With concerns over service, Hayward seeks discussions with AC Transit

Hayward residents, for some time, have griped about the level service provided by AC Transit. Last month, Hayward city leaders attempted to open a dialogue between them and the bus transit authority. A letter sent by Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday on Nov. 13 asked for the creation of an Inter-Agency Liaison Committee to discuss transit … Continue reading With concerns over service, Hayward seeks discussions with AC Transit

Alameda Labor Council says AC Transit director once accused of domestic violence embodies its values

The influential Alameda Labor Council recently endorsed the re-election of AC Transit board member and accused domestic abuser Joel Young, and was actively lobbying members of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee to do the same right up until the eve of the party's endorsement meeting last Saturday. The effort by labor, however, rankled some … Continue reading Alameda Labor Council says AC Transit director once accused of domestic violence embodies its values

ACTransit first to issue support for labor unions ahead of critical SCOTUS decision

The AC Transit Board of Directors became the first local government body to issue support for labor unions as its ability to gain new members could be diminished soon by an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

EBC AGENDA | FEB 23-MAR 1 | SAN LEANDRO runs red light cameras; teachers workforce housing in FREMONT; HAYWARD looks at downtown parking

THE WEEK OF FEB. 23-MAR. 1--OAKLAND-- Regular council committee meetings, Tuesday, Feb. 27, start at 9:30 a.m.➤Finance & Management Committee, 9:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--CANNABIS BIZ TAX POLICY-- The committee will received a cannabis business tax policy paper, first requested last November. The analysis urges Oakland to slash its cannabis tax, currenlty topping out at 10 … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | FEB 23-MAR 1 | SAN LEANDRO runs red light cameras; teachers workforce housing in FREMONT; HAYWARD looks at downtown parking

AC Transit boardmember hasn’t filed campaign finance reports since 2010; faces $60k FPPC fine

AC Transit Board Director Mark WilliamsAC TRANSIT BOARD OF DIRECTORSAC Transit Board Director Mark Williams did not face a credible opponent during his 2014 re-election campaign. Yet, the two-term boardmember, who is also up for re-election this June, repeatedly failed to file campaign finance reports for more than four years.Later, this month, the state's Fair Political … Continue reading AC Transit boardmember hasn’t filed campaign finance reports since 2010; faces $60k FPPC fine

2018 Predictions: With 99% certainty, here’s who will win East Bay races this year

ELECTION 2018Much will happen on the campaign trail this spring and fall leading to the June primary and November General Election. Someone will say something stupid, others won't utter a single interesting thought. However, surprises in the form of candidates who jumped into races (or out, for that matter) can't be known today. For all … Continue reading 2018 Predictions: With 99% certainty, here’s who will win East Bay races this year

EBC AGENDA | DEC 8-14 | OAKLAND strike continues; 200-unit senior market-rate housing in HAYWARD; multiculturalism in SAN LEANDRO

THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 8-14--OAKLAND-- [MEETINGS CANCELLED DUE TO STRIKE] City Council committee meetings, Tuesday, Dec. 12, start at 9 a.m.➤Finance & Management Committee, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--PUBLIC SAFETY OT IN THE RED-- Oakland's overtime budget for police and fire is projected to be in the red by more than $38 million, according to a staff … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | DEC 8-14 | OAKLAND strike continues; 200-unit senior market-rate housing in HAYWARD; multiculturalism in SAN LEANDRO

EBC AGENDA | SEPT 22-28 | HAYWARD hearts immigrants; ALAMEDA COUNTY garbage bond; AC TRANSIT fares well in survey

THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 22-28The Oakland City Council and Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed resolutions calling for the reinstatement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) over the past few weeks. For progressives government bodies this is expected, but this week Hayward is passing its own resolution. The agenda item shows just how … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | SEPT 22-28 | HAYWARD hearts immigrants; ALAMEDA COUNTY garbage bond; AC TRANSIT fares well in survey

EBC AGENDA | June 9-15 | OAKLAND public bank; Budget deliberations; FREMONT redistricting approval; AC TRANSIT fleet study

THE WEEK OF JUNE 9-15The kids are out of school and summer is almost officially here. It's another big week in East Bay government. Here's your highlights:➤Budgets in Oakland and Hayward near approval before the June 30 deadline.➤Oakland's public bank proposal comes back to committee➤AC Transit's ridership is down, but smaller buses might not be … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | June 9-15 | OAKLAND public bank; Budget deliberations; FREMONT redistricting approval; AC TRANSIT fleet study

EBC AGENDA — May 5-11 — AC TRANSIT’s school bus controversy continues – Water rates going up? – ‘Compassionate’ UNION CITY – More HAYWARD Housing

THE WEEK OF MAY 5-11After Tuesday night in Union City it's likely the Hayward City Council will be sitting quite alone when it comes to taking no official stance toward President Trump's immigration rhetoric and policies. Of course, what were really talking about is Hayward's reluctance to declare sanctuary city status or even using the … Continue reading EBC AGENDA — May 5-11 — AC TRANSIT’s school bus controversy continues – Water rates going up? – ‘Compassionate’ UNION CITY – More HAYWARD Housing

EBC AGENDA – April 7-13 — Budget season begins – URBAN SHIELD concerns – OAKLAND non-profits – EDEN dissolution?

THE WEEK OF APRIL 7-13When Richmond Assemblymember Tony Thurmond officially (finally!) threw his hat into the ring for state superintendent of instruction this week, he basically informally set in motion the 2018 election cycle in the East Bay. Thurmond's announcement was no surprise. He had basically been telling people he was going to run for … Continue reading EBC AGENDA – April 7-13 — Budget season begins – URBAN SHIELD concerns – OAKLAND non-profits – EDEN dissolution?

Mary King, first black female Alameda County supervisor; power broker, dies

Mary King looking over a design for the new Bay Bridge span. PHOTO/MTCALAMEDA COUNTY | OBIT | Trailblazing three-term Alameda County Supervisor Mary King died Sunday following a long illness. She was 69.In 1988, King became the first black woman ever elected to the traditionally all-male, all-white Alameda County Board of Supervisors.She served the District Four seat … Continue reading Mary King, first black female Alameda County supervisor; power broker, dies

AC Transit GM resigns a day before meeting to discuss his job performance

AC Transit GM David Armijo offered his resignation Thursday, effective today.AC TRANSIT | AC Transit General Manager David Armijo abruptly resigned Thursday after leading the day-to-day operations of the East Bay transit authority for three years.A special meeting of the AC Transit Board of Directors scheduled for Friday was cancelled soon after Armijo resigned. There was … Continue reading AC Transit GM resigns a day before meeting to discuss his job performance

Swalwell praises Hayward bus maker–the one that’s leaving the city behind

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Was it too soon? Last week, the 15th Congressional District's social media maven, Rep. Eric Swalwell, tweeted photos of his visit to Hayward's bus manufacturer Gillig. The company also builds buses for AC Transit. However, it won't building buses in Hayward for much longer.Earlier this year, Gillig jilted Hayward for … Continue reading Swalwell praises Hayward bus maker–the one that’s leaving the city behind

Raburn, Three Other Incumbents Sweep East Bay Transit Races

BART | AC TRANSIT | Incumbents in all four East Bay transportation races cruised to victory Tuesday night.BART District 4 board director Robert Raburn staved off a well-funded bid by Alameda Councilmember Lena Tam for the seat representing the island and parts of Oakland and San Leandro.Raburn's role in the BART strike riled many in … Continue reading Raburn, Three Other Incumbents Sweep East Bay Transit Races