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Dec 7, 2015

Alameda County District Four Board of Supervisors candidate Bryan Parker travels to my hometown of Castro Valley to lay out his strategy for unseating Nate Miley next June.

Parker, a Port of Oakland commissioner who ran last year for Oakland, is facing an uphill battle against the long-time supervisor who represents cities between East Oakland and Pleasanton, including Castro Valley and other unincorporated areas of Alameda County.

"We're not into putting a scare into anybody," says Parker. "We're here to win."

During the show, I draw parallels between this campaign and another famous East Bay insurgent campaign from four years ago.

Later, Parker's offers his platform for the district, his views on Castro Valley cityhood and his opponent's stance on the future of Oakland's three professional sports team.

Nov 30, 2015

The unlikely new epicenter of the East Bay housing crisis is Alameda. On this week's East Bay Citizen Show podcast, Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie said the move by a South Bay landlord to exploit a section of the city's recently approved 65-day moratorium on rents and eviction was a "slap in the face" to the City Council.

The resulting furor following the issuance of 60-day eviction notices to 33 families at Bay View Apartments in Alameda, said Oddie, could make the offending landlord the new face for a push by tenants to enact a strong rent control policy.

Oddie also works for Assemblymember Rob Bonta and he gives a preview of the lawmaker's potential agenda for the coming legislative year.

In addition, he also describes her less-than-stellar fantasy football team, unfortunately heavy on players from his hometown Chicago Bears. 

Nov 23, 2015

It's Thanksgiving week and what better topic is there than giving thanks to the person who blazed the podcasting trail for the East Bay Citizen Show. 

Hayward born and raised Matt Santos drops in from Prescott, Ariz. to chat about his podcast and we walk down memory lane to reminisce about...Wait a minute.

Santos is really on the show to talking about me! About the time I ran for the Chabot College student president while serving as the newspaper's Editor-in-Chief, my rousing campaign speech, the college's fry cook/bookie and his advice for taking the Cowboys even though back-up QB Gary Hogeboom was subbing for the great Danny White, or was it Randy White?

Also, in the news, what's might happen to Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks after an allegation was reported last week that she assaulted former Black Panther icon Elaine Brown at a restaurant in Oakland? Probably nothing, but the allegation brings to light Brooks' notorious behavior over the past 14 years in office.

Nov 16, 2015

Yes, you can include Fremont in Silicon Valley, which many view as part of Santa Clara County, but it's our. Fremont is the second largest city in Alameda County, so why does it get overlooked by Oakland-centric leaders? First-term Mayor Bill Harrison sits down to talk about his city and to tell us about its rise. 

Fremont is more than tree-lined suburbs, good Indian food and Tesla. But it is also growing quickly and boasts one of the only minority-majorities in the country. We also discuss Fremont's recent decision to deploy surveillance cameras at certain freeway exits and the lack of opposition it received from residents.

Also, is it Fremonters or Fremontians? We find out.

 

 

Nov 9, 2015

Things got wild on this East Bay Citizen Show podcast. Alameda County Democratic Party co-chair Mario Juarez and I look at the political landscape in Oakland. Juarez, a two-time Oakland City Council candidate, is one of the most knowledgeable political insiders in the East Bay, in addition, to one of the funniest.

Is Jean Quan really running for the City Council? "If it walks like a duck..." said Juarez. Is it possible two members of the same council are thinking about retirement? Did Oakland's founders really forget to annex Alameda? jokes Juarez in a satire of the police response at a recent council meeting. And, finally, Juarez gives a loving ode to the splendor of Assemblymember Rob Bonta's gloriously perfect teeth and hair.

All on the the East Bay Citizen Show, the region's only political podcast. Subscribe and listen on iTunes, Stitcher or listen at EBCitizen.com. Follow on Twitter @EBCShow.

Next week's special guest: Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison.

Nov 3, 2015

What's in Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's "secret sauce"? Maybe we'll get to the bottom of the city's proprietary ingredients? Or maybe not? Along the way the first-year mayor adds to her State of the City address last week, along with criticism lodged towards her from using the phrase "Black Lives Matter" as a backdrop during the speech at City Hall. Schaaf also left off her list of city priorities the future of the Oakland Raiders in the city and their bid for a new stadium. Later, the mayor talks housing, public safety Uber and "techquity" and previews her education plan, Oakland Promise.

Oct 19, 2015

The June Primary is just around the corner and this is the time of the year when prospective campaigns begin forming their teams and begin strategizing for next spring. Under the radar for June is a big race for four seats on the Hayward City Council. The field in Hayward is quickly growing--possibly up to the seven candidates thus far. Former Hayward Councilman Kevin Dowling helps break down the June at-large race, along with the recent suspension of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's suspension of her State Senate campaign--also another big June race. Later, I take a look at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors just because nobody else willl, along with the odd testimony on cell phone surveillance offered last week by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley.

