The Amazing Shrinking Mayor Emerges Just In Time For Re-Election

ILLUSTRATION-RIGHT PHOTO/Steven Tavares LEFT PHOTO/Shane BondSAN LEANDRO | Now you see him, now you don’t. San Leandro’s rotund Mayor Stephen Cassidy is looking noticeably svelte in just the past few weeks. Is the puffy, pink-faced mayor on a crash diet or has he gone the route of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and undergone a … Continue reading The Amazing Shrinking Mayor Emerges Just In Time For Re-Election

PROLA NAMED SAN LEANDRO’S VICE MAYOR; SOUZA FEELS SNUBBED

New Vice Mayor Jim ProlaSAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola was appointed vice mayor this week. The motion was made without discussion and passed, 4-3. Then there was a pause. Councilmembers detailed their mostly mundane past two weeks. Councilmember Michael Gregory rode his bike with the mayor. Prola attended every event in … Continue reading PROLA NAMED SAN LEANDRO’S VICE MAYOR; SOUZA FEELS SNUBBED

An Early Shot Across Tuman’s Bow

Joe TumanOAKLAND//MAYOR 2014 | What exactly likely Oakland mayoral candidate Joe Tuman thought he was getting away with when he placed personal political aspirations in the middle of his syllabus is unclear.The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday Tuman for a class assignment asked his political science class at San Francisco State to imagine—just imagine—creating a … Continue reading An Early Shot Across Tuman’s Bow

List Of Possible Challengers To Oakland Mayor Quan Begins To Emerge

Left-right: Bryan Parker, Gilda Gonzales,Joe Tuman, Courtney Ruby.OAKLAND//MAYOR 2014 | Even the though the 2014 election season in Oakland is over a year away that doesn’t preclude potential candidates from starting early. Not only is attracting local community support important, but more importantly, those who wait too long risk losing out on hiring the cream … Continue reading List Of Possible Challengers To Oakland Mayor Quan Begins To Emerge

Hayward On! Zermeño to Run for Mayor

HAYWARD//MAYOR 2014 | Hayward Councilmember Francisco Zermeño had a surprising announcement Monday afternoon. He's running for mayor in 2014.Zermeño’s announcement was unexpected considering that little talk has been heard of him eyeing the mayor’s seat belonging to Michael Sweeney. In a lengthy announcement today on Facebook, he laid out his plans for the June 2014 race.Known for his trademark … Continue reading Hayward On! Zermeño to Run for Mayor

Miley Shoots Down Rampant Rumor He’s Eyeing A Run For Oakland Mayor

OAKLAND | Is Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley quietly preparing a run for mayor of Oakland next year? The rumor has dogged him recently, but he says it is "not true.”“I don’t know who started that rumor, where it started or how it started,” he said Thursday, although he noted people have been talking about it … Continue reading Miley Shoots Down Rampant Rumor He’s Eyeing A Run For Oakland Mayor

Swalwell’s War Chest Sees An Increase In PAC Donations

CONGRESS 15 | Rep. Eric Swalwell’s campaign coffers saw a huge bump in donations in the first financial quarter of his career in Congress topping off at a whopping $262,000 with $171,839 from individual contributors and the other $90,954 from Political Action Committees (PACs), according to campaign finance reports.However, Swalwell’s greatly increased PAC contributions marks a turning point from … Continue reading Swalwell’s War Chest Sees An Increase In PAC Donations

East Bay Democrats Network, Build Buzz For Campaigns In 2014

CADEM CONVENTION//ROUND UP | Being an off year in California and East Bay politics does not normally elicit much news. In fact, last weekend’s Democratic state convention was more about likely 2014 candidates making important first impressions and building a network of support. Like most conventions, the real news was more likely made outside the men’s … Continue reading East Bay Democrats Network, Build Buzz For Campaigns In 2014

Khanna Announces Run For Congress

CONGRESS 17 | Ro Khanna, the attorney and former Department of Commerce official, officially announced Tuesday his long-awaited bid for Congress in the 17th District against incumbent Rep. Mike Honda, who has been avidly preparing for the coming race with an onslaught of big-name Democratic endorsements and political bravado. Khanna released a Youtube video (watch it … Continue reading Khanna Announces Run For Congress

San Leandro Councilwoman To Run For Alameda County School Superintendent

San Leandro Councilmember Ursula ReedSAN LEANDRO | Two-term San Leandro Councilwoman Ursula Reed says she intends to run for Alameda County superintendent of schools in 2014.The current holder of the seat since 1999, Sheila Jordan, is eyeing retirement in two years, making Reed the first potential candidate to replace her. Reed, who won election to the … Continue reading San Leandro Councilwoman To Run For Alameda County School Superintendent

Rep. Honda Gains Feinstein, Boxer’s Backing For Congress In Yet Another Move To Discourage Khanna

Calif. Sens. Barbara Boxer, Dianne FeinsteinCONGRESS 17 | California’s two Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer added their endorsements to Congressional District 17 Rep. Mike Honda’s, long list of growing endorsements in preparation for a potential battle with young lawyer Ro Khanna who recently served in President Barack Obama’s Commerce Department.“I’m proud to endorse Congressman … Continue reading Rep. Honda Gains Feinstein, Boxer’s Backing For Congress In Yet Another Move To Discourage Khanna

Wieckowski Takes It On The Chin Following Re-Vote For State Delegates

ASSEMBLY 25 | After cries of potential voter disenfranchisement by numerous minority groups following a decision to conduct a re-vote of the 25th Assembly District Democratic Convention delegates, a second vote surprisingly reaffirmed the results of the contested election last January.Six more delegates in Fremont’s Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski’s 25th District were declared victors last week for … Continue reading Wieckowski Takes It On The Chin Following Re-Vote For State Delegates

Rep. Honda Releases Internal Polling Favoring His Re-Election

CONGRESS | Rep. Mike Honda continues to bolster a defense against potential challenger Ro Khanna with the release favorable polling numbers a year and a half before primaries and months before challengers will likely officially announce their candidacy. Honda's internal polling shows Honda with a 52-point lead over Khanna. The hi-tech industry will be a focal point for the potential … Continue reading Rep. Honda Releases Internal Polling Favoring His Re-Election

Rep. Keith Ellison Says He May Help Replace Swalwell In 2014 If He Doesn’t Join Progressives

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)CONGRESS | Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison told attendees at a fundraiser in Oakland this past Saturday he and other progressives will be surveying California to potentially fund candidates or incumbents via the Progressive Action PAC to help bolster Democrat's numbers in 2014. Swalwell will likely be pushed by Progressives to join them and if he does … Continue reading Rep. Keith Ellison Says He May Help Replace Swalwell In 2014 If He Doesn’t Join Progressives

Honda Names Campaign Team For Race, As Of Yet, Without A Challenger

Rep. Mike HondaCONGRESS | Mike Honda made another early move for re-election in 2014 by already announcing his campaign team this past week hoping to get an early start on heading off potential competitor, Ro Khanna, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary in U.S. Department of Commerce. According to a press release Honda hired Terris, Barnes & … Continue reading Honda Names Campaign Team For Race, As Of Yet, Without A Challenger