits or hand over the right of privacy to the government.

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Mike Katz-Lacabe

PROPOSAL FOR REVENGE Loudmouth Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee member Margarita Lacabe can be your friend one day and your bitter enemy the next. However, she has long been a strong opponent of Mary Hayashi, especially since her shoplifting incident. This week, Lacabe posted security footage of Mary Hayashi at Neiman Marcus before the infamous arrest in 2011. Except, Lacabe should be careful. Her husband, Mike Katz-Lacabe, is a likely candidate and front runner for the San Leandro City Council this November. (Timeout: I know what you’re thinking. Why does Katz hyphenate his name, but she doesn’t? There are many theories. Time In) If Hayashi doesn’t place in the top two in her State Senate 10th District race this June, she should put some of her remaining campaign coffers to good use. How about contributing a few thousand to Katz-Lacabe’s opponent? Hayashi has given to San Leandro candidates in the past. During the 2010 mayoral race, Hayashi contributed to Joyce Starosciak’s campaign to the consternation of then-Mayor Tony Santos.

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Catharine Baker

REAGAN REPUBLICAN When I asked Catharine Baker, the lone Republican in the 16th Assembly District in Contra Costa County and the Tri Valley, about her past in politics, her tone suggested she sensed the question was designed to highlight her lack of experience. It wasn’t. Baker has never run for office, but has long been active in the Tri Valley. However, she once worked in former California Rep. Sonny Bono’s congressional office. Baker, though, is proving to be one of this primary season’s top rookie prospects. Her arguments are firm and clear and, more importantly, Baker’s conservative ideology is driven purely by fiscal concerns so much so that she almost feels like a Republican from a bygone era and not the radical far-right, sometimes discombobulated, logic often offered in these parts. The Bay Area News Group was also impressed before endorsing her candidacy last week. It remains to be seen whether Baker can squeeze into the top two along with either Democrat, Orinda Councilmember Steve Glazer or Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti. If she can, you can bet the state Republican Party will expend as much of the small pile of cash it has in an attempt to siphon away a seat in the Assembly currently leaning to the Democratic side.

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Mark Salinas: catching fire?

HERE AND THERE Last week, I said 16th Assembly District candidate Tim Sbranti has appeared out of his league in this race. One reason for this may be because Sbranti has been constantly on the defensive for the entire campaign. First, for his pro-labor stance during the BART strike last year and, more recently, with the issue of disclosing union questionnaire answers. Unless you’re the incumbent or the clear favorite, it’s difficult to win a race in a purely defensive stance…The Alameda County superintendent of schools race has five candidates, making it unlikely anyone will garner more than 50 percent and avoid a November runoff. Most believe Karen Monroe will advance, but there appears to be no consensus when it comes to the other person. Nevertheless, it was disconcerting superintendent hopeful Helen Foster is almost two weeks from Election Day and is still reading her answers off a sheet of paper like she did this week in at a forum in Alameda…Many think Hayward Councilmember Barbara Halliday is the front runner to be the city’s next mayor. She’s the only woman on the ballot and has proven in the past to be a perennial top vote-getter. Yet, there is chatter by some canvassers in Hayward, not from city races, who sense from going doo-to-door there is momentum attached to Councilmember Mark Salinas’ campaign. In addition, Salinas also has one of the best lawn signs around.

Long way since 2009

San Leandro Councilmember Pauline Cutter is telling people she will run for mayor. Will Mayor Stephen Cassidy, who is not running for re-election, back her? If anybody could be construed as an ally to Cassidy, it is Cutter. However, in hindsight, the seeds of Cassidy’s fall were sowed two years when all three of his endorsed candidates for City Council were trounced…Progressive San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola will receive intense pressure to run for mayor, but he is still relenting, telling some he wishes to spend more time with his infant grandchild. Meanwhile, don’t forget former San Leandro mayor’s Shelia Young or Tony Santos as possible candidates. Crazier things have happened…Finally, the East Bay Citizen turned five years old this week. Looking back at the first two years, it was clear this site was then-Assemblymember Mary Hayashi’s biggest critic–pre-Neiman Marcus–of course. How weird was it this week when Hayashi’s campaign released another anti-Bob Wieckowski website charging him with being a bully against women and minorities and using a number of EBC pull quotes and citations?



