Fremont mayor, vice mayor, admit to violating state campaign finance rules

The FPPC will decide this week if Fremont Mayor Lily Mei will pay a $1,406 fine forviolating campaign finance rules.FREMONT CITY COUNCILFremont Mayor Lily Mei violated state election law after failing to report almost $24,000 in late campaign expenditures during the hard fought 2016 election, according to the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Mei, who upset incumbent … Continue reading Fremont mayor, vice mayor, admit to violating state campaign finance rules

Alameda County Supes appoint treasurer-tax collector, but some question his integrity

Henry Levy will be sworn-in as Alameda County'snext treasurer-tax collector sometime in May.ALAMEDA COUNTYIn the end the unions got their man. Following an hour-long deliberation, highlighted by some contention, including questions about the applicant's integrity, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors appointed Henry Levy as treasurer-tax collector, replacing the retired Donald White. Levy, a long-time … Continue reading Alameda County Supes appoint treasurer-tax collector, but some question his integrity

Alameda County supes await labor union’s choice before appointing next treasurer-tax collector

ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County supervisors will wait another week before appointing a new treasurer-tax collector while the powerful Service Employees International Union Local 1021 decides which of the four candidates to endorse.The four candidates are former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, accountant Henry Levy, Castro Valley Unified School District assistant superintendent Dr. Candi Clark, and current assistant … Continue reading Alameda County supes await labor union’s choice before appointing next treasurer-tax collector

Former Fremont mayor is a candidate to be Alameda County’s next treasurer-tax collector

Former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison is one offive seeking to replace retiring long-time County Treasurer Donald White.ALAMEDA COUNTYAs Alameda County treasurer-tax collector Donald White is the name property owners loathed to write at tax time. But after White announced his retirement last year, his position became open for applicants across the East Bay.The treasurer-tax collector appointee will … Continue reading Former Fremont mayor is a candidate to be Alameda County’s next treasurer-tax collector

Fremont City Council gives itself a raise; mayor-elect rejects her own pay

FREMONT CITY COUNCIL | Fremont councilmembers will now earn $2,118 a month in salary, after approving an increase last week. In addition, the City Council approved bumping up the mayor's monthly pay to $3,764. But Mayor-elect Lily Mei said she might, instead, donate her salary to charity.Past council had agreed to revisit the issue of … Continue reading Fremont City Council gives itself a raise; mayor-elect rejects her own pay

Lily Mei is Fremont’s next mayor after upset over incumbent Bill Harrison

Fremont Councilmember Lily Mei registered oneof the biggest electoral upsets in the East Bay.FREMONT | MAYOR |ELECTION 2016 |Using a deft campaign to highlight growing unease over development and traffic, Councilmember Lily Mei is Fremont's next mayor. She becomes the city's first female mayor and the first Asian American to attain the office.Although some ballots … Continue reading Lily Mei is Fremont’s next mayor after upset over incumbent Bill Harrison

Lily Mei leads Fremont mayor’s race by nearly 1,200 votes over Bill Harrison

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison trails CouncilmemberLily Mei by 929 votes.FREMONT | MAYOR |ELECTION 2016 |With thousands of ballot still uncounted as of Friday morning, the Fremont mayor's race remains too close to call with Councilmember Lily Mei maintaining a 1,172 vote advantage over incumbent Mayor Bill Harrison.The Alameda County Registrar's office updated its results Friday … Continue reading Lily Mei leads Fremont mayor’s race by nearly 1,200 votes over Bill Harrison

FREMONT MAYOR PREVIEW: Councilmember mounts a mayoral challenge to the status quo

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison is facing a challenge from first-term Councilmember Lily Mei.MEET THE CANDIDATESFremont Mayor BILL HARRISON was elected four years ago in a tough three-way race with Republican Steve Cho and his then-City Council colleague Anu Natarajan. The choices fractured the electorate in three-ways with Harrison coming out on top. Economic growth over … Continue reading FREMONT MAYOR PREVIEW: Councilmember mounts a mayoral challenge to the status quo

EBCampaign: GLAZER’s anti-union schtick spreads; ALAMEDA renters’ group needs cash; HONDA’s first ad

32 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |State Sen. Steve Glazer's anti-BART strike rhetoric has created a cottage industry in the moderate to conservative Outer East Bay. Nevermind that the issue is more than two years in the rearview mirror and a new contract extension was signed last spring. But like-minded Glazerites running for office in bordering … Continue reading EBCampaign: GLAZER’s anti-union schtick spreads; ALAMEDA renters’ group needs cash; HONDA’s first ad

EBCampaign: Did FREMONT’S MAYOR get left hanging? ALAMEDA COUNTY DEMS slam grand jury for racial bias

42 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |Fremont's City Hall chambers--not really much of a hall, really, nor a chambers--was packed Friday night to hear from mayoral candidates Mayor Bill Harrison and Vice Mayor Lily Mei. Growth, whether smart, dumb, or ravenous, is definitely on the minds of Fremonters this November. When Harrison, a first-term mayor, said … Continue reading EBCampaign: Did FREMONT’S MAYOR get left hanging? ALAMEDA COUNTY DEMS slam grand jury for racial bias

Honda receives support from four local mayors, including Fremont’s Harrison

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Mike Honda rolled out a list of four South Bay mayors Monday pledging support for his campaign in next year’s intraparty rematch with Ro Khanna in the Seventeenth Congressional District.The endorsements cover cities representing a sizable portion of the South Bay and Alameda County congressional district. They include Fremont … Continue reading Honda receives support from four local mayors, including Fremont’s Harrison

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with guest Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison

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P.M. BRIEFING 5.12.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison and Ronald McDonaldLOCKYERS | Former California state treasurer and wife who hit the headlines over her 'meth-fueled affair with man she met in rehab' announce they are expecting a baby (UK Daily Mail) Basically sums up the last five years of this political soap operaLEGISLATURE | California special interests spent $48.5 … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING 5.12.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

Crystal Ball: East Bay’s Top Political Headlines For 2014

2014 YEAR-IN-PREVIEW | The East Bay Citizen's crystal ball found many odd, yet plausible headlines awaiting us in 2014. Here are a few gleaned from the near future:Rep. Eric Swalwell, touting new technologies, uses his World of Warcraft avatar to address the Hayward City Council.Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Appoints Chris Miley To Be His … Continue reading Crystal Ball: East Bay’s Top Political Headlines For 2014

Grip And Grins, Big Splashes, Two Old Guys Playing Ping Pong

Michael Dukakis in 1988.PHOTO-OPS | Michael Dukakis, standing in an Abrams tank with a combat helmet seemingly too big for his head, stands as the low point of all political photo ops. Despite the infamy of the photo taken during the 1988 presidential campaign, it is clear some politicians in the East Bay never learn.In … Continue reading Grip And Grins, Big Splashes, Two Old Guys Playing Ping Pong