2012 Year In Lists: Top 5 Best/Worst Dressed Politcians in the East Bay

 Best Dressed East Bay PoliticiansMary Hayashi in Oct. 2011.Mary Hayashi – No joke! Who, other than Hayashi, could have the balls to show up for her hearing for shoplifting from Neiman Marcus dressed to the nines while clutching a pricey Coach bag? Although, we noticed she was wearing some pantsuits more than once during the … Continue reading 2012 Year In Lists: Top 5 Best/Worst Dressed Politcians in the East Bay

2012 BEST QUOTES OF THE YEAR

"You just wait until my campaign is over. I'm going to find you and beat your (expletive) (expletive), you (expletive)." –Joel Young, former 18th Assembly candidate, to an aide for Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan at the Make Westing bar in Oakland, according to a police report."There were a number of personal factors that led to the … Continue reading 2012 BEST QUOTES OF THE YEAR

2012 Year In Review, Part III: ‘What Did U Buy?’ Says Armas. "Crotchless Panties,’ Replies Heredia

07.12The first sign of campaign upheaval almost always contains elements of a shake up in staff. After major blowouts over the past two months, Pete Stark replaces his campaign manager Alex Tourk with Sharon Cornu. The local labor stalwart begins to highlight Swalwell’s conservative conundrum and tries to link him to Republican figure heads in … Continue reading 2012 Year In Review, Part III: ‘What Did U Buy?’ Says Armas. "Crotchless Panties,’ Replies Heredia

Green Says Measure B1 Campaign Was ‘Poorly Run’

TRANSPORTATION//MEASURE B1 | The chair of the Alameda County Transportation Commission says the campaign for Measure B1, which narrowly missed out on a two-thirds majority last Election Day was “poorly-run” and county leaders need to quickly amass support for placing another measure before voters.Measure B1 would have reignited a half-cent county transportation tax, approved in 1986 … Continue reading Green Says Measure B1 Campaign Was ‘Poorly Run’

AD20 Preview: A Sturdy Quirk Hopes To Fend Off A Closing Sprinter

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20 PREVIEWThe Sport of Kings is a good analogy for the race for the Hayward-dominated 20th Assembly District. Former Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk is a sturdy thoroughbred that favors running a race from the front of the pack. Such horses, however, tend to fade at the end, often at the hands of a … Continue reading AD20 Preview: A Sturdy Quirk Hopes To Fend Off A Closing Sprinter

Mary Hayashi: The Comeback Kid?

ELECTION '12//ALCO SUPERVISOR DIST 2 | Sometime before Richard Valle was appointed to replace disgraced Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer in June, Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi was already lurking in the background, gauging political support in advance of her likely campaign this fall. However, conventional wisdom quickly coalesced around the belief that her run for District … Continue reading Mary Hayashi: The Comeback Kid?

Valle Shows Fundraising Strength, But Still Outraised By Hayashi

ELECTION '12//ALAMEDA COUNTY SUPERVISOR DIST 2 | Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi and appointed Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle are nearly neck and neck in fundraising for the District 2 supervisorial seat, according to recently released campaign finance reports. Hayashi barely scraped past Valle with the help of a transfer of funds from her own large assembly campaign war chest. … Continue reading Valle Shows Fundraising Strength, But Still Outraised By Hayashi

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

Wake Up, Richard Valium!

ELECTION ‘12//ALCO SUPERVISOR DIST 2 | The catatonic demeanor of Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle is not a new thing, says Union City Mark Green. The two worked together on the Union City City Council for over a decade ending in 2010. They now face off next month, along with Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi and Mark … Continue reading Wake Up, Richard Valium!

Valle’s Strategy For Hayashi: ‘Wait To See The White In Her Eyes’ And Attack

ELECTION '12//ALCO SUPERVISOR DIST 2 | The hardscrabble fight between Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi and Supervisor Richard Valle for District 2 has oddly been missing the largest target for attack of all--Hayashi’s sordid tale of shoplifting $2,450 worth of clothes from Neiman Marcus in San Francisco last year. A few months ago at a meet and greet … Continue reading Valle’s Strategy For Hayashi: ‘Wait To See The White In Her Eyes’ And Attack

Hayashi Repeatedly Places Blame For ACAP’s Demise On Valle, Miley

ELECTION ‘12//ALAMEDA COUNY SUPERVISOR DIST 2 | In one of the first contentious forums thus far between Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle and Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, the challenger, repeatedly used a grand jury report that came down hard on the county’s mishandling of contracts to non-profits to paint Valle in a negative light.Hayashi repeatedly referenced … Continue reading Hayashi Repeatedly Places Blame For ACAP’s Demise On Valle, Miley

Ong Touts Poll Showing Large Lead In AD20; Endorsement From Green, Primary Rival

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20 | A new poll released last week shows optometrist Dr. Jennifer Ong gained a significant lead over former Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk in the 20th Assembly District race. Quirk, however, refutes the data.  The poll, compiled by Global Strategy Group, states that after hearing positive statements about both Ong and her opponent, the voters chose her by a significant … Continue reading Ong Touts Poll Showing Large Lead In AD20; Endorsement From Green, Primary Rival

Secret Revealed: Valle Told Supes Apodaca Cheated During Interview Process

ELECTION 12//ALCO DIST 2 | Just moments after the Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Richard Valle to replace Nadia Lockyer on June 11, his main challenger, Newark Councilwoman Ana Apodaca, approached amid exuberant applause and congratulated him. Valle embraced Apodaca and kissed her on the cheek. According to nearly a dozen sources, Valle’s action may … Continue reading Secret Revealed: Valle Told Supes Apodaca Cheated During Interview Process

Guess What? Hayashi Is The Front Runner For Alameda County Supervisor

ELECTION '12//ALCO DISTRICT 2 | Mary Hayashi is a fighter. So, it shouldn't be surprising the only East Bay politician who rivals Nadia Lockyer's huge negatives is the candidate for her seat most likely victorious this November. I know it's shocking and the last sentenced elicited a round of "fucks!" and knee jerk thoughts of moving … Continue reading Guess What? Hayashi Is The Front Runner For Alameda County Supervisor

Hayashi’s Paltry Support Among Local Pols Reaches Outside Supervisorial District

ELECTION '12//ALCO DIST 2 | As expected, many elected officials in the contested Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 2 race view Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi's run for the seat as something as uncomfortable as a pair of leather pants filled with itching powder.Of the nine endorsers thus far, according to Hayashi's campaign Web site, just … Continue reading Hayashi’s Paltry Support Among Local Pols Reaches Outside Supervisorial District