ELECTIONLINE: 29 days until the primary – Dellums’ DA pick; Appel dual endorsement in AD15

ELECTION 2018Ron DellumsDELLUMS ENDORSES PRICEThe East Bay's venerable liberal lion, former Rep. Ron Dellums, offered his endorsement of Pamela Price, the Alameda County District Attorney candidate seeking to unseat Nancy O'Malley next month. “I have always been proud of the long progressive tradition in Alameda County. But today, in Alameda County, there continues to exist … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: 29 days until the primary – Dellums’ DA pick; Appel dual endorsement in AD15

Berkeley rent board gives solace to those who lost their homes in devastating North Bay fires

BERKELEYTens of thousands of victims displaced by the the North Bay fires have a place to stay in Berkeley after the city's Rent Stabilization Board initiated an ordinance that allows property owners to offer their housing units at below market rates.The succession of fires earlier this month spread over three North Bay counties claimed 40 … Continue reading Berkeley rent board gives solace to those who lost their homes in devastating North Bay fires

Assembly hopeful Ben Bartlett gets a boost from Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín

Berkeley Councilmember Ben Bartlett andMayor Jesse Arreguin.PHOTO/Bartlett for Assembly15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTJust a month into Berkeley Councilmember Ben Bartlett's campaign for the 15th Assembly District, he has gained one of its plum endorsements, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín.“California needs leaders with the vision, courage and experience to tackle the challenges facing our state. Ben Bartlett is the … Continue reading Assembly hopeful Ben Bartlett gets a boost from Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín

Berkeley City Council backs use of pepper spray during protest

BERKELEY CITY COUNCILBerkeley is facing an unprecedented and highly-coordinated effort by extremists groups to repeatedly turn the city into a battle ground, Interim Berkeley Police Chief Andy Greenwood told the City Council Tuesday afternoon.With large plywood shields and rudimentary weapons used recently by protesters splayed on the city council chamber floor, an amendment to the … Continue reading Berkeley City Council backs use of pepper spray during protest

Bonta on Charlottesville: ‘This is not who we are.’ Says no permits should be given for hate rallies

Assemblymember Rob Bonta18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTEast Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta says President Donald Trump's comments last weekend asserting a moral equivalence between white supremacists marching in Charlottlesville and protesters marching in opposition were "irresponsibly and dangerously stated." On two separate occasions, Trump suggested blame for the death of one counter-protester and injuries to 19 others last … Continue reading Bonta on Charlottesville: ‘This is not who we are.’ Says no permits should be given for hate rallies

Berkeley Mayor Arreguin comes out strong at state of city address

BERKELEY CITY COUNCILBerkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin delivers his first state of the city address Monday night at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. PHOTOS/Zac GoldsteinBy Keegan Tatum and Zac GoldsteinThe sense in the room was, finally, someone said it. That mood endured for the entire State of the City address delivered by Berkeley’s new mayor, Jesse Arreguin.Throughout … Continue reading Berkeley Mayor Arreguin comes out strong at state of city address

Kate Harrison wins Berkeley City Council special election

Kate Harrison leads Ben Gould by more than500 votes in Tuesday's special election.BERKELEY CITY COUNCILKate Harrison is cruising to victory in Tuesday night’s special election for the open Berkeley City Council District 4 seat.Early results from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Tuesday night show Harrison leading Ben Gould by a 550-vote margin.The seat was … Continue reading Kate Harrison wins Berkeley City Council special election

Hayward school district’s spring special election will cost $600k

Hayward school trustees Annette Walker andLisa Brunner during a press conference last year.Both voted to put a $88 parcel tax measure on the special election ballot this May.HAYWARD USDA Hayward school parcel tax that has generated more than $11 million since its passage four years ago is due to sunset at the end of June. But the … Continue reading Hayward school district’s spring special election will cost $600k

After protest, Berkeley mayor walks back calling Milo Yiannopolous ‘white nationalist," then kinda says it again

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, right, duringa candidate forum last October.BERKELEYBerkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin has only been on the job over a month, but his first brush with national media attention may not have fared well. After a near riot ensued in Berkeley last Thursday in response to a scheduled speech at U.C. Berkeley by right … Continue reading After protest, Berkeley mayor walks back calling Milo Yiannopolous ‘white nationalist," then kinda says it again

Trump to punish sanctuary cities with loss of federal money; Oakland could lose $130m

President Trump's executive order also restarts the"Secure Communities" law enforcement programthat was discontinued in 2014.SANCTUARY CITIESPresident Trump's executive order Wednesday seeking to punish sanctuary cities by halting federal grants could effect several East Bay cities, including Oakland which stands to lose $130 million in funding, a potentially devastating amount to its general budget.Other East Bay cities, such … Continue reading Trump to punish sanctuary cities with loss of federal money; Oakland could lose $130m

2016 EAST BAY YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 3 – Khanna heads to Congress; Oakland moves to keep the Raiders; Ghost Ship tragedy; East Bay responds to Trump

SEPTEMBERSen. Bernie Sanders>>>Progressive darling and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders puts his imprint on the Berkeley mayoral race by endorsing Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. >>>San Leandro City Council moves to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, two full years quicker than the state mandate of 2022. Starting in July 2017, the city’s minimum wage … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 3 – Khanna heads to Congress; Oakland moves to keep the Raiders; Ghost Ship tragedy; East Bay responds to Trump

Jesse Arreguin becomes Berkeley’s first Latino mayor; youngest ever

At 32, Jesse Arreguin will become Berkeley'syoungest mayor ever.BERKELEY | MAYOR |ELECTION 2026 |The son of a farm worker is now Berkeley’s first Latino mayor. Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, 32, also becomes the East Bay city’s youngest mayor ever.Arreguin defeated fellow Councilmember Laurie Capitelli in a hard-fought, sometimes adversarial campaign that also included the help of … Continue reading Jesse Arreguin becomes Berkeley’s first Latino mayor; youngest ever

EBCampaign NOTEBOOK – 1 day from ELECTION DAY IN THE BAY

Latest attack ad charges Alameda's Tony Daysogwith pay-to-play.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL --- ANOTHER NASTY HIT --Assuredly somebody has it in for Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog. Over the weekend, a second scathing attack piece hit mailboxes. And like the first, no group has taken credit for the negative mailer. After linking Daysog to Donald Trump last week, … Continue reading EBCampaign NOTEBOOK – 1 day from ELECTION DAY IN THE BAY

‘Shake up’ in Berkeley mayor’s race: Bernie Sanders endorses Jesse Arreguin

Bernie Sanders puts his stamp on the Berkeleymayor's race this fall.BERKELEY | Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, the darling of progressives nationwide, is endorsing Jesse Arreguin for mayor of Berkeley.“Berkeley is known across the country and the world as a progressive, trailblazing city. And so Berkeley needs a truly progressive Mayor,” said Sanders. … Continue reading ‘Shake up’ in Berkeley mayor’s race: Bernie Sanders endorses Jesse Arreguin

LISTEN: East Bay Citizen Podcast with Berkeley Councilman Jesse Arreguin

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