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East Bay Insiders

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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Dec 20, 2019

The heavens opened up, resulting in podcast history's first rain delay. Shawn Wilson handles the hosting duties and we talk about Developer Phil Tagami and Oakland's cancel culture, and nightmare dates. Also, why in the world would somebody want to run for office in Alameda?

Dec 11, 2019

And we're back! Rep. Eric Swalwell's #fartgate (#shartgate) still lingers. We break it all down, along with a post-mortem on why Sen. Kamala Harris' presidential campaign faltered. Also, a first look on the candidate's performance in the big Alameda County Supervisors race, and a Thanksgiving update.

Nov 27, 2019

Steve Tavares is cooking the turkey this year and Shawn Wilson has no place to go for Thanksgiving. In the meantime, the East Bay Insiders take another look at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors race next year, and shopping at union grocery stores, among many other topics on this expanded Thanksgiving edition.

Nov 15, 2019

The first of its kind East Bay Fantasy City Council League Draft commences. Who is drafted as the first-overall pick? How will you know who wins the fantasy league? Who knows? Plus, reminiscing about the old Castro Valley Flea Market, and karaoke. 

Nov 8, 2019

A transcript of Alameda's secret audio recording will be released to the public. How should the two Alameda councilmembers recorded in the conversation react to the fallout? Also a bonus appreciation for Alameda builder Ron Cowan and how Willie Brown once met with us and declared way before the 2014 Oakland mayoral election that Libby Schaaf would win. 

Oct 25, 2019

Maybe they should call him John McPardon?  East Bay Insiders Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson chat about BART Board Director John McPartland's embarrassing gaffe. Why Hayward is always late to the party, and the future of its rising star, Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab. In the news: Cherryland is being eyed for annexation and a look at how the A's may not be in Oakland's future. Plus, much joking around about condos for squirrels, free Swedish manure helmets, and impromptu open forums in Oakland.

Oct 18, 2019

The District 1 Alameda County Supervisors campaign is the East Bay's top March 2020 primary race. But why are the candidate's keeping their campaigns a secret? Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson provide an introduction of the candidates with the Tale of the Tape. 

Oct 10, 2019

The pilot episode of the East Bay Insiders provides a tasting menu for what's to come. From the up-for-grabs Alameda County supervisor's race to one of the candidate's choice of tight jeans and the lack of a traditional guiding political figure in Alameda County. Why can't Fremont's Indo-American political infrastructure get itself together and actually win elections? And isn't Kohl's Cash a scam?

Jun 20, 2019

GOP consultant Jason Scalese joins the program (perhaps only for the craft beers) on this episode of the podcast. The killing by Hayward Police of a 29-year-old man with a history of mental illness last November, and the release last month of an Alameda County District Attorney report finding insufficient evidence to prosecute the case, has highlighted the fact that police officers are shielded by powerful state and federal laws.

May 29, 2019

Dublin typically stays out of the political limelight, but last week it's decision against flying the LGBT Pride flag brought the moderate to conservative Tri-Valley's ideology in full relief for all to see. What happens next? Castro Valley, meanwhile, is changing and some want to shed the oversight of Alameda County and become a city. Michael Kusiak of CV Matters talks about the long road toward incorporation. Plus, crying at an oath of citizenship ceremony.

May 16, 2019

Republican consultant and former California state director for Ted Cruz's 2016 presidential campaign talks about how progressives and conservatives can get along, Swalwell's unknown gambit for running for president, and the state of the California GOP.

May 2, 2019

Former San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola reminisces about the political life of former San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos, who passed away on April 15. Santos served 18 years in San Leandro government and was known for his strong progressive credentials, admiration from labor, and his accomplishments in bringing forward a more diverse city.

Apr 27, 2019

Anybody know why East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell is running for president? Those who do, care to guess why the first three weeks of his campaign has been so bad? Over 10,000 people in Alameda voted against homeless seniors earlier this month in a special election, and brief tribute to former San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos, who passed away last week.

Apr 4, 2019

Alameda voters head to the polls April 9 for a two-ballot measure special election pitting NIMBYs versus advocates of a homeless wellness center on McKay Avenue near Crab Cove.

Alameda Vice Mayor John Knox White joins the program to discuss the controversial special election.

We also chat about the Alameda City Council's actions April 2, prescribing a large number of rent protections potentially coming in the next few months.

Mar 30, 2019

--Season Premiere of the Steve Tavares Is Angry Podcast--

After more than two years of asserting President Trump colluded with the Russians to swing the 2016 election, Rep. Eric Swalwell is facing a great deal of ridicule from the right now that the Mueller Report appears to have found insufficient evidence of collusion. What happens now for Swalwell's presidential aspirations?

