Fremont mayor, vice mayor, admit to violating state campaign finance rules

The FPPC will decide this week if Fremont Mayor Lily Mei will pay a $1,406 fine forviolating campaign finance rules.FREMONT CITY COUNCILFremont Mayor Lily Mei violated state election law after failing to report almost $24,000 in late campaign expenditures during the hard fought 2016 election, according to the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Mei, who upset incumbent … Continue reading Fremont mayor, vice mayor, admit to violating state campaign finance rules

After ruthless campaign that cost Mike Honda his seat, Ro Khanna wishes him happy birthday

17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTLet bygones be bygones. At least that's what Rep. Ro Khanna thinks after he wished a happy birthday to his former political rival and the man he replaced in the 17th Disrict, former Rep. Mike Honda. Khanna tweeted his birthday wish on Twitter early Tuesday morning.Happy 75th birthday to @mikehonda17! I admire his … Continue reading After ruthless campaign that cost Mike Honda his seat, Ro Khanna wishes him happy birthday

2016 EAST BAY YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 3 – Khanna heads to Congress; Oakland moves to keep the Raiders; Ghost Ship tragedy; East Bay responds to Trump

SEPTEMBERSen. Bernie Sanders>>>Progressive darling and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders puts his imprint on the Berkeley mayoral race by endorsing Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. >>>San Leandro City Council moves to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, two full years quicker than the state mandate of 2022. Starting in July 2017, the city’s minimum wage … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 3 – Khanna heads to Congress; Oakland moves to keep the Raiders; Ghost Ship tragedy; East Bay responds to Trump

Alameda council files FPPC complaint over mystery campaign mailers

Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog duringthe Dec. 6 council meeting.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Just weeks before Election Day, some Alameda voters received highly negative mailers against Councilmember Tony Daysog. However, the mailers equating Daysog to Donald Trump and accusing him of participating in a pay-to-play scheme for campaign contribution. Notably, each failed to identify who was behind … Continue reading Alameda council files FPPC complaint over mystery campaign mailers

The Ro Khanna era finally begins

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | In the end, voters in the 17th Congressional District decided Rep. Mike Honda's on-going ethics investigation, in addition, to a view his tenure had morphed into general apathy, was too much to bear for another two years. The alternate ending says the South Bay's Congressmember-elect Ro Khanna made the far … Continue reading The Ro Khanna era finally begins

Every vote counts! Union City school board candidate leads by just 1 vote

New Haven school board candidate Jeff Wangleads incumbent Michael Ritchie by one vote.ELECTION 2016 | Talk about a nail-biter! The current margin of victory for a seat on the East Bay's New Haven Unified School District is one vote.Three seats are available on the school district board representing Union City and parts of South Hayward, Newcomers … Continue reading Every vote counts! Union City school board candidate leads by just 1 vote

Luis Reynoso again disparages Hayward City Council for inaction

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |Elections have consequences. But curiously, in Hayward, those reeling from an Election Night loss last week weren't even on the ballot. On Tuesday night, the Hayward City Council faced the music for its mixed attempt at remaking the city's school board at the ballot box.Two of three school board members won re-election … Continue reading Luis Reynoso again disparages Hayward City Council for inaction

Lily Mei leads Fremont mayor’s race by nearly 1,200 votes over Bill Harrison

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison trails CouncilmemberLily Mei by 929 votes.FREMONT | MAYOR |ELECTION 2016 |With thousands of ballot still uncounted as of Friday morning, the Fremont mayor's race remains too close to call with Councilmember Lily Mei maintaining a 1,172 vote advantage over incumbent Mayor Bill Harrison.The Alameda County Registrar's office updated its results Friday … Continue reading Lily Mei leads Fremont mayor’s race by nearly 1,200 votes over Bill Harrison

Hayward still has Luis Reynoso to kick around; Annette Walker also returns to embattled school board

Hayward school board trustees Annette Walkerand Luis Reynoso win re-election Tuesday night.HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD |ELECTION 2016 |After an expensive campaign seeking to unseat a majority of the Hayward school board failed, much of the status quo will remain.School board incumbents Annette Walker and Luis Reynoso won re-election to three open seats Tuesday night. Walker received … Continue reading Hayward still has Luis Reynoso to kick around; Annette Walker also returns to embattled school board

Skinner returns to Sacramento following 20-point victory

Nancy Skinner won 60 percent of the vote Tuesdaynight in an impressive win over Sandre Swanson.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |The East Bay is sending Nancy Skinner back to Sacramento following a two-year hiatus.Skinner, a former assemblymember who was termed out in 2014, registered a clear victory Tuesday night over Sandre Swanson in … Continue reading Skinner returns to Sacramento following 20-point victory

Jesse Arreguin becomes Berkeley’s first Latino mayor; youngest ever

At 32, Jesse Arreguin will become Berkeley'syoungest mayor ever.BERKELEY | MAYOR |ELECTION 2026 |The son of a farm worker is now Berkeley’s first Latino mayor. Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, 32, also becomes the East Bay city’s youngest mayor ever.Arreguin defeated fellow Councilmember Laurie Capitelli in a hard-fought, sometimes adversarial campaign that also included the help of … Continue reading Jesse Arreguin becomes Berkeley’s first Latino mayor; youngest ever

Alameda’s rent control Measure M1 fails mightily; rival Measure L1 passes

East Bay renters advocates gather last monthin Hayward.ALAMEDA | RENT CONTROL |ELECTION 2016 |After nearly two years of activism, Alameda's more stringent rent control initiative performed miserably at the polls Tuesday night.Island voters rejected Measure M1, which would have limited annual rent increases to a percentage of the Consumer Price Index, while also indicating support … Continue reading Alameda’s rent control Measure M1 fails mightily; rival Measure L1 passes

AD16: Catharine Baker wins re-election over Cheryl Cook-Kallio

An expected close race turned into a nearly 12point win over Cheryl Cook-Kallio.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |In successive elections, East Bay Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker has now beaten back some of the most powerful liberal institutions in California politics--labor unions and the statewide Democratic Party.On Tuesday night, Baker coasted to a nearly 12-point … Continue reading AD16: Catharine Baker wins re-election over Cheryl Cook-Kallio

2016 EAST BAY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS (Unofficial Final)

REGISTRATION/TURNOUTAlameda County............................VOTES....PCTPRECINCTS REPORTING 100%Total Registration......................888,709Vote-By-Mail Ballots Cast...............444,988  50.07%Election Day Ballots Cast...............225,257  25.35%Total Ballots Cast......................670,024  75.42%*-incumbent**-race crosses over two counties.PRESIDENTAlameda County............................VOTES....PCTPRECINCTS REPORTING 100%Hillary Clinton (D)......................514842  78.06%Donald Trump (R)......................... 95922  14.54%Jill Stein (GRN)......................... 17830   2.70%Gary Johnson (LIB)....................... 16906   2.56%Write-in................................. 10881   1.65%Gloria Estela La Riva (PF)...............  3162   0.48%U.S. SENATEAlameda County............................VOTES....PCTPRECINCTS REPORTING 100%Kamala Harris(D).........................443536  75.47%Loretta … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS (Unofficial Final)

Oakland council, school board incumbents win easily; Kaplan dominates

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan rolledto victory Tuesday night.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |Although, there were late murmurs asserting a few Oakland City Council incumbents might face difficulty on Election Night, all five were swept to re-election Tuesday night, including a dominating win by at-large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. Similarly, the quartet of school board incumbents were … Continue reading Oakland council, school board incumbents win easily; Kaplan dominates