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East Bay political discourse will never be the same! Political reporter Steve Tavares and Alameda County insider Shawn Wilson provide insights, dish the scoop, while also detailing the lighter side of Alameda County, state, and national political scene.
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Now displaying: September, 2018
Sep 20, 2018

Every election cycle I notice the discrepancy between how individual campaigns perform in public and the amount of money they pay political consultants. In the East Bay, the going rate appears to be around $8,000 a month. That's a ripoff. On the Steve Tavares Is Angry podcast I break down the political consultant scam. Spoiler: You don't need them.

In the hot seat is 81-year-old San Leandro renter John Busch. You may have seen his story in the media. He and others at the Estudillo Trailer Park were evicted by new out-of-town owners. The city wants to help, but Busch wants to stay in his home. In fact, you will might find his stance is almost Christ-like.

Sep 15, 2018

After a brief vacation, I'm back with an extended edition of Steve Tavares Is Angry. With the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee set to bestow its backing for a large number of East Bay candidates on Sept. 15, I take a look at some of the possible storylines that may arise from over the weekend. 

Later I take you on voyage back to 2012 to remind you of the worst person in East Bay politics--AC Transit at-large board member Joel Young.

In the hot seat, I welcome Oakland mayoral candidate Pamela Price to the podcast. You will find her take on how the central committee does its business quite fascinating.

Sep 2, 2018

In The Breakdown, I take another look at the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council. What exactly is going on over there? All seven members are hand-picked by Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley. All seven are contributors to his political campaigns. The end result appears not to be a true citizens advisory council, but one dedicated to benefit special interests. In the Hot Seat, I chat with Hayward Councilmember Sara Lamnin, who is running for re-election in what will likely be a tough campaign among three strong candidates for two at-large seats on the council.

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