Alameda County proposes $3.1 billion budget

Alameda County Board of Supervisors' proposed budget would close a $66 million deficit.

EBC AGENDA: May 11-17 — A’s-Oakland Coliseum ENA; Budget talks all over the East Bay; ALAMEDA revamps council rules

--OAKLAND-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE] --A'S COLISEUM ENA-- The Oakland City Council is about to move on Mayor Libby Schaaf's pledge last month for the city to enter into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with the Oakland Athletics with an eye on the city purchasing the county's portion of the jointly-owned … Continue reading EBC AGENDA: May 11-17 — A’s-Oakland Coliseum ENA; Budget talks all over the East Bay; ALAMEDA revamps council rules

EBC AGENDA | APRIL 6-12 | Controversial OAKLAND job training proposal returns; A’s meet with Port; FREMONT rent review will cost $24/unit

THE WEEK OF APRIL 6-12 --OAKLAND-- Regular council committee meetings, Tuesday, April 10, starts at 9:30 a.m. ➤Community & Economic Development Committee, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--CYPRESS MANDELA TRAINING CENTER-- Councilmember Desley Brooks' controversial proposal to use funding derived from some voter-approved ballot measures to fund job training programs across Oakland headlines Tuesday's slate of committee hearings. Brooks … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | APRIL 6-12 | Controversial OAKLAND job training proposal returns; A’s meet with Port; FREMONT rent review will cost $24/unit

Seeking to raise new revenues, Union City may declare a ‘fiscal emergency’

UNION CITYWith an eye toward asking Union City residents to approve a pair of tax-generating ballot measures sometime this year, the Union City Council may declare a fiscal emergency this week.Union City's budget forecast for the next five years estimates multi-year budget deficits will deplete its reserves by Fiscal Year 2021-22.To increase revenues, Union City … Continue reading Seeking to raise new revenues, Union City may declare a ‘fiscal emergency’

EBC AGENDA | FEB 16-22 | ALAMEDA, BERKELEY eye ballot measures; ALCO DA candidates meet in SAN LEANDRO; HAYWARD mid-year budget

THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 16-22.--ALAMEDA-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--INFRASTRUCTURE BOND MEASURE-- A $95 million general obligation bond measure may be coming to the ballot in Alameda this June. Here is the proposal ballot language to be discussed Tuesday night. “Alameda Clean Water/Disaster-Emergency Preparedness/Pothole Repair Bond. To upgrade storm drains, keep … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | FEB 16-22 | ALAMEDA, BERKELEY eye ballot measures; ALCO DA candidates meet in SAN LEANDRO; HAYWARD mid-year budget

No surprise here: Speaker Paul Ryan not likely to accept Barbara Lee’s AUMF repeal amendment

Rep. Barbara Lee's famous Sept. 2001 speechopposing authorization for war in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks.13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTThe powerful House Appropriations Committee offered a sympathetic ear two weeks ago to Rep. Barbara Lee's amendment to a defense budget bill that would repeal authorization of military force used for the 16-year war in the Middle East.Lee was so surprised … Continue reading No surprise here: Speaker Paul Ryan not likely to accept Barbara Lee’s AUMF repeal amendment

With patience and time running out, Oakland finds a way to approve $2.5bn two-year budget

Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen's motionallowed the city approve its two-year budgetjust under the wire before a Friday deadline.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILFor a budget battle in Oakland that resulted earlier in the week with an abrupt adjournment in response to civil disobedience, it didn’t take much to inflame what became another wild night inside the council’s chambers. … Continue reading With patience and time running out, Oakland finds a way to approve $2.5bn two-year budget

EBC AGENDA | June 23-29 | OAKLAND forms indy police commission, impeaches Trump; ALAMEDA COUNTY allocates $55 million to indigent health care

THE WEEK OF JUNE 23-29The last week was a good one for the accountability of Alameda County elected officials. First, the Alameda County grand jury report kicked dirt on Supervisors Keith Carson and Nate Miley for their handling of county allocations to non-profits they were intimately connected with, and the Oakland City Council for abusing … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | June 23-29 | OAKLAND forms indy police commission, impeaches Trump; ALAMEDA COUNTY allocates $55 million to indigent health care

