OAKLAND MAYOR PREVIEW: A Winner By A Nose

Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and Jean Quan with A's co-owner Lew Wolff last summer.MEET THE CANDIDATES This time four years ago, Jean Quan was viewed as the underdog to Don Perata. She erased a nine-point margin after the first round of the ranked choice voting race to upend the former State Senate pro tem. Mayor Quan … Continue reading OAKLAND MAYOR PREVIEW: A Winner By A Nose

GOP Chair: Some Oakland Republicans Leaning Toward ‘Lovely Libby’

OAKLAND | MAYOR | Oakland mayoral candidate Joe Tuman has courted the chair of the Alameda County Republican Party over the past year. So has Bryan Parker and Courtney Ruby. The game of political footsie with the city’s small number of conservatives is not surprising; since the trio tends to skew the furthest right on … Continue reading GOP Chair: Some Oakland Republicans Leaning Toward ‘Lovely Libby’

Perata ‘Breaks his Silence;’ Endorses Parker for Mayor

Former State Senate Pro Team is backing Port Commissioner Bryan Parker for Oakland mayor.OAKLAND | MAYOR | Former State Senate Pro Tem Don Perata says Oakland mayoral hopeful Bryan Parker has what it takes to get things done. With less than a week before Election Day, Perata announced Wednesday morning his endorsement of Parker for … Continue reading Perata ‘Breaks his Silence;’ Endorses Parker for Mayor

Tuman, Parker, Ruby Declare All For One And One For All in Oakland Mayor’s Race

Joe Tuman, Courtney Ruby and Bryan Parker at a press conference Thursday in front of City Hall saying each of their candidacies are outsider bids for the mayor's office next month. PHOTOS/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | The close second-tier of Oakland mayoral candidates, referring to themselves as outsiders, say the insiders, incidentally the trio leading … Continue reading Tuman, Parker, Ruby Declare All For One And One For All in Oakland Mayor’s Race

How Much Campaign Cash is Flowing From Outside Oakland? Don’t Bother. The Candidates Won’t Know

Oakland mayoral candidates at forum in May.OAKLAND | MAYOR | An excellent source for tracking the influence of money in Oakland’s mayoral race came online last month allowing voters to easily view the amount of campaign contributions each of the 15 candidates for mayor, along with where the money is flowing from in Oakland and … Continue reading How Much Campaign Cash is Flowing From Outside Oakland? Don’t Bother. The Candidates Won’t Know

From Kaplan to Ruby, Who is Running the Best Campaigns for Oakland Mayor?

Oakland mayoral candidate Dan Siegel is a progressive darling, but his message may not be resonating among all voters. However, even if unsuccessful, his campaign has brought change. PHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | In an interview last week, Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker reacted to polling that placed Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan as the frontrunner in the … Continue reading From Kaplan to Ruby, Who is Running the Best Campaigns for Oakland Mayor?

At Forum, Tuman Attacks Quan for Saying Her Youth Jobs Program Lowered Crime

The large field of Oakland mayoral candidates before the start of the #Oakmtg-sponsored forum Aug. 21 at City Hall. PHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | There were few fireworks during a two and a half hour Oakland mayoral candidates forum last Thursday hosted by the grassroots #Oakmtg Twitter hashtag group and even less new information on … Continue reading At Forum, Tuman Attacks Quan for Saying Her Youth Jobs Program Lowered Crime

Is Khanna’s Political Consultant Taking Him For A Ride?

Over a year ago, news reports and various pundits attached words like “epic” and “grudge match” to the 17th Congressional District race between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna. On the heels of Eric Swalwell’s intra-party upset of Pete Stark and a vastly superior campaign war chest, the early romance with Khanna appeared warranted. Then … Continue reading Is Khanna’s Political Consultant Taking Him For A Ride?

Oakland Mayoral Candidates Discuss the Election’s Defining Issue—Public Safety

A full house at Oakland's Temple Sinai Thursday night listened as nine of the city's mayoral candidates discuss a single issue--public safety. PHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | Public safety, the likely signature issue of this year's Oakland mayoral election, received its very own candidate's forum Thursday night. Nine of the expansive list of challengers to … Continue reading Oakland Mayoral Candidates Discuss the Election’s Defining Issue—Public Safety

The Case for Debates in the East Bay

Debates are like NASCAR for Political Nerds | Kuo: One-Trick Pony? | More Odd Candidates EmergeCHAPTER 6 | A few years back I was having a conversation with a veteran Sacramento political consultant over a contentious Assembly race in the East Bay between Rob Bonta and Abel Guillen. The consultant was flummoxed over the lack of … Continue reading The Case for Debates in the East Bay

Ruby’s Mayoral Bid Focuses on Getting Oakland Out of the Red

Courtney Ruby: Oakland's newestmayoral candidate.OAKLAND | MAYOR | Telling it like it is got Oakland City Auditor Courtney Ruby in trouble with two of the city's black council members. Despite protestation against her scathing audit last year alleging Desley Brooks and Larry Reid violated the City Charter and race-baiting comments lobbed towards her, the veracity … Continue reading Ruby’s Mayoral Bid Focuses on Getting Oakland Out of the Red

2013 Year-In-Review, Part I: The Fight Over Public Safety Erupts Over Bratton, Drones

PHOTO/Shane Bond2013 | YEAR-IN-REVIEW | The spoils of the 2012 election season were received from Congress to the State Legislature to city councils throughout the East Bay. Crime continues to be a problem in Oakland, along with how to quell the violence and the annual East Bay Citizen Year-in-Review begins with the New Year the … Continue reading 2013 Year-In-Review, Part I: The Fight Over Public Safety Erupts Over Bratton, Drones

Oakland Auditor Finds City Staff Received $23,000 In Gifts; Improperly Used Workers’ Comp Fund

Oakland City Auditor Courtney RubyOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Within a two-year period, 14 Oakland city managers and staffers received an estimated $23,000 in improper gifts from vendors associated with the city's workers' compensation program, said City Auditor Courtney Ruby in a blistering report released Tuesday. Ruby also reported the city’s worker compensation’s risk division overspent its … Continue reading Oakland Auditor Finds City Staff Received $23,000 In Gifts; Improperly Used Workers’ Comp Fund

Reid For Mayor? ‘If I Can Raise $400,000, I’m In The Race’

Larry Reid: awaiting a call from God or campaign donors?OAKLAND//MAYOR | Councilmember Larry Reid entered the Oakland City Council chambers last Thursday evening to a wave of cheers from supporters on hand early for a truly raucous, yet divisive night. Their exuberance was mixed with calls urging for a run for mayor next year by … Continue reading Reid For Mayor? ‘If I Can Raise $400,000, I’m In The Race’

Brooks Escapes Censure; Council Admonishes Itself For Past Interference

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks escaped censure Thursday night in a meeting filled with racial innuendo and a flood of support from members of her East Oakland district. However, the City Council voted to reprimand itself, excluding its three new members, for unspecified past conduct of interference laid out, in part, in an Alameda … Continue reading Brooks Escapes Censure; Council Admonishes Itself For Past Interference