Ong Touts Poll Showing Large Lead In AD20; Endorsement From Green, Primary Rival

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20 | A new poll released last week shows optometrist Dr. Jennifer Ong gained a significant lead over former Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk in the 20th Assembly District race. Quirk, however, refutes the data.  The poll, compiled by Global Strategy Group, states that after hearing positive statements about both Ong and her opponent, the voters chose her by a significant … Continue reading Ong Touts Poll Showing Large Lead In AD20; Endorsement From Green, Primary Rival

Quirk’s Staid Approach Is Working; Can Ong Replicate Late Primary Success?

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20 | The race for the second open Assembly seat in the East Bay, the 20th District centered in Hayward, is quite a bit similar to its cousin in the 18th. Both Bill Quirk and Dr. Jennifer Ong are Democrats with similar liberal pedigrees and strong support among certain special interests groups within … Continue reading Quirk’s Staid Approach Is Working; Can Ong Replicate Late Primary Success?

Quirk Touts Internal Poll Showing Distance Between Him and Ong In AD20

Bill Quirk, Jennifer OngELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20 | Bill Quirk’s campaign for Assembly District 20 released internal polling results revealing a double-digit lead over fellow Democratic competitor, optometrist Jennifer Ong. The poll’s results showed Quirk with 43 percent and Ong with 30 percent. The poll, initiated by Godbe Research and paid for by the Quirk campaign, evaluated 602 likely voters … Continue reading Quirk Touts Internal Poll Showing Distance Between Him and Ong In AD20

Hayward Says Goodbye To Quirk, Henson; Adds Jones, Mendall Tonight

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Two of the Hayward City Council's longest tenured city council members will make room tonight for an infusion of new blood with the swearing-in of former City Manager Greg Jones and Planning Commissioner Al Mendall."We're losing our two geeks," joked Mayor Michael Sweeney."There's a lot of knowledge going out the door." Sweeney said the expertise of both … Continue reading Hayward Says Goodbye To Quirk, Henson; Adds Jones, Mendall Tonight

Quirk Hold Off Hard-Charging Ong Setting Up An Interesting Runoff In Assembly 20

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20 ANALYSISJune 6, 2012 | Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk won the California primary Tuesday night for the 20th Assembly District, setting up a match up in the fall with a candidate who managed to energize voters in an election that engendered little enthusiasm.Quirk won the primary with 30.20 percent of the vote. Dr. … Continue reading Quirk Hold Off Hard-Charging Ong Setting Up An Interesting Runoff In Assembly 20

Assembly Candidate Luis Reynoso Is The Reasonable Republican

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20//PROFILEMay 31, 2012 | As an 8-year-old boy Luis Reynoso watched in 1968 with conflicting feelings of awe and fear as authorities in Guadalajara beat back and bludgeoned students protesting in the streets. “There’s something wrong here. One group has guns, the other group doesn’t,” he recalls thinking. As he observed the violence from a … Continue reading Assembly Candidate Luis Reynoso Is The Reasonable Republican

Board Of Supervisors Interview District 2 Candidates As Steele Withdraws Name

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS//REPLACING LOCKYERMay 29, 2012 | And then there were four candidates remaining to replace former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer after her predecessor Gail Steele withdrew her name for consideration, according to County Administrator Susan Muranishi.No reason was given, but comments made by some board members in the past week more than hinted … Continue reading Board Of Supervisors Interview District 2 Candidates As Steele Withdraws Name

Outside Groups Have Spent Over $172,000 Recently To Get Ong In The Top Two

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20May 28, 2012 | While independent expenditure committees throw loads of vitriol against Joel Young in the nearby 18th Assembly District, others hoping to shape the race in the 20th District are sending lucrative love letters to Dr. Jennifer Ong in the form of hefty spending for her candidacy.Three special interests groups with ties to health care and specifically, … Continue reading Outside Groups Have Spent Over $172,000 Recently To Get Ong In The Top Two

Clever Campaigning, Shifty Shenanigans Mark The Stretch Run To June Primary

ELECTION '12May 28, 2012 | For politicians, these are not times for the faint of heart. In fact, the pressure is high, nerves are fraying and while some campaigns are deep into readying well-honed strategies, others are looking to gain every advantage possible as political equations shift and unforeseen developments arise and for others anything … Continue reading Clever Campaigning, Shifty Shenanigans Mark The Stretch Run To June Primary

Ong Mixes The American Dream With A Healthy Dose Of Pragmatism

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20//PROFILEMay 8, 2012 | Dr. Jennifer Ong is too nice to be a politician, yet that seems less an indictment of her and more about the loathsome occupation of an elected public official. Ong is petite and, dare say, breakable, with fine features and soulful eyes. The better to peer into her patient's pupils during eye … Continue reading Ong Mixes The American Dream With A Healthy Dose Of Pragmatism

Assemblyman’s Jump From GOP Highlights Pitfalls For Green In 20th District

ASSEMBLY 20Mar. 28, 2012 | Welcome to the Dark Side, Assemblyman Fletcher."From the moment Assemblymember Fletcher took office, he has consistently put the people of San Diego, and the people of California above partisan politics," said Assembly Speaker John Perez in welcoming the now-former member of the Republican Party. Fletcher is currently running for mayor … Continue reading Assemblyman’s Jump From GOP Highlights Pitfalls For Green In 20th District

Quirk, Green Taking It To The Streets In The 20th Assembly District

ASSEMBLY 20Mar. 19, 2012 | The best way to discern who the next representative for the 20th Assembly District may not come by way of the candidate who receives the most votes, but which one has worn the most rubber from the soles of their shoes.Inclement weather of late may be stymieing the candidate's ability … Continue reading Quirk, Green Taking It To The Streets In The 20th Assembly District

Hancock, Quirk, Stark Among Those Receiving Democratic Pre-Endorsements

Sen. Loni HancockELECTION 2012OAKLAND | Jan. 21, 2012 | With the state's new open primary season likely to pit Democrats against Democrat, the dog and pony show that is county endorsement selection process now looks a lot like an episode of "Family Feud."One big question in this brave new world of local party politics was … Continue reading Hancock, Quirk, Stark Among Those Receiving Democratic Pre-Endorsements

Republican Assembly Candidate Ends Bid For 20th District

Adnan ShahabASSEMBLY 20Jan. 20, 2012 | Adnan Shahab's second bid for the state assembly ended before it even started. The second amendment crusader and lone Republican in the race for the 20th assembly district  issued a statement Friday on his Web site announcing his intention to not pursue a run at Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi's termed-out seat."There is … Continue reading Republican Assembly Candidate Ends Bid For 20th District

Will 2012 be the year of the South Asian in the East Bay?

FIFTY+ONE blogJan. 13, 2012 | Two thousand twelve is barely two weeks old and I’m embarrassed to say my predictions for the top 10 story lines of the year may have excluded one major development.Will this be the year where Indian American candidates in the East Bay grab political power in one dramatic and possibly … Continue reading Will 2012 be the year of the South Asian in the East Bay?