The push for appointing Barbara Lee to Kamala Harris’ senate seat continues

Lee A group calling itself #LetsKeepTheSeat held rallies this week in Los Angeles and Sacramento urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill Kamala Harris' senate seat with a Black woman -- either Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee or Southern California Rep. Karen Bass. The reported frontrunner for the appointment, however, is state Secretary of State Alex Padilla. … Continue reading The push for appointing Barbara Lee to Kamala Harris’ senate seat continues

Oakland councilmembers tell Newsom, Barbara Lee for U.S. Senate speaks for me

Newsom, though, is leaning toward Alex Padilla Lee Oakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Noel Gallo, and Sheng Thao want Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint Rep. Barbara Lee to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' U.S. Senate seat. The trio of councilmembers offered the recommendation in a letter sent on Monday. "We are incredibly honored to be represented by … Continue reading Oakland councilmembers tell Newsom, Barbara Lee for U.S. Senate speaks for me

After Montclair District homicide, Sheng Thao wants police back on walking beats

Worried Starbucks employees in Oakland are painstakingly warning customers not to leave their laptops unattended. The New Year's Eve homicide of a man in Oakland's Montclair District who was attempting to stop the theft of his laptop from a Starbucks coffee shop has rattled Councilmember Sheng Thao's constituents. Thao is holding a public safety town … Continue reading After Montclair District homicide, Sheng Thao wants police back on walking beats

Oakland City Council votes to hold off for now on collecting Measure AA parcel tax

Fearing Oakland voters will become further disillusioned with their city government and uncertainty over a legal fight that could determine the fate of last November's controversial Measure AA result at the ballot box, the Oakland City Council decided late Tuesday night against collecting the $198 parcel tax, at least, for this year. Measure AA, was … Continue reading Oakland City Council votes to hold off for now on collecting Measure AA parcel tax

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.

OAKLAND D4: Sheng Thao enters into Faustian bargain

Major late endorsement may aid her chances next Tuesday, but cause her problems later, if elected, with Oakland progressives.

OAKLAND D4: Michelson abruptly suspends council campaign

With just over three weeks until Election Day, Oakland City Council District 4 candidate Charlie Michelson announced Sunday afternoon that he has suspended his campaign. The reason for his departure from the race, according to a message on Facebook, is a "deeply personal matter." "This was an incredibly hard decision to make, and I am … Continue reading OAKLAND D4: Michelson abruptly suspends council campaign

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."

AC Dems: Guillen caps surprising comeback; Schaaf wins endorsement

About six weeks ago, Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen's re-election chances appeared shockingly grim after a concerted effort by some labor groups to block his bid for the critical Alameda County Democratic Party endorsement. But in recent days, Guillen's supporters cobbled together a coalition that was able to edge out his upstart challenger Nikki Fortunato Bas … Continue reading AC Dems: Guillen caps surprising comeback; Schaaf wins endorsement

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

ELECTIONLINE: Khanna still backs Yang Shao; Bill Quirk moves; Pete Stark remembers Ron Dellums

Bonta's recent endorsements have a unifying theme

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

Major shakeup in Oakland District 4 council race

Candidate had been endorsed by Oakland Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington.

ELECTIONLINE: Cassidy watch in San Leandro; Beckles endorsement; AD18 candidate wants to shrink Alameda Fire

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL D1 For the better part of the last year, San Leandro political parlor talk has been constantly included speculation over whether San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy is interested in running for office this November. Any office, actually. Cassidy, whether intentional or not, has politlcal watchers in The 'Dro so off-balance that … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: Cassidy watch in San Leandro; Beckles endorsement; AD18 candidate wants to shrink Alameda Fire