Realtors come to the aid of Oakland city attorney challenger

The big money continues to flow into Oakland’s elections this fall. Ride-hailing tech companies are spending $100,000 to defeat Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, and East Bay labor unions have poured $343,000 into the race to unseat Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, as of the Sept. 19 campaign finance filing period.  Now, real estate interests are hoping to take … Continue reading Realtors come to the aid of Oakland city attorney challenger

Kaplan lashes out at Lyft, challenges them to a debate

Oakland At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan wore two pins during a virtual press conference on Monday: One for her re-election campaign and another in opposition to Proposition 22, the statewide ballot measure funded by gig companies, such as Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash. In both campaigns, mega-tech companies are spending astronomical amounts of money to affect the … Continue reading Kaplan lashes out at Lyft, challenges them to a debate

Labor IE pumping big money into Oakland’s District Three race

Labor unions desperately want to defeat Oakland District 3 Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney this November and they have the receipts to show their discontent. An Independent Expenditure Committee (IE) backed the powerful Service Employees International (SEIU) Local 1021, Alameda Labor Council, and other unions, has pumped $343,000 into the District 3 race, through Sept. 19, … Continue reading Labor IE pumping big money into Oakland’s District Three race

Charter school PAC backed by Walmart heirs is dominating two Alameda County Board of Ed races

Each of the five total candidates in a pair of Alameda County Board of Educations races on the March primary ballot have small to non-existent campaigns of their own. But voters in Alameda's Area 2 and in Hayward's Area 5 know these races are being fought in their mailboxes by way of tens of thousands … Continue reading Charter school PAC backed by Walmart heirs is dominating two Alameda County Board of Ed races

Realtors spending big bucks to thwart housing tax measures in Hayward, Oakland, Berkeley

National Association of Realtor have spent nearly $150,000 to stop Hayward's Measure T real estate transfer tax increase.

ELECTIONLINE: Women in Oakland’s District 6 form voting bloc to defeat Desley Brooks; Special interests give $282,500 to Wicks-supported IE

OAKLAND DISTRICT 6 BATTLE LINES SHAPE UP During an endorsement meeting at the East Bay Express two weeks ago, the four challengers seeking to end Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks' long reign in District 6 hinted a strategy for using the city's ranked choice voting system was forthcoming. The plan released Monday is asking voters to, … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: Women in Oakland’s District 6 form voting bloc to defeat Desley Brooks; Special interests give $282,500 to Wicks-supported IE

‘I’m no puppet’: Beckles declares ‘victory’ in AD15

'There's no strings attached to my candidacy': Jovanka Beckles is already attempting to contrast her campaign with the well-funded Buffy Wicks campaign.

‘Not done yet’: Price does not concede DA race

A day after receiving disappointing election results, Alameda County Attorney Candidate Pamela Price is not conceding the race to incumbent DA Nancy O'Malley. Although tens of thousands of uncounted ballots remain countywide, Tuesday night's tally gave O'Malley a roughy 27,000-vote advantage over Price. In a statement to supporters Wednesday afternoon that is both defiant and … Continue reading ‘Not done yet’: Price does not concede DA race

Now the Soros PAC is slinging mud at O’Malley

The Political Action Committee backed by progressive billionaire George Soros in support of Alameda County District Attorney candidate Pamela Price has produced some of the best mail pieces of this primary season. There are well-designed, uncluttered and deliver a clear, even-keeled message to voters. What the PAC has not done much is attack opponent, Alameda … Continue reading Now the Soros PAC is slinging mud at O’Malley

AD15 PREVIEW: Will Buffy Wicks win the primary, but lose the election?

Consensus says Buffy Wicks wins the primary, but the size of the field and up to seven credible candidates means he difference between second and third will be razor-thin.

ELECTION LINE: Big money and attacks continue in Alameda County DA race; DeSaulnier AD15 endorsement

Police union IE releases 30-second ad opposing Pamela Price on Thursday.

Police union IE hits Price with devastating attack piece

Californians United for Safe Neighborhoods and School opposing Pamela Price for District Attorney 2018, an Independent Expenditure Committee, created by San Jose and Los Angeles police unions, issued a strong rebuke to the candidate challenging Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley in a hit piece in mailboxes Tuesday. As of Friday, the IE had reported receiving … Continue reading Police union IE hits Price with devastating attack piece

Ahern IE mailer to remind voters that O’Malley is a Democrat

The mailer in support of O'Malley includes a few Tri-Valley mayors who are not even Democrats.

Sheriff Ahern’s campaign just gave $50,000 to IE supporting O’Malley

Some suspicious campaign finance filings by IEs backing Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley is raising the question of whether dark money has entered the race.

New Pamela Price radio ad: ‘Vote as if your life depends on it’; new IE emerges opposing Price

**UPDATED** IE backed by San Jose and Los Angeles police union was formed last Monday to oppose Price. The move suggests the ALCO DA race is about to get even more brutal.