Sep 28, 2015

There were fireworks earlier this month at a Hayward School Board of Trustees meeting when Superintendent of Schools Stan "Data" Dobbs verbally abused and allegedly make contact with one or more elected school board members. It's just another setback for one of the most chronically underperforming school s districts in Alameda County. Outspoken Hayward School Trustee Dr. Luis Reynoso is here to discuss the incident and the past and future of the moribund school district. Later in th news, Reynoso stuck around to chat about last week's dedication of the Bill Lockyer Bay Trail in Hayward and the time the former state senate pro tem and state treasurer gave him a tip about not shaking hands with a sweaty palm.

Sep 22, 2015

No other writer and comedian is more synonymous with the East Bay than San Leandro-raised Brian Copeland. He sits down with the East Bay Citizen Show this week to talk about San Leandro and its amazing turnaround from a White-Only enclave a generation ago to one of the most diverse cities in America. He also discussed the subject of his one-man play "The Scion" that focused on the brutal slaying of two USDA inspectors at San Leandro's Santos Linguica Factory. Evidence of UFOs is touched upon along with the shocking and precipitous downfall of Bill Cosby. Earlier this year, Copeland took heat for initially standing by Cosby as women first began speaking out alleging sexual assault over the past decades. His support for the beloved comedian is not what it used to be, he says on the East Bay's only political podcast, The East Bay Citizen Show. Listen to new episodes every Monday!

Sep 14, 2015

One of the East Bay's most experienced city councilmembers sits down in Alameda to chat on this week's East Bay Citizen Show. Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog showed up after a workout to discuss the city's growing problem of exorbitant rent increases and 30 and 60 days eviction notices. A leader in the city's Filipino-American community, Daysog delves into Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer's "RiceGate" flub, his re-election campaign in 2016 and some thoughts on the island city's next city manager. Also, a quick news brief from the following week on the region's only weekly podcast dedicated solely to East Bay politics.

 

Sep 7, 2015

Hayward Councilmember Francisco Zermeno is a collector of things, not to mention two terms on the Hayward City Council. But he also boasts more than 8,000 pieces of Spiderman memorabilia and the collection is less a love of the comic book character and more a reminder of his unique immigrant experience. And yes, he has a noted tequila collection, too!

On this special Labor Day edition of the East Bay Citizen Show, I chat with Zermeno, also a long-time Chabot College Spanish professor, about his controversial vote against Hayward city employees two years ago, the fallout, and how he plans to win a third term next June in a council race destined to be one of the highlights of the 2016 local election season.

Download and subscribe to the East Bay Citizen Show on iTunes, Stitcher or listen on EBCitizen.com. New episodes every Monday! Follow @EBCShow on Twitter

Sep 1, 2015

East Bay Express Editor-In-Chief Robert Gammon and I discuss the growing use of police body cameras in the East Bay and elsewhere. Specifically, the issue of when or if the public ever sees footage captured on tape when it may or may not implicate police misconduct. Later in the show comes a change of pace. The silver and black face-painted Raiders superfan, Dr. Death, stops by to chat about his rise and one of the famed Black Hole's menagerie of character to City of Oakland and Alameda County insider. In addition, we discuss the impression held by some that the local media's coverage of Oakland's stadium saga is often misaligned with reality.

Aug 24, 2015

The presidential season is already in full gear. The San Francisco Chronicle's senior political writer Carla Marinucci sits down in Oakland to talk about Donald Trump's chances, along with a survey of the entire field. Also, we chat about potentially the biggest race in the Bay Area in 2016, the congressional rematch between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna. And, of course, you will never escape two poltical reporters bitching about the lack of access given by elected officials to the media. We do a lot of that on the East Bay's only weekly political podcast, The East Bay Citizen Show.

Aug 17, 2015

To some Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk may be one of the most enigmatic officials in the East Bay. In fact, he is one of the most interesting. This week, Quirk weighs in on the recent finale of The Bachelorette, pot legalization and the Iran nuclear deal now being debated in Congress. Quirk is expert on many things, including love, but, as a retired physicist, he once worked for the U.S. government on foreign nuclear weapons projects. In the news this week, the issue of a new stadium in Oakland for the Raiders is moving at a glacial pace, but city and county officials shouldn't be blamed for the inaction.

 

Aug 10, 2015

Seventeenth Congressional District candidate Ro Khanna is making another attempt at unseating Rep. Mike Honda. This week he lays out his strategy for making up the nearly four point spread from last year's November election. Khanna is also getting married this month and he reveals his secret campaign weapon--his fiancee. Also Alameda County's One Percent--DA Nancy O'Malley and the Board of Supervisors--faced a tough couple of weeks. Are they feeling the heat?

Aug 2, 2015

Eighteenth Assembly District member Rob Bonta sits down for an interview at Rock Wall Winery at Alameda Point. He spoke about his medical cannabis dispensary bill, legislation for Oakland, his favorite Oakland A's player and his future in politics. Later in the show, we look at the three-ring circus surrounding Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer following her infamous "white rice" incident with dignitaries from the Philippines and the headscratching that followed.

Coming August 10: Seventeenth Congressional District candidate Ro Khanna joins the show from Fremont.

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