Barbara Lee schools Betsy DeVos ‘This is horrible’

13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTThe enmity toward U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from Democrats and some conservatives, reached East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee, an elected official not known for public displays of irritation.During a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Tuesday that included education, Lee pressed DeVos on long-standing discrepancies on the rate of punishment for black and … Continue reading Barbara Lee schools Betsy DeVos ‘This is horrible’

There’s going to be two Bontas on the ballot in Alameda next fall

Mialisa Bonta is the founder and CEO ofthe Oakland education non-profit LitLab.ALAMEDA--ELECTION 2018--Apparently, it's what political couples do for romance. Last Valentine's Day, Assemblymember Rob Bonta posted a photo on his Facebook page taken at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office. However, it wasn't Rob Bonta who was filing to run for office that … Continue reading There’s going to be two Bontas on the ballot in Alameda next fall

Bonta wants to create blue-ribbon panel to study tuition-free college

Assemblymember Rob Bonta's bill would callfor a nine-member commission to propose aplan for tuition-free college by 2019.18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTMore than never, California colleges and universities are facing increasing demand from potential students and an education system that is buckling under the financial demand. East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta believes the solution is tuition-free college for … Continue reading Bonta wants to create blue-ribbon panel to study tuition-free college

As Hayward’s $25 million education grant winds down, future funding is uncertain

Hayward Councilmember Al Mendall suggestedthe future administrative costs for Hayward Promise Neighborhood was deliberately omitted.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |The Hayward Promise Neighborhood program, born out of a 5-year, $25 million federal grant to improve education outcomes in Hayward’s impoverished Jackson Triangle neighborhood, is due to run out this month.But the future of its programs and legacy appear … Continue reading As Hayward’s $25 million education grant winds down, future funding is uncertain

SD9: Democrat Katherine Welch wants to make the East Bay great again

SD9 Democratic candidate Katherine WelchSTATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 |If you were wondering how long it would take for elements of Donald Trump's brash anti-government campaign strategy to trickle down to the local level, take a look at the least known Democrat in the East Bay's Ninth State Senate District race.Earlier indications are Katherine Welch's … Continue reading SD9: Democrat Katherine Welch wants to make the East Bay great again

Nancy Skinner wary of newcomer’s ability to self-fund State Senate campaign

Nancy SkinnerSTATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | All things considered, Nancy Skinner should be feeling good about her chances next year in the East Bay's Ninth State Senate District. She has a considerable money advantage over fellow Democrat Sandre Swanson and some buzz beginning to build around her candidacy, at least among East Bay politicos … Continue reading Nancy Skinner wary of newcomer’s ability to self-fund State Senate campaign

In hotly-contested East Bay State Senate race, Schaaf endorses Skinner

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, left, endorsed Nancy Skinner over another Democrat, Sandre Swanson.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | Former East Bay Assemblymember Nancy Skinner received her highest-profile endorsement yet for the Ninth State Senate District.Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Monday she's is backing Skinner’s over another former Democratic Assemblymember Sandre Swanson. The endorsement could be a pivotal moment … Continue reading In hotly-contested East Bay State Senate race, Schaaf endorses Skinner

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show podcast with guest Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

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Alameda has the coolest school board member in the East Bay

Newly-appointed Alameda School Trustee Gray Harris.ALAMEDA SCHOOL BOARD | Alameda’s newest school board member is striking at first glance. With a set of evenly placed tattoos from her shoulders to her elbows and two-toned shocks of blond and copper hair, Gray Harris draws attention. During an interview at a Park Street coffee shop in September, … Continue reading Alameda has the coolest school board member in the East Bay

Ellen Corbett’s next step is improving education in Hayward

Hayward schools get a boost from the additionof Ellen Corbett.HAYWARD | Ellen Corbett's near future will be with the Hayward Unified School District. The termed out former State Senate majority leader accepted a position last week within the school district's administration.The announcement ends speculation as to what would be Corbett's next career move following her … Continue reading Ellen Corbett’s next step is improving education in Hayward

Similar Values, Differing Backgrounds in the Assembly 15th District Race

Democratic candidates in the 15th District--Tony Thurmond and Elizabeth Echols.ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 15 | Elizabeth Echols, one of two Democrats running for the open 15th Assembly District seat this fall, has served under two presidencies. The other candidate, Tony Thurmond, has served as a city councilmember in Richmond and on the West Contra Costa County … Continue reading Similar Values, Differing Backgrounds in the Assembly 15th District Race

Wieckowski’s Campaign Thinks Andrew Breitbart is Alive

Bob Wieckowski, Peter KuoSTATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | A day after Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski cruised to an eight-point win in the June primary, his campaign was already picking a fight with his November opponent, Peter Kuo, while erroneously raising from the dead a beloved conservative columnist.In a press release last week from Wieckowski’s campaign, … Continue reading Wieckowski’s Campaign Thinks Andrew Breitbart is Alive

East Bay Legislators Agree with Brown’s California Comeback Theme

Gov. Jerry Brown in San Leandro last year.PHOTO/Steven TavaresLEGISLATURE | Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address Wednesday morning highlighted California’s economic resurgence, while noted its future challenges. The early response from some East Bay members of the State Legislature echoed the governor’s sentiment.“I think he did a great job of two great things: celebrating … Continue reading East Bay Legislators Agree with Brown’s California Comeback Theme

Halliday Becomes Third Sitting Council Member To Run For Hayward Mayor

Hayward council members planning a run for mayor include, encircled, Mark Salinas, Francisco Zermeno and Barbara Halliday. Mayor Michael Sweeney, center, will not seek re-election, while Councilmember Al Mendall said last week he has no interest in running. ILLUSTRATION/Steven TavaresHAYWARD//MAYOR/2014 ELECTION | As opposed to her fellow council members who took very little time announcing … Continue reading Halliday Becomes Third Sitting Council Member To Run For Hayward Mayor

Kaplan Calls On Congress To Restore Head Start Funding

Rebecca KaplanOAKLAND | Calling on the feds to intervene on the local level is nothing new for Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. In the past, for instance, she has excoriated the federal government for looking askance while financial institutions like Goldman Sachs were left unscathed by their malfeasance. That indiscretion left cities like Oakland paying dearly … Continue reading Kaplan Calls On Congress To Restore Head Start Funding