Libby Schaaf: ‘Bay Area liberal standard-bearer’?

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was the subjectrecently of at least three profiles publishedby national publications.OAKLANDIn 2014, the New York Times proclaimed Oakland as "Brooklyn by the Bay." Former Mayor Jean Quan loved the New York Times' portrayal of the city as a burgeoning mecca for foodies so much that she seemingly couldn't go a single … Continue reading Libby Schaaf: ‘Bay Area liberal standard-bearer’?

Khanna gets hitched in Cleveland

Ritu Ahuja Khanna and Democratic congressionalcandidate Ro Khanna at his campaign event in May.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | It's one race Democratic congressional candidate Ro Khanna did win.On Saturday, Khanna married long-time, on-and-off girlfriend, Ritu Ahuja in Cleveland. The wedding announcement appeared in the Sunday New York Times "Vows" section.At an event last May announcing Khanna's … Continue reading Khanna gets hitched in Cleveland

An uplifting Wednesday for Hayward’s downtrodden school district

Tom Hanks and Jack Del Rio put Haywardin the naitonal news Wednesday.HAYWARD | When it comes to positive news, Hayward's struggling school district rarely has its day in spotlight. That changed sometime after midnight Wednesday when The New York Times posted an opinion piece by Hollywood actor Tom Hanks writing glowingly of his alma mater, … Continue reading An uplifting Wednesday for Hayward’s downtrodden school district

Tom Hanks on Chabot College: ‘That place made me what I am today’

Tom HanksHAYWARD | There was always an urban legend that Tom Hanks never bothered to pick up his diploma from Chabot College. It's likely not true.In a New York Times opinion piece, Hanks gives a loving ode to his junior college alma mater, Hayward's Chabot College.The impetus for the piece is to support President Obama's … Continue reading Tom Hanks on Chabot College: ‘That place made me what I am today’

Don’t Blame Striking Workers, Blame MTC

SUNDAY COLUMN | How about blaming the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) on Monday morning when your car is sitting in traffic, instead of workers? Oh, you don’t know what or who MTC is? That’s exactly how they like it. Starting on Monday, the East Bay could be in the middle of one major traffic jam, but … Continue reading Don’t Blame Striking Workers, Blame MTC

Swalwell Voter: ‘I’m A Tea Partyer. I’m Voting For You’

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15 | Eric Swalwell, Rep. Stark’s Democratic challenger in the 15th Congressional District, may have been bitten by the hand that is feeding his hopes of upsetting the 40-year House veteran—right wing conservatives. But, do they know what Swalwell thinks of them?The New York Times reported a scene surely to warm the hearts in Stark’s camp, … Continue reading Swalwell Voter: ‘I’m A Tea Partyer. I’m Voting For You’