BART revisits license plate readers at station parking lots

The BART Board of Directors may approve Thursday a plan to install hundreds of Automated License Plate Readers at the transit authority's parking lots all over the Bay Area. A staff report released last week says the addition of the reader is intended to promote safety and instill the "confidence of the public while using … Continue reading BART revisits license plate readers at station parking lots

BART Director Blalock will not run for re-election

During his tenure, the Fremont Warm Springs station was built. His departure had been rumored for months

EBC AGENDA | OCT 6-12 | Fox Theater is a white elephant; affordable housing for OAKLAND’s Brooklyn Basin; SAN LEANDRO shoreline update

THE WEEK OCTOBER 6-12 --OAKLAND-- City Council committee hearings, Tuesday, Oct. 10, starts at 9:30 a.m.➤Community & Economic Development Committee, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--FOX THEATER LOANS-- Debts from the iconic theater's $47.5 million renovation a decade ago is proposed to be transferred from the Oakland Redevelopment Successor Agency (ORSA) to the city. Then it … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | OCT 6-12 | Fox Theater is a white elephant; affordable housing for OAKLAND’s Brooklyn Basin; SAN LEANDRO shoreline update

EBC AGENDA | SEPT 1-7 | ALAMEDA to end dispensary moratorium, selects just cause elex date; SAN LEANDRO tenant relocation $$; Piedmont rages

THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 1-7As far as the dreaded August council recess period goes this was awful. Nothing much happened because the players in politics took some time to relax. Many went of vacations, near and far. I even saw one Oakland councilmember on my own vacation earlier this month.But those on a staycation in … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | SEPT 1-7 | ALAMEDA to end dispensary moratorium, selects just cause elex date; SAN LEANDRO tenant relocation $$; Piedmont rages

BART approves ‘safe transit policy,’ its version of sanctuary for undocumented immigrants

BART Board Director Lateefah Simonfirst proposed the transit agency becomea sanctuary for riders in March.BART BOARD OF DIRECTORSA resolution that falls short of declaring BART a so-called sanctuary for undocumented riders, but is instead labeled a "safety transit policy" was nearly unanimously approved by the BART Board of Directors Thursday.The original resolution, first proposed by … Continue reading BART approves ‘safe transit policy,’ its version of sanctuary for undocumented immigrants

BART board members propose sanctuary transit agency

BART Board of Directors will discuss the optionof becoming a sanctuary transit agency at anupcoming meeting. PHOTO/WikicommonsBART BOARD OF DIRECTORSBART trains already travel through three major Bay Area sanctuary cities--Oakland, San Francisco, and Berkeley. Now, the transit authority, itself, may move to become a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants using its trains.BART Board Directors Nick Josefowitz … Continue reading BART board members propose sanctuary transit agency

2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 1 – Primary races begin to heat up; Ray McDonald fiasco blows up in Hayward; rents continue to rise

JANUARY>>>During a frigid Alameda City Council meeting that lasted until 4 a.m., struggling renters win an extension for a moratorium on rent increases that will lead the way to an ordinance approved in March.“If the NRA wants guns to be easily stolen, then they don't care about safety--just about selling more guns--even if people die.”-Oakland … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 1 – Primary races begin to heat up; Ray McDonald fiasco blows up in Hayward; rents continue to rise

EBCampaign: Swanson commits ‘political catfishing’; Khanna invited Hillary to his wedding; Cook-Kallio gets high on pot $$

12 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY | Sometimes the Internet is not what it seems. For some, the person one perceives on the other end of an online interaction is not who they are in real life. It's not uncommon for, say a man, to fall in love with a person online without ever seeing them … Continue reading EBCampaign: Swanson commits ‘political catfishing’; Khanna invited Hillary to his wedding; Cook-Kallio gets high on pot $$

Alameda council candidate Lena Tam is endorsed by three dead people

Lena Tam: The Alameda Medium?ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |Alameda City Council hopeful Lena Tam has people dying to support her campaign this fall.Her campaign Web site's endorsement list includes three people who have passed away in recent years.The Heavenly backing for Tam's campaign comes from former Alameda school board member Niel Tam, who passed … Continue reading Alameda council candidate Lena Tam is endorsed by three dead people

Mary King, first black female Alameda County supervisor; power broker, dies

Mary King looking over a design for the new Bay Bridge span. PHOTO/MTCALAMEDA COUNTY | OBIT | Trailblazing three-term Alameda County Supervisor Mary King died Sunday following a long illness. She was 69.In 1988, King became the first black woman ever elected to the traditionally all-male, all-white Alameda County Board of Supervisors.She served the District Four seat … Continue reading Mary King, first black female Alameda County supervisor; power broker, dies

Nancy O’Malley’s crime magnet, AKA Alameda’s In-N-Out Burger, is set to open

Rep. Mike Honda, right, and activist groups are tryingto put a scare into Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley.PHOTO/ALCO DA Office.ALAMEDA COUNTY | During an Alameda Planning Board meeting in July 2013, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley warned the proposed In-N-Out Burger near the Webster Tube in Alameda would not only attract burger lovers, but criminals from … Continue reading Nancy O’Malley’s crime magnet, AKA Alameda’s In-N-Out Burger, is set to open

A week from Election Day, State Senate race enters East Bay BART stations

Glazer's campaign provided seven photos, includingabove, showing BART employees electioneering forSusan Bonilla on BART property.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | For the Democrats Susan Bonilla and Steve Glazer, the next stop in their hard-fought State Senate special election is every BART station anywhere along the line from Dublin-Pleasanton to Pittsburg-Bay Point. On Monday, both campaigns … Continue reading A week from Election Day, State Senate race enters East Bay BART stations

Assemblymember introduces bill to ban BART strikes

AB 528 is Assemblymember Catharine Baker'sfirst piece of legislation.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | Freshman Assemblymember Catharine Baker’s first bill makes good on a major campaign pledge she offered last year. It may also be a potential boon to one candidate in the State Senate special election in her Contra Costa County district.Baker introduced legislation Monday … Continue reading Assemblymember introduces bill to ban BART strikes

BART board may pull the plug on vaping at its stations

BART's Board of Directors may enact anordinance prohibiting vaping at its stations.BART BOARD OF DIRECTORS | Without a doubt, smoking is banned on BART trains and its station. The use of e-cigarettes may be next.The BART Board of Directors will decide during an evening board meeting Thursday whether to add to its current prohibition of … Continue reading BART board may pull the plug on vaping at its stations

BART Director: ‘Rosa Parks did not shut down an entire transit system for hours’

BART Board Director Rebecca SalztmanBART BOARD OF DIRECTORS | When activist protesting on the West Oakland BART station platform chained themselves to a train the day after Thanksgiving, their civil disobedience shut down service from the East Bay to San Francisco for two hours.The transit agency's police force now wants $70,000 in restitution for the … Continue reading BART Director: ‘Rosa Parks did not shut down an entire transit system for hours’