Alameda council candidate Lena Tam is endorsed by three dead people

Lena Tam: The Alameda Medium?ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |Alameda City Council hopeful Lena Tam has people dying to support her campaign this fall.Her campaign Web site's endorsement list includes three people who have passed away in recent years.The Heavenly backing for Tam's campaign comes from former Alameda school board member Niel Tam, who passed … Continue reading Alameda council candidate Lena Tam is endorsed by three dead people

EBCampaign: Baker is tied to the Trump Train; Council candidates line up in Oakland, Alameda

94 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |As the dynamics of the presidential election begin to take hold, it's becoming increasingly clear that East Bay Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker's fate will rest with The Donald. The 16th Assembly District only slightly favors Democrats and includes a clear majority of Republicans and independents. And even though Baker reported … Continue reading EBCampaign: Baker is tied to the Trump Train; Council candidates line up in Oakland, Alameda

Raburn Hopes to Keep His Seat on BART

Lena Tam, left,  is challenging BART Board Director Robert Raburn. A third candidate, Lionel Larry Young, Jr. ran for Oakland mayor four years ago; finishing last. BART BOARD OF DIRECTORS | DISTRICT 4 | When a pair of BART strikes brought the Bay Area to a standstill last year, Robert Raburn, one of the transit agency's … Continue reading Raburn Hopes to Keep His Seat on BART

Jim Oddie, Bonta’s District Director, Announces Run for Alameda City Council

Jim OddieALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Earlier this month, East Bay Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski's district director ran for the Hayward City Council and barely lost. As far back as last year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk's former district director contemplated running for local office. But last week, Jim Oddie, Assemblymember Rob Bonta's district director in the 18th District … Continue reading Jim Oddie, Bonta’s District Director, Announces Run for Alameda City Council

The Amazing Shrinking Mayor Emerges Just In Time For Re-Election

ILLUSTRATION-RIGHT PHOTO/Steven Tavares LEFT PHOTO/Shane BondSAN LEANDRO | Now you see him, now you don’t. San Leandro’s rotund Mayor Stephen Cassidy is looking noticeably svelte in just the past few weeks. Is the puffy, pink-faced mayor on a crash diet or has he gone the route of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and undergone a … Continue reading The Amazing Shrinking Mayor Emerges Just In Time For Re-Election

Revenge Best Served in Alameda

DISMISSAL OF CITY MANAGER, ATTORNEY PIVOT AROUND TAM, JOHNSONIn the past six months, Alamedans have watched as a city councilwoman faced possible charges for leaking confidential closed session information about a controversial development at the former Naval Air Station, while the interim city manager and city attorney went rogue, according to some critics. With a … Continue reading Revenge Best Served in Alameda

Fighting For Your Right To Election Party

BEV JOHNSON BACK FROM THE BRINK; STARK'S HEALTH; GILCREST DRINKS FREE SODAS.By Steven TavaresMayoral candidate Sara Mestas and likely councilwoman-elect Pauline Cutter both held election night parties at the San Leandro watering hole, The Englander, but things got testy between the the rapper-turn-community activist and one of Cutter's top supporters.When Mestas reacted positively to late-night … Continue reading Fighting For Your Right To Election Party

Hand-to-Hand Political Combat in Alameda

POLITICS AND FIRE CHIEF'S PILFERING OF GASOLINE HAS ALAMEDA IN A COMBUSTIBLE MOODBy Steven TavaresYou can call it the Bell Factor. When officials dip their ladle too deep into the the people's pot of soup during rough economic times, expect an outcry. Alameda Fire Chief David Kapler's alleged defrauding at the city's gas pump is the … Continue reading Hand-to-Hand Political Combat in Alameda

Supervisor Race has Pieces Falling into Place

DISTRICT 3 SHAPING UP AS TWO-WOMAN RACEBy STEVEN TAVARESThe CitizenSUPERVISOR, DIST 3Alameda Councilwoman Lena Tam is out of the race for District 3 Supervisor. Shelia Young is also out, but seemingly always in...yes, no, maybe, I don't know. Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson is moving forward. Wilma Chan is measuring the drapes at the supervisor chambers. … Continue reading Supervisor Race has Pieces Falling into Place

Rumors of Corbett’s Interest in Supervisor Heat Up

Citizen Exclusive! SOURCE: CORBETT WILL MEET WITH TAM WEDNESDAYBy STEVEN TAVARESThe Citizen BOARD OF SUPERVISORSSources including a local city councilman tell The Citizen state Sen. Ellen Corbett is seriously considering a run to replace Alice Lai-Bitker on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.In addition, Corbett will meet Wednesday with Alameda Councilwoman Lena Tam, according to a source … Continue reading Rumors of Corbett’s Interest in Supervisor Heat Up

With Endorsement in Hand Tam Makes It Official

COUNCILWOMAN HAS EXPERIENCE ON ALAMEDA HOSPITAL BOARD Days after picking up an important endorsement from Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, Lena Tam officially announced Wednesday her candidacy to replace her.“I believe my leadership and experience on the City Council, on the Alameda Health Care District Board, and on the Alameda County Planning Commission have prepared me … Continue reading With Endorsement in Hand Tam Makes It Official