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Now displaying: August, 2018
Aug 30, 2018

Watergate in Hayward? A robber broke into council candidate Aisha Wahab's car and stole campaign materials, but left a cigarillo in the car. Meanwhile, every smoker in Hayward politics appears to be a suspect. In The Breakdown, I take a look at the Oakland District 6 council race and how all of Desley Brooks' challengers appear to be scared to actually challenge her. Then, in the Hot Seat, I chat with Union City council candidate Harris Mojadedi.

Aug 27, 2018

A Berkeley councilmember was pulled over for running a light and suggested for the police officer to let him off scot-free, telling her he had just voted for a big raise for her union. It's the kind of thing that bolsters the sentiment of people who despise government and public officials.

In The Breakdown, I take a look at the first debate of the Oakland mayoral campaign season with a focus on the difficulty Mayor Libby Schaaf faces in rebutting her challengers' argument that she has not done enough to keep the city's homelessness problem from exploding into a full-blown crisis.

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Aug 22, 2018

It's the most disconcerting, yet wacky Steve Tavares Is Angry podcast yet. As more allegations against the Alameda County Sheriff's Office pile up in just the last few days, why does Sheriff Ahern continually escape scrutiny? 

In The Breakdown, the strange case of an once-prospective Alameda City Council candidate takes another turn. I take a look at what really might be behind the renewed effort. And who knows? Maybe there's karaoke.

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Aug 18, 2018

All that work building a support system to run for local office and you forget to do the one thing that actually gets you on the ballot. A colossal mistake in Alameda gets lampooned on the podcast.

In The Breakdown. Rep. Eric Swalwell is really thinking about running for president. How might it go down? Or will it, based on past experience?

Also, politicians talk smack to me.

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Aug 15, 2018

A Hayward councilmember running for mayor posts an odd photo of himself on Twitter; Pamela Price kicks off her own run for Oakland mayor with an impressive campaign video, and the debate season starts in Alameda on Wednesday night.

In The Breakdown, I take a look at the unelected Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council, which serves at the pleasure of Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley. The CV MAC is essentially unincorporated Castro Valley's de facto city council. But while the council doesn't really have any power, its chair, a developer named Marc Crawford, went to great lengths to secure the position on Monday night. What happened will make you chuckle, then shock you in its brazen abuse of power.

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Aug 10, 2018

Hayward City Council candidate Aisha Wahab turned heads two weeks ago by reporting a haul of campaign contributions that was more than double the combined amount by her two incumbent opponents. Aisha Wahab joins the Hot Seat for an interview about her vision for Hayward. 

In The Breakdown, I take a look at Hayward's mayoral and city council races this fall. Can Mayor Barbara Halliday stave off Councilmember Mark Salinas for a second time? Will the lack of media coverage in Hayward affect the races for mayor and council?

I also give some unsolicited advice for Union City's police chief.

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Aug 9, 2018

People often ask me, "Why do you hate Eric Swalwell?" I don't hate him, but on Thursday's Steve Is Angry Podcast, I'll tell you about what he did to me and why I'll never give him a participation trophy. Never!

Also, in The Breakdown, one good thing about Swalwell is he took his destiny into his own hands and challenged an unopposed congressman. With the filing deadline coming Friday, 5 p.m., I'll detail the East Bay races that are, in fact, not yet races because nobody has bothered to challenge incumbents.

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Aug 8, 2018

Premiere Week continues with the realization that Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks insists that reporters meet her at Eastmont Mall and jumped into her aging Lexus for interviews.

Plus, in The Breakdown, Steve looks at the 15th Assembly District race and how each candidates performed at the recent Alameda County Democratic Central Committee post-primary endorsement meeting last week.

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Aug 7, 2018

The world premiere of the Steve Tavares Is Angry Podcast ponders the possibility of Steve's neighborhood being gentrified and the future loss of his Orange Julius-sized apartment in Alameda. Plus, in The Breakdown, he looks at the pro-Trump barrage of anti-immigrant tweets sent recently by the chair of a San Leandro school district $104 million bond measure oversight committee and how San Leandro officials were too afraid to speak out against her.

Steve Tavares is angry and you should be, too.

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