East Bay’s Top 10 November races to watch

Alameda County Supervisor District 1 Alameda County District 1 supervisorial candidates, Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon and Dublin Mayor David Haubert at an Aug. 17 virtual candidate forum. This race has already been the East Bay's most punishing for months. The Alameda County race for District 1 supervisor pits candidates from both halves of the roughly … Continue reading East Bay’s Top 10 November races to watch

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.  

Gail Steele, long-time Alameda County supervisor, advocate for children, dies

Gail Steele, one of the legends of Alameda County politics, died on Friday morning. Steele represented the Hayward and parts of Tri-Cities on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors from 1992-2010. She also served eight years on the Hayward City Council from 1974-1982. During her long political career, Steele was a consistent advocate for the … Continue reading Gail Steele, long-time Alameda County supervisor, advocate for children, dies

City Council Briefing: Cannabis tax rate increase, smoke-free ordinance, and in-lieu housing fees

East Bay City Council meeting highlights for the week of Oct. 28: >>> HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL (Oct. 29, 7 p.m.) - Item 14 CANNABIS TAX HIKE - Hayward city staff is proposing to increase its cannabis tax on gross receipts from six percent to seven percent. Hayward's cannabis industry is still in its infancy, although the … Continue reading City Council Briefing: Cannabis tax rate increase, smoke-free ordinance, and in-lieu housing fees

Halliday nostalgia

For someone who started out my career making 50 cents an hour babysitting, $15 would have sounded incredible to me.—Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday reminiscing during a discussion Oct. 15 for increasing the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.

Miley is not opposed to Hayward annexing Cherryland, but wants no ‘cherry-picking’ of land

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley told a neighborhood group in Cherryland earlier this month that they should consider a proposal, in its early stages, for Hayward city officials to study the feasibility of annexing their incorporated area. "I'm not opposed to annexation, but that's not my call," he told members of the Cherryland Community Association … Continue reading Miley is not opposed to Hayward annexing Cherryland, but wants no ‘cherry-picking’ of land

Hayward’s much-delayed $60 million downtown library to open in September

Hayward's much-anticipated, much-delayed downtown library will officially open on Sept. 14, the city announced. The $60 million project, funded through a voter-approved half-cent sales tax increase, had suffered a series of construction delays that bedeviled its completion over nearly two years. A number of grand openings have been canceled over the years causing concerns among … Continue reading Hayward’s much-delayed $60 million downtown library to open in September

East Bay congressional district has never been led by a woman of color. ‘It’s about damn time, right?’ Wahab says

Rep. Eric Swalwell is running a presidential campaign while, at the same time, doing a good job of keeping prospective challengers for his congressional seat and campaign donors unsure whether he will return to the district.  Swalwell says he'll make the decision before Dec. 8. But Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab, the one candidate who is … Continue reading East Bay congressional district has never been led by a woman of color. ‘It’s about damn time, right?’ Wahab says

Union City, threatened with lawsuit, decides to move toward district elections

A statewide push to move California cities away from at-large municipal elections to a district-based system has snared Union City. Starting in November 2020, Union City voters will begin electing councilmembers by districts under the plan unanimously approved by the Union City Council Wednesday night. In the meantime, the Union City Council and community will begin discussions … Continue reading Union City, threatened with lawsuit, decides to move toward district elections

Mendall on liquor, tobacco retailers

I'm wiling to say no more. If they come with a [Conditional-Use Permit], I'm going to vote no.—Hayward Councilmember Al Mendall Tuesday to developers who propose housing projects during a work session on the proliferation of liquor and tobacco retailers, massage parlors and payday lenders in the city.

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 23–Miracle in AD16; Interview with Hayward Councilmember-elect Aisha Wahab

Do you believe in miracles? 16th District Assemblymember-elect Rebecca Bauer-Kahan's major upset in the East Bay seemingly caught everyone off guard. Now that's she done it, how exactly did it happen? What unexpected East Bay legislator deserves a little credit for the result? In the interview, Hayward Councilmember-elect Aisha Wahab gives a candid inside look … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 23–Miracle in AD16; Interview with Hayward Councilmember-elect Aisha Wahab

Too-close-to-call all over the East Bay

At least five seats in various East Bay cities remain in doubt a week after the Nov. 6 election.

HAYWARD: Council incumbent loans his campaign $18,000, adds to already large debt

Hayward Councilmember Marvin Peixoto's re-election coffers received a boost Tuesday after he loaned $18,000 to his own campaign. The quick injection of cash, however, only adds to Peixoto's already significant campaign debts. Following council campaigns in 2008, 2010 and 2014, Peixoto had amassed $50,300 in loan debts, an amount uncommon for local politician, especially one … Continue reading HAYWARD: Council incumbent loans his campaign $18,000, adds to already large debt

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 15–ISIS lady; Alameda Fox News; fire and brimstone with Hayward council candidate Joe Ramos

Will Hayward ever receive salvation? Hayward City Council candidate Joe Ramos, also a preacher, believes only if residents seek a new path. Ramos leads a prayer and offers his vision for Hayward in the most passionate Steve Tavares Is Angry podcast yet. Another Hayward council candidate, who is Afghan American, was asked whether she receives … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 15–ISIS lady; Alameda Fox News; fire and brimstone with Hayward council candidate Joe Ramos