Khanna Plays the Part | Battle Royale in Hayward | Joel Young's Judge Up For Re-ElectionCHAPTER 4 | Love her or hate her, it's difficult to get out from under the shadow of Mary Hayashi. While she has a tough race against Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski in a State Senate primary in the 10th District growing with candidates, she is not the only Hayashi on the ballot this June.
Husband Dennis Hayashi is up for re-election to the Alameda County Superior Court. You may recall Dennis Hayashi was a great benefactor from the early rise of Mary Hayashi in East Bay politics. In 2008, Mary transferred $30,000 from her assembly coffers to Dennis' campaign account. The extra cash was a loving gesture derided by many at the time. It also allowed Dennis to finally win a seat on the county bench after narrowly losing two years earlier.
Mary and Dennis Hayashi in a campaign
photo from her 2012 supervisors race.
For those on the left, there are few potential candidates for office in the East Bay who possess a more consistent record when it comes to the progressive movement. In the past, Hayashi has attempted to argue her brush with the law is hardly the worst crime perpetrated by a member of the State Legislature. In fact, her argument has been greatly bolstered in recent weeks. State Sen. Rod Wright was convicted of a series of felonies for lying about the residency before running for the seat and is facing calls by some to resign. Of course, nothing beats State Sen. Ron Calderon, who was indicted this week for alleging taking bribes and selling the power of office for personal enrichment. Hayashi may undermined security at Neiman Marcus but there's not evidence she undermined the power of her office.
****PLAYING THE PART This week Ro Khanna unveiled a jobs plan at a medical device company in Santa Clara that employs 250 workers. His plan includes adding computer coding to the public school curriculum, increasing participation of women in science and tech careers, linking small businesses with access to export markets and providing job training and tax credits for dislocated workers. Khanna also supports raising the federal minimum wage to $10.74, which is higher than the $10.10 figure currently being sought by the president. But back up! A jobs plan? Exactly who is the incumbent in the 17th Congressional District race and who is the challenger? However, if you want to be the congressman, you should act the part, the thinking goes. On Thursday, Khanna employed the perception of the incumbency when he called on Rep. Mike Honda to speak out against the proposed merger of telecom giants Comcast and Time Warner. And about that poll showing Honda with a double-digit lead. It means two things: Honda's support is shrinking and Khanna may want to focus a bit on neutralizing his Republican opponent Vanila Singh or risk not even advancing to the November general election.
Oakland native M.C. Hammer isn't
running for mayor, at least, we don't
think so, but it seems everyone else is.
Ralph Farias apparently announced his third
run for the Hayward City Council this week
with this photo on his Instagram account.
Instead of standing in line with other speakers, Farias stood at the back of the City Hall chambers. He bounced back and forth on his toes like a prize fighter awaiting introduction to the ring. When the commission's chairperson called his name, he trotted down the aisle until he reached the lectern. Once there he hopped once and vigorously shook his head side-to-side before speaking--shaking the cobwebs free while awaiting his trainer to hoist a spit bucket to his head and slather Vaseline on his temples.
"I think this guy watches too much wrestling," a union member there to oppose Walmart turned and said. You can't fault Farias for his enthusiasm, but nothing personifies his gumption than a campaign flyer he put out recently featuring a large photo of Farias mugging the camera in a pork pie hat along with a shot of himself, hands on his hips, peering steadfast into the future. "You ever seen Citizen Kane?" said Farias. "That's what I'm talking about."