Livermore’s Chris Pareja and Oakland’s Shake Anderson: Switched at Birth?

Just a minor correction needed. The League of Women Voters' site confused Chris Pareja with Oakland mayoral candidate Jason "Shake" Anderson. The mistake has since been corrected.ELECTION 2014 | Maybe Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski looks a little like the apple-chewing Saturday Night Live character, Mister Peepers, but how do you confuse a Mexican-Filipino American right-winger from … Continue reading Livermore’s Chris Pareja and Oakland’s Shake Anderson: Switched at Birth?

A Summer of Discontent in Oakland

Haggerty Slams Quan | Another Schaaf, Parker Connection | Talking Sh*t at Oro Loma | Siegel SingsWhen A’s co-owner Lew Wolff arrived at the Aug. 6 Coliseum Joint Powers Authority meeting approving the team's lease extension, one of the first people he saw was Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. Wolff then offered a hearty congratulatory embrace. … Continue reading A Summer of Discontent in Oakland

Plan Bay Area Detractors Object Once More As Approval Nears

Chris Pareja and opponents of Plan Bay Area at a rally in Oakland before Friday's MTC/ABAG hearing on Plan Bay Area. PHOTO/Steven TavaresPLAN BAY AREA | After three years and exactly 249 public meetings, a mash-up of regional  commission's may approve “Plan Bay Area” next month, one of the most long-ranging local planning strategies in generations. Except, … Continue reading Plan Bay Area Detractors Object Once More As Approval Nears

Conservative Opponents of Plan Bay Area Turn To Satire

TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT | Plan Bay Area is likely the biggest local controversy you've never heard about. The initiative led by four Bay Area government agencies aims to foster economic sustainability through conservation over the next few decades. However, it is the specifics of the plan for high-density housing around transit centers, among other issues, that has attracted vociferous opposition at numerous public meetings over the … Continue reading Conservative Opponents of Plan Bay Area Turn To Satire

Nowhere But Up For California Republicans

CAGOP CONVENTION | There’s not much left but up for the California Republican Party, as the state’s conservatives meet in Sacramento for their spring convention. With the party sitting quietly outside of every statewide office and sitting in the aftermath of three months of obscurity following the Democrats brief supermajority in the Legislature, the party is … Continue reading Nowhere But Up For California Republicans

2012 Year In Lists: East Bay’s Top 5 Up-And-Coming Politicians

1. Ro Khanna – To focus of Khanna initial fundraising splash of over $1.2 million in just a month does a disservice to potentially a once-in-a-generation political mind in the East Bay. The former Obama commerce department official has the connections to the beltway, Silicon Valley interests and the future of manufacturing in the U.S. … Continue reading 2012 Year In Lists: East Bay’s Top 5 Up-And-Coming Politicians

CD15 Preview: More Democrats In South County May Lead The Way For Stark

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15 The most distinguishing factor from the June 5 primary was easily its lack of voter participation, not only in Alameda County, but all over the Golden State. In fact, just 31.3 percent of registered voters bothered to cast their ballot. More shockingly, only 9.77 percent of voters were enthused by their local races … Continue reading CD15 Preview: More Democrats In South County May Lead The Way For Stark

Former Congressional Candidate, Chris Pareja, Makes His Return As Measure B1 Opponent

ELECTION '12//MEASURE B1 | Chris Pareja, the former congressional candidate who challenged both Pete Stark and Eric Swalwell in the primaries this year, has made his return in politics writing opposition to the county transportation parcel tax, Measure B1.The polite, all-smiles former candidate ran as an independent, although ideologically conservative, during the primaries capturing a little over 20 percent … Continue reading Former Congressional Candidate, Chris Pareja, Makes His Return As Measure B1 Opponent

Pareja’s Anti-Endorsement Of Swalwell

CONGRESS 15 | For Chris Pareja, it's better the devil you know than the devil you don't. The conservative-leaning former 15th Congressional District candidate, who impressed many with his strong primary performance June 5, says his former opponent, Eric Swalwell, "lacks ethics and maturity to represent the district," and urged his supporters not to vote for Swalwell in November."I … Continue reading Pareja’s Anti-Endorsement Of Swalwell

Stark Wins In CD15, But Poor Showing Sets Up A Divisive Race For Democrats

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15 ANALYSISJune 6, 2012 | Nothing dampers a mood better than a win somehow morphing into a Phyrric victory. It's exactly what happened to 40-year congressional vet, Rep. Pete Stark, in Tuesday's June primary. Stark labored to just under 42 percent of the electorate amid district and statewide apathy towards voting. Turnout may ultimately hover around … Continue reading Stark Wins In CD15, But Poor Showing Sets Up A Divisive Race For Democrats

Stark Needs To Turnout Party Faithful; Swalwell Must Manage Expectations

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15June 4, 2012 | Progressive Democrats in the 15th district can gripe about redistricting that may diminish the blue hue of southern Alameda County, but blame the Guvinator and former guv-lite Abel Maldonado for this monstrosity called the open primary system. The problem in CD15 was not a dearth of moderates, but the … Continue reading Stark Needs To Turnout Party Faithful; Swalwell Must Manage Expectations

An Internecine Fight Among East Bay Conservatives Over GOP Endorsing Outsiders

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20 NOTESMay 31, 2012 | Luis Reynoso, the lone GOP candidate in the race for the 20th Assembly District says the Republican Party should not endorse candidates outside of the party, even in races where none exist, like in the local 15th congressional race. “It’s a dangerous precedent,” said Reynoso. “What’s the point … Continue reading An Internecine Fight Among East Bay Conservatives Over GOP Endorsing Outsiders

Kucinich To Rally For Stark in Dublin This Weekend

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15 NOTESMay 31, 2012 | With just days before voters in the new 15th congressional district head to the polls, Rep. Pete Stark is attempting to churn out the progressive vote with help from one of the few members of the House possibly more liberal than he is.Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich is heading to … Continue reading Kucinich To Rally For Stark in Dublin This Weekend

Clever Campaigning, Shifty Shenanigans Mark The Stretch Run To June Primary

ELECTION '12May 28, 2012 | For politicians, these are not times for the faint of heart. In fact, the pressure is high, nerves are fraying and while some campaigns are deep into readying well-honed strategies, others are looking to gain every advantage possible as political equations shift and unforeseen developments arise and for others anything … Continue reading Clever Campaigning, Shifty Shenanigans Mark The Stretch Run To June Primary

Swalwell’s Second Place Strategy

ELECTION 2012//CONGRESS 15April 26, 2012 | In his last seven congressional races, Rep. Pete Stark has garnered over 70 percent of the vote in every case. His challenger Eric Swalwell is hoping to limit the 40-year congressman to a figure in the low-50s, according to a report on the Washington web site, Talking Points Memo.“This … Continue reading Swalwell’s Second Place Strategy