Dublin will fill council seat left open by councilman’s passing

Dublin Councilmember Don Biddledied Feb. 22 and served 10 years onthe city council.DUBLIN CITY COUNCILDublin councilmembers, following the passing of their colleague Don Biddle last month, set an ambitious schedule Tuesday night to find his replacement.The city will begin accepting applicants for Biddle's seat for one week, starting Wednesday through Mar. 28. A new councilmember could … Continue reading Dublin will fill council seat left open by councilman’s passing

Khanna gets into a spat with FCC Chair over Net Neutrality

Rep. Ro Khanna's tweet last month hasgarnered nearly 65,000 retweets, but alsoreceived criticism from FCC Chair Ajit Pai.17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTRep. Ro Khanna has had it in for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai almost from Day One.Upon Pai's nomination to chair of the FCC in February, Khanna, himself, a newly-minted congressmember, called him a "poster … Continue reading Khanna gets into a spat with FCC Chair over Net Neutrality

Alameda County Supes appoint treasurer-tax collector, but some question his integrity

Henry Levy will be sworn-in as Alameda County'snext treasurer-tax collector sometime in May.ALAMEDA COUNTYIn the end the unions got their man. Following an hour-long deliberation, highlighted by some contention, including questions about the applicant's integrity, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors appointed Henry Levy as treasurer-tax collector, replacing the retired Donald White. Levy, a long-time … Continue reading Alameda County Supes appoint treasurer-tax collector, but some question his integrity

Alameda County supes await labor union’s choice before appointing next treasurer-tax collector

ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County supervisors will wait another week before appointing a new treasurer-tax collector while the powerful Service Employees International Union Local 1021 decides which of the four candidates to endorse.The four candidates are former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, accountant Henry Levy, Castro Valley Unified School District assistant superintendent Dr. Candi Clark, and current assistant … Continue reading Alameda County supes await labor union’s choice before appointing next treasurer-tax collector

Barbara Lee wants Steve Bannon off National Security Council

Rep. Barbara Lee voiced displeasure with Steve Bannon's appointment at a town hall Saturday.13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTEast Bay Rep. Barbara introduced a House bill Tuesday that seeks to remove Steve Bannon, President Trump’s chief political strategist, from his position on the National Security Council.“Steve Bannon’s bigoted ideology threatens the security of our nation and our international standing. … Continue reading Barbara Lee wants Steve Bannon off National Security Council

For Alameda County Democrats, not everybody loves Fremont’s Bacon

Fremont Councilmember Vinnie BaconFREMONT CITY COUNCIL |When Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon appeared to be gloating last week about the city's most recent electoral results that flew under the banner of an insurgent call for slow-growth, Councilmember Raj Salwan couldn’t take it anymore and he may have been voicing the complaints of many Alameda County Democrats.“This … Continue reading For Alameda County Democrats, not everybody loves Fremont’s Bacon

Following deadlocked votes, Bonaccorsi wins appointment to Fremont City Council

Appointed Fremont Councilmember -elect David Bonaccorsi will be sworn-in on Feb. 7. FREMONT CITY COUNCIL |Before taking a vote on choosing its next member, Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon mildly joked about flipping a coin in case of a tie among any one of the eight applicants seeking an appointment to the City Council. It almost happened.After a first-round … Continue reading Following deadlocked votes, Bonaccorsi wins appointment to Fremont City Council

Ignacio De La Fuente to be appointed to Oakland Coliseum JPA

Ignacio De La Fuente PHOTO/Shane BondCOLISEUM JPA | In football terms, it's kind of like re-signing a former star quarterback, albeit, a bit past his prime, but the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority is about to add former Oakland Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente to its ranks.The Alameda County Board of Supervisors is set to … Continue reading Ignacio De La Fuente to be appointed to Oakland Coliseum JPA

EAST BAY CITIZEN PODCAST with Fremont City Council candidate and stem cell advocate ROMAN REED

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Fremont City Council pares lengthy list of possible council appointees down to 8

Fremont Planning Commissioner Roman Reedis one of eight possible candidates to fill MayorLily Mei's council term. FREMONT CITY COUNCIL |Twenty-seven Fremont residents applied to fill out the remaining two years of Lily Mei’s council term, following her election to mayor in November. On Tuesday night, the number was narrowed by the Fremont City Council to eight … Continue reading Fremont City Council pares lengthy list of possible council appointees down to 8

Alameda council files FPPC complaint over mystery campaign mailers

Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog duringthe Dec. 6 council meeting.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Just weeks before Election Day, some Alameda voters received highly negative mailers against Councilmember Tony Daysog. However, the mailers equating Daysog to Donald Trump and accusing him of participating in a pay-to-play scheme for campaign contribution. Notably, each failed to identify who was behind … Continue reading Alameda council files FPPC complaint over mystery campaign mailers

Sanitary district once embroiled in racial controversy, appoints first black woman

ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | Just over one year after the East Bay's Oro Loma Sanitary District was thrust into controversy following racial comments by one of its elected members, the 104-year-old municipality now has its first black board member.The five-member board appointed Rita Duncan to replace the retiring Howard Kerr on Tuesday following a … Continue reading Sanitary district once embroiled in racial controversy, appoints first black woman

Mark Salinas plots return to Hayward City Council next year

Mark Salinas during a Hayward City Council meeting in 2014.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Former Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas may have made the biggest gamble of the 2014 election cycle when instead of running for likely re-election to his council seat he unsuccessfully ran for mayorSalinas placed a distance second to now Mayor Barbara Halliday and then … Continue reading Mark Salinas plots return to Hayward City Council next year

Appointment process for Castro Valley’s ‘Un-City Council’ to be held without public

CASTRO VALLEY | For residents of unincorporated Castro Valley, the Municipal Advisory Committee is its de facto local government. In county literature it's even called Castro Valley's "Un-City Council." But, the seven-member committee has no real power and its members are appointed exclusively by Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley. In recent years, some Castro Valley … Continue reading Appointment process for Castro Valley’s ‘Un-City Council’ to be held without public

Five seek to replace Landis on Oro Loma board, including two African Americans

Former San Leandro Councilmember Surlene Grant is one of five applicants for the open seaton Oro Loma Sanitary District.ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | Five applicants to replace long-time Oro Loma Sanitary District member Laython Landis will make their case Tuesday to fill out the remainder of his term through November 2016.Landis officially retired Mar. 30 after a … Continue reading Five seek to replace Landis on Oro Loma board, including two African Americans