Alameda firefighter featured in No on Prop. 53 commercial

ELECTION 2016 | An Alameda firefighter is featured in No on Proposition 53 ads soon to saturate the airwaves over the next three weeks.The proposition carried by Stockton businessman Dino Cortopassi would require voters to approve individual state public works projects costing more $2 billion before the revenue bonds can be issued.The proposition is opposed … Continue reading Alameda firefighter featured in No on Prop. 53 commercial

Did the State Democratic Party just show its hand in the All-Dem SD7 race?

The state party's financial support for Susan Bonillain the SD7 intraparty race may signal desperation.STATE SENTATE | DISTRICT 7 | Never before has the California Democratic Party open its wallet to defeat one of its own. But political familicide is now a precedent-setting strategy in the hotly-contested Seventh State Senate District race between Democrats Susan Bonilla … Continue reading Did the State Democratic Party just show its hand in the All-Dem SD7 race?

Parker: I’m the Only Oakland Mayoral Candidate Who Will Stop Another Occupy

Bryan Parker, right, with fellow Oakland mayoral candidate Courtney Ruby at a candidates forum in August, is marking the anniversary of Occupy Oakland, not the movement , but the raid on it three years ago. PHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | Bryan Parker’s campaign is celebrating the three year anniversary this month of the Occupy Oakland … Continue reading Parker: I’m the Only Oakland Mayoral Candidate Who Will Stop Another Occupy

Poll: Kaplan Building on Lead in Oakland Mayor’s Race, Brown ‘Bump’ for Schaaf

With less than three weeks until Election Day, a third consecutive polls predicts a comfortable lead for Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. PHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is maintaining a lead over Mayor Jean Quan and Councilmember Libby Schaaf, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The poll also finds Kaplan would beat … Continue reading Poll: Kaplan Building on Lead in Oakland Mayor’s Race, Brown ‘Bump’ for Schaaf

Oakland Minimum Wage Ordinance Stalls, Boosting Chances of Ballot Initiative

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | An Oakland ordinance that would have gradually increased the citywide minimum wage over the next three years failed Tuesday night while bolstering the likelihood a more liberal ballot measure hoping to raise it to $12.25 will succeed this November.The ordinance, offered by Council President Pat Kernighan, was similar to a proposal … Continue reading Oakland Minimum Wage Ordinance Stalls, Boosting Chances of Ballot Initiative

At First HUSD Forum Reynoso Discusses Affair While Other Candidates Remain Silent

ELECTION '12//HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD | Hayward Unified School District candidates gathered at the Skywest Golf Course last night for the first forum since board members, Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia, didn’t file for re-election after a salacious affair was exposed between the two sitting members. The scandal has left community leaders, local media and candidates … Continue reading At First HUSD Forum Reynoso Discusses Affair While Other Candidates Remain Silent

One Wind Turbine, Four Notices And One Day To Respond Has Residents Irate

SAN LEANDRO | The city’s zeal to attract green technology firms to San Leandro may be alienated a growing group of residents at the shoreline’s Heron Bay development upset over a proposed wind turbine rising in their backyards and the lack of notice given to them by city staff.Halus Power Systems, a firm specializing in refurbishing wind turbines and … Continue reading One Wind Turbine, Four Notices And One Day To Respond Has Residents Irate

Halliday, Zermeno, Jones, Mendall Win Hayward Council Seats; Henson Defeated

Halliday, Zermeno, Jones, MendallELECTION '12//HAYWARD CITY COUNCILJune 6, 2012 | Council members Barbara Halliday and Francisco Zermeno won re-election Tuesday night to the Hayward City Council. Former City Manager Greg Jones and planning commissioner Al Mendall also won seats on the council, while four-term incumbent Councilman Olden Henson's 18 years on the council comes to an … Continue reading Halliday, Zermeno, Jones, Mendall Win Hayward Council Seats; Henson Defeated

Swalwell Says Stark Is ‘Too Busy’ To Debate Him Later This Month

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15May 10, 2012 | Eric Swalwell's campaign said Wednesday Rep. Pete Stark declined an invitation from the chamber of commerces in Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore and San Ramon for a debate on May 21. Stark said he was "too busy," according to a press release put out by Swalwell, while finding the groups not "reputable."“The Tri-Valley … Continue reading Swalwell Says Stark Is ‘Too Busy’ To Debate Him Later This Month

Supe Miley In Pleasanton To Introduce Himself To Those Willing To Pay To Listen

Oct. 25, 2011 | Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley is making the rounds in Pleasanton like a grand dame at the debutante ball, but one Tri-Valley reporter took offense to a $45-per-person lunch address he is slated to give Wednesday at the Sheraton in Pleasanton.The speech is billed as a sort of introduction to his new … Continue reading Supe Miley In Pleasanton To Introduce Himself To Those Willing To Pay To Listen

San Leandro Approves Union Contracts Despite Cassidy’s Protest

COUNCIL, UNIONS DELIVER FIRST DEFEAT TO MAYOR-ELECTBy Steven TavaresDuring a combative, sometimes riveting, city council session Monday night, it was the union's who struck back after a long campaign season in which their service was often villified by candidates. The council approved, 5-0, two city employee contracts covering over 300 workers and containing no wage increases for a … Continue reading San Leandro Approves Union Contracts Despite Cassidy’s Protest

San Leandro City Manager’s Surprise Resignation

APPEARS COUNCIL SUPPORT IN CLOSED SESSION WAS QUICKLY WANING FOR HOLLISTERSteven TavaresS.L.City ManagerStephen Hollister resignsAs a wave of uncertainty continued to flow into San Leandro at rate unexpected only a month ago, Mayor Stephen Cassidy was sworn-in Monday night in council chambers. In past weeks, changes were already moving towards San Leandro. City Manager Stephen Hollister … Continue reading San Leandro City Manager’s Surprise Resignation

Ms. Mestas Goes to City Hall

Mo Wiley, Sara Mestas' musical alter-ego in a video for her single, "You Can't Touch It".How one candidate's rap identity is too provocative for San Leandro officials to Touch by Steven TavaresSara Mestas can't walk on water. She says she's no saint, but her rap persona Mo Wiley can. In a recent video for her … Continue reading Ms. Mestas Goes to City Hall