EBC AGENDA | MAR 23-29 | BERKELEY may prohibit use of city funds for sugary drinks; HAYWARD spends big $$ for mobile police vehicle; and more

THE WEEK OF MARCH 23-29--BERKELEY-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 27, 6 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--COKE IS NOT IT-- Four years ago, Berkeley voters overwhelmingly approved a tax on sugary drinks sales. Now the Berkeley City Council may go further with an ordinance that prohibits the city from using taxpayers' money to purchase sugar-sweetened beverages. The proposed ordinance … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | MAR 23-29 | BERKELEY may prohibit use of city funds for sugary drinks; HAYWARD spends big $$ for mobile police vehicle; and more

VIDEO: Honda-Khanna CA17 Candidate Forum

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Mike Honda confronted Ro Khanna about appealing to Republican donors, two other candidates attacked Khanna instead of the incumbent Mike Honda and Republican Peter Kuo showed his green energy credentials by holding up his solar panel-powered handbag. Last Friday's League of Women Voters 17th Congressional District forum, the one and … Continue reading VIDEO: Honda-Khanna CA17 Candidate Forum

Honda escapes forum unscathed, but the field of candidates, instead, attack Khanna

CA17 candidates Pierluigi Oliverio, Rep. MikeHonda and Ro Khanna at the League of WomenVoters candidate forum in Fremont.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |The candidates in the 17th Congressional District race were out for blood at a candidates forum Friday in Fremont. Curiously, the prey was not the incumbent Rep. Mike Honda, but his challenger Ro Khanna.In … Continue reading Honda escapes forum unscathed, but the field of candidates, instead, attack Khanna

CA17’s only pre-primary forum will be staged without an audience

Supporters for Ro Khanna and Rep. Mike Hondaget whipped up in a frenzy following a candidatesforum in April 2014 in Fremont. CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |The only time candidates for the nationally-watched 17th Congressional District race featuring Democrats Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna will face-off before the June primary will occur without an audience.Friday’s League … Continue reading CA17’s only pre-primary forum will be staged without an audience

Livermore’s Chris Pareja and Oakland’s Shake Anderson: Switched at Birth?

Just a minor correction needed. The League of Women Voters' site confused Chris Pareja with Oakland mayoral candidate Jason "Shake" Anderson. The mistake has since been corrected.ELECTION 2014 | Maybe Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski looks a little like the apple-chewing Saturday Night Live character, Mister Peepers, but how do you confuse a Mexican-Filipino American right-winger from … Continue reading Livermore’s Chris Pareja and Oakland’s Shake Anderson: Switched at Birth?

Media is Shutting Me Out, says Assembly Candidate Jaime Patino

18th Assembly District candidate Jaime Patino says the local media is doing the public a disservice by ignoring his race against Assemblymember Bill Quirk.ASSEMBLY | 20TH DISTRICT | Union city resident Jaime Patino, a Republican, is a long-shot to unseat first-term Democratic Assemblymember Bill Quirk in November. But, that's not what's bothering Patino the most. … Continue reading Media is Shutting Me Out, says Assembly Candidate Jaime Patino

Honda says He’ll Debate Challenger after the June Primary

Chanting Ro Khanna supporters among sign-wavers for Rep. Mike Honda.PHOTO/Steven TavaresCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Following Saturday night’s eagerly-awaited first meeting between fellow 17th Congressional District Democrats, Rep. Mike Honda told reporters he will participate in a debate after the June primary.Honda’s campaign was unaware of the declaration when told of the congressman’s comments, but acknowledged … Continue reading Honda says He’ll Debate Challenger after the June Primary

League of Women Voters Apologize for Neglecting to Invite GOP Candidate

Republican Peter Kuo, right, at a forum in Fremont April 9.STATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | While his opponents in the State Senate 10th District race were busy at candidate’s forum last Friday night in Fremont, Republican Peter Kuo was all dressed up with nowhere to go.Well, not exactly, but the non-partisan League of Women Voters of … Continue reading League of Women Voters Apologize for Neglecting to Invite GOP Candidate

The Case for Debates in the East Bay

Debates are like NASCAR for Political Nerds | Kuo: One-Trick Pony? | More Odd Candidates EmergeCHAPTER 6 | A few years back I was having a conversation with a veteran Sacramento political consultant over a contentious Assembly race in the East Bay between Rob Bonta and Abel Guillen. The consultant was flummoxed over the lack of … Continue reading The Case for Debates in the East Bay

Armas, Heredia Seen Together at LWV Forum and Walking Streets Together Afterwards

Hayward school board members Jesus Armas, Maribel Heredia Oct. 5 at City Hall. PHOTO/Shane BondHAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD SCANDAL | Even after the revelation of their salacious scandal, both Hayward school board members Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia, were seen last Friday night sitting together at the League of Women Voters forum for school board candidates and seen … Continue reading Armas, Heredia Seen Together at LWV Forum and Walking Streets Together Afterwards

Former Congressional Candidate, Chris Pareja, Makes His Return As Measure B1 Opponent

ELECTION '12//MEASURE B1 | Chris Pareja, the former congressional candidate who challenged both Pete Stark and Eric Swalwell in the primaries this year, has made his return in politics writing opposition to the county transportation parcel tax, Measure B1.The polite, all-smiles former candidate ran as an independent, although ideologically conservative, during the primaries capturing a little over 20 percent … Continue reading Former Congressional Candidate, Chris Pareja, Makes His Return As Measure B1 Opponent

Hayashi Attacks Valle’s Executive Pay At Tri-CED; Valle Calls Her ‘Thief’ After Forum

ELECTION '12//ALCO SUPERVISOR DIST 2 | Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi lobbed the first of many direct attacks at appointed Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle Wednesday night at the League of Women Voters forum when she criticized the supervisor of accepting a raise as a non-profit CEO for Tri-CEd in 2009 during the Great Recession to which Valle … Continue reading Hayashi Attacks Valle’s Executive Pay At Tri-CED; Valle Calls Her ‘Thief’ After Forum

After Pollster’s Alleged Calls, Bonta Asks Guillen To Pledge For A Clean Campaign

PHOTO/Shane BondELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 18 | An alleged telephone poll says Rob Bonta wants to end public schools in the state. During a candidates forum in Oakland Thursday night, it became the impetus for the Alameda vice mayor to ask his opponent, Abel Guillen, for a pledge against running a negative camapign from here to November.“If Mr. Guillen would join me,” Bonta … Continue reading After Pollster’s Alleged Calls, Bonta Asks Guillen To Pledge For A Clean Campaign

In The Middle Of Latest Endorsement Troubles, Young Posts Another False List

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 18May 10, 2012 | Someone must have told Abel Guillen one of his two spirits is backing Joel Young, his opponent in the 18th Assembly District, according to a list of endorsements uploaded Tuesday evening and removed the next day on the League of Women Voters’ election Web site.Young’s campaign said the list … Continue reading In The Middle Of Latest Endorsement Troubles, Young Posts Another False List

Debate Preview: All Three Candidates For Congress Meet For The First Time

Chris ParejaCONGRESS 15April 10, 2012 | While Rep. Pete Stark and his vastly younger Democratic challenger Eric Swalwell prepare to break out butterfly collars and chant "here comes the judge!" like its 1972, there is another candidate hoping to draw upon the addition of moderate to conservative voters drawn into the 15th Congressional District after … Continue reading Debate Preview: All Three Candidates For Congress Meet For The First Time