P.M. BRIEFING | 5.28.15

ASSEMBLY | Motorcycle lane-splitting bill passed by California Assembly (San Jose Mercury News) Assemblymember Bill Quirk says motorcycles weaving through traffic saferCalifornia Assembly Moves to Make It Harder for Dumb People to Do Stupid Things (San Francisco Magazine) Well-meaning bills that could have unintended effects on state initiative processOAKLAND | Activists Work to Stop East … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING | 5.28.15

P.M. BRIEFING | 5.26.15

SCOTUS | Could U.S. Supreme Court case shrink California's congressional clout? (Los Angeles Times) This has potential to be one of the impactful political stories of the year with wide-ranging implicationsOAKLAND | Former Congressman Ron Dellums: Organizing for Peace Forces Us to Challenge All Forms of Injustice (DemocracyNow!) For those of you wondering what ol' … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING | 5.26.15

P.M. BRIEFING | 5.22.15

RAIDERS | Why Oakland, Alameda County aren’t clamoring to keep the Raiders (San Francisco Chronicle) Exhibit A for why local officials are actually acting prudently with your tax dollars...so farHow The NFL Is Using Los Angeles As A Bargaining Chip (ThinkProgress) Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf retweeted this articleCA DROUGHT | California farmers strike a deal to … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING | 5.22.15

P.M. BRIEFING | 5.21.15

SD7 | Labor Democrats already on attack against Steve Glazer (San Jose Mercury News) Glazer's campaign will have to stay engaged for Round 2 in 2016OAKLAND | Why Oakland Police Can't Solve Crime (East Bay Express) Only 18 percent of Oakland's police force is assigned to investigating crimesRICHMOND | From the 'Arm Pit of the Bay … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING | 5.21.15

P.M. BRIEFING | 5.20.15

Oakland City Hall flamethrower Gene Hazard giving councilmember's the business during a meeting last year.OAKLAND | Civilians Are Finally In Charge of Complaints Against Oakland Cops. Kind Of. Not Yet (East Bay Express) Legislation was watered down by city administration, OPDTighter security at Oakland council meeting called excessive (San Francisco Chronicle) Issue of asking residents … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING | 5.20.15

P.M. BRIEFING | 5.19.15

Newspaper racks in front of World's Faire Donuts in Hayward. Do you see four different newspapers or two?BERKELEY | Berkeley soda tax: First month's take, $116,000 (Contra Costa Times) This will surely get the attention of other Bay Area citiesOAKLAND | Oakland's condo glut become a condo shortage (Oakland Magazine) Former Mayor Jean Quan had … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING | 5.19.15

P.M. BRIEFING | 5.18.15

"Maybe governing needs correct governing," reads a concrete pillar on East 9th Avenue and Fruitvale in Oakland.SD7 | Steve Glazer's Moment - And California's (Fox & Hounds) He would also be the most unlikely figure for change in SacramentoEAST BAY | Bay Area city managers highly paid regardless of city size, raising questions (San Jose … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING | 5.18.15

P.M. BRIEFING | 5.15.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski with San Francisco 49ers mascot Sourdough Sam.STATE BUDGET | What Jerry Brown's budget plan means for state workers (Sacramento Bee) Employee compensation will rise to $57 million in 2015-16Not enough money for highway repairs, Brown's budget acknowledges (San Jose Mercury News) Gas tax generates about one-fourth cost of maintaining highways and … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING | 5.15.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

P.M. BRIEFING 5.14.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk in the captain's chair with four Klingons.LEGISLATURE | Jerry Brown’s new budget plan freezes UC tuition, offers new tax credit for poor (Sacramento Bee) Proposals should greatly appease Democrats in the LegislatureAmnesty for traffic fines, court fees in Brown's budget (Capitol Weekly) A fantastic progressive proposalOAKLAND | Oakland district, teachers reach … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING 5.14.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

P.M. BRIEFING 5.12.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison and Ronald McDonaldLOCKYERS | Former California state treasurer and wife who hit the headlines over her 'meth-fueled affair with man she met in rehab' announce they are expecting a baby (UK Daily Mail) Basically sums up the last five years of this political soap operaLEGISLATURE | California special interests spent $48.5 … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING 5.12.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

P.M. BRIEFING 5.11.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski, center, with Charlie Brown and Snoopy (not constituents).BAY AREA | With body cameras rolling, police use less force (San Francisco Chronicle) Use-of-force dropped by 72 percent in Oakand since 2010OAKLAND | Oakland port moves past labor slowdown, but faces other competitive threats (Contra Costa Times) Upshot: Look what union did to our … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING 5.11.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

F.M. BRIEFING 5.8.15 (POLITICIANS IN HATS WEEK)

Rep. Mike Honda at an event with members of the South Bay's Sikh community.ALAMEDA COUNTY | East Bay Labor Unions Un-Invite District Attorney Nancy O’Malley from Awards Celebration (East Bay Express) Just when you thought the Alameda Labor Council had lost its backbone...ALAMEDA | Alameda settles excessive force suit (The Alamedan) Cop purchased the body … Continue reading F.M. BRIEFING 5.8.15 (POLITICIANS IN HATS WEEK)

P.M. BRIEFING | 5.6.15 (POLITICIANS IN HATS WEEK)

East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell, center, poses with law enforcement while wearing a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration cap. Last week, Swalwell urged for the nomination of a "progressive" DEA administrator. CA DROUGHT | Jerry Brown to water tunnel critics: 'Shut up' (Sacramento Bee) Statement contrasts his very respectful-looking burgundy sweaterSD7 | Open wide: California dentists pony up … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING | 5.6.15 (POLITICIANS IN HATS WEEK)

P.M. BRIEFING | 5.5.15 (POLITICIANS IN HATS WEEK)

Rep. Mike Honda dons the Gold Rush-era hat of the San Francisco 49ers mascot.OAKLAND | How Oakland's landmark Rotunda Building filled up without tech (San Francisco Business Times) Answer: No ping pong tablesFederal monitor keeps Oakland police in compliance on most reforms (Contra Costa Times) A mild surprise following last month's report on botched police … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING | 5.5.15 (POLITICIANS IN HATS WEEK)

P.M. BRIEFING | 5.4.15 (POLITICIANS IN HATS WEEK)

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski with an Alameda County firefighter has often faced a backdraft in the past from his actions.LEGISLATURE | California Assembly passes bill to ditch 'Redskins' mascots (Sacramento Bee)State lawmakers do on the local level what Rep. Mike Honda hasn't on the national levelHealthcare for those in U.S. illegally could cost California $740 … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING | 5.4.15 (POLITICIANS IN HATS WEEK)