Politics

Oct 182016
 
Alameda County Progressive Voter Guide to the November 2016 Election: The Propositions

These are my recommendations on how to vote on State and Local Propositions in Alameda County. Italics signify that I’m less sure about that recommendation. Comments are welcomed.  Please also check out my Progressive Voter Guide to Candidates running in Alameda County. STATE & COUNTY PROPOSITIONS Quick Guide 51 = No 52 = Yes 53 = No 54 = Yes 55 =Yes 56 = No 57 = Yes 58 = No 59 = Yes 60 = No 61 = Yes 62 = Yes 63 = No 64 = Yes 65 = No 66 = No 67 = Yes A1 = [Continue Reading]

Oct 022016
 
SLT Endorsements: Jesse Arreguín for Berkeley Mayor

SLT’s endorsements and recommendations are based upon personal or phone interviews, questionnaires sent to the candidates and other research on them.  I only endorse candidates that I believe are truly progressive, support a clean government agenda, transparency and accountability. Endorsing Jesse Arreguín for Mayor of Berkeley is a no-brainer and probably an exercise in futility.  After all, Jesse has already been endorsed by both the Democratic Party and the Green Party, Alameda Central Labor and the Sierra Club, Democracy for America, Dolores Huerta and the Berkeley Planet, in addition to dozens of other progressive organizations, politicians and activists.  Most importantly, [Continue Reading]

Sep 302016
 
SLT Endorsements: Cullen Tiernan for Fremont City Council

Incumbent Vinnie Bacon Recommended for Second Council Seat No Recommendation for Mayor (yet?) The November elections are almost upon us and it’s time for San Leandro Talk’s endorsements of candidates running for local office in Alameda County.  My endorsements and recommendations are based upon personal or phone interviews, questionnaires sent to the candidates and other research on them.  I only endorse candidates that I believe are truly progressive, support a clean government agenda, transparency and accountability.  My recommended candidates may not fulfill the same requirements, but they are still the best progressive choices in their respective races. Cullen Tiernan is [Continue Reading]

Sep 182016
 
Alameda Democratic Leader Disses smart-growth Democrat, Endorses pro-development Republican Mayoral Candidate?

Update: Ramirez Holmes has contacted me to say that she had not endorsed Jerry Thorne.   That would mean that Jerry Thorne lied by listing her as an endorser. Angela Ramirez Holmes, the Vice Chair for AD 16 of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee and a member of the Executive Committee, is listed as an endorser *of incumbent Pleasanton Mayoral candidate Jerry Thorne, a Republican.  Ramirez Holmes, who also serves in the Zone 7 Water District Board, owns Alliance Campaign Strategies, a campaign consultancy business, which represents developers and developer-backed candidates. At the Democratic Party’s endorsement interviews which took place [Continue Reading]

Sep 112016
 
Election Time: Learn About the Candidates

The November elections are approaching, and with that the work of learning about the many candidates for local office. To help you in this task, I am sending in-depth issue-based questionnaires to (almost) all candidates for elective office in Alameda County, and publishing them on this website as I get them back. To find them, click on the “2016 General Election” tag on the menu above, or go here and select your city or district.  More cities and districts will be added, as I receive completed questionnaires from those areas, so keep checking! Here are the questionnaires returned so far: [Continue Reading]