Lock her up: Iowa rep. introduces ‘Libby Schaaf Act’

Days after President Trump called for Oakland Libby Schaaf to be prosecuted comes a House bill calling for the same.

Ro Khanna to appear Friday on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher

Bill Maher will be joined by East Bay Rep.Ro Khanna this Friday, Jan. 26.17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTTo the unexpected, the scene might seem to be the result of a strange fever dream.This Friday, Rep. Ro Khanna will share the stage with actress Zooey Deschanel and others on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.It's a big get … Continue reading Ro Khanna to appear Friday on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher

Khanna has first piece of legislation signed into law

17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTThey say you always remember your first. President Donald Trump last week signed into law a bill authored by Rep. Ro Khanna that is intended to help veterans gain apprenticeships.Trump's signature make Khanna the only Democratic freshman legislator in either the House and Senate to have a bill signed into law, according to … Continue reading Khanna has first piece of legislation signed into law

Calls for elected representation are stirring once again in unincorporated Castro Valley

Alameda County Superivsor Nate Miley, right,along with Castro Valley Matters PresidentMichael Kusiak, at an Eden Area LivabilityInitiative meeting Thursday in San Lorenzo.CASTRO VALLEYA group of Castro Valley residents are once again advocating not for incorporation, at least not just yet, but some semblance of self-determination in the form of electing members to the town’s quasi-govervance … Continue reading Calls for elected representation are stirring once again in unincorporated Castro Valley

Quirk’s Mylar balloon bill is vetoed by the governor

Assemblymember Bill Quirk called Gov.Jerry Brown's veto "misguided."20TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTLegislation that would have added criminal liabilities for those who willfully release metallic helium balloons at power lines was vetoed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.The bill, authored by Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk, however, was deemed by Brown as an unnecessary expansion of criminal law. Violations in Assembly … Continue reading Quirk’s Mylar balloon bill is vetoed by the governor

Citing concerns of Vietnamese-American groups, veterans; Bonta pulls bill related to communists

Assemblymember Rob Bonta says AB 22was intended to clean-up language in statelaw long deemed unconstitutional.18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTA bill that would have stricken a Cold War-era reference in state law that allows for the firing of a state employee for their membership in the Communist Party was pulled from consideration Wednesday by its author, East Bay … Continue reading Citing concerns of Vietnamese-American groups, veterans; Bonta pulls bill related to communists

Citing constituency, Steve Glazer is only Senate Dem to vote against transportation tax

LEGISLATUREEast Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) broke from his Senate Democratic Caucus Thursday after casting a no vote against Gov. Jerry Brown's $52 billion transportation bill.Senate Bill 1, backed by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Brown, would raise taxes on gasoline and vehicle registration fees to fund $52 billion in transportation … Continue reading Citing constituency, Steve Glazer is only Senate Dem to vote against transportation tax

Rob Bonta on private prisons: ‘They have a duty to shareholders, not to California’

PHOTO/Wikicommons18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTEast Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta wants California to cease doing business with for-profit private prisons. Bonta introduced legislation Thursday that would prevent the renewal of state contracts with private prison operators by 2018.In a terse set of statements, Bonta said for-profit prison’s business model is not predicated on rehabilitating inmates. “The built-in incentives … Continue reading Rob Bonta on private prisons: ‘They have a duty to shareholders, not to California’

Bonta wants to create blue-ribbon panel to study tuition-free college

Assemblymember Rob Bonta's bill would callfor a nine-member commission to propose aplan for tuition-free college by 2019.18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTMore than never, California colleges and universities are facing increasing demand from potential students and an education system that is buckling under the financial demand. East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta believes the solution is tuition-free college for … Continue reading Bonta wants to create blue-ribbon panel to study tuition-free college

Bonta takes seat at the big table as state Dems take aim at Trump, bail reform

Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta previewedlegislation Monday to reform the state's bail systemand protect immigrants.ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT |The state is paying more than $4.5 million per day to jail suspects yet to be sentenced for crimes, many of who cannot afford bail. A forthcoming bill to be introduced by East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta will … Continue reading Bonta takes seat at the big table as state Dems take aim at Trump, bail reform

Loni Hancock’s Oakland-inspired coal bill passes Assembly committee

State Sen. Loni Hancock addressing the AssemblyTransportation Committee on Monday.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |It appears coal won't be traveling through a port terminal in the East Bay for the foreseeable future and state Sen. Loni Hancock hopes legislation prevents others from building new coal terminals if they seek state funding for the project.Hancock's bill, … Continue reading Loni Hancock’s Oakland-inspired coal bill passes Assembly committee

Glazer talks feminine hygiene with his daughter on Twitter

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | A bill introduced last week by Southern California Assemblymember Cristina Garcia to remove sales tax on tampons was, at first, met with skepticism from Steve Glazer, an East Bay state senator whose politics in known for its moderate flow. That is, until Glazer chose Twitter to have an intimate … Continue reading Glazer talks feminine hygiene with his daughter on Twitter

East Bay legislators with 14 total bills recently signed by the governor

Not all bills are equal, but some of State Sen.Loni Hancock's have more primacy than othersamong her East Bay legislative colleagues.LEGISLATURE | Five members of the East Bay legislative caucus celebrated the signing by Gov. Jerry Brown of 14 of their respective bills over the past week. On Monday alone Brown signed six.CATHARINE BAKERAB 773 … Continue reading East Bay legislators with 14 total bills recently signed by the governor

Kaplan supports U.S. Senate bill effectively ending war on pot

Oakland Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan says the bill will help free up money for reducing crime.OAKLAND | Legislation was introduced Tuesday in the U.S. Senate effectively seeking to end the federal government’s lengthy war on marijuana and Oakland Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan wants a hit of the historic bill.The legislation, co-authored by U.S. Sens Cory Booker (D-N.J.), … Continue reading Kaplan supports U.S. Senate bill effectively ending war on pot

Hayward irons out some kinks in its massage parlor regulations

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Over the past few years, the Hayward City Council has tried to legislate away some of its more seedy downtown elements. On Tuesday, the council unanimously approved new regulations on massage parlors enacted by the State Legislature, they says will make residents safer.The ordinance regulates all massage therapy operators to be … Continue reading Hayward irons out some kinks in its massage parlor regulations