Charles Gilcrest, San Leandro politico known for his advocacy and kindness, dies

Charles Gilcrest, the long-time political consultant and local insider who helped start the political careers of many San Leandro elected officials, and later served as informal advisors for several mayors and councilmembers, died on Monday. He was 64. Gilcrest was serving the last year of his first term as a board director on the Eden … Continue reading Charles Gilcrest, San Leandro politico known for his advocacy and kindness, dies

East Bay park district will keep its parks open during shelter in place; attendance is high

The East Bay's 73 parks and 1,250 miles of trails in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties will remain open to the public during the state's shelter in place order, the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors announced on Thursday. Gov. Gavin Newsom's executive order calls for a three-week shelter in place in order … Continue reading East Bay park district will keep its parks open during shelter in place; attendance is high

Eden board chooses former El Cerrito mayor as CEO over Ellen Corbett

The Eden Health District Board of Director's search for a new full-time chief executive officer came down to two candidates well versed in East Bay politics. The board unanimously chose to offer a contract to Mark Friedman, a former El Cerrito mayor and long-time aide to former Alameda County supervisor and state senate leader Don … Continue reading Eden board chooses former El Cerrito mayor as CEO over Ellen Corbett

Fake debate: Remember when Eric Swalwell debated someone dressed up as Pete Stark?

As Rep. Eric Swalwell is poised to participate in Thursday night's Democratic presidential primary debate, it is difficult to gauge how he might perform based on his limited experience in the format. Swalwell has basically appeared in two consequent candidate forums since coming on the scene during the 2012 campaign in the 15th Congressional District. … Continue reading Fake debate: Remember when Eric Swalwell debated someone dressed up as Pete Stark?

If Swalwell runs for president, who might replace him in Congress?

The list is long with potential candidates already jockeying for early position.

As Chabot-Las Positas searches for a new chancellor, a familiar name lies in wait

At first glance it wasn't entirely clear why former State Senate Majority Ellen Corbett suddenly showed up at an Alameda County Democratic Party endorsement meeting one late afternoon in September. The lengthy endorsement process started early that morning with most of the high-profile candidates already long gone. But Corbett, who is now an elected member … Continue reading As Chabot-Las Positas searches for a new chancellor, a familiar name lies in wait