Categories: AD16, CA15, Catharine Baker, congress, Ellen Corbett, Eric Swalwell, Hayward, Helen Foster, Karen Monroe, Margarita Lacabe, Mark Salinas, Mary Hayashi, Mike Katz, Tim Sbranti

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  1. Marga Lacabe, you lied on ballot statement after ballot statement about being a human rights lawyer to the voters. The husband of yours Mike Katz-Lacabe who's currently running for office handed out those campaign flyers saying that you are a lawyer. Mike Katz-Lacabe knowingly handed out your lies and that makes him just as much a dishonest liar like yourself. Stopping pointing at everyone when you would do the same.

    See for yourself on page 32 from 2010 candidates list.

    http://www.acgov.org/rov/current_election/CandidatesList.pdf

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  2. 1:38, You and exactly 3 other people in Alameda County have any interest in a 4 year old ballot statement regarding occupation or description of a candidate for Central Committee.
    99.8% of voters could not name one person on said committee, let alone remember or care about their designated title.

    The only thing that is clear from your posts is that you got your nose out of joint from something involving Marga Lacabe.
    Perhaps your micro-focus on this inane topic would make more sense if you'd just let readers know what your beef is.

    Otherwise you just sound like a ex-wife or ex-husband who is trying to tell everyone they meet that their ex didn't put his dirty socks in the hamper.
    The rest of the world doesn't care and thinks you are nuts.

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  3. “http://sanleandro.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/santos-says-lacabe-fibbed-about-being-lawyer”

    OMG, if that isn't the definition of “much ado about nothing”

    Now tell us the real reason your undies are in a bunch.
    I suppose somewhere, some time, “she done you wrong” ?
    OK, just spit it out instead of these meaningless accusations you keep pestering everyone with.

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  4. Marga needs to stop belittling everyone out of one side of her mouth and then calling herself progressive from the other side.

    Now tell us the real reason Marga undies are in a bunch 24/7.

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  5. Mike Katz-Lacabe plays along with crazy wife that doesn't make him less crazy.

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  6. Mike Katz is a sneaky useless schoolboard member who's served eight years with nothing accomplished. We know he's totally behind the scenes playing crazy with his wife while he pretends to not know about it.

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  7. that poor, beleaguered “young woman” who slept with her boss and subsequently blackmailed him into promoting her! let's keep talking about her and use that as an example of steve's “poor” judgement! it's a real winner of an argument!

    idiot(s).

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  8. Nothing but dirty union whores!

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  9. Marga and Mike are taking turns talking dirty!

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  10. Spotlight whore is Mike Katz-Lacabe!

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  11. Really 6:39 pm, I'd rather talk about our former Born Again Evangelical Christian legislator – our Majority Leader to be exact – who misused power and trust by sleeping with one (or more) of his subordinates. The one who played the innocent victim once his wife caught him with his pants down.

    Either way you slice it, this has nothing to do with Marga or Mike.

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  12. Marga Lacabe lied on ballot statement after ballot statement about being a human rights lawyer to the voters. The husband of yours Mike Katz-Lacabe who's currently running for office handed out those campaign flyers saying that you are a lawyer. Mike Katz-Lacabe knowingly handed out your lies and that makes him just as much a dishonest liar like yourself. Stopping pointing at everyone when you would do the same.

    See for yourself on page 32 from 2010 candidates list.

    http://www.acgov.org/rov/current_election/CandidatesList.pdf

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  13. The Lacabes have a double standard, they can not be wrong even though they contradict themselves.

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  14. This is not about Marga and Mike. This is NOT about Marga and Mike.

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  15. 9:58: you can go ahead and talk about Torrico The Irrelevant, while Trisha The Terrible deludes herself into thinking people feel sorry for her and tries to spin her pitiful story as if she's the subject of some greek tragedy. There's truly very little difference between the east bay's finest crazies Mary Hayashi and Trisha Tahmasbi other than one has the chutzpah to run for office and the other cowardly hides behind the party machinery hoping to finally get her turn in the spotlite one day.

