5 THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS

Assemblymember Bill Quirk needs asignature legislative achievement andhe needs it to happen soon.ELECTION 2018➤I think the burgeoning scandal in Sacramento with legislators meting out punishment in secret to colleagues accused of sexual harassment in the workplace is going to result in some special elections across the state next year. ➤I think if you have followed the … Continue reading 5 THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS

After lagging for five months on becoming sanctuary city, Hayward gets award for its work

Hayward Anti-Discrimination Task Forcemeeting last spring.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILAt a Hayward City Council meeting last June, city officials basked in the glow of a standing ovation from those who have long advocated for declaring the Latino-heavy city a sanctuary for immigrants.The city announced Wednesday that it received an award from the Local Government Hispanic Network for … Continue reading After lagging for five months on becoming sanctuary city, Hayward gets award for its work

Hayward to swear-in new police chief on Monday

Interim Police Chief Mark Koller was bornin Hayward and has served on the policeforce in various capacities since 1981.HAYWARDMark Koller, a second-generation Hayward police officer, will be sworn-in next Monday as the city's fourteenth chief of police. The ceremony will be held at the Hayward City Hall rotunda, Aug. 21, starting at 3 p.m.Koller has … Continue reading Hayward to swear-in new police chief on Monday

Alameda County Dems are going to give Swalwell the riot act over his vote favoring Kate’s Law

Rep. Eric Swalwell on CNN earlier this year.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTRussia this. Russia that. East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell has basked in the glow of television studio lights in recent months. He's a fixture on CNN, MSNBC and sometimes Fox News. His task is to repeat attacks ad nauseam against President Donald Trump and the on-going … Continue reading Alameda County Dems are going to give Swalwell the riot act over his vote favoring Kate’s Law

Threat of lawsuit is pushing Fremont toward district elections

Significant changes for how Fremont choosesits elected officials could be on the horizonover the next few years.FREMONT CITY COUNCILFremont’s use of “at-large” elections violates state law, says a Southern California attorney who has successfully sued other cities by arguing the voting method has been shown to unfairly diminishing the chances of minorities, especially Latino candidates from winning … Continue reading Threat of lawsuit is pushing Fremont toward district elections

Hayward mayor offends Latina advocating for sanctuary city

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday, leader of oneof the largest Latino communities, in the Bay Areavoiced skepticism Feb. 24 about sanctuary cities.HAYWARDHayward's lack of urgency when it comes to alleviating the fears among its minority and immigrant communities is unique in the Greater East Bay. Since January, city councils in Emeryville, Alameda, San Leandro and Fremont … Continue reading Hayward mayor offends Latina advocating for sanctuary city

Latinos de Hayward el ayuntamiento no ofrece traductores en Español

Hayward Councilmember Francisco Zermenoserving as an impromptu translator at Tuesdaynight's council meeting.Translation: Hayward does not offer Spanish translation at its city council meetingsHAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |Hayward’s diversity is boosted in part by the largest Latino population in the East Bay--by some estimates, including up to 40 percent of the city. Yet, Spanish-speaking residents upset with … Continue reading Latinos de Hayward el ayuntamiento no ofrece traductores en Español

Push to dismantle Hayward’s school board is about hastening gentrification

HAYWARD | ELECTION 2016 |For years in Hayward, the school board has been labeled dysfunctional. More precisely, the real criticism is they fight too much. With a little more precision: they fight too much in public. The attack line is as bogus as it was nearly a decade ago. Disagreements among board and council members … Continue reading Push to dismantle Hayward’s school board is about hastening gentrification

Hayward’s Barbara Halliday exclaims ‘I am the mayor!’; ejects school trustee, another from council meeting

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday booted two outof a City Council meeting Tuesday.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |The controversy surrounding fired Hayward Superintendent Stan Dobbs moved from the school board to the city council Tuesday night after Mayor Barbara Halliday ejected two members of the public, including School Board Trustee Luis Reynoso, from the chambers.Reynoso and several other … Continue reading Hayward’s Barbara Halliday exclaims ‘I am the mayor!’; ejects school trustee, another from council meeting

Wieckowski to honor disgraced former San Jose mayor for leadership award

Former San Jose Mayor Ron GonzalesSTATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | Nearly a decade ago, former San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales, was indicted for a union garbage contract scheme that through secret side deals, ultimately cost taxpayers $11 million.Gonzales was first accused of the improper deals in a grand jury report and later censured for … Continue reading Wieckowski to honor disgraced former San Jose mayor for leadership award

Hayward City Council Chooses Marquez to Fill Its Open Seat

Hayward's new CouncilmemberElisa MarquezHAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | The Hayward City Council is back at full strength after appointing Planning Commissioner Elisa Marquez to serve the remaining two years of Mayor Barbara Halliday’s council term.The choice of Marquez is a twofer for a council in need of a shot of diversity. She represents a second woman … Continue reading Hayward City Council Chooses Marquez to Fill Its Open Seat

Five Will Interview for Hayward Council Seat, Including One Who Just Lost Seat

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward may have a new council member Tuesday night. On Friday, the City Council narrowed to 5 the list of 18 applicants hoping to fill out the remaining two years of Barbara Halliday's council term. Halliday, a council member, was elected mayor in June.Mark Salinas' council seat is still warm.All five … Continue reading Five Will Interview for Hayward Council Seat, Including One Who Just Lost Seat

Who Knew Ellen Corbett Speaks Spanish?

STATE SENATE | State Sen. Ellen Corbett, Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, along with members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, traveled to Central America this week looking to gauge the growing immigration situation that has led to the detention of nearly 90,000 youths at the U.S. border.The trip is only  a fact-finding mission, they … Continue reading Who Knew Ellen Corbett Speaks Spanish?

United Farm Workers Endorse Hayashi for State Senate

CAMPAIGN 2014 | STATE SENATE | 10TH DISRICT | A few weeks back, former East Bay Assemblymember Mary Hayashi burnished her strong ties to labor when addressing a large group of county Democratic leaders. On Tuesday, Hayashi began delivering on that potential with the endorsement of the United Farm Workers for her run in the 10th State … Continue reading United Farm Workers Endorse Hayashi for State Senate

Oakland Mayoral Candidate calls for $15 Minimum Wage; End of Surveillance Hub

Civil rights attorney Dan Siegel announces his run for mayor Thursday morning at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland. PHOTO/Steven TavaresELECTION 2014| OAKLAND | MAYOR | Civil rights attorney Dan Siegel laid out a distinctively progressive platform as he formally announced his candidacy for mayor of Oakland. Standing at the mouth of what was once main entrance … Continue reading Oakland Mayoral Candidate calls for $15 Minimum Wage; End of Surveillance Hub