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

Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police

After property damage and looting swept through Oakland two weeks ago in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the national refocus on police brutality that followed, city officials are bringing legislation to the forefront to match the community's call for changes in policing. Specifically, the movement to “defund police” is moving briskly … Continue reading Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police

With close races, Oakland’s election night will likely bleed into morning

Look for extremely close toss-up races in Oakland's Districts 2, 4, and a nail biter in District 6 next Tuesday.

Second Oakland council race features slate of women seeking to defeat men backed by Schaaf

The voting bloc formed by District 4 candidates Pam Harris, Nayeli Maxson, and Sheng Thao is called the "Women's Leadership Slate."

ELECTIONLINE: Alameda landlords’ Measure K dilemma; Newsom to speak at Wicks’ campaign headquarters

DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY: 61 DAYS UNTIL VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS SENT: 32 ALAMEDA MEASURE K The Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) will open its campaign against Measure K, the landlords-backed ballot initiative to lock-in the city's existing rent stabilization ordinance in the City Charter, with a rally this Sunday. Last Wednesday, supporters of No on K received … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: Alameda landlords’ Measure K dilemma; Newsom to speak at Wicks’ campaign headquarters

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY- Episode 9: Labor Day Special; Interview with Union City candidate Harris Mojadedi

Watergate in Hayward? A robber broke into council candidate Aisha Wahab's car and stole campaign materials, but left a cigarillo in the car. Meanwhile, every smoker in Hayward politics appears to be a suspect. In The Breakdown, I take a look at the Oakland District 6 council race and how all of Desley Brooks' challengers … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY- Episode 9: Labor Day Special; Interview with Union City candidate Harris Mojadedi

Wellstone Dems are in an anti-incumbent mood

The East Bay's largest progressive group is backing a number of candidates running insurgent campaign against Oakland incumbents for the mayor's race and two council matchups. The Wellstone Renewal Club is apparently not immune from the current zeitgeist surrounding far left candidates in the state and some parts of the country. The group also endorsed … Continue reading Wellstone Dems are in an anti-incumbent mood

OAKLAND: Libby Schaaf, Loren Taylor, Chris Young report $100k in fundraising this year

Oakland District 4 candidates who recently suspended his campaign, reported an impressive $113,000 in contributions