Trish Spencer plots a return to the Alameda City Council

Alameda's Trish Herrera Spencer was the self-proclaimed "people's mayor," but voters dismissed her from office two years ago after just one term. Perhaps, this fall Spencer is hoping to rebrand herself as the "people's councilmember"? Spencer pulled papers earlier this month to run for one of two at-large seats this November on the Alameda City … Continue reading Trish Spencer plots a return to the Alameda City Council

Oakland City Council votes to hold off for now on collecting Measure AA parcel tax

Fearing Oakland voters will become further disillusioned with their city government and uncertainty over a legal fight that could determine the fate of last November's controversial Measure AA result at the ballot box, the Oakland City Council decided late Tuesday night against collecting the $198 parcel tax, at least, for this year. Measure AA, was … Continue reading Oakland City Council votes to hold off for now on collecting Measure AA parcel tax

ALAMEDA: Spencer reserves last words as mayor to criticize Ashcraft

Trish Herrera Spencer's final comment as Alameda mayor Tuesday night was a biting rejoinder aimed at Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, the mayoral challenger who defeated Spencer last month. In farewell remarks before a packed City Council Chambers, Spencer thanked her family, City Hall employees, while reminiscing about the joys of serving as mayor. A proclamation in … Continue reading ALAMEDA: Spencer reserves last words as mayor to criticize Ashcraft

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

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY–Ep 12: The political consultant scam revealed; Interview with San Leandro renter John Busch

Every election cycle I notice the discrepancy between how individual campaigns perform in public and the amount of money they pay political consultants. In the East Bay, the going rate appears to be around $8,000 a month. That's a ripoff. On the Steve Tavares Is Angry podcast I break down the political consultant scam. Spoiler: … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY–Ep 12: The political consultant scam revealed; Interview with San Leandro renter John Busch

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY-Episode 4: Hayward City Council candidate Aisha Wahab

Hayward City Council candidate Aisha Wahab turned heads two weeks ago by reporting a haul of campaign contributions that was more than double the combined amount by her two incumbent opponents. Aisha Wahab joins the Hot Seat for an interview about her vision for Hayward. In The Breakdown, I take a look at Hayward's mayoral … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY-Episode 4: Hayward City Council candidate Aisha Wahab

BART Director Blalock will not run for re-election

During his tenure, the Fremont Warm Springs station was built. His departure had been rumored for months