Rep. Mike Honda’s social security town hall raises some concerns, few benefits

Rep. Mike Honda at a town hall on social securityWednesday morning in Fremont.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |For someone poised to introduce his third piece of social security legislation in the past few years, Rep. Mike Honda appeared flummoxed by the intricacies of the benefit at a town hall Wednesday dedicated to the subject.Honda is expected … Continue reading Rep. Mike Honda’s social security town hall raises some concerns, few benefits

Oakland’s commitment to not using public money for a new football stadium

View of O.co Coliseum from the parking lot.OAKLAND | Under the NFL’s bylaws, franchises that want to relocate to another city must first allow fans to have their voices heard. The practice of the NFL, however, when it comes to building costly stadiums, is to leverage fans’ fears about a team leaving to pressure municipalities … Continue reading Oakland’s commitment to not using public money for a new football stadium

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Oct. 27-29

OAKLAND/Oct. 27-28Open house at City Hall; sparse committee scheduleSTATE OF THE CITY Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will give a 2015 State of the City address (starts at 5:45 p.m.) as part of a City Hall Open House that begins at 4-7 p.m. In a short video, Schaaf says you can tour City Hall, get acquainted … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Oct. 27-29

Palestinian Group Clashes With Swalwell Over His Support for Israel

Constituents show opposition to U.S. support for Israel at a town hall in San Lorenzo Thursday held by Rep. Eric Swalwell. PHOTO/Steven TavaresCONGRESS | 15th DISTRICT | On July 11, Rep. Eric Swalwell riled Palestinian groups and constituents in the 15th Congressional District with a Facebook posting that expressed sympathy for Israel in its ongoing conflict … Continue reading Palestinian Group Clashes With Swalwell Over His Support for Israel

San Leandro Resident Harangues Rob Bonta at Town Hall

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | San Leandro resident Richard Mellor is one of the most eloquent progressive voices in the East Bay. His working class accent, however, can often beat you over the head, rather than persuade you.Nonetheless, he documented a town hall meeting two weeks ago for Assemblymember Rob Bonta and criticized the sparsely-attended … Continue reading San Leandro Resident Harangues Rob Bonta at Town Hall

Swalwell’s Bipartisan Rhetoric Catches Up To Him With Government Shut Down

Rep. Eric Swalwell urging Republicans on the House floor in September to give up their "ideological wet dream" of railroading Obamacare.CONGRESS//15TH DISTRICT/ANALYSIS | House Representatives have a knack for placing themselves outside of the morass of Washington while maintaining membership in the same body. The talent is apparently easy to learn. After just a year in … Continue reading Swalwell’s Bipartisan Rhetoric Catches Up To Him With Government Shut Down

Hayward’s Superintendent Offers Vision He Likely Wont Be Around For

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD | In the midst of Dr. Donald Evans's likely departure as Hayward's superintendent of schools for the same job in Berkeley, he produced a short presentation Saturday to a meager attendance of just a few dozen, many district staff or elected officials, on the district’s vision and progress.The town hall comes at an odd time for Evans. … Continue reading Hayward’s Superintendent Offers Vision He Likely Wont Be Around For

Stark Makes The Case For Re-Election One Month Too Late

CONGRESS | Mark this under things Rep. Pete Stark’s campaign should have said before Election Day last month:In a wonderfully sentimental Op-Ed piece for Roll Call, Stark’s long-time Chief of Staff Debbie Curtis laid down the case for her bosses re-election, albeit, nearly a full month after he was narrowly defeated by Congressman-elect Eric Swalwell.From helping … Continue reading Stark Makes The Case For Re-Election One Month Too Late

Stark Calls President ‘A Lousy Politician’

HAYWARD | Sept. 17, 2011 | Rep. Pete Stark, one of the most liberal and high-ranking members of Congress repudiated President Obama Saturday with a series of jabs knocking his ability and job performance.During a town hall meeting Saturday afternoon in Hayward, Stark added to a growing perception among Americans the president has too often kowtowed to Republicans in … Continue reading Stark Calls President ‘A Lousy Politician’

Mahoney Takes Proposal To Save San Leandro Hospital To The Community

SUPPORTERS URGED RESIDENTS TO ATTEND MAY 17 TOWN HALL; APPEAL TO SUTTERBy Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.com@eastbaycitizen on twitterIn his first public appearance on the newest proposal to save San Leandro Hospital, the CEO of Hayward’s St. Rose added details to the plan San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy called a “win-win situation” for the community.Michael Mahoney began what … Continue reading Mahoney Takes Proposal To Save San Leandro Hospital To The Community

With Tea Party Absent, Stark Rings Conciliatory Tone

STARK ADMITS HEALTH CARE REFORM IS MORE GOVERNMENT IN YOUR LIFE; BUT NEEDED IN THIS CASEBy Steven TavaresCivility came easy Saturday morning for Rep. Pete Stark. The sun was shining on the beginning of a beautiful January weekend, but that wasn’t why the tone of his town hall meeting in San Leandro was far more … Continue reading With Tea Party Absent, Stark Rings Conciliatory Tone

East Bay Has Seen Vitriol Evident In Arizona

Opponents of Rep. Pete Stark, like the man standing above, talked down the congressman July 24 in Hayward.STARK HAS BEEN FREQUENT TARGET OF PASSIONATE RIGHTBy Steven TavaresWhen shots rang out in front of a Tucson Safeway last Saturday, the anger and discontent exemplified by the aftermath following the heinous act by a seemingly deranged shooter has … Continue reading East Bay Has Seen Vitriol Evident In Arizona

Stark Bait

Seemingly innocuous statements from Rep. Pete Stark become potential fodder for conservatives like Glenn Beck.OPPONENTS MINING FOR THE NEXT YOUTUBE CLASSICBy Steven TavaresBiting retorts to angry constituents by Rep. Pete Stark have become content for YouTube infamy.Starting with his infamous, "I wouldn't waste my urine" on you quip to a senior in Fremont to asking a member … Continue reading Stark Bait

Stark Returns to the Issues

Rep. Pete Stark answers a question during a town hall meeting Tuesday night in Fremont while being filmed by Minuteman Steve Kemp, who the congressman infamously asked in a YouTube video, "Who are you going to kill today?"ECONOMY AND JOBS ON THE MINDS OF CONSTITUENTSBy Steven TavaresFREMONT, Calif. - Worries about rising unemployment and diminshing personal income … Continue reading Stark Returns to the Issues

Mainstream Media Finally Catches Up with Stark’s Latest Comments

Nine days after the fact, conservative bloggers and pundits are all over Rep. Pete Stark's assertion the federal government can do whatever it wants. Of course, there was more to the exchange along with other questioners who pressed him on the statement. Stark later said the federal government can only push rules in line with … Continue reading Mainstream Media Finally Catches Up with Stark’s Latest Comments