San Leandro Dems deliver surprising rebuke to council incumbent up for re-election

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--It's still very early in San Leandro's campaign season, but an endorsement result last week might be signaling that District 2 Councilmember Deborah Cox is in for a tough re-election campaign this fall.The San Leandro Democratic Club voted last Thursday to endorse Cox's only current challenger, Ken Pon, a former two-term San … Continue reading San Leandro Dems deliver surprising rebuke to council incumbent up for re-election

Sensing Desley Brooks is vulnerable, opponents join race to stop her re-election

Eyes on Oakland's District 6: NatashaMiddleton and Loren Taylor.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks' actions have made her appear vulnerable at election time before, especially in 2014, after she was accused of illegal political interference and was nearly censured by the Oakland City Council. Brooks rebounded and topped a field of four challengers that … Continue reading Sensing Desley Brooks is vulnerable, opponents join race to stop her re-election

Also, also, also, also, also also-ran releases video announcing another run for Oakland mayor

Oakland community activist Ken Houston isthe third candidate to declare an intention tochallenge Mayor Libby Schaaf's re-election.ELECTION 2018Three years ago, Ken Houston was a candidate in the sprawling 15-person campaign for Oakland Mayor. He finished 10th with .50 percent of the vote, or 514 votes. But what was more notable was that the contractor turned community … Continue reading Also, also, also, also, also also-ran releases video announcing another run for Oakland mayor

Lesson learned? Khanna has nearly twice as much money as Honda

Ro Khanna, left, leads Rep. Mike Honda in cashon hand for the stretch run of the campaign.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 | Democratic congressional candidate Ro Khanna had one lament from his 2014 loss to fellow Democrat Rep. Mike Honda: He should have saved more of his once over-flowing campaign cache for the waning … Continue reading Lesson learned? Khanna has nearly twice as much money as Honda

Honda campaign calls on Khanna to pay former staffer

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Mike Honda's campaign said Monday that Ro Khanna "should be ashamed" for failing to pay a former campaign staffer who served him during congressional campaigns in 2004 and 2014.Bill Ferguson, a former Milpitas City Council candidate and current member of the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee told the … Continue reading Honda campaign calls on Khanna to pay former staffer

Former staffer says Khanna twice stiffed him for campaign work; Khanna says it was extortion, blackmail

Ro Khanna directed his campaign to pay BillFerguson for work in 2014 as token ofgoodwill, not to satisfy any debt from 2004.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |A Santa Clara County Democratic Party insider named Bill Ferguson says Ro Khanna refused to pay him $6,000 for two months work following Khanna’s unsuccessful 2004 congressional campaign. It’s a debt … Continue reading Former staffer says Khanna twice stiffed him for campaign work; Khanna says it was extortion, blackmail

CA17’s only pre-primary forum will be staged without an audience

Supporters for Ro Khanna and Rep. Mike Hondaget whipped up in a frenzy following a candidatesforum in April 2014 in Fremont. CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |The only time candidates for the nationally-watched 17th Congressional District race featuring Democrats Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna will face-off before the June primary will occur without an audience.Friday’s League … Continue reading CA17’s only pre-primary forum will be staged without an audience

Honda’s Republican opponent files complaint over taxpayer-paid mailers

Rep. Mike Honda's campaign called Cohen's complaint "petty politics." CONGRESS | DISTRICT 17 | Questions over Rep. Mike Honda’s congressional mailings to constituents are again political fodder for the third time in more than a year.Ron Cohen, a Republican who joined the race in the Seventeenth Congressional District last month, says a recent mailer from Honda touting his … Continue reading Honda’s Republican opponent files complaint over taxpayer-paid mailers

Mike Honda’s re-election campaign named one of Congress’s most vulnerable

Rep. Mike Honda is the only member on Roll Call'slist with more than two terms under his beltCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Mike Honda is on the capitol's endangered species list.Roll Call named Honda's 2016 re-election as one of the 10 most vulnerable in Congress.Honda is facing a rematch next year with fellow Democrat … Continue reading Mike Honda’s re-election campaign named one of Congress’s most vulnerable

Report: Dana King, former Oakland council candidate, TV anchor, eyeing return to airwaves

Dana King, right, with Elihu Harris at an OaklandCity Council candidates forum in 2014.Former anchor finished second in District 2 last fallOAKLAND | Dana King rose through the ranks to become one of the most recognizable faces in Bay Area television news. Then she abruptly quit to pursue her interests in creating art.Later, she moved … Continue reading Report: Dana King, former Oakland council candidate, TV anchor, eyeing return to airwaves

ESPN broadcaster, husband of defeated Alameda mayor, harassed new mayor by calling her Sarah Palin

Rod Gilmore, the husband of recently defeatedAlameda Mayor Marie Gilmore, repeatedlylabeled the new mayor as Sarah Palin.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | ESPN college football analyst Rod Gilmore calls it like he sees it, but at a fundraiser last month he approached new Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer and repeatedly referred to her as “Sarah,” as in, … Continue reading ESPN broadcaster, husband of defeated Alameda mayor, harassed new mayor by calling her Sarah Palin

Former mayoral candidate has video of UFO over San Leandro

Former San Leandro mayoral candidate Dan Dillman with video of a UFO last Friday. Click to full screen mode for a better view of the object.Dan Dillman, left, during a mayoral forum lastfall in San Leandro.SAN LEANDRO | San Leandro theater owner Dan Dillman believes he witnessed a UFO last Friday night and he has … Continue reading Former mayoral candidate has video of UFO over San Leandro

Sbranti already eyeing an Assembly run in 2016; GOP has another job idea for him

Tim Sbranti looks for round two.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | Tim Sbranti’s bid to represent the 16th District in the State Assembly fell catastrophically short last November. His loss to Catharine Baker gave Republicans in the East Bay their first taste of power in Sacramento in eight years. However, a rematch is in the cards.Sbranti, … Continue reading Sbranti already eyeing an Assembly run in 2016; GOP has another job idea for him

Alameda’s Mayor Trish Spencer has overcome the odds many times before

ALAMEDA | Trish Herrera Spencer had been told that she couldn’t do something so many times before she pulled off the mammoth upset of Alameda’s incumbent mayor in November that the latest round of naysayers was almost imperceptible to her ears. As a second child of five children who arrived in the South Gate neighborhood … Continue reading Alameda’s Mayor Trish Spencer has overcome the odds many times before

EBC Year-In-Review, Oct-Dec: Schaaf Wins; Surprise In Alameda; Protests Erupt

OCTOBERLibby Shaaf and Jerry Brown.>>>Gov. Jerry Brown breaks the year-long logjam in the Oakland mayor’s race after he endorses Councilmember Libby Schaaf. The announcement will prove to be a difference maker. In the short-term , a poll in mid-October still shows Rebecca Kaplan topping the field.>>>The long-awaited debate between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna is … Continue reading EBC Year-In-Review, Oct-Dec: Schaaf Wins; Surprise In Alameda; Protests Erupt