Grand jury: Oakland’s misuse of closed session with developers looks like backroom dealing

A rendering of the 24-story luxury buildingthat was initially proposed fot the sale ofOakland-owned land in 2015.ALAMEDA COUNTY GRAND JURYOakland’s proposed sale two years ago of a sliver of city-owned property near Lake Merritt, known as the East 12th Street Remainder parcel, rankled community activists for its brazen lack of transparency and resulted on one … Continue reading Grand jury: Oakland’s misuse of closed session with developers looks like backroom dealing

Hayward’s Barbara Halliday exclaims ‘I am the mayor!’; ejects school trustee, another from council meeting

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday booted two outof a City Council meeting Tuesday.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |The controversy surrounding fired Hayward Superintendent Stan Dobbs moved from the school board to the city council Tuesday night after Mayor Barbara Halliday ejected two members of the public, including School Board Trustee Luis Reynoso, from the chambers.Reynoso and several other … Continue reading Hayward’s Barbara Halliday exclaims ‘I am the mayor!’; ejects school trustee, another from council meeting

Oakland Passes A Two-Year Budget Shaded Toward Public Safety

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL//BUDGET | A two-year budget including increased funding for public safety was passed by the Oakland City Council late Thursday. The “all-in” budget compromise backed by Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Dan Kalb and Lynette Gibson McElhaney was approved, 5-3, with dissent coming from the authors of a competing proposal.“This budget will improve public safety, … Continue reading Oakland Passes A Two-Year Budget Shaded Toward Public Safety

Hayward School Board President Admits They May Have Broken The Brown Act

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD | The quickly assembled special meeting last Tuesday called by the Hayward school board to discuss the contract of its interim superintendent may have been illegal.“I do think we violated the Brown Act,” said Hayward school board president William McGee early Thursday morning following the unanimous approval of a 1-year, $229,500 contract for … Continue reading Hayward School Board President Admits They May Have Broken The Brown Act

Following Re-Election As Hayward School Trustee, Reynoso May Seek Board Presidency

HAYWARD SCHOOL DISTRICT | What would have been unthinkable even just six months ago could soon be fact—fiscal crusader and Hayward school board member Luis Reynoso may be soon ruling the roost and he would like the title of board president to go with it.Reynoso won re-election last week to the Hayward school board along … Continue reading Following Re-Election As Hayward School Trustee, Reynoso May Seek Board Presidency

Family Member Says Heredia Is Lying About Reason For Missed School Board Meeting

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD SCANDAL | A family member of the deceased great-grandmother referenced last week by Hayward school board member Maribel Heredia as an excuse for missing a board meeting Aug. 21, says she is lying.“If Maribel Heredia is in fact stating that she went to be with the family, then Maribel Heredia is lying … Continue reading Family Member Says Heredia Is Lying About Reason For Missed School Board Meeting

Starosciak and Santos Fighting a War Within the Council

CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR HAVE CHOICE WORDS FOR EACH OTHERCOUNCILWOMAN ACCUSES MAYOR OF VIOLATING THE BROWN ACTBy Steven TavaresMayor Tony Santos has a new battle front in his bid for re-election this November after his opponent for the office Councilwoman Joyce Starosciak accused him last week of violating the Brown Act in a email to supporters. She … Continue reading Starosciak and Santos Fighting a War Within the Council

Text of Starosciak’s Letter to Supporters

Councilwoman Joyce Starosciak, who is running for mayor against the incumbent Tony Santos, accused him of violating the Brown Act during a Sept. 13 Shoreline-Marina Committee meeting. Here is the entire text of an email entitled "San Leandro needs a New Mayor" sent to supporters Sept. 14:So far in the race for Mayor, I have been … Continue reading Text of Starosciak’s Letter to Supporters

Around the East Bay Blogosphere: 4/1/10

Yum! Pigeon meat in Oakland! The blog Oakland Local features a story on "haute cuisine" possibly moving to fill the cavernous Barnes & Noble building at Jack London Square. No word on whether the proposed restaurant will also sell red herring....In other April Fool's hijinks, Halfway to Concord reports Cal State East Bay's Concord campus … Continue reading Around the East Bay Blogosphere: 4/1/10

Health District Violated the Brown Act; Sen. Corbett File a Complaint

THE EDITORIALIn 1953, Assemblyman Ralph Brown sought to return the business of government to the perusal of the people. The Brown Act was created to force every molecule within the light of democracy to shine on the business of legislative bodies, city council and public commissions. When it is flouted, the confidence of the people … Continue reading Health District Violated the Brown Act; Sen. Corbett File a Complaint