April 1 is U.S. Census Day, Casey Farmer, the executive director of the Alameda County Complete Count Committee, explains the need for an accurate count, what it means for the county, and what you can do to help.

Dec 21, 2018

One clever Twitter user called Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer's re-election defeat last month an "end to an error." After covering Spencer for the last four years, I'll break down the worst mayor that I've covering over the last decade in East Bay politics. Later in the podcast, I look at the brighter side of local politics and lay out why San Leandro voter wrongly voted out one of the most ardent defenders of government transparency in the county. Since it's Christmas, stick around for the end of the show for a special gift!

Dec 18, 2018

The first-ever woman to lead the San Leandro Police Department is in hot water in her new job in Beverly Hills. Salacious allegations of sexual misconduct and racist comments by Sandra Spagnoli led this month to a $2.3 million settlement. Craig Williams joins the show to talk about Spagnoli's tenure in San Leandro. We also air problems at the city's chartered Democratic club, and discuss the rise of Latino politicians in 'Dro politics.

Dec 14, 2018

In the last few weeks, Oakland--and the East Bay's--stadium issues have becoming more clear. The A's announced their intention last month to build at Howard Terminal near the Port of Oakland, in addition, to a proposal to develop the Coliseum site for a housing and tech hub. This week, the city of Oakland sued the Raiders and the NFL for damages related to the team's move to Las Vegas. One of the insiders behind the lawsuit joins the program for a lengthy, and sometimes trash talk-filled, discussion on both developments.

Nov 20, 2018

Do you believe in miracles? 16th District Assemblymember-elect Rebecca Bauer-Kahan's major upset in the East Bay seemingly caught everyone off guard. How exactly did it happen? What unexpected East Bay legislator deserves a little credit for the result? 

In the interview, Hayward Councilmember-elect Aisha Wahab gives a candid, inside look into her successful City Council campaign. The doubts she received from the Hayward establishment and her Election Day nerves leading to becoming the first elected Afghan American public official in the U.S.

Nov 9, 2018

One of the most interesting East Bay election seasons in a long time is now in the books. Some local leaders justified their place as potential state and federal prospects. But there was also a distinctive anti-incumbent wave that took root all over the East Bay and was mostly related to housing. I'll take a look at the big winners and big losers from Tuesday's Election Day.

Nov 6, 2018

Election Day morning in the East Bay, I caught up with two regular Alameda voters--18th District Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Alameda school board candidate Mia Bonta. Both are on Tuesday's ballot. Later, I'll break down the East Bay's big races, from AD15 to Oakland and Alameda toss-ups. It's going to be a long night!

Nov 2, 2018

Campaigns are rolling out last-minute negative mailers and candidates themselves are trolling each other on Facebook. I'll take a look at two such instances of skulduggery in San Leandro and Fremont.

The legendary Craig Williams has another proposed bill for Assemblymember Rob Bonta to follow up his "body cams for clergy" proposal, and 17th Congressional District candidate Ron Cohen joins the conversation.

Starting Saturday, Nov. 3 through Election Day on Nov. 6, look for the Steve Tavares Is Angry Special Daily Election Edition, a 10-minute look at the final days of long, grueling campaign.

Oct 27, 2018

The election season is nearing the end. It's put up or shut up time for campaigns. If you have mud to sling, sling it now, and races in cities all over the East Bay are getting ugly just in the past few days. I'll break down one such race, give you a brief projection for the Oakland City Council District 6 race with Councilmember Desley Brooks.

In Alameda, the mayor is off to China for six days as her re-election campaign its the final two weeks, and I'll talk about the hilarious negative ad in the 15th Assembly District campaign.

Later, I sit down with Union City Council candidate Jaime Patiño, who is running in a race next month for three open seats.

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Oct 25, 2018

The lack of campaign coverage from the Bay Area’s corporate media has been especially sparse this election season. But even when they bother, like two recent articles on two East Bay assembly races, they get it wrong.

I act as an unpaid editor for the Chronicle in this episode, in addition, to listing my favorite desserts and least favorite sports.

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter sits down for a chat about her re-election campaign, why the city is so kind, and, oh, those roads.

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Oct 20, 2018

The legendary Craig Williams is back after gathering signatures for the body cameras for clergy bill he wants Assemblymember Rob Bonta to carry next session. With Fremont switching to district elections, Williams describes the historical use of at-large elections to disenfranchise groups. He also has another idea bound to revolutionize basketball.

Later, Chabot-Las Positas Board of Trustees candidate Harpal Singh Mann chats about his campaign in the Union City-South Hayward district, his push for free community college tuition and the type of candidate he would support for the open chancellor's position at Chabot College.

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