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  16. 1:43 am here's to that, Torrico is irrelevant. 'Nough said.

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  17. How is Marge Lacabe not relevant to Mike Katz-Lacabe? He even uses her last name as his sir name, and they both handed in her ballot statement and handed out campaign flyers knowing she lied. The Lacabes are both liars, hypocrites, and spotlight hungry. Just being Marga is the more clinically insane spouse, doesn't make Mike any less linked to their actions together.

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  18. Seems like a few people here spend most of their waking hours obsessed about Marga and Mike.
    A very odd behavior. Perhaps even a psychological condition for which they might seek therapy.
    How about every time you find yourself dwelling on them, you instead do something useful.
    Clean up and organize your house, or go outside and remove some litter from the curb. Imagine how much better you'll feel compared to yet another rant about Marga and Mike.
    Make your world and the community better rather than typing away in ineffective anger.

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  19. Marga Lacabe want to come over and sing Christmas carols? We can sing Silent Night and you can get up and make a fool of yourself, just liked you did when you accused the schools of teaching children religion. Then you can tell everyone you're a lawyer, when you never passed the bar. The Central Democratic Committee should have blow you out of the water for your lies! Still suing the city of San Leandro?

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  20. Read the article and comments of how double standard Marga responds to her lie:

    http://sanleandro.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/santos-says-lacabe-fibbed-about-being-lawyer

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  21. Seems like MARGA LACABE spend most of her waking hours obsessed about OTHERS.
    A very odd behavior. Perhaps even a psychological condition for which SHE might seek therapy.
    How about every time you, MARGA, find yourself dwelling on them, you instead do something useful.
    Clean up and organize your house, or go outside and remove some litter from the curb. Imagine how much better you'll feel compared to yet another rant about OTHERS.
    Make your world and the community better rather than typing away in ineffective anger.

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  22. 12:56, What a sick puppy you are. Seek help.

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  23. Lacabe attempted to mislead voters on two fronts. Not only does lawyer imply you are practicing law, but since when did Mike Katz-Lacabe become Mike Katz. For the sake of not disclosing to voters that the two were married and running for central committee, she successfully duped voters. Margarita Lacabe even portrays herself as a law expert frequently in public during council meetings

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  24. Marga and Mike are no more tied to Mary Hayashi's criminal conviction and legal issues than Steve Tavares is tied to Nadia and Bill Lockyers personal transgressions last year. Marga is simply offering up information that, quite frankly, our voters need to know in order to be informed.

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  25. Marga LACABE and Mike KATZ-LACABE have a double standard. They write bad about peoples past but they don't want people to know their bad past.

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  26. Mike Katz-Lacabe knew that his wife was not a human rights lawyer but he still campaigned for her because he knew this lie would get his wife elected to the Democratic Central Committee. He lied to all voters in Alameda County and can never be trusted to hold office EVER! Simply offering up information that, quite frankly, our voters need to know in order to be informed!

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  27. 3:01 By this point, any reader can see that you are a disturbed individual.
    Seriously you need to seek help.
    People on all sides of the political spectrum would offer you the same advice.
    You have a obsessive compulsive fixation on Marga.
    Be assured, no one else is so fixated on your issues with her.
    We have read your charges and guess what, they are of little importance to everyone but you.
    I don't know what they call your condition but it isn't normal even in the world of gotcha politics.

    In short, we really don't think your charges are of any significance.
    Sorry, but that is the reality no matter if you keep repeating it over and over and over and over…. which you seem determined to do.
    We simply don't care.

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  28. ROFLOL! Crazy double standard Marga is here! Don't care why keep coming back for more! LOL!!

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  29. For some entirely different fun, try going to the following site that you have probably seen before.

    http://www.mugshotmary.com/video.html

    However when you start the Youtube video, change the settings to 0.5 speed.
    Then you get to see Mary answer as though she was either high or drunk.
    A brief funny diversion from a otherwise repetitive thread we have going on here.

