20 THINGS I THINK ABOUT THE 2016 EAST BAY GENERAL ELECTION

Alameda City Council candidate Malia Vella.1. Alameda City Council candidate Malia Vella is by far the most impressive non-incumbent running in any race in the East Bay this November. Her election could be the beginning of a long and successful political career. First, there was Rob Bonta. Now possibly another upwardly mobile politician in Vella coming … Continue reading 20 THINGS I THINK ABOUT THE 2016 EAST BAY GENERAL ELECTION

EAST BAY’S TOP 10 MOST INTRIGUING RACES THIS NOVEMBER

ELECTION 2016 | This year is a presidential election and all eyes will be on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. However, when it comes to down ballot races in the East Bay, this is not the most electrifying local election, by any means. For instance, local campaign for Congress, the state Senate and the Assembly, … Continue reading EAST BAY’S TOP 10 MOST INTRIGUING RACES THIS NOVEMBER

20 things I think about the East Bay’s June primary election

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors reignas champions of local entrenched poltics maycome to end on June 7.JUNE PRIMARY PREVIEW |1. I think Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley is scared to the point that he cries at bedtime.2. I think other supervisors, especially Scott Haggerty and Wilma Chan are feeling indigestion-level discomfort over the possibility … Continue reading 20 things I think about the East Bay’s June primary election

Oil and tobacco-funded IE spends a quick $138,000 in support of Sandre Swanson

SD09 candidate Sandre Swanson and current officeholder state Sen. Loni Hancock.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |An independent expenditure committee, whose largest donors include oil and tobacco companies, has spent more than $138,000 in the last week in support of Sandre Swanson’s bid for the 9th state Senate district, representing Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda. However, the … Continue reading Oil and tobacco-funded IE spends a quick $138,000 in support of Sandre Swanson

EBCampaign: Baker’s Trump dilemma; Skinner sets sights on Alameda; Republicans go all-for-one

21 DAYS TO PRIMARY DAY | Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker has a big problem and its name is Donald J. Trump.In the purple-tinted Contra Costa County and Tri Valley 16th Assembly District, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is a potential drag on her re-election efforts. Although, not necessarily in June, but likely a major problem … Continue reading EBCampaign: Baker’s Trump dilemma; Skinner sets sights on Alameda; Republicans go all-for-one

Skinner’s internal polling touts across the board lead in State Senate District race

Current Ninth State Senate District candidates,clockwise, Nancy Skinner, Sandre Swanson, Katherine Welch, and Rich Kinney.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |Nancy Skinner's internal polling shows her campaign for the Ninth State Senate District would easily win the four-person June primary and also top her likely November opponent, Sandre Swanson.The poll, released by Skinner's camapign on Thursday, was … Continue reading Skinner’s internal polling touts across the board lead in State Senate District race

SD9: Democrat Katherine Welch wants to make the East Bay great again

SD9 Democratic candidate Katherine WelchSTATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 |If you were wondering how long it would take for elements of Donald Trump's brash anti-government campaign strategy to trickle down to the local level, take a look at the least known Democrat in the East Bay's Ninth State Senate District race.Earlier indications are Katherine Welch's … Continue reading SD9: Democrat Katherine Welch wants to make the East Bay great again

Swanson uses past loss of chairmanship to highlight his progressive cred

Sandre Swanson and Nancy Skinner agree on mostissues, but he's hoping East Bay Democrats find himmore principled in his approach.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |In 2009, Sandre Swanson, then an assemblymember representing Oakland and Alameda, bucked his party's push to pass a heavily negotiated spending measure to close a staggering $41 billion budget deficit. Then-Assembly … Continue reading Swanson uses past loss of chairmanship to highlight his progressive cred

Did the California Dental Association Take A Bite Of Nancy Skinner?

BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL | Two great unknowns existed during the debate last month among Berkeley city council members over the use of mercury amalgam in tooth fillings. Are they really toxic to humans in such minute doses and how did special interest money pressure some council members and a statewide official to stop the city … Continue reading Did the California Dental Association Take A Bite Of Nancy Skinner?

East Bay Democrats Network, Build Buzz For Campaigns In 2014

CADEM CONVENTION//ROUND UP | Being an off year in California and East Bay politics does not normally elicit much news. In fact, last weekend’s Democratic state convention was more about likely 2014 candidates making important first impressions and building a network of support. Like most conventions, the real news was more likely made outside the men’s … Continue reading East Bay Democrats Network, Build Buzz For Campaigns In 2014

Swanson Places Progressive Backing On Bonta Over Guillen In 18th Assembly District

Bonta, SwansonELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 18 | A week that already included the all-important blessing of the California Democratic Party got even better for Rob Bonta Wednesday night as Assemblyman Sandre Swanson announced his endorsement of  the Alameda Vice Mayor in the 18th Assembly District.The pick by Swanson, one of the most progressive leaders in the Assembly, is … Continue reading Swanson Places Progressive Backing On Bonta Over Guillen In 18th Assembly District

Young Offers Menu Of Contradictions; Takes Swipe At Swanson

ASSEMBLY 18OAKLAND | Feb. 28, 2012 | As the race for the 18th assembly district heads for the final stretch to the June 5 primary, Joel Young's ability to focus on both sides of any question is becoming more common.At a forum last week sponsored by the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, Young showed an uncanny predilection for saying everything while … Continue reading Young Offers Menu Of Contradictions; Takes Swipe At Swanson

Restraining Order Request Against Assembly Candidate Dismissed; Civil Suit on the Horizon

Sept. 10, 2011 | An Alameda County Superior Court judge dismissed a request for a restraining order made by a woman who levied allegations of domestic violence against him last March. The move paves the way for the petitioner to file a civil suit against Young as early as next week.Judge Morris Jacobsen dismissed the … Continue reading Restraining Order Request Against Assembly Candidate Dismissed; Civil Suit on the Horizon

Johnson Opens Campaign with Nod to San Leandro

ALAMEDA MAYOR SAYS SAVING SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL IS TOP PRIORITYBy STEVEN TAVARESThe CitizenSUPERVISOR, DIST 3Alameda Mayor Bev Johnson's upstart candidacy for county supervisor has a certain San Leandro flavor. The candidate hoping to replace current supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, outstretched her hand to supporters of saving embattled San Lenadro Hospital last Tuesday at her kick-off event."It … Continue reading Johnson Opens Campaign with Nod to San Leandro