Gayle McLaughlin, East Bay candidate for guv lite, wants a millionaires’ tax

Lt. Guv candidate Gayle McLaughlin wouldraise taxes on the rich by one percent permillion dollars earned.ELECTION 2018Gayle McLaughlin already has a reputation as one of the most progressive elected officials in the East Bay so it's no surprise that her campaign for lieutenant governor is starting to sound familiar fans of Sen. Bernie Sanders. McLaughlin's … Continue reading Gayle McLaughlin, East Bay candidate for guv lite, wants a millionaires’ tax

Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles announces run for open 15th Assembly District

Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Becklessays her campaign for the 15th AssemblyDistrict will not accept corporate donations.15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTWith 15th District Assemblymember Tony Thurmond running for state superintendent next year, Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles is the first to officially announce a campaign to be his replacement in the Richmond, Berkeley, and Oakland Hills assembly seat.In a primary … Continue reading Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles announces run for open 15th Assembly District

Campaign Notes: State Senate 7th District Special Election

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | There are four mostly moderate Democrats running in a state senate district race with an electorate typically a tad left of center. That's just too much for the Alameda County Republican Party. On Friday, the local grandees decided against endorsing one of the candidates after the lone GOP challenger … Continue reading Campaign Notes: State Senate 7th District Special Election

AD15 Preview: A Powder Keg Waiting to be Lit by Special Interests

MEET THE CANDIDATES Elizabeth Echols has never held elected office, but she has experience at the federal level. She served at the helm of the west coast region of the  U.S. Small Business Administration, appointed by President Barack Obama. Echols, however, doesn’t have much of a toe hold locally, but she is viewed as the … Continue reading AD15 Preview: A Powder Keg Waiting to be Lit by Special Interests

Similar Values, Differing Backgrounds in the Assembly 15th District Race

Democratic candidates in the 15th District--Tony Thurmond and Elizabeth Echols.ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 15 | Elizabeth Echols, one of two Democrats running for the open 15th Assembly District seat this fall, has served under two presidencies. The other candidate, Tony Thurmond, has served as a city councilmember in Richmond and on the West Contra Costa County … Continue reading Similar Values, Differing Backgrounds in the Assembly 15th District Race

Preliminary Studies Find Corporate Sponsorship Lacking For New Raiders Stadium

OAKLAND COLISEUM AUTHORITY | Two preliminary studies — one by the City of Oakland and Alameda County, and one by the Oakland Raiders — say the feasibility of a new stadium in Oakland for the football team would be hampered by the East Bay’s lack of corporate support. The stadium project also falls short financially … Continue reading Preliminary Studies Find Corporate Sponsorship Lacking For New Raiders Stadium

Fearless Prediction: Khanna In A Cakewalk (Write It Down, Dude)

SUNDAY COLUMN | “Is Ro Khanna the new Barack Obama?” blared a headline this week from Bloomberg Businessweek that reverberated throughout the South Bay. Are you kidding me? Or, as college hoop loudmouth Dick Vitale might say if he gave a damn about congressional elections, “Are you seeeerious!”For Rep. Mike Honda, the holder the 17th Congressional District seat … Continue reading Fearless Prediction: Khanna In A Cakewalk (Write It Down, Dude)

Agencies Unaware Of Corroded Chevron Refinery Pipe Before Fire; Regulatory Staff Lacking In State Says Feds

RICHMOND//CHEVRON FIRE | Federal, state and local officials say they were not aware of corrosive pipes at the Richmond Chevron refinery until after a fire Aug. 6, 2012 engulfed a unit of the facility. A report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) last February found Chevron was aware of the faulty pipe pinpointed as the … Continue reading Agencies Unaware Of Corroded Chevron Refinery Pipe Before Fire; Regulatory Staff Lacking In State Says Feds

Hancock Emphasizes Education Legislation, Gun Control

STATE SENATE//LEGISLATIVE UPDATE | State Sen. Loni Hancock delivered a total of 19 bills these past two months with a clear emphasis on education. However, Hancock’s most famous bill dealt with firearms and was introduced with State Senator Darrel Steinberg last month.State Sen. Loni HancockThe firearms bill is complementary to assemblywoman and fellow Berkeley resident, Nancy Skinner’s … Continue reading Hancock Emphasizes Education Legislation, Gun Control