Two-thirds of Alameda County’s congressional delegation wants to be president?

Rep. Eric Swalwell has made numerous trips to Iowa over the past year suggesting he's eyeing a presidential run. Now another East Bay congressmember appears to be making a play for New Hampshire.

Swalwell proposes a total ban on assault weapons

15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTEast Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell wants to reinstitute the ban on assault weapons passed by Congress in 1994, but subsequently allowed to sunset 10 years later and replace it with a comprehensive ban and weapons buyback program.While the previous law also prohibited the sale and production of new semi-automatic assault weapons, it still … Continue reading Swalwell proposes a total ban on assault weapons

OPINION: Chronicle Columnist is Again Smearing Oakland

By Elmano GonsalvesSan Francisco Chronicle columnist Chip JohnsonOAKLAND | OPINION | Chip Johnson, it seems that your on-going vendetta against Jean Quan and the city of Oakland continues unabated. The San Francisco-centric and slanted media goes after Oakland Mayor Jean Quan as if she were Kim Kardashian. Quan makes news when she gets a parking … Continue reading OPINION: Chronicle Columnist is Again Smearing Oakland

Bonta: Wage Theft a Sad Reality for Fast Food Workers

By Rob BontaBonta at a McDonald's in Oakland.OPINION | Imagine being pick-pocketed every time you show up to work. For thousands of low-wage workers right here in the Bay Area, that’s the sad reality they face each day. Their employers, mega-corporations in the fast food industry, are illegally downsizing workers’ paychecks in much the same … Continue reading Bonta: Wage Theft a Sad Reality for Fast Food Workers

Employing the Do-Nothing Congress Argument

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | National political pundits say Democrats will attempt to make increasing the minimum wage a major campaign issue this year. We’re already hearing smatterings of this strategy across the country. However, House incumbents across the land will almost assuredly be countered with a refrain similar to what Ro Khanna outlined in … Continue reading Employing the Do-Nothing Congress Argument

Goldman Sachs Debarment Heads Back To Oakland Council, But Not Without Added Confusion

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | A draft ordinance that could lead to the debarment of Goldman Sachs from bidding on city contracts is heading back to the City Council with amendments, but not before another round of confusion fostered by the city attorney’s office.In the past month, the issue of debarment has bounced back-and-forth between committee … Continue reading Goldman Sachs Debarment Heads Back To Oakland Council, But Not Without Added Confusion

Seeing Stark Through Others Eyes

BRIEF REIGNS AS CHAIR CREATES DOUBT IN STARK'S FUTUREBy STEVEN TAVARESThe Citizen Pete Stark is like the cool uncle who tosses the ball around with you, talks to you like you are one of the guys and drops a few f-bombs every so often for  comedic effect and slips you a shot of Jack at your … Continue reading Seeing Stark Through Others Eyes

State Walks to the Plate with Threee Strikes Against

 CORPORATE POWER, MINORITY RULE, UNWIELDY LEGISLATURE HAMPER THE CALIFORNIA DREAMBy CRAIG WILLIAMS Three strikes is a serious problem in our state. Studies show that the more unequal a society, the more likely they are to be very punitive. In California for example over 300 people are in jail for life for shoplifting. It doesn’t get any … Continue reading State Walks to the Plate with Threee Strikes Against

John Roberts Hates You, but Loves AIG and Chevron

SUPREME COURT TURNS 'FREE SPEECH' INTO 'RICH SPEECH' By DOUG JONESThe current unemployment rate in California is 12.4 percent, with the nation's rate stubbornly remaining over 10 percent. There are many causes of this crisis, but the chief cause was the collapse of our financial services system in the summer and fall of 2008. Laws regulating … Continue reading John Roberts Hates You, but Loves AIG and Chevron

Saving Nummi for a Greener Future

By CRAIG WILLIAMSOne idea that has not been considered regarding Nummi is to create a reverse mortgage and allow people to pre-order cars, ideally plug-ins and or hybrids built at the Fremont plant. For the last two years I’ve been pitching the idea of creating clean energy reverse mortgages (www.cleanenergyrm.org) for investment in alternative energy. … Continue reading Saving Nummi for a Greener Future

Rogers: This is Not the Opinion of the Board

By CAROLE ROGERS, RNIn response to Dr. Rajendra Ratnesar's letter to the community:Dr. Ratnesar sent "An Open Letter to the Community" penned by the District's Public Relations consultant. This letter does not have the approval of the current Board of Directors. Ratnesar's term of office as Chairman of the Board is up on Dec. 31, … Continue reading Rogers: This is Not the Opinion of the Board

PRO: More Democracy and Tax Savings for San Leandro thru IRV

By STEVEN HILLThe San Leandro city council will soon begin debating whether or not to use instant runoff voting (IRV) to fulfill its charter requirement that local officeholders must be elected with a majority of the vote. 63% of San Leandro voters decided in 2000 to switch from plurality elections (where the highest vote getters … Continue reading PRO: More Democracy and Tax Savings for San Leandro thru IRV

CON: IRV is not the Panacea Advocates Describe

By ANDY CILEKIRV is being billed as a “new” idea in elections which will save Democracy. Its advocates vociferously declare its ability to empower voters, guarantee majority winners, save money, solve the “spoiler” problem, increase debate, provide more choices and make elections more fair. So what is this “new” idea that will bring “fairness” to … Continue reading CON: IRV is not the Panacea Advocates Describe

Opinion: Health Care Director Attempts to Save Hospital; How you can help

By LIZ JACOBS, RNSome things—like mushrooms growing—only happen in the dark. Add to the list Sutter Health’s efforts to steal San Leandro Hospital from an elected public board, and shut it down.Tuesday was supposed to be a big day for Sutter Health. It had a mediation scheduled with the Eden District Township Health Board. Sutter … Continue reading Opinion: Health Care Director Attempts to Save Hospital; How you can help

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Will Stymie Economic Growth

By Wulf BieschkeThere is no easy way to resolve the conflicts between medical needs and illegal activity, or to avoid the fact that we are dealing with an illegal drug. While some members of the community may support medical marijuana, individual neighborhoods do not want the facility in their backyards.That being said, When the county … Continue reading Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Will Stymie Economic Growth