Economic Renewal Agenda: Congresswoman Barbara Lee Joins Senator Markey, Rep. Haaland, Grassroots Coalition

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Joins Senator Markey, Rep. Haaland, Grassroots Coalition in Announcing Economic Renewal Agenda Today, Rep. Barbara Lee joined U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Deb Haaland … Read More

Tony Thurmond Endorses Buffy Wicks For CA State Assembly

Oakland, CA. — Today California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, endorsed Assemblymember Buffy Wicks’s re-election to represent District 15. “Buffy quickly demonstrated – through her votes and legislation – … Read More

Buffy Wicks: Assemblymember Statement On California’s 2019-2020 Budget Vote

Sacramento, Calif. — On Thursday, June 13th, the California State Legislature passed the state’s 2019-2020 budget with a vote of 60- 17, with 2 abstentions. Assemblymember Buffy Wicks issued the … Read More

Assembly Bill 724: Nation’s First State-Wide Rental Registry Passes California Committee

Sacramento, Calif. — As activists barnstorm California’s Capital this week, advocating for solutions to the state’s housing crisis, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks’ (D – Oakland) proposal collect statewide data on rental … Read More

ADEM 18 Election Results: Assembly Democratic Delegates CA 18 District Winners List

The election for Assembly Democratic Delegates in Calfornia Assembly District 18 was held at the College of Alameda Sunday, January 27th, and drew a 1,100 person turn-out, according to observers. … Read More

XFL Team Cities Named, Oakland A’s Schedule Keeps Spring Football Out Of Oakland Coliseum

Today, The XFL named the list of cities that will host a team in the new professional football league starting in 2020. Eight cities were called out: Dallas, Houston, Los … Read More

Oakland Unified School District On Trump “Public Charge Rule Change” And Immigrant Families

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Informs Families of Possible Challenges They Could Face Because of Public Charge Rule Change Proposed by Trump Administration Oakland (press release from OUSD) – At … Read More

Oakland Councilmember Kaplan: In Memory Of Harvey Milk On The 40th Anniversary Of His Assassination

Oakland, CA – Today, November 27, 2018, is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, a leader in the LGBT movement and and first openly-gay … Read More

Maria Ayerdi Kaplan As TJPA Boss Got Northern California Carpenters Award In 2016

In 2016, Maria Ayerdi Kaplan was celebrated by the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council for her work as Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) Executive Director and in developing what is … Read More

To Nikki Bas, Loren Taylor, and Sheng Thao, Welcome To The Oakland City Council

Nikki Bas, Loren Taylor, and Sheng Thao are the new representatives of Oakland City Council Districts 2, 6, and 4, respectively. To all of them, I say congratulations and welcome … Read More

Yes On 10: Proposition 10 Will Help Solve California’s Housing Affordability Crisis

LOS ANGELES — UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles and University of Southern California – three top California universities – released research which found that limiting skyrocketing rent increases will help … Read More

Joseph Tanios Oakland City Council District 4 Candidate Wants “No-Kill” Shelter Policy

OAKLAND, Ca. (November 5, 2018) — If elected to represent District 4 at the City Council, Joseph Tanios will improve the lives of Oakland’s residents in many ways and stop … Read More

Google Trends Has Cat Brooks Over Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

If Google Trends current information is to be taken as a predictor of the outcome of the Oakland Mayoral Election, then a cold, direct, dispassionate reading of it points to … Read More

Jovanka Beckles Gets CA AD15 Endorsement By Courage Campaign, Oakland Post, El Mundo

The 1.4 million member Courage Campaign announced its endorsement for Jovanka Beckles for AD 15. Eddie Kurtz, Executive Director of the California-based Courage Campaign, stated: “Now more than ever, California … Read More

Swastikas Painted On Joseph Tanios’s Campaign Signs For Oakland City Council

OAKLAND, Ca.- With only 4 days left before the election, Joseph Tanios, City Council candidate and longtime city employee, is getting hit with swastikas on his election signs. Tanios is … Read More

Always Forward With RCV In Oakland & California

“Always forward, never one step back”, those words spoken by my former NAACP colleague and freedom fighter Rev. William Barber III of North Carolina have stuck with me for the … Read More

Op-Ed: Letter To Oakland City Council District 4 Residents By Denise Bostrom

I especially wish the “Women’s Leadership Slate” of Pam Harris, Nayeli Maxson and Sheng Thao were running for different seats. Their efforts combined would definitely improve city services. Candidate Sheng Thao, however, is my first choice.

Joseph Tanios Oakland Victim Of Anti-Semitic Hate Crime In Hills

Joe Tanios has been victimized by racist acts during much of his run for the office. But, today, he just couldn’t take the abuse anymore. Indeed, he should have never had to sustain it.

