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East Bay political discourse will never be the same! Political reporter Steve Tavares, and Alameda County insiders Shawn Wilson and Dan Mendoza, dish the scoop on Alameda County, state, and national political scenes, with a few hijinks along the way.

East Bay Insiders Steve Tavares

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    • 3.9 • 27 Ratings

East Bay political discourse will never be the same! Political reporter Steve Tavares, and Alameda County insiders Shawn Wilson and Dan Mendoza, dish the scoop on Alameda County, state, and national political scenes, with a few hijinks along the way.

    Handicapping the recalls

    Handicapping the recalls

    It's becoming increasingly likely two high-profile recalls will be on the ballot in Alameda County this November. We handicap the potential recall of Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao and the recall against DA Pamela Price. Plus, we take a look at the changing of the guard in Dublin, and Shawn reminisces about call-waiting.

    • 57 min
    Really?!!

    Really?!!

    Co-host Dan Mendoza is out on assignment. Really?!! Tavares! Really?!! Capt. Wilson. How does Alameda County DA Pamela Price avoid a recall this fall? We break down how the recall campaign may go down. Homelessness is down a bit in Alameda County. Which cities are doing better than others? Hayward is begrudingly moving to district-based elections, plus who will be the next BART Board member? Really?!!

    • 46 min
    Our comms expert Justin Berton is back!

    Our comms expert Justin Berton is back!

    The communications director for former Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf offers some tips for Oakland's incoming police chief, and the "greater crime against communication" that was the San Leandro mayor's cringeworthy state of the city. We also remember East Bay legend Delaine Eastin, along with much more! *Birthday boy Shawn Wilson is on vacation this week.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Aisha Knowles and The Apology

    Aisha Knowles and The Apology

    Alameda County Board of Education Trustee Aisha Knowles joins the show to chat about "The Apology," the acclaimed documentary about the forced relocation of Russell City; the push for reparative justice for its former residents and descendents; and her future political plans.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Back to basics

    Back to basics

    We debut our new recording equipment, even though we didn't test it beforehand. With the primary election in the books, we're going back to basics. Oakland finally has a new police chief. We weigh-in on the rollout, along with the Russell City documentary "The Apology," the intra-county rivalries stoked by the proposed regional housing bond measure, and questions being raised by members of the Alameda County Election Commission. Plus, did you know Mt. Eden High in Hayward once had a secret bar for students?

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Primary Answers

    Primary Answers

    The March Primary in the East Bay provided a few surprises. We break down the biggest races. East Bay Insiders Podfather Matt Santos sits in as guest and recording engineer, and recalls Steve Tavares' first foray into politics, among other embarrassing tidbits, and we reminisce about our first-ever live recording.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Digjazzalot ,

This is great

I read Steve’s work in the east bay news outlets and like his good solid reporting. His podcast is a nice mix of humor, politics and is a lot of fun. He’s got his own take on things and I dig it. Also, he’s an opened minded person. As a fellow progressive, I like to hear my conservative friends opinions because we’re friends and that matters most! So listen to the podcast with his friend who’s the republican consultant and you’ll see what I mean.

Frequent Userman ,

Get there first

A true testimony to the stock phrase “rather be lucky than good.” The only game in town for people interested in Oakland, San Leandro, and Alameda elected officials. Basically a morning zoo crew on Zoloft doing mildly spicy takes on East Bay politics. Listen to two oafs try to out Dumb Guy each other in between morsels of the insider gossip that ought to be the show’s focus. The newsletter is MUCH better. Make sure you subscribe to that, and think of this podcast like a barnacle on the substack’s hull.

Gadyyyyyyyyh ,

Not what I thought it would be 😕

This was my first experience and I’m not impressed. The two hosts seem to be trying to be a “morning zoo”. Maybe because Scott Haggerty is on?? The lady they had on was good at trying to get the conversation back on track. I wanted to find a podcast that would give me info on east bay politics - this is not that. I might try one more just to see if it gets better.

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