East Bay’s June ballot is set; AD15 features 12 candidates; sheriff, 2 supervisors to run unopposed

Just a portion of the AD15 field during aforum in Oakland last January.ELECTION 2018Voters in the contentious 15th Assembly District will have to choose from a list of 11 Democrats and a lone Republican this June. The wide-open race in the top-two primary is destined to be another tight Dem-on-Dem affair, just as it was … Continue reading East Bay’s June ballot is set; AD15 features 12 candidates; sheriff, 2 supervisors to run unopposed

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

Khanna floats Lee for U.S. Senate: A look at the political earthquake that would hit the East Bay

CONGRESSBefore Rep. Ro Khanna dropped fellow Alameda County Rep. Barbara Lee's name today as a possible progressive challenge to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who announced Monday that she is running for re-election next year, the idea of such a run was mostly the dreams of her uber progressive constituents in the East Bay.In fact, on several … Continue reading Khanna floats Lee for U.S. Senate: A look at the political earthquake that would hit the East Bay

Tony Daysog is running for the Alameda City Council next year

Tony Daysog served on the Alameda City Councilfrom 1996-2006 and 2012-2016.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILTony Daysog has won some and lost some during his time in Alameda politics. He's run for mayor and even Congress two years ago in a race outside of his home district. But Daysog's sweet spot appears to be the Alameda City Council … Continue reading Tony Daysog is running for the Alameda City Council next year

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will seek second term

Four more years? Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.OAKLANDAfter two high-profile scandals involving public safety, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Monday that she is running for a second term. And it appears she plans on running a campaign not on her own record as mayor, but against the target of all Oakland progressives, President Trump.Schaaf announced her … Continue reading Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will seek second term

Luis Reynoso again disparages Hayward City Council for inaction

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |Elections have consequences. But curiously, in Hayward, those reeling from an Election Night loss last week weren't even on the ballot. On Tuesday night, the Hayward City Council faced the music for its mixed attempt at remaking the city's school board at the ballot box.Two of three school board members won re-election … Continue reading Luis Reynoso again disparages Hayward City Council for inaction

Hayward still has Luis Reynoso to kick around; Annette Walker also returns to embattled school board

Hayward school board trustees Annette Walkerand Luis Reynoso win re-election Tuesday night.HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD |ELECTION 2016 |After an expensive campaign seeking to unseat a majority of the Hayward school board failed, much of the status quo will remain.School board incumbents Annette Walker and Luis Reynoso won re-election to three open seats Tuesday night. Walker received … Continue reading Hayward still has Luis Reynoso to kick around; Annette Walker also returns to embattled school board

AD16: Catharine Baker wins re-election over Cheryl Cook-Kallio

An expected close race turned into a nearly 12point win over Cheryl Cook-Kallio.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |In successive elections, East Bay Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker has now beaten back some of the most powerful liberal institutions in California politics--labor unions and the statewide Democratic Party.On Tuesday night, Baker coasted to a nearly 12-point … Continue reading AD16: Catharine Baker wins re-election over Cheryl Cook-Kallio

Oakland council, school board incumbents win easily; Kaplan dominates

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan rolledto victory Tuesday night.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |Although, there were late murmurs asserting a few Oakland City Council incumbents might face difficulty on Election Night, all five were swept to re-election Tuesday night, including a dominating win by at-large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. Similarly, the quartet of school board incumbents were … Continue reading Oakland council, school board incumbents win easily; Kaplan dominates

Vella, Ashcraft win Alameda council seats; Daysog loses re-election

Malia Vella, a labor attorney and college instructor,was the first-place vote-getter in Alameda's City Council race Tuesday night.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |2016 ELECTION | Going into Election Day, labor and Democratic Party officials believed Alameda City Council candidate Malia Vella had put in enough work to win one of two open seats. They turned out to be … Continue reading Vella, Ashcraft win Alameda council seats; Daysog loses re-election

McElhaney’s purge and the dud of an election season coming to Oakland

Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney isavoids a potentially bruising re-election afterjust a single challenger qualified for November.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | ELECTION 2016 |And then there was one. Oakland City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney appeared to most observers to be the councilmember with the most troubling re-election prospects. Which is to mean, she was viewed only the … Continue reading McElhaney’s purge and the dud of an election season coming to Oakland

Oakland’s Larry Reid files for re-election to city council, as daughter awaits turn

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | DISTRICT 7 | It's seemingly a rite of summer in Oakland. Will long-time Oakland Councilmember Larry Reid run for re-election or not? Well, call off the retirement party. On Friday, Reid pulled papers for re-election to a sixth term on the city council.Although Reid's uncertainty over whether he would run or … Continue reading Oakland’s Larry Reid files for re-election to city council, as daughter awaits turn

Mike Honda’s re-election campaign named one of Congress’s most vulnerable

Rep. Mike Honda is the only member on Roll Call'slist with more than two terms under his beltCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Mike Honda is on the capitol's endangered species list.Roll Call named Honda's 2016 re-election as one of the 10 most vulnerable in Congress.Honda is facing a rematch next year with fellow Democrat … Continue reading Mike Honda’s re-election campaign named one of Congress’s most vulnerable

Oakland’s Noel Gallo was thinking about quitting his council seat next year

After initial reservations, Oakland CouncilmemberNoel Gallo says he's now in it to win it in 2016.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | 2016 | One of the oddest pieces of political chatter over the past few months in Oakland went like this: Councilmember Noel Gallo was planning to quit after just one term in office. The rumor, no … Continue reading Oakland’s Noel Gallo was thinking about quitting his council seat next year

Mark Salinas plots return to Hayward City Council next year

Mark Salinas during a Hayward City Council meeting in 2014.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Former Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas may have made the biggest gamble of the 2014 election cycle when instead of running for likely re-election to his council seat he unsuccessfully ran for mayorSalinas placed a distance second to now Mayor Barbara Halliday and then … Continue reading Mark Salinas plots return to Hayward City Council next year