Primary Questions: AD-20 Preview

Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Luis Reynoso and Jaime Patino.THE CANDIDATES Bill Quirk nearly lost two years ago despite strong support from the Democratic Party and labor unions. He beat Jennifer Ong by just over 900 votes, yet the close call failed to attract any Democrats to challenge his re-election. As an assemblyman and former Hayward council … Continue reading Primary Questions: AD-20 Preview

Celebrating Earth Day After Stuffing Your Wallet With Calpine Money

Swalwell tweeted this photo Tuesdayfrom Hayward's Eden Landing.HAYWARD | ENVIRONMENT | The Eden Landing ecological reserve on the Hayward shoreline is just miles south from the polluting Calpine Russell City Energy Center. During this primary season, Hayward mayoral candidates and Assemblymember Bill Quirk have been harangued by the deeply unpopular natural gas-fired power plant that … Continue reading Celebrating Earth Day After Stuffing Your Wallet With Calpine Money

Assemblyman says Hayward Power Plant Cited for Polluting Air is ‘Quite Healthy’

Hayward's Russell City Energy Center.ASSEMBLY | 20TH ASSEMBLY FORUM | Hayward residents are in the mood to question whether Calpine’s Russell City Energy Center was such a good idea, after all. At a candidate's forum for 20th Assembly District race, the issue dominated the nearly hour-long discussion. Assemblymember Bill Quirk’s consistent support of the plant … Continue reading Assemblyman says Hayward Power Plant Cited for Polluting Air is ‘Quite Healthy’

Quirk’s Ties To Calpine, Hayward Energy Plant Becomes Election Issue

AD20 candidates: Asm Bill Quirk, LuisReynoso, Jaime PatinoASSEMBLY | 20TH DISTRICT | Assemblymember Bill Quirk says his Republican opponent in the 20th Assembly District is a nice guy. Jaime Patino, the first-time office-seeker, says Quirk is a fine fellow, himself. Hayward school board member Luis Reynoso, who switched from Republican to no party preference will … Continue reading Quirk’s Ties To Calpine, Hayward Energy Plant Becomes Election Issue

Bechtel, Wellpoint, Calpine, Pro-Israeli PACs Fill Swalwell’s Campaign Coffers

CONGRESS 15 | Rep. Eric Swalwell’s coffers continue to swell with more Political Action Committees and special interest donors with big pockets contributing to his first swing at re-election next year. Thus far he attracted $237,000 in the second financial quarter of this year with $405,000 ending cash-on-hand.Swalwell’s growing war chest dwarfs his likely competitor, State Senate … Continue reading Bechtel, Wellpoint, Calpine, Pro-Israeli PACs Fill Swalwell’s Campaign Coffers

In Final Week, Assembly Race Gets Chippy As Quirk, Ong Trade Jabs

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20 | In recent weeks the 20th Assembly District 20 race took a turn toward negative when hit pieces against Bill Quick were delivered to mail boxes courtesy of Californians Allied for Patient Protection (CAPP), an independent expenditure committee, who have been adamant in support of his opponent, Dr. Jennifer Ong. The AD20 race has been clean for a majority … Continue reading In Final Week, Assembly Race Gets Chippy As Quirk, Ong Trade Jabs

Latest Fundraising Totals In Contested 15th District Race Show Battle of Special Interests

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15 | Campaign finance reports released this week continue to show a revealing trend in the contested intra-party race in the 15th Congressional District where large political action committees are funding the incumbent Rep. Pete Stark while high-dollar contributors with real estate interests are bankrolling the challenger Dublin Councilman Eric Swalwell.Finance reports released Tuesday by … Continue reading Latest Fundraising Totals In Contested 15th District Race Show Battle of Special Interests

Quirk Hold Off Hard-Charging Ong Setting Up An Interesting Runoff In Assembly 20

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20 ANALYSISJune 6, 2012 | Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk won the California primary Tuesday night for the 20th Assembly District, setting up a match up in the fall with a candidate who managed to energize voters in an election that engendered little enthusiasm.Quirk won the primary with 30.20 percent of the vote. Dr. … Continue reading Quirk Hold Off Hard-Charging Ong Setting Up An Interesting Runoff In Assembly 20

PAC For Hayward Chamber Takes Aim At Council Candidate That Stopped Walmart

ELECTION '12//HAYWARD CITY COUNCILMay 10, 2012 | Hayward voters were hit last week with two high profile mailers slamming city council candidate Al Mendall and his decision last month as planning commissioner to block Walmart from opening shop in the city. One full-page, glossy mailer blared in all caps, “Al Mendall didn’t listen to Hayward’s … Continue reading PAC For Hayward Chamber Takes Aim At Council Candidate That Stopped Walmart

Assembly Race In 20th District Increasingly Funded With Personal Finances

ASSEMBLY 20Feb. 4, 2012 | While monied interests flock to candidates in the 18th assembly district with open checkbooks, the flow of fundraising in the nearby 20th district is increasing becoming a race funded by personal finances.Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk reported nearly $135,000 in campaign fundraising, according to reports filed this week with the secretary of … Continue reading Assembly Race In 20th District Increasingly Funded With Personal Finances

Large Turnout for Quirk Assembly Kickoff Fundraiser in Hayward

ELECTION '12 | ASSEMBLY 20HAYWARD | Oct. 23, 2011 | Political campaigns, usually cash-starved in the early goings, typically provide fundraising guests with a light menu of appetizers, a simple cold cuts platter from Costco and maybe a watered down cocktail. Bill Quirk's kickoff fundraiser for state assembly last week featured none of that. Instead, the two-term … Continue reading Large Turnout for Quirk Assembly Kickoff Fundraiser in Hayward

Hayward’s Russell City Energy Center Moves Closer To Construction

CALPINE, GENERAL ELECTRIC OBTAIN $845 MILLION IN FINANCING FOR CONTROVERSIAL EAST BAY POWER PLANTBy Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.comFollow @eastbaycitizen on twitterThe student and leadership at Chabot College may not think much about Calpine's planned 619-megawatt power plant emerging out of the Hayward marshland and just a mile away from its campus, but the financiers of big business see great … Continue reading Hayward’s Russell City Energy Center Moves Closer To Construction

Corbett May Have Averted Potential Land Mine Set By Team Hayashi

STATE SENTAOR CANCELS CHABOT COLLEGE APPEARANCE LAST WEEK AFTER HEADS UP FROM PROFESSORBy Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.com@eastbaycitizen on twitterWithin most every controversy lies a common thread sometimes lead to wholly unexpected views of the same issue. The East Bay is steeped in layers and a slight provocation last week by Chabot College toward the proposed Russell City … Continue reading Corbett May Have Averted Potential Land Mine Set By Team Hayashi

Two East Bay Leaders Attempt To Saves Lives At Any Cost

CHABOT'S KINNAMON AND DISTRICT'S ROGERS ARE DOING THE RIGHT THINGBy Steven TavaresAt first glance, there is little commonality between San Leandro Hospital and Hayward’s proposed gas-fired, 600-megawatt Russell City Energy Center other than the causal effect of pollution from one eventually landing you in the other.What the neighboring conflicts share are the political courage of … Continue reading Two East Bay Leaders Attempt To Saves Lives At Any Cost

A Little Something for Your Troubles

You don't want a power plant on the outskirts of Hayward? Well, here's a package of goodies valued at $1.6 million for your troubles--courtesy of Calpine. The San Jose-based power producer announced a partnership Thursday related to the coming Russel City Energy Center near the Hayward Shoreline.Calpine says the deal includes 26 acres of shoreline "to remain undeveloped in … Continue reading A Little Something for Your Troubles