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  30. I don't mind Steve's editorializing…usually because I agree with him. But I think he's dead wrong on Wieckowski. Every time I've met the guy he seems genuine and a committed progressive. Hayashi seems like a ladder-climber. Sure, Wieckowski made a bad staffing decision hiring Tahmasbi and mishandled that situation with the AD25 delegate vote. I attribute that to his not being a very smooth political operator, which I don't view as a bad thing–means more likely than not he is in it for the right reasons.

    Not working for or related to either candidate. Just my opinion. Steve is wrong on this one but right on all the others. Carry on!

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  31. Mike Katz-Lacabe knew about his wife's lie and he allowed that make him no better, they lied to the whole Alameda County voters.

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  32. Marga you should post a picture of yourself too, don't be shy, oh find it, this is your better one, right at the center of spotlight making a wannabe legal expert speech.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YzIWjKrgM7o/UR7kA8QofRI/AAAAAAAADtU/8fjw-UKC1CE/s200/slpothearinglacabe.jpg

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  33. Is their any East Bay city that doesn't have their share of sleazy politics? No wonder no decent individual runs for office. Those in office are nothing more than whores selling their votes for personal gain. Fuck them all. Thieves, prostitutes, drug addicts, they all landed in office by lying, cheating and stepping on others to get elected. And, they keep getting elected.

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  34. 1109 are you a decent individual talk like a sailor?

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  35. Anyone who attended at least 3 Hayward Mayoral candidate forums would realize that Barbara Halliday “flip-flops” on issues and she doesn't have a lot of accomplishments to cite for her length of service on the Council. Riding other's “coat -tails,” voting for the “Loopy fiasco” downtown freeway and being fiscally irresponsible in voting “yes” to spend hundreds of thousand to change BART station signs is sheer lunacy. She may be BANG's darling, but it she is going to move Hayward backwards, not forward. According to Barbara, Hayward has no potential–yet as Mayor she will attract businesses. All those years on the Council and she never cited any specific businesses she attracted to our City. Mark Salinas' canvassers must be saying that he's “on fire.” Well, I've seen him go down in flames at a couple of those debates and also when he is confronted by City Workers that he imposed on. Salinas wants to spend money to buy The Green Shutter. More fiscal irresponsibility! I voted for Zermeno because his message never seems to change as much as the others. Talkers & coat-tail riders won't move Hayward forward. They will only talk about being “fiscally responsible” in one breath and then discuss spending 60 million dollars on a “library/learning center,” 85 million dollars on a new Police Station and then claim that Hayward will be bankrupt in the next 4 years.

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  36. Saved an hospital??? Hmmm….

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  37. I like Pauline Cutter for Mayor of San Leandro. Diana Souza lies too much, is dumb as they come, and would be an embarrassment to our city.

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  38. No Cassidy puppets

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  39. Pauline Cutter is NOT a Cassidy puppet and is a lot smarter than Diana Souza.

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  40. Vote No to all Cassidy's puppets dummy Pauline Cutter is one of them.

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  41. You need to get out more. I've been to school board meetings and watched and listened to city council meetings. Cutter stood up to Cassidy many times and on the school board Katz was his only friend. Both Cassidy and Souza try to bully people, Cutter tries to find compromise like a leader should. Bullies always seem to have courage but that just leads to division. To be a leader you also have to have brains and a good heart. Souza is brainless and heartless, will say anything to get elected, but she has done nothing meaningful in her eight years on the city council. She is not a leader or an innovator and most of the city sees that even though you don't. Souza would just be a disaster for San Leandro.

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  42. Will never vote for wife puppet Mike Katz-Lacabe! His wife, Marga Lacabe, is all of the characters in “One Flew Over the Cuokoo's Nest”. Marga is also a fact twisted 24/7 big mouth attention hungry cyber bully!

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  43. I like Pauline Cutter for Mayor of San Leandro. Diana Souza lies too much, is dumb as they come, and would be an embarrassment to our city.

    Pauline Cutter is NOT a Cassidy puppet and is a lot smarter than Diana Souza.

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