For all intents and purposes this blog is dead – as our activism has moved elsewhere -, but I was asked for voting recommendations for this election, and I’m happy to oblige. Unlike previous years, I did not do exhaustive research of candidates, so I’m basing some of these on the work done by other progressive groups, such as F.U.N Progressives in southern Alameda County and Our Revolution East Bay in the northern part. President: Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders life-long conviction in the urgency of empowering the working class and people of color have created a movement that can stand [Continue Reading]
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, San Leandro Talk has, for a long time, covered politics in other parts of Alameda County. Indeed, in the last few years, most of what we’ve written about has been about candidates and politics beyond San Leandro. We hope to return to the real point of this blog, and thus we are migrating our political coverage to a new blog, California Politics. This blog will cover politics in the whole state, but will concentrate on Alameda County. Content exclusively about San Leandro will stay here. If you love politics as much as we do and [Continue Reading]
For your convenience, here is SLT’s Progressive Voter Guide for Alameda County in PDF format, so you can print and take to the polls.
The City of Oakland has set up a service to help Bay Area citizens get back at anyone (or at least, any male) whom they feel has done them wrong. All they need to do is complete this form, entering the license plate number of their target’s car and make up a story as to how they were seen soliciting prostitution in some neighborhood known for such. In response, “the Oakland Police Department will send a letter to the registered owner stating that the vehicle has been observed in an area known to have high incidences of sexual exploitation and [Continue Reading]
This article has been contributed by Guillermo Elenes. With more and more cities in California grappling with displacement and rising rents, and with 45% of residents renting, it’s time to implement serious policy solutions to stabilize communities. The myths abound on rent control policy and prevent cities from pursuing what is really a moderate and reasonable regulation of the largely unregulated private rental market. Unless you think landlords should be able to raise rents however much they want, whenever they want, you believe in rent control and should consider adopting it in your community. Rent control is not a ceiling [Continue Reading]