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

Costa-Hawkins repeal bill fails in committee; Bonta votes yes

Assemblymember Rob Bonta at a Housingand Development Committee hearing Thursday in Sacramento.18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTAssemblymember Rob Bonta, and throngs of rental housing advocates from Oakland, Alameda and across the state, were ready for a fight Thursday in favor of an Assembly bill that would have repealed a more than two decades-old state law that restricts rent control … Continue reading Costa-Hawkins repeal bill fails in committee; Bonta votes yes

Khanna floats Lee for U.S. Senate: A look at the political earthquake that would hit the East Bay

CONGRESSBefore Rep. Ro Khanna dropped fellow Alameda County Rep. Barbara Lee's name today as a possible progressive challenge to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who announced Monday that she is running for re-election next year, the idea of such a run was mostly the dreams of her uber progressive constituents in the East Bay.In fact, on several … Continue reading Khanna floats Lee for U.S. Senate: A look at the political earthquake that would hit the East Bay

Bonta urges Alameda to disqualify landlord referendum accused of violating election law

Assemblymember Rob Bonta18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTAssemblymember Rob Bonta wants the Alameda City Council to investigate and potentially disqualify a pending ballot referendum brought forth last month by local landlords after a raft of complaints that signature-gatherers intentionally misled residents.The landlords' petition seeks to overturn Alameda City Council's decision last month to add a just cause amendment … Continue reading Bonta urges Alameda to disqualify landlord referendum accused of violating election law

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

Bonta takes seat at the big table as state Dems take aim at Trump, bail reform

Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta previewedlegislation Monday to reform the state's bail systemand protect immigrants.ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT |The state is paying more than $4.5 million per day to jail suspects yet to be sentenced for crimes, many of who cannot afford bail. A forthcoming bill to be introduced by East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta will … Continue reading Bonta takes seat at the big table as state Dems take aim at Trump, bail reform

Rob Bonta’s assembly challenger is a Donald Trump delegate

Republican Roseann Slonsky-Breault was nameda Trump delegate and is facing AssemblymemberRob Bonta in the June primary.ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT |Two years ago, Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta was opposed by a Republican who suggested an United Nations secret agenda was targeting the region's life and liberty.This year, Bonta is being challenged by Republican Roseann Slonsky-Breault, who … Continue reading Rob Bonta’s assembly challenger is a Donald Trump delegate

Bonta bill calls for transparency between ICE and local cops over deportations

Assemblymember Rob Bonta unveiling legislationFriday in Oakland that supports undocumented immigrants. PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | Pedro Figueroa’s story is well-known in Latino communities throughout the Bay Area. In December 2014, the undocumented immigrant from El Salvador went into a San Francisco police station to report that his car was stolen. Police found a warrant for … Continue reading Bonta bill calls for transparency between ICE and local cops over deportations

Skinner’s internal polling touts across the board lead in State Senate District race

Current Ninth State Senate District candidates,clockwise, Nancy Skinner, Sandre Swanson, Katherine Welch, and Rich Kinney.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |Nancy Skinner's internal polling shows her campaign for the Ninth State Senate District would easily win the four-person June primary and also top her likely November opponent, Sandre Swanson.The poll, released by Skinner's camapign on Thursday, was … Continue reading Skinner’s internal polling touts across the board lead in State Senate District race

Republican East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker posts strong first-half fundraising numbers

Assemblymember Catharine BakerASSEMBLY | CAMPAIGN FINANCE | Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker raised more than $427,000 during the first half on this year. Baker, who is the lone local Republican member of the Legislature, nearly outpaced the rest of the East Bay Assembly caucus in campaign finance reports released by the Secretary of State’s office.Most view … Continue reading Republican East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker posts strong first-half fundraising numbers

Bonta: Proposed ‘Voter Empowerment Act will adversely affect CalSTRS, women

Assemblymember Rob BontaASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | A proposed statewide ballot measure that could severely undercut the stability of public employee pensions might also disproportionately affect women, says East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta.The initiative, currently called the Voter Empowerment Act of 2016, would allow voters in local jurisdictions to vote on various government employee benefits … Continue reading Bonta: Proposed ‘Voter Empowerment Act will adversely affect CalSTRS, women

Bonta’s bill placing regulations on medical cannabis dispensaries moves forward

Assemblymember Rob BontaMajor legislation moves to Appropriations in AugustASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | At the very least, East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta doesn't want you consuming medical cannabis loaded with mold and harmful pesticides. Bonta’s Assembly Bill 266 to straighten out the state’s long unregulated medical cannabis industry passed a pair of hurdles this week. … Continue reading Bonta’s bill placing regulations on medical cannabis dispensaries moves forward

Assembly speaker’s gravy train comes to Bonta’s 18th District

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | It’s doubtful many in the 18th District know Toni Atkins is the speaker of the State Assembly. For the uninitiated, ostensibly, she is Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s boss in the Legislature (of course, excluding his ultimate boss—us.)So, what do you do when the boss needs help from one of her most … Continue reading Assembly speaker’s gravy train comes to Bonta’s 18th District

Periodic rumors of Rep. Barbara Lee’s departure now focus on post in Cuba

If Rep. Barbara Lee's seat is open soon, RobBonta could be in first in line to replace her.CONGRESS | DISTRICT 13 | Every so often in the East Bay you hear chatter that Rep. Barbara Lee is pondering life outside of Congress. The San Francisco Chronicle's Matier & Ross pushed the periodic rumor in their … Continue reading Periodic rumors of Rep. Barbara Lee’s departure now focus on post in Cuba