Reynoso shut out of meeting as Hayward school board plots next move for official holding two elected offices

Hayward school boardmember Dr. Luis Reynoso, top left, lodging a protest on Thursday evening after his mic was muted by Board President April Oquenda, bottom left. Dr. Luis Reynoso, the newly sworn-in member of both the Hayward school board and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District board said he intends to serve both elected offices. Despite … Continue reading Reynoso shut out of meeting as Hayward school board plots next move for official holding two elected offices

East Bay Insiders – Episode 24 – Raise your glass to freedom

Hamilton, baseball and politics, and another round of sneak peaks for the fall election season in the East Bay. In particular, two races that are big in both consequence and size-Oakland's up-for-grabs District 7 council seat and the four seats on the Hayward City Council, plus much more.  

East Bay Insiders – Episode 17 – Love songs and election returns after dark

The votes are in, but Alameda County voters and candidates eagerly awaiting all of the ballots to be counted. We look at the returns in all the March primary races in Alameda County. But things also got steamy and Shawn Wilson explained his battle back from backside surgery.

Hayward: Mendall will not seek re-election to city council

In a surprise move, Hayward Councilmember Al MendallĀ  announced he will not seek re-election to his seat on the City Council in November. Mendall, who was first elected to the city council in 2012, notified the public of his decision at Tuesday night's meeting. "I love this job. I've been doing it for seven years … Continue reading Hayward: Mendall will not seek re-election to city council

Wieckowski recycling bill, opposed by wineries, fails in state senate

Bill would have removed exemptions for wine and beer bottles.

How he became San Leandro’s Vice Mayor Pete

Like vice-president and lieutenant governor, the honorific of vice mayor sounds important. But it's not. The ceremonial title's job prescription is solely to be a stand-in for the mayor at ribbon-cuttings and sometimes preside over a council meeting when the mayor is away. But most local voters don't readily know this, and come election time … Continue reading How he became San Leandro’s Vice Mayor Pete

San Leandro: Incumbents up for re-election help vote down restrictions for becoming vice-mayor

Last fall, San Leandro Councilmember Deborah Cox sailed to re-election. The result was expected in a race that again displayed the power of the incumbency. But some believed Cox had another notable advantage during last year's election cycle after being named vice-mayor. The position is ceremonial and holds no power other than replacing the mayor … Continue reading San Leandro: Incumbents up for re-election help vote down restrictions for becoming vice-mayor

Juul-backed initiative to reverse Livermore’s e-cig ban qualifies for the ballot

A initiative campaign backed by e-cigarette giant Juul to reverse an ordinance approved last month by the Livermore City Council to ban the sale of vaping products is heading to the ballot next year. Livermore followed San Francisco last July in banning the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes, in an effort to curb youngsters from … Continue reading Juul-backed initiative to reverse Livermore’s e-cig ban qualifies for the ballot

With low teacher pay, Alameda USD did polling for a parcel tax. The results are passable

Alamedans strongly believe their teachers are underpaid, but support for a proposed parcel tax measure on the March 2020 primary ballot is at or below the two-thirds majority required for it to be a success at the ballot box, according to a poll commissioned by the Alameda Unified School District. An early version of the … Continue reading With low teacher pay, Alameda USD did polling for a parcel tax. The results are passable

Alameda: Former mayor is interested in running for city council

Former Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer is contemplating a return to the City Hal, she told the East Bay Citizen. However, not as mayor, but in the November 2020 Alameda City Council election. After four tumultuous years, Spencer lost re-election to council mate Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. Next year's fall election will feature re-election bids by … Continue reading Alameda: Former mayor is interested in running for city council

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

Swalwell’s Freudian slip?

Eric Swalwell had 60 minutes of CNN air time to introduce himself to voters Sunday night. However, those without a DVR, likely watched Game 2 of the NBA Finals, which started at the same time. But those who tuned in to the CNN town hall heard Swalwell back an economic boycott of Georgia over a … Continue reading Swalwell’s Freudian slip?

After once raising the possibility of retirement, Miley is running for re-election next year

During a re-election campaign in 2016 that, in hindsight, only appeared difficult, Alameda County Supervisor said he would likely not run again in 2020 for the District 4 seat he has securely held for nearly two decades. In an interview last week, Miley said he's reversing his past declaration and, instead, will seek another four-year … Continue reading After once raising the possibility of retirement, Miley is running for re-election next year

AD25: Chu will not run for re-election to assembly seat that includes Fremont

Kansen Chu, the South Bay and Fremont assemblymember best known for his bids to abolish daylight-savings time in the state has seen the light yet again. Saying he can accomplish more at the local level than in Sacramento, Chu will relinquish his assembly seat next year and, instead, run in the growing Santa Clara County … Continue reading AD25: Chu will not run for re-election to assembly seat that includes Fremont

ALCO deputy probation officer is running for Swalwell’s open CA-15 seat

Alameda County deputy probation officer Tojo Thomas is perhaps best known as the former candidate who made his opponent, county Supervisor Nate Miley, lose his cool. Voters in the 2012 supervisorial race, however, overwhelmingly supported the incumbent over Thomas. Four years later Thomas failed to win a seat on the Castro Valley school board. But … Continue reading ALCO deputy probation officer is running for Swalwell’s open CA-15 seat