Political tit-for-tat kicks off big intraparty East Bay State Senate race

State Sen. Loni Hancock, right, kept her wordWednesday when endorsing Sandre Swanson in SD9..STATE SENATE |9TH DISTRICT | When Loni Hancock, the current holder of the Ninth State Senate District seat, announced Wednesday she was endorsing Sandre Swanson to succeed her in 2016, it should have come as no surprise.The deal between the Oakland and … Continue reading Political tit-for-tat kicks off big intraparty East Bay State Senate race

UPDATE: Pete Stark’s college-age son is eyeing political office

Former Rep. Pete Stark in a graphic from 2011.CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Many in East Bay have long expected Pete Stark's young son will one day follow his father into the world of politics. Some even joke Fish Stark will one day avenge his father's loss to Rep. Eric Swalwell. That day, if it … Continue reading UPDATE: Pete Stark’s college-age son is eyeing political office

Haggerty Vows to Deliver Tri Valley Votes for Latest County Transportation Measure

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggertyopening the campaign Tuesday for Measure BB.ALAMEDA COUNTY | TRANSPORTATION | The loss of Measure B, the Alameda County transportation sales tax measure defeated two years ago by a razor’s edge, was a problematic electoral setback almost immediately after the last ballot was counted in November 2012. Many described the campaign … Continue reading Haggerty Vows to Deliver Tri Valley Votes for Latest County Transportation Measure

Why Eric Swalwell Voted with the Tea Party on a House Budget Amendment

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | On May 1, Rep. Eric Swalwell made a strategic vote in Congress. That day he and South Bay Rep. Zoe Lofgren, were the only members of the Bay Area Democratic caucus to vote for a Republican-led amendment to a budget bill that would have forbidden members from using their congressional … Continue reading Why Eric Swalwell Voted with the Tea Party on a House Budget Amendment

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

CA-15 June Primary Preview: An Even Greater Challenge

Eric Swalwell, Ellen Corbett, Hugh BussellCONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Two years ago, Eric Swalwell ended Pete Stark's four decades in Congress in one of the biggest political upsets in East Bay history. While Swalwell, a former Dublin city councilmember, was the benefactor of Stark's numerous missteps during the campaign, he also successfully positioned himself … Continue reading CA-15 June Primary Preview: An Even Greater Challenge

Wieckowski Releases Hard-Hitting Website Attacking Hayashi

Bob Wieckowski, Mary HayashiSTATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski is coming out punching. His campaign released a Web site this weekend dedicated to 10th State Senate District opponent Mary Hayashi’s three year old shoplifting incident. The campaign is not distancing itself from the site, named mugshotmary.com.The site features Hayashi’s infamous mug shot … Continue reading Wieckowski Releases Hard-Hitting Website Attacking Hayashi

Abel Guillen puts on his Running Shoes; Declares Run for Oakland District 2 Race

Abel Guillen, left, during a candidate's forum in 2012. Guillen announced Wednesday he's running for the Oakland City Council and with the endorsement of his former opponent Rob Bonta, right. PHOTO/Shane BondOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | DISTRICT 2 | Abel Guillen announced on Facebook today that he’s running for the open District 2 seat on the … Continue reading Abel Guillen puts on his Running Shoes; Declares Run for Oakland District 2 Race

Eric Swalwell’s Pay for Hire Problem

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Just after he was sworn into office in January 2013, East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell hired the daughter of a wealthy donor after she also contributed to his winning 2012 election campaign, records show. In all, the family of William "Bill" Watkins — who is the former CEO of Seagate … Continue reading Eric Swalwell’s Pay for Hire Problem

Paying Homeless People To Campaign For Their Own Criminalization

BERKELEY | The committee that backed a hotly contested ballot measure — known as the sit/lie ordinance, or Measure S — in last year's Berkeley elections is facing a fine from the city's ethics commission for failing to report more than fifty cash payments to campaign workers in violation of local election law. The campaign … Continue reading Paying Homeless People To Campaign For Their Own Criminalization

Bonta Declares Victory; Guillen Concedes Without Mentioning His Opponent

ASSEMBLY 18 | Assemblyman-elect Rob Bonta declared victory in the 18th Assembly District late Monday night. His opponent Abel Guillen conceded shortly after, but failed to acknowledge his opponent in a brief statement.“I first want to salute my opponent Abel Guillen for his public service and his forceful campaign,” Bonta said Monday night. “The results indicate … Continue reading Bonta Declares Victory; Guillen Concedes Without Mentioning His Opponent

Bonta Moves Election Night Soiree After Owner Refuses To Remove Guillen Signs

| ASSEMBLY 18 |Lukas Taproom & Lounge in Oakland is a nice place. The campaign for 18th Assembly candidate Rob Bonta liked it enough to book the downtown restaurant for its Election Night celebration tonight, except there was one problem. The owner is an avowed supporter of Abel Guillen, Bonta’s opponent for the open Assembly … Continue reading Bonta Moves Election Night Soiree After Owner Refuses To Remove Guillen Signs

Hello? Ellen Corbett Here. I Still Want To Be Congresswoman

ELECTION ‘14//CONGRESS 15 | The ballots haven’t even been counted. Hell, two-thirds of the voters haven’t thought twice about the Nov. 6 general election, but Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett is wasting no time at getting a leg up on the competition for the 15th congressional race in 2014.Two days ago, Pleasanton Weekly tardily reported … Continue reading Hello? Ellen Corbett Here. I Still Want To Be Congresswoman

A Young Hayward Product Tries To Revive City With Optimism And Smarts

ELECTION '12//HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL//PROFILE May 19, 2012 | The Hayward City Council forum started at 5:00 p.m last April 30 at a union hall located on a two block wasteland of shuttered buildings and twisted chain link fences on Mission Boulevard. Peter Bufete, the 22-year-old Hayward-bred political prodigy is 10 minutes late. He slams his … Continue reading A Young Hayward Product Tries To Revive City With Optimism And Smarts

Guillen Describes Previously Unknown Bisexuality As ‘Two Spirit’

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 18May 8, 2012 | Assembly candidate Abel Guillen said he dates both men and women and described his bisexuality as being "two spirit" after receiving advice in the 1990s from Native American tribal elders, according to the Bay Area Reporter."Bi doesn't define who I am," Guillen told the LGBT newspaper. "Two Spirit defines … Continue reading Guillen Describes Previously Unknown Bisexuality As ‘Two Spirit’