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]

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 172016

Today, the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee met to decide on the Democratic endorsement on about 20 contested races.  Almost 70 candidates had been previously put on consent for the endorsement and were also officially endorsed today. The results of today endorsement interviews are as follows: BERKELEY MAYOR  Jesse Arreguin, BERKELEY COUNCILMEMBER DIST. 5  No Endorsemenbt BERKELEY COUNCILMEMBER DIST. 6  Hon. Susan Wengraf FREMONT COUNCILMEMBER (elect 2)  No endorsement** (Raj Salwan already endorsed) OAKLAND COUNCILMEMBER AT-LARGE  Hon. Rebecca Kaplan OAKLAND COUNCILMEMBER DIST. 3  Hon. Lynette V. Gibson-McElhaney OAKLAND COUNCILMEMBER DIST. 5  Hon. Noel Gallo PLEASANTON MAYOR  No Endorsement PERALTA CCD [Continue Reading]