Khanna weighs-in on Fremont school board decision to end sex ed for 4th through 6th graders

FREMONT After the Fremont school board voted early Thursday morning to eliminate sex education for the district's fourth through sixth graders, the controversial decision, which has roiled the city since March, is now attracting Rep. Ro Khanna on the side of those who opposed the discontinuation of the program. Congressmembers, typically stay out of local … Continue reading Khanna weighs-in on Fremont school board decision to end sex ed for 4th through 6th graders

Swalwell proposes a total ban on assault weapons

15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTEast Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell wants to reinstitute the ban on assault weapons passed by Congress in 1994, but subsequently allowed to sunset 10 years later and replace it with a comprehensive ban and weapons buyback program.While the previous law also prohibited the sale and production of new semi-automatic assault weapons, it still … Continue reading Swalwell proposes a total ban on assault weapons

Disgraced Teamsters boss continued to be involved with San Leandro dispensary after two-year ban from union

Powerful Teamsters boss Rome Aloise wasbanned from the union in December followingcorruption charges.SAN LEANDRONearly a month after Rome Aliose, a powerful local Teamsters leader was banned by the union for two years following corruption charges, he attended a San Leandro City Council retreat, along with Davis Street Family Resource Center CEO Rose Padilla Johnson. Workers … Continue reading Disgraced Teamsters boss continued to be involved with San Leandro dispensary after two-year ban from union

Governor vetoes Glazer bill to ban smoking on state beaches

LEGISLATURESmoking hot butts will still be found on California state beaches after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill introduced by East Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer that would have banned smoking on coastal beaches and some state parks."If people can't smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they? There must be some limit to … Continue reading Governor vetoes Glazer bill to ban smoking on state beaches

San Leandro bans flavored tobacco sales, passes for now on menthol cigarettes

An proponent of San Leandro's ban on flavoredtobacco sales address the City Council Mondaynight with supporters in the foreground.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILLike some of its neighboring cities, the San Leandro City Council approved Monday night a prohibition on the sale of flavored tobacco products. The council, however, diverged from Oakland and San Francisco, by sidestepping … Continue reading San Leandro bans flavored tobacco sales, passes for now on menthol cigarettes

Oakland bans sale of flavored tobacco and vaping liquids, along with menthol cigarettes

Oakland City Council President Larry Reidsays he quit smoking in April after more than 50 years.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL"I started smoking when I was 15-years-old," Oakland City Council President Larry Reid said late Tuesday night before the council approved a citywide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping liquids, and menthol cigarettes."I'm 66-years-old. I stopped … Continue reading Oakland bans sale of flavored tobacco and vaping liquids, along with menthol cigarettes

San Leandro looks to ban flavored tobacco products, but falls short on menthol cigarettes

San Leandro Councilmember Lee Thomaswants to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes within city limits.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe San Leandro City Council is set to take on the tobacco and vaping industries after its Rules Committee voted Monday to move legislation banning the sale of flavored tobacco products within city limits. The proposal includes flavored "juices" used … Continue reading San Leandro looks to ban flavored tobacco products, but falls short on menthol cigarettes

Assembly passes bullhook ban similar to Oakland ordinance passed last year

The bullhooks will be gone from circus inCalifornia starting in 2018.ASSEMBLY | It appears the Oakland City Council is a trend-setter, at least, when it comes to eliminating the gruesome use of the bullhook to control circus elephants.The State Assembly Thursday approved a bill that would ban circuses performing in California from using bullhooks, a … Continue reading Assembly passes bullhook ban similar to Oakland ordinance passed last year

Oakland Passes New Circus Safety Rules; Sets Stage For Bullhook Ban

Bullhook used to control circus animalsOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The use of bullhooks by circuses traveling through Oakland will continue, but according to some opponents of the fire poker-like implement used to control elephants, the end may be near. On Tuesday night, the city council unanimously approved an ordinance authored by Councilmember Libby Schaaf that … Continue reading Oakland Passes New Circus Safety Rules; Sets Stage For Bullhook Ban