Former East Bay assemblymember named to FPPC

Former East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker is joining the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Baker, who served the Tri-Valley and parts of Contra Costa County in the 16th Assembly District for two terms, was named to the FPPC by California state Controller Betty Yee. Catharine Baker After losing re-election in 2018, Baker has kept … Continue reading Former East Bay assemblymember named to FPPC

Bonta tops East Bay legislators with $2.4 million in cash reserves

The lack of competitive state legislative races in the East Bay has not stopped some incumbents from fattening already plump campaign cash reserves.Assemblymember Rob Bonta continues to sport the East Bay's largest cash reserves. His campaign reported $2.4 million in cash on hand, according to finance reports released last week.The only other East Bay state … Continue reading Bonta tops East Bay legislators with $2.4 million in cash reserves

Nancy Skinner gets an assist from LeBron James

East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner's "Fair Pay for Fair Play" bill could drastically change how the NCAA, the powerful governing body of college sports in the U.S., does business. Skinner's legislation to give college student athletes in California the ability to be paid when their likeness is used by for profit by their college … Continue reading Nancy Skinner gets an assist from LeBron James

Alameda birther starts fourth petition to recall councilman

An Alameda resident, who as a candidate for the state legislature, questioned whether his opponent, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, is a U.S. citizenship, and then unsuccessfully attempted six total recall petitions against two Alameda councilmembers in the past year, has launched a seventh. In the wake of an Alameda County grand jury report last month that, … Continue reading Alameda birther starts fourth petition to recall councilman

Two Bay Area assemblymembers endorse Wahab’s campaign for Congress

Just as Rep. Eric Swalwell continues to hint with greater frequency that he will end his presidential campaign sooner than later and run for re-election in the 15th Congressional District, Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab is moving forward with her nascent run for Congress. On Thursday she received the endorsement of East Bay Assemblymember Buffy Wicks. … Continue reading Two Bay Area assemblymembers endorse Wahab’s campaign for Congress

A’s ballpark legislation passes early committee; another bill to be heard Wednesday

Like an early season extra-inning baseball game, A's fans waited all afternoon for an opportunity to show their support for an Assembly bill that could stitch together a crazy quilt of land trust issues for the proposed Howard Terminal ballpark It wasn't a walk-off victory just yet, but the Assembly Natural Resources Committee Monday evening … Continue reading A’s ballpark legislation passes early committee; another bill to be heard Wednesday

Bonta on Oakland OUSD state loan

I like to introduce bills that pass.—Assemblymember Rob Bonta during an Oakland City Council meeting April 16 when asked to propose legislation to waive the remainder of the Oakland Unified School District's original $100 million loan. STORY HERE

Bonta says legislation to waive Oakland USD state loan debt is a non-starter

When Assemblymember Rob Bonta spoke in support of a proposal last Tuesday for Oakland officials to begin collecting a controversial parcel tax to fund early education, Council President Rebecca Kaplan put him on the spot about another pressing financial issue for Oakland students. After concluding his remarks at the April 16 Oakland council meeting, Kaplan … Continue reading Bonta says legislation to waive Oakland USD state loan debt is a non-starter

Alameda City Council first to offer support for ‘No Tampon Tax’ bill

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill unanimously passed by the Legislature in 2016, citing budgetary concerns.

Baker concedes to Bauer-Kahan in stunning East Bay upset

Baker thanks supporters and family as updated results Friday evening put Bauer-Kahan up by 2,513 votes.

AD16: Baker’s lead down to 205 votes

Democrat Rebecca Bauer-Kahan has gained more than 400 votes on Catharine Baker since last Saturday.

AD16 continues to trend toward Bauer-Kahan, as Baker’s lead slips to 339 votes

A monumental upset appears in the offing, one that would strip the GOP of its lone state legislator in the East Bay.

Jovanka gets Berned

Bernie Sanders did not endorse Jovanka Beckles at Saturday's rally in Berkeley.

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 18–Chronicle’s incorrect assembly takes; Interview with San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter

The lack of campaign coverage from the Bay Area's corporate media has been especially sparse this election season. But even when they bother, like two recent articles on two East Bay assembly races, they get it wrong. I act as an unpaid editor for the Chronicle in this episode, in addition, to listing my favorite … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 18–Chronicle’s incorrect assembly takes; Interview with San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter

AD15: Labor IE is using classic sitcom theme songs to mock Buffy Wicks’ ties to wealthy special interests

An Independent Expenditure Committee (IE) backed by labor unions is using the power of Cindy Brady and Mr. Furley against 15th Assembly District candidate Buffy Wicks. A pair of short animated videos aim to link Wicks to billionaires who are funding IEs that support her campaign by using classic sitcom theme songs, including the Brady … Continue reading AD15: Labor IE is using classic sitcom theme songs to mock Buffy Wicks’ ties to wealthy special interests