Three East Bay Races Where Candidates Need to Better Sing Their Songs

We are now less than two months away from Election Day. For some campaigns it’s put up or shut up. Aside from a bombshell that likely will not happen, narratives need to be developed not sooner than later, but now. Free of charge, here are some stories that some campaign's need to start telling:RO KHANNA … Continue reading Three East Bay Races Where Candidates Need to Better Sing Their Songs

Ana Apodaca, Two-Term Newark Councilmember, Will Not Seek Re-Election

Newark Councilmember Ana Apodacawill not seek re-election.NEWARK CITY COUNCIL | Ana Apodaca, a two-term Newark council member who unsuccessfully sought appointment two years ago to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, will not seek re-election to her seat this fall.Apodaca, 41, announced her decision last Thursday at a Newark City Council meeting, saying recent events led … Continue reading Ana Apodaca, Two-Term Newark Councilmember, Will Not Seek Re-Election

Taking the Oakland City Council’s Temperature on the A’s Lease Deal

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | There remains no clear gauge for how the Oakland City Council may react to the proposed 10-year lease approved last week by the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority allowing the A's to continue playing at O.co Coliseum.The San Francisco Chronicle offered a potential preview Monday of the vote to come before the … Continue reading Taking the Oakland City Council’s Temperature on the A’s Lease Deal

Reauthorization of County Health Care Half-Cent Sales Tax Heads to June Ballot

Alameda Health System received $88 millionin tax revenue last year from Measure A. ELECTION 2014 | ALAMEDA COUNTY | Nearly every government agency seeking a ballot measure this election cycle characterizes its important in dire terms, but some come with a ring of truth. On Tuesday, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved the first step toward … Continue reading Reauthorization of County Health Care Half-Cent Sales Tax Heads to June Ballot

2013 Year In Lists: Top 5 East Bay Freshmen Politicians

Rob Bonta PHOTO/Steven Tavares1. Rob Bonta>>> The first-term assemblymember from Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro may have set the mark for how to make an immediate splash in higher office. Bonta made the jump from the Alameda City Council to the Assembly has seamless as possible. In fact, his talents for leadership may have been … Continue reading 2013 Year In Lists: Top 5 East Bay Freshmen Politicians

Alameda County, Oakland Officials Face Realities Of Coliseum City

Raiders superfan Dr. Death tells public officialsMonday to "Just build it, baby!"PHOTO/Rebecca Kaplan's officeCOLISEUM CITY | The dream of building up to three professional sports stadiums at the current Oakland Coliseum complex clashed Monday with the financial realities of such a development along with hints the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors … Continue reading Alameda County, Oakland Officials Face Realities Of Coliseum City

Is The Kingdom Of Miley Crumbling?

ALAMEDA COUNTY | CASTRO VALLEY | Alameda County’s unincorporated areas make up nearly a tenth of its population, yet they enjoy fewer avenues for direct representation than the rest of the county. Most of these residents rely on Alameda County Supervisors Nate Miley and Wilma Chan for governance. But, while an opportunity to shape the unincorporated areas future for the next … Continue reading Is The Kingdom Of Miley Crumbling?

Alameda County Supervisors Join Early Push For Legalizing Pot

ALAMEDA COUNTY//BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | It was no surprise last week the Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution urging the federal government to refrain from raids on local medical cannabis dispensaries and respect states like California, Washington and Colorado, which have passed regulatory cannabis laws. Remember, this is the county board of supervisors … Continue reading Alameda County Supervisors Join Early Push For Legalizing Pot

Is Nadia Lockyer Readying A Comeback?

Nadia LockyerALAMEDA COUNTY | Nadia Lockyer never ceases to amaze Alameda County. Just when you think a blanket of normalcy has arrive in her treacherous saga from county supervisor to stints in rehab for alcohol and drug treatment, there is news she will appear in two-part television interview this week again raising question about what she is up … Continue reading Is Nadia Lockyer Readying A Comeback?

Third Alameda County Supervisor Chief Of Staff Let Go Over Past Year

Supervisor Richard Valle last November 2012 in Union City. PHOTO/Matt SantosALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | Being an Alameda County supervisor is a tough job. As the face of many county social services, their decisions often have direct consequences on their constituent's livelihood. This clear link can be taxing on the soul. Apparently, it’s also hard on their … Continue reading Third Alameda County Supervisor Chief Of Staff Let Go Over Past Year

Former CEO Who Wrecked St. Rose Hospital, Took $1.28M Severance, Named To ‘Measure A’ Blue Ribbon Committee

Michael MahoneyALAMEDA COUNTY | Michael Mahoney once ran one of the most crucial safety net hospitals in Alameda County. His mismanagement coupled with the dim realities of running a hospital in pre-Obamacare America led to the near bankruptcy of St. Rose Hospital in Hayward last year and a $1.28 million severance package from the county … Continue reading Former CEO Who Wrecked St. Rose Hospital, Took $1.28M Severance, Named To ‘Measure A’ Blue Ribbon Committee

County To Form Task Force Examining Re-Up Of Measure A For Next Year

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | Measure A is one of the most successful voter-approved referendums in Alameda County over the past decade. Since 2004, the half-cent transactions and use tax has garnered nearly $1 billion in revenue, two-thirds of which, greatly aid the county's health care safety net.In order to continue the tax windfall generated by Measure A, county and … Continue reading County To Form Task Force Examining Re-Up Of Measure A For Next Year

Oakland May Be Moving Closer To Joining Regional Emergency Radio System

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Last July, just as President Barack Obama was speaking inside the Fox Theatre, over 100 Oakland police officers on duty to protect him suddenly lost radio communications. The embarrassing 30 minute lapse did not result in any harm to the president or demonstrators outside. Instead, it became the latest challenge facing … Continue reading Oakland May Be Moving Closer To Joining Regional Emergency Radio System

Alameda County Closes $80 Million Deficit With Extra Leftover For Employees

ALAMEDA COUNTY//BUDGET | A proposal to close an $80 million budget shortfall in Alameda County includes cuts to the safety net and one-time only savings from previous budget years. County employee will also receive a cost-of-living increase for the first time in five years.The budget forecast was bolstered by increased sales tax revenues and a … Continue reading Alameda County Closes $80 Million Deficit With Extra Leftover For Employees

Letter Of Intent Makes No Mention Of Keeping ER In San Leandro Open

SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL | The letter of intent signed two weeks ago by Sutter Health and Alameda Health System does not include language assuring the emergency room at San Leandro Hospital stays open. The proposed deal to transfer title of the facility to the former Alameda County Medical Center along with a $22 million subsidy … Continue reading Letter Of Intent Makes No Mention Of Keeping ER In San Leandro Open