Kate Harrison wins Berkeley City Council special election

Kate Harrison leads Ben Gould by more than500 votes in Tuesday's special election.BERKELEY CITY COUNCILKate Harrison is cruising to victory in Tuesday night’s special election for the open Berkeley City Council District 4 seat.Early results from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Tuesday night show Harrison leading Ben Gould by a 550-vote margin.The seat was … Continue reading Kate Harrison wins Berkeley City Council special election

EAST BAY ELECTION RESULTS (Final-Certified)

REGISTRATION/TURNOUTAlameda County............................VOTES....PCTPRECINCTS REPORTING 100%Total Registration......................833,803Vote-By-Mail Ballots Cast...............263,684  31.63%Election Day Ballots Cast...............147,663  17.71%Total Ballots Cast......................411,347  49.33%*-incumbent**-race crosses over two counties. PRESIDENTDemocratic - Alameda County...............VOTES....PCTPRECINCTS REPORTING 100%Hillary Clinton (D)......................164889  51.27%Bernie Sanders(D)........................153955  47.87%Republican - Alameda County...............VOTES....PCTPRECINCTS REPORTING 100%Donald Trump (R)......................... 29097  62.84%John Kasich (R)..........................  7614  16.44%Ted Cruz (R).............................  4807  10.38%Write-in.................................  2256   4.87%Ben Carson (R)...........................  1973   4.26%Jim … Continue reading EAST BAY ELECTION RESULTS (Final-Certified)

NARUM WINS SHORT-TERM SEAT ON PLEASANTON CITY COUNCIL

PLEASANTON//SPECIAL ELECTION | Kathy Narum, a commissioner on the Pleasanton Planning Commission has won a seat on its City Council Tuesday night, according to unofficial final results from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.Narum led the four-person vote-by-mail election with 39.58 percent of the 11,812 ballots cast over the past month. David Miller, regarded as the … Continue reading NARUM WINS SHORT-TERM SEAT ON PLEASANTON CITY COUNCIL

Alameda’s War On Campaign Fundraising Returns To Potentially Impact Assembly Race

ELECTION 2012//ASSEMBLY 18//ALAMEDAApril 27, 2012 | An old hornet's nest may be stirring in Alameda that caused a still-churning debate stemming from the a two-year-old dispute over campaign finance limits and fundraising from outside political interests. This time around it may become an issue for one of the candidate's in this year's assembly race in the 18th district.Alameda Councilman … Continue reading Alameda’s War On Campaign Fundraising Returns To Potentially Impact Assembly Race

Former San Leandro Mayor, RCV Rival Speaks Before Assembly Committee

The former mayor of San Leandro's took his quixotic transformation from supporter of ranked-choice voting to fervent opponent of the little-used election system to the state capitol last week.The Tony Santos' Traveling Road Show testified before the State Assembly Elections Oversight Committee Aug. 23 to rebut claims by special interests advocates on the success of ranked-choice voting used for the first time last year … Continue reading Former San Leandro Mayor, RCV Rival Speaks Before Assembly Committee

Could Prola Be Snubbed Again For Vice Mayor?

SAN LEANDRO COULD NAME A NEW VICE MAYOR TO REPLACE REEDBy Steven TavaresOnce upon a time the appointment of a new vice mayor was often about who’s turn is it next? A year ago, the election of Ursula Reed was steeped in campaign backstabbing. Former mayor Tony Santos vowed to block the re-appointment of his … Continue reading Could Prola Be Snubbed Again For Vice Mayor?

Cassidy’s Inner Circle Asks To See City Employee Emails To The Citizen

EXCLUSIVE!IS SAN LEANDRO'S MAYOR TRYING TO SILENCE CRITICS; POTENTIAL WHISTLE-BLOWERS?By Steven TavaresA member of the San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy’s inner circle has made two requests in the past three weeks to retrieve emails sent by city employees to and from the East Bay Citizen, according to numerous sources at City Hall.Magarita Lacabe, the wife … Continue reading Cassidy’s Inner Circle Asks To See City Employee Emails To The Citizen

Santos Seeks Hawaiian Punchout Of Ranked Choice Voting

SAN LEANDRO MAYOR IS WORKING WITH HONOLULU CITY COUNCIL TO THWART RCV ON THE ISLANDBy Steven TavaresFor whatever it means, there is a common refrain among opponents of ranked-choice voting across the country. Most like former San Leandro mayor Tony Santos were for it before they were against it and paid the price.Santos lost last … Continue reading Santos Seeks Hawaiian Punchout Of Ranked Choice Voting

EBMUD Director To Former Opponent: You Ain’t A Ute!

