AD15: Heavy spending as primary race winds down

It's not only the assembly candidates emptying their pockets, but also Independent Expenditure Committees.

Buffy Wicks again leads AD15 in fundraising as primary race heads toward stretch run

AD15 Democrat Buffy Wicks has $323,000for the final month of the primary campaign.CAMPAIGN FINANCE--ELECTION 2018--The fundraising juggernaut that is 15th Assembly District candidate Buffy Wicks shows no signs of abetting. Campaign finance reports released last Thursday show Wicks, a Democrat, raised $97,015 over the past four months. In addition, her campaign's $323,5765 in cash reserves … Continue reading Buffy Wicks again leads AD15 in fundraising as primary race heads toward stretch run

Oakland police commission enabling ordinance moves along, despite city attorney’s opinion

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILAn opinion by the Oakland City Attorney's office that a voter-approved independent police commission did not have authority, under the City Charter, to hire or fire an inspector general for police investigations, roiled advocates of police transparency Tuesday night in the Oakland City Council chambersOakland voters overwhelmingly supported Measure LL in November 2016, … Continue reading Oakland police commission enabling ordinance moves along, despite city attorney’s opinion

Libby Schaaf: ‘Bay Area liberal standard-bearer’?

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was the subjectrecently of at least three profiles publishedby national publications.OAKLANDIn 2014, the New York Times proclaimed Oakland as "Brooklyn by the Bay." Former Mayor Jean Quan loved the New York Times' portrayal of the city as a burgeoning mecca for foodies so much that she seemingly couldn't go a single … Continue reading Libby Schaaf: ‘Bay Area liberal standard-bearer’?

Illustrative polling highlights East Bay assembly candidate’s evolving campaign strategy

Assembly candidate Buffy Wicks at a candidate forum last January in Albany.15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--ELECTION 2018--An extensive poll from the well-bankrolled upstart in the wide-open race for the 15th Assembly District shows a candidate unsure over how to present herself to voters with just over three months before the June primary.In the poll sent via email and … Continue reading Illustrative polling highlights East Bay assembly candidate’s evolving campaign strategy

AD15 candidate Buffy Wicks raised a whopping $500,000 in campaign contributions last year

AD15 candidate Buffy Wicks raised $209,000during the first half of the 2017.ELECTION 2018--15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--Buffy Wicks is again making her opponents in the 15th Assembly District green with envy.After bursting onto the scene last summer with an impressive one-month haul, Wicks says her campaign will file year-end campaign finance reports that include in excess of … Continue reading AD15 candidate Buffy Wicks raised a whopping $500,000 in campaign contributions last year

Assembly candidate Dan Kalb wants to bring back redevelopment agencies

Dan Kalb, standing, is one of nine Democratsrunning in the AD15 race this June.ELECTION 2018f--15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--Nearly seven years ago, the dissolution of redevelopment agencies in California significantly changed the ways local governments approved and built capital improvement projects. In turn, Gov. Jerry Brown's calculation also fomented a low-level rebellious streak in some East Bay cities … Continue reading Assembly candidate Dan Kalb wants to bring back redevelopment agencies

Oakland is preparing June ballot measure to replace diminished library parcel tax

Oakland voters overwhelmingly supportedMeasure Q in 2004, but the parcel tax hasstruggled to improve libraries in the city.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland's libraries have faced years of disheartening budget cuts, but a plan to place a library parcel tax at the ballot box next June is sowing doubts that it will do much to help increase funding and … Continue reading Oakland is preparing June ballot measure to replace diminished library parcel tax

2017 Year in East Bay Politics: With 2018 election cycle ahead, candidates made early moves

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSIt was not too early for a number of potential East Bay candidates to announce intentions to run next year, or, at least, begin to put out feelers. A number of statewide candidates from the region opened campaign accounts, including Richmond's Gayle McLaughlin (Lt. gov), Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (state superintendent), … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: With 2018 election cycle ahead, candidates made early moves

INSIDE THE EAST BAY: Kaplan pushes to keep her seat on Bay Area Air Quality board

◼Is Libby trying to give Kaplan the Schaaf?◼Fremont councilmember's flippant defense◼Assembly candidate could be risking union's wrath◼Ellen Corbett's curiously busy lately.Before Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan gained a seat on the nine-county Bay Area Air Quality Management District board (BAAQMD), the city had been without direct representation since the early 90s. The primary importance for East … Continue reading INSIDE THE EAST BAY: Kaplan pushes to keep her seat on Bay Area Air Quality board

How A’s, Dave Kaval choked on Peralta site still eludes many

The Peralta Community College Board ofTrustees delivered a strong blow last weekto the A's plan for a new ballpark near Laney College.OAKLANDIn the early 2000s, a young and talented Oakland Athletics ball club appeared on the cusp of clearing a long pesky obstacle by finally upending the New York Yankees in the playoffs. Up to 2-0 … Continue reading How A’s, Dave Kaval choked on Peralta site still eludes many

Assembly hopeful Ben Bartlett gets a boost from Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín

Berkeley Councilmember Ben Bartlett andMayor Jesse Arreguin.PHOTO/Bartlett for Assembly15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTJust a month into Berkeley Councilmember Ben Bartlett's campaign for the 15th Assembly District, he has gained one of its plum endorsements, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín.“California needs leaders with the vision, courage and experience to tackle the challenges facing our state. Ben Bartlett is the … Continue reading Assembly hopeful Ben Bartlett gets a boost from Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín

Wicks grabs everyone’s attention with big fundraising haul in 15th Assembly District race

15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTThe biggest political campaign in the East Bay next June is wasting little time revving up its fundraising engine. The race in the 15th Assembly District already appeared to many local politicos as a early toss-up and a litany of endorsements and already large campaign coffers is only bolstering this initial analysis.The seat … Continue reading Wicks grabs everyone’s attention with big fundraising haul in 15th Assembly District race

Schaaf offers ‘wholehearted’ endorsement of Assembly candidate Dan Kalb

Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb is oneof five declared candidates for the 15thAssembly District race next year.15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTIn 2014, Libby Schaaf's path to the Oakland mayor's office was famously paved by a pivotal endorsement from Gov. Jerry Brown. Next year, Schaaf hopes her imprimatur will have the same effect for Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb and … Continue reading Schaaf offers ‘wholehearted’ endorsement of Assembly candidate Dan Kalb

With patience and time running out, Oakland finds a way to approve $2.5bn two-year budget

Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen's motionallowed the city approve its two-year budgetjust under the wire before a Friday deadline.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILFor a budget battle in Oakland that resulted earlier in the week with an abrupt adjournment in response to civil disobedience, it didn’t take much to inflame what became another wild night inside the council’s chambers. … Continue reading With patience and time running out, Oakland finds a way to approve $2.5bn two-year budget