East Bay Legislators Agree with Brown’s California Comeback Theme

Gov. Jerry Brown in San Leandro last year.PHOTO/Steven TavaresLEGISLATURE | Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address Wednesday morning highlighted California’s economic resurgence, while noted its future challenges. The early response from some East Bay members of the State Legislature echoed the governor’s sentiment.“I think he did a great job of two great things: celebrating … Continue reading East Bay Legislators Agree with Brown’s California Comeback Theme

Brown Calls San Leandro Energy Neutral Building A Key To State’s Future

Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday in San Leandro.ENVIRONMENT | Gov. Jerry Brown, in San Leandro Thursday afternoon for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Zero Net Energy Center, said the first of its kind building is the wave of the future. The commercial building’s design relies on renewables to produce only as much energy as it can … Continue reading Brown Calls San Leandro Energy Neutral Building A Key To State’s Future

Corbett Keeps Focus On ‘Made In California’ With Latest Crop Of Bills

State Sen. Ellen CorbettSTATE SENATE//LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP | It is wise to keep in mind State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett is running for Congress when studying her latest crop of legislation. In fact, there is ample evidence she may run on the slogan, “Made in California.” A trio of her 25 authored and co-authored bill … Continue reading Corbett Keeps Focus On ‘Made In California’ With Latest Crop Of Bills

Wieckowski Wants Issue Of Reversing Citizens United On 2014 Ballot

ASSEMBLY | At the end of the last legislative session, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski successfully passed a resolution calling for Congress to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s contentious Citizens United decision. Now the Fremont legislator wants to put the same matter before voters in 2014.If passed by the Legislature, the bill (AB 644) offered by Wieckowski … Continue reading Wieckowski Wants Issue Of Reversing Citizens United On 2014 Ballot

Thirty-One East Bay Schools Uncertified For Quakes Over Decade

16 IN FREMONT; 5 IN CASTRO VALLEY; 4 IN SAN LEANDRO; 3 IN HAYWARD; 2 IN SAN LORENZO COULD PUT CHILDREN AT RISKBy Steven TavaresMcKinley Elementary in San Leandro has been uncertified by state earthquake standards for over a decade.A large number of East Bay public schools have languished for over a decade on a lengthy list … Continue reading Thirty-One East Bay Schools Uncertified For Quakes Over Decade

East Bay Political Clout Lessens As Population Shifts Inland

CENSUS: BAY AREA IS GROWING FAR LESS THAN THE REST OF THE STATEBy Steven TavaresThe East Bay along with the entire San Francisco Bay Area is seeing an unprecedented change in its ethnic demographic, according to U.S. Census figures released Tuesday. Asians and Latinos found significant gains in several East Bay cities, yet the overall … Continue reading East Bay Political Clout Lessens As Population Shifts Inland

Cleantech’s Future Resides in California, Flourishes in Bay Area Cities

REPORT LAUDS STATE'S ACTIONS SO FAR, BUT WORRIES ABOUT CHINESE, EUROPEAN AGGRESSIVENESSBy Steven TavaresFremont cleantech firm Solyndra.A report from the Bay Area Council Economic Institute says California's has a unique opportunity to enhance its international and economic standing in clean technologies, but cautions against the aggressiveness of policymakers in China and Europe within a global context.The report … Continue reading Cleantech’s Future Resides in California, Flourishes in Bay Area Cities