Blatant cronyism is rearing its ugly head again in Hayward as school board chooses Reynoso’s replacement

The coup that toppled Dr. Luis Reynoso from the Hayward school board is nearly complete. Using highly questionable legal maneuvers, Reynoso was jettisoned last month from the board after recently winning re-election for a fourth term. During the same election last November, Reynoso also won an open seat on the Chabot-Las Positas Community College Board … Continue reading Blatant cronyism is rearing its ugly head again in Hayward as school board chooses Reynoso’s replacement

Large, energized field of candidates in Hayward

Boosted by an emboldened group of progressives and activists, Hayward's sprawling 13-candidate race for four seats on the City Council could be a once-in-generation reconfiguration of its political power structure. The field of 13 candidates this November, includes three incumbents, and a field of newcomers baptized by Hayward's dramatic push to the left stoked over … Continue reading Large, energized field of candidates in Hayward

AD20: Quirk is 195 votes from facing a challenge from the left in the fall

In hindsight, the fact four-term Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk had attracted an early handful of potential primary challengers last fall may have been a subtle hint that a level of disenchantment exists among progressives in the 20th Assembly District. Just three challengers finalized their candidacies for the March primary, including the perfunctory Republican sure to … Continue reading AD20: Quirk is 195 votes from facing a challenge from the left in the fall

Bauer-Kahan’s bill proposes to increase jail time for auto burglars

East Bay Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, along with a Southern California Republican, introduced a bill last week that would change the definition of an auto burglary and increase jail time for its offenders. "Every smashed window and every piece of stolen property is both costly and a personal violation of our residents," Bauer-Kahan said in a … Continue reading Bauer-Kahan’s bill proposes to increase jail time for auto burglars

Democratic presidential hopefuls are wooing Schaaf, Bonta

When Sen. Kamala Harris abruptly shut down her presidential campaign on Dec. 3 it freed many high-profile Democrats in the state and the East Bay who had supported her effort to begin looking to back other candidates. Democrats such Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and Assemblymember Rob Bonta, for instance, made early, an … Continue reading Democratic presidential hopefuls are wooing Schaaf, Bonta

Large field aims to replace Kansen Chu; Nancy Skinner runs uncontested

The 12-year state legislative cycle has rendered most assembly and state senate races as cakewalks for incumbents since new term limits were enacted in 2012. Of the eight legislative seats in Alameda County, just one race is a fully contested, while another could hold some drama next year. Otherwise, incumbents will again hold a distinct … Continue reading Large field aims to replace Kansen Chu; Nancy Skinner runs uncontested

Quirk bill banning Ticketmaster’s secret scalping software is signed into law

A secret software program created by Ticketmaster to help buyers purchase large quantities of tickets to sporting events and concerts and then later re-sell them on the secondary market with huge mark-ups in price has caused an uproar in the ticket-selling industry ever since the practice was highlighted in an investigative report last year. A … Continue reading Quirk bill banning Ticketmaster’s secret scalping software is signed into law

Rumors of Quirk’s retirement are greatly exaggerated

Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk's move to Union City last year and profligate spending for a re-election campaign that faced token opposition raised questions last fall for many in the district who suspected the long-time official was signaling an end to service in public office. "Not retiring yet," Quirk wrote in an email to the East … Continue reading Rumors of Quirk’s retirement are greatly exaggerated

ELECTIONLINE: Khanna still backs Yang Shao; Bill Quirk moves; Pete Stark remembers Ron Dellums

Bonta's recent endorsements have a unifying theme

First-time Hayward council candidate posts eye-popping finance report

Aisha Wahab's $42,000 haul may entirely change the calculus of the Hayward City Council race this fall

Report: Quirk authored ‘PG&E bailout bill’ while son works for the utility

Legislation authored by Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk that would allow PG&E to pay off damages related to the destructive NorCal wildfires last year with state-backed bonds has been labeled by some critics as a bailout for the utility. The bill currently under consideration in the assembly is likely to face a rising tenor of opposition … Continue reading Report: Quirk authored ‘PG&E bailout bill’ while son works for the utility

Barbara Lee is unopposed, but has five official write-in candidates, including popular Oakland adult store owner

Despite all the talk, there is no qualified write-in candidate to protest Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern's re-election.