Alameda Councilmember Ezzy Ashcraft makes it official. She’s challenging Mayor Spencer

Alameda Councilmember Marilyn EzzyAshcraft announced Tuesday her campaignfor mayor.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Touting years of public service along with a record of consensus-building, Alameda Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft officially announced Tuesday that she will challenge incumbent Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer this November.“I’m running for Mayor, because I know the expertise and skills I’ve developed over 16 … Continue reading Alameda Councilmember Ezzy Ashcraft makes it official. She’s challenging Mayor Spencer

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee is running for mayor

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee'smayoral campaign already has $63,000 incontributions built over the past few years.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Backed by the city's burgeoning Asian American demographic and already stocked campaign cash reserves, San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee said Monday that he's running for mayor this fall.Although Lee's interest in the mayor's office had been … Continue reading San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee is running for mayor

Hayward Councilman Mark Salinas announces challenge to mayor’s re-election

Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas also ranfor mayor in 2014, finishing second.HAYWARDHayward Councilmember Mark Salinas made the ultimate political campaign gamble in 2014 when he eschewed likely re-election to the City Council for a run for mayor. His wager, though, came up short. But, after recapturing his council seat last year, Salinas announced Thursday that he is … Continue reading Hayward Councilman Mark Salinas announces challenge to mayor’s re-election

Piedmont picks a new mayor as city moves forward following Wieler resignation

Robert McBain, left, seated withCouncilmember Teddy Grey King, was chosen as Piedmont mayor Tuesday night. PHOTO/Keegan TatumPIEDMONT CITY COUNCILBy Keegan TatumBob McBain tapped his left hand on the papers of an open binder with an obvious mixture of nerves and excitement as he addressed a few dozen people for the first time as Piedmont’s mayor.McBain succeeds Jeff … Continue reading Piedmont picks a new mayor as city moves forward following Wieler resignation

Pressure builds on Piedmont elected official to resign over offensive social media comments

PIEDMONT CITY COUNCILThe Piedmont City Council says Jeff Wieler, who stepped down as mayor last Sunday, should also resign as a councilmember.Wieler resigned earlier this week after a number of Piedmont residents became upset over a series of derogatory social media comments he made recently against Black Lives Matter and members of the transgender community, among … Continue reading Pressure builds on Piedmont elected official to resign over offensive social media comments

Piedmont mayor resigns amid criticism over his right-wing social media comments

Piedmont Mayor Jeff Wieler resigned Sunday.PIEDMONTPiedmont Mayor Jeff Wieler resigned Sunday after an uproar over offensive comments he made on Facebook last week against members of the black and transgender communities.Piedmont, a small hamlet of more than 10,000 residents encircled by Oakland, does not directly elect its mayor. Instead, the five-person city council appoints the mayor. … Continue reading Piedmont mayor resigns amid criticism over his right-wing social media comments

After protest, Berkeley mayor walks back calling Milo Yiannopolous ‘white nationalist," then kinda says it again

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, right, duringa candidate forum last October.BERKELEYBerkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin has only been on the job over a month, but his first brush with national media attention may not have fared well. After a near riot ensued in Berkeley last Thursday in response to a scheduled speech at U.C. Berkeley by right … Continue reading After protest, Berkeley mayor walks back calling Milo Yiannopolous ‘white nationalist," then kinda says it again

Honda receives support from four local mayors, including Fremont’s Harrison

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Mike Honda rolled out a list of four South Bay mayors Monday pledging support for his campaign in next year’s intraparty rematch with Ro Khanna in the Seventeenth Congressional District.The endorsements cover cities representing a sizable portion of the South Bay and Alameda County congressional district. They include Fremont … Continue reading Honda receives support from four local mayors, including Fremont’s Harrison

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show podcast with guest Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

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Former Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker’s game plan for East Oakland

Bryan Parker, center, helped Castlemont High's football team raise $14,000 for new uniforms.OAKLAND | On a blustery late afternoon at Oakland’s Castlemont High School in July, members of the football team’s receiving corps ran play after play. “Thirty-two-in!” called out former Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker. The play, a simple 10-yard slant route toward the teeth … Continue reading Former Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker’s game plan for East Oakland

How Libby Schaaf got her groove back and became Oakland’s next mayor

Oakland Mayor-elect Libby SchaafOAKLAND | Sometime in August, Libby Schaaf found her groove. With less than three months before Election Day, Schaaf’s hardworking, technically advanced campaign had not yet found its voice. Late in the summer, The New York Times had a delivered a blow to Schaaf’s populist rhetoric when it described her as the … Continue reading How Libby Schaaf got her groove back and became Oakland’s next mayor

Alamedans showed election indeed have consequences

Mayor Marie Gilmore: one and done.ALAMEDA | MAYOR | Alameda Mayor-elect Trish Spencer was discussing her victory. “Do you really know why I ran?” she asked. “Because nobody else did.”And so, with the simplest of intentions, began one of the biggest electoral upsets in the entire East Bay. Spencer, a long-time school board member, filed … Continue reading Alamedans showed election indeed have consequences

Former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young is back in the game and making history

ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | It took two attempts, but former two-time San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young is again a public servant. On Tuesday, Young was sworn-in as the first female board member in the 103-year history of the Oro Loma Sanitary District.The five-person board, in fact, has been led by some of the same … Continue reading Former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young is back in the game and making history

ALAMEDA ELECTION PREVIEW: On Point

Clockwise: Mayoral candidates Trish Spencer and Marie Gilmore. City Council candidates Jim Oddie Stewart Chen and Frank Matarrese.MEET THE CANDIDATES Alameda has one of the more intriguing mayoral races in the East Bay. Two legitimate candidates with compelling counter arguments when it comes to development on the island. Mayor Marie Gilmore is seeking re-election this … Continue reading ALAMEDA ELECTION PREVIEW: On Point

Alameda Point Issue Bleeds into Mayor, City Council Races

ALAMEDA | MAYOR | CITY COUNCIL |Alameda's decade-long debate over development — especially the development of Alameda Point — is turning out to be the dominant issue in the city's mayoral and council races this fall. And voters' views on the Point — whether they want to develop it with new homes and businesses or … Continue reading Alameda Point Issue Bleeds into Mayor, City Council Races