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

Why Can’t Tim Sbranti Learn the Art of Smeyesing?

Smeyesing--smiling with your eyes--is somethingTim Sbranti can't seem to do during this campaign.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | If you place 16th Assembly District candidate Tim Sbranti in the mayor’s seat during Dublin City Council meetings you will see a gregarious young politician running the hearing with the energy of a late night talk show host. … Continue reading Why Can’t Tim Sbranti Learn the Art of Smeyesing?

Corbett Now Trails Bussell by 323 Votes with Few Ballots Remaining

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Since Election Day nine days ago, State Sen. Ellen Corbett has narrowly trailed Hugh Bussell for the chance to face Rep. Eric Swalwell in November. Following an update from the Alameda County Registar of Voters Wednesday, the difference is now just 323 votes. The totals lowered the spread by more … Continue reading Corbett Now Trails Bussell by 323 Votes with Few Ballots Remaining

CA-15: Bussell Still Leads Corbett by 721 Votes for Second

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Hugh Bussell’s small lead over State Sen. Ellen Corbett for a spot in the November General Election against Rep. Eric Swalwell is holding firm. As of Monday morning, Bussell, a Republican from Livermore who spent just a few thousand dollars to win over 26 percent of the primary voters last … Continue reading CA-15: Bussell Still Leads Corbett by 721 Votes for Second

Swalwell Wins June Primary; Will Meet Unlikely Challenger in November

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Rep. Eric Swalwell nearly captured a majority of the June primary vote Tuesday night, but he won't be facing a fellow Democrat in the fall following one of the biggest surprises of the Election Night.Republican Hugh Bussell bested State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett by just 610 votes for second … Continue reading Swalwell Wins June Primary; Will Meet Unlikely Challenger in November

AD-16 June Primary Preview: A Proxy War Over BART Strikes

ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 16 | This year's race for the East Bay's 16th state Assembly District is all about a proposal to ban BART workers from striking and the resulting pushback from organized labor. Not surprisingly, the battle over BART strikes has attracted truckloads of special interest money to the race. Since March, the fight … Continue reading AD-16 June Primary Preview: A Proxy War Over BART Strikes

Sbranti Adds Another $100,000 from Labor; $485,000 total in Last 30 days

Tim SbrantiASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | In the last month, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti’s campaign for the 16th Assembly District has attracted independent expenditures of over $485,000, as of Tuesday. One of his challenger, Orinda Councilmember Steve Glazer, well-known for his strong stance against the BART strike last year, criticized the massive infusion of campaign … Continue reading Sbranti Adds Another $100,000 from Labor; $485,000 total in Last 30 days

Tony Daysog for Congress. No, Not in this District. The One Over There

Tony DaysogCAMPAIGN 2014 | CONGRESS | About a month ago, I received an email from Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog expressing interest in running for Congress. I was admittedly caught flat-footed by the email. Why would Daysog, a Democrat and two-time councilman in Alameda run against Rep. Barbara Lee, one of the most popular representatives in … Continue reading Tony Daysog for Congress. No, Not in this District. The One Over There

Moderate Democrats Vying for the 16th Assembly District Find Much in Common

ELECTION 2014 | ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |It wasn't too long ago that Contra Costa County’s wealthy 16th Assembly District was a pinkish shade of red. Termed out Assemblymember Joan Buchanan is credited for turning the Lamorinda district blue, but following an outspoken stance by one of the candidates hoping to replace her decrying the … Continue reading Moderate Democrats Vying for the 16th Assembly District Find Much in Common

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Preview, Jan. 21, 2014

Oakland City Council Preview1 Frank Ogawa PlazaTuesday, Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE]Twitter hashtag: #oakmtg >>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDPUBLIC SAFETY RADIO INTEROPERABILITY Last July, some council members asked for a side-by-side analysis of Oakland's current police and fire radio system versus the regional network favored by the rest of Alameda County … Continue reading The Skinny: Oakland City Council Preview, Jan. 21, 2014

Bay Area House Delegation gets Younger with Rep. George Miller’s Retirement

Rep. George Miller to retire this year.CONGRESS | The Bay Area's graying congressional caucus will get yet another shot of new energy with the retirement of Rep. George Miller following four decades in Washington. The announcement Monday morning was quickly followed by a list of potential candidates to fill Miller's Contra Costa County district. However, … Continue reading Bay Area House Delegation gets Younger with Rep. George Miller’s Retirement

Steve Glazer Showing he has Eyes on the Prize in 16th Assembly District Race

ELECTION 2014 | ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | Steve Glazer, the moderate Assembly candidate in the 16th District and best bud of Gov. Jerry Brown, should get credit for being aggressive in his early campaigning. Progressives may not appreciate the drum beat of his calls to ban BART workers from ever striking again, but it’s … Continue reading Steve Glazer Showing he has Eyes on the Prize in 16th Assembly District Race

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

Recall Effort Against East Bay Mayor Gains Steam

Hercules MayorEd Balico may facea recall campaign.HERCULES MAYOR, TWO COUNCILMEMBERS HOT SEAT OVER REMOVAL OF CITY MANAGERThere is talk of throwing the bums out in Hercules. Three of the five councilmembers, including the mayor and two who were just elected last November, are being targeted by a group of citizens in the East Bay city this week with … Continue reading Recall Effort Against East Bay Mayor Gains Steam