After defeat of Trumpcare, Lee tells town hall to ‘stay woke’

East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee at a town hallSaturday at Laney College in Oakland.13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTUplifted by the failure of the House Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and a bit exhausted following a red-eye from Washington, Rep. Barbara Lee told another large town hall to focus on the GOP's plan to cut … Continue reading After defeat of Trumpcare, Lee tells town hall to ‘stay woke’

Using the President’s favorite social media site, East Bay officials respond to Trump’s inauguration

PRESIDENT | Donald Trump's effective use of Twitter throughout the campaign and the presidential transition dominated headlines. On the day of Trump's inauguration as the nation's 45th president, many East Bay elected officials used the same social media site to express themselves, sometimes with melancholy and, in other instances, with defiance.Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta, on … Continue reading Using the President’s favorite social media site, East Bay officials respond to Trump’s inauguration

Khanna on Congress: ‘Pharmaceutical industry is a cancer on this body’

https://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4645846CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Ro Khanna, during a House floor speech Friday, issued a short stemwinder against the powerful pharmaceutical lobby.Khanna asked why an amendment that would lower prescription drug costs by allowing imports from Canada was not including in the proposal that will replace the Affordable Care Act. "It was appalling that … Continue reading Khanna on Congress: ‘Pharmaceutical industry is a cancer on this body’

AD-18 Candidate Has Been In The Hospital Since Early October; Has No Insurance

David Erlich, a candidate for the 18th Assembly District next week has been in the hospital since Oct. 9 following emergency surgery for a perforated ulcer. PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 18 | Candidate David Erlich is hoping to serve residents in Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro in the state Assembly, and he’s hoping to get … Continue reading AD-18 Candidate Has Been In The Hospital Since Early October; Has No Insurance

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committee Preview, Apr. 8, 2014

Oakland City Council Committees Preview1 Frank Ogawa PlazaTuesday, Apr. 8, begins at 9:30 a.m.Hashtag: #oakmtg>>> COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTFox Theater restoration completed in 2009CRAZY LIKE A FOX THEATER The investors for Oakland’s Fox Theater want the city to reaffirm certain tax credits used for the massive restoration project will be afforded to them in the … Continue reading The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committee Preview, Apr. 8, 2014

GOP Vanila Singh in Race with Honda, Khanna; wouldn’t Repeal Obamacare

Vanila SinghCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Let’s first get this out of the way. Republican 17th Congressional District candidate Vanila Singh is not named after the mellow spice. Instead, her sweet name roughly translates as mother earth in Sanskrit, she said. “I paid my dues with that name. I better make use of it,” she … Continue reading GOP Vanila Singh in Race with Honda, Khanna; wouldn’t Repeal Obamacare

Swalwell, Lee, Honda Vote Against GOP Obamacare Fix

CONGRESS | East Bay Reps. Eric Swalwell, Barbara Lee and Mike Honda all voted against legislation sponsored by House Republicans allowing people to renew their cancelled health insurance plans. The bill passed 261-157, with 39 Democrats defying the President's veto warning, including local Reps. Jerry McNerney and John Garamendi.The Greater East Bay House delegation, however, did not … Continue reading Swalwell, Lee, Honda Vote Against GOP Obamacare Fix

Swalwell’s Bipartisan Rhetoric Catches Up To Him With Government Shut Down

Rep. Eric Swalwell urging Republicans on the House floor in September to give up their "ideological wet dream" of railroading Obamacare.CONGRESS//15TH DISTRICT/ANALYSIS | House Representatives have a knack for placing themselves outside of the morass of Washington while maintaining membership in the same body. The talent is apparently easy to learn. After just a year in … Continue reading Swalwell’s Bipartisan Rhetoric Catches Up To Him With Government Shut Down

San Leandro Hospital Deal May Not Be Done By Deadline, But Don’t Worry

SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL | The letter of intent between Sutter Health and Alameda Health System (AHS) to keep San Leandro Hospital open expires July 1. However, if July 2 comes around without a deal in place, don’t worry; says Wright Lassiter, the head of AHS, it’s not the end of the world.Lassiter told The Citizen … Continue reading San Leandro Hospital Deal May Not Be Done By Deadline, But Don’t Worry

Alameda County Closes $80 Million Deficit With Extra Leftover For Employees

ALAMEDA COUNTY//BUDGET | A proposal to close an $80 million budget shortfall in Alameda County includes cuts to the safety net and one-time only savings from previous budget years. County employee will also receive a cost-of-living increase for the first time in five years.The budget forecast was bolstered by increased sales tax revenues and a … Continue reading Alameda County Closes $80 Million Deficit With Extra Leftover For Employees

Poor, Elderly, Kids In Alameda County Stand To Suffer From Budget Cuts

Labor protesting cuts to IHSS last year inSacramento. PHOTO/UDWAALAMEDA COUNTY//BUDGET | If all else fails, the needy have the county safety net to provide a modicum of health and human services in troubled times. However, after five years of staggering budgets shortfalls, Alameda County is again struggling to maintain services while revenues shrink and demand for aid … Continue reading Poor, Elderly, Kids In Alameda County Stand To Suffer From Budget Cuts

Forerunner To St. Rose’s Questionable New Operator Hit With $95,000 Fine

Prime's Dr. Prem ReddyHAYWARD | While the health care system in Alameda County undergoes significant growing pains in the run-up to Obamacare coming in 2014, the questionable acquisition of St. Rose Hospital by a group with close ties to a notorious Southern California hospital chain has flown under the radar.Last September, the governing board at … Continue reading Forerunner To St. Rose’s Questionable New Operator Hit With $95,000 Fine

A Heartfelt Tribute From The Son Of Pete Stark

STARK | There is probably nothing more powerful than a thoughtful young man willing to examine adversity and still finding hope at the end of tunnel. A day after Fish Stark's father lost his seat in Congress, the 16-year-old political prodigy of Pete Stark did what most young people do in this day of social … Continue reading A Heartfelt Tribute From The Son Of Pete Stark

County Democratic Chair Laments The Loss Of Progressive Standard Bearer Stark

CONGRESS 15 | Even as election returns Tuesday night in the 15th Congressional District race between Rep. Pete Stark and Eric Swalwell slowed to snail’s pace, but showed little hope for the incumbent's return to Capitol Hill. The chair of the Alameda County Democratic Party Robin Torrello, though, was still holding out hope. “My glass is … Continue reading County Democratic Chair Laments The Loss Of Progressive Standard Bearer Stark

Stark Magnanimous In Defeat

CONGRESS 15 | A day after suffering easily the worst defeat of his four-decade career in Congress, Rep. Pete Stark issued this statement Wednesday morning thanking his supporters and offering Congressman-elect Eric Swalwell his help.It has been my honor to serve the people of the East Bay for the last 40 years. I have worked … Continue reading Stark Magnanimous In Defeat