Just prior to the State Legislature approving a landmark bill last week that reclassifies gig-workers and freelancers as employees, it was amended to include language that could bolster the authority of Alameda’s new city prosecutor to go after violators of… Read More ›
Alameda City Council
Thieves snagging Amazon packages from doorsteps in Alameda, and other violators of misdemeanor-level crimes often have a good chance of falling through the criminal justice system. That’s because most district attorney’s across the state, instead, focus their limited resources on… Read More ›
A loophole in Alameda’s recently enacted just-cause ordinance was closed Tuesday night after the City Council approved an urgency ordinance that adds the same protections to low-income Section 8 recipients. The council also voted to extend tenant relocation payments to… Read More ›
When Alameda’s former city manager made shocking allegations two years ago that Councilmember Jim Oddie threatened her employment if she did not select a candidate for fire chief preferred by the city’s firefighters union, the charge not only kickstarted a… Read More ›
Former Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer is contemplating a return to the City Hal, she told the East Bay Citizen. However, not as mayor, but in the November 2020 Alameda City Council election. After four tumultuous years, Spencer lost re-election… Read More ›
Spencer does not believe Oddie and Vella violated the city charter, as the grand jury see it, but believes they attempted to interfere.
With a segment of Alameda residents fuming over a scathing civil grand jury finding that two Alameda elected officials violated the city charter, the Alameda City Council on Tuesday night voted to accept its findings and recommendations. Jim Oddie and… Read More ›
An Alameda County grand jury last month determined, among other findings, that two Alameda councilmembers violated the city charter by exerting undue influence on the city manager’s decision to hire a new fire chief. The civil grand jury also faulted… Read More ›
An Alameda resident, who as a candidate for the state legislature, questioned whether his opponent, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, is a U.S. citizenship, and then unsuccessfully attempted six total recall petitions against two Alameda councilmembers in the past year, has launched… Read More ›
Alameda renters scored a major legislative victory late Tuesday night when the Alameda City Council approved an ordinance that places a cap on annual rent increase. The change amounts to a reduction in annual increases from up to five percent… Read More ›
Despite a highly critical grand jury report last week that skewered Alameda City Hall and urged them to bolster its city charter with specific interference laws, Alameda officials have actually been working on the issue for more than six months…. Read More ›
Two Alameda councilmembers violated the city’s charter by interfering in the city manager’s duties to independently hire a new fire chief, the Alameda County civil grand jury concluded in a report released Monday. In the case of one of the… Read More ›
A forthcoming Alameda County civil grand jury report will include an investigation into allegations that Alameda councilmembers violated the city charter by exerting undue influence on its then-city manager to hire a fire chief candidate of their choice, according to… Read More ›
A proposed data center on the Alameda waterfront boasting of benefits to the environment through the use of bay water to cool its banks of computer servers, was flatly rejected by the Alameda City Council Tuesday night. In recent months,… Read More ›
For now, the fight for and against just-cause renters’ protections in Alameda appears over. The renters have won. The Alameda City Council approved adding a regulation Tuesday night long sought by local renters that prohibits landlords from evicting tenants without… Read More ›
Swimming pools are a hot-button in issue in Alameda again. Two competitive pools at Alameda High School that had previously received an exemption for maintenance, could now be closed by the end of this month. “The Alameda County Department of… Read More ›
An Alameda City Council, buoyed by a November election that built upon its progressive majority while trouncing a landlords-backed ballot initiative, moved forward Tuesday night with a menu of sweeping new protections coming soon for struggling Alameda renters. The council… Read More ›
Alameda’s special election on April 9 pits open space advocates vs. support for the homeless
Alameda City Hall is one of the least modern centers of local government in the East Bay. The building lacks basic amenities and, for employees, particularly women, the lack of a dedicated room for breast-feeding is likely illegal. In a… Read More ›
Alameda City Council will formally approved its new city attorney on Mar. 19.
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill unanimously passed by the Legislature in 2016, citing budgetary concerns.
Alameda’s next city manager, Eric Levitt, was unanimously approved last week by the City Council. Now he’s looking for a place in Alameda to live. “We are very excited to both becoming part of the community and also work with… Read More ›
Alameda has been without a permanent city manager since last May.
When keeping tabs on municipal hirings, such as naming a new city manager, there isn’t much you can do other than read the tea leaves scattered within closed session agendas. Alameda, which has not had a permanent city manager since… Read More ›
ALAMEDA: After complaint, group behind special election initiative reveals who’s funding their campaign
Two days after an Alameda resident filed a complaint this week with the Fair Political Practices Commission that the group behind a ballot measure set for an April special election failed to disclose who is funding their campaign, they filed… Read More ›
Disappointment: Alameda Point VA complex won’t open until 2026; some critical of Urban Shield exercises at site
A sprawling federal Veterans Health Administration complex long slated for Alameda Point will not open until at least 2026–another two years behind schedule. Representatives for the $200 million federal project, featuring facilities for veterans outpatient and administrative services, and national… Read More ›
With a 40 percent turnover of the Alameda City Council following the November elections imminent, the city’s ongoing search for a new city manager is being re-opened for new applicants. Alameda has been without a permanent city manager since last… Read More ›