Susan Sarandon is upset with Ro Khanna

Progressives are livid with Khanna's endorsement of an establishment N.Y. congressman

AD15 candidate who evangelized for Universal Basic Income, withdraws; endorses Beckles

Owen Poindexter and Jovanka Beckles ata candidate forum last January in Albany.15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--ELECTION 2018--Jovanka Beckles' bid for one of two seats in the highly-competitive 15th Assembly District primary, has gained the support of one of the field's most consistent progressive candidates. Owen Poindexter, who has gained attention for his support of Universal Basic Income, … Continue reading AD15 candidate who evangelized for Universal Basic Income, withdraws; endorses Beckles

As embattled ALCO Sheriff Ahern runs unopposed, critics search for a write-in candidate

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahernat a town hall last summer in Haywardwhere he faced considerable criticism.ALAMEDA COUNTY SHERIFF--ELECTION 2018--Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern has long dismayed East Bay progressives because of his deference to ICE, his support of Urban Shield, and instances of abuse by his deputies, among many gripes.But despite being the target of … Continue reading As embattled ALCO Sheriff Ahern runs unopposed, critics search for a write-in candidate

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’?

Ro Khanna took 60 seconds to dump on his spineless Democratic colleagues

17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTGive Rep. Ro Khanna credit: Either he's a bold, principled progressive leader or someone who has never read, "How to win friends and influence people." [VIDEO BELOW]This week, after Senate Democrats capitulated--those are words of progressives like Khanna--or figured out too late that the three-day government shutdown wasn't playing well in Middle America, … Continue reading Ro Khanna took 60 seconds to dump on his spineless Democratic colleagues

Rebecca Kaplan, dons prayer shawl, jousts with Fox News host

Fox News host Tucker Carlson and guestlast Friday, Oakand Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan went where many progressives have failed before her, participating in a one-sided conversation with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.Last week, the Oakland City Council approved a resolution--strongly backed by Kaplan--to prohibit the city's police department from aiding ICE agents … Continue reading Rebecca Kaplan, dons prayer shawl, jousts with Fox News host

The Nation names freshman Rep. Ro Khanna rookie of the year

Rep. Ro Khanna wins high praise from theprogressive "The Nation" magazine.17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTSince even before his election to Congress and swearing-in last January, Rep. Ro Khanna has tried to burnish an exemplary progressive image. Progressives in his own congressional district were skeptical, and for good reason. Khanna sought to unseat a perfectly good progressive in … Continue reading The Nation names freshman Rep. Ro Khanna rookie of the year

Bonta and Wieckowski’s holiday wish: Let’s kick Trump’s ass!

Assemblymember Rob Bonta has used fiery rhetoric against President Trump in the past.ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County Democrats, led by Assemblymember Rob Bonta and State Sen. Bob Wieckowski, were in a festive holiday mood last week, except when it came to talk about President Donald Trump.Bonta and Wieckowski, speaking at last Wednesday's monthly Alameda County Democratic Central Committee meeting … Continue reading Bonta and Wieckowski’s holiday wish: Let’s kick Trump’s ass!

Sandre Swanson, although courted by supporters, says he won’t run for Alameda mayor

Sandre Swanson during an endorsementmeeting last year for the 9th state Senate.ALAMEDAAn unsuccessful run for the state Senate last year proved Sandre Swanson is not done with public service. Swanson confirmed Friday that he had strong interest for challenging Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer's re-election next year."I've been honored by people and organizations in the … Continue reading Sandre Swanson, although courted by supporters, says he won’t run for Alameda mayor

Progressive wave of Bay Area candidates strike unifying message against Democratic Party: ‘They’re not us’

Alameda County District Attorney candidatePamela Price speaking to voters Wednesday at the City of Alameda Democratic Club.PHOTOS/Zac GoldsteinELECTION 2018Four prohibitive political underdogs took the stage in Alameda Wednesday night with visions of unseating entrenched incumbents in the U.S. Senate, Congress and the Alameda County District Attorney's office. While their platforms hovered around slightly different points on … Continue reading Progressive wave of Bay Area candidates strike unifying message against Democratic Party: ‘They’re not us’

When Schaaf falls in Oakland, it always seems to be into progressives arms

The Uber building that never was.OAKLAND--OPPOSITION RESEARCH--In late 2015, it could be argued that Uber's announced move to Downtown Oakland, based on its transformative potential (good and bad), was the biggest news story in Oakland that year. The purchase of the old Sears Building for $123 million and Uber's promise to bring between 2,000 and … Continue reading When Schaaf falls in Oakland, it always seems to be into progressives arms

Khanna says without Pelosi, House Democratic leadership would move to the right

17TH CONGRESSIONALRep. Ro Khanna, rebutting some progressives who criticized him recently for supporting Nancy Pelosi's continued service as House minority leader, said without her the leadership position would move to the right."Who would we have if Nancy Pelosi wasn't minority leader? Next in line would be [Reps.] Steny Hoyer and Joe Crowley," said Khanna during a … Continue reading Khanna says without Pelosi, House Democratic leadership would move to the right

A potential Alameda City Charter crisis again flares over mayor’s latest planning board picks

Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer'sfuture planning board nominations mightface indefinite uncertainty. ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda may be in the midst of a City Charter crisis. Earlier this week, two of Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer's nominations to the influential Planning Board were rejected by the council's progressive majority.Under past mayors, the periodic appointment to various boards and commissions … Continue reading A potential Alameda City Charter crisis again flares over mayor’s latest planning board picks

Ro Khanna blames his staff for Kimberly Ellis mishap

Rep. Ro Khanna17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTRep. Eric Swalwell understood the fairly simple task last May of authorizing a proxy to place his vote for California Democratic Party chair candidate Kimberly Ellis. But neighboring Congressman Ro Khanna appeared flummoxed by the process.Ellis, whose underdog campaign captured the imagination of progressives, came up short in her bid for … Continue reading Ro Khanna blames his staff for Kimberly Ellis mishap

Barbara Lee for President? Town hall says yes!

13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTEast Bay Rep. Barbara Lee's town hall meetings are usually lovefests between the popular progressive congressmember and her adoring constituents. But last Sunday at a town hall featuring Watergate-era White House counsel John Dean, the crowd in Berkeley cheered wildly after Lee was asked to consider running for president in 2020.Later another constituent … Continue reading Barbara Lee for President? Town hall says yes!