Nancy Skinner wants crimes committed by white supremacists groups to be treated as terrorism

Protesters in Berkeley last April.9TH STATE SENATE DISTRICTBefore the events last week in Charlottesville brought national focus to skirmishes between white supremacists groups and counter-protesters, East Bay State Sen. Nancy Skinner's district, which prominently includes Berkeley, was the epicenter of bloody clashes and debate over free speech.On the day the State Legislature returned to session … Continue reading Nancy Skinner wants crimes committed by white supremacists groups to be treated as terrorism

Bonta on Charlottesville: ‘This is not who we are.’ Says no permits should be given for hate rallies

Assemblymember Rob Bonta18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTEast Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta says President Donald Trump's comments last weekend asserting a moral equivalence between white supremacists marching in Charlottlesville and protesters marching in opposition were "irresponsibly and dangerously stated." On two separate occasions, Trump suggested blame for the death of one counter-protester and injuries to 19 others last … Continue reading Bonta on Charlottesville: ‘This is not who we are.’ Says no permits should be given for hate rallies

San Pablo mayor wants to work in the Trump administration

ELECTION 2016 | Large anti-Donald Trump protests may be raging miles away in Oakland and other East Bay cities, but San Pablo's Mayor Rich Kinney is interested in serving the president-elect.In a series of tweets last weekend, Kinney offered his services to Trump. It even appeared Kinney filled out some sort of application, according to … Continue reading San Pablo mayor wants to work in the Trump administration

Lee, Honda, Swalwell represent East Bay for House gun control sit-in

Democrats protesting on the House floor.CONGRESS | Alameda County’s three members of the House of Representatives had starring roles in the historic protest by Democrats on the House floor Wednesday urging for votes on a pair of gun-related bills.Reps. Barbara Lee, Mike Honda and Eric Swalwell all spent the duration of the nearly day-long (still … Continue reading Lee, Honda, Swalwell represent East Bay for House gun control sit-in

During her first year in office, Libby Schaaf flipped the script in Oakland

Mayor Libby Schaaf's biggest first-yearaccomplishment was her ability to flipthe script in Oakland.OAKLAND | Perhaps no event had more potential to derail Libby Schaaf’s young mayoral administration than the May 1 mayhem in which protesters swarmed Oakland Auto Row, breaking windows and setting cars ablaze.The police response was torpid. Police Chief Sean Whent later conceded that … Continue reading During her first year in office, Libby Schaaf flipped the script in Oakland

YEAR-IN-REV15W: TOP 10 EAST BAY POLITICAL NEWS STORIES

YEAR-IN-REV15W | This may not have been the most eventful year in East Bay politics, but aside from some ill-mannered moments, 2015 was totally positive. Activists fighting for social justice and fair housing registered major victories. On several occasions, a few of the year's biggest news stories appear destined to act as opening acts for … Continue reading YEAR-IN-REV15W: TOP 10 EAST BAY POLITICAL NEWS STORIES

In San Leandro, Tanksgiving is next Monday

A LENCO Bearcat MedEvac displayed at apublic meeting Jan. 7 in San Leandro.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The fate of San Leandro Police Department’s controversial plan to purchase an armored personnel carrier dedicated for dangerous medical emergencies may be decided by the City Council Monday night.The police department’s application for state homeland security funds to … Continue reading In San Leandro, Tanksgiving is next Monday

Libby Schaaf woke up this morning to the reality of being Oakland mayor

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.OAKLAND | Is Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf enjoying a free pass from the press that her predecessor Jean Quan never enjoyed? Yes. Example: the press scrum that followed Schaaf on a tour of Oakland schools earlier this month. You know, as if she didn't know the school district was in the dumps?Will … Continue reading Libby Schaaf woke up this morning to the reality of being Oakland mayor

Desley Brooks’ amazing speech on race in Oakland; need for civil disobedience

Desley Brooks: "Our city has been torn upby angry, young white people, but that’s not the perception that goes out."OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Councilmember Desley Brooks can sometimes confound even her strongest supporters with a propensity toward inflammatory and in-your-face remarks, but when she is on, few in Oakland speak with more passion and clarity … Continue reading Desley Brooks’ amazing speech on race in Oakland; need for civil disobedience

Morgan Stanley postpones social media effort in Oakland following protests

OAKLAND | FERGUSON | Morgan Stanley and the Alameda County Community Food Bank had planned to promote through Twitter the financial institution’s program to help provide children in Oakland with health screenings and better nutrition.However, scenes of protesters in the downtown Oakland Monday night upset over the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown gave Morgan … Continue reading Morgan Stanley postpones social media effort in Oakland following protests

Outrage in Oakland over Michael Brown

OAKLAND | FERGUSON | In the hours since a St. Louis County prosecutor announced there will no be no indictment against the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown this summer in Ferguson, Missouri, hundreds of people protesting the decision have arrived in Downtown Oakland.Initially reports via Twitter detailed some protesters blocking the off … Continue reading Outrage in Oakland over Michael Brown

Bonta shows support for Michael Brown

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | The shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri is a subject most politicians would rather avoid. Assemblymember Rob Bonta thought differently. The largest part of his district is Oakland, a city well accustomed to protests whether they be self-contained to the Bay Area or in other … Continue reading Bonta shows support for Michael Brown

Quan, The Mayor Who Cracked Down On Occupy Oakland, Praises Mandela

Nelson and Winnie Mandela at the Oakland Coliseum in 1990.OAKLAND | ANALYSIS | The death of former South African President Nelson Mandela Thursday had a inextricable East Bay link. The U.S. support for his anti-apartheid reforms first ruminated in the Berkeley City Council. Upon release after 27 years of imprisonment in 1990, one of his first international … Continue reading Quan, The Mayor Who Cracked Down On Occupy Oakland, Praises Mandela

Chronicle Columnist Thinks City Hall Belongs To Politicians, Not The People

Oakland City Council meeting Nov. 19.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | ANALYSIS | There are times when even the most veteran of journalists drop their editorial guard and reveal exactly how they think. Most people in Oakland know San Francisco Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson bends over backward for the police. But, why, does he consistently fill his … Continue reading Chronicle Columnist Thinks City Hall Belongs To Politicians, Not The People

San Leandro Creates Committee to Address Chinese Flag Raising

A memorial for Tibetans killed during the Chinese occupation of the country was placed outside San Leandro City Hall before Monday night's discussion of a controversial raising of the Chinese flag over its seat of government. PHOTO/Shane Bond SAN LEADNRO CITY COUNCIL//FLAG FLAP | San Leandro’s most ardent and emotionally boiling topic in recent years continued to stir angst Monday … Continue reading San Leandro Creates Committee to Address Chinese Flag Raising