Bauer-Kahan’s bill proposes to increase jail time for auto burglars

East Bay Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, along with a Southern California Republican, introduced a bill last week that would change the definition of an auto burglary and increase jail time for its offenders. "Every smashed window and every piece of stolen property is both costly and a personal violation of our residents," Bauer-Kahan said in a … Continue reading Bauer-Kahan’s bill proposes to increase jail time for auto burglars

Large field aims to replace Kansen Chu; Nancy Skinner runs uncontested

The 12-year state legislative cycle has rendered most assembly and state senate races as cakewalks for incumbents since new term limits were enacted in 2012. Of the eight legislative seats in Alameda County, just one race is a fully contested, while another could hold some drama next year. Otherwise, incumbents will again hold a distinct … Continue reading Large field aims to replace Kansen Chu; Nancy Skinner runs uncontested

Is Steve Glazer in danger of losing the California Democratic Party backing?

State Sen. Steve Glazer is without a doubt the most unpopular incumbent Democrat in the deep blue East Bay political establishment. Alameda County Democrats loath him for his stance against BART union employees. Others despised him for his failure to provide any assistance to Democrat Rebecca Bauer-Kahan's major upset of Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker last … Continue reading Is Steve Glazer in danger of losing the California Democratic Party backing?

Bill lowering threshold to pass local tax measures fails; Bauer-Kahan avoids vote

A proposed California constitutional amendment to lower the threshold for local tax and bond measures from 67 percent to 55 percent failed to gain its own two-third majority for passage Monday in the state Assembly. The amendment, which would require the approval of voters, needed 54 votes for passage. It managed just 44. Fifteen members … Continue reading Bill lowering threshold to pass local tax measures fails; Bauer-Kahan avoids vote

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

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

Baker concedes to Bauer-Kahan in stunning East Bay upset

Baker thanks supporters and family as updated results Friday evening put Bauer-Kahan up by 2,513 votes.

AD16: Baker’s lead down to 205 votes

Democrat Rebecca Bauer-Kahan has gained more than 400 votes on Catharine Baker since last Saturday.

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.

AD16 continues to trend toward Bauer-Kahan, as Baker’s lead slips to 339 votes

A monumental upset appears in the offing, one that would strip the GOP of its lone state legislator in the East Bay.

AD16: Bauer-Kahan paints Baker red

Democrat Rebecca Bauer-Kahan's campaign in the 16th Assembly District unveiled its first television spot this week. The 30-second ad uses red t-shirts emblazoned with her opponent, Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker's campaign logo. Red, of course, is typically associated with the Republican Party, and blue with the Democratic Party. The commercial ends with Bauer-Kahan wearing her … Continue reading AD16: Bauer-Kahan paints Baker red

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