As Oakland labor talks stall, SEIU unleashes a flame throwing web site at Mayor Schaaf

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf won't likely facea credible candidate for re-election next yearbut SEIU Local 1021 is acting like anopponent.OAKLANDFew East Bay labor unions are more aggressive than the Service Employees International Union Local 1021. Whether in Hayward where union leaders screamed at elected officials during a long labor contract impasse or the seemingly routine … Continue reading As Oakland labor talks stall, SEIU unleashes a flame throwing web site at Mayor Schaaf

Former East Bay legislative candidate is running for state insurance commissioner

Peter Kuo finished a surprising second in the 2014 10th State Senate race that included DemsBob Wieckowski and Mary Hayashi.STATEWIDE OFFICERepublican Peter Kuo ran for the state senate's 10th District in 2014 and followed it up last year with a challenge in the 17th Congressional District. Kuo lost on both occasions, although, he advanced to the 2014 … Continue reading Former East Bay legislative candidate is running for state insurance commissioner

EBCampaign: Look out! Is Mary Hayashi getting back into the game?

75 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |Is Mary Hayashi making some sort of a comeback? The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that the disgraced former East Bay assemblymember who was caught stealing from Neiman Marcus in 2011 was the emcee at a function for Illinois U.S. Senate hopeful Tammy Duckworth. Hayashi has rarely been seen in … Continue reading EBCampaign: Look out! Is Mary Hayashi getting back into the game?

NBC’s Brian Williams uses a trick from Mary Hayashi’s playbook

Brian Williams should ask Mary Hayashi. The Brain Tumor Defense almost never works.ALAMEDA COUNTY | NBC’s suspended news anchor Brian Williams suggested he “misremembered” disputed events in Afghanistan because of a brain tumor, according to a lengthy expose of the network’s downtrodden news division in the current issue of Vanity Fair.It begs the question: Why sully the reputation of brain … Continue reading NBC’s Brian Williams uses a trick from Mary Hayashi’s playbook

Tea Party insurgency at the Alameda County Republican Central Committee?

The Alameda County Republican CentralCommittee is looking for a new chairperson.ALAMEDA COUNTY GOP | Alameda County Republican Central Committee Chair Sue Caro helped register one of the local party’s biggest victories in years following the election last November of Assemblymember Catharine Baker.Republicans in the Bay Area had been shut out of the Legislature for eight … Continue reading Tea Party insurgency at the Alameda County Republican Central Committee?

EBC Year-In-Review, Apr-June: Dueling Negative Website; GOP Primary Surprises

APRIL Joe Tuman speaks to an audience at LaneyCollege in Oakland.>>>The first major gathering of Oakland’s quickly growing mayoral field meet at Temple Sinai to discuss one issue—likely the most vexing of the campaign—public safety.>>>With two months until Election Day, Hayward’s three major mayoral candidates meet in a public forum for the first time and … Continue reading EBC Year-In-Review, Apr-June: Dueling Negative Website; GOP Primary Surprises

I Don’t Blame You For Not Voting

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski is almost a sure thing to win election Tuesday to the State Senate.ELECTION DAY '14 | ANALYSIS | Election Day has become perverse. Big money is again flowing to Assembly races in East Bay just as they did two years ago. No matter whether it’s two Democrats or one from hailing from the … Continue reading I Don’t Blame You For Not Voting

SD10 PREVIEW: An Easy Dem Win Today, With Hints of a GOP Revival Later

Democrat Bob Wieckowski and Republican Peter Kuo.MEET THE CANDIDATES After serving two terms in the State Assembly’s 25th District, Bob Wieckowski is looking to take the next step to the upper house of the Legislature. The 10th District’s latest boundaries followed redistricting that eliminated State Sen. Ellen Corbett’s seat following her being termed out this year. … Continue reading SD10 PREVIEW: An Easy Dem Win Today, With Hints of a GOP Revival Later

DOWN BALLOT: Oct. 28, 2014, 7 Days Until Election Day

Sen. Barbara Boxer backs Schaaf.OAKLAND MAYOR Councilmember Libby Schaaf received another high-profile endorsement Tuesday, this time, from U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. Earlier this month, Schaaf's former boss, Gov. Jerry Brown, backed her campaign...Meanwhile, on Sunday morning, Parker received the support of former NAACP President Ben Jealous. The San Francisco Chronicle says a surprise announcement scheduled by … Continue reading DOWN BALLOT: Oct. 28, 2014, 7 Days Until Election Day

Bill McCammon, former Alameda County Fire Chief, dies

McCammon's 2006 Assembly race againstMary Hayashi was notable for its vitriol.ALAMEDA COUNTY | Bill McCammon, a former Alameda County fire chief and head of the the East Bay Regional Communication System Authority, died in his sleep Monday morning from an apparent heart attack. He was 61.In addition to leading the Alameda County Fire Department for … Continue reading Bill McCammon, former Alameda County Fire Chief, dies

A Farewell To Michael Sweeney, The Man Who Made It Easier To Cover Government

One of the few occasions when I was attempting to surreptitiously keep an eye on former Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney's public dealings, otherwise known as a photo bomb. PHOTO/Natalia AldanaMichael Sweeney ended three non-consecutive terms as Hayward's mayorthis week.HAYWARD | APPRECIATION | I like to think former Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney called me “Hurricane Tavares” … Continue reading A Farewell To Michael Sweeney, The Man Who Made It Easier To Cover Government

June Primary Losers: Corbett, Hayashi Exit Public Life

ELLEN CORBETT Absolutely nobody predicted Corbett would finish behind the perfunctory Republican candidate in the 15th Congressional District. Few thought she could unseat Rep. Eric Swalwell in November, either, but now she won’t even have the chance. In hindsight, Corbett probably could have run a more effective primary race, but saving her limited supply of … Continue reading June Primary Losers: Corbett, Hayashi Exit Public Life

Wieckowski Tops State Senate Field; Hayashi Again Falls Short

STATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | Mary Hayashi's political future is gone. Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski's may soon involve a seat in the State Senate. Meanwhile, Peter Kuo's is just beginning.Wieckowski won the June primary in the 10th State Senate District Tuesday with 35 percent of the vote. Kuo, the surprising second place winner, took 26.2 … Continue reading Wieckowski Tops State Senate Field; Hayashi Again Falls Short

Primary Questions: SD-10 Preview

Clockwise from left: Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, Mary Hayashi, Audie Bock, Peter Kuo and Roman Reed.THE CANDIDATES We all know about Mary Hayashi’s past, but what is missing from this campaign is just how progressive a record she had in the Assembly. During her six years in the lower house, Hayashi was a strong advocate for … Continue reading Primary Questions: SD-10 Preview

SD-10 June Primary Preview: A Battle Royale in the East Bay

STATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | The most important event in one of this year's most vicious primary races in the state did not occur in 2014, but on October 25, 2011. That was the day when then-Assemblymember Mary Hayashi was arrested outside of Neiman Marcus in San Francisco with three pieces of shoplifted clothing … Continue reading SD-10 June Primary Preview: A Battle Royale in the East Bay