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

East Bay’s Top 10 Races to Watch in 2018

ELECTION 2018While legislative special elections in Southern California proliferate--mainly due to resignations that follow claim of sexual harassment--the level of interesting and competitive races in the East Bay is lacking something fierce. Several cities in Alameda County will decide whether to re-elect mayors, while other races will serve as referendums on respective first terms. Hayward … Continue reading East Bay’s Top 10 Races to Watch in 2018

EBC AGENDA | SEPT 15-21 | OAKLAND public bank; FREMONT rent review ordinance; HAYWARD shuttle study; KHANNA town hall

THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 15-21Without a doubt, affordable housing is the biggest issue facing the East Bay. Last week, the state legislature delivered some help to alleviate the crisis, but only time will tell if the wisdom of allowing developers a quick path to building more housing was ultimately pan out. The potential loss of … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | SEPT 15-21 | OAKLAND public bank; FREMONT rent review ordinance; HAYWARD shuttle study; KHANNA town hall

East Bay’s GOP Assemblymember Baker voted for cap-and-trade

Assemblymember Catharine Baker16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTTo get Governor Jerry Brown's cap-and-trade bill passed Monday night, it took help from Republicans to get it done, including the East Bay's Assemblymember Catharine Baker.Baker, the East Bay's lone Republican state lawmaker, was one of eight to support Assembly Bill 389. The legislation backed fiercely by Brown over the past week, … Continue reading East Bay’s GOP Assemblymember Baker voted for cap-and-trade

BONTA’S ASSEMBLY DISTRICT SLATE GETS BOUNCED BY BERNERS

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT ELECTIONS | Every odd year, California Democrats, almost entirely the insiders and party activists, choose 14 delegates per Assembly district to write and influence the party's platform. In most years, few vote and the exercise is often an avenue for local assemblymembers to flex their power and elect a slate of delegates of … Continue reading BONTA’S ASSEMBLY DISTRICT SLATE GETS BOUNCED BY BERNERS

PREVIEW: East Bay Berners look to upend state Assembly district elections

Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigning in California last fall.ASSEMBLY DISTRICT ELECTIONS |Hillary Clinton’s defeat last November revealed glaring cracks in the Democratic Party that might otherwise been glossed over if she had won the presidency. In many ways, the rise of Bernie Sanders and his populist message has reinvigorated the grassroots, even in the East Bay, where … Continue reading PREVIEW: East Bay Berners look to upend state Assembly district elections

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

EAST BAY ELECTION NIGHT STORYLINES TO WATCH

--CHANGING OF THE GUARD IN CA17?----Is this truly the end of Rep. Mike Honda's 16 years in Congress? Is the third time a charm for Ro Khanna, who lost congressional races in 2004 and 2014? The race will be tight and a winner might not be clearly known until a few days. More questions: If … Continue reading EAST BAY ELECTION NIGHT STORYLINES TO WATCH

ELECTION DAY IN THE EAST BAY FEARLESS FORECAST

We probably won't find out officially until the end of the week, but Ro Khanna will win CA-17.FEATURED TOSS UPS*ALL CAPS denotes incumbents.CA17 - Ro Khanna over MIKE HONDAAD16 - Cheryl Cook-Kallio over CATHARINE BAKERBERKELEY MAYOR - Jesse Arreguin over fieldFREMONT MAYOR - BILL HARRISON over Lily MeiHAYWARD SCHOOL - ANNETTE WALKER, Robert Carlson, LUIS REYNOSOBEST … Continue reading ELECTION DAY IN THE EAST BAY FEARLESS FORECAST

EBCampaign NOTEBOOK – 1 day from ELECTION DAY IN THE BAY

Latest attack ad charges Alameda's Tony Daysogwith pay-to-play.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL --- ANOTHER NASTY HIT --Assuredly somebody has it in for Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog. Over the weekend, a second scathing attack piece hit mailboxes. And like the first, no group has taken credit for the negative mailer. After linking Daysog to Donald Trump last week, … Continue reading EBCampaign NOTEBOOK – 1 day from ELECTION DAY IN THE BAY

EAST BAY CITIZEN PODCAST – ELECTION DAY IN THE EAST BAY PREVIEW

//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4812231/height/90/width/500/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/no-cache/true/render-playlist/no/custom-color/3a7ea9/EPISODE 28 | Election Day is upon us. Or, shall we say the last throes of democracy in America is near?Nevertheless, Bay Area News Group political reporter Matthew Artz joins the podcast for a special Election Day in the East Bay preview.We touch on the presidential election, California's U.S. Senate race and the suburban battle … Continue reading EAST BAY CITIZEN PODCAST – ELECTION DAY IN THE EAST BAY PREVIEW

EBCampaign NOTEBOOK – 2 days from ELECTION DAY IN THE BAY

16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT –-- PARTY TIME --As opposed to two years ago when special interests on both sides of the ledger spent ungodly sums of Independent Expenditure Committee money, this year’s 16th Assembly District race has shifted to the party apparatus—especially the California Democratic Party. As of Sunday, Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio has benefited from $2 … Continue reading EBCampaign NOTEBOOK – 2 days from ELECTION DAY IN THE BAY

EBCampaign: Swanson commits ‘political catfishing’; Khanna invited Hillary to his wedding; Cook-Kallio gets high on pot $$

12 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY | Sometimes the Internet is not what it seems. For some, the person one perceives on the other end of an online interaction is not who they are in real life. It's not uncommon for, say a man, to fall in love with a person online without ever seeing them … Continue reading EBCampaign: Swanson commits ‘political catfishing’; Khanna invited Hillary to his wedding; Cook-Kallio gets high on pot $$

Blockbuster endorsement: President Obama backs East Bay Assembly candidate Cheryl Cook-Kallio

President Obama endorsed just three Californialegislative candidates, including the East Bay'sCheryl Cook-Kallio in AD16.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | ELECTION 2016 |In a surprising, somewhat unprecedented move, President Barack Obama has endorsed 16th Assembly District Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio.The endorsement signals Assembly Democrats are throwing everything at their disposal to secure the two-thirds majority they desire next session. … Continue reading Blockbuster endorsement: President Obama backs East Bay Assembly candidate Cheryl Cook-Kallio

AD 16 PREVIEW: The Passive-Aggressive Assembly Race

Assemblymember Catharine Baker and former Pleasanton Councilmember Cheryl Cook-Kallio in the race to represent parts of Contra Costa County and the Tri Valley in the Assembly's 16th District.MEET THE CANDIDATES Assemblymember CATHARINE BAKER just sort of fell from the sky two years ago and gave the region's Republican Party a reason to thank their lucky stars. … Continue reading AD 16 PREVIEW: The Passive-Aggressive Assembly Race