Haubert wins hard-fought Alameda County supervisors race

In a no-holds barred Alameda County Board of Supervisors race that featured attacks on each others character and a police report filed against one of the candidates, Dublin Mayor David Haubert defeated Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon for the open seat in District 1. Haubert posted a seven-point win over Bacon, as most of the ballots … Continue reading Haubert wins hard-fought Alameda County supervisors race

PREVIEW: Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 1

Meet the Candidates ALCO District 1 March primary candidates: Bob Wieckowski, Vinnie Bacon, David Haubert, and Melissa Hernandez. Bob Wieckowski represents the 10th State Senate District, which includes Fremont, but not the Tri-Valley half of District 1 on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Prior to the state Senate, Wieckowski served in the Assembly and … Continue reading PREVIEW: Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 1

ALCOD1: With videos, Haubert is making a push to engage Indian, Asian voters

The number of Indian-American voters in Alameda County's Board of Supervisors District 1 seat is significant. But none of the four candidates in the big District 1 race this March have a natural hold on the community. With large populations in both the Tri-Valley and Fremont, Indo-American voters are the wildcard, in tandem with the … Continue reading ALCOD1: With videos, Haubert is making a push to engage Indian, Asian voters

Alameda County District 1 Supervisors preview

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty stood at the back of the hall at a senior center in Pleasanton looking a little more grumpy than usual. Haggerty, who is retiring from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, was growing impatient with the responses from the four candidates hoping to replace him. When the moderator of the … Continue reading Alameda County District 1 Supervisors preview

ALCOD1: Fremont mayors, past and present, are taking sides

The campaign epicenter for the race in the open Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat in District 1 is moving to Fremont. The Tri-Valley portion of the district encompasses roughly half of the supervisorial district. A large portion of Fremont makes up the other half. But the current Fremont mayor's apparent choice for replacing retiring … Continue reading ALCOD1: Fremont mayors, past and present, are taking sides

The bill that may cinch re-election for Steve Glazer

State Sen. Steve Glazer may not exude much warmth toward constituents, but some of election year strategies in recent years have been electric. Days before Thanksgiving, Glazer announced a bill proposed for the next legislative session in January that would ease some of the more inconvenient aspects of PG&E's power shut-offs -- the inability to … Continue reading The bill that may cinch re-election for Steve Glazer

BART board official’s embarrassing gaffe

John McPartland, the BART board director who once received a concealed weapons permit to protect himself from upset constituents, metaphorically shot himself in the foot after offering cringe-worthy comments to an attorney, who is female. The exchange occurred as the BART Board of Directors was presented with a report for a proposed ban on panhandling … Continue reading BART board official’s embarrassing gaffe

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

Wahab suspends campaign for Congress against Swalwell

Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab is not ending her campaign for Rep. Eric Swalwell's seat in the 15th District, but suspending it, she announced Monday morning. Wahab gave no indication why she chose the less definitive description for ceasing the campaign's operations other than focusing on her advocacy on the Hayward City Council and elsewhere. “I … Continue reading Wahab suspends campaign for Congress against Swalwell

No. Scott Haggerty is not running for re-election, he just likes chili

For months Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty looked and sounded a little less rambunctious than normal. Last May, he surprised many by announcing he would step down next year as District 1 county supervisor. But a flyer promoting his annual chili cook-off re-election fundraiser on July 26 is throwing people for a loop. Haggerty has … Continue reading No. Scott Haggerty is not running for re-election, he just likes chili

You won’t have Scott Haggerty to kick around anymore; longtime county supe will not seek re-election

One of the most sought after seats in Alameda County politics is now up-for-grabs. Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election to his Board of Supervisors District 1 seat. Haggerty has served portions of the Tri-Valley and Fremont since 1996. "It's been my privilege to serve Alameda County and the … Continue reading You won’t have Scott Haggerty to kick around anymore; longtime county supe will not seek re-election

Vinnie Bacon may challenge Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty

Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon may soon attempt what no other has been able to accomplish in the East Bay for more than a generation--unseat an incumbent countywide elected official. Bacon told the East Bay Citizen Tuesday night that he is contemplating a challenge against Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty next year. "I'm seriously considering it," … Continue reading Vinnie Bacon may challenge Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty

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

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

AD16: Baker, Bauer-Kahan engage in lively debate on guns, teachers, and environment

In a rematch of the June primary, which Baker won, AD16 candidates were not shy to attack each other Sunday night i Pleasanton