Steve Glazer’s pension bill that unions say is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ fails in committee

State Sen. Steve Glazer said SB 1149 is notintended to fix the pension crisis, but notmake it any worse.7TH STATE SENATE DISTRICTA bill that gives new state workers a choice between the standard defined benefit pension plan and a defined contribution 401k plan failed in a State Senate committee this week.The legislation, authored by East … Continue reading Steve Glazer’s pension bill that unions say is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ fails in committee

Honda’s campaign touts local labor endorsements

Rep. Mike Honda donning boxing gloves justweeks before Election Day in October 2014.PHOTO/Steven TavaresCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Above all else, Rep. Mike Honda’s ace card is his strong support from labor unions. With a round of local labor endorsements announced Wednesday, Honda is again flexing his union support.The campaign announced the backing of the … Continue reading Honda’s campaign touts local labor endorsements

Nancy Skinner nears $1.1 million in cash reserves; Nate Miley’s supervisorial campaign in the red

State Senate candidate Nancy Skinner raisedmore than $277,000 during the past six months.SD9 ALCOD4 CAMPAIGN FINANCE |Former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner of Berkeley reported that she has nearly $1.1 million in cash reserves in her state Senate campaign account, which is more than ten times what her main opponent Sandré Swanson, has in total cash on … Continue reading Nancy Skinner nears $1.1 million in cash reserves; Nate Miley’s supervisorial campaign in the red

Richmond progressives warn of fraudulent rent control petition

A Richmond resident and member of the Service Employees International Union describes her interaction with a petitioner seeking to repeal the city's rent control ordinance.RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL | The Richmond Progressive Alliance say a petition purporting to support the City Council’s recent rent control ordinance is actually a ruse aiming to undercut the position."This petition … Continue reading Richmond progressives warn of fraudulent rent control petition

Another Wieckowski aide loses a winnable city council race

Wieckowski aide Tim Orozco lost his San JoseCity Council race Tuesday despite $232,000 insupport from the South Bay AFL-CIO.Orozco loses in San Jose; Fernandez failed in HaywardSTATE SENATE | DISTRICT 10 | Even with the pocket books of labor unions and big-name local endorsement, another of State Sen. Bob Wieckowski’s staff has failed in a … Continue reading Another Wieckowski aide loses a winnable city council race

Is Joel Young Running Scared?

AC TRANSIT | AT-LARGE SEAT | Since 2011, AC Transit Board Director At-Large Joel Young has racked up a list of notable misdeeds unmatched in East Bay politics. Two years after being appointed to the seat, he began what was then believed to be a promising run for the state Assembly. But one morning in … Continue reading Is Joel Young Running Scared?

Labor’s Tacit Support for Joel Young may have Cleared AC Transit Field

A graphic from 2012 contemplated JoelYoung's next move. It may be another fouryears at AC Transit.AC TRANSIT | AT-LARGE | The re-election of At-Large AC Transit board member Joel Young received a significant boost when two potential challengers made late decisions not to run against the transit official who was censured by the transit board … Continue reading Labor’s Tacit Support for Joel Young may have Cleared AC Transit Field

Hayward City Council to Forego Pay Raise; Swear-In New Mayor Tuesday

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | At least, the Hayward City Council puts its money where its mouth is.As the city continues its hard line against some of its public employee labor groups, the Daily Review reports, the new City Council will again turn down a 2.6 percent cost of living increase and continue paying half the cost … Continue reading Hayward City Council to Forego Pay Raise; Swear-In New Mayor Tuesday

Primary Question: Hayward Mayor

Clockwise from the top: Councilmembers Barbara Halliday, Mark Salinas, Francisco Zermeno and Hayward businessman Rakesh Kumar Christian.THE CANDIDATES All three major candidates are also sitting members of the Hayward City Council hoping to replace three-time Mayor Michael Sweeney, who is retiring this summer. Barbara Halliday is the longest-tenured member of the City Council. In previous … Continue reading Primary Question: Hayward Mayor

Primary Questions: Hayward City Council

Hayward City Council chambers. Which two of the seven candidates will take a seat at the dais this summer?THE CANDIDATES Councilmember Marvin Peixoto is seeking re-election to the City Council. Hayward holds at-large June elections with the top two vote-getters winning seats on the council. Four years ago, Peixoto received the most votes following a … Continue reading Primary Questions: Hayward City Council

East Bay Political Groups Give Hayward Mayoral Candidates the Cold Shoulder

HAYWARD | MAYOR | As more local political groups continue to shun Hayward mayoral candidates seeking their endorsement, it’s becoming clear the trio who voted to impose a five percent wage cut of city workers carry a torturous Scarlet Letter around town.You can pick whichever letter signifies Councilmembers Barbara Halliday, Francisco Zermeno and Mark Salinas’ … Continue reading East Bay Political Groups Give Hayward Mayoral Candidates the Cold Shoulder

Hayward Mayoral Candidates Explore City’s Budget Dilemma

HAYWARD | MAYOR | Hayward has two competing but inextricably related problems. One, is a long-held public perception the city is anti-development and, second, it's a bear for small businesses to set up shop making it difficult for Hayward to create new revenues streams. Meanwhile, the entire council, including three running to replace Mayor Michael … Continue reading Hayward Mayoral Candidates Explore City’s Budget Dilemma

Hayward Budget Report Tamps Down Exuberance After $4.8M in New Revenue

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward is forecasting a significant bump in revenue in a mid-year budget adjustment report to be presented to the City Council this Tuesday. On the heels of increased real estate activity in Hayward, the city’s finance director expects $4.8 million in additional revenue this fiscal year. The report, however, attempts to … Continue reading Hayward Budget Report Tamps Down Exuberance After $4.8M in New Revenue

Intriguing Hayward Mayoral, City Council Races Set for June Election

City employees picket Hayward City Halllast August. CAMPAIGN 2014 | HAYWARD | It's been eight years since Hayward had a competitive race for mayor. In 2006, Michael Sweeney topped Brian Schott and subsequently won re-election four years later against a write-in candidate. Sweeney, though, announced last August he would not seek re-election. The decision leaves a wide-open … Continue reading Intriguing Hayward Mayoral, City Council Races Set for June Election

Report: Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana Resigns

OAKLAND | Following two unsuccessful attempts at finding employment outside of Oakland, City Administrator Deanna Santana has resigned, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday afternoon.Santana, who was recently a finalist for the same position in both Dallas and Phoenix, offered no details on why she was stepping down, according to the article. On both occasions, … Continue reading Report: Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana Resigns