Bernie Sanders endorses Rebecca Kaplan

With five days left in the fall election season, Sen. Bernie Sanders is backing Oakland At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan in her close fought re-election against the corporate-backed Derreck Johnson. Sanders made the announcement through former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport, according to Kaplan's campaign. “I am just so pleased that my dear friend Bernie Sanders has … Continue reading Bernie Sanders endorses Rebecca Kaplan

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

Gift that could keep giving: Kamala Harris endorses Oakland at-large candidate Derreck Johnson

Oakland at-large City Council candidate Derreck Johnson received a major endorsement on Monday from Sen. Kamala Harris. And with Harris on the short-list to be Joe Biden's vice-presidential nominee, the endorsement could loom even larger in the fall. "I've known Derreck Johnson for decades and I know that through his leadership and dedication he has … Continue reading Gift that could keep giving: Kamala Harris endorses Oakland at-large candidate Derreck Johnson

Bonta backs Steyer for president

East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta is endorsing billionaire Tom Steyer for president, it was announced Wednesday. Bonta, who represents Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro in the Assembly, lauded Steyer for his leadership in standing up to Big Oil, along with a belief that Steyer can beat President Trump on the issue of the economy. "Tom … Continue reading Bonta backs Steyer for president

Schaaf not swayed by Bloomberg’s visit to Oakland

You didn't think wealthy Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg came to Oakland just to enjoy a cup of coffee, did you? Bloomberg visited Oakland last Friday and met with Mayor Libby Schaaf. Television camera crews and journalists walked with them as they strolled through downtown Oakland. Exactly what Bloomberg expected from the conversation is unclear. … Continue reading Schaaf not swayed by Bloomberg’s visit to Oakland

Hernandez snags support from second county supervisor

Dublin Vice Mayor Melissa Hernandez's bid for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors received the endorsement of perhaps its most labor-friendly member last week as the campaign to replace retiring District 1 Supervisor Scott Haggerty heads into the final stretch toward the Mar. 3 primary. Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle announced his endorsement of Hernandez, … Continue reading Hernandez snags support from second county supervisor

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

Barbara Lee endorses Kamala Harris for president; progressive heads explode

Early reaction among Lee's progressive base for endorsing the centrist Democrat is not positive.

ALAMEDA: Former mayor says you can’t be a NIMBY if you don’t have a backyard

Alameda County Democrats vote to oppose Alameda special election measure to block a homeless center for seniors.

Alameda County Dems re-elect long-time chairperson after insurgent’s bid narrowly fails

Alameda County Democrats are sticking with party Chair Robin Torello. The long-time party boss, however, had to stave off a strong insurgent bid Wednesday night by Andy Kelley, the Central Committee's vice-chair. Torello topped Kelley by four votes, 21-17. Five members were absent, while three members submitted blank ballots. For the most part of the … Continue reading Alameda County Dems re-elect long-time chairperson after insurgent’s bid narrowly fails

OAKLAND D4: Sheng Thao enters into Faustian bargain

Major late endorsement may aid her chances next Tuesday, but cause her problems later, if elected, with Oakland progressives.

Jovanka gets Berned

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

AD15: Barbara Lee endorses Jovanka Beckles

When 15th Assembly District candidate Jovanka Beckles was asked at a forum two weeks ago to name her political heroes, she heaped praise on former Richmond Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Barbara Lee. The latter may have been listening. Beckles received Lee's endorsement Wednesday. The backing of perhaps the most popular elected … Continue reading AD15: Barbara Lee endorses Jovanka Beckles

Elaine Brown punches back; strongly endorses Desley Brooks’ opponent

It's an endorsement that has a bit more personal history attached to it than most. Civil rights icon Elaine Brown slammed Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks in a statement Monday announcing her endorsement of Natasha Middleton, one of four candidates challenging the incumbent Brooks in Oakland's District 6 next month. "It’s time for District 6 to … Continue reading Elaine Brown punches back; strongly endorses Desley Brooks’ opponent

Dems fume as Nancy O’Malley endorses GOP legislator Catharine Baker

Some Alameda County Democrats fumed last spring after the local central committee endorsed the candidacy of District Attorney Nancy O'Malley over the progressive candidate, Pamela Price. The decision rankled a growing number of so-called progressive Berniecrats within the county party. After the primary, the furor only grew after it became apparent that O'Malley, following her … Continue reading Dems fume as Nancy O’Malley endorses GOP legislator Catharine Baker