Upset Fremont teachers force school trustee to cancel his City Council kickoff event

Fremont teachers say school board president Yang Shao has repeatedly disrespected its union membership. The teachers' union has been in contract talks with the school district since March 2017. Last week, they fought fire with fire and protested Shao's fundraising event intended to kickoff his campaign for the Fremont City Council this fall. When the … Continue reading Upset Fremont teachers force school trustee to cancel his City Council kickoff event

Buffy Wicks again leads AD15 in fundraising as primary race heads toward stretch run

AD15 Democrat Buffy Wicks has $323,000for the final month of the primary campaign.CAMPAIGN FINANCE--ELECTION 2018--The fundraising juggernaut that is 15th Assembly District candidate Buffy Wicks shows no signs of abetting. Campaign finance reports released last Thursday show Wicks, a Democrat, raised $97,015 over the past four months. In addition, her campaign's $323,5765 in cash reserves … Continue reading Buffy Wicks again leads AD15 in fundraising as primary race heads toward stretch run

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee is running for mayor

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee'smayoral campaign already has $63,000 incontributions built over the past few years.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Backed by the city's burgeoning Asian American demographic and already stocked campaign cash reserves, San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee said Monday that he's running for mayor this fall.Although Lee's interest in the mayor's office had been … Continue reading San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee is running for mayor

Libby Schaaf is ‘all in’ for Loren Taylor, candidate hoping to unseat Desley Brooks

Oakland City Council candidate Loren TaylorOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Now that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has thrown down the gauntlet against Councilmember Desley Brooks, she's ready to back one of the candidates seeking to unseat the District 6 councilmember this November.The upstart campaign of Oakland non-profit leader Loren Taylor received Schaaf's endorsement Thursday. Taylor's campaign for … Continue reading Libby Schaaf is ‘all in’ for Loren Taylor, candidate hoping to unseat Desley Brooks

Libby Schaaf declares war on Desley Brooks

Going back to their days together on theOakland City Council, there has never beenmuch love lost between Desley Brooks andLibby Schaaf.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILTwo years ago, Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks railed against Mayor Libby Schaaf's apparent bureaucratic error that potentially risked the loss of $2 million in grants for job training programs primarily accessed by minorities. … Continue reading Libby Schaaf declares war on Desley Brooks

As embattled ALCO Sheriff Ahern runs unopposed, critics search for a write-in candidate

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahernat a town hall last summer in Haywardwhere he faced considerable criticism.ALAMEDA COUNTY SHERIFF--ELECTION 2018--Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern has long dismayed East Bay progressives because of his deference to ICE, his support of Urban Shield, and instances of abuse by his deputies, among many gripes.But despite being the target of … Continue reading As embattled ALCO Sheriff Ahern runs unopposed, critics search for a write-in candidate

O’Malley scrubs website of Sacramento DA’s endorsement after Price calls out similar fundraising conflicts

Civil right attorney Pamela Price is turningup the heat on Alameda County DistrictAttorney Nancy O'Malley in recent weeks.ALAMEDA COUNTY DA--ELECTION 2018--Last week ,the campaign for Alameda County District Attorney candidate Pamela Price attempted to highlight a link between incumbent Alameda County D.A. Nancy O'Malley and her counterpart in Sacramento, who is currently embroiled in the … Continue reading O’Malley scrubs website of Sacramento DA’s endorsement after Price calls out similar fundraising conflicts

Powerful progressive law firm plunks down $20,000 for Nancy O’Malley’s campaign

Including donations from attorney Joe Cotchettand his law firm, Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley raised $27,200 in the past eight days.ALAMEDA COUNTY DA--ELECTION 2018--The powerful Burlingame law firm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Facebook shareholder on Tuesday over the recent disclosure that the social media company failed to … Continue reading Powerful progressive law firm plunks down $20,000 for Nancy O’Malley’s campaign

Nancy O’Malley says she’ll return donations from Tri-Valley developer indicted on federal campaign finance charges

Alameda County District Attorney NancyO'Malley speaking at the San LeandroDemocratic Club in February.ALAMEDA COUNTY DA--ELECTION 2018--Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley says her re-election campaign will return contributions from a well-known Tri-Valley developer who was indicted last August for violating federal election campaign finance laws and, prior to that, was ordered to pay $650,000 in … Continue reading Nancy O’Malley says she’ll return donations from Tri-Valley developer indicted on federal campaign finance charges

Alameda push poll is dishing dirt on potential mayoral, council candidates, but not all of them

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--A push poll, suspected by many, to have originated from Alameda landlords' groups, is probing and testing potential attack lines against a lengthy list of potential progressive candidates for the city's mayoral and city council elections this fall. The existence of the poll portends for another heated political season coming to Alameda.It … Continue reading Alameda push poll is dishing dirt on potential mayoral, council candidates, but not all of them

John Knox White is running for Alameda City Council

John Knox White is the first to officiallyenter the race for Alameda City Council.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--John Knox White, a well-known city activist and former Alameda Planning Board member, is the first to officially declare their candidacy for this fall's likely contentious Alameda City Council election.“I love Alameda. For the past 16 years, I’ve raised … Continue reading John Knox White is running for Alameda City Council

East Bay’s June ballot is set; AD15 features 12 candidates; sheriff, 2 supervisors to run unopposed

Just a portion of the AD15 field during aforum in Oakland last January.ELECTION 2018Voters in the contentious 15th Assembly District will have to choose from a list of 11 Democrats and a lone Republican this June. The wide-open race in the top-two primary is destined to be another tight Dem-on-Dem affair, just as it was … Continue reading East Bay’s June ballot is set; AD15 features 12 candidates; sheriff, 2 supervisors to run unopposed

Price says O’Malley didn’t charge Fremont officers for killing 16-year-old because of $10,000 campaign donation

Oakland civil rights attorney Pamela Price,left, is challenging  Alameda County DANancy O'Malley in June.ALAMEDA COUNTY DA--ELECTION 2018--Pamela Price says Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley did not charge two Fremont police officers for the killing last year of an unarmed 16-year-old girl because the Fremont police union gave her a $10,000 campaign contribution last November. … Continue reading Price says O’Malley didn’t charge Fremont officers for killing 16-year-old because of $10,000 campaign donation

There’s going to be two Bontas on the ballot in Alameda next fall

Mialisa Bonta is the founder and CEO ofthe Oakland education non-profit LitLab.ALAMEDA--ELECTION 2018--Apparently, it's what political couples do for romance. Last Valentine's Day, Assemblymember Rob Bonta posted a photo on his Facebook page taken at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office. However, it wasn't Rob Bonta who was filing to run for office that … Continue reading There’s going to be two Bontas on the ballot in Alameda next fall

Democrats coalesce around single candidate to challenge Catharine Baker’s re-election

AD16 Assemblymember Catharine Bakerwill face Dem Rebecca Bauer-Kahan arethe only candidates in the June 5 primary.16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--ELECTION 2018--In some parts of the state where Democrats are hoping to upend Republican seat holders, aspiring candidates are running the risk of diluting their electoral strength by having too many candidates run in the Top Two primary. … Continue reading Democrats coalesce around single candidate to challenge Catharine Baker’s re-election