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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Endorsements

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

In San Leandro City Council Distsrict 5 -- I'm surprised you would endorse my opponent, a police lackey who says the police tell her that the BEARCAT armored personnel carrier they want to get is not military and not a tank and will be helpful for our City. Please, do your homework Easy Bay Express. At least the Bay Area News Group interviewed us all before making a choice.

Posted by Mia Ousley on 11/01/2014 at 7:17 AM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

The Express takes the same positions on the statewide propositions as does the Peace and Freedom Party.The local recommendations are not the same. You can find more at From there you can find the 2014 elections page.

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Posted by Marsha Feinland on 10/30/2014 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

I appreciate that you have endorsed Mike Katz-Lacabe - my husband - for San Leandro City Council District 1. But I am puzzled as to why you did not give a nod to Mia Ousley for District 5. While Mia doesn't have the experience that Mike does - frankly, nobody does -, she shares the same values, the same willingness to stand up for what's right and a deeper engagement with the San Leandro community than any other candidate in the race.

Other than Mike, Mia has attended the most City Council, Committee and Commission meetings. She was key in creating an urban farming ordinance, and wrestling it away from the Police Chief when the Chief tried to turn it into an "animal control ordinance" that would give her broad rights to enter people's private property. Mia spoke out repeatedly against the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, and collaborated in the process of forming a good ordinance allowing them. At numerous council meetings, she's spoken out against surveillance cameras, long-term retention of surveillance data, the purchase of an armored vehicle and military equipment, putting limits on police power, in favor of restoring minutes and increasing transparency, and many, many other progressive issues. The same cannot be said about any other candidate for any other Council seat (other than Mike).

Mia was also responsible for co-founding the successful coalition to Save San Leandro Hospital - at a time when pretty much everyone had accepted that Sutter would be able to close the emergency room.

What Mia doesn't have are strong ties to the political establishment. She is a citizen, an activist, someone who is willing to do the hard work of government. Indeed, her knowledge of the nitty-gritty details of the City's financial obligations gained her the endorsement of the Oakland Tribune, not a small feat for someone who is so unabashedly liberal.

Moreover, it was because of Mia's courage in making raising the minimum wage part of her platform, that other candidates were forced to come out in favor of supporting it.

It's a pity you did not meet with her, got to know her record and learned about her vision for San Leandro.

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Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 10/30/2014 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

Considering that a progressive political operative used political intimidation and political violence to beat & torture my cats, vandalized and assaulted my home 2 weeks using political violence to intimidate us from our supporting non-progressive incumbents & candidates here in Richmond My family & I kicked the individual's ass to the curb! He ran off into the night screaming like a little boy! If this happens again, they wont get so lucky! WE ARE THE RESISTANCE, WE ARE TEAM WOLVERINE!

Mike Raccoon Eyes Kinney
Richmond, CA..

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Posted by Mike Raccoon Eyes Kinney on 10/29/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

Jim Rogers is bad news. He was going to be disbarred by the California Bar for unscrupulous law practices, but quit before he was disbarred. See your own EBX article here:…
How the hell did he get on the Richmond City Council? Who would hire him knowing was going to be disbarred? Why should the voters of Richmond hire him? BTW, he is not an independent. He is now on the Chevron bandwagon, and is also being supported by the National Realtors Association. He also voted for the casino at Pt. Molate, voting "yes" with Nat Bates after the voters of Richmond sent out a resounding "no". Do not vote for Jim Rogers!

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Posted by Jeannette Kortz 1 on 10/29/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

"Oakland Rising Action conducted a study of the candidates, their positions, actions and experience and ranked mayoral choices as 1) Siegel, 2) Quan and 3) Schaff."

A "study" to be sure.

Oakland Rising is funded largely by the City of Oakland and those who are most likely to continue this funding include Siegel, Quan and Schaaf.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/29/2014 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council


We didn't have space in the paper to explain our position on 48. Basically, we don't object to the Native American casino pact negotiated by Gov. Brown. In general, we don't have a problem with off-reservation casinos. We also like the fact that the deal effectively protects a stretch of the Northern California coast from future development.

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Posted by Editor on 10/29/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

Oakland Rising Action conducted a study of the candidates, their positions, actions and experience and ranked mayoral choices as 1) Siegel, 2) Quan and 3) Schaff. Siegel is the most progressive candidate and Quan, despite her missteps, has achieved a great deal. Schaff has become more progressive. Rebecca Kaplan is ineffective and inconsistent. Tuman has no relevant experience (he claims that being head of his academic department has prepared him to run the city of Oakland. As an academic, I find this laughable.) Bryan Parker is the big business candidate.

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Posted by Brad Erickson on 10/29/2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

Why Yes on 48? I'm curious to see the reasoning.

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Posted by Jeff Johnson on 10/29/2014 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

East Bay Express has been generally supportive of the Oakland establishment so it is consistent in endorsing Schaaf, Quan, Kaplan (with a nod to establishment-associated Siegel) and Anne Washington. This is essentially a vote for no change and a continuation of past policies, progressive or not. I say "not."

Chip Johnson, on the other hand, has often been critical of Oakland policies and (mis)management. Thus it's surprising that he has decided to go for Schaaf with a nod to Quan.

My take on it all is that it's all about editorialists not wanting to take political risks, as limited as such risks may actually be for them. It's true that people like Quan don't tolerate opposition.

