O’Malley scrubs website of Sacramento DA’s endorsement after Price calls out similar fundraising conflicts

Civil right attorney Pamela Price is turningup the heat on Alameda County DistrictAttorney Nancy O'Malley in recent weeks.ALAMEDA COUNTY DA--ELECTION 2018--Last week ,the campaign for Alameda County District Attorney candidate Pamela Price attempted to highlight a link between incumbent Alameda County D.A. Nancy O'Malley and her counterpart in Sacramento, who is currently embroiled in the … Continue reading O’Malley scrubs website of Sacramento DA’s endorsement after Price calls out similar fundraising conflicts

Richmond’s Kimberly Ellis falls just short of taking over the California Democratic Party

Richmond resident Kimberly Ellis narrowlylost Saturday's race for California DemocraticParty chair by only 60 votes.STATE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTIONThe race for the future of the California Democratic Party amounted to two choices: stick with the status quo that has served the state party extremely well over the past few decades or change course and back the type … Continue reading Richmond’s Kimberly Ellis falls just short of taking over the California Democratic Party

Two East Bay campaign ads used actors, similar strategies to attack opponents

ELECTION 2016 | In the East Bay recently, two major campaigns felt the sting of similar negative television ads. Both used stand-ins to portray the challenger and both attempted to describe their alleged ties to powerful special interests groups. While 17th Congressional District candidate Ro Khanna was light-heartily tweaked by Rep. Mike Honda's campaign by … Continue reading Two East Bay campaign ads used actors, similar strategies to attack opponents

Hawaiian adventure: East Bay lawmakers Wieckowski, Bonta frolic on the beach

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski and AssemblymemberRob Bonta both attended a special interests-paid junket in Hawaii.STATE LEGISLATURE | When visiting the Hawaiian Islands they say you’re always among family. It’s no different when the annual Hawaii junket, frequently derided by government ethics advocates, welcomes a mixture of California state legislators and powerful corporate interests to paradise.The special … Continue reading Hawaiian adventure: East Bay lawmakers Wieckowski, Bonta frolic on the beach

Hayward may back Bonta’s dispensary bill, but still doesn’t want them in their city

A Hayward councilmember said last monthhe wants no "marijuana stores" in the city.City backs local control aspect of regulatory billHAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Medical marijuana dispensaries in Hayward have long been viewed by city leaders with great disdain. Hayward councilmembers, in the past, have labeled them the bane of public safety and a potential corruption … Continue reading Hayward may back Bonta’s dispensary bill, but still doesn’t want them in their city

What does Don do for Alameda?

Former State Senate Pro Tem Don Perata is makinga good living in his second career as a lobbyist.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Following Don Perata’s unsuccessful bid in 2010 to be Oakland’s next mayor, one of the East Bay’s political giants was out of the game. But, like many well-connected politicians before him, he turned to … Continue reading What does Don do for Alameda?

Gov. Brown calls for state to increase renewables to 50 percent by 2030

Gov. Jerry Brown's fourth and last term as California's governor begins today. Brown was sworn-in to office Monday morning and quickly offered an ambitious vision for continuing to wean the state off carbon-based fuels. From the Los Angeles Times:By 2030, Brown wants California to derive 50% of its electricity from renewable sources, up from the … Continue reading Gov. Brown calls for state to increase renewables to 50 percent by 2030

Primary Questions: CA-15 Preview

Rep. Eric Swalwell, State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett and Hugh Bussell.THE CANDIDATES All you really know about Rep. Eric Swalwell’s first 18 months in Congress is he has compiled 350,000 frequent flier miles traveling from the East Bay to Washington, D.C. The slow pace of plate tectonics on Earth assures us long-distance travel for … Continue reading Primary Questions: CA-15 Preview

For His Re-Election Bid, Bonta Isn’t Taking Anything for Granted

Assemblymember Rob Bonta takes a moment to collect his thoughts at a candidate's forum Tuesday evening in Alameda. PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | During his 2012 campaign for the State Assembly, Rob Bonta often participated in a number of candidate’s forums on any given week. This time around, as he seeks re-election to the … Continue reading For His Re-Election Bid, Bonta Isn’t Taking Anything for Granted

Wieckowski Aide Filed Unsuccessful Restraining Order Last Year Against Wife of Alberto Torrico

STATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | A violent feud between the wife of a former East Bay state Assemblymember and the ex-chief of staff of a current one is raising questions about the use of taxpayer funds on what appears to have been a private — albeit, salacious — dispute. In addition, the public fight … Continue reading Wieckowski Aide Filed Unsuccessful Restraining Order Last Year Against Wife of Alberto Torrico

Judge Disqualifies Republican Candidate in Honda-Khanna Race Following Lawsuit

Ro Khanna, Rep. Mike HondaCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | A Sacramento Superior Court judge ordered the removal Wednesday of one of the three Republican candidates in the 17th Congressional District race from the June 3 primary ballot after invalidating two nominating signatures.Vinesh Singh Rathore, an attorney for Google, offered only the minimum number of 40 … Continue reading Judge Disqualifies Republican Candidate in Honda-Khanna Race Following Lawsuit

Bonta Offers Struggling Community Colleges a Makeup Exam

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | EDUCATION | The Sacramento Bee’s Dan Walters says the City College of San Francisco is using friends in high places to get out from under threat of losing its accreditation. The City’s state senator has a bill hoping to inject additional state funding for the struggling community college, and across … Continue reading Bonta Offers Struggling Community Colleges a Makeup Exam

Alameda Hires Perata As Consultant

Alameda Assistant City Manager Alex Nguyen lists the city's state legislative agenda Tuesday before the Alameda City Council. PHOTO/Steven TavaresALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Alameda is turning to one of the most notorious local politicians in recent memory to lobby Sacramento in its best interests. The City Council approved, 4-0, Tuesday night a $90,000 consulting contract … Continue reading Alameda Hires Perata As Consultant

Nearly 90% Of Bonta, Quirk’s Donors This Year Are Unions, Special Interests

Asms. Rob Bonta and Bill Quirk.ASSEMBLY//CAMPAIGN FINANCE | East Bay Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Bill Quirk both won election to the Legislature last year. While Bonta quickly moved to the top tier of Democratic legislators in the lower house, Quirk laid low and learned the intricacies of Sacramento. However, both are benefiting from the parties deep … Continue reading Nearly 90% Of Bonta, Quirk’s Donors This Year Are Unions, Special Interests

OUTGOING GOP STATE CHAIR CRIES WITH LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS

Former Calif. State GOP ChairTom Del Beccaro.PHOTO/Shane BondCAGOP CONVENTION | On his next to last day as chair of the California Republican Party, Tom Del Beccaro was wistful. When he spoke to the gay sliver of the party’s conservative coalition, the Log Cabin Republicans, he was downright tearful.“What I see here are my friends,” Del … Continue reading OUTGOING GOP STATE CHAIR CRIES WITH LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS