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 202016
 
City of Oakland Provides Free "Revenge Mail"  Service

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]

Sep 182016
 
San Leandro Should Wait Before Licensing a Third Marijuana Dispensary

Update: On Sept. 20th, the City Council voted 6-0 (with Benny Lee abstaining) to approve a third marijuana dispensary in San Leandro. Short months after approving licensing a second marijuana dispensary in San Leandro, the City Council is considering adding a third license: one that would be granted directly to Blüm, a dispensary chain that already has three locations.  Blüm scored highest in the last application process, but the dispensary license was granted to Davis Street,  likely because of the close relationship between City Council members and the would-be operators of such facility.  Faced with the prospect of a lawsuit [Continue Reading]