Pete Stark, 40-year East Bay congressman and progressive icon, dies

Pete Stark, the Walnut Creek community banker who parlayed his opposition to the Vietnam War into an unprecedented 40-year run representing the East Bay in Congress, died Friday at his home in Maryland, the family announced. He was 88. "Today, America has lost a champion of the people and a leader of great integrity, moral … Continue reading Pete Stark, 40-year East Bay congressman and progressive icon, dies

Howard Kerr, former San Leandro elected official, dies

Howard Kerr, a former San Leandro councilmember who led the effort to implement speed bumps in the city, and later served as a member of the Oro Loma Sanitary District for 29 years, died Jan. 2. He was 96. "Howard was the consummate gentlemen. He was pleasant whether he agreed with you or not," San … Continue reading Howard Kerr, former San Leandro elected official, dies

‘Bertie’ Cooper, three-term Hayward mayor, dies

Roberta "Bertie" Cooper, a three-term mayor of Hayward, who led the city through a period of increased development, died Monday. She was 82. The cause of death was cancer. Cooper served 18 years as an elected official in Hayward, 12 of them as mayor from 1994-2006. Prior to that, Cooper served on the Hayward City … Continue reading ‘Bertie’ Cooper, three-term Hayward mayor, dies

Tony Santos, former San Leandro mayor who sought to break city’s bonds of segregation, dies at 86

Tony Santos, a former San Leandro mayor, stalwart progressive and friend of labor, who lead the once-segregated city toward a more equally diverse future, died Monday afternoon. He was 86. Santos had been in declining health for months and passed away at his San Leandro home of over 50 years. Santos goes down in San … Continue reading Tony Santos, former San Leandro mayor who sought to break city’s bonds of segregation, dies at 86

Ron Dellums, influential congressman and self-described ‘commie pinko from Berkeley’, dies at 82

Dellums, one of the East Bay's most influential public officials ever died Monday following a bout with prostate cancer.