For Alameda County GOP, the new boss is same as the old boss

Sue Caro was reappointed last week as chair of theAlameda County Republican Party.ALAMEDA COUNTY REPUBLICANSA calming influence is returning to the moribund Alameda County Republican Party with the return of Sue Caro as chair of the local GOP. Caro, who ran a against Rep. Barbara Lee last November in the 13th District, served previously as … Continue reading For Alameda County GOP, the new boss is same as the old boss

Rob Bonta’s assembly challenger is a Donald Trump delegate

Republican Roseann Slonsky-Breault was nameda Trump delegate and is facing AssemblymemberRob Bonta in the June primary.ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT |Two years ago, Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta was opposed by a Republican who suggested an United Nations secret agenda was targeting the region's life and liberty.This year, Bonta is being challenged by Republican Roseann Slonsky-Breault, who … Continue reading Rob Bonta’s assembly challenger is a Donald Trump delegate

Best East Bay Political Quotes of 2014

2014 YEAR-IN-REVIEW | Over the past five years, the annual East Bay Citizen collection of the best political quotes have shown a distinct pattern in odd years--notably, non-election years. The most unique utterance often leans toward the absurd. Last year, for instance, the top quote was not blatantly political, but revealed, in stark relief, just … Continue reading Best East Bay Political Quotes of 2014

Bonta, Quirk Win Easy Re-Election To State Assembly

Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Bill Quirkwon easy re-election Tuesday night.ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 18/20 | What a difference two years makes. Rob Bonta and Bill Quirk each won election to the State Assembly in 2012 following two of the closest races in the region. This time around was far easier.Democratic Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta coasted to another … Continue reading Bonta, Quirk Win Easy Re-Election To State Assembly

DOWN BALLOT: Nov. 3, 2014, 1 Day Until Election Day

ALCO REGISTRAR Alameda County Registrar of Voters Tim Dupuis appears to have a great sense of drama. He said Monday the ranked-choice voting algorithm used to tabulate races in Oakland, San Leandro and Berkeley will only be used after all the ballots have been counted Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. As is custom, the … Continue reading DOWN BALLOT: Nov. 3, 2014, 1 Day Until Election Day

AD18 PREVIEW: GOP’s Sacrificial Lamb

Assemblymember Rob Bonta, left, defeated David Erlich by 70 percentage points in the June Primary. They meet again in November. PHOTO/Steven TavaresMEET THE CANDIDATES Rob Bonta won this seat two years ago by only more than a thousand votes. This time around his campaign has even bothered to put up campaign signs. That doesn’t imply … Continue reading AD18 PREVIEW: GOP’s Sacrificial Lamb

AD-18 Candidate Has Been In The Hospital Since Early October; Has No Insurance

David Erlich, a candidate for the 18th Assembly District next week has been in the hospital since Oct. 9 following emergency surgery for a perforated ulcer. PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 18 | Candidate David Erlich is hoping to serve residents in Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro in the state Assembly, and he’s hoping to get … Continue reading AD-18 Candidate Has Been In The Hospital Since Early October; Has No Insurance

GOP Assembly Candidate Says Oakland City Council Meetings Are Like a Zoo

Assembly candidate David Erlich, right, during a forum last May, referenced the Oakland City Council as a zoo at another forum Oct. 8 in Alameda. PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 18 | San Leandro Assembly candidate David Erlich is an electrician by trade, but sometime he brings a charge at the wrong time.During a candidates forum … Continue reading GOP Assembly Candidate Says Oakland City Council Meetings Are Like a Zoo

Despite Likely Landslide Result in AD-18, Candidates Debate in Earnest

Assembly candidate David Erlich speaks at a forum at the Mastick Center in Alameda while Assemblymember Rob Bonta looks on. PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 18 | During the June primary, Assemblymember Rob Bonta had the distinction of garnering a greater percentage of the vote in his race than any other candidate in the entire East … Continue reading Despite Likely Landslide Result in AD-18, Candidates Debate in Earnest

East Bay Assembly Matchups Set for the Fall Have Bipartisan Flavor

Catharine Baker in AD16 has the best shotamong East Bay Assembly Republicansin November. ASSEMBLY | Who says the state's jungle primary muscles out other political parties in November? Four of the five East Bay Assembly contests this fall will feature Democrats versus upstart Republicans.Oakland Assembymember Rob Bonta, a Democrat, will face a rematch against San Leandro … Continue reading East Bay Assembly Matchups Set for the Fall Have Bipartisan Flavor

Primary Questions: AD-18 Preview

Assemblymember Rob Bonta and David Erlich.THE CANDIDATES Two years ago, Democrat Rob Bonta participated in one of the most grueling races in the East Bay. He fought off two strong opponents to win the primary and then continued the hard-fought race into the fall before finally beating Abel Guillen. Bonta appeared battle-tested when he arrived … Continue reading Primary Questions: AD-18 Preview

Bonta, GOP Challenger Disagree Along Partisan Lines

Assemblymember Rob Bonta addresses a candidate's forum Tuesday evening in Alameda as challenger, David Erlich looks on. PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | Until Tuesday night, San Leandro electrician David Erlich had never taken center stage in a political forum or debate. He paced and gathered his thoughts in the back of the room at … Continue reading Bonta, GOP Challenger Disagree Along Partisan Lines

For His Re-Election Bid, Bonta Isn’t Taking Anything for Granted

Assemblymember Rob Bonta takes a moment to collect his thoughts at a candidate's forum Tuesday evening in Alameda. PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | During his 2012 campaign for the State Assembly, Rob Bonta often participated in a number of candidate’s forums on any given week. This time around, as he seeks re-election to the … Continue reading For His Re-Election Bid, Bonta Isn’t Taking Anything for Granted

A Phantom Menace Lurks on the Outskirts of True Blue Alameda County

AD18 Conspiracy Theory | Circumstantial Evidence in CA17 | Is Wieckowski a Master Debater?CHAPTER 10 | Last Friday, Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk became one of the first local elected officials to acknowledge the looming purpling of the East Bay and possibly the entire state. “We are getting more and more so-called New Democrats, moderate Democrats … Continue reading A Phantom Menace Lurks on the Outskirts of True Blue Alameda County

The Case for Candidates Avoiding The Bay Area News Group Editorial Board

Bonta's Fundraising Drive | Nobody Wants To Run For Mayor In San Leandro | Swalwell OK With His EthicsCHAPTER 7 | In the fall of 2012, San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola was gearing up for a likely winning re-election campaign against a relatively unknown and unremarkable member of the city's school board when he received … Continue reading The Case for Candidates Avoiding The Bay Area News Group Editorial Board