East Bay Insiders – Ep 29 – 2020 wrap-up, 2021 crystal ball

Annus Horribilis is behind us. Coronavirus, masks, hand sanitizer, defund the police, recession, George Floyd dominated a memorable, yet forgettable year. We also look ahead to 2021 and the changes that may happen in the new year. Enjoy the show and thank you for listening! Happy New Year to you and your family!

East Bay Insiders – Ep. 28 – Swalwell and the Fang Gang Christmas special

Rep. Eric Swalwell and Fang Fang, the Chinese spy who shagged him, is riveting the 15th Congressional District. What might be Swalwell's future? An Alameda County elected official won two races last month and one jurisdiction wants him and the other, not so much. Plus, the rise of the councilmember/public works employee. https://eastbaycitizenshow.libsyn.com/swalwell-and-the-fang-gang-christmas-special

East Bay Insiders – Ep. 27 – Election recap: Trash talk and infighting begins

The covid-19 election in the East Bay is in the books. There were some upsets and voters were clearly apprehensive about too much change during a year of uncertainty. But the election also revealed fissures within the local Alameda County Democratic Party as one of the own, although tacitly supported, took one on the cheek … Continue reading East Bay Insiders – Ep. 27 – Election recap: Trash talk and infighting begins

East Bay Insiders – Episode 25 – Remembering Charlie Gilcrest

Shortly after this episode was recorded, Eden Health District board director Charlie Gilcrest passed away. At the beginning and end of this episode, Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson remember the man who gave so much to San Leandro. Also, the fall election season is here. We take quick looks at races in Alameda and Fremont, … Continue reading East Bay Insiders – Episode 25 – Remembering Charlie Gilcrest

East Bay Insiders – Episode 24 – Raise your glass to freedom

Hamilton, baseball and politics, and another round of sneak peaks for the fall election season in the East Bay. In particular, two races that are big in both consequence and size-Oakland's up-for-grabs District 7 council seat and the four seats on the Hayward City Council, plus much more.  

East Bay Insiders – Episode 23 – Season 2: Time travelers

A new election. A new season of the East Bay Insiders. Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson travel from the future to fix a wrong that will occur on Sept. 20, 2020. Plus: November elections analysis of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors race, San Leandro City Council, Tri-Valley mayoral matchups, and "defunding the police."

East Bay Insiders – Episode 22 – Liberate the podcast

  East Bay Insiders Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson, wearing masks and social distancing, are together for the first in-person episode since the pandemic started. Two candidates in San Leandro might be showing how campaign outreach will be done this year. Should 16- and 17-year-olds be able to vote? Plus, A's rent strike.

East Bay Insiders – Episode 21 – Fantasy City Council League update

After Steve talked smack about his girlfriend during the shelter in place, she surprises him and talks smack back. Steve and Shawn add perspective to the shooting of a 33-year-old black man at Walmart by San Leandro Police. Meanwhile, how will Alameda County balance its $72 million deficit? And by popular demand, the results for … Continue reading East Bay Insiders – Episode 21 – Fantasy City Council League update

East Bay Insiders – Episode 20 – You down with PPE? Yeah, you know me!

Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie joins Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson discuss his profanity-laced comments against delaying the minimum wage in Alameda, and the island city's potentially grim budget outlook. And what about the time a constituent invited Jim to discuss city matters in her hot tub? Also, coronavirus conspiracy (Putin did it), and VP, local … Continue reading East Bay Insiders – Episode 20 – You down with PPE? Yeah, you know me!

East Bay Insiders – Episode 19 – Covid-15 minimum wage delay

The shelter in place continues. Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson, however, sort of like the new routine presented by the covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, they discuss the potential for delays in raising the minimum wage spreading across the East Bay. Happy Easter!

East Bay Insiders – Episode 18 – Shelter in place

After a nearly month-long hiatus as Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson help save Alameda County from the coronavirus, "We're baaaaaaaack!" Shawn moved in with his better half right in the smack of the shelter in place. Meanwhile, our lives, like yours, surrounds solely around stories about going to the grocery store. Then there's the question … Continue reading East Bay Insiders – Episode 18 – Shelter in place

East Bay Insiders – Episode 17 – Love songs and election returns after dark

The votes are in, but Alameda County voters and candidates eagerly awaiting all of the ballots to be counted. We look at the returns in all the March primary races in Alameda County. But things also got steamy and Shawn Wilson explained his battle back from backside surgery.

East Bay Insiders – Episode 16 – Election Day special with Rob Bonta

Eighteenth District Assemblymember Rob Bonta is upset about insults hurled against him recently by East Bay Insiders co-host Shawn Wilson. "I thought he was my friend," a downtrodden Bonta said. In this Election Day special podcast, Bonta discusses his California Green New Deal legislation, pedestrian safety in Alameda, and the recent firing of Oakland's police … Continue reading East Bay Insiders – Episode 16 – Election Day special with Rob Bonta

East Bay Insiders – Episode 15 – March primary preview

Co-host Shawn Wilson busted out of his hospital room to record the March Primary Election Preview. Despite hand and buttocks injuries, Shawn persisted (with help from pain killers). It's the loopiest episode yet. We look at the big Alameda County supervisors race in District 1, critique some mailers, and give our predictions.

East Bay Insiders – Episode 14 – The Winners, Part 2

An enlightened conversation with water district official Olivia Sanwong is interrupted by retiring Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty. "I've got news for you, nobody likes you guys," Haggerty said, in response to the show's tagline. But he also offers unvarnished takes on a number of issues. He even falls off his chair. (We thought he … Continue reading East Bay Insiders – Episode 14 – The Winners, Part 2