Former East Bay legislative candidate is running for state insurance commissioner

Peter Kuo finished a surprising second in the 2014 10th State Senate race that included DemsBob Wieckowski and Mary Hayashi.STATEWIDE OFFICERepublican Peter Kuo ran for the state senate's 10th District in 2014 and followed it up last year with a challenge in the 17th Congressional District. Kuo lost on both occasions, although, he advanced to the 2014 … Continue reading Former East Bay legislative candidate is running for state insurance commissioner

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

Wieckowski to honor disgraced former San Jose mayor for leadership award

Former San Jose Mayor Ron GonzalesSTATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | Nearly a decade ago, former San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales, was indicted for a union garbage contract scheme that through secret side deals, ultimately cost taxpayers $11 million.Gonzales was first accused of the improper deals in a grand jury report and later censured for … Continue reading Wieckowski to honor disgraced former San Jose mayor for leadership award

Wieckowski proposes excise tax for excessive water use

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski at the Oro Loma Sanitary District waste water plant in April.Levying tax would be voluntary and fund conservation effortsSTATE SENATE | DISTRICT 10 | With California in the midst of a worsening drought, Fremont State Sen. Bob Wieckowski is proposing an excise tax to punish water wasters across the state.An urgency bill … Continue reading Wieckowski proposes excise tax for excessive water use

Report: Wieckowski aide, San Jose council candidate admits to DUIs

Tim Orozco finished first in the San Jose CityCouncil primary last April.STATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | Tim Orozco, an aide to State Sen. Bob Wieckowski and candidate for the open District Four San Jose City Council seat, admitted to San Jose Inside, he was twice arrested for drunk driving.During the April 7 primary, Orozco … Continue reading Report: Wieckowski aide, San Jose council candidate admits to DUIs

Tesla’s big announcement features the ‘Gigafactory’ Bob Wieckowski let getaway

State Sen. Bob WieckowskiSTATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | When Tesla, the Fremont-based electric automobile maker announced last fall it would build an enormous battery plant not in California, but in Nevada, it represented a stinging economic blow to the state, Gov. Jerry Brown and local officials like then-Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, who represents the area surrounding … Continue reading Tesla’s big announcement features the ‘Gigafactory’ Bob Wieckowski let getaway

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

12 East Bay Races to Watch This Fall

FALL ELECTION PREVIEW | The November General Election will not go down as one of the most exciting political seasons in history. The statewide ballot is devoid of a contested race. And it's pretty much the same on the federal level. However, if all politics is indeed local, the top dozen races for East Bay … Continue reading 12 East Bay Races to Watch This Fall

Khanna Makes a Sly Opening Statement for Attracting Moderates, GOP Voters

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | A Santa Clara County activist's praise for Ro Khanna's help in avoiding a newly built public library from becoming an embarrassing white elephant, may represent the campaign utilizing a bit of sleight of hand to attract Republican voters in November.For some, the story of the Northside Library in Santa Clara … Continue reading Khanna Makes a Sly Opening Statement for Attracting Moderates, GOP Voters

Wieckowski Tops State Senate Field; Hayashi Again Falls Short

STATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | Mary Hayashi's political future is gone. Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski's may soon involve a seat in the State Senate. Meanwhile, Peter Kuo's is just beginning.Wieckowski won the June primary in the 10th State Senate District Tuesday with 35 percent of the vote. Kuo, the surprising second place winner, took 26.2 … Continue reading Wieckowski Tops State Senate Field; Hayashi Again Falls Short

Down Ballot, May 28, 2014; 6 Days to Election Day

Kamala Harris attended a fundraiserTuesday for Rep. Mike Honda.PHOTO/Shane BondSTATE SENATE DISTRICT 10 As Democrats Bob Wieckowski and Mary Hayashi continue sniping at each other, Republican Peter Kuo attended a memorial Tuesday for one of the South Bay victims of the Isla Vista shootings. Kuo even brought his violin for the solemn occasion.CONGRESS DISTRICT 15 … Continue reading Down Ballot, May 28, 2014; 6 Days to Election Day

Why is Bob Wieckowski Talking About His Own Sex Tape?

Free Credit in San Leandro | Who Will Win In Hayward? | Swalwell's First Political ConsultantCHAPTER 17 | Here’s the thing about Bob Wieckowski. He’s not who you think he is and whatever you might think about him is probably based on scant information, notably that he isn’t Mary Hayashi. Apparently, that's good enough for some, … Continue reading Why is Bob Wieckowski Talking About His Own Sex Tape?

Down Ballot, May 21, 2014; 13 Days to Election Day

CONGRESS DISTRICT 17 Which number will be higher? The number of votes Joel Vanlandingham receives or the number of words allotted to him by the corporate press? On Tuesday, Vanlandingham told the San Jose Mercury News he will move within the current 17th District boundaries, whether he fails to advance to the November election or not. … Continue reading Down Ballot, May 21, 2014; 13 Days to Election Day

Down Ballot: May 20, 2014, 14 days to Election Day

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 10 Republican Peter Kuo is making many a Democrat in District 10 worried (and also excited). There is palpable buzz that he could possibly eek into the top two next June and at the expense, most likely, of Mary Hayashi. Kuo’s campaign says a poll it commissioned shows him in second place … Continue reading Down Ballot: May 20, 2014, 14 days to Election Day

Kuo Calls on Wieckowski, Hayashi to End Intense Negative Campaigning

Peter KuoSTATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT |When it comes to the political fisticuffs being played in the East Bay’s 10th State Senate District, Peter Kuo has laid low, but he emerged Tuesday—just three weeks before Election Day—calling on two of his Democratic opponents, Bob Wieckowski and Mary Hayashi, to focus on the issues and not … Continue reading Kuo Calls on Wieckowski, Hayashi to End Intense Negative Campaigning