After hours of debate, future of Urban Shield, disaster training remains uncertain

Debate returns the Board of Supervisors on Mar. 12 after sheriff balks at some proposed changes to disaster preparedness training.

Sheriff Ahern’s campaign just gave $50,000 to IE supporting O’Malley

Some suspicious campaign finance filings by IEs backing Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley is raising the question of whether dark money has entered the race.

EBC AGENDA: May 18-24 — Kaplan goes on tax measure spree in OAKLAND; ALAMEDA COUNTY spends $24m on CBOs

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is proposing two major tax-generating ballot measures for November during Tuesday's slate of Oakland City Council committee meetings.

Supervisor Nate Miley, for now, tables plan for sheriff to operate Ashland Youth Center

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley,right, at a meeting in San Lorenzo last month.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORSAfter a series of community meetings showing a building consensus among local residents in opposition to a plan for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office to operate the Ashland REACH Youth Center, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley decided Wednesday night to … Continue reading Supervisor Nate Miley, for now, tables plan for sheriff to operate Ashland Youth Center

As embattled ALCO Sheriff Ahern runs unopposed, critics search for a write-in candidate

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahernat a town hall last summer in Haywardwhere he faced considerable criticism.ALAMEDA COUNTY SHERIFF--ELECTION 2018--Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern has long dismayed East Bay progressives because of his deference to ICE, his support of Urban Shield, and instances of abuse by his deputies, among many gripes.But despite being the target of … Continue reading As embattled ALCO Sheriff Ahern runs unopposed, critics search for a write-in candidate

Alameda County Supe Nate Miley wants Sheriff’s Office to operate Ashland Youth Center

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley,seated right, listening to public speakersWednesday night who are concerned about his plans for the Ashland Youth Center.ALAMEDA COUNTYA strong dose of distrust toward the Alameda County Sheriff's Department and a lack of transparency is fueling opposition to a proposal by Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley to transfer oversight of the Ashland … Continue reading Alameda County Supe Nate Miley wants Sheriff’s Office to operate Ashland Youth Center

Alameda County supervisors say they will end Urban Shield funding in 2019

ALCO BOARD OF SUEPRVISORSAfter years of vehement opposition by progressive and minority groups, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon decided to end funding for Urban Shield after this year."Urban Shield ends at the conclusion of today's vote," said Alameda County Keith Carson, in making a motion to end the event, as it is … Continue reading Alameda County supervisors say they will end Urban Shield funding in 2019

Charles Plummer, former Alameda County sheriff known for creating ‘Cardinal Sins’ police training guidelines , dies at 87

Former Alameda County Charles Plummerwas first elected in 1986 and served 20 years.ALAMEDA COUNTYCharles Plummer, who served 20 of his 54 years in law enforcement serving as Alameda County sheriff, passed away Monday. He was 87.Stern in a paternal way, Plummer appeared to perfectly fit the mold of a mid-20th Century law man. Referring to … Continue reading Charles Plummer, former Alameda County sheriff known for creating ‘Cardinal Sins’ police training guidelines , dies at 87

2017 Year in East Bay Politics: The wild and wacky: Let’s Taco About It and Bill Quirk ‘Jumps Around’

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICS>>>>The state legislature decides in January that a new portrait of Assemblymember Bill Quirk would be a good idea for his 20th District website. The resulting creation, though, inparts vampire-like features to Quirk's face. Funny thing, according to his district staff, is the web designers thought the new photo looked good. By … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: The wild and wacky: Let’s Taco About It and Bill Quirk ‘Jumps Around’

Despite sanctuary city status, Hayward approves DOJ grant funding for police, but not really

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILA U.S. Department of Justice grant allocated to the Hayward Police Department worth $42,491 is likely at risk after the Hayward City Council instructed its staff to not sign a controversial new certification that runs opposed to its recently approved sanctuary city status.Although Hayward councilmembers unanimously voted last week to approve receipt of … Continue reading Despite sanctuary city status, Hayward approves DOJ grant funding for police, but not really

Hayward anti-discrimination task force recommends PD withdraw from Urban Shield

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday at a community task force meeting in March.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILA Hayward community task force created earlier this year to update the city's 25-year-old Anti-Discrimination Action Plan is recommending the city's police force end its participation in Urban Shield, the disaster training exhibition and weapons trade show held annually in Alameda County.The task … Continue reading Hayward anti-discrimination task force recommends PD withdraw from Urban Shield

Sheriff Ahern wants to use asset forfeiture funds to pay officer’s overtime at DUI checkpoints

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern at atown hall in Hayward in June.ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORSStarting last Labor Day weekend, Alameda County sheriff's deputies staffed various DUI checkpoints in an effort to discourage holiday drinking and driving.To pay any overtime associated with the operation and two others slated during the Christmas holiday season and Memorial … Continue reading Sheriff Ahern wants to use asset forfeiture funds to pay officer’s overtime at DUI checkpoints

Alameda County Dems say sheriff’s spokesman who mistakenly retweeted white supremacist should be replaced

ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County Sgt. Ray Kelly said his retweet of white supremacist Richard Spencer Monday night was a mistake, according to multiple news reports.“It’s 2017, the person in charge of your official Twitter account should be expected to know how to use Twitter” said Robin Torello, the chair of the Alameda County Democratic Party.A day … Continue reading Alameda County Dems say sheriff’s spokesman who mistakenly retweeted white supremacist should be replaced

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office briefly retweets message from white supremacist leader

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office Twitterfeed mistakenly contained a retweet from Richard Spencer Monday night.ALAMEDA COUNTYShortly before midnight, the Alameda County Sheriffs Office retweeted a video from prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer.The tweet sent to followers of the Alameda County Sheriff's office Twitter page late Monday night included video of a hour-long press conference featuring Spencer's … Continue reading Alameda County Sheriff’s Office briefly retweets message from white supremacist leader

Sheriff Ahern remains steadfast in his stance on Alameda County’s immigration practices

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern ata town hall Friday evening in Cherryland.ALAMEDA COUNTY SHERIFFActivists at a town hall Friday in Cherryland shouted down Alameda County Gregory Ahern, jeered, hissed and booed him over his department's immigration policies. "I believe some people should be deported," insisted Ahern.The town hall organized by the local chapter of the … Continue reading Sheriff Ahern remains steadfast in his stance on Alameda County’s immigration practices