Pete Stark, 40-year East Bay congressman and progressive icon, dies

Pete Stark, the Walnut Creek community banker who parlayed his opposition to the Vietnam War into an unprecedented 40-year run representing the East Bay in Congress, died Friday at his home in Maryland, the family announced. He was 88. "Today, America has lost a champion of the people and a leader of great integrity, moral … Continue reading Pete Stark, 40-year East Bay congressman and progressive icon, dies

‘Bertie’ Cooper, three-term Hayward mayor, dies

Roberta "Bertie" Cooper, a three-term mayor of Hayward, who led the city through a period of increased development, died Monday. She was 82. The cause of death was cancer. Cooper served 18 years as an elected official in Hayward, 12 of them as mayor from 1994-2006. Prior to that, Cooper served on the Hayward City … Continue reading ‘Bertie’ Cooper, three-term Hayward mayor, dies

STIA Podcast: Ep 30 – Tribute to former San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos

Former San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola reminisces about the political life of former San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos, who passed away on April 15. Santos served 18 years in San Leandro government and was known for his strong progressive credentials, admiration from labor, and his accomplishments in bringing forward a more diverse city.