Dublin official who voted against LGBT flag reconsiders his stance

A week after Dublin Councilmember Arun Goel appeared to embrace a slippery slope argument proffered by some residents against observing Pride month by raising the iconic rainbow flag at city hall, he now says he supports the proposal and urges for a reconsideration of the council vote next week. Goel wrote in a Facebook posting … Continue reading Dublin official who voted against LGBT flag reconsiders his stance

Emeryville to raise LGBTQ flag for itself, another for Dublin, as backlash begins

If Dublin city leaders won't recognize the LGBTQ community's steady effort for inclusiveness by raising the rainbow-striped LGBT Pride flag at their city hall, then Emeryville Councilmember John Bauters says his city will fly one for Emeryville on June 8, and another for Dublin. The Dublin City Council, last week voted down a proposal by … Continue reading Emeryville to raise LGBTQ flag for itself, another for Dublin, as backlash begins

Hands off our pole: Dublin City Council votes against flying Pride flag

With two Dublin councilmembers stating the Tri-Valley city is not a progressive city like San Francisco, description of the city's flag pole as sacred, and a litany of anti-LGBT comments from a number of residents, the Dublin City Council on Tuesday voted against a proposal to raise the rainbow Pride flag over the city next … Continue reading Hands off our pole: Dublin City Council votes against flying Pride flag

Dublin recall group sues Alameda County Registrar

Dublin residents who mounted recall efforts against two locally elected officials were illegally barred by the Alameda County Registar of Voters from reviewing fully a recall petition that narrowly failed to secure the required number of signatures to appear on the November election, according to a lawsuit filed Nov. 28 in Alameda County Superior Court. … Continue reading Dublin recall group sues Alameda County Registrar

Nancy O’Malley says she’ll return donations from Tri-Valley developer indicted on federal campaign finance charges

Alameda County District Attorney NancyO'Malley speaking at the San LeandroDemocratic Club in February.ALAMEDA COUNTY DA--ELECTION 2018--Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley says her re-election campaign will return contributions from a well-known Tri-Valley developer who was indicted last August for violating federal election campaign finance laws and, prior to that, was ordered to pay $650,000 in … Continue reading Nancy O’Malley says she’ll return donations from Tri-Valley developer indicted on federal campaign finance charges

Prominent Tri-Valley developer indicted for illegal campaign contributions to Swalwell

Eric Swalwell announcing his first run forCongress at a 2011 rally in Dublin.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTOn a rainy night in April 2012, during what would be former Rep. Pete Stark's final political campaign, the irascible 40-year congressman lashed out at his young opponent, then Dublin Councilmember Eric Swalwell, alleging he took bribes from a well-connected Tri-Valley developer. … Continue reading Prominent Tri-Valley developer indicted for illegal campaign contributions to Swalwell

Few Hayward elected officials support starting public discussion of sanctuary cities

Hayward Councilmember Elisa Marquezsays she supports becoming a sanctuary city.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILWhile many East Bay city councils have offered almost unanimous support for defying President Trump and his immigration policies, Hayward is a notable outlier. Even the politically moderate city of Dublin agendized a discussion on sanctuary cities last week before shooting it down.But in … Continue reading Few Hayward elected officials support starting public discussion of sanctuary cities

Fremont, Dublin with diverging opinions about sanctuary cities

Dublin Councilmember Abe Gupta offered likelythe most vociferous opposition to sanctuary cities of any official in Alameda County.SANCTUARY CITIESFremont became the sixth East Bay city to declare it a sanctuary city and become the fourth to do so this year. The spreading of sanctuary cities across the Alameda County has accelerated with President’s Trump’s heated rhetoric … Continue reading Fremont, Dublin with diverging opinions about sanctuary cities

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?

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

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

Eric Swalwell Recast As Santa Days After Voting Against Unemployment Benefits

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Since the first time most of heard of Eric Swalwell, a Dublin council member in his early 30s without a scent of achievement in government, he has received exorbitant amounts of positive press from the local corporate media. His ethical lapses, conversely, are totally ignored. The San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area … Continue reading Eric Swalwell Recast As Santa Days After Voting Against Unemployment Benefits

Swalwell’s Bipartisan Rhetoric Catches Up To Him With Government Shut Down

Rep. Eric Swalwell urging Republicans on the House floor in September to give up their "ideological wet dream" of railroading Obamacare.CONGRESS//15TH DISTRICT/ANALYSIS | House Representatives have a knack for placing themselves outside of the morass of Washington while maintaining membership in the same body. The talent is apparently easy to learn. After just a year in … Continue reading Swalwell’s Bipartisan Rhetoric Catches Up To Him With Government Shut Down

The Patch Mowed Over

SUNDAY COLUMN | Once upon a time a major media corporation believed hyperlocal was the key to journalism’s revival. AOL and then the Huffington Post put this belief in Patch. The idea was good, except Patch wasn’t hyperlocal, it was just local, in a Web site-only format. Although speaking of Patch in past tense may … Continue reading The Patch Mowed Over

The Real Eric Swalwell Revealed

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15 | On June 5, just hours after casting a vote for himself in the East Bay's 15th Congressional District primary against incumbent Congressman Pete Stark, Dublin City Councilman Eric Swalwell voted to approve a no-bid, monopoly contract to a local garbage company while members of that firm's upper management sat in attendance. … Continue reading The Real Eric Swalwell Revealed