Brown signs medical marijuana bill; Bonta declares ‘new era’ for state dispensaries

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta may have just become the godfather of medical marijuana regulation in the state. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation adding regulations to medical marijuana dispensaries nearly 20 years after voters approve its legality in California. The bill, a cobbling of several regulatory bills, is viewed as being … Continue reading Brown signs medical marijuana bill; Bonta declares ‘new era’ for state dispensaries

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with special guest Assemblymember Bill Quirk

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Kaplan supports U.S. Senate bill effectively ending war on pot

Oakland Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan says the bill will help free up money for reducing crime.OAKLAND | Legislation was introduced Tuesday in the U.S. Senate effectively seeking to end the federal government’s lengthy war on marijuana and Oakland Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan wants a hit of the historic bill.The legislation, co-authored by U.S. Sens Cory Booker (D-N.J.), … Continue reading Kaplan supports U.S. Senate bill effectively ending war on pot

Quirk’s Ties To Calpine, Hayward Energy Plant Becomes Election Issue

AD20 candidates: Asm Bill Quirk, LuisReynoso, Jaime PatinoASSEMBLY | 20TH DISTRICT | Assemblymember Bill Quirk says his Republican opponent in the 20th Assembly District is a nice guy. Jaime Patino, the first-time office-seeker, says Quirk is a fine fellow, himself. Hayward school board member Luis Reynoso, who switched from Republican to no party preference will … Continue reading Quirk’s Ties To Calpine, Hayward Energy Plant Becomes Election Issue

Moderate Democrats Vying for the 16th Assembly District Find Much in Common

ELECTION 2014 | ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |It wasn't too long ago that Contra Costa County’s wealthy 16th Assembly District was a pinkish shade of red. Termed out Assemblymember Joan Buchanan is credited for turning the Lamorinda district blue, but following an outspoken stance by one of the candidates hoping to replace her decrying the … Continue reading Moderate Democrats Vying for the 16th Assembly District Find Much in Common

2013 Year-In-Review, Part IV: Fate Of East Bay Pro Sports And Political Aspirations Eye A Pivotal New Year

October 2013>>>A number of bills offered by East Bay legislators come to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for consideration. He signs Assemblymember Nancy Skinner’s high-capacity ammunition bill, along with State Ellen Corbett’s limo safety legislation. However, Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski’s non-citizen juror bill is vetoed, as is Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s free condoms for prison inmates legislation and … Continue reading 2013 Year-In-Review, Part IV: Fate Of East Bay Pro Sports And Political Aspirations Eye A Pivotal New Year

Russo to Alameda? The Wild Island Just Got Crazier

REPORTS SAY OAKLAND CITY ATTORNEY IS CHOICE FOR ALAMEDA CITY MANGERBy Steven TavaresWhen it comes to bizarre antics and dastardly political soap operas no city in the East Bay tops Alameda. From deposing its city attorney, city manager and hatchet jobs on councilmembers to gotcha videos of its fire chief siphoning city gasoline for his … Continue reading Russo to Alameda? The Wild Island Just Got Crazier

Potential Pot Moratorium May Achieve Few Results

NARCOTICS DETECTIVE TELLS COUNCIL ILLEGAL POT GROWERS IN SAN LEANDRO ARE EVERYWHEREBy Steven TavaresThe number of San Leandro residents illegally growing marijuana is so high placing a citywide land-use moratorium on dispensaries and large-scale growing facilities may accomplished little to stem the tide of cannibis production in the city."There is hundreds of homes growing [marijuana] in San … Continue reading Potential Pot Moratorium May Achieve Few Results

Stark Says Toke Up, California!

PROP. 19 ISSUE MAY BRING OUT YOUNG, PROGRESSIVE VOTERS IN NOVEMBERRep. Pete Stark is backing Proposition 19, the November ballot initiative legalizing marijuana in California, according to a report in The Huffington Post.The site says Stark along with Bay Area legislators Reps. Barbara Lee and George Miller will support the measure sure to be a lightning … Continue reading Stark Says Toke Up, California!