Alameda County judge disciplined for bullying demeanor

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch conducted himself in a "discourteous" manner and became embroiled during separate cases in 2015 and 2017, the California Commission on Judicial Performance ruled on Thursday. “Although Judge Roesch believed, based on faulty assumptions, that his intervention in each case was justified, it is the misguided manner in which … Continue reading Alameda County judge disciplined for bullying demeanor

Close Alameda County Superior Court race is likely headed toward a runoff

Attorneys Elena Condes and Mark Fickes appear likely to meet in a November runoff in the race to assume the judicial robe being left by retiring Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carol Brosnahan. Election returns Tuesday night show tight race between Condes and Fickes for first-place in the primary. However, neither a will achieve the … Continue reading Close Alameda County Superior Court race is likely headed toward a runoff

PREVIEW: Alameda County Superior Court judge

Meet the Candidates Mark Fickes is a trial attorney who has prosecuted civil rights, fraud, and whistleblower cases. He once served as deputy district attorney in Santa Clara County and was an attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Elena Condes is an attorney and community activist with the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association. She … Continue reading PREVIEW: Alameda County Superior Court judge

On the way out, Gov. Brown appoints two Alameda County Superior Court judges

In the waning days of Gov. Jerry Brown's political career, he announced 12 appointments to several superior courts across the state Wednesday, including 2 in Alameda County. Brown appointed Clifford T. Blakely, Jr., 48, to one Alameda County Superior Court post. Blakeley, a deputy in the county Public Defender's Office since 2014, replaces retiring Superior … Continue reading On the way out, Gov. Brown appoints two Alameda County Superior Court judges

Political patronage rekindled in Alameda County with well-timed retirements and unopposed incumbents this June

The status quo in Alameda County has beenaided by a concerted effort to perpetuatepolitical patronage and stymie insurgents.ALAMEDA COUNTY--ELECTION 2018--As the filing deadline for the June 5 primary passed last Friday evening, the Alameda County Auditor-Controller Steve Manning and Assessor Ron Thomson failed to complete their filings for re-election. Alameda County elected officials waiting until the last minute to … Continue reading Political patronage rekindled in Alameda County with well-timed retirements and unopposed incumbents this June

Fighting potential loss of committee chair, Desley Brooks unloads on her Oakland City Council colleagues

Oakland Councilmember Desley Brookseviscerated her council colleagues duringTuesday night's meeting.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILEven when Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks knocks down an iconic former Black Panther and potentially costs taxpayers $4.3 million in damages, she still won't back down.Brooks unleashed a vicious barrage of abuse against five Oakland councilmembers Tuesday night as a proposal that appeared intended … Continue reading Fighting potential loss of committee chair, Desley Brooks unloads on her Oakland City Council colleagues

Former Hayward school board member failed to respond to lawsuit resulting in $660,000 judgment against school district

Then-Hayward school board member JohnTaylor ran for the City Council in 2016.HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARDDuring the spring of 2016, then-Hayward school board member John Taylor was entering the stretch run of his ultimately ill-fated campaign for the City Council. But during a period when the Hayward school board was warring with each other over disciplining its … Continue reading Former Hayward school board member failed to respond to lawsuit resulting in $660,000 judgment against school district

Desley Brooks is naughty, jury finds; awards $3.5m to Black Panther icon for injuries

Oakland Councilmember Desley BrooksOAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Councilmember Desley Brooks is one of the most notoriously feared elected officials in the East Bay. Her reputation, though, is growing at the expense of Oakland taxpayers after an Alameda County Superior Court jury Thursday found Brooks assaulted former Black Panther icon Elaine Brown at a well-known downtown restaurant … Continue reading Desley Brooks is naughty, jury finds; awards $3.5m to Black Panther icon for injuries

SEIU files suit against Oakland for violation of City Charter

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland's largest public employees union filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court Tuesday alleging the City of Oakland is violating its City Charter with an over-reliance on part-time workers.Representatives for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 1021 contend Oakland administration is undermining full-time positions with less expensive temporary workers.“Just like the … Continue reading SEIU files suit against Oakland for violation of City Charter

Alameda County judge reverses registrar’s ruling on candidate statement

An Alameda County Superior Court judge isallowing a candidate for the same court to keep his candidate statement intact.SUPERIOR COURT |An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled last week that Scott Jackson, a candidate this fall for the same branch of the county judiciary, will be allowed to include a pivotal party endorsement in his candidate … Continue reading Alameda County judge reverses registrar’s ruling on candidate statement

EAST BAY’S TOP 10 MOST INTRIGUING RACES THIS NOVEMBER

ELECTION 2016 | This year is a presidential election and all eyes will be on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. However, when it comes to down ballot races in the East Bay, this is not the most electrifying local election, by any means. For instance, local campaign for Congress, the state Senate and the Assembly, … Continue reading EAST BAY’S TOP 10 MOST INTRIGUING RACES THIS NOVEMBER

Registrar nixes Superior Court hopeful’s endorsement from candidate statement

Alameda County Superior Court candidate is ina runoff in November against Barbara Thomas.ALCO SUPERIOR COURT |Alameda County Superior Court judicial candidate Scott Jackson wants to include a prized endorsement on his candidate statement. But, the Alameda County registrar is saying no.Jackson, who is facing Alameda attorney Barbara Thomas in a runoff for a seat on … Continue reading Registrar nixes Superior Court hopeful’s endorsement from candidate statement

Alameda County judicial candidate was Facebook friends with woman involved in Oakland police sex scandal

The campaign of Alameda County Superior Court candidate Scott Jackson took a hit Tuesday.ALAMEDA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT | Be careful who you befriend on social media, especially if you're running in a competitive three-person race for Alameda County Superior Court judge.Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Scott Jackson's Facebook page showed he was friends with Celeste Guap, … Continue reading Alameda County judicial candidate was Facebook friends with woman involved in Oakland police sex scandal

Judging Alameda County Superior Court candidates on their rhetoric

Judicial candidate Barbara ThomasALCO SUPERIOR COURT | JUDGE #1 |When San Mateo Deputy Mayor David Lim played a recording last week of a sobbing renter, landlords at the council meeting mocked her dire predicament. Lim, who is also an Alameda County deputy attorney running this June for a seat on the Alameda County Superior Court, … Continue reading Judging Alameda County Superior Court candidates on their rhetoric

When making endorsements, Swalwell forgets who’s running for Alameda County Superior Court judge

Rep. Eric Swalwell, center, claims he didn't know David Lim, left, and Scott Jackson, right,are in the same judicial race this June.SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE | A contested Superior Court judicial campaign in rare in Alameda County and three in one cycle is unheard of.This year, three candidates are seeking to replace Alameda County Superior Court Judge … Continue reading When making endorsements, Swalwell forgets who’s running for Alameda County Superior Court judge