Bonta and Wieckowski’s holiday wish: Let’s kick Trump’s ass!

Assemblymember Rob Bonta has used fiery rhetoric against President Trump in the past.ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County Democrats, led by Assemblymember Rob Bonta and State Sen. Bob Wieckowski, were in a festive holiday mood last week, except when it came to talk about President Donald Trump.Bonta and Wieckowski, speaking at last Wednesday's monthly Alameda County Democratic Central Committee meeting … Continue reading Bonta and Wieckowski’s holiday wish: Let’s kick Trump’s ass!

5 THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS

Assemblymember Bill Quirk needs asignature legislative achievement andhe needs it to happen soon.ELECTION 2018➤I think the burgeoning scandal in Sacramento with legislators meting out punishment in secret to colleagues accused of sexual harassment in the workplace is going to result in some special elections across the state next year. ➤I think if you have followed the … Continue reading 5 THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS

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

Form 460: East Bay’s semi-annual campaign finance reports

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS--MONEYBALL--It may be only August, but for federal, state and county races, the time for campaigns to raise money in advance of the June Primary is now. Based on mid-year campaign finance reports through June 30, several East Bay politicians were busy this year. Below are contributions, expenditure and ending cash on hand … Continue reading Form 460: East Bay’s semi-annual campaign finance reports

EAST BAY LEGISLATORS REACT TO GOV. BROWN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL

LEGISLATURE | BUDGET | Following Gov. Jerry Brown's fiscal budget proposal this week seeking to balance the first state budget deficit since 2012 with $1.6 billion in cuts, local East Bay state legislators and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors weighed-in:ASSEMBLYMEMBER ROB BONTA"The Governor’s budget takes a cautious view of the state’s revenue picture. While that … Continue reading EAST BAY LEGISLATORS REACT TO GOV. BROWN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL

G’day mate! Bonta, Wieckowski take another trip together

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski and Asm Rob BontaASSEMBLY | The East Bay's legislative odd couple--Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Fremont State Sen. Bob Wieckowski--have traveled the world together in recent years. The duo has hobnobbed twice together on the beaches of Maui for junkets paid for by special interests. And just last year the pair visited … Continue reading G’day mate! Bonta, Wieckowski take another trip together

CA17: GOP candidate says he’s backing Trump; interested in being his delegate

Silicon Valley GOP congressional candidateRon Cohen wants to make the South Bay great, again.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Seventeenth Congressional District Republican candidate Ron Cohen says he needs to differentiate himself from his opponents in the seven-person June primary headlined by Democrats Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna.Will coming out in support of Donald Trump do … Continue reading CA17: GOP candidate says he’s backing Trump; interested in being his delegate

CADEM NOTEBOOK: AD16 Dem Cook-Kallio gets a shout out from assembly speaker-elect

AD16 | Cheryl Cook-Kallio, the Democrat tasked with winning back the only red assembly district in the Bay Area, received some attention from Assembly speaker-elect Anthony Rendon.During his remarks before the California Democratic Party Convention’s general session Saturday, Rendon included Cook-Kallio, a former Pleasanton council member, in his list of importatnt races for Democrats to … Continue reading CADEM NOTEBOOK: AD16 Dem Cook-Kallio gets a shout out from assembly speaker-elect

Hawaiian adventure: East Bay lawmakers Wieckowski, Bonta frolic on the beach

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski and AssemblymemberRob Bonta both attended a special interests-paid junket in Hawaii.STATE LEGISLATURE | When visiting the Hawaiian Islands they say you’re always among family. It’s no different when the annual Hawaii junket, frequently derided by government ethics advocates, welcomes a mixture of California state legislators and powerful corporate interests to paradise.The special … Continue reading Hawaiian adventure: East Bay lawmakers Wieckowski, Bonta frolic on the beach

Endorsement phase for tossup East Bay State Senate race is in full gear

Former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner's campaignfor SD9 has support of a quarter of the State Senate.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | Less than nine months from a likely brutal June primary among three former state legislators in the East Bay’s Ninth District, the race still has Democrats choosing sides in the form of a rash of … Continue reading Endorsement phase for tossup East Bay State Senate race is in full gear

Another Wieckowski aide loses a winnable city council race

Wieckowski aide Tim Orozco lost his San JoseCity Council race Tuesday despite $232,000 insupport from the South Bay AFL-CIO.Orozco loses in San Jose; Fernandez failed in HaywardSTATE SENATE | DISTRICT 10 | Even with the pocket books of labor unions and big-name local endorsement, another of State Sen. Bob Wieckowski’s staff has failed in a … Continue reading Another Wieckowski aide loses a winnable city council race

Wieckowski proposes excise tax for excessive water use

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski at the Oro Loma Sanitary District waste water plant in April.Levying tax would be voluntary and fund conservation effortsSTATE SENATE | DISTRICT 10 | With California in the midst of a worsening drought, Fremont State Sen. Bob Wieckowski is proposing an excise tax to punish water wasters across the state.An urgency bill … Continue reading Wieckowski proposes excise tax for excessive water use

Tesla’s big announcement features the ‘Gigafactory’ Bob Wieckowski let getaway

State Sen. Bob WieckowskiSTATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | When Tesla, the Fremont-based electric automobile maker announced last fall it would build an enormous battery plant not in California, but in Nevada, it represented a stinging economic blow to the state, Gov. Jerry Brown and local officials like then-Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, who represents the area surrounding … Continue reading Tesla’s big announcement features the ‘Gigafactory’ Bob Wieckowski let getaway

Supervisor Nate Miley wants anti-vaxxers to have a choice

Alameda County supervisors approved a resolution favoring a controversial statesenate bill opposed by anti-vaxxers.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | If you squinted your eyes at Tuesday’s Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting, you just might have mistaken Supervisor Nate Miley for a libertarian from the Central Valley.Miley, who rarely shies away from a robust debate, opposed a … Continue reading Supervisor Nate Miley wants anti-vaxxers to have a choice

Bonta, Wieckowski said aloha to notorious special interests junket

Twenty-five state lawmakers, including Bontaand Wieckowski, attended the expense-paid junketin Maui last November.LEGISLATURE | Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta and East Bay State Sen. Bob Wieckowski both received a special interests-funded junket in Maui last November totaling around $2,000 each, according to statement of economic interest disclosures released Tuesday.The trip were paid by the Independent Voter … Continue reading Bonta, Wieckowski said aloha to notorious special interests junket