Mia Bonta sworn-in; Fremont’s Keng has sights on AD20

Newly-elected 18th District Assemblymember Mia Bonta was sworn-in Tuesday morning just a week after a dominating special election victory over Janani Ramachandran. Bonta, with husband, state Attorney General Rob Bonta, and two of their three children, received the oath of office from state school Superintendent Tony Thurmond. Bonta thanked her family for their support, while … Continue reading Mia Bonta sworn-in; Fremont’s Keng has sights on AD20

New Alameda County Democratic Party chair wins by a narrow margin

Alameda County Democrats chose labor leader Terry Sandoval to be its next party chair in extremely narrow vote on Wednesday night. Sandoval topped Oakland civil rights attorney Pamela price by two votes following two rounds of voting. Terry Sandoval A stalemate followed after each candidate receiving 23 votes during the initial vote. The tie was … Continue reading New Alameda County Democratic Party chair wins by a narrow margin

Reynoso supporters held protest at Hayward school board president’s home

Supporters of Hayward school boardmember Luis Reynoso protested at the home of school board president April Oquenda on Monday afternoon. About two dozen demonstrators held signs near Oquenda's residence in Hayward's Burbank neighborhood depicting her and two other school district officials as corrupt for seeking Reynoso's removal from the board. The conflict followed Reynoso's re-election … Continue reading Reynoso supporters held protest at Hayward school board president’s home

The push for appointing Barbara Lee to Kamala Harris’ senate seat continues

Lee A group calling itself #LetsKeepTheSeat held rallies this week in Los Angeles and Sacramento urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill Kamala Harris' senate seat with a Black woman -- either Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee or Southern California Rep. Karen Bass. The reported frontrunner for the appointment, however, is state Secretary of State Alex Padilla. … Continue reading The push for appointing Barbara Lee to Kamala Harris’ senate seat continues

Alameda County covid-19 cases by city

ALAMEDA COUNTY COVID-19 CASES BY CITIES (UPDATED - CLICK BELOW) •Confirmed total cases in Alameda County: 67,096. Deaths: 764, as of Jan. 19. **Alameda County rate/100k residents: 4,069.0. Covid-19 cases by city Total CasesRate/100k**Oakland20,9204,976.4Hayward10,6196,689.7Fremont5,8702,517.5Eden Area*4,6786,854.4San Leandro4,1244,632.9Livermore3,4443,871.4Union City 3,1014,263.9Berkeley2,3862,002.4Newark2,1704,412.2Castro Valley1,9663,058.5Pleasanton1,7722,245.9Alameda1,7892,305.7Dublin1,2681,846.6Fairview4744,495.0Emeryville3242,592.6Albany 2451,273.6Piedmont1471,360.9Sunol303,141.4Others1,227*Eden Area includes unincorporated Ashland, Cherryland, Hayward Acres, San Lorenzo.**Rate per 100,000 residents.

She came out of nowhere. Then she was gone: The local angle on Swalwell’s ties to an alleged Chinese spy

The bombshell disclosure that East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell was the target of a suspected Chinese spy who helped bundle campaign contributions for his campaign and was successful in placing an intern in the East Bay congressmember's D.C. office has simmered for several years in Southern Alameda County. First reported by Axios on Monday, the … Continue reading She came out of nowhere. Then she was gone: The local angle on Swalwell’s ties to an alleged Chinese spy

Alameda County registrar certifies November election results

Nearly a month after the November election, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters officially certified its results on Tuesday afternoon. Fueled by a contentious presidential election, voter turnout in Alameda County topped 81 percent. The largely vote-by-mail election necessitated by the pandemic led to 75 percent of all registered voters in the county to vote … Continue reading Alameda County registrar certifies November election results

Amid GOP gains, Delaine Eastin wants to lead California Democrats

Eastin Two years ago, California Democrats flipped seven Republican seats in Congress. This month, Republicans are on the cusp of flipping back four of them, and leading former East Bay legislator Delaine Eastin to enter the upcoming campaign to lead the California Democratic Party. Eastin threw her hat in the ring on various social media … Continue reading Amid GOP gains, Delaine Eastin wants to lead California Democrats

East Bay Insiders – Ep. 27 – Election recap: Trash talk and infighting begins

The covid-19 election in the East Bay is in the books. There were some upsets and voters were clearly apprehensive about too much change during a year of uncertainty. But the election also revealed fissures within the local Alameda County Democratic Party as one of the own, although tacitly supported, took one on the cheek … Continue reading East Bay Insiders – Ep. 27 – Election recap: Trash talk and infighting begins

Update: Alameda County half-cent sales tax increase, once failing, is back on top

Updated to include Thursday night's updated results. A countywide half-cent sales tax increase in Alameda County is toward victory, but not by much. Meanwhile, a bond measure to fund aging fire stations in unincorporated Alameda County is barely passing, as of Tuesday night's updated results. The countywide Measure W requires a simple majority for passage. … Continue reading Update: Alameda County half-cent sales tax increase, once failing, is back on top

Some Oakland voters were disenfranchised due to untrained poll workers

As many as 200 voters casting ballots at an in-person polling location in Oakland were disenfranchised because volunteers were poorly trained by the Alameda County Registrar of Voter's office, the ACLU of Northern California, other groups, said on Friday. In a letter to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, the ACLU and other groups laid … Continue reading Some Oakland voters were disenfranchised due to untrained poll workers

Covid-19: Alameda County may soon move back to red tier, trending toward purple

Alameda County public health officials, amid rising cases of covid-19 in the state and county, struck an ominous tone on Thursday. The county, which had been successful in managing the number of new cases for the past two months, is nearing a likely move backward from the current orange tier to the more restrictive red … Continue reading Covid-19: Alameda County may soon move back to red tier, trending toward purple

Alameda update: Vella wins re-election; Spencer on pace for second seat

*Updated to include Tuesday night's returns. Alameda Councilmember Malia Vella won re-election to a second term, but the winner of the second seat on the Alameda City Council is too close to call, as of Tuesday night. While Vella received the most votes in the at-large council race for two seats for a second straight … Continue reading Alameda update: Vella wins re-election; Spencer on pace for second seat

Gloating follows a long night of election returns

A day after Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty may have learned who will be his successor, the irascible retiring elected official tweeted a snarky message for the likely losing candidate. Dublin Mayor David Haubert appears poised to be the winner of a hard-fought campaign over Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon. Haggerty's used Bacon's salty and fried … Continue reading Gloating follows a long night of election returns

Alameda County registrar projects high turnout, but equal to 2016

Turnout in Alameda County is estimated to be 75 percent of all registered voters, the Registrar of Voters office said on Wednesday. Despite perceptions of an energized electorate in the East Bay after four years of the Trump presidency, the projected turnout, while high, is about equal to the percentage of registered voters who participated … Continue reading Alameda County registrar projects high turnout, but equal to 2016