Bonta, Quirk Win Easy Re-Election To State Assembly

Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Bill Quirkwon easy re-election Tuesday night.ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 18/20 | What a difference two years makes. Rob Bonta and Bill Quirk each won election to the State Assembly in 2012 following two of the closest races in the region. This time around was far easier.Democratic Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta coasted to another … Continue reading Bonta, Quirk Win Easy Re-Election To State Assembly

Nearly 90% Of Bonta, Quirk’s Donors This Year Are Unions, Special Interests

Asms. Rob Bonta and Bill Quirk.ASSEMBLY//CAMPAIGN FINANCE | East Bay Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Bill Quirk both won election to the Legislature last year. While Bonta quickly moved to the top tier of Democratic legislators in the lower house, Quirk laid low and learned the intricacies of Sacramento. However, both are benefiting from the parties deep … Continue reading Nearly 90% Of Bonta, Quirk’s Donors This Year Are Unions, Special Interests

Hayward Assemblyman’s Musician Son Poses In The Buff For S.F. Bay Guardian

Bill Quirk's son, Ian, on the left.PHOTO/Matthew Reamer, SFBGASSEMBLY | Assemblyman Bill Quirk’s dour demeanor has been written to death, but his son definitely does not take after his infamously straight-laced father.In the Feb. 13 San Francisco Bay Guardian cover story that featured rising Bay Area bands, Quirk’s son, Ian, a drummer for the group … Continue reading Hayward Assemblyman’s Musician Son Poses In The Buff For S.F. Bay Guardian

Guillen Crashes The Bonta Assembly Dems Caucus Slate

DEMOCRATS | The 12-person Democratic Party convention delegation from the 18th Assembly District was envisioned to be a group solely under the imprimatur of Assemblyman Rob Bonta. In fact, 11 of the 12 men and women selected last Sunday in Alameda are so-called “Bontanistas,” as some of his island detractors have come to call thm, but … Continue reading Guillen Crashes The Bonta Assembly Dems Caucus Slate

2012 Year In Review, Part IV: Swalwell, Bonta, Quirk Lead Infusion Of New Talent In Congress, Assembly; Hayashi Embarrassed

10.12Mary Hayashi unleashes a barrage of attacks on Richard Valle eliciting no response from the practicing Buddhist. Supporters of Valle and haters of Hayashi go nuts urging him to go on the attack armed with her shoplifting conviction, but he relents. The belief Hayashi could win starts to percolate, but unbeknownst to many, Valle’s union … Continue reading 2012 Year In Review, Part IV: Swalwell, Bonta, Quirk Lead Infusion Of New Talent In Congress, Assembly; Hayashi Embarrassed

2012 Year In Review, Part III: ‘What Did U Buy?’ Says Armas. "Crotchless Panties,’ Replies Heredia

07.12The first sign of campaign upheaval almost always contains elements of a shake up in staff. After major blowouts over the past two months, Pete Stark replaces his campaign manager Alex Tourk with Sharon Cornu. The local labor stalwart begins to highlight Swalwell’s conservative conundrum and tries to link him to Republican figure heads in … Continue reading 2012 Year In Review, Part III: ‘What Did U Buy?’ Says Armas. "Crotchless Panties,’ Replies Heredia

2012 Year In Review, Part II: A Stark Meltdown Creates An Opening For Swalwell

04.12Eric Swalwell gets much-deserved attention for his poignantly retro reformulation of Pete Stark’s 1972 mini-debate with George P. Miller. Hoping to play off the end of an era theme Stark used 40 years ago, the mock-up cements the potent theme of history on the side of Swalwell’s upstart campaign. However, Swalwell could have never imagined … Continue reading 2012 Year In Review, Part II: A Stark Meltdown Creates An Opening For Swalwell

Swalwell, Minorities, School Children In Hayward Were Big Election Day Winners

Eric SwalwellERIC SWALWELL What can you say? The kid shocked the entire political establishment in the East Bay. Through hard work and boats load of good luck, namely, his opponent’s astonishing self-destruction, Swalwell is a United States representative. How did he do it? His greatest accomplishment was selling new voters in the 15th District something they … Continue reading Swalwell, Minorities, School Children In Hayward Were Big Election Day Winners

Whisper Campaign Against Ong’s Stances On Propositions Led To Fine-Tuning Message

| ASSEMBLY 20 | Assembly candidate Dr. Jennifer Ong Nov. 3 in Union City. PHOTO/MATT SANTOS msantosphotographer.com[UPDATED, 3:20 p.m.] Part of Dr. Jennifer Ong’s attempt last week to make her support of Proposition 30 clear to voters was a “whisper campaign” waged by her opponent, Bill Quirk, said Ong’s campaign manager.Bob Twomey, Ong’s campaign manager, says … Continue reading Whisper Campaign Against Ong’s Stances On Propositions Led To Fine-Tuning Message

Ong’s Missing Candidate’s Statement

| ASSEMBLY 20 | When voters peruse their election handbook searching for candidates’ statement from a host of different races, they might notice one major candidate conspicuously missing.Dr. Jennifer Ong says the lack of a candidate’s statement, often viewed as a prerequisite for any serious campaign was not a mistake or oversight. “What’s more powerful? Paying for … Continue reading Ong’s Missing Candidate’s Statement

Ong’s Late Support For Prop. 30 Brings Strong Criticism From Quirk

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20 | Just days before voters head to the polls Tuesday, 20th Assembly District candidate Dr. Jennifer Ong finally announced her endorsement of Proposition 30. Ong’s unwillingness to fully support the governor’s sales tax initiative had been, until now, the defining difference between her and Bill Quirk over the past month.In a campaign … Continue reading Ong’s Late Support For Prop. 30 Brings Strong Criticism From Quirk

AD20 Preview: A Sturdy Quirk Hopes To Fend Off A Closing Sprinter

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20 PREVIEWThe Sport of Kings is a good analogy for the race for the Hayward-dominated 20th Assembly District. Former Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk is a sturdy thoroughbred that favors running a race from the front of the pack. Such horses, however, tend to fade at the end, often at the hands of a … Continue reading AD20 Preview: A Sturdy Quirk Hopes To Fend Off A Closing Sprinter

EBCITIZEN.COM PODCAST: 20th Assembly District Preview

The East Bay Citizen's Steven Tavares and Shane Bond examine the race in the 20th Assembly District and its increasingly combative tenor. The money is pouring in and the rhetoric is getting hot! Press play!

In Final Week, Assembly Race Gets Chippy As Quirk, Ong Trade Jabs

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20 | In recent weeks the 20th Assembly District 20 race took a turn toward negative when hit pieces against Bill Quick were delivered to mail boxes courtesy of Californians Allied for Patient Protection (CAPP), an independent expenditure committee, who have been adamant in support of his opponent, Dr. Jennifer Ong. The AD20 race has been clean for a majority … Continue reading In Final Week, Assembly Race Gets Chippy As Quirk, Ong Trade Jabs

East Bay Assembly Races Ready Spending Spree For Election’s Final Days

ELECTION ‘12//CAMPAIGN FINANCE | The final pre-election finance reports for the East Bay's Assembly District’s 18 and 20 follow a consistent trend: less money in Oakland and breathtaking spending in Hayward.ASSEMBLY 18 Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta goes into the final two weeks of the general election with more than three times the amount of cash on … Continue reading East Bay Assembly Races Ready Spending Spree For Election’s Final Days