When Schaaf falls in Oakland, it always seems to be into progressives arms

The Uber building that never was.OAKLAND--OPPOSITION RESEARCH--In late 2015, it could be argued that Uber's announced move to Downtown Oakland, based on its transformative potential (good and bad), was the biggest news story in Oakland that year. The purchase of the old Sears Building for $123 million and Uber's promise to bring between 2,000 and … Continue reading When Schaaf falls in Oakland, it always seems to be into progressives arms

Jean Quan is mulling a comeback

Jean QuanOAKLANDAs far as second or third acts go, this would be quite a stunner. Former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is mulling a run for the open 15th Assembly District seat being vacated next year by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, according to sources with knowledge of her inquiries.In recent weeks, Quan's husband, Dr. Floyd Huen, reached … Continue reading Jean Quan is mulling a comeback

McElhaney’s purge and the dud of an election season coming to Oakland

Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney isavoids a potentially bruising re-election afterjust a single challenger qualified for November.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | ELECTION 2016 |And then there was one. Oakland City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney appeared to most observers to be the councilmember with the most troubling re-election prospects. Which is to mean, she was viewed only the … Continue reading McElhaney’s purge and the dud of an election season coming to Oakland

State political director for Hillary Clinton to run for Oakland’s at-large council seat

Peggy Moore filed an intention to run Wednesday for Oakland's at-large council seat.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | AT-LARGE |Peggy Moore, one of the East Bay’s best and brightest political apparatchiks is poised to become highest-profile challenger yet for any of the five open seats on the Oakland City Council.Moore, a member of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s office and … Continue reading State political director for Hillary Clinton to run for Oakland’s at-large council seat

EBCAMPAIGN: BONTA REACHES THE INNER CIRCLE ; Swalwell raises alarm over token GOP challenge; QUAN’S HUSBAND DEFENDS HER HONOR

B80 DAYS TO PRIMARY DAY | Assemblymember Rob Bonta's rise within the state's Democratic power structure was only slightly tarnished when he was relieved by new Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon two weeks ago of his prime committee chairmanship. Bonta made a run late last year for the speakership and lost. Bonta losing the chair of … Continue reading EBCAMPAIGN: BONTA REACHES THE INNER CIRCLE ; Swalwell raises alarm over token GOP challenge; QUAN’S HUSBAND DEFENDS HER HONOR

Quan won’t commit to run for Oakland City Council, but calls Kaplan lazy

Former Oakland Jean Quan and Oakland At-LargeCouncilmember Rebecca Kaplan.OAKLAND | Former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has been keeping quite a high profile over the past six months or more.Since losing re-election to Libby Schaaf in November 2014, Quan has been part of the vocal opposition to the proposed plan to ship coal through the city's … Continue reading Quan won’t commit to run for Oakland City Council, but calls Kaplan lazy

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

Report: Raiders told NFL that Oakland, Alameda County officials lied to them

Raiders ownership reportedly told NFL execsthat East Bay officials reneged on promises. OAKLAND | With the hopes of Raiders ownership flagging over the possibility NFL owners will approve their relocation bid to Los Angeles this week comes a report the team recently made disparaging comments toward Oakland and Alameda County officials during talks with league executives … Continue reading Report: Raiders told NFL that Oakland, Alameda County officials lied to them

EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: July-September 2015

JULYHayward city workers finally get a new contract.>>>With its political implications to be determined in the 2016 city council election next year, the City of Hayward and more than 300 city employees finally agree to a new contract. The acrimonious two-year labor standoff that included a wage imposition results in employees receiving a 4.5 percent … Continue reading EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: July-September 2015

More fodder suggesting Jean Quan is running for Oakland City Council

Jean Quan poses with a biker club in a photofeatured last week in her email newsletter.OAKLAND | ELECTION16 | The question of whether former Oakland mayor Jean Quan is really serious about running for Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan's at-large seat received more fuel for the fire earlier this month after she disseminated a highly detailed online … Continue reading More fodder suggesting Jean Quan is running for Oakland City Council

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with ALCO Democratic Party Co-Chair Mario Juarez

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Jean Quan is thinking about a comeback

Jean Quan, right, as a council member in 2011at a protest for Oscar Grant. Insiders says she'sthinking about a return to the council in 2016.OAKLAND | 2016 | Granted, it's early. But Oakland's 2016 election season is quietly taking shape and surprisingly loaded with intrigue, including the possible return of ex-Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to … Continue reading Jean Quan is thinking about a comeback

Oakland pays driver $15,000 in Jean Quan car accident

Former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | In closed session Tuesday, the Oakland City Council voted to pay $15,000 to the driver involved in an automobile collision with former Mayor Jean Quan for injuries and lost wages.The accident occurred at an intersection in West Oakland in June 2014 and instantly become a major story … Continue reading Oakland pays driver $15,000 in Jean Quan car accident

No longer a reason for East Bay pols to fear pension-buster Daniel Borenstein; he was wrong, you were right

BANG editorial writer Daniel Borenstein led the pension reform debate for years, but it failed to scare East Bay officials to join his calls for austerity.Prola: 'I don't respect him. I don't respect his paper'By Darwin BondGraham and Steven TavaresPENSION REFORM DEBATE | "Dan needs no introduction," said Richmond Mayor Tom Butt at an April city council meeting, as … Continue reading No longer a reason for East Bay pols to fear pension-buster Daniel Borenstein; he was wrong, you were right

Coliseum JPA postpones vote on Raiders lease; Miley says some public money may be used for new stadium

COLISEUM AUTHORITY | The morning after the Oakland Raiders unveiled a surprise joint proposal with the San Diego Chargers to build a stadium in Southern California, the Oakland Coliseum Joint Powers Authority (JPA) postponed a decision to approve a one-year lease extension for the team to play another season at O.co Coliseum.No official reason was … Continue reading Coliseum JPA postpones vote on Raiders lease; Miley says some public money may be used for new stadium