INSIDE THE EAST BAY: Kaplan pushes to keep her seat on Bay Area Air Quality board

◼Is Libby trying to give Kaplan the Schaaf?◼Fremont councilmember's flippant defense◼Assembly candidate could be risking union's wrath◼Ellen Corbett's curiously busy lately.Before Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan gained a seat on the nine-county Bay Area Air Quality Management District board (BAAQMD), the city had been without direct representation since the early 90s. The primary importance for East … Continue reading INSIDE THE EAST BAY: Kaplan pushes to keep her seat on Bay Area Air Quality board

EBCampaign: MIKE HONDA’s cyber shot will have lasting effects; ELLEN CORBETT’s opponent loves her; Bacon!

38 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |Granted, there is still six weeks before voters in the nationally watched 17th Congressional District register all of their votes. Much can still happen in this suddenly raucous and hard-hitting race. But the hit Rep. Mike Honda's campaign registered on challenger Ro Khanna last week was one of the most … Continue reading EBCampaign: MIKE HONDA’s cyber shot will have lasting effects; ELLEN CORBETT’s opponent loves her; Bacon!

EBCampaign: Look out! Is Mary Hayashi getting back into the game?

75 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |Is Mary Hayashi making some sort of a comeback? The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that the disgraced former East Bay assemblymember who was caught stealing from Neiman Marcus in 2011 was the emcee at a function for Illinois U.S. Senate hopeful Tammy Duckworth. Hayashi has rarely been seen in … Continue reading EBCampaign: Look out! Is Mary Hayashi getting back into the game?

Ellen Corbett is running for East Bay Regional Park District board

Ellen CorbettEBRPD BOARD OF DIRECTORS |Coming up on two years out of elected office, former state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett is running this fall for a seat on the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors.Corbett filed papers on Tuesday for the park district board. She will be seeking to replace long-time board … Continue reading Ellen Corbett is running for East Bay Regional Park District board

Eric Swalwell will endorse Bryan Parker over incumbent Alameda County supe

Alameda County supervisorial candidate BryanParker and Rep. Eric Swalwell.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |Bryan Parker’s bid for Alameda County supervisor will get a major bump Wednesday. Popular East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell is expected to announce his endorsement of the upstart challenger over long-time Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley.On social media, Parker said … Continue reading Eric Swalwell will endorse Bryan Parker over incumbent Alameda County supe

CADEM NOTEBOOK: AD16 Dem Cook-Kallio gets a shout out from assembly speaker-elect

AD16 | Cheryl Cook-Kallio, the Democrat tasked with winning back the only red assembly district in the Bay Area, received some attention from Assembly speaker-elect Anthony Rendon.During his remarks before the California Democratic Party Convention’s general session Saturday, Rendon included Cook-Kallio, a former Pleasanton council member, in his list of importatnt races for Democrats to … Continue reading CADEM NOTEBOOK: AD16 Dem Cook-Kallio gets a shout out from assembly speaker-elect

Republican Sue Caro’s campaign for Barbara Lee’s seat is doomed, she says, but that isn’t the point

Alameda County GOP vice chair Sue Caro was one of the masterminds behind the local party'stwo big upsets in 2014.CONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT |Sue Caro doesn’t believe for a second that she will defeat long-time East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee this year or any other year. But the current vice chair of the Alameda County Republican Party, … Continue reading Republican Sue Caro’s campaign for Barbara Lee’s seat is doomed, she says, but that isn’t the point

Attack ad against Susan Bonilla echoes another used effectively last year

New attack ad against Susan Bonilla is paid forby a conservative IE so conservative it opposessome of the most conservative pols in the country.STATE SENTATE | DISTRICT 7 | It seems being a member of the California Legislature makes you a sitting target when seeking higher office. A rash of public ethics allegations against sitting … Continue reading Attack ad against Susan Bonilla echoes another used effectively last year

After 9-point primary drubbing, East Bay Progressives rush to support Bonilla

Alameda County proved a weak link for SusanBonilla's state senate campaign.STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Following Democrat Steve Glazer’s surprisingly strong electoral performance two weeks ago in the 7th State Senate District primary, the party’s more liberal wing is quickly pulling out all the stops to limit his momentum before the May 19 runoff.Some … Continue reading After 9-point primary drubbing, East Bay Progressives rush to support Bonilla

Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley eyeing state attorney general post, if open

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'MalleyALAMEDA COUNTY | Sources from the county level to Sacramento say Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley is moving herself into position to be the next state attorney general, if the office is open next year.If State Attorney General Kamala Harris successfully wins the U.S. Senate race next year to … Continue reading Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley eyeing state attorney general post, if open

Ellen Corbett, once unemployed following State Senate terms, now has two jobs

On second thought: Ellen Corbett is taking leavefrom HUSD for a legislative appointment.LEGISLATURE | After former State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett was termed out of office last December, the parlor room bets were immediately taken over where she would land next. Some guessed a judicial appointment could be in her future, but that didn't … Continue reading Ellen Corbett, once unemployed following State Senate terms, now has two jobs

BART board may pull the plug on vaping at its stations

BART's Board of Directors may enact anordinance prohibiting vaping at its stations.BART BOARD OF DIRECTORS | Without a doubt, smoking is banned on BART trains and its station. The use of e-cigarettes may be next.The BART Board of Directors will decide during an evening board meeting Thursday whether to add to its current prohibition of … Continue reading BART board may pull the plug on vaping at its stations

An uplifting Wednesday for Hayward’s downtrodden school district

Tom Hanks and Jack Del Rio put Haywardin the naitonal news Wednesday.HAYWARD | When it comes to positive news, Hayward's struggling school district rarely has its day in spotlight. That changed sometime after midnight Wednesday when The New York Times posted an opinion piece by Hollywood actor Tom Hanks writing glowingly of his alma mater, … Continue reading An uplifting Wednesday for Hayward’s downtrodden school district

EBC Year-In-Review, Oct-Dec: Schaaf Wins; Surprise In Alameda; Protests Erupt

OCTOBERLibby Shaaf and Jerry Brown.>>>Gov. Jerry Brown breaks the year-long logjam in the Oakland mayor’s race after he endorses Councilmember Libby Schaaf. The announcement will prove to be a difference maker. In the short-term , a poll in mid-October still shows Rebecca Kaplan topping the field.>>>The long-awaited debate between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna is … Continue reading EBC Year-In-Review, Oct-Dec: Schaaf Wins; Surprise In Alameda; Protests Erupt

EBC Year-In-Review, Apr-June: Dueling Negative Website; GOP Primary Surprises

APRIL Joe Tuman speaks to an audience at LaneyCollege in Oakland.>>>The first major gathering of Oakland’s quickly growing mayoral field meet at Temple Sinai to discuss one issue—likely the most vexing of the campaign—public safety.>>>With two months until Election Day, Hayward’s three major mayoral candidates meet in a public forum for the first time and … Continue reading EBC Year-In-Review, Apr-June: Dueling Negative Website; GOP Primary Surprises