Obama returning to Bay Area

President Barack Obama gives a smile as he addresses the audience at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.  (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)

 (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)

Last time President Obama visited, he showed just how low maintenance he can be by spending the night in Milpitas. This time he’ll be spending the night in San Francisco.

The president is scheduled to arrive early Friday afternoon from Los Angeles for two fundraisers before retiring to his SF hotel. He’ll be here until 2 p.m. Saturday, but it’s not clear how he’ll spend is Saturday in the city.

It’s a short trip for the president. He leaves Thursday for Chicago, where he’ll make his case for his Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland to an audience of students at the University of Chicago Law School. Then it’s off to California to raise money for fellow Democrats.


Eric Swalwell is engaged

Eric Swalwell got down on one knee last month and it wasn’t to take a close-up shot of his shoe. He proposed. And, she said “Yes.”  Who wouldn’t?

From Swalwell’s office:

The bride-to-be is Brittany Watts, 32, originally of Indiana and now of the San Francisco Bay Area; she works as Director of Sales for Ritz-Carlton.

He proposed Friday, March 18, at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

To see a photo of the couple, click here.


A consensus on Trump

Donald Trump is bringing the country together in at least one respect: Democrats and Republicans both believe he’s getting too much airtime, according to new polling data from the Pew Research Center.

Three out of four voters said Trump gets too much news coverage:


Trump coverage

Meanwhile, Democrats want to hear more about Bernie Sanders. If only an osprey would land on his lectern.

Coverage of Dems


Endorsement Roundup

Nancy Skinner  (Candidate for State Senate) — Endorsed by Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Equity California, a gay rights group.

Jim Beall (state Senate incumbent) — Endorsed by San Jose / Silicon Valley Chamber PAC

Mike Honda   — Endorsed by Dolores Huerta and several unions (California Teamsters Public Affairs Council, Peace Officers Research Association, California School Employees Association and SEIU, Local 521)

Federal Glover (Contra Costa Supervisor)  — Endorsed by Contra Costa Democratic Party

Jesse Arreguin (running for Berkeley Mayor) — Endorsed by Sandre Swanson (running against Skinner for state Senate). Arreguin has also endorsed Swanson.


Honda in town for transgender events

honda transgender

While Ro Khanna readies for the first of several town hall meetings, Rep. Mike Honda, chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, will be in town this weekend to attend the 6th annual South Bay Transgender Day of Visibility.

The event will be held at the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose. Honda is scheduled to speak at 1:10 p.m.

He’ll also speak at the Tadaima Conference, an event for Japanese-American LGBTQQ people.

Honda has a transgender granddaughter.

In case you were wondering, the congressional task force he chairs does have a Republican member:  Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida. She has a transgender son.



Nora Campos says her poll shows her leading Beall

Nora Campos

Assemblywoman Nora Campos and state Sen. Jim Beall are having their first election year tiff this week – over a poll Campos commissioned before deciding to challenge her fellow San Jose Democrat for his Senate seat.

Campos’ campaign touted the survey it commissioned finding that she had an 8 percentage point lead after recipients were told information about both candidates.

But the campaign was silent on initial tally before the pollsters started testing how voters responded to information provided about both candidates.

“If they’re not going to release the initial numbers, it’s likely they didn’t come out very well for Nora Campos,” Beall’s campaign consultant Michael Terris said. Beall hasn’t done any polling yet.

Ed McGovern, a Campos campaign consultant, said the initial numbers did show Beall with “very slight” lead, but he added that the polling firm, Godbe Research, tested positive and negative information about both candidates.

“We didn’t want to give her a poll that would give her unrealistic results,” he said. “She had to see a path to victory.”

The candidates will have a better sense of where they stand after the June 7 primary, and then lots more time to make their pitch to voters in November.

“Hang on to your hats,” McGovern said. “It’s going to be a long ride.”