Wednesday’s Newsletter: Nadia’s book; Alameda County supports Newsom

Nadia Davis, the now ex-wife of former state Attorney General Bill Lockyer, has written a memoir detailing some of the personal struggles that led to her precipitous fall as an Alameda County supervisor nearly a decade ago. Pre-orders for the book, titled Home Is Within You, are set to begin later this month, according to … Continue reading Wednesday’s Newsletter: Nadia’s book; Alameda County supports Newsom

Covid-19: ‘I think we might be through the worst,’ says Alameda County health official

The severe winter covid-19 surge in the East Bay may have hit its peak, said an Alameda County public health official this week. "I think we might be through the worst," Alameda County Interim Public Health Officer Nicholas Moss said on Tuesday. Moss, however, added there is not yet enough evidence clearly showing the surge … Continue reading Covid-19: ‘I think we might be through the worst,’ says Alameda County health official

Two progressive Black women launch campaigns to unseat Alameda County Sheriff Ahern, DA O’Malley

For years, Alameda County progressive have sought candidates to unseat long-time Sheriff Gregory Ahern. In every case they failed to find a challenger. But a pair of progressive Black women on Wednesday announced campaigns to not only unseat Ahern in 2022, but also Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. JoAnn Walker, a member of the … Continue reading Two progressive Black women launch campaigns to unseat Alameda County Sheriff Ahern, DA O’Malley

Alameda County expects to receive first doses of Pfizer covid-19 vaccine on Friday

Alameda County's initial allotment of the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine is expected to arrive this Friday, county health officials said. "The big headline is, we don't have it yet," said Dr. Kathleen Clanon, medical director for Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. When the shipment of nearly 14,000 doses of the vaccine finally arrives for frontline … Continue reading Alameda County expects to receive first doses of Pfizer covid-19 vaccine on Friday

Kaplan calls Warriors owners ‘deadbeat billionaires’ after team loses arena debt court battle

Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan won't be getting a Christmas card (or Hanukkah card) from Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob this holiday season. The California Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the Warriors' appeal of a ruling requiring the team to pay its remaining arena debt, which began in 1996 as a 30-year, $140 … Continue reading Kaplan calls Warriors owners ‘deadbeat billionaires’ after team loses arena debt court battle

Bay Area will begin new stay-at-home orders on its own, begins Dec. 7 in Alameda County

Alameda County, along with four other counties in the Bay Area, will begin Gov. Gavin Newsom's new stay-at-home orders earlier than anticipated. Newsom's new order, announced on Thursday, was predicated on regions like the Bay Area falling below 15 percent available capacity of Intensive Care Units. The region was at 28 percent, as of yesterday. … Continue reading Bay Area will begin new stay-at-home orders on its own, begins Dec. 7 in Alameda County

Camp Sweeney may be red-tagged because of crumbling infrastructure

Camp Wilmont Sweeney, the juvenile-detention facility in San Leandro long criticized for its deteriorating physical condition, may soon be shut down, county officials said this week. The 60-year-old facility, operated by the Alameda County Probation Department, is riddled with cracks in its infrastructure and may be red-tagged, said Willie Hopkins, the director of the Alameda … Continue reading Camp Sweeney may be red-tagged because of crumbling infrastructure

Alameda County tops 30,000 total covid-19 cases as rate of infection rises

Alameda County surpassed 30,000 total reported covid-19 on Thursday as the number of new cases continues to spike. The Alameda County Public Health Department reported 30,330 covid-19 cases since the pandemic began last March. The number of deaths is now 520. After the county hit a high point in new daily cases on Aug. 13, … Continue reading Alameda County tops 30,000 total covid-19 cases as rate of infection rises

Post-covid, might virtual public participation at Alameda County supervisors meetings be permanent?

The pandemic has sent all government meetings to the virtual realm, but once the pandemic is behind us public speakers may be allowed to continue participation in Alameda County Board of Supervisors meetings from home. Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle made the query during a special meeting on Tuesday as the board was receiving public … Continue reading Post-covid, might virtual public participation at Alameda County supervisors meetings be permanent?

Alameda County registrar certifies November election results

Nearly a month after the November election, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters officially certified its results on Tuesday afternoon. Fueled by a contentious presidential election, voter turnout in Alameda County topped 81 percent. The largely vote-by-mail election necessitated by the pandemic led to 75 percent of all registered voters in the county to vote … Continue reading Alameda County registrar certifies November election results

Progress on ‘expensive’ Alameda County tiny homes project is on target

A 29-unit tiny homes project on the grounds of Fairmont Hospital in unincorporated Alameda County remains on schedule to qualify for $3.9 million in federal CARES Act funding, county officials said on Tuesday. When asked by Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson if the county will miss a Dec. 20 deadline set by the federal government, … Continue reading Progress on ‘expensive’ Alameda County tiny homes project is on target

Alameda Health System CEO is out

Delvecchio Finely, the CEO of the Alameda Health System, resigned in a surprise special closed session on Tuesday night. Finley, who has lead the beleaguered health care system since August 2015, offered his resignation at Tuesday night's Alameda Health System Board of Trustees meeting. The Board of Trustees, most of which were summarily removed by … Continue reading Alameda Health System CEO is out

Alameda County judge disciplined for bullying demeanor

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch conducted himself in a "discourteous" manner and became embroiled during separate cases in 2015 and 2017, the California Commission on Judicial Performance ruled on Thursday. “Although Judge Roesch believed, based on faulty assumptions, that his intervention in each case was justified, it is the misguided manner in which … Continue reading Alameda County judge disciplined for bullying demeanor

COVID-19: Alameda County is trending toward favorable orange tier

New coronavirus cases, along with the rate of positive tests, at-large, and among the lowest socioeconomic areas in Alameda County continue to trend downward, said Dr. Nicholas Moss, Alameda County’s interim public health officer. The positive trends mean Alameda County could move from the state’s red tier to orange, as early as next week. The … Continue reading COVID-19: Alameda County is trending toward favorable orange tier

Alameda County, A’s finalize deal for half the Coliseum property

The Oakland Athletics finalized the purchase of Alameda County’s half of the Coliseum property for $85 million on Monday. The deal is another step toward the franchise’s plans to build a privately-financed ballpark at Howard Terminal, along with a future development at the Coliseum. The team is currently in negotiations with Oakland to buy the … Continue reading Alameda County, A’s finalize deal for half the Coliseum property