As well as a lack of direct knowledge on their part of the ins and outs of how local government actually "works" and exactly who benefits from the status quo.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/29/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

In Tuesday’s Chronicle, Chip Johnson reveled his three choices for Mayor, Libby first, Tuman second and, somewhat apologetically, Quan for third. Libby is my first and Tuman my second, and I was considering Quan for third, but not after receiving an email from her completely misrepresenting Chip’s endorsement. She made it sound as tho she was his first choice by saying he “gave his support to Mayor Jean Quan.” The paragraph following had words of praise for her, which were not his. She did not put quotes around them but the juxtaposition could lead one to believe they were his words. She seems desperate. I don’t feel this is a person I can trust to be truthful.

He did say her last two years were better than the first two. But his main point was “better the devil you know….”

Chip reported in detail on positions and actions Libby had taken that convinced him that she was the best choice. It is well worth reading, and I am not even a fan of him.

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Posted by Joyce Roy on 10/29/2014 at 12:08 AM

Re: “The Express’ Endorsements So Far

Very sorry to see your opposition to Prop 46. Prop 46 would raise the limit on non-economic (pain and suffering) damages in medical malpractice cases. The current limit - $250,000 - was set in 1975, and if it wasn't too low then, it's way too low now. Because lawyers fees are paid from these damages, the current limit makes it impossible for many malpractice victims to recover for their injuries. You are right that Prop 46's backers cynically added a requirement that doctors be drug-tested, to appeal to voters. But their cynicism is more than matched by that of the big insurers and institutions opposing the measure, who only attack "trial lawyers" and raise fears of increased medical costs, without acknowledging that the Proposition's purpose is to allow victims of medical malpractice to recover.

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Posted by Peter Clapp on 10/28/2014 at 9:57 AM

Re: “The Express' Endorsements So Far

In Ad15 there is a clear difference between the two candidates. Tony Thurmond has a record of finding solutions to problems and taking tough votes on issues he believes in. Tony was the deciding vote to keep heavy crude out of the Richmond refinery. He stopped Chevron from self permitting changes to the refinery and forced them to go through the normal planning process. These are not the kinds of actions that would endear him to "big oil". Even though Echols worked for the Green Building Council she does not have a record of how she would vote on tough issue to run on.

I support Tony Thurmond because I've seen the things he's accomplished on the Richmond City Council and on the West Contra Costa School Board. If you look at his record his stands have been consistent. There's no reason to believe he'll be different if elected to serve in Sacramento.

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Posted by Vincent Casalaina on 10/17/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements So Far

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Posted by Editor on 10/01/2014 at 8:10 AM

Re: “The Express' Endorsements for the June 3 Primary

Do you only remove political signage from public medians and other people's private property or do you also remove say realtor's sandwich signs from median strips? Do you ask the property owners if they gave permission?

I hope you're non-partisan and remove Barbara Lee signage also. Don't forget the Mayor Quan sign at 51st and Telegraph.

Berkeley has the same sign ordinance as Oakland, but has chosen not to enforce it because it does not want to get sued for restriction of political free speech. Berekley does enforce the ban where the signs block scenic or safety views. They do levy hefty fines against any committee that fails to promptly remove the signs post election.

Political signs are one of the cheapest forms of getting election name recognition.

Oakland’s ordinance is a violation of political free speech that only serves to raise the entry barrier to people who challenge incumbents and fight against well financed propositions.

Oakland should adopt the policy of Berkeley and allow political signage on appropriate public areas but enforce the prompt removal after an election.

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 05/24/2014 at 12:11 AM

Re: “The Express' Endorsements for the June 3 Primary

Steve Manning MAY be the best candidate for the office but he has hired someone who is flaunting the sign ordinances of Oakland, Fremont and who knows where else. I have personally taken down a few of his signs at intersections and on private property, freeway right of way etc. Where is the oversight for him, Bryan Parker (worst since his run for Oakland mayor is not til Nov). These folks blight our neighborhood and them complain about graffiti ? Please show some respect for those of us who work hard to beautify our neighborhoods.

Karen Hester,

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Posted by Karen Hester on 05/21/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Vote Sbranti, Corbett, Honda, and Torlakson

"Now more than ever, we need political leaders who will stand up to Big Business and look out for the rights of workers, low-income residents, and our environment."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

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Posted by Doug Bloch on 05/21/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Vote Sbranti, Corbett, Honda, and Torlakson

I'm glad to see this editorial. As I recall, the Express endorsed Prop. 14.

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Posted by Richardwinger on 05/21/2014 at 5:38 AM

Re: “Guillen, Quirk, and Wiener, and Yes on B, 28, and 29

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Posted by Editor on 06/01/2012 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Guillen, Quirk, and Wiener, and Yes on B, 28, and 29

I have trouble understanding the characterization of Abel Guillen as the "more progressive" candidate than Rob Bonta. Bonta has been dual endorsed by many of the same organizations that Guillen claims support from, including the California League of Conservation Voters and SEIU. Bonta has by far the most endorsements from organized labor, and also the most Democratic Club endorsements of any candidate for Assembly District 18. Lastly, Bonta is exclusively endorsed by the United Farm Workers, one of the most progressive endorsements in the race. It seems that Bonta is the more consistent and proven progressive candidate.

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Posted by James Reyes on 05/19/2012 at 12:53 PM

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