UPDATEMELLON PROTESTS BOARD OF SUPERVISOR APPOINTMENT TO CASTRO VALLEY MACBy Steven TavaresThe recently re-elected board member for the East Bay Municipal Utility District is protesting the appointment of his election opponent to Castro Valley’s quasi-governmental advisory committee.Questions over Matt Turner'sresume holds up pick forCastro Valley MAC.Frank Mellon easily beat Matt Turner last November with nearly two-thirds supports, … Continue reading EBMUD Director To Former Opponent: You Ain’t A Ute!

Santos Claims Victory As Colorado City Turns Away RCV

DEFEATED BY RANKED-CHOICE VOTING, HE'S NOW LEADING THE CHARGE TO STOP IT FROM SPREADINGBy Steven TavaresTony Santos is finally victorious. No, a bundle of ballots were not found at the Marina. But the former San Leandro mayor who was upset by Stephen Cassidy last November during the city’s first-ever use of ranked-choice voting and now waging a campaign to … Continue reading Santos Claims Victory As Colorado City Turns Away RCV

Lockyer Appointee Once Filed Lawsuit Against Election Opponent

HAYWARD LAWYER AND INSIDER HAS LONG CONNECTIONS TO LOCKYERSBy Steven Tavares A Hayward attorney who filed a lawsuit last March against former supervisorial candidate Liz Figueroa alleging an incorrect ballot designation was appointed Tuesday by Supervisor Nadia Lockyer to the Alameda County Consumer Affairs Commission.Consumer affairs attorney Suizi Lin’s appointment was approved within the consent … Continue reading Lockyer Appointee Once Filed Lawsuit Against Election Opponent

A Thin Line Between Council And Candidate

FORMER MAYORAL CANDIDATE MAY RE-EMERGE IN 2012 COUNCIL RACELast week, Councilwoman Joyce Starosciak held at fundraiser in San Leandro to help retire her debt from her unsuccessful campaign for mayor last year. Along with Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, who was one of the co-hosts for the party? None other than Mayor Stephen Cassidy. It is not … Continue reading A Thin Line Between Council And Candidate

Cassidy Gets The Keys To The Mayor’s Office

'GUIDING PRINCIPLES' INCLUDE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, TRANSPARENCYBy Steven TavaresMayor-elect Stephen Cassidy was sworn-in as San Leandro's eighth elected leader since 1962 Monday night in the aftermath of a tense debate on the issue upon which his successful campaign was based. Cassidy laid out a mix of budgetary responsibility and government transparency to the large gathering at the … Continue reading Cassidy Gets The Keys To The Mayor’s Office

The Crusade Against Ranked-Choice Voting

SANTOS VOWS TO STOP RCV ACROSS THE COUNTRY; COUNCIL TELLS HIM, 'I TOLD YOU SO'By Steven TavaresOpponents of ranked-choice voting typically share one unique trait--they have been bitten by its topsy-turvy results in the past. Newly-minted adversaries of the election system include San Leandro Mayor Tony and Don Perata. Santos was in favor of RCV … Continue reading The Crusade Against Ranked-Choice Voting

Santos’ RCV Legal Argument May Be Difficult To Defend

CITY MEASURE AND ORDINANCE APPEARS TO UPHOLD CASSIDY'S MAYORAL WINBy Steven Tavares"Upon reflection, I am sorry I supported ranked-choice voting," San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos wrote Friday to the city council. Once one of the voting system's most staunchest supporters for implementation this fall, Santos has soured on RCV after unofficial results show Stephen Cassidy … Continue reading Santos’ RCV Legal Argument May Be Difficult To Defend