Alameda Labor Council names disgraced Teamsters leader its Unstoppable Unionist of the Year

ALAMEDA COUNTYJust months after the banishment for two years of likely the most influential Teamster on the West Coast, the Alameda Labor Council is set to honor him during its annual Unionist of the Year dinner next May in Oakland.After a years-long investigation, the Teamsters suspended Rome Aloise, the president of the Teamster Joint 7 … Continue reading Alameda Labor Council names disgraced Teamsters leader its Unstoppable Unionist of the Year

BUSTED! ‘Sick’ McElhaney caught playing hooky from Oakland council meeting

Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaneyis becoming her own worst nightmare for re-election.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |A much-anticipated fundraiser for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker hosted by Rep. Barbara Lee was held Tuesday night at the Oakland Marriott--just a few blocks from a session of the Oakland City Council. For Oakland Council President Lynette … Continue reading BUSTED! ‘Sick’ McElhaney caught playing hooky from Oakland council meeting

Confluence of Howard Terminal ballpark backers at Clinton’s Piedmont fundraiser

A rendering of the 38,000-seat Howard Terminal ballpark in Oakland, just north of Jack London Sq.HOWARD TERMINAL | Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited the tony East Bay enclave of Piedmont this weekend for a fundraiser at the home of developer Michael Ghielmetti.Around 250 donors attended the event, including Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta and retiring Sen. Barbara … Continue reading Confluence of Howard Terminal ballpark backers at Clinton’s Piedmont fundraiser

After dismal finance report, ALCO Supe Miley says expect a large campaign cache

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley sayshis opponent this June, Bryan Parker, betterbring his "A-game."ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS |DISTRICT 4 |Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley re-election campaign received a shocking reorientation this week when campaign finance reports highlighted his challenger, Bryan Parker, significantly outraised him over the past three months.Miley’s finance report showed his campaign with … Continue reading After dismal finance report, ALCO Supe Miley says expect a large campaign cache

Nancy Skinner nears $1.1 million in cash reserves; Nate Miley’s supervisorial campaign in the red

State Senate candidate Nancy Skinner raisedmore than $277,000 during the past six months.SD9 ALCOD4 CAMPAIGN FINANCE |Former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner of Berkeley reported that she has nearly $1.1 million in cash reserves in her state Senate campaign account, which is more than ten times what her main opponent Sandré Swanson, has in total cash on … Continue reading Nancy Skinner nears $1.1 million in cash reserves; Nate Miley’s supervisorial campaign in the red

Skinner campaign offered ‘birthday kisses’ for $2,500; ‘love’ for $100

Nancy Skinner, right, with Wilma Chan, who dropped out of the SD9 race last week.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | Nancy Skinner celebrated her birthday this week and like many politicians nowadays the milestone is a perfect opportunity for fundraising.But, Skinner was offering a little more than usual, like very expensive birthday kisses in exchange for … Continue reading Skinner campaign offered ‘birthday kisses’ for $2,500; ‘love’ for $100

Swalwell Swift-boats for campaign funds

Rep. Eric Swalwell is courting campaign moneyfrom millennials at Swift concert in D.C.Holding fundraiser at Taylor Swift concertCONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | The word around East Bay political circles is Rep. Eric Swalwell likes them young. But not Taylor Swift young!Haters goin’ hate, hate, hate, hate.The Sacremento Bee reported a few members of the California congressional delegations … Continue reading Swalwell Swift-boats for campaign funds

ESPN broadcaster, husband of defeated Alameda mayor, harassed new mayor by calling her Sarah Palin

Rod Gilmore, the husband of recently defeatedAlameda Mayor Marie Gilmore, repeatedlylabeled the new mayor as Sarah Palin.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | ESPN college football analyst Rod Gilmore calls it like he sees it, but at a fundraiser last month he approached new Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer and repeatedly referred to her as “Sarah,” as in, … Continue reading ESPN broadcaster, husband of defeated Alameda mayor, harassed new mayor by calling her Sarah Palin

Assembly speaker’s gravy train comes to Bonta’s 18th District

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | It’s doubtful many in the 18th District know Toni Atkins is the speaker of the State Assembly. For the uninitiated, ostensibly, she is Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s boss in the Legislature (of course, excluding his ultimate boss—us.)So, what do you do when the boss needs help from one of her most … Continue reading Assembly speaker’s gravy train comes to Bonta’s 18th District

Departing Mayor Sweeney gave to Halliday, Salinas Campaigns, not Zermeño

Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney: no invite, no donation.HAYWARD | MAYOR | Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney made small contributions to the campaigns of two of the candidates hoping to replace him this June, but not the third, who like the others, is a colleague on the City Council.Since the beginning of the year, Sweeney contributed $198 to … Continue reading Departing Mayor Sweeney gave to Halliday, Salinas Campaigns, not Zermeño

Oakland Mayoral Candidate Bryan Parker Embraces Bitcoin

ELECTION 2014 | OAKLAND | MAYOR | A growing number of businesses and even some countries are beginning to recognize the power of the digital currency Bitcoin. Now, add Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker to the list of early adopters.In a press release subtitled, “Someone in government who actually wants your Bitcoin,” Parker announced a … Continue reading Oakland Mayoral Candidate Bryan Parker Embraces Bitcoin

Joe Tuman’s Broken Window Fundraising Drive

Photo of Joe Tuman's broken car windowposted on Facebook Wednesday night.OAKLAND | MAYOR | Over the past several days Oakland has been awash in positive news. First, came the news that the Brooklyn Basin housing development just south of Jack London Square would be fast-tracked and would include four hundred units of affordable housing. And … Continue reading Joe Tuman’s Broken Window Fundraising Drive

Khanna Employs The West Coast Offense

Ro Khanna, part of the Faithful.CONGRESS//17TH DISTRICT | There’s a sports axiom often co-opted by business: if you want to be a champion, surround yourself with winners. Ro Khanna has enlisted a group of Super Bowl champions to his team as he bids to unseat Rep. Mike Honda in the 17th Congressional District.An email to supporters … Continue reading Khanna Employs The West Coast Offense