2017 Year in East Bay Politics: The wild and wacky: Let’s Taco About It and Bill Quirk ‘Jumps Around’

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICS>>>>The state legislature decides in January that a new portrait of Assemblymember Bill Quirk would be a good idea for his 20th District website. The resulting creation, though, inparts vampire-like features to Quirk's face. Funny thing, according to his district staff, is the web designers thought the new photo looked good. By … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: The wild and wacky: Let’s Taco About It and Bill Quirk ‘Jumps Around’

Berkeley City Council backs use of pepper spray during protest

BERKELEY CITY COUNCILBerkeley is facing an unprecedented and highly-coordinated effort by extremists groups to repeatedly turn the city into a battle ground, Interim Berkeley Police Chief Andy Greenwood told the City Council Tuesday afternoon.With large plywood shields and rudimentary weapons used recently by protesters splayed on the city council chamber floor, an amendment to the … Continue reading Berkeley City Council backs use of pepper spray during protest

Nancy Skinner wants crimes committed by white supremacists groups to be treated as terrorism

Protesters in Berkeley last April.9TH STATE SENATE DISTRICTBefore the events last week in Charlottesville brought national focus to skirmishes between white supremacists groups and counter-protesters, East Bay State Sen. Nancy Skinner's district, which prominently includes Berkeley, was the epicenter of bloody clashes and debate over free speech.On the day the State Legislature returned to session … Continue reading Nancy Skinner wants crimes committed by white supremacists groups to be treated as terrorism

Bonta on Charlottesville: ‘This is not who we are.’ Says no permits should be given for hate rallies

Assemblymember Rob Bonta18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTEast Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta says President Donald Trump's comments last weekend asserting a moral equivalence between white supremacists marching in Charlottlesville and protesters marching in opposition were "irresponsibly and dangerously stated." On two separate occasions, Trump suggested blame for the death of one counter-protester and injuries to 19 others last … Continue reading Bonta on Charlottesville: ‘This is not who we are.’ Says no permits should be given for hate rallies

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office briefly retweets message from white supremacist leader

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office Twitterfeed mistakenly contained a retweet from Richard Spencer Monday night.ALAMEDA COUNTYShortly before midnight, the Alameda County Sheriffs Office retweeted a video from prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer.The tweet sent to followers of the Alameda County Sheriff's office Twitter page late Monday night included video of a hour-long press conference featuring Spencer's … Continue reading Alameda County Sheriff’s Office briefly retweets message from white supremacist leader