Ro Khanna, the 39-year-old challenger to U.S. Rep. Mike Honda in this year's most intriguing battle of local Democrats, has a potent weapon this time around -- the support of Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen.
If approved by two-thirds of voters, the tax would raise $500 million over the next 20 years to build levees and restore thousands of acres of wetlands and tidal marshes as a buffer to storm surges and floods in every Bay Area county.
In a hall filled with more than 250 workers Friday morning, congressional candidate Ro Khanna stood with union officials and San Jose Councilwoman Magdalena Carrasco, announcing that he had persuaded the laborers' union to switch from U.
At the helm this year and last year as president is longtime community volunteer and former school board member Cathie Geddeis, a 27-year Piedmont resident. Geddeis is delighted with the makeup of the membership, some 140 people, and with her hardworking board of 25 -- 24 of them women and one man, treasurer Ward Lindenmayer. In the first decade of the 21st century, the League joined the Million Mom March, registered high school voters, studied different voting systems and participated in state studies on energy and education.
Former Pleasanton Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio of Pleasanton has filed papers to challenge Baker, R-Danville, in what could shape up as one of next year's most expensive and hotly-contested state races.
A poll released Friday by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce found that out of 16 issues facing Oakland voters, keeping the A's, Warriors and Raiders ranked lowest. The results follow a poll conducted earlier this year finding that stadium construction was the lowest spending priority for Oakland voters.
"I think that local is the most important place where we have an opportunity to make change happen," California Common Cause State Program Manager Leila Pedersen said, contending that when corporate and PAC money is removed from campaigns, people will elect a more diverse set of public officials.
Councilman Jesse Arreguin's announcement Thursday affirms a notification on his Facebook page earlier this week changing its name to "Jesse Arreguin for Berkeley Mayor;" the top post currently is occupied by Tom Bates, who is widely believed to be retiring when his term ends at the end of 2016.
Councilman Jesse Arreguin's Facebook page changed its name from "Jesse Arreguin for City Council" to "Jesse Arreguin for Berkeley Mayor" on Monday in apparent preparation for the November 2016 race for the seat currently occupied by Tom Bates.
Trustees and parents from Lafayette, Piedmont and San Ramon Valley say a cap on budget reserves could hurt students and staff by preventing districts from saving to offset future cuts. Members of the Educate Our State student advocacy group said they tried to sound the alarm before voters approved Proposition 2 in November, but their pleas were overshadowed by big political muscle behind the governor-backed measure.
Within minutes after it became clear that Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer -- the Democrat best known for his call to outlaw BART strikes -- had won a hotly contested East Bay State Senate seat, Democratic Party activists went right back on the attack against him on election night.
Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer cruised to victory over Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, in a state Senate election that tested the might of well-heeled labor and business interests and the patience of voters who endured an unrelenting bombardment of campaign mailers and phone calls.
It's a choice between two Democrats who couldn't be more different -- one unwaveringly devoted to organized labor, the other a moderate who understands that the state can't write blank checks to appease special interests.
Photo illustration by Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
East Bay political veterans say they've never seen anything like the battle between Susan Bonilla and Steve Glazer leading up to the special election for state Senate on May 19. Some voters have already received 40 mailers from backers of both candidates.
Certified results of the primary election to fill the District 9 state Senate seat vacated by Mark DeSaulnier show that Orinda Mayor Steven Glazer bested Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla by more than 10,000 votes.