Skinner bill shining light on bad cops passes State Senate

Nancy Skinner's police transparency bill passed the State Senate Wednesday by a 25-11 vote.

5 THINGS I THINK: THANKSGIVING EDITION

THINGS I THINK1➤I think Rep. Eric Swalwell is the greatest salesman in America. Over the past two years or more absolutely nobody, except for fellow Golden State Rep. Adam Schiff, has leveraged cable news and social media better to raise their profile in Washington. It started with clever, cutesy social media postings--"#swalwelling on Twitter and … Continue reading 5 THINGS I THINK: THANKSGIVING EDITION

Nancy Skinner wants crimes committed by white supremacists groups to be treated as terrorism

Protesters in Berkeley last April.9TH STATE SENATE DISTRICTBefore the events last week in Charlottesville brought national focus to skirmishes between white supremacists groups and counter-protesters, East Bay State Sen. Nancy Skinner's district, which prominently includes Berkeley, was the epicenter of bloody clashes and debate over free speech.On the day the State Legislature returned to session … Continue reading Nancy Skinner wants crimes committed by white supremacists groups to be treated as terrorism

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

EAST BAY LEGISLATORS REACT TO GOV. BROWN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL

LEGISLATURE | BUDGET | Following Gov. Jerry Brown's fiscal budget proposal this week seeking to balance the first state budget deficit since 2012 with $1.6 billion in cuts, local East Bay state legislators and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors weighed-in:ASSEMBLYMEMBER ROB BONTA"The Governor’s budget takes a cautious view of the state’s revenue picture. While that … Continue reading EAST BAY LEGISLATORS REACT TO GOV. BROWN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL

2016 EAST BAY YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 3 – Khanna heads to Congress; Oakland moves to keep the Raiders; Ghost Ship tragedy; East Bay responds to Trump

SEPTEMBERSen. Bernie Sanders>>>Progressive darling and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders puts his imprint on the Berkeley mayoral race by endorsing Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. >>>San Leandro City Council moves to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, two full years quicker than the state mandate of 2022. Starting in July 2017, the city’s minimum wage … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 3 – Khanna heads to Congress; Oakland moves to keep the Raiders; Ghost Ship tragedy; East Bay responds to Trump

State Senate newcomer Nancy Skinner named majority whip

State Sen. Nancy Skinner will also chair oneother committee, serve on four others.LEGISLATURE | East Bay State Sen. Nancy Skinner was tabbed by Pro Tem Kevin de Leon Wednesday to become the Democratic majority whip. In addition to becoming the party's enforcer and vote-counter for state Senate Democrats, Skinner was also named chair of the … Continue reading State Senate newcomer Nancy Skinner named majority whip

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

Skinner returns to Sacramento following 20-point victory

Nancy Skinner won 60 percent of the vote Tuesdaynight in an impressive win over Sandre Swanson.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |The East Bay is sending Nancy Skinner back to Sacramento following a two-year hiatus.Skinner, a former assemblymember who was termed out in 2014, registered a clear victory Tuesday night over Sandre Swanson in … Continue reading Skinner returns to Sacramento following 20-point victory

Skinner sends East Bay voters an 8-page children’s book about her life

Some East Bay voters received an eight-pagebooklet from Nancy Skinner that looked likea children's book.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 |ELECTION 2016 |Once upon a time there was a state Senate candidate with too much money to spend…Some voters in the East Bay’s Ninth State Senate District received a direct-mail piece from candidate Nancy Skinner this … Continue reading Skinner sends East Bay voters an 8-page children’s book about her life

EBCampaign: Swanson commits ‘political catfishing’; Khanna invited Hillary to his wedding; Cook-Kallio gets high on pot $$

12 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY | Sometimes the Internet is not what it seems. For some, the person one perceives on the other end of an online interaction is not who they are in real life. It's not uncommon for, say a man, to fall in love with a person online without ever seeing them … Continue reading EBCampaign: Swanson commits ‘political catfishing’; Khanna invited Hillary to his wedding; Cook-Kallio gets high on pot $$

SD9 PREVIEW: An embarrassment of riches for East Bay progressives

Former East Bay Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner and Sandre Swanson are vying for the Ninth State Senate District seat this November.MEET THE CANDIDATES Many enjoy bagging on Oakland politics, but every two years the city and surrounding areas produce some of the best candidates in the East Bay. It’s no surprise that its race for the … Continue reading SD9 PREVIEW: An embarrassment of riches for East Bay progressives

20 THINGS I THINK ABOUT THE 2016 EAST BAY GENERAL ELECTION

Alameda City Council candidate Malia Vella.1. Alameda City Council candidate Malia Vella is by far the most impressive non-incumbent running in any race in the East Bay this November. Her election could be the beginning of a long and successful political career. First, there was Rob Bonta. Now possibly another upwardly mobile politician in Vella coming … Continue reading 20 THINGS I THINK ABOUT THE 2016 EAST BAY GENERAL ELECTION

Nancy Skinner received contributions from Oakland, Richmond police unions

Nancy Skinner (left) received more than $11,000from local police unions during a four-day periodlast month, in her race against Sandre Swanson.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |In the months that followed a wide-ranging East Bay police misconduct scandal involving an under-aged sex worker, police unions in Oakland and Richmond showered state Senate candidate Nancy … Continue reading Nancy Skinner received contributions from Oakland, Richmond police unions

EBCampaign: KHANNA throws campaign manager under the bus; SKINNER raises another $125k; ALCO DEMS tangle

24 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |In the hours after Ro Khanna received news of a federal lawsuit filed Sept. 22 alleging his participation in a "modern-day Watergate" to illegally access Rep. Mike Honda's digital fundraising donor data, the Khanna's initial response was to protect Brian Parvizshahi, the young campaign manager at the center of the … Continue reading EBCampaign: KHANNA throws campaign manager under the bus; SKINNER raises another $125k; ALCO DEMS tangle