Jesse Arreguin becomes Berkeley’s first Latino mayor; youngest ever

At 32, Jesse Arreguin will become Berkeley'syoungest mayor ever.BERKELEY | MAYOR |ELECTION 2026 |The son of a farm worker is now Berkeley’s first Latino mayor. Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, 32, also becomes the East Bay city’s youngest mayor ever.Arreguin defeated fellow Councilmember Laurie Capitelli in a hard-fought, sometimes adversarial campaign that also included the help of … Continue reading Jesse Arreguin becomes Berkeley’s first Latino mayor; youngest ever

President Obama backs Oakland at-large council candidate Peggy Moore

Peggy Moore's years of work for President Obama'scampaigns finally paid off Saturday.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | AT-LARGE |ELECTION 2016 |With just four days before Election Day, Oakland City Council candidate Peggy Moore received an enormous boost in her bid to unseat At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan--President Obama's endorsement.News of the president's endorsement was first reported early Saturday morning … Continue reading President Obama backs Oakland at-large council candidate Peggy Moore

SAN LEANDRO ELECTION NOTES: RCV Isn’t Going Away; Mayor-Elect Cutter Won’t Be Like Cassidy

Mayor-elect Pauline Cutter will definitelybe a change of pace from her predecessor.SAN LEANDRO | There were no surprises in San Leandro’s moribund races last week. Mayor-elect Pauline Cutter came within two points of gaining a majority without the use of ranked choice voting tabulations over Diana Souza. Corina Lopez, Lee Thomas and Deborah Cox also … Continue reading SAN LEANDRO ELECTION NOTES: RCV Isn’t Going Away; Mayor-Elect Cutter Won’t Be Like Cassidy

CUTTER ELECTED SAN LEANDRO MAYOR; THREE NEWCOMERS ADDED TO NEXT CITY COUNCIL

San Leandro Mayor-elect Pauline Cutter.SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | CITY COUNCIL | Councilmember Pauline Cutter will be the next mayor of San Leandro after ranked choice voting Wednesday morning built upon an 11-point lead over Councilmember Diana Souza.Cutter won 57 percent of the vote, followed by Souza's 43 percent after ranked choice voting tabulations. Early … Continue reading CUTTER ELECTED SAN LEANDRO MAYOR; THREE NEWCOMERS ADDED TO NEXT CITY COUNCIL

QUAN CONCEDES MAYORAL RACE

Mayor Jean Quan concedes following a disappointing third-place finish.OAKLAND | MAYOR | Mayor Jean Quan conceded victory Wednesday afternoon following a disappointing third-place finish in Tuesday's ranked choice election. Her time in the mayor's office will last just one term after Councilmember Libby Schaaf's stunning victory just after midnight."I want to congratulate Councilwoman Libby Schaaf on … Continue reading QUAN CONCEDES MAYORAL RACE

SCHAAF DOMINATES OAKLAND MAYORAL RACE

Mayor-elect Libby SchaafOAKLAND | MAYOR | Councilmember Libby Schaaf built upon an early 11-point lead in Oakland's mayoral race and never looked back Tuesday night.Although many ballots remain to be counting, ranked choice voting tabulations give Schaaf an enormous 26-point lead over the second place finisher, Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. Despite the unofficial results, Schaaf is … Continue reading SCHAAF DOMINATES OAKLAND MAYORAL RACE

OAKLAND MAYOR PREVIEW: A Winner By A Nose

Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and Jean Quan with A's co-owner Lew Wolff last summer.MEET THE CANDIDATES This time four years ago, Jean Quan was viewed as the underdog to Don Perata. She erased a nine-point margin after the first round of the ranked choice voting race to upend the former State Senate pro tem. Mayor Quan … Continue reading OAKLAND MAYOR PREVIEW: A Winner By A Nose

DOWN BALLOT: Nov. 3, 2014, 1 Day Until Election Day

ALCO REGISTRAR Alameda County Registrar of Voters Tim Dupuis appears to have a great sense of drama. He said Monday the ranked-choice voting algorithm used to tabulate races in Oakland, San Leandro and Berkeley will only be used after all the ballots have been counted Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. As is custom, the … Continue reading DOWN BALLOT: Nov. 3, 2014, 1 Day Until Election Day

GOP Chair: Some Oakland Republicans Leaning Toward ‘Lovely Libby’

OAKLAND | MAYOR | Oakland mayoral candidate Joe Tuman has courted the chair of the Alameda County Republican Party over the past year. So has Bryan Parker and Courtney Ruby. The game of political footsie with the city’s small number of conservatives is not surprising; since the trio tends to skew the furthest right on … Continue reading GOP Chair: Some Oakland Republicans Leaning Toward ‘Lovely Libby’

Perata ‘Breaks his Silence;’ Endorses Parker for Mayor

Former State Senate Pro Team is backing Port Commissioner Bryan Parker for Oakland mayor.OAKLAND | MAYOR | Former State Senate Pro Tem Don Perata says Oakland mayoral hopeful Bryan Parker has what it takes to get things done. With less than a week before Election Day, Perata announced Wednesday morning his endorsement of Parker for … Continue reading Perata ‘Breaks his Silence;’ Endorses Parker for Mayor

Tuman, Parker, Ruby Declare All For One And One For All in Oakland Mayor’s Race

Joe Tuman, Courtney Ruby and Bryan Parker at a press conference Thursday in front of City Hall saying each of their candidacies are outsider bids for the mayor's office next month. PHOTOS/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | The close second-tier of Oakland mayoral candidates, referring to themselves as outsiders, say the insiders, incidentally the trio leading … Continue reading Tuman, Parker, Ruby Declare All For One And One For All in Oakland Mayor’s Race

Gov. Jerry Brown Endorses Libby Schaaf for Oakland Mayor

OAKLAND | MAYOR | When Gov. Jerry Brown served as mayor of Oakland, Councilmember Libby Schaaf was part of his staff. If the popular governor was going to weigh-in on this 15-candidate mayoral race this fall, it was likely going to be in Schaaf's favor.With some fanfare, and statewide attention lacking in this campaign, Brown … Continue reading Gov. Jerry Brown Endorses Libby Schaaf for Oakland Mayor

Inside the Hit Piece Last Summer Against Rebecca Kaplan

In late June, just as Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan was beginning her mayoral campaign, there came news of a particularly damning article in the Oakland Tribune alleging campaign finance rules may have been broken by her mayoral campaigns, this year and in 2010. The allegation Kaplan used money from a committee created to support a … Continue reading Inside the Hit Piece Last Summer Against Rebecca Kaplan

Three East Bay Races Where Candidates Need to Better Sing Their Songs

We are now less than two months away from Election Day. For some campaigns it’s put up or shut up. Aside from a bombshell that likely will not happen, narratives need to be developed not sooner than later, but now. Free of charge, here are some stories that some campaign's need to start telling:RO KHANNA … Continue reading Three East Bay Races Where Candidates Need to Better Sing Their Songs

Oakland Councilman Kalb Endorses Mayor Quan for Re-Election

Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb andMayor Jean Quan.OAKLAND | MAYOR | Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb is endorsing Mayor Jean Quan’s re-election this fall. Quan’s campaign made the announcement Tuesday.“I am endorsing Jean Quan for mayor because her policies and hard work are getting results,” said Kalb, who represents North Oakalnd's District 1 on the City Council.Kalb … Continue reading Oakland Councilman Kalb Endorses Mayor Quan for Re-Election