Howard Kerr, a former San Leandro councilmember who led the effort to implement speed bumps in the city, and later served as a member of the Oro Loma Sanitary District for 29 years, died Jan. 2. He was 96. "Howard was the consummate gentlemen. He was pleasant whether he agreed with you or not," San … Continue reading Howard Kerr, former San Leandro elected official, dies
Tony Santos, a former San Leandro mayor, stalwart progressive and friend of labor, who lead the once-segregated city toward a more equally diverse future, died Monday afternoon. He was 86. Santos had been in declining health for months and passed away at his San Leandro home of over 50 years. Santos goes down in San … Continue reading Tony Santos, former San Leandro mayor who sought to break city’s bonds of segregation, dies at 86
Dellums, one of the East Bay's most influential public officials ever died Monday following a bout with prostate cancer.
Joseph Hilson served on the Hayward CityCouncil from 1992 to 2004.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILJoseph Hilson, a three-term Hayward councilmember, who was an early adopter of technology in local government, has died.Hilson was elected in 1992 and served through 2004, before he was defeated in a watershed Hayward council election."He was a pleasure to work with and … Continue reading Joseph Hilson, three-term Hayward councilmember, passes
Alameda School Board Trustee SolanaHenneberry was first elected in 2014.ALAMEDAAlameda School Board Trustee Solana Henneberry passed away Tuesday from breast cancer. She was 44.Henneberry won her first-term on the Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees in 2014 and served as president of the board in 2016. She also taught special education in the West … Continue reading Alameda school trustee Solana Henneberry passes away at age 44
Harbor Bay Isle developer, Ron Cowan, passed away Jan. 11.APPRECIATION | In 2014, I was commissioned to write a short history of Ron Cowan's life and the building of Alameda's Harbor Bay Isle. Cowan passed away on Jan. 11, at age 82. Over the span of nine months, I listened to hours of stories about his … Continue reading Ron Cowan, Alameda mover and shaker, Harbor Bay developer, dies.
One of the few occasions when I was attempting to surreptitiously keep an eye on former Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney's public dealings, otherwise known as a photo bomb. PHOTO/Natalia AldanaMichael Sweeney ended three non-consecutive terms as Hayward's mayorthis week.HAYWARD | APPRECIATION | I like to think former Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney called me “Hurricane Tavares” … Continue reading A Farewell To Michael Sweeney, The Man Who Made It Easier To Cover Government