AD15: Heavy spending as primary race winds down

It's not only the assembly candidates emptying their pockets, but also Independent Expenditure Committees.

ALCO prosecutor to Republican Central Committee: Don’t vote for Price

With just weeks before the June 5 primary race for Alameda County District Attorney, supporters for the incumbent DA are reaching out to the local GOP.

Buffy Wicks again leads AD15 in fundraising as primary race heads toward stretch run

AD15 Democrat Buffy Wicks has $323,000for the final month of the primary campaign.CAMPAIGN FINANCE--ELECTION 2018--The fundraising juggernaut that is 15th Assembly District candidate Buffy Wicks shows no signs of abetting. Campaign finance reports released last Thursday show Wicks, a Democrat, raised $97,015 over the past four months. In addition, her campaign's $323,5765 in cash reserves … Continue reading Buffy Wicks again leads AD15 in fundraising as primary race heads toward stretch run

AD16: Catharine Baker wins re-election over Cheryl Cook-Kallio

An expected close race turned into a nearly 12point win over Cheryl Cook-Kallio.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |In successive elections, East Bay Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker has now beaten back some of the most powerful liberal institutions in California politics--labor unions and the statewide Democratic Party.On Tuesday night, Baker coasted to a nearly 12-point … Continue reading AD16: Catharine Baker wins re-election over Cheryl Cook-Kallio

Renters’ groups file FPPC complaint against landlord lobby’s deceptive mailers

Tenant activists from Alameda, Richmond, andOakland speak in front of the East Bay Rental Housing Association offices in Hayward.RENT CONTROL |ELECTION 2016 |Renters' groups representing the six Bay Area cities slated to vote on various forms of rent control this November filed a complaint with the state Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Thursday claiming a mailer … Continue reading Renters’ groups file FPPC complaint against landlord lobby’s deceptive mailers

‘Real Rent Control for Alameda’ group is backed by island’s top property manager

Alameda voters received this mailer over theweekend opposing Measure M1, the more stringent rent control initiative on the fall ballot.ALAMEDA RENT CONTROL |ELECTION 2016 |Thousands of renters in Alameda know the understated storefront on Webster Street belonging to island property management firm, Gallagher & Lindsey. If not, because many of them drop their rent checks through a … Continue reading ‘Real Rent Control for Alameda’ group is backed by island’s top property manager

BEST OF THE REST: East Bay Assembly, State Senate, Congressional Preview

Assemblymember Rob BontaASSEMBLY | In the East Bay, the era of very few competitive Assembly races is upon us. Four of the six races Tuesday feature Democratic incumbents with a likely stranglehold on their respective seats through at least 2024. Four years ago, legislative term limits were extended to 12 years leading to a slew … Continue reading BEST OF THE REST: East Bay Assembly, State Senate, Congressional Preview

IE supporting Miley sends hit piece just a few days before Election Day

A hit piece was sent last weekend attacking BryanParker for lacking experience.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |Too little, too late? The independent expenditure committee supporting Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley's campaign released a hit piece arriving last Saturday afternoon in the mailboxes of Pleasanton voters.Pleasanton Families for Supervisor Nate Miley, the IE behind … Continue reading IE supporting Miley sends hit piece just a few days before Election Day

SD9 PREVIEW: Another fall race pitting progressive against each other

MEET THE CANDIDATES Very few legislative races in the state this June have candidates with as much experience as this East Bay state Senate primary. Nancy Skinner and Sandre Swanson are known quantities in the district that covers areas from Hercules to Richmond, through Oakland and Berkeley, and including Alameda and San Leandro. Both represented … Continue reading SD9 PREVIEW: Another fall race pitting progressive against each other

ALCOD4 PREVIEW: Is a monumental upset in the cards?

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley faces Bryan Parker in next week's winner-takes-all June election.MEET THE CANDIDATES Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley has represented District Four since 2001. Before that, he was an Oakland city council member. Miley's years of service include several accomplishments: Keeping the county afloat over several years of triple-digit deficits without cutting … Continue reading ALCOD4 PREVIEW: Is a monumental upset in the cards?

Oil and tobacco-funded IE spends a quick $138,000 in support of Sandre Swanson

SD09 candidate Sandre Swanson and current officeholder state Sen. Loni Hancock.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |An independent expenditure committee, whose largest donors include oil and tobacco companies, has spent more than $138,000 in the last week in support of Sandre Swanson’s bid for the 9th state Senate district, representing Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda. However, the … Continue reading Oil and tobacco-funded IE spends a quick $138,000 in support of Sandre Swanson

IE supporting Nate Miley is running a radio ad that targets Pleasanton voters

The IE supporting Nate Miley is running a radiospot three times-a-day in the Tri Valley.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4Pleasanton Families for Supervisor Nate Miley, the Independent Expenditure Committee formed earlier this month in support of the incumbent supervisor, and largely funded by donors who previously gave to his re-election campaign, has released a … Continue reading IE supporting Nate Miley is running a radio ad that targets Pleasanton voters

Email suggests Miley’s re-election campaign and IE supporting him is improperly coordinating efforts

A mailer from Pleasanton Families for SupervisorNate Miley, an IE supporting his re-election. ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |Earlier this month, a mysterious independent expenditures committee named “Pleasanton Families for Supervisor Nate Miley" surfaced without much funding or activity. However, campaign finance reports for the Independent Expenditure Committee, not yet easily accessible to the … Continue reading Email suggests Miley’s re-election campaign and IE supporting him is improperly coordinating efforts

5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACE IN 2016: #5 16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

ELECTION16 | The rise of Republican Catharine Baker in the Tri Valley’s Sixteenth Assembly District as a competent and potentially very effective legislator appeared to have flummoxed the local Democrats in Contra Costa and Alameda County.With every rock in the region seemingly turned over in search of a suitable challenger to the first-term Republican, one … Continue reading 5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACE IN 2016: #5 16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

Susan Bonilla will not challenge Steve Glazer to a state Senate rematch next year

Steve Glazer defeated Susan Bonilla in thehard-fought SD7 race last May by 10 points.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Nearly five months after Susan Bonilla fell short in a grueling and often acrimonious intraparty special election against Steve Glazer in the Seventh State Senate District, she announced Monday she will not mount another campaign for … Continue reading Susan Bonilla will not challenge Steve Glazer to a state Senate rematch next year