Dem-on-Dem 15th Assembly District Race Becomes Divisive After Intra-Party Mailer

This mailer sent by the Elizabeth Echols campaign using the chair of the Alameda County Central Committee's name may be driving a wedge within the party.ASSEMBLY | 15TH DISTRICT | This is exactly what Democratic Party activists feared with passage four years ago of a state constitutional amendment allowing open primaries. Ever since, in Alameda … Continue reading Dem-on-Dem 15th Assembly District Race Becomes Divisive After Intra-Party Mailer

‘Till Death Do You Cost Me My San Leandro City Council Race

SAN LEANDRO | CITY COUNCIL | Four years ago, there was chatter--maybe call it fear--among San Leandro’s political establishment about the rise of “newcomers” in the city seeking to gain power through its school board. First, there was school board member Mike Katz-Lacabe and then the election of Stephen Cassidy as mayor. However, Cassidy’s brand … Continue reading ‘Till Death Do You Cost Me My San Leandro City Council Race

FPPC Clears Alameda County Democratic Central Committee of Wrongdoing

ALAMEDA COUNTY | The California Fair Political Practices Commission, the government body that oversees campaign ethics, cleared the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee of violating the state's Political Reform Act.“After completing our investigation, we found insufficient evidence of a violation of the Act, and we are closing our file on this matter,” said a letter … Continue reading FPPC Clears Alameda County Democratic Central Committee of Wrongdoing

Husband and Wife May Run for Office in San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO  | They are well known to those who follow San Leandro politics and sometimes loathed by some of their outspoken activism. As San Leandro school board member Mike Katz-Lacabe seeks the open District 1 seat on the City Council, his outspoken partner, Margarita Lacabe took out nomination papers in July to run for … Continue reading Husband and Wife May Run for Office in San Leandro

Eric Swalwell Does His Best Dubya; Raises Terror Alert from Blue to Red

Wieckowski serves Peking Duck | Crazy, but Credible Allegation? | That Bonta Photo ShootCHAPTER 11 | Over a decade ago, the specter of terrorism again striking our shores was used to great effect by President George W. Bush. It kept Americans pliant to any and every whim of the Bush’s administration. Fear works. This week, … Continue reading Eric Swalwell Does His Best Dubya; Raises Terror Alert from Blue to Red

Inside The Mind Of Democrats: Fremont Mayor, Oakland, San Leandro City Councils

ELECTION '12//DEMOCRATS | The blessing of the local Democratic Party is an important tool for any campaign, not only for the seal of approval it bestows, but access to the party's purse strings and significant electoral amenities. This weekend, comments by various party committee members, made during the deliberations for a slew of Alameda County races provided telling insights … Continue reading Inside The Mind Of Democrats: Fremont Mayor, Oakland, San Leandro City Councils

As Valle, Hayashi Vied For Party’s Support, A Quiet, Unnoticed Political Ballet Ensued

ELECTION ‘12//DEMOCRATS | When it came time Saturday afternoon for the marquee event of the Alameda County Democratic Party’s nearly 10 hours endorsement meeting, there was a bit of buzz in the air as Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi strode into the small, stuffy office space in Hayward. Once she sat, back stone stiff, in front of … Continue reading As Valle, Hayashi Vied For Party’s Support, A Quiet, Unnoticed Political Ballet Ensued

Guess What? Hayashi Is The Front Runner For Alameda County Supervisor

ELECTION '12//ALCO DISTRICT 2 | Mary Hayashi is a fighter. So, it shouldn't be surprising the only East Bay politician who rivals Nadia Lockyer's huge negatives is the candidate for her seat most likely victorious this November. I know it's shocking and the last sentenced elicited a round of "fucks!" and knee jerk thoughts of moving … Continue reading Guess What? Hayashi Is The Front Runner For Alameda County Supervisor

Hayashi Is Trading Down With Bid For No Endorsement In Supervisors Race

ELECTION '12//ALCO SUPERVISOR DIST2 | Like a fair carny sweetening the deal for disinterested customers, Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi is trading down in her bid to gain the support of local Democrats as she gears up for potentially brutal campaign for Alameda County's District 2 supervisors seat.As reported two weeks ago, Hayashi was asking local politicians … Continue reading Hayashi Is Trading Down With Bid For No Endorsement In Supervisors Race

Swanson Places Progressive Backing On Bonta Over Guillen In 18th Assembly District

Bonta, SwansonELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 18 | A week that already included the all-important blessing of the California Democratic Party got even better for Rob Bonta Wednesday night as Assemblyman Sandre Swanson announced his endorsement of  the Alameda Vice Mayor in the 18th Assembly District.The pick by Swanson, one of the most progressive leaders in the Assembly, is … Continue reading Swanson Places Progressive Backing On Bonta Over Guillen In 18th Assembly District

State Democrats Endorse Bonta; Campaign Repositions Candidate To The Left

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 18 | Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta secured one of the biggest endorsements left to be had in the 18th Assembly District--the full backing of the California Democratic Party.Democratic party members Sunday afternoon tabbed the 40-year-old Bonta over Peralta Community College Trustee Abel Guillen, also a Democrat. Bonta beat Guillen by over six points in the June … Continue reading State Democrats Endorse Bonta; Campaign Repositions Candidate To The Left

Assembly Race Begins Battle For Oakland; City’s Hegemony Shows Down Ballot, Too

ASSEMBLY 18Mar. 19, 2012 | In the 18th Assembly District, the road to Sacramento and party preeminence runs exclusively through Oakland."As the largest city in the 18th Assembly District and home to over 64% of registered voters in the district, Oakland will play a pivotal role in the outcome of the election," says a press … Continue reading Assembly Race Begins Battle For Oakland; City’s Hegemony Shows Down Ballot, Too