To protest Alameda Police, residents danced in the streets

For some Alamedans, the absurdity of a black man being arrested by local police for dancing and exercising in the street called for a healthy dose of mockery towards law enforcement's actions. Hundreds of Alamedans danced to Prince, Whitney Houston, and other songs on Sunday afternoon to protest the May 23 arrest of Alameda resident … Continue reading To protest Alameda Police, residents danced in the streets

Viral video of Alameda Police detaining a black man while exercising is raising questions

A viral video of a black man being detained by Alameda Police officers while exercising is gaining the attention of city officials and the public in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. Four Alameda police officers restrained Mali Watkins on May 23 before wrestling him to the ground on the 2000 block of … Continue reading Viral video of Alameda Police detaining a black man while exercising is raising questions

‘Our sovereignty is being infringed’: Alameda contemplates litigation against sheriff’s curfew

Alameda officials took steps to defy Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern's five-day countywide curfew on Tuesday night when they decided against extending the city's two-day curfew past Wednesday morning. The council went further by directing its city attorney to study the legality of the countywide curfew Ahern order on Monday afternoon. But it was the … Continue reading ‘Our sovereignty is being infringed’: Alameda contemplates litigation against sheriff’s curfew

Alameda cancels popular Fourth of July parade

With the state and county's shelter in place extended through the end this month, Alameda's long-running and popular Fourth of July parade is canceled, city officials announced on Tuesday night. The Independence Day parade, one of the largest in the nation, is attended by roughly 60,000 Alameda and East Bay residents who line the parade … Continue reading Alameda cancels popular Fourth of July parade

Alameda progressives stop minimum wage delay movement in its tracks

The push in the East Bay, started earlier this month in Hayward to delay a scheduled minimum wage increase for workers, appears dead in its tracks after the Alameda City Council turned away a proposal to study a similar action on Tuesday night. "I want to make sure that we are exhausting all of our … Continue reading Alameda progressives stop minimum wage delay movement in its tracks

Ashcraft on minimum wage delay

We could make this a third rail of local politics or have an intelligent discussion looking at the issue from all sides.-Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft on the council's discussion on Tuesday for possibly delaying the city's minimum wage increase.

Alameda: Oddie says plan to delay minimum wage is a ‘colossal f–k you’ to low-wage workers

Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie is upset about a proposal to delay an increase in the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour for up to one year because of the impacts of covid-19. The city council will discuss the proposal at the April 21 meeting. Two weeks ago, Hayward officials voted to delay their own … Continue reading Alameda: Oddie says plan to delay minimum wage is a ‘colossal f–k you’ to low-wage workers

Alameda Police tweet conjuring city’s racial past falls flat

An image posted by Alameda Police Department on Twitter showing four female police officers apparently guarding the Park Street Bridge was strongly criticized on social media Wednesday for failing to understand the historical significance of the act. The image, posted on Tuesday, but later deleted, showed the female police officers, each wearing protective masks, and … Continue reading Alameda Police tweet conjuring city’s racial past falls flat

Alameda may place minimum wage increase on hold for one year

Alameda city staff is proposing a delay in raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour for one year due to the negative effects of the covid-19 pandemic on local businesses. The move would follow Hayward, which voted last Tuesday to put its minimum wage increase on pause for six months. In October 2018, the … Continue reading Alameda may place minimum wage increase on hold for one year

Alameda moves to protect renters during COVID-19 crisis, enacts 60-day moratorium on evictions

Alameda officials approved a 60-day emergency moratorium on evictions, along with a prohibition on landlords shutting off utilities as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The moratorium is tied to a state declaration of emergency, which Gov. Gavin Newsom signed last week. The city council could return in 60 days to renew the moratorium if … Continue reading Alameda moves to protect renters during COVID-19 crisis, enacts 60-day moratorium on evictions

East Bay school districts close classrooms due to COVID-19

Following a growing number of school closures statewide, school districts in the East Bay, including Oakland, Berkeley, and San Leandro announced Friday that classroom instruction will cease until, at least, April 6, the day most students will return from spring break. Alameda school officials are also expected to announce school closures following an emergency school … Continue reading East Bay school districts close classrooms due to COVID-19

Eight Alameda firefighters quarantined, tested for COVID-19

Alameda County health officials ordered eight City of Alameda firefighters quarantined for potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). An Alameda firefighter tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, the city announced the next day. An investigation by the Alameda County Public Health Department identified eight other Alameda firefighters who were in direct contact with the … Continue reading Eight Alameda firefighters quarantined, tested for COVID-19

Alameda school trustee apologizes for DUI arrest; said she will not resign

Alameda school trustee Jennifer Williams apologized Tuesday night for her arrest last month for alleged drunk driving. Williams' comments came during the school board's meeting, and as her colleagues were calling for revisions to the board's bylaws regarding personal conduct. "I apologize for bringing this embarrassment to my family, and this board," Williams said. The … Continue reading Alameda school trustee apologizes for DUI arrest; said she will not resign

Alameda firefighter tested positive for coronavirus

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m.An Alameda firefighter tested positive for the coronavirus, the city learned late Tuesday. “Following the positive test, it is our understanding that County public health officials in the County where the individual is being quarantined began a thorough investigation to identify anyone who might have been in close personal contact with the individual, … Continue reading Alameda firefighter tested positive for coronavirus

Doing its part, Alameda passes gun-safety ordinances

Alameda became one of the first city's in the East Bay to approve gun-safety ordinances that regulate safe storage of firearms in homes, and video surveillance of legal gun purchases at retail outlets and dealers. Alameda elected officials unanimously approved the pair of ordinances on Tuesday night as a response to epidemic-level gun violence in … Continue reading Doing its part, Alameda passes gun-safety ordinances