EBC AGENDA | June 2-8 | HAYWARD eyes sanctuary city status; Flavored tobacco ban in SAN LEANDRO; OAKLAND’S new violence prevention plan; FREMONT resdistricting

THE WEEK OF JUNE 2-8East Bay governments are back for a big full week of action following the Memorial Day weekend. Here's your highlights:➤Hayward eyes becoming a sanctuary city...finally➤San Leandro, but not yet Oakland, looks to ban flavored tobacco➤Fremont's move to expand its city council reaches its penultimate hearing➤Alameda County help its refugee and asylum-seeking … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | June 2-8 | HAYWARD eyes sanctuary city status; Flavored tobacco ban in SAN LEANDRO; OAKLAND’S new violence prevention plan; FREMONT resdistricting

Hayward City Council ‘bummed’ by ballooning budget deficit

Hayward's proposed budget includes adding6.6 full-time employees for staffing the newdowntown library.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILHayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo didn’t want the City Council to ask many questions Tuesday night after they learned about the fiscal health of the city. Save it for when the council meets for an in-depth discussion on May 20, she urged. … Continue reading Hayward City Council ‘bummed’ by ballooning budget deficit

EBC AGENDA — May 5-11 — AC TRANSIT’s school bus controversy continues – Water rates going up? – ‘Compassionate’ UNION CITY – More HAYWARD Housing

THE WEEK OF MAY 5-11After Tuesday night in Union City it's likely the Hayward City Council will be sitting quite alone when it comes to taking no official stance toward President Trump's immigration rhetoric and policies. Of course, what were really talking about is Hayward's reluctance to declare sanctuary city status or even using the … Continue reading EBC AGENDA — May 5-11 — AC TRANSIT’s school bus controversy continues – Water rates going up? – ‘Compassionate’ UNION CITY – More HAYWARD Housing

Oakland City Council shakes up Schaaf’s soda tax allocation

Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks said Mayor Libby Schaaf's soda tax budget ploy was"dishonorable and desperate" on Tuesday..OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOpposition among Oakland City Council members, and the public, toward Mayor Libby Schaaf’s budget proposal to use soda tax revenues to help close the city’s funding gap may have forced her Tuesday night to change her mind.Schaaf appeared to concede … Continue reading Oakland City Council shakes up Schaaf’s soda tax allocation

EBC AGENDA — April 28-May 4 — OAKLAND budget talks – Election Day in HAYWARD – FREMONT pores over district maps – RIP Daylight Savings?

THE WEEK OF APRIL 28-MAY 4Quite overlooked, but nonetheless breathtaking, is the Fremont City Council's move toward district-based elections and its expansion from five to seven members. Of course, the City Council isn't making wholesale changes on their own volition.Like many things in life, a lawsuit is the sole impetus of the massive remodeling going … Continue reading EBC AGENDA — April 28-May 4 — OAKLAND budget talks – Election Day in HAYWARD – FREMONT pores over district maps – RIP Daylight Savings?

Oakland public bank study postponed as questions arise over $100,000 proposal

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILThe momentum for Oakland becoming only the second public bank in the entire country was slowed Tuesday when an Oakland City Council committee declined to support a feasibility study worth $100,000.A majority of the Finance and Management Committee strongly questioned whether the proposal recommended by city staff was sufficient to conduct a thorough … Continue reading Oakland public bank study postponed as questions arise over $100,000 proposal

EBC AGENDA — April 14-20 – ALAMEDA COUNTY budget shortfall – ALAMEDA hopes to avoid another GHOST SHIP – BONTA buzz

THE WEEK OF APRIL 14-20Spring Break and Easter in the rearview window, East Bay government begins to heat up again and many of the pressing questions that will begin to be asked revolve around the upcoming budget season.Here's your highlights for the coming week:➤Alameda County supervisors continue their slate of budget hearings next week and … Continue reading EBC AGENDA — April 14-20 – ALAMEDA COUNTY budget shortfall – ALAMEDA hopes to avoid another GHOST SHIP – BONTA buzz