Buffy Wicks Campaign Statement On Jovanka Beckles And Outside Spending

Berkeley, CA.- Today Jovanka Beckles issued a press release regarding contributions made on her behalf by the California African American PAC, an outside independent expenditure campaign. Chevron, Tesla, Disney, the … Read More

Jovanka Beckles CA AD15 Candidate, Rejects New PAC Spending, Calls On Buffy Wicks To Do So

Candidate for Assembly District 15 Jovanka Beckles today stated: “I was disturbed to learn this week that an independent expenditure committee supporting me, called the California African American PAC, is … Read More

The Goodnews Is … By Paul Cobb’s Elections Blog For Oakland News Now

The Measure AA campaign is a sugar-coated pander to taxpayers, and as a former member of the Oakland Board of Education, I can recognize “political panhandling.”

Nancy Sidebotham: 2018 Oakland Mayoral Candidate Policies And Positions

2018 Oakland Mayoral And City Council Candidate Questionnaire by Zennie62Media This 20-question questionnaire was designed to give Oaklanders a chance to evaluate, at once, the plans and philosophies of all … Read More

Peter Liu Oakland Mayoral Candidate Racist Tweets On Day Of Pittsburgh Shooting

On Saturday, Mr. Liu essentially went off about blacks in Oakland, and just as news of the events in the Pittsburgh Shooting was spreading. And remember, this Man is an official candidate for Mayor of Oakland. That means the City of Oakland has given backing to his behavior, and enabled it.

Mayor Libby Schaaf: 2018 Oakland Mayoral Election Candidate Policies And Positions

2018 Oakland Mayoral And City Council Candidate Questionnaire by Zennie62Media This 20-question questionnaire was designed to give Oaklanders a chance to evaluate, at once, the plans and philosopies of all … Read More

Small Businesses Line Up To Support Nayeli Maxson For Oakland City Council

Candidate for Oakland City Council District 4 Nayeli Maxson, is a long time proponent for small  businesses and for the past four years has actively worked to help them thrive … Read More

Cat Brooks Oakland Mayoral Race Candidate Update Interview

Oakland News Now – Cat Brooks Oakland Mayoral Race Candidate Update Interview. Ms Brooks was kind enough to grant this interview during the McClymonds High School Candidates Forum, Thursday night. … Read More

Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan Target Of Fake News In Salesforce Transit Center, Webcor – Obayashi Lawsuit

The fake accounts in the news don’t at all match the real story we have on Maria Ayerdi Kaplan. Zennie62Media is not the official spokesperson for Ms. Ayerdi Kaplan, however it would be a mistake not to address what was written in other news posts, because they do not reflect her story as presented in our blog, Oakland News Now.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf To Throw More Bulky Block Parties

Oakland, CA – Today, Mayor Libby Schaaf reported the total tons of waste collected at three recent “Bulky Block Parties” across the city – free events where Oakland residents legally … Read More

Charlie Michelson Quits Oakland City Council District Four Race

Oakland News Now – Charlie Michelson Quits Oakland City Council District Four Race Charlie Michelson, who was arguably the front runner in the Oakland City Council District Four Race, shocked … Read More

Maria Ayerdi Kaplan Salesforce Transit Center History: The Sale Of Block 5 For $172.6 Million

Maria Ayerdi Kaplan Salesforce Transit Center History: The Sale Of Block 5 For $172.6 Million

Elaine Brown, Civil Rights Icon, Endorses Natasha Middleton for Oakland City Council District 6

OAKLAND – Natasha Middleton, candidate for Oakland City Council District 6, announced the endorsement today of civil rights icon, author and former Black Panther chair Elaine Brown. “I wholeheartedly endorse … Read More

Buffy Wicks CA AD15 Candidate Holds Canvass Activities This Weekend

Berkeley, CA. — California Assembly candidate Buffy Wicks is executing an ambitious general election field program with success with 10 days left before ballots begin arriving in the mail. Buffy … Read More

Buffy Wicks CA Assembly District 15 Candidate Releases Comprehensive Homelessness Crisis Plan

Berkeley, CA.– This week, Buffy Wicks, candidate for Assembly District 15, released her comprehensive plan to confront the homelessness crisis. “We are in the middle of an unconscionable homeless crisis … Read More

Buffy Wicks Campaign Sets Up Dirty Tricks Disability Forum Organizers Shut Down Attempted Disruption

Toward the end of the policy forum on disability issues at the East Bay Regional Center in San Leandro on Tuesday, Sept. 18, an individual with a personal grudge began … Read More

Democratic Socialists Launch “Buffy Wicks Dot Money” Website Attacking Buffy Wicks Fundraising

“Buffy Wicks Dot Money” is a website The East Bay Democratic Socialists of America announced in a press release sent to Zennie62Media in the early morning hours of September 17th. … Read More

Jovanka Beckles Gets New Endorsements: Labor, Local Activist, Technical Worker, Environmental Organization

Jovanka Beckles for State Assembly District 15 announces new endorsements. “I’m starting to blush, or maybe get a lump in my throat in gratitude,” says Jovanka Beckles, “because I’m so … Read More

Oakland Mayoral Election Candidates Including Libby Schaaf And Cat Brooks At West Oakland Forum

The “WOJLOO” Forum, or “West Oakland, Jack London, Old Oakland” candidates forum was held after what Jesse A.J. Smith, the only Oakland Mayoral Election Candidate who covers the races only … Read More