San Leandro’s first dispensary is set to finally open

Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Jan. 11.

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee is running for mayor

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee'smayoral campaign already has $63,000 incontributions built over the past few years.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Backed by the city's burgeoning Asian American demographic and already stocked campaign cash reserves, San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee said Monday that he's running for mayor this fall.Although Lee's interest in the mayor's office had been … Continue reading San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee is running for mayor

EBC AGENDA | FEB 23-MAR 1 | SAN LEANDRO runs red light cameras; teachers workforce housing in FREMONT; HAYWARD looks at downtown parking

THE WEEK OF FEB. 23-MAR. 1--OAKLAND-- Regular council committee meetings, Tuesday, Feb. 27, start at 9:30 a.m.➤Finance & Management Committee, 9:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--CANNABIS BIZ TAX POLICY-- The committee will received a cannabis business tax policy paper, first requested last November. The analysis urges Oakland to slash its cannabis tax, currenlty topping out at 10 … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | FEB 23-MAR 1 | SAN LEANDRO runs red light cameras; teachers workforce housing in FREMONT; HAYWARD looks at downtown parking

Alameda Labor Council asked to meet with investigator in San Leandro city manager probe

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe Alameda Labor Council, one of the most powerful political bodies in the East Bay, made an effort to speak with the independent investigator tapped by the city of San Leandro to look into the sexual misconduct allegations made against San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata.Alameda Labor Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Josie Camacho … Continue reading Alameda Labor Council asked to meet with investigator in San Leandro city manager probe

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

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

Quirk introduces bill allowing public pot use at special events

Assemblymember Bill Quirk has long beena strong supporter of cannabis.20TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTWith the East Bay on the cusp of becoming awash in legal cannabis, a bill introduced Monday by Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk would afford local governments the ability to host cannabis-related special events in their cities.Under the legislation, to be heard in an assembly … Continue reading Quirk introduces bill allowing public pot use at special events

Is Oakland’s Larry Reid being targeted by the Feds? If so, it wouldn’t be the first time

In 2007, it was alleged Oakland Council-member Larry Reid asked for a new air-conditioning unit in exchange for favorsin Oakland for a contractor. OAKLAND CITY COUNCILWhy did Larry Reid disclose last week that a prospective Oakland cannabis dispensary applicant attempted to bribe him in exchange for help in gaining a lucrative permit when he had a … Continue reading Is Oakland’s Larry Reid being targeted by the Feds? If so, it wouldn’t be the first time

Dispensary involved in San Leandro political scandal says they’ll repay loan before next week’s deadline, open 4/20

Rendering of the proposed Davis Street Wellness Center at 3081 Teagarden Street.SAN LEANDROIn response to allegations of sexual misconduct, San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata denied the claims and, instead, asserted they were attempts by the accuser to aid final approval of a medical cannabis dispensary in the city, of which she has a financial interest.But … Continue reading Dispensary involved in San Leandro political scandal says they’ll repay loan before next week’s deadline, open 4/20

Ro Khanna to appear Friday on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher

Bill Maher will be joined by East Bay Rep.Ro Khanna this Friday, Jan. 26.17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTTo the unexpected, the scene might seem to be the result of a strange fever dream.This Friday, Rep. Ro Khanna will share the stage with actress Zooey Deschanel and others on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.It's a big get … Continue reading Ro Khanna to appear Friday on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher

Bonta bill would make it easier for people to expunge cannabis-related criminal records

Assemblymember Rob Bonta authored thestate's medical marijuana regulatoryframework in 2015.18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTWith cannabis seen as the future in California following legalization that began this month, East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta believes the state must first look to reconcile its past.Bonta introduced a bill Tuesday that will make it easier for those convicted of outdated cannabis-related … Continue reading Bonta bill would make it easier for people to expunge cannabis-related criminal records

In a reversal, Alameda County approves adult-use cannabis sales in unincorporated areas

Tuesday's resolution will allow AlamedaCounty's two medical cannabis dispensariesto seek state licenses for adult-use.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORSUnincorporated Alameda County's two medical cannabis dispensaries would be financially impacted if not allowed to sell recreational cannabis starting next month, said the Alameda County's Director of Community Development.A majority of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday, … Continue reading In a reversal, Alameda County approves adult-use cannabis sales in unincorporated areas

EBC AGENDA | DEC 1-6 | BERKELEY Climate plan makes progress; ALAMEDA weighs-in on Israel-Palestine; OAKLAND labor strike cancels meetings

THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 1-6--OAKLAND-- [MEETINGS CANCELLED DUE TO LABOR NEGOTIATIONS] City Council committee meetings, Tuesday, Dec. 5, start at 9 a.m.➤Finance & Management Committee, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--PUBLIC SAFETY OT IN THE RED-- Oakland's overtime budget for police and fire is projected to be in the red by more than $38 million, according to a … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | DEC 1-6 | BERKELEY Climate plan makes progress; ALAMEDA weighs-in on Israel-Palestine; OAKLAND labor strike cancels meetings

EBC AGENDA | NOV 24-30 | OAKLAND probes ICE raid, remembers Ghost Ship; HAYWARD adopts ‘The Commitment’; BERKELEY examines Measure GG

THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 24-30--OAKLAND-- Special council meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 5:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--OPD/ICE PROBE-- A likely volatile discussion of the events surrounding the Aug. 16 ICE raid in West Oakland returns to the council agenda after being pulled in Rules two weeks ago. According to OPD, U.S. Homeland Security notified Oakland Police … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | NOV 24-30 | OAKLAND probes ICE raid, remembers Ghost Ship; HAYWARD adopts ‘The Commitment’; BERKELEY examines Measure GG

EBC AGENDA | NOV 17-23 | SAN LEANDRO closes its Wells Fargo account?; Pot ordinances get final approvals; FREMONT plan for rising pension costs

THANKSGIVING WEEK OF NOV 17-23--SAN LEANDRO-- Regular council meeting, Monday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--WELLS FARGO DIVESTITURE-- San Leandro city staff is recommending against discontinuing business with Wells Fargo after some city officials and members of the community were critical of the bank's investments in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project in South … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | NOV 17-23 | SAN LEANDRO closes its Wells Fargo account?; Pot ordinances get final approvals; FREMONT